Needing some kneading: Massages aren't just for pampering

Needing some kneading: Massages aren’t just for pampering

It’s 2014, and we live in a society where all we do is rush around. If you are part of the working community, your days outside of work are spent catching up. For those who stay at home and tend to the family, your job is literally 24/7. Although many of us consider massages to be strictly for pampering, there are many medical benefits to getting your muscles kneaded and rubbed.


Massages reduce stress and tension. For those of us who would like a break from stress and can’t take a tropical vacation, a massage is the next best thing. Many times, stress leaves our muscles tense and achy. Science has proven that rubbing those muscles not only helps our bodies to de-stress, but it helps our minds to feel refreshed as well. Consider the time spent during a massage like a mini-vacation and see how much better you feel.

Suggested massage: Organic Candle Massage
As a massage candle fills the room with its luxurious aroma and warmth, the wax will melt at a soothing temperature, creating a warm blend of essential oils. A licensed massage therapist will utilize the warm oils to complete the ultimate massage experience, leaving your body relaxed and your skin nourished. After the massage is complete, the candle is yours to enjoy in the comforts of your own home. 1 hour duration starting at $102.

Massages relieve body pains.
Body pains are unfortunately a discomfort almost all of us have experienced at one point. Notoriously difficult to treat, soreness such as lower back pains can dwindle for days as we suffer under their sore curse. Massages have been proven to be a treatment that works for these pains. For chronic pains, it’s recommended that you schedule a massage once a week to keep you feeling ache-free.

Suggested massage: Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
The Deep Tissue/Sports Massage targets deeper muscle tissue to release tension, relieve stiffness, and soothe muscle soreness. The techniques used in this massage help improve muscle function.1 hour duration starting at $91.

Massages reduce blood pressure and boost immunity.
Massages are proven to increase our overall health, but especially benefit those with hypertension (high blood pressure) and low immune systems. Rubbing arms and legs can promote blood flow and increase immune levels, so if you suffer with these ailments, it’s beneficial to look into massages for health benefits.

Suggested massage: Full Body Therapeutic Massage
A licensed therapist will thoroughly massage your muscles. This relaxing massage will increase blood and lymphatic circulation and improve your overall well-being. Therapists can personalize your massage to focus on problem areas.1 hour duration starting at $80.

Here’s the rub down: Taking the time to take care of yourself may just save you from having health problems in the future. Knowing when you are under stress and knowing when to relax and take care of your body will pay off in the end. So what better way to prep for a long, happy life than a relaxing, therapeutic massage? Call us today and schedule a massage: 614.418.5350.

Posted: 2/3/2014 5:09:49 PM by Mary Sundermeier, PR Coordinator
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Warm Up With A Winter Staycation!

It’s nearing the end of January and Winter just won’t quit. Well guess what, neither will we! Make your friends jealous by booking a staycation with us. That’s right, you don’t have to travel far to get away. Below we’ve rounded up some of our coziest services to heat things up during the cold season.

Hot Stone Massage: Cozy up with this unique massage that helps increase circulation, reduce inflammation and balance your energies by strategically placing stones on and underneath your body. The stones are used to complete the massage experience. 1-1/4 hrs, starting at $118

Salt Glow Manicure: Allow yourself to shine! A salt glow exfoliation is performed to reveal softer skin. Special moisturizing lotions are applied and nails and cuticles are manicured. All this is followed by an application of the polish of your choice. 25 min, starting at $36

Salt Glow Pedicure: Give your feet a rest! Soft and supple skin is uncovered when an exfoliating and healing salt scrub is massaged into your feet. A special moisturizing lotion then restores hydration and your choice of polish is applied. 40 min, starting at $52
Penzone Custom Facial: Give your face a boost. This deeply relaxing facial includes a skin consultation followed by a customized skin cleanse, steam, and gentle exfoliation, as well as a relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage. A soothing facial masque leaves your skin looking flawless. Boosters are available for an additional charge. 1 hr, starting at $88
These services, coupled with our complimentary hot beverages, warm towels, and plush relaxing robes, are sure to take time out - literally. To schedule a staycation, give one of our package coordinators a call: 614.418.5350. Have a happy getaway!

Posted: 1/21/2014 1:28:13 PM by Mary Sundermeier, PR Coordinator
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Feeling frantic from all your holiday shopping? Schedule our Sugar Cookie Refining Facial today and enjoy some rest, relaxation and exfoliation! Cozy up in our heated spa beds and enjoy the comforting scent of freshly baked sugar cookies while your Licensed Esthetician applies a triple action refining facial scrub while you enjoy the comforting scent of fresh baked sugar cookies. Next, enjoy a warming cinnamon and enzyme exfoliating mask under steam, and a face, neck, and shoulder massage with our custom-blended massage oils. Afterwards, hands and feet, surely sore from shopping, are massaged with hydrating almond lotion. This soothing service is complete with an oxygenating treatment mask for truly radiant skin. You will be ready to glow in those holiday family photos!

Once your facial skin is refined and re-hydrated, continue your pampering with our new Hot Cocoa Body Polish and Massage! Our Massage Therapists will utilize a chocolate body scrub to reveal softer and silkier skin. Enjoy a relaxing hot shower and return to the treatment room for a luxurious Therastone massage. Your Massage Therapist will begin with a soothing massage with chocolate oil. Hot stones are then incorporated into the experience for maximum healing benefits. You will feel relaxed and refreshed from head to toe!
Why stop now?  Continue your scrumptious spa experience with our Peppermint Patty Pedicure? Sit back and relax in one of our brand new massaging pedicure chairs. After your nails are shaped and your feet smoothened, your Licensed Nail Professional will exfoliate your skin with a chocolate body scrub. Next is a relaxing foot massage with a rich chocolate buttercream. Enjoy a soothing and hydrating Peppermint Mask, and complete your service with a new festive holiday polish, or an old favorite!
A Peppermint Patty Manicure completes your spa day! Your nails will be shaped and prepped, and your hands will be extra soft and smooth after exfoliation with chocolate scrub. Your Licensed Nail Professional will hydrate winter-worn hands with rich chocolate buttercream and a soothing peppermint mask. Match polish with your toes, or try something new. Your nails will be dazzling and ready for the holidays!

