COVID-19 Safety protocol.

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Thanks for your trust and for booking your massage session with me and to support your local business by doing so.

To make sure my massage studio is a relaxing place where risks are minimized, some specific measures will be taken during the upcoming weeks.

What I’ll do to make your massage a safe experience:

I’ll check my temperature each day: Please, check yours as well before to come to your appointment. In case of fever or cough, I’d appreciate if you could cancel the massage. No penalty in case of a cancellation less than 4h prior to the session.

More time between each appointment, less clients: During that time in between, I’ll bring the previous client downstairs, open the windows and sanitise the installation.

5min before your appointment, I’ll come to pick you up downstairs to open the doors for you and to provide you some alcoholic gel. This way I can ensure a good ventilation and to have time to sanitise everything before to let you in.

Antiseptic soap and disposable paper towels will be provided in the bathroom.

I’ll wear a mask during the massage and will provide you a handmade fabric mask to the ones who didn’t bring one.

What you could do to be prepared for your massage:

Check your temperature before to head to my massage studio. In case of fever or cough, I’d appreciate if you could cancel the massage. No penalty in case of a cancellation less than 4h prior to the session.

To make sure my safety plan works for everybody, punctuality is very important.

To be at my entrance door 5min before your appointment. It’s important not to come too early, nor later than your appointment, so that we can avoid crossings in the hallway.

Bring your own bottle of water to drink after the session if you want, or I could provide you filtered water in a clean glass.

Bank transfer payment is recommended to be made before the session. Cash payment is still accepted, but to avoid cash manipulation, a bank transfer or a payment via Paypal would be appreciated. (If you chose for a Paypal payment, 6% extra cost should be added to the total price to cover the fees). If you want to pay already via bank transfer before your appointment, please ask for my bank account number.

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon, and to help you relax!

A relaxing massage: key to full relaxation.

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A relaxing massage: key to a full relaxation.

While we are all stressed, occupied and worried, there is a solution to give our brain a break. It’s a relaxing massage, and I will explain you in this article why.

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The distress we receive in our daily lives is received as an aggression to our body. We protect ourselves against it by disconnecting from it, from our environment and sometimes even from our own body, as to not feel its weight.

A relaxing massage, be it Californian, Ayurvedic, hot stones or one specially designed for you helps to relieve the different tensions. Be it emotional, professional or physical tensions, as the massages work in different ways. To get a maximum of benefits, the masseur and receiver work together to work on the needs of the person itself, in order to reach the “let go” momentum and let the relaxation take over.

How does that work?

1. Through breathing. The receiver should make a few deep breaths at the start of the massage. Long breaths, slow and through the nose, as to find calmness and a relaxed rhythm for the massage.

2. Connecting body and mind. During the massage we can find back the control of our body, by thinking and following the movements of the masseur. This helps us to reconnect with our body by using our senses, from our ears till our fingers.

3. Getting to know our body. During the massage we can feel where it is pleasant to receive it, where it’s less so, and which movements are enjoyable. Getting to know our body and ourselves teaches how to enjoy senses on our body.

4. Being kind to ourselves. Getting a massage is a moment of quality time we dedicate to ourselves. An activity that we all deserve and need from time to time.

 

So if you feel that you are anxious, notice that your brain never hits the “stop” button, or you are just in need of a break and a present for yourself, come and get that relaxing massage. You can contact me via whatsapp (+34 675407 933) to search together which massage fits you best or book a session directly here:

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5 ways to relieve back pain

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Five ways to relieve back pain

Moving from the bed, to the couch, to the chair and back to bed. During this Covid-19 pandemia your back is having hard times. The regular stress that we all encounter during our lives (work, family life, social relations, ….) is getting an additional factor, being quarantined at home. This stress can lead to severe aches in your back. Did you notice them already?

Could the stress from the quarantine be causing the pain in your back?

First of all there is the effect of stress on our physics. Stress can settle itself on different levels of your body. Leading to some small aches, such as back pain. The amount of muscles under tension will grow, limiting your mobility and hence worsening. In severe cases leading to painful inflammations.
But there is also a mental aspect to the stress we experience. Being isolated at home could lead to a wide variety of emotions, including anxiety or depression in extreme cases. It does have an effect on your body. If we feel stressed about a situation, we’ll often maintain a bad posture, holding our muscles tensed day and night. If you want to recognize the position, it is also the posture we often keep when it’s cold.

