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Motif Spa

4980 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA 95118


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How to Massage Your Sinuses



If you are suffering from sinus pressure or congestion, massaging your sinuses may help to alleviate some of your irritation. Massaging the sinuses and the tissues surrounding the sinuses can help relieve the pressure and drain mucus-filled sinuses. There are different kinds of massages you can try, including a basic, full-face massage as well as massages designed for specific parts of your face. Keep in mind that you can mix any of these techniques and massage just one or all your sinuses.


Rub your hands and fingers together to warm your fingers. Warm hands and fingers are more comforting for the sinuses than cold hands and fingers. Cold hands and fingers can cause muscle tension.

One option is to place a small amount of oil on your palm (about a quarter-sized amount). The oil helps to lessen the friction caused by your hands rubbing against your face. The scent of the oil may also help to promote relaxation. Good oils to use for a sinus massage include almond oil, baby oil, or castor oil. Just make sure to not get any of it in your eyes while you massage close to those areas.


Locate the indentation of the eye sockets. The indentation of the eye sockets are located on either side of where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows. When pressure is applied to this area, it can help to relieve colds, sinus congestion, frontal sinus headaches and tired eyes.[1]

Use your thumbs. The thumbs are recommended because they tend to be stronger than other fingers. For other people, using the index finger may be more comfortable. Do whatever feels the most soothing and comfortable for you.


Apply finger pressure directly on the indentation of the eye sockets. Do this for one minute The amount of pressure you apply should be somewhere between pleasant and firm.

Then, press your fingers into the area and move them in a circular motion for two minutes.

Keep your eyes closed as you massage this area.


Apply pressure to your cheeks. Move your thumbs, or alternatively, your index and middle fingers so that they are placed on either side of your cheek, just outside each nostril. When pressure is applied to this area, it can help to relieve nasal congestion and sinus pain.[2]

Apply firm and constant pressure on your cheeks for about a minute.

Then, move your fingers in a circular motion for two minutes.


Stop the massage if you feel any pain. If there is a buildup of pressure in your sinuses, this basic massage may be felt as a little intense, and this is normal. However, if you feel any deep pain, you should stop and try an alternative remedy or consult your doctor.


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Massage Can Help Treat Lower Back Pain


Apr 06, 2017


Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability in the world. About one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, the condition becomes chronic.


Now, a new study finds that massage may provide lasting relief for chronic lower back pain, according to research published in the journal Pain Medicine.

To see how people in the real world respond to massage, researchers looked at 104 people with persistent back pain who were referred by their doctors to licensed massage therapists. They went to 10 sessions over 12 weeks, and the practitioners were free to design massage programs that were individual to the patients, rather than all using the same technique.

At the end of the study, most people completed a questionnaire, and more than 50% reported clinically meaningful improvement in their back pain. Several people improved so much that their scores on a standard screening test dropped below the threshold for disability, says lead author Niki Munk, an assistant professor of heath sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. (Munk, who is also a licensed massage therapist, conducted the research while at the University of Kentucky.)

Many of those improvements lasted. Three months later, with no further massage sessions, 75% of the people who reported initial improvement said they still felt better. “They’d reverted back a little bit, but they were still significantly more improved than they were at the start of the study,” says Munk.

More research is needed to figure out exactly how massage works to reduce pain, but some research suggests that massage directly reduces inflammation in muscles.

Munk points out that the study included a diverse group of patients; some were obese, some had other health conditions that contributed to their back pain and others were taking opioid pain medications. “They reflect real-life,” Munk says. When a patient comes in with chronic lower back pain, it's rare that they don't have more, she says.

The researchers saw improvement across the board, but they did notice a few trends based on demographics. Adults ages 49 and older were more likely to meaningfully improve than younger patients. While people with obesity tended to improve, those gains didn't last over time. And people taking opioids were two times less likely to experience meaningful changes, compared to those not taking them.

Studies like this have the potential to influence how doctors practice, says William Elder, the study’s other lead author and director of behavioral health at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“Guidelines already say to use massage therapy for chronic pain, but it is not used much,” Elder told TIME in an email. Clinical trials have shown that treatments work in ideal, controlled situations, but doctors often want real-world evidence as well, he says. “They want to know if it 'translates,’ meaning that the intervention will help their patients who may be receiving medications already or often have other conditions besides the back pain."

