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We are Undergoing Some Changes!

Shine On is happy to announce that we are hiring two, amazing new Massage Therapists, starting in May! More information is to come as we begin making moves on expanding our little studio! We are also excited to announce that our Couples Massage options will be back on our menu early May! We want to thank all of our wonderful clients for sticking with us all of these years and making this all possible! Shine On, you crazy diamonds!

We Were Nominated!

Shine On would just like to thank everyone who voted for us this year for Encore Magazine’s Best Of 2019!! Being nominated alone is a win for us! We can not express how much this means to us! Thank you Wilmington!

Fathers Day Special!

What better gift to give Dad than a 90 minute deep tissue massage!? Now until fathers day, Shine On will be offering a $90 Hour and a Half Massage for our Fathers Day Special! Don't just get your dad another pen and a tie! He doesn't even work in an office! Let your dad enjoy 90 minutes of total peace and relaxation, hot stones, hot towels and eucalyptus diffusing in the air. Don't miss out on our Fathers Day Special! Shine On!

Don't Forget About Our Valentines Day Special!

Hey everyone! Don't forget that we will be running our Valentines Day Special from the 14th-18th of February! Whether you and your loved one plan to be pampered first thing in the morning or right before you go out to a romantic dinner downtown, Shine On has you covered!

Upon your arrival to your Couples Massage, you will be greeted with chocolate covered fruit and a few other treats as well as heated tables accompanied with aromatherapy and heated towels and river stones. Sound incredible? It gets better! After your wonderful massage you and your loved one may top off your unforgettable evening at Shine On with a warm neck wrap and a very refreshing beverage. Call us today and book your Couples Massage while there is still time!

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Couples Massages!

Start off the new year with a couples massage! A lot of our amazing reviews are from couples sharing their experience at Shine On! Come in and see for yourself what all the hype is about! Mention couples massage blog and receive $20 off your couples massage this month! Shine On!!

We Made Our First Commercial!!! Times Two!

Shine On Massage Therapy is extremely thrilled to announce that we shot our first commercial today! With some help from our friend, Kylie and a couple of our wonderful clients, Nicolette and Emily, we were able to make two fantastic commercials! Keep a look out on Instagram and Facebook!

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The Shine On BOGO Deal!

Hey everyone! We are thrilled to announce that right now until New Years Eve we will be offering a buy one get one deal! For just $120 you will receive a 90 Minute Massage and a 60 Minute Massage! Keep the 90 and give the 60 as a gift! Heck! Keep EM' Both! We don't judge! This is Shine On's way of saying THANK YOU to all of our clients and friends! Shine On everyone!

 

 

Massage - The Hangover Cure!

Here’s why massage is the hangover remedy you’ve always wanted.

It’s completely natural. No need to take drugs like aspirin, which can thin the blood and tax your already overloaded liver.

Massage boosts your immune system. During a hangover, your body is full of toxins, and your liver, the organ responsible for breaking them down, just can’t keep up. Massage will help your lymphatic system clear your blood of all the poisons you put into it during the Holidays.

Hangovers mean headaches. A massage is a great way to increase circulation, which also pushes blood to the brain, easing pesky headaches caused by your hangover.

The only real cure for a hangover is time and rest. A massage helps your body relax and heal itself.

Remembering to hydrate before, during and after a night of drinking is always helpful.

So have fun but be careful & remember to book a massage with Shine On!

 

A GREAT repost from Zeel.com about the affects of drinking alcohol before or after massage!

We all deserve the chance to relax after a long week, and a beer (or three) followed by a soothing massage might sound like a perfect recipe for relaxation.

But if your daydreams of unwinding at home involve both a few stiff drinks and a massage therapy session, you should understand that massage therapists don’t approve of combining booze and massage.

While there are varying opinions on how long you should wait after drinking to get a massage, massage therapy experts agree that it’s not safe to massage a client when they’ve recently been under the influence.

 

Why can’t I get a massage right after drinking?

Why is it so problematic to get a massage after drinking? Alcohol, like massage, has a powerful effect on your body, and the two don’t mix together in a healthy manner.

Let’s dive in to the simple facts about the effects of both alcohol and massage on your body.

 

How massage affects your body

  • Massage boosts circulation, pushing the body’s lymph fluid around and helping you to shed excess fluids more quickly. (This is why your therapist will encourage you to drink plenty of water after a massage.)
  • Massage creates a state of deep relaxation, lowers your blood pressure, reduces levels of stress hormones like cortisol and increases pleasurable hormones like dopamine and serotonin in the body.
  • Massage releases toxins from the muscles into the bloodstream, which can heighten the negative effects of alcohol.

 

How alcohol affects your body

  • Alcohol, a diuretic, is well-known for its dehydrating effects, as anyone who’s ever had a hangover headache will tell you.
  • Alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving the alcohol through your bloodstream and increasing your blood alcohol level.
  • Alcohol impairs cognitive reasoning. Alcohol consumption can impair reflexes, limit motor control, and reduce coordination.
  • Drinking too much weakens the body’s immune system, and a single event of binge-drinking can limit your body’s ability to prevent infections for up to 24 hours.

 

How massage interacts with alcohol

  • Numbed senses. Alcohol and massage are both relaxing. But the deep relaxation of massage, combined with the numbing effect of alcohol, means that you may not be in touch with your body during your massage. This makes it difficult for both you and your massage therapist to judge the best level of pressure for your massage. You want to feel the massage, don’t you?
  • Amplified drunkenness. Alcohol travels through your bloodstream. (We know, it doesn’t sound as much fun when we say it that way.) Massage increases circulation and flushes toxins from muscles, which means that alcohol both hits your bloodstream more quickly and remains there longer. Some massage therapists have seen customers become more drunk during a massage because of this amplification effect.
  • Intensified hangovers. Both massage and alcohol can have a dehydrating effect. This doesn’t just make you thirstier – it can intensify hangover symptoms. (That said, a massage can help cure hangovers.)
  • Canceled-out positive effects. Massage strengthens the body’s immune system, but drinking too much weakens the body’s immune system – meaning that you lose this important health benefit of massage, essentially canceling out the positive effect.

 

Best practices for massage and alcohol

Licensed massage therapists will typically refuse to work with a customer who is visibly intoxicated. While they will work with customers who have had a glass of wine but are not drunk, massage experts recommend that you wait at least four hours after drinking alcohol before getting a massage.

Long story short, alcohol and massage don’t mix well. Keep the beers as an after-massage treat for maximum massage and alcohol enjoyment.

Our Online Scheduling is Back!

Our scheduling was down for a couple of days and we just got it back up and running for good! We are sorry for any inconvenience! You can now schedule any appointment and choose which therapist, day and time that fits you best! Shine On!