Posted: 11/25/2013 9:43:33 AM by Marnie Morley, Licensed Esthetician at the Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Gahanna/New Albany, Spa Advancement Team Member
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Kinesio Taping Now Available at Charles Penzone!

Beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh wearing a new type of athletic tape.
(Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

Believe it or not, a little colorful tape can go a LONG way to helping deal with everyday aches and pains and even injuries.  And as of today, we’re so thrilled that we’re able to provide it to you with the introduction of the Kinesio taping method to our spa!

Remember seeing Olympian Kerry Walsh Jennings with a spider-webby looking black shoulder deal on the beach volleyball courts?  Yes, that is kinesio tape, and it can do amazing things!

Kinesio tape was invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a well-known Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist who brought his methods of taping and the design of the tape to the United States.  It is currently used by chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapist, and massage therapist, just to name a few. 

Kinesio taping is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.  The tape also helps to alleviate pain and facilitate lymphatic drainage by lifting the skin in order for the muscles to heal.  Kinesio taping is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Almost anyone can benefit from the taping, and believe it or not, 85% of those using it are non-athletes!

And now, one of our very own massage therapists is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (“CKTP”)!  Beth Granich, a Senior Massage Therapist and member of our Spa Advancement Team has completed the necessary coursework, seminars and has passed the written and practical examination and is now open for this incredible service!

Currently, the kinesio taping service is available to you in two ways:

Kinesio Taping Add On To Any Massage
During a 15 minute service, your problem area will be taped using the kinesio taping methods.  Cost of this service is $20, and each additional area being taped within the same appointment is $10 each. 

Kinesio Taping and Assessment
As a 30 minutes a la carte option, your problem area will be taped using the kinesio taping methods.  Cost of this service is $40.00 and a massage not included.  Each additional area being taped within the same appointment is $10.

Think you could benefit from the kinesio taping method?  We strongly encourage you to give it a try!  Give us a call 614.418.5350 or hop online to schedule your appointment!


How to prepare for your taping:
  • Skin should be dry and free of oils, creams or lotions.  Beth will thoroughly swab the area with an alcohol pad to make sure the area that is being taped is properly prepped.
  • If needed, Beth will trim or shave the body hair in the area that the tape will be covering to allow for the tape to adhere best and work most effectively.

How to care for your application:
  • It is recommended to wait at least 30-45 minutes before getting your taping wet or engaging in vigorous activity.
  • Do not place direct heat on your taping including heating pads, hot packs, blow dryers, etc.
  • Kinesio tape can be worn while bathing, showering and swimming.  When drying off, pat or blot your taping dry.

How long will my taping last:
  • A taping can last anywhere from 2-4 days.  Please note that excessive or vigorous exercise and extreme heated conditions may result in your tape needing to be removed earlier than expected.  Please perform these activities with caution while tape is applied.

Posted: 11/15/2013 1:45:52 PM by Beth Granich, Senior Massage Therapist, CKTP, Spa Advancement Team
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At the Charles Penzone Grand Salon locations in Dublin, Gahanna/New Albany and at Polaris Parkway, our highly trained and licensed Medical Massage Therapists not only offer a wide range of massage services to cater to every muscle ailment, we also offer body treatments to provide extra pampering and leave the skin looking and feeling beautiful!

This season’s NEW body treatment service is the Coconut Lime Glow Massage.  This service begins with a fabulous coconut lime scrub made with exfoliating sea salt from Keyano spa products.  The scrub improves the texture of skin, bringing fresh layers to the surface and unclogging pores in preparation for the coconut lime warm oil massage for the upper body.  This oil is grape seed-based, and has a non-greasy texture leaving skin exceptionally smooth and glowing. (This service is offered at all Grand Salon locations.)

If you’re looking for something even more unique, we’d suggest one of our fabulous wraps offered at The Grand Salon at Polaris Parkway location. The Detoxifying and Re-Mineralizing Masques are great for two different effects on the skin and body.

The Detoxifying Masque made with organic heilmoor “deep moor” clay is created from a variety of plant materials sourced from Austria.  This clay is only found at a depth of 60 feet meaning that these beautifying herbs that are so beneficial to the skin have been created in complete absence of pollutants and air.  The detoxifying wrap is a natural antibiotic which helps create balance in the body.  While the body benefits from our detoxifying organic clay masque, a gentle scalp massage will soothe the mind. The powerful spray of our Vichy shower then rinses your body.  Hydrating lotion is applied to lock in the moisture of your refreshed skin.

The Re-Mineralizing Masque is created from algae sourced from a 10,000 year old pristine lake bed in Northern Germany. During this service, your body is exfoliated, masqued and wrapped in warm thermal blankets. While your body benefits from the re-mineralizing organic algae masque, a gentle scalp massage will soothe the mind. The powerful spray of our Vichy shower then rinses your body. Hydrating lotion is applied to lock in the moisture of your newly refreshed skin.

Our body treatments are perfect to help ease into Summer!  For those guests who haven’t experienced our world-class spa, give it a try!  And, for the guests we know and love, consider stepping outside of your typical massage service and try something new! We promise, you won’t regret it. 

Posted: 6/20/2013 8:44:10 AM by Caroline, Medical Massage Professional & Spa Advancement Team, The Grand Salon at Polaris Parkway
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