This study provides more evidence that doctors may suggest massage to their patients as a potential treatment. “Providers may not even need to specify a certain type of massage,” says Elder. “That could be left up to an experienced therapist.” Techniques practiced in the study varied widely and included Swedish massage, active isolated stretching, myofascial techniques, lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Reiki, acupressure and positional release.

However, the researchers note, massage is rarely covered by health insurance. While study participants received their sessions free of charge, people who can afford it will need to weigh the costs with potential benefits.

That’s why more studies are needed, says Munk: to help people decide whether massage is really worth the out-of-pocket cost. Future research should investigate whether massage can help people avoid back surgeries, she says, and how many sessions are really needed to provide lasting improvement.


Foot Massage Benefits

Being healthy is most people’s top priority. There are many types of health methods and the massage is a traditional Chinese medicine-based physical therapy. It also happens to be many people's favorite method. 

Foot Massage


Traditional Chinese massage focuses mostly on the soles of the feet. The pressure of life is big enough, so to feel more at peace, you can do some foot massage to help relieve both physical and mental pressures. 

The body is unhealthy, mostly because of the lack of movement. In Ancient China, people would work in the field all day barefoot. The soles of the feet would directly touch the ground, which promoted circulation. It can be argued that the people who lived in ancient times had a healthier body than people in the modern day.  So what is the effect of foot massage regarding health? According to years of clinical research, the Chinese foot massage has the following functions:

 1. To promote the smooth flow of blood.

2. To remove obstacles from the body's energy recycling pipeline.

3. To promote the normal function of organs and ts coordination between different systems.

4. To improve the balance of the endocrine system.

5. To excrete toxins from the body and to maintain health.

6. To strengthen the metabolic function and to maintain youthful vitality.

7.  To stimulate the cells to produce vitality and prevent aging.

8. To restore degraded organs to prevent illness.

Foot massages five major benefits:

1. Promote blood circulation. In general, the body temperature and blood circulation are closely related. Low temperature usually means low blood circulation, and increased body temperature also means increased blood circulation. Foot therapy can improve foot blood circulation, increase skin temperature, thereby promoting the blood circulation all over the body. It can also improve the heart function, reducing the heart load. On average, a healthy person who gets a foot massage for 30 minutes, their blood flow increased. It increased 10-13 times for females, and 13-18 times for males. 

 2. Promote metabolism. Foot massage promote blood circulation, thereby regulating the secretion of endocrine glands of various hormones. For example, thyroid secretion of thyroid hormone, adrenal gland secretion of adrenal hormones, etc., these hormones can promote metabolism.

3. Eliminate fatigue. When the human body experiences fatigue, first appeared in the foot of poor blood circulation, metabolic end products, calcium salts, lactic acid microcrystalline and other material deposition. When the body of an organ function is not normal or sick, due to the impact of pathological reflex, so that the foot of the blood circulation is more bad, more prone to sediment. Athletes in the day after vigorous exercise, the average amount of blood per kilogram of 30 mg of lactic acid, massage feet 30 minutes later, the blood test, about 5 mg down, after a foot bath time, the blood lactic acid reduced by about 20 mg, recovery To almost no sense of fatigue when the blood lactic acid level. It can be seen that hot water foot therapy is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate physical fatigue.

 4. Improve sleep. Feet have rich nerve endings and capillaries that have a mild and good stimulating effect. This warm stimulus is reflected in the cerebral cortex, which plays a role in inhibition of the sympathetic nerve. Parasympathetic excitement, when people are in a quiet state of rest,  improves sleep and eliminates insomnia.

 5. Maintain a healthy brain. Through the foot, you can adjust the meridians and blood. At the same time, foot vascular dilatation, increases blood volume, so that the head speeds up blood flow, and supplements the brain with oxygen and nutrients.

