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Gift Certificates and the Oregon Humane Society

Help the animals! This holiday season, TouchWorks is donating money to the Oregon Humane Society. Want to help? Buy a gift certificate! 20% of each gift certificate sold will be given to the Oregon Humane Society December 18-25, 2011.

Still have holiday shopping? Gift certificates are fantastic gifts for family, friends, coworkers (Boss-don't forget your employees!), your child's teacher, etc. And we've given you options so your gift certificates will be exactly what you need:

-Purchase online, by phone or in-person (make sure to call first, since we're open by appointment only)

-Select the design you want

-Choose a dollar amount or service

-Print instantly or email to recipient (for online orders) or have it mailed (USPS)

Shopping for a group of people? Gift certificates are available in quantity, just call or email us for information.

So go ahead and cross some names off your list! A gift certificate for massage is a gift of wellness and relaxation. Who wouldn't love a gift like that?

Questions about gift certificates (or anything else related to massage)? Contact us.


Is TouchWorks What You're Looking For?

If you've had more than one massage, you probably already know not every massage therapist is the same and there are many types of massage. Here at TouchWorks, we focus on aches, pains and injuries. Why is that important to know? Because we want to make sure you're coming to the right place for the right stuff. We don't stick to just one massage technique here, for instance. So if you are looking for a session of trigger point work and nothing else, you probably won't be pleased with what we do. However, we usually incorporate some trigger point work in each session. We use many other massage techniques as well, and they all help with aches, pains and injuries. Need more help figuring out if TouchWorks is right for you? Please consider the following:

If you...

-deal with aches or pains on a regular basis

-spend your days leaning over your patients (We love to work on folks in the medical field!)

-aren't feeling as young as you once did

-work at a desk or do some other type of stationary work

-find that pain keeps you from performing daily activities

-were recently injured

...and you're interested in using a series of massages to help with your pain (or recieve massage at least once a month to keep the pain away), then we're probably a great fit!

 But, if you...

-want relaxation massage

-want pre-natal massage

-want energy work (like Reiki)

-want hot stone massage

-enjoy massage that hurts so much you can't breathe

...then we probably aren't a great fit. However, we have a list of fabulous massage therapists we can refer you to. Take a look at the Links page to see our list of other healthcare professionals we love. If you don't see what you're looking for, contact me and we'll do our best to find someone better skilled to meet your needs.

Questions? Feel free to contact us and we'll try to give you some answers.


A Good Massage Doesn't Have to Hurt!

If it doesn’t hurt it isn’t doing anything, right? Wrong. A common misconception about massage is it has to be painful to be beneficial. Deep tissue massage, what most people are talking about when they say they like firm pressure (or hard massage), doesn’t need to, and shouldn’t, hurt. A properly skilled massage therapist knows to “warm up” an area before digging in so the muscles and connective tissue can stay relaxed and benefit from the work. Connective tissue is able to change state, meaning it can go from a gel-like state to a more liquid-like state. Deep tissue is safe and effective when working on liquid-like tissue. If someone jabs you with their elbow after thirty seconds of lotion application, you’re almost guaranteed feel excessively sore, experience bruising and possibly even injury as a result. So next time you ask for more pressure, expect there to be a little bit of warm up time. It’s for your own good!