Sunday, November 21, 2010


And by the TURKEY I do mean ME!  In the tradition of Black Friday & Cyber Monday.  I am offering an insane deal to the first 15 people to respond.
When you buy any Instant Gift Certificate between 11/26-11/29 you will get a second gift certificate free!
You can keep the second one for your own use or give it as another gift.
Remember this holiday season we are sending a complimentary card & box of brownies on your behalf to let them know you have given them the gift of massage.
Don't Delay They're Going Fast!

Nancy James
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Massage Napa Valley Blog Create a memorable experience this holiday season

Monday, November 15, 2010

Create a memorable experience this holiday season

Invite your best friends to get some R & R like these fabulous ladies did. 
It's easy to have your own in home spa party with Massage Napa Valley!  We provide the treatments ranging from massages & body scrubs, to rejuvenating facials and even waxing.

Call us today & we will put the perfect package together for you.

Nancy James
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Massage Napa Valley Blog Cookoo for Cocoa!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Give a little indulgence this year with a Cocoa Comfort Massage & Body Treatment.  It all starts with a full body chocolate mint full body exfoliation.  Perfect for sloughing off old, dry skin cells & increasing circulation.  Followed by a stress relieving Cocoa Comfort massage.  This light cocoa butter fragrance relaxes your mind, it is rich in anti-oxidants, and has a natural gentle warming action to enhance your relaxation.
90 minutes of Bliss for only $120   

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When you purchase Cocoa Comfort Massage & Body Treatment Gift Certificate from Massage Napa Valley your gift recipient will receive a box of brownies & a card on your behalf to your recipient on a date you specify (but before Dec 15th.) Mailing address is required. expires Dec 14th. 

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Massage Napa Valley Blog How the light changes with the progressing seasons by Kathleen Gardenswartz

Thursday, October 7, 2010

How the light changes with the progressing seasons by Kathleen Gardenswartz

Fall descends and the cool weather brings a distinct and holistic change. The sun shifts, delivering new angles of light and revealing definitions and texture that were lost to us in the direct summer sun. The softer fall daylight is a reprieve from the harsh brightness, it signals an opportunity to rejuvenate the body and relax with spa and with alterations in our self-care routines.

your immunity now.
The best way to build immunity is to create a routine that puts you in the best possible position to fight illness, particularly in the cold of winter. Adjusting your schedule and sleep cycles to maximize your exposure to light will help minimize depression and maximize the time you can spend outside.

Fight-off illness with massage.
Massage is a natural immunity booster for your body. There is not a drug that can compete with the effects of massage. It can ease insomnia and inflammation, relieve physical pain and alleviate depression, increase circulation and reduce the level of stress hormones in the body. It is a critical wellness tool that you can incorporate to strengthen overall immunity and maximize health this fall.

The weather is glorious right now, a perfect time to be outside and physically active. Walking is an easy exercise to incorporate into your life and it allows you to be outside. Exercise is an energy booster and it improves your overall emotional state. So take a walk outside, live in the moment and enjoy every second of light and sublime weather.

Massage and exercise are integral to a good night's sleep. In addition, alter your sleep routine just slightly, it will allow you to take full advantage of daylight as the days get shorter and shorter. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier to maximize your opportunities to enjoy the fall light.

Hydrate and humidify.
Fall light breaks the starkness of summer and alters our mood and routine. During the summer we feel the extremes of light, chlorine and exposure on our tired skin. All the travel, sweat and activity push our bodies to an extreme. The fall is our time to reevaluate, rejuvenate and take care of our bodies.

It is a perfect opportunity to prepare for winter’s attempts to dry your skin. Drinking enough water can boost your metabolism, keep you more alert and enhance overall health and immunity. Humidify your living environment to keep your skin and sinuses healthy and clear.

Nurture yourself.
Set aside time for yourself right now. It is so easy to become so immersed in busy that the beautiful moments all blur together and leave you stressed. Before you know it seasons pass, the new year looms and you are exhausted. Practice living in the moment, take deep breaths on your walk, notice the fall colors and enjoy the new light of fall. Take time to reflect and prepare mind, body and soul for the winter and holiday season.

Establish a new skin care routine that hydrates deeply and often. Get a facial, and ask a professional esthetician for a professional assessment and product recommendation that will take you through the new year. These new routines will help you face the deep winter cold and focus your energy inward.

