• New Soma Contest!

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    Hi Everyone!

    Do you want to win a 60 min massage at Soma? Yes, I think you do… here’s how!

     

     

    • Step 1: Like us on Facebook and you get your name added to the draw.  Click here!  If you already like us (yay you!) then you name has been entered already!
    • Step 2: Write us a review on Yelp and you get your name added to the draw AGAIN!! Click here to write a review!

    Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

     

  • Now THAT'S a testimonial!

    Shelley Dube was in a few weeks back and wrote a wonderful recommendation for Soma in Parents on The Drive. We just had to share it. Thanks, Shelley! Client recommendations and referrals are vital to Soma’s success! We appreciate all client referrals.

     

    Hi POTD’ers,

    I wanted to send out a message in case some of you hadn’t heard of the wonders that is SOMA Studio Registered Massage Therapy. Though they specialize in pregnancy massage, they also do standard massage therapy, baby massage and yoga therapy. I first went to SOMA in late 2006 when I was heavily pregnant with my son and I fell in LOVE with the space and their practice. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started going monthly from 3 mos onwards and it was heavenly. They have a total set up for preggy mamas with the belly bed and they really, really know their stuff. I LOVE getting massages and I’ve had loads and SOMA is truly the nicest studio I’ve ever been to. It’s exceptionally clean (which I value b/c nothing worse than going somewhere where you need to disrobe and it’s grungy and grotty), well run and the therapists are skilled and lovely. I had been seeing one RMT in particular but she’s on her mat leave now so I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a number of different therapists there (hurt my back gardening – got to love old age) and they’ve all been fabulous. As they’re RMTs, if you have extended medical, it’ll be covered to whatever % your coverage goes for massage and they give you an official receipt at each appt. It’s $100 for a 60 min massage.

    The BEST news as an East Van mama is that SOMA is opening a studio East Side in July!!!! Woo! They’re currently based West Side and I’ve hoofed over to Granville and 6th for years b/c they’re worth the trip; however, I’m thrilled they’re opening up over here! Their new location will be at 1340 Nanaimo Street (at Charles) and when I spoke with the owner on Friday after my massage there, she said they’re already taking bookings for the East Side location. You can call 604-738-1502 to make an appt at either location (be sure to specify) and they also have an online booking system which is really handy but isn’t up and running for the East Side yet. I cannot recommend SOMA enough if you’re looking for seriously awesome massage therapy. www.somastudio.net

    Just thought I’d share b/c they’re so worth checking out and it’s so fab they’re coming to the hood.

    Best,
    Shelley
    (mama to Ben, 5Y and Olivia, 2Y)

  • My Massage with Denis

    I told Denis that I wasn’t just some wussy when it came to massage. He could get right in there. I could take it.

    He grinned. “We’ll see.”

    I don’t know why I felt the need for this show of courage. After all, Denis is the expert; he’d be able to judge what my body needed. So why the swagger?

    I’ve had a few massages in my time, from Shiatzu at the mall, to hot stone massage in the open air studio at the Wickinninnish Inn in Tofino (yeah, I know. Lucky girl.)  But this was the first time I’d ever had a massage with (gasp!) a man! Would it be weird? Awkward?

    The answer? No.

    I’d been doing some serious life renovation in the weeks prior to my massage with Denis: new house, new job, new relationship… When I change my world, I like to go big. But change, even for the better, is stressful. My back was a mess. Shoulders up around my ears. Discomfort in my hip, inciting a barrage of “geriatric girlfriend” jokes from my new, much younger boyfriend. Sheesh.

    But don’t cry for me, South Granville. I mean, I work at a massage studio.

    Denis did a full body massage, though he focused on my upper body. We did a lot of Yoga-like moves, with me breathing in for a count of seven, and exhaling while he gently stretched out my muscles. “Do you do Yoga?” He asked.

    “Yes.” Was my immediate, slightly defensive reply. Then after a pause: “But not as much as I should.”

    Bet he hears that a lot.