 More benefits of foot massage:

1. Foot massage can prevent cervical disease

Cervical syndrome, is a skeletal degenerative pathological change. Medical experts have found that by massaging the cervical spine in the reflex zone of the foot, it can produce exciting results. The intensity of the initial light, gradually increased to a little pain is appropriate. Massage time can be self-induced, preferably every day for 10 to 30 minutes.

2. Foot massage can prevent pregnant women from vomiting

 Some pregnant women experience persistent vomiting, and as a result cannot eat, feel weak,  etc.  They must have timely treatment, so as not to affect the mother and her baby’s development. Foot massage therapy can help reduce these symptoms by having her feel relaxed.

3. Foot massage can make you beautiful

Foot massage can maximize the discharge of your body toxins, which can help with your appearance. By getting a foot massage for a few weeks, you will be surprised to find your face clear and smooth. Foot massages can also eliminate acne.

Massage is China's oldest medical method. Massage helps people in the long-term regarding various ailments.  The effects massage have on our health care significant and result quickly. 

Come and get a relaxing massage at Motif Spa. Enjoy all the benefits and have a wonderful day! We are located at 4980 Cherry ave. San Jose, CA 95118.

For more information please call us at 408-267-8860


How to prepare your Motif massage

Getting a massage at Motif Spa is a relaxing and wonderful experience. A good massage can not only help reduce stress level, but also help you detox. Knowing how to prepare for  a massage at Motif Spa will make your massage experience easy and smooth. 

Before Massage

Motif Spa welcomes both walk-ins and reservations. However, as Motif becomes more people's favorite, getting a massage at certain time could be challenging. You can simply give us a call and make your reservation. We will be very glad to save the spot for you.

Having a general idea of your massage goals will be helpful. Those goals could be getting the knots out of your back, general musical relaxing, relief back pain or as simple as wanting to find some quiet place to reflect. Having a general thought will help us customize your massage when you come in the spa.

Always remember to wear loose clothing. Soft shorts are recommended for both men and women. Wearing shorts can make stretching your legs easier and you will feel relieved when our masseuses stretch your legs to your limit. For men, we will ask if you want to remove your shirt during the massage. If so, wear something that can easily be removed such as a T-shirt or tank-top. For ladies, we will ask you if our masseuses can lift up your shirt and unhook your bra to do your back with lotion. If you would like to use lotion, we will recommend that you wear a sports bra.

Be on time. Arriving 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment can help you settle down. Study shows that you will have a hard time to relax if you arrive in a stressful rush.

The last and most important thing is to prepare your mood. Try to avoid any negative thoughts, leave your emotions behind, and carry your positive and peaceful mind.

 During the massage

Before our masseuses take you in, our welcoming receptionist will assist you with filling out a body chart where you can chose you massage pressure, if you want to move your shirt, and spots you want to focus and avoid.

Depending on the kind of massage you choose, our masseuses will follow their routine as well as your customized body chart to do your massage. Take a deep breath and relax yourself as much as possible. Our masseuses will use a big towel to cover your body, as well as use a small towel to cover your eyes. While listening to meditation music, it’s time to go into sleep mood and enjoy your massage.

Motif Spa provides several types of massage services. The most popular one is the 30 minute foot massage, plus 30 minute body massage for 30 dollars. This affordable massage will provide you with even distribution on both your feet and body. If your work requires you to stand or walk all the time such as nurse, cashier, banker, we recommend this massage. If you are pregnant, you definitely want to get your feet massaged to reduce the pressure on your ankle.  

Along with this foot and body combo, 60 minutes full body deep tissue massage is also our customer’s favorite.  This massage spends the entire 60 minutes on your neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, arms, and legs. If you have lower back pain, sore spots, tight shoulders, or you did not have a deep tissue massage for a long time, 60 minutes full body deep tissue is definitely your choice.

 After Massage

After getting your massage done, do not move and rush to get up. Getting up too fast may lead to dizziness. Taking your time and moving slowly will extend your enjoyable time.

At Motif Spa, we always ask our customers if they want a cup of water or hot tea after massage. Our massage oil has a “detox” effect, however, this can dehydrate you. Drinking a cup of water or tea is always a good idea to help you keep hydrated.

