Beach Massage Blog

Beach Massage Blog

Musings on Massage, Health, Beaches, St. Croix and Life in general…

Volunteering For Health

Do you know how beneficial it is to give back to your community or to someone who is in need?

I moved to St. Croix in 1994, and when I started meeting people here, I was surprised and overwhelmed by their generosity. I must admit it was kind of a culture shock for me coming from a family whose motto was “Charity begins at home”. I remember my mother saying that to me when I wanted to donate to a cause I saw on TV. As far as I know, my parents never gave to charity and they never volunteered for any non-profit or other organization. My mother became very ill at a young age and died in her mid-fifties. My father is still alive, but he is not well.

We have been doing volunteer work here on St. Croix since well before we started our business. We have rescue dozens of dogs and cats, many of who still live with us and whom we care for every day. We also patrol our beaches weekly to check for endangered sea turtle nests, and while we’re there, we clean up litter. We volunteer with a local theater group, and we have been in the massage tent massaging triathletes at that annual event for many years. We also donate gift certificates to all registered non-profit organizations that ask us for them.

When we massage tourists and visitors, we often ask them how they are enjoying their stay on St. Croix. Nine times out of ten they will say they LOVE St. Croix and that most of the people they have met have been so nice and friendly. Could it be because many of us are doing volunteer work by helping others and our community?

More and more studies are showing that doing volunteer work is good for our health.

According to Stephanie Brown, Ph.D and Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., professors of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in New York, doing good for others who need help causes your body to produce oxytocin, which has been called the compassion hormone. Oxytocin can help your body buffer the effects of stress hormones such as cortisol. They cite Harvard University Studies that show how our bodies also release beneficial immune supporting chemicals when we watch people doing helpful things.

A Carnegie-Mellon University study found that Adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. They also had greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression than those who do not volunteer.

So help yourself by doing something good for your community – we’ll see you out there. And then, when your muscles are sore, we’ll see you on the massage table!

Couples Massage for Relationship Health

Do you take time to do things as a couple? With today’s busy schedules, it’s often difficult or impossible to spend quality time with the person you love. Over months and years, this can lead to a great deal of stress on your relationship.

Life is stressful enough without having problems connecting with the special person in your life. If not given proper attention, your relationship health can suffer from neglect, and resentment can start to build up. Receiving a couples massage so you can share a relaxing experience with your special someone is a great way to rekindle your relationship.

Having your neck and shoulder tension gently but firmly kneaded away allows better circulation to your brain and can help improve your communication skills. This is good for all aspects of your life, but especially for romance.

If you are just starting out as a couple, booking a side-by-side massage session is a brilliant way to go the extra mile to impress. Women love it when guys offer to share something with them. And how many men don’t need to relax after working hard all week? If the other person has never had a professional massage, you can ease his or her fears by explaining how healthy and relaxing it is.

Imagine just the two of you, away from the hustle and bustle of normal life, on a palm-studded beach or in a comfortable “indoor beach” studio in the heart of Christiansted, listening to the sounds of the waves and feeling the gentle breezes waft across your skin.

We are the only licensed husband-and-wife massage team working together in the Virgin Islands for over 10 years. We understand relationships, and our experience shows, with many happy couples raving about their massages and coming back for more. We can help you find the intimate connection you never thought possible.

Couples massage gift certificates make thoughtful and welcome wedding or engagement gifts. Don’t forget those celebrating anniversaries or other special occasions!


Ten Good Reasons to Get a Beach Massage

  1. You’re in the Caribbean! Didn’t you come here to spend some time on the beach? You can get a massage in a spa just about anywhere in the world. Why waste any of your precious few moments of sea, sand and sun inside a box?
  2. Natural Aromathrapy – Tropical breezes filling your lungs with the scents of frangipani and jasmine as you lie under a sea grape or coconut palm.
  3. True surround sound. The songs of the sugar birds, the rush of the waves and the breeze through the trees – you are immersed in relaxation.
  4. Support small businesses and the local economy. Small businesses drive the local economy. Money spent at small Mom and Pop businesses, rather than corporate resorts, tends to re-circulate within the community. When you get a massage on the beach unaffiliated with a resort, you will be supporting the local economy of the place you visit.
  5. Better service. We have a direct stake in the satisfaction of all of our customers and will bend over backwards to accommodate your needs.
  6. More Experience. Many hotel spa practitioners are freshly out of massage school. By contrast, we each have over 16 years of experience providing relaxing massage to Caribbean residents and visitors.
  7. Save money! A beach massage provided by Beach Massage & Bodywork Delivered will generally cost substantially less than one in a resort spa.
  8. No need to rush off. After you’re through getting your tired muscles rubbed, you can just roll over onto a beach chair or hammock. You don’t need to rush out of the room to let the next client onto the table.
  9. Cleaner healthier air. The natural breezes bring clean fresh air rather than artificially cooled recycled air from air conditioners. Studies show that negative ions produced by the surf will enhance the health benefits of your massage.
  10. Year-round opportunities. In the real Caribbean, it is warm enough to get a beach massage 365 days a year. But don’t wait until tomorrow to get yourself down here and get healthy – do it today!