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Make Massage Part of Your Self-Care Routine with Sarassage

By Marina I. Jokic

Practicing sports most of her life, Sarah Eckstein always had a natural predilection for working with the body. After finishing high school, she was intent on entering the healthcare field and enrolled in massage therapy school. Upon receiving her diploma in 2007, Eckstein spent the next eight years working at a number of chiropractic offices. She was always more interested in therapeutic massage, so she focused her efforts on learning how to treat sports-related and repetitive stress injuries.

"In 2014, I took a leap of faith and opened my own studio here in Woodridge [Illinois]," Eckstein said.

Sarassage is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Soothing antique lighting, cool grey and metallic colors, and an eclectic ambiance can be seen and felt at Sarassage. Eckstein is also good at reading people's needs whether they prefer a quiet, contemplative session or a friendly chat. Client expectations for a massage session differ widely.

"Some are looking for basic stress relief, and some are seeking more of a treatment-based experience," she said. "I am great at reading the needs of those who trust me to lie [down] on my massage table."

With her ten years of professional experience, Eckstein has comprehensive knowledge of her field, and always works with the client's best interest in mind. If she deems that she cannot help a certain client, she refers him or her to a different healthcare professional.

"Massage therapy in general is the best tune-up you can give your body," Eckstein said.

Since our bodies are subjected to all kinds of stressors, whether physical, mental, and emotional, it does not differentiate among them- and can react adversely to all of them. The right massage can loosen areas of tension, improve mobility, and bring on a general sense of wellness. Receiving massages at least once a month can regulate blood pressure, improve your sleep, decrease muscle fatigue, and even correct hormonal imbalances. There are many benefits of regular massage.

At Sarassage, you will find different styles of massage and other treatments like Swedish or deep tissue, sports, Raindrop Technique, prenatal, reflexology, and cupping among others. The deep tissue massage combines the six traditional Swedish elements at a customized pressure.

The six elements of Swedish massage are long strokes, kneading, drumming, friction, vibration, and compression. Each session also incorporates heat therapy to amplify the effects of the massage. If you are suffering from a sport injury, then the sports massage will work especially on those areas through heat therapy and focused deep pressure.

Sarassage also provides Raindrop Technique, which includes the application of nine organic essential oils to invigorate the muscles of the spine. These oils have been shown to stimulate the immune system while decreasing muscle fatigue and stiffness. Essential oils are layered along the spine and the spinal reflex areas of the feet.

A good complement to aromatherapy, the hot stone massage involves massaging the body with basalt stones heated in 130-degree water. This promotes circulation and calms the nervous system with the help of moist heat. Sarassage has a wealth of therapies whether you are looking to recover from an injury or simply want to pamper yourself.

Sarassage is at 3510 Hobson Road #306 and can be contacted, by phone, at (331)-444-2884. For more online visit

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