    By the time he’d reached my lower back, I’d dropped the superhero routine. This was “me” time; I didn’t have to impress anyone. Denis’ hands are strong, and at times the massage was deep and slightly intense, though he regularly asked how the pressure was. Just before the end of my hour, he put my earlier braggadocio to the test.

    “Okay,” he said, “This might hurt a little, but it will really help.”

    “Right, I’m ready.” I was rolled over onto my back by then, so I put on my brave face.

    He moved his fingers down my collar bone slowly, from the throat area towards my shoulders. Woah. Little fireworks of pain exploded along my neck, and I worked to keep breathing normally.

    “That okay?” He asked.

    “Yeah,” I croaked. Brave face.

    And when it was over, release. Muscle release. Stress release. Much like my experience with Lori, I felt almost giddy afterwards, giggling with the therapists at the front desk before I left. I felt so relaxed and positive the next morning, I sent Denis a little email, even though I was going to see him at work. If you have a massage story or testimonial you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it!

    Thanks Denis!

     

    Be happy,

    carleigh.

     

     

  • My Massage With Lori.

    I’m not saying you’ll buy yourself a bottle of wine and a green tea mousse cake after a massage with Lori. I’m just saying that’s what I did. Results may vary.

    Although we work together, Lori insisted we didn’t talk business on my “massage day”. I’d booked myself in for a one hour session on the first day off I’d had in weeks. To say I was looking forward to it is an understatement.

    As always, my neck and shoulders were tight, but Lori did a full body treatment on me. It brought to my attention parts of my body I hadn’t considered much over the last few months. My hips for example. I’ve been running pretty regularly, and though I always take time to stretch the usual suspects: hamstrings and quads, I’d been ignoring my hips. Lori really got into the cracks, and after my massage, my hips felt more open. Heres a few good hip opening stretches too.

    Lori has been doing this for awhile, and it shows. Her hands are strong, and adept. I was a little sore the day after my massage, but it was that good kind of soreness, the kind that makes you feel connected to your body. I followed her advice, and drank a lot of water.

    And, as I mentioned, I also had a little bit of wine. And a lot of cake. Some say that your muscles hold emotional memory. Well, since my massage with Lori, I am a firm believer in this. Sure, it was a lovely sunny day when I left Soma, but wow! I felt incredible. Light and breezy, with this feeling that I was doing great, and deserved a little reward after my challenging work schedule over the last few months. The massage was an excellent start, and a few hours (and glasses of wine) later, my reward was complete. Thanks Lori!

    Be happy,

    carleigh


  • My Massage With Kaely.

    One incredible perk about working with a fabulous group of RMTs is an occasional complimentary massage. You can imagine my delight a few weeks ago when, during a lull in the action at Soma, Kaely  leaned over my stooped shoulders and asked:

    “You busy right now?”

    Never too busy for some professional TLC. As a writer, I spend an inordinate amount of time hunched over my computer—not to mention the nights spent slouching oh-so-nonchalantly at coffee shops, and  poetry readings on The Drive.

    Kaely asked me where I’d like to focus on. I mentioned the pain in between my shoulder blades and some trouble I had breathing deeply. My chest felt a little concave.

    “No problem.”

    On the table in Soma’s bright, airy treatment room, I already felt more relaxed. I caught a glimpse of Japanese maples and a small stone Buddha statue out the window before laying my head down. Kaely breezed into the room, with an air of kindness and professionalism that really is Soma’s trademark. She asked me a few questions, and seemed to spend some time getting a feel for my body before she launched in. I really appreciated this. It’s always a bit strange letting someone take care of you isn’t it?

    That strangeness didn’t last long. After about 40 minutes of deep massage, with an emphasis on re-aligning my bent posture, I felt incredible. I was breathing deeply, and my voice had dropped an octave. Kaely gave me a few tips on correcting my posture at work, and then we were done. Though relaxed, I had no trouble going back to work for the rest of the afternoon. If anything, I was probably more productive. Thanks Kaely!

    Be happy,

    carleigh