You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why – this year’s top holiday gift list is full of some surprises. We know you were expecting another Snuggie® or monogram towel set, but don’t you worry, we’ve got your back. This year we are offering some healthy alternatives to the annual holiday gift guide that will help eliminate gifts collecting dust in your closets after the holiday season passes, as well as reduce the common holiday chaos of materialistic overload.
Holiday Gifts for Her
Before committing a fashion felony this holiday season and sending in your two easy payments for As Seen on TV gems like PajamaJeans® or Snuggie® blankets, give the females in your life real style and comfort by giving the gift of therapeutic massage. With massage you don’t have to worry about picking out the perfect size, length or color. Instead, you can easily purchase a year’s worth of massage therapy sessions and let skilled therapists customize the style and comfort level needed to ease away muscle tension and soreness, help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Some styles and techniques that might be good for her to try this year include:
- Swedish Massage: This type of massage is best for relaxation and stress relief, but also is a great choice for those on your list who will be experiencing their first therapeutic massage session.
- Hot Stone Massage: This unique technique has been around for hundreds of years and is best for easing muscle tension without deep pressure, thereby maximizing massage time and overall wellness.
- Prenatal Massage: For the women who are expecting to add a bundle of joy to their family, this massage style specifically aims to decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and ease the physical and emotional stresses of pregnancy.
We all know it’s important to keep the ladies in your life happy and relaxed. Give her the gift of therapeutic massage this season for rejuvenated health and wellness all year long. It’s a win-win for the entire family.
Holiday Gifts for Him
What do you get when you mix two popular gifts on the men’s holiday list this year – the beer holster and Bacon of the Month Club? High cholesterol, the constant aroma of fried bacon wafting through the house, and a man walking around the house all weekend wearing his beer holster and quoting lines from John Wayne movies. Before the man in your life turns into a Wild West cowboy right before your eyes, try stuffing his stocking this year with a gift that is geared more toward a healthy and active lifestyle.
Athletes from around the world use massage therapy as part of their overall training regimen, so it is a perfect gift for the men in your life who are weekend sports warriors or competitors in their local sports leagues. Whether men play hockey, baseball, basketball or compete in events like marathons, triathlons and golf tournaments, the last thing they need is more sports equipment, memorabilia or manly accessories. Plus, do you really want to add more clutter to the garage or the basement with more golf clubs, hockey sticks, baseball gloves or basketball hoops?
By giving the gift of massage therapy, you are not only promoting health and well-being for your family, but you are supporting the men in your life’s interests by helping him stay active and injury-free with massage. And, even if he prefers to be a desk or computer jockey instead of an athlete, therapeutic massage therapy sessions are key to releasing shoulder and neck knots, reducing lower back pain and minimizing carpal tunnel symptoms associated with sitting for long periods of time.
Some massage techniques that can be geared toward men include:
- Sports Massage: This popular massage style is good for preventing and treating injuries, while enhancing athletic performance.
- Deep Tissue Massage: This technique is best for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
- Trigger Point Massage: This specialized technique is best for localized knots where the body holds tension.
It’s easy to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the men in your life by scheduling monthly therapeutic massage sessions for them. You can schedule three to six months worth of massages at a time and then set them up as appointments in their work or personal online calendars. This way they will receive automated reminders about the appointments and have no excuses for maintaining their health and well-being throughout the year.
Holiday Gifts for Kids
The twinkle in your children’s eyes as they write their yearly letters to good ol’ St. Nick and the excitement in their step as they barrel down the stairs on Christmas morning is priceless. But, let’s be honest. The top holiday gifts for children tend to be loud (drum sets), can cause major distractions from finishing homework and chores (video games, televisions and latest tech toys) and can leave parents exhausted after having to care for new pets or constantly cleaning up large messes that stem from gifts (moon sand, paint sets). That’s why the perfect gift for children this year is one that includes the gift of massage for the parents as well.
If you are giving gifts to someone else’s child, make sure to include a gift of relaxation and restoration for the parents as well by including a massage gift certificate, or two! If you are a parent who has generous relatives and friends who love to spoil your kids with the latest gifts and gadgets, make sure to sign yourself up for monthly massages for three to six months following the holiday season to give yourself relief from holiday gift headaches and stress, while rejuvenating the health and well-being of your mind and body.
Find an Elements Massage near you today to schedule massage therapy sessions for everyone in your family this holiday season.