If you feel some soreness right after the massage or next day, do not be panic, it is perfectly normal. The soreness is caused by lactic acid resolving and flooding into your system. The cure for this is to drink a lot of water to flush it out of you body.

Last, if you are satisfied with our service, please leave some tips for our masseuses since tips are a big part of their income. Also, don't forget to give us a nice review on social media, such as Yelp and facebook, to help more people discover our spa.




The Secret of 20 Dollars Day Spa Massage Industry

  If you Google “Massage Near Me” or drive around any city in California, you will find massage parlors and day spas at almost every corner of the street.  If you decide to walk inside one of them and order a 20 dollar massage, you may surprisingly like it more than you expected. While the price may be cheap, the services are still high quality.

  However, if you show your appreciation by tipping them 5 dollars, you may notice the whole situation suddenly changed. If lucky, you will hear your masseuses speak a foreign language to their colleagues or they may give you an unamused look. If you’re not so lucky, they may ask you for a higher tip. You might be thinking that 5 dollars, which is 25 percent of the service price, is good enough.

  The question is, why is a 25 percent tip not enough for those masseuses?  Are they greedy? Are they underpaid? Or could there be other reasons?

  Back in the early 2000s, Asian massages, especially the Chinese foot massage, came to the US and soon became the most popular massage. More and more people started to like going to foot massage parlors and getting massages there. One can argue those massage parlors become a part of many peoples’ lives. Since the customer base continues to grow, lots of people obtain their massage certificate and then dive into the industry. Because opening a massage parlor does not require a huge investment, many people try to open their own spa in hopes of making their American Dream come true. After all, low service prices attracts a huge customer base. In addition, the low requirement to get into the industry leads to massive amounts of massage parlors and Asian spas everywhere.

  Because of the low prices, spas have to get more customers in order to make a profit. As a result, the whole industry becomes a low margin, high volume industry. Even with high volume customers consistently coming to the business, masseuses do not make much compared to those who work at fancy massage places such as Massage Envy and Burke Williams even though they have the same certificates.

Most people then think, if they have the same certificates why don’t the masseuses work for Massage Envy or Burke Williams?  We have asked this same question to our employees here at Motif Spa. The biggest obstacle preventing them to work at those places is the language barrier. Even though they can provide good quality services, they cannot communicate as efficiently as needed. Communication skills are a big part of a fancy spa’s advantage, which customers are willing to pay a higher price for.

Now let’s go back to the topic regarding tips. Why a 5 dollar tip for a 20 dollar massage is still not enough. We countered this problem when we first opened Motif Spa. Because of this problem, we had to part ways with many great masseuses throughout the years. When we asked the masseuses, they said that unlike restaurant servers who take care of 8 to 10 tables at a time, most masseuses provide private services to individuals and they contribute the whole hour to only that one person. Yet with servers, even if every table gives them 2 dollars, they can still earn at least 15 to 20 for an hour. Since tips are huge part of the masseuses’ income, they think, if the customers liked their work, they deserve more than 5 dollars.

  However, the masseuses also said, they know that tips are basically  gifts from customers and understand if someone does not tip due to poor quality of  services. What they do not like is people claiming they received the best service, yet give little to no tip.

After discussing with many massage therapists, we finally sorted out tipping guidelines. If it’s your first visit and you request a 20 dollar foot massage spa in the San Jose area, a 10 dollar tip for 1hour foot massage is encouraged but only if they provide high quality work. For a 1 hour deep tissue massage, tips could be a little bit more, but it depends on how you feel about the massage. If you find the right person who can become your personal favorite therapist, 15 dollars or more is encouraged. We here at Motif Spa show our love to the youth and elders; any amount from them will be perfectly fine. Please note that these guidelines are based on high quality services. Thus, if you are not satisfied with the service, you do not have to leave anything.  We compared our prices with fancy places like Massage Envy and found that even if customers paid 20 dollars plus 10 dollars tips for a foot massage, it is still 50% cheaper than their services.

Keep these tip guidelines in mind and we guarantee that no matter which massage spa you visit, you will get high quality services with a happy smile from your therapist.