The weather is glorious and changing, the light is ethereal and the colors invite us to participate in life. It is the interim season to harvest, collect and prepare for the cold. Take time now to enjoy the outdoors, alter your routine and get the most out of every transcendent moment this fall.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More Kudos from Raiders

It's getting HOT in the Napa Valley as August and pre-season training comes to a close.  I've had the pleasure of working with two more Oakland Raiders players Sam Williams & Lamarr Houston.
Sam Williams
Lamarr Houston

Both gentlemen were very cordial & easy to work with.  Good Luck to both of you on your upcoming season!

Nancy James
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oakland Raider John Henderson Enjoyed my massage!

Tuesday August 17th 2010 Oakland Raider John Henderson said that he enjoyed my massage.  Good luck on your playing season.  Glad that I could help during your training session.

Nancy James
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Psst.... it's your massage therapist & I have something to tell you.

Sorry to break it to you but your skin is DRY! It's the dog days of summer and too much fun & sun has taken it's toll on your body's largest organ your skin! So here's what you need to do:

1.) Hydrate! I cannot stress enough how you need to drink more water during the hot summer months. Perspiration leads to further dehydration, so don't forget to drink up.

2.) It's a perfect time to add a body treatment to compliment your regular massage sessions. Your skin will feel revitalized and renewed.

Check out my offerings. Body Brush a Pre-Massage exfoliation using a soft brush to remove dead skin cells revealing healthy skin beneath that glows! Hot Towel Massage this apres massage treatment uses draping of warm towels infused with lavender essential oil to warm the muscle tissue providing greater relaxation & stress relief. Soothing Foot Scrub This focus on your "sole" leaves skin feeling soft & moisturized. A rosemary mint scrub polishes skin & followed with a foot massage using generous moisturizing creme. Fees: Add on Services $ 15 each, 2 for $20, or all 3 for $30
Book yours here: 

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the summer!
Your massage therapist,

Nancy James
Massage Napa Valley
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Graduation means appreciating endings and embracing new beginnings.

A graduate is faced with the end of an era and a multitude of things to come. Help them relax as they reflect upon their accomplishments and move forward to welcome what the future holds!

An Instant Gift Certificate makes the perfect graduation gift. Choose one for every grad in your life this year!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Best Mother's Day Gift-HEALING!

MOM - that word evokes a plethora of images and feelings deep within each of us- comfort, wisdom, love, joy, faith, healing, laughter, protection... each completely unique and unequivocal in perception. As Mother's Day is quickly approaching the search for ideas to convey these sentiments to Mom is prevalent for most of us. Make it easy on yourself this Mothers Day with an Instant Gift Certificate from Massage Napa Valley. Giving the gift of healing & relaxation to Mom is just a click away at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nurture the Nurturer this Mother's Day

There's no time like the present to nurture the one who taught you the meaning of the word. Demonstrate how well Mom did her job as you gift her with comfort and wellness this year!

It's the perfect, thoughtful gift of wellness and relaxation -- an Instant Gift Certificate from Massage Napa Valley.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Six Massage Questions You’re Afraid to Ask

Six Massage Questions You’re Afraid to Ask Get the Inside Scoop by Robert Chute

Considering massage but have a few concerns? Get your answers here!

"I'm a bit uncomfortable taking all my clothes off when I go for massage. Do I have to be completely naked to receive massage?"

Some people go under the sheets without a stitch on, others wear underwear, and some people prefer to wear shorts, sweatpants, or even their regular street clothes. No, you don't have to take off more clothes than you are comfortable with to receive massage. Talk to your therapist and he or she will adapt to your needs. Be aware that wearing more clothes can interfere with the use of certain techniques, but there's no reason you can't enjoy receiving massage in casual clothes. Therapists won't be able to use lotion and may be unable to work as deeply, but they can adapt to your comfort level and still deliver a satisfying massage experience.

People who are self-conscious about their bodies might get massage more often, and with less apprehension, if they had the added underwear barrier. For some, it creates a psychological boundary that allows them to more fully relax during the massage, and that's okay, too. Rest assured, massage therapists work with all kinds of bodies, from the very young to the very old and all shapes and sizes in between. Massage therapists are a very caring and giving group. To be successful at what they do, they have to be. Your therapist strives to strike a balance between engaging with you as the complex individual you are, as well as seeing your body and all its unique qualities from a clinical perspective. Bodywork is about the careful application of techniques to muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue as a means to enhance your whole being, it's not about judgment.

"I'd like get massages more often, but I can't afford it. Do I talk to my massage therapist about this?"

