Romantic Weekend Getaways

Some of the most romantic weekend getaways exist in the most populated destinations in the US.  Here are a few to consider.

I’ll Take Manhattan.  You can spend a fabulous weekend in New York City and stay either at the Marriott Hotel on Broadway, for example, which is right near the Theatre District; or you can book a weekend at the Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park. Perhaps you would like to stay at the Mandarin Koo Hotel and Spa where you can both be pampered for the weekend. No matter what your budget is; Manhattan is more than accommodating.

Needless to say, Manhattan is considered one of the most romantic spots in the U.S.  Whether you enjoy dinner in your hotel suite or dine at any one of the five star restaurants, the night is always young for lovers who seek solitude in a city that hosts millions of tourists each year.  Whether you take a carriage ride through Central Park, enjoy an opera or symphonic performance at Lincoln Center, or walk along Fifth Avenue during the evening hours; the city offers something for everyone.

San Francisco. With its rolling hills, fantastic cuisine, and friendly people; San Francisco offers hotel stays that are sure to enhance your romantic side.  Among the most notable hotels are the Fairmont hotel, located in the Nob Hill area; the Mandarin Oriental, which is known for its best views of the Bay and the city; or the downtown W San Francisco hotel that is close to cable cars, shopping, restaurants, and theatres.

Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and stop by Ghirardelli Square where you can pick up some of their famous chocolate before having dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants there such as McCormick and Kuleto’s, where the panoramic view of the Bay, as well as Alcatraz island; both of which are a stunning backdrop.  You may also wish to stop by O’Neill’s Irish Pub for an after-dinner drink. You may leave your heart here after departing this great city by the Bay.

Las Vegas. Time will stand still at this resort destination.  With a myriad of hotels to choose from you can enjoy your time here without having to worry about time, because there are no clocks in the casinos.

With great weather year round (hot, but always dry), you can wile away the early morning hours at the hotel’s pool and enjoy the evening attending a fabulous show or visit lady luck at the casino.

Whether you take a stay at the Venetian Hotel and enjoy a romantic ride on a gondola; enjoy the Spa and Salon at the Hotel Bellagio; or marvel at the lush indoor gardens, aquarium, and the Secret Garden at the Mirage; Las Vegas is both affordable for any budget and is the perfect weekend romantic getaway.

Lake Placid.  Far away from the maddening crowd, you will find comfort and romance at the Mirror Lake Inn.  With gorgeous mountain and lake views, fireplace, and very large tubs, you will find the accommodations more than satisfactory.  In fact, they are quite conducive to a romantic weekend.

Among the many things you might like to do is to take a walk to the neighboring town of Lake Placid, only two miles away. Here you will find shops along Main Street and you can stop at the Cottage for lunch.  Swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are some of the activities available at Mirror Lake Inn.

The calm and quiet ambience of this Inn is the perfect weekend getaway destination for couples.

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Massage Therapies for Pain

Massage therapy can definitely play a big role in effective pain management. You can hire a masseuse for an in-home treatment, travel to your local spa, or purchase your own massaging chair or handheld product for home use. There are many ways to benefit from the pain relieving aspects that massage can deliver, so let us take a look at some common massage therapies for pain treatment.

Massage Chairs

At the end of a long, hard day, massage chairs are great for a number of reasons. First off, you don’t have to leave home to enjoy the experience. And there are models available which can target different areas of your body, from your head to your neck. An excellent way to alleviate lower back pain, massage chairs can be inexpensive or costly, including features like heating, vibrating and pulsing options.

Swedish Massage

This is the most popular type of massage, and also the most widely practiced. This classic relaxation massage is often offered in spas. From effleurage (long, leisurely gliding strokes) to friction (a fast and repetitious heat producing stroke), there are 5 different common Swedish massage therapies which can be used to release muscle tension and relieve pain. Good for first time massage users.

Handheld Massagers

Handheld massaging units are available with a wide variety of options, and are offered in every price range. Often delivering vibration, pulse, heat, magnetic and infrared features, handheld massagers are versatile because they can be used to effectively reach and treat any part of your body that is in pain. There are models available in both AC and DC options, and these can be conveniently purchased online for home delivery.

Aromatherapy Massage

Incorporating tension relieving essential oils that are massaged into your body, aromatherapy massage provides the best of 2 different, old-world alternative healing methods. Aromatherapy and massage both work to reduce pain and inflammation and promote a peaceful mood.

Foot Massage Machines

The number of foot massaging machines available for off-line and online purchase rivals the numerous handheld massagers which are available. Many occupations and hobbies, sports and exercise regimens lead to aching feet, and foot massagers provide quick, hands-off relief. Self-contained foot massagers frequently include a receptacle for warm water and aromatherapy liquids to accelerate the pain relieving process.

Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage

Pregnancy or prenatal massage can help ease the many physical discomforts that affect pregnant women. And when regular massage is given throughout the full term, delivery in many cases is easier, accompanied by shorter labor length. Postnatal or postpartum massage, as well as infant massage, can help new mothers normalize their bodies and bond with their new baby. (It is wise to get a health care professional or doctor’s blessing before you receive a pregnancy massage.)

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