So how can you avoid this back pain, or do some self-therapy to relieve the back aches you have?

1. Do some stretching or yoga exercises
The spine twist, the cobra posture, the cat-cow posture and kneeling lunges are all good exercises for the mobility of your lower back.
Whereas hanging on the door, closing your shoulder blades, is a great way of stretching the back as a whole.

 

2. Practice sports and exercise at home
There is a variety of exercises you can do at home. From push-ups to planks, or even the “superman” (yes, you are!), exercising helps to strengthen the muscles of the back and to lower the risk of aches. Don’t hesitate to ask the help of a personal trainer or yoga instructor to make sure you make the correct movements and to not get injured.

 
3. Make sure you have the proper bedware
What kind of pillow do you have? Having a pillow that suits your needs can be an important factor for a relaxed back. This also counts for the mattress that you sleep on. Even turning the mattress around at times can already be a significant help to relieve the back pain you have.

 

4. Pay attention to your position
You’re probably sitting much more often nowadays. Which makes it extra important to watch your posture. A common posture is to let our shoulders fall forwards when we’re sitting, leading to a constant stressing on our back muscles. This can lead to severe pain in the back.

 

5. Get a regular massage
Getting a sports or a hot stone massage that stretches your back is an ideal way to relieve aches and muscular tensions you might have. Whereas a relaxing massage is an important part of helping to cope with psychological pression and to have a peaceful sleep.

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Above all, stay positive. Under Pressure Massage Barcelona cannot wait for the state of alarm to finish, to open again and to help you with the back pain you might have 🙂

Do you have any additional tips on how to relieve back pain? Let me know!

Zero Waste – Under Pressure Massage Barcelona

The Zero Waste Objective of Under Pressure Massage Barcelona

Since the start of Under Pressure Massage Barcelona, I have been focusing on upcycling and reusing goods. Over the time, this has turned into a zero waste objective, one that is nearly reached.

It started with upcycling interior items. An old drawer became a bookshelf, a second hand table to store items, or a recuperated flower pot that became an umbrella-holder.

As to waste, from the start this has been minimal at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona, and I still watch to bring it down to a zero waste level. Massage oils form the biggest part of my consumption, and as well the oils as the cleaning products I buy in bulk and in glass pots, such as from stores as El Safareig in Barcelona. When teas or water are offered, it will also be in a proper washable glass or cup. etc. Leftover oils will be turned into candles. I’m not at 100% yet in my zero waste objective, but it’s coming close.

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Barcelona being a Mediterranean city should be extra touched by the plastic disaster in our seas and oceans. And even as a small business, I’m convinced that I can play my part in making sure to not pollute.

An extra incentive that could make more business-owners follow this road would be to reform the trash-collection-tax. We now pay a fixed price, regardless of the amount of trash we produce. Quite demotivating if you go for 0.

Five ways to relax in Barcelona

Five ways to relax in Barcelona: from nature to dancing and massages

Whether you live in our cosmopolitan city or are visiting, chances are quite likely you’ll need some relaxing moments. Traffic, bustling city life and a wide variety of impressions do take their toll and make that our body and mind want to have some time off now and then. So that’s why we’re here. Offering you 5 ways to relax in Barcelona.

Head into nature

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One of Barcelona’s main advantages is its relatively compact size, with nature always closeby. You can discover many world-renowned urban parks within the city, but could also go a little more out (which still means those places can be reached in 15 minutes by FGC-metro from Plaza Catalunya). One lovely place is the Carretera de les Aigües (see cover picture), a walk-way in Barcelona’s hills, offering splendid views on the city. If you’re up for discovering Collserola, the hills surrounding the city, one other easy way to do so is to head to Vallvidrera. Plenty of studies show that only few things have such a relaxing effect on us as nature, so it’s one perfect way to rewind.

Get a massage

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We can’t deny, getting a massage is one of the best ways to relax in Barcelona. Massages have the capacity to take away soreness in our muscles and they give energy through the movement of blood within our veins. Yet it’s not only physical: the relaxed mood and “zen” feeling a massage creates, is an ideal way to allow our mind some rest. As you know, at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona I offer professional massages with quality products (you can find out more here).