Yes, talk to your massage therapist. Your practitioner may have a client loyalty or frequent-buyer program in place to bring down the total cost of massage, or a time-pay option to spread out the cost.

Many therapists take credit cards, and some will take postdated checks or a series of postdated checks to work out a payment plan. Some therapists have a sliding scale of fees depending on annual income and financial hardship, or they may accept coupons from bartering networks.

If you have some flexibility with your schedule, ask your therapist if she/he does a standby list. Your therapist might consider a discount fee if you can pop in for a last-minute appointment and fill a late cancellation.

You may also want to check with your employer or insurance carrier to see if you might be covered for massage therapy.

If you love massage and communicate to your therapist how much you value it, you might be able to work out an arrangement that's fair to all parties.

"I'm never sure about gratuities for massage services. What should I tip?"

Massage therapists working in spas don't usually receive the full fee charged for their services. They work on a percentage split with the spa owner or receive a salary. If you are visiting a spa, tipping is common (15-20 percent) and therapists may depend on tips for their income, just as restaurant servers do.

Your solo practitioner will likely appreciate tips as well, although not all massage settings accept tips (a doctor's office with a practitioner who offers massage, for example). Bottom line is, if you feel like tipping, offer. If you don't feel tipping is appropriate, don't.

"What should I do when I feel ticklish on the massage table?"

Some people are sensitive to particular techniques, which make them feel uncomfortable and want to giggle. If that happens, your therapist may use a broader stroke or deeper pressure so it doesn't tickle. In the unlikely event you're still way too ticklish with those variations, the therapist can skip that part of the body and concentrate on less sensitive areas. It's your massage, so you can dictate what works and what doesn't. Be sure to tell your therapist beforehand about any sensitive or particularly ticklish areas of your body so he or she can accommodate you more effectively.

"Isn't it true that massage has to hurt to do any good?"

Massage does not have to hurt to help. You can gain therapeutic benefits from a relaxing massage, which doesn't hurt a bit, or you can seek out more aggressive treatment options, which can cause some discomfort. Trigger point therapy and friction are examples of techniques, which are briefly uncomfortable, but very helpful for many conditions. If you don't want heavy pressure, say so. Massage therapists want to help you. If you're wincing under the pressure and tightening up, that will work against the goals of massage, which is to invite your body to relax, reduce pain, increase well-being, and have long, supple muscles. Massage therapists aren't in the torture business. Let your therapist know what feels good and what doesn't. Recognize that your needs and pain threshold might change with each visit.

From the male client: "What if I get an erection during a massage?"

It rarely occurs, but if it does, don't panic. Sometimes as a result of your nervous system going into relaxation mode (or because of certain medications) erections happen. Therapists know that this is a physiological reaction and will treat the situation accordingly. Usually your therapist will try to redirect your attention with a shift in the focus of his or her work, maybe by altering pressure or moving to a different area of your body. Your unintended erection, and any embarrassment, will soon pass.

Any more unspoken questions for your therapist? Ask. Your honesty will strengthen your therapeutic bond with your caregiver and let you deepen your relaxation time and feeling of healing. And that's what it's all about: You.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's NOT too late!

Scrambling for that last minute Valentines Day gift? It's not too late to get an instant gift certificate from Massage Napa Valley. Here's what you need to do:

go to click on the Instant Gift Certificate tab, choose to purchase by amount or service from the drop down menu. Next choose amount to add to gratuity. Select your design, add your recipient & details and voila you now can email or print your custom instant gift certificate.
A little pampering & relaxation in the comfort & privacy of your own home can now be bought with just a few keystrokes. Now that's what I call an easy button!

Monday, February 8, 2010

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Sarah Reynolds who won the Valentines Romance Competition.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Don't settle for the same old box of chocolates this Valentines Day!

Gifts chosen with care for our friends and loved ones make everyone feel great. Gift givers love knowing they've presented a gift that fits the personality and preferences of their recipient; the recipient knows that they're valued and appreciated by the giver. And the gift of spa is always the perfect fit!

Did you know that you can create a "wish list" on
It's easy just select your service from the menu & you can email it to 5 people.  Don't take your chances on  mediocre gifts.  Give them a easy way to give you what you really want!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Valentines Competition!

Valentines Day happens this year on Sunday, February 14th.  I've decided to offer a competition for one lucky winner to receive a 2 hour massage & body treatment, a bottle of Sparkling Wine, Chocolate dipped Strawberries, and your house "dressed" for the mood with candles & rose petals.

