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Utopia’s Holiday Event

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WIN $100 Gift Card

Get Ready for School 

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Get a Free Treat from Utopia this Summer

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New Team Members

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Utopia Events

 

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Celebrate Summer Spa Specials

Celebrate Summer

Spa Specials  Liters on Sale

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June Specials

Get Ready For Summer

Specials Rewards Gift Cards

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May Specials

Celebrate 14 years of Utopia

Specials  Rewards  Gift Cards


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May Events – Wine and Shine

Learn more about our May Events

MAY Wine & Shine Event

Mother’s Day

 

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Utopia Salon & Day Spa Named Top 200 Again!

UTOPIA SALON & DAY SPA NAMED TO THE SALON TODAY 200 BY SALON TODAY MAGAZINE

(January 2017) – UTOPIA SALON & DAY SPA in Vancouver, Washington, owned by Lisa Houser recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners.

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Massage and Running

Massage Therapy and Running

It’s marathon season and lately I’ve been asked by a lot of clients if there is anything I can do to help them “go the extra mile.” Here is the best recommendation I can give to those looking to improve run times and cut down on soreness and increase mobility after events.

First of all, regular treatment should be part of your training schedule. You may only think of getting massage after the big race when your glutes, hamstrings and calves are throbbing but if you include massage as one of the components to your training you will be less prone to injury and feel better overall. Immediate benefits of massage include improving blood flow to the muscles, loosens muscles that have contracted from overuse, releases lactic acid that is being stored in muscles (especially important for active people), and shortens recovery time between workouts.

I tell clients to come to me a day or two before their race for a more sports centered massage where I focus on the areas that will be affected during their run. Afterward I suggest they come in a couple days later for a lighter relaxation massage where I concentrate more on relieving any pain or swelling and increasing circulation to aid in recovery.

Water intake is crucial to your performance as well.

Male Drinking Requirement, in fluid ounces:
Body Weight x .35

Female Drinking Requirement, in fluid ounces:
Body Weight x .31

Example: A 132-pound women needs to drink 41 ounces of water a day (132 x .31= 41). She’ll get the rest of her daily water supply from food and metabolic processes. Runners need to drink extra to cover daily sweat losses.

Directly following the race up to a couple days after cold compresses and Epsom salts are an ideal way to cut back the swelling and discomfort in your legs before your massage. Good luck to everyone this year and I’m looking forward to seeing you on my table!

– Katrina Keizer, LMP