Do a little dance, or watch some people dancing

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Even if you’re not feeling very energetic, it’s almost impossible to feel down while dancing. Those that have danced before will most certainly have felt its empowering aspects. So give it a little push, and get your feet moving. There are plenty of dancing schools all around the city, there’s even Panteres Grogues, in case you prefer a same-sex dance partner.

If you’re really not up for dancing though, you could also check some other people dancing, an equally stimulating effect. In the Parc de la Ciutadella, as well as on other places in the city, such as Plaza de la Virreina in Gràcia, people gather on fixed moments  to dance swing, tango and other dances in the open air. The music and fun atmosphere will surely relax your mind.

Discover Barcelona’s beaches

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As we all know, the wide never-ending views, the sounds of the water, the sand between our toes, the sea and beach do have a relaxing effect on our body and mind. Yet, Barcelona’s main beaches can get quite crowded, and lose their relaxing effect. So if you want to find some more tranquil beaches, here are some suggestions:

Within the center of Barcelona, towards Bogatell Beach it gets more quiet and local. Especially in the not-so-touristic season. For real tranquility, you should head a bit out of Barcelona though, which is easily done by public transport. Southwards, in the area of Sitges and Garraf you can find plenty of natural bays and beaches, whereas Northwards there are some really quiet beaches such as those of Sant Pol de Mar or Tossa de Mar. If you google some pictures of Cala Figuera, you’ll probably not be able to resist.

Enjoy some fine comfort food

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Get yourself surrounded with some people you like, put away that cellphone and head out to a quality restaurant in Barcelona. There are plenty of places in the city that focus on quality, local, slow food, made with care.

Besides all other before mentioned things to do to relax in Barcelona, such as nature, wellness, water and fun, food is one of the things that can make us the happiest, even more so if it’s quality food. Via this link, you can find a long list of quality restaurants, bars and cafés in Barcelona that focus on slow, organic and veggie food. Don’t forget to reserve some time for a siesta after 😉

 

 

Couple’s – Dual Massage in Barcelona

Why should you opt for a dual – couple’s massage?

A dual massage is for those moments where you want to share a relaxing or deep tissue Affordable Massages in Barcelonamassage together with your partner, friend or a family member. It is a great way to enjoy a unique experience with them. If you’re staying in the city for a short time and want a massage for 2 persons, it is a great way to save some time instead of getting appointments one after the other.

My single massage room is then ready to welcome two persons, one on each massage table, next to each other.

Your two male masseurs, myself Julien and another collaborator would take care of your needs, providing you a relaxing or a deep tissue massage during 1h, 90min or 2h.

How to schedule a session?

As I am normally working on my own, this special service requires me to book one of my collaborators to come and provide the massage with me.

Therefore, an inquiry should be sent in advance via WhatsApp +34 675 407 933 or via email at upmassagebcn@gmail.com to give me some time to contact the other masseur and to prepare the massage studio for your session.

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4 hands massage in Barcelona

4 hands massage in Barcelona: for those times that you want to spoil yourself

Are you looking for something new to try?

Normally I work just by myself in my massage institute. But upon request, I work together with other talented and qualified masseurs in Barcelona, to offer a 4 hands massage.

But what is that, a 4 hands massage?

It’s all in a name: during the 4 hands massage we’re with two masseurs massaging you at the same time. It’s a play between synchronizing and working on different areas of your body, which gives a very unique sensation to the body and mind.

The 4 hands massage can be adapted to your needs, be it more deep tissue, or be it more relaxing. It’s an ideal way of getting a thorough relaxation, of spoiling yourself (or someone else, you can give it as a present).

To reserve a 4 hands massage at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona, please contact me via whatsapp (+34 675 407 933) or email (upmassagebcn@gmail.com), to check for availability. It’s definitely worth it, an experience that lasts. An hour of 4 hands massage, by two qualified masseurs and all the regular benefits of Under Pressure Massage Barcelona (organic oils, quality, professionalism, …) comes at 100 euro.

Californian Massage in Barcelona

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Under Pressure Massage Barcelona’s Californian massage is a soft, oiled massage of the entire body, given on a massage table, while your intimate areas are covered up with towels.

What makes a Californian massage special?