No purchase necessary  for entry.  To be eligable for prize you must be in Napa on Feb. 14th & available between 530-8pm.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash.  Can be transferred, but new recipient must be available on the above date & time.

For additional entries you can:
  1. Tweet this & follow nancyjames on twitter.  Post your comment that have done so.
  2. Sign up for email updates on
  3. Join of Massage Napa Valley Group on Facebook.  Post your comment that have done so.
  4. Follow this site!
Winning entry will be drawn on Sunday, February 6th @ 11:59pm.  Winner will be notified by email.

Good Luck!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Here's How Massage Therapy Can Rejuvenate Your Body

Massage is a famous practice that applies structured or unstructured pressure, tension, motion or vibration to the soft tissues of the body. The pressure is either applied via mechanical aids or manually. The tissues involved in this therapy include ligaments, joints, tendons, muscles, lymphatic vessels and connective tissues. The therapy also affects the vital organs of reproductive system and gastrointestinal system. A massage therapy is usually performed by a professional massage therapist.

Here are some of the benefits of massage therapy:

The massage therapy is one of the oldest types of therapies used to soothe and rejuvenate the human body. It is also said that it has the ability to cure some of the serious ailments. Massage therapy can be defined as an amazing tool for calming and relaxing the body. However, it does more than just to provide a soothing experience or pleasant sensation on the skin.

One of the major benefits of the massage therapy is that it works on the soft tissues of the body including ligaments, muscles and tendons. The therapy is also known to enhance to the muscle tone. The practice also alleviates blood pressure, blood circulation, heart rate and enhances the lymph flow. One of the basic benefits that can be availed via the massage therapy is that it aids the lymphatic system. Experts in this field also believe that massage is capable of eliminating the waste and harmful toxins from the body.

There are several other benefits of massage therapy including the following:
a) Increases the natural painkillers of the body; endorphins.
b) Enhances the sense of wellbeing.
c) Improves breathing and soothes the body.
d) Enhances relaxation.
e) Heals the mind and body.
f) Alleviate stiffness, pain and tension.

One of the major benefits of massage therapy is the elimination of stress and pain in the body. With the kind of lifestyle we lead these days, it is very common to feel extreme stress and pain. Stress has many adverse effects on the body. It can result in to lowered immunity and also develop certain types of physical and mental illness.

Muscle tension is one of the most common problems faced by people due to stress. This results in sore neck, headaches and backache. Depression, anxiety and problems related to digestion, asthma and period pain are also other symptoms of stress.

A massage therapy can minimize these problems. With regular treatment and courses from a professional massage therapist, one can easily cope up with these problems and even eliminate them from life. It is said that a massage therapy has a great effect on the mind. It helps in enhancing the blood and hormones circulation of the body. Particularly, the therapy enhances the circulation of the "feel good" hormones in your body and affects the way you think.

A good massage therapy can also reduce cramps via reducing the involuntary contraction of muscles. It enhances the efficiency of the digestive system and reduces abdominal pain caused by digestive problems. The therapy has the potential to reduce sinus pain via enhancing the drainage of fluid from the face, thereby minimizing the pressure build up. brings you the latest on massage. Massages are gaining in popularity, and we want to bring you up to date information! Be sure to check out our latest information page on massage therapy.

Xavier, M.. "Here's How Massage Therapy Can Rejuvenate Your Body" The Free Library 13 December 2007. 03 January 2010 <'s How Massage Therapy Can Rejuvenate Your Body-a01073825529>.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Introducing your Personal Massage Therapist.

Do you ever wish you lived at a Spa? Well who wouldn't. Spas are wonderful places that smell good, transport you to a place of tranquil relaxation. It's another dimension where stress & tension are non-existant.

Well your dream has come true. I am here to provide spa quality Massage & body treatments in the comfort & privacy of your own home. Just think how you'll feel after a 2 hr massage, foot scrub, body polish, & hot towel massage. After which you can relax at home without the spa experience ending at the spa.

After your treatment I recommend an aromatherapy bath & don't forget the wine & candles to bring added bliss. Curl up in a comfy robe. Keep yourself in a spa mind set. Don't be tempted to do anything you would normally be doing at home, like housework or watching tv. That's your at home spa experience.

Like the sound of it? Have a home "spa-cation" give me a call to arrange. I'll do all the work, you do all the relaxing.