If you’re feeling overworked, jetlagged, stressed, tired and noticing a lack of kindness towards yourself, this is the massage you need.Affordable Massages in Barcelona

The Californian massage is a way to hit the stop button, to just enjoy being in your own skin. The symbolism of a Californian heat wave invites to travel into your own body, falling into a kind of meditation during the massage. After the massage, you’ll feel like walking on the clouds and will forget about all your worries.

What are the benefits of the Californian massage?

  • It is the break your mind needs;
  • It helps feeling good in your own body and helps to sleep better;
  • It helps to have more positive thoughts and to be in peace with yourself;
  • It helps to reset the mind, having more organised thoughts and ideas;
  • The skin is softer and moisturised;
  • The draining helps eliminating toxins out of the body which helps fighting fatigue.

Why you should come to Under Pressure Massage Barcelona for a Californian massage

  • Because you are in desperate need of a quality massage 🙂 ;
  • Because of all the benefits mentioned above;
  • Because I got fully trained at French and Thai massage schools and am experienced in giving Californian massages;
  • Because at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona, I also focus on sustainability, such as using organic oils only.

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Sports Massage in Barcelona

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What is a sports massage?

If you feel that you have tensed muscles because of doing sports or just because of stress, the sports massage (also called Deep Tissue massage) given at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona is the one you need.muscular back pain aches how to relieve massage at under pressure massage barcelona

It is applied on the entire body or focussed on some specific areas. It is provided with medium to high pressure, so it can be a little painful, especially on certain areas of the body.

Those people that are used to receiving a sports massage most often don’t go for anything else anymore and keep on repeating it, providing its benefits for a longer time.

What makes a sports massage different from other massages?

The sports massage can be provided with different goals in mind. With as its major benefit to help relieving the tension and pain in the body.

To prepare for a certain sports event, such as a marathon or a competition. The massages help to improve the performance, to keep the body light and with great mobility.

In the aftermath of a sports event. To help the body recover, to avoid making knots, to avoid body aches and soreness.

And of course in general, to help you get back that mobility in your movements, to get rid of tensions and to take the knots out of your muscles.

What are the benefits of a sports massage?

  • Gaining mobility, flexibility and a body that is more stretchy;
  • Preparing your body for a workout or sports event, or recovering from it;
  • Getting rid of soreness and body aches;
  • Avoiding fatigue;
  • Fixing some mis-adjustments in the body e.g in the back, the hips or the neck.

Why you should come to Under Pressure Massage Barcelona for a sports massage

  • Because you are in desperate need of a quality massage 🙂 ;
  • Because of all the benefits mentioned above;
  • Because I got fully trained at French and Thai schools and am experienced in giving sports massages;
  • Because at Under Pressure Massage Barcelona, I also focus on sustainability. Therefore, the towels I use is handmade in Barcelona, using sustainable materials.

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Why I opened my massage parlor in Barcelona.

Why I opened my massage parlor in Barcelona

Born in Normandy, France, in 1985, it was at a young age that I started practicing massages. No coincidence, I have three sisters, who would let me practice day in day out 🙂 I got into the different techniques, and started truly enjoying to get to know what works, and what doesn’t. Moreover, it seems I’ve always had the strength of making people feel comfortable, at ease, a major necessity for a massage therapist.

Combined with my interest in the good things of life: good food, natural cosmetics, different kinds of teas, traveling and more, I started attending professional massage schools to further improve my techniques. In France, as well as in Thailand, where I did professional massage courses in Chiang Mai.

So choosing for my full time profession was easy, and I started working as a massage therapist in France years before I moved here. Basically, one could say it’s the love for giving massages and for sustainability that made me open my massage parlor.

But why a massage parlor in Barcelona?

museum-202300_640Barcelona isn’t the easiest city to work in. But it’s definitely one of the easiest cities to fall in love with. I love to walk its streets, to enjoy its relaxed pace, to have beautiful buildings and parks surrounding me anywhere.

And even most of all, Barcelona being one of the most international cities in Europe, this city gives me the chance of meeting people from around the world. It happens that I meet a Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Thai and American person all in one day. Which has really broadened my mind. Moreover, look at this article with local and authentic spots in Barcelona; aren’t there a million reasons to fall in love with this city?

So if you come to Barcelona, I’d love to share my adoration for massages and this city with you.

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