One of the offers we were running to celebrate our 20th Anniversary was awarding a free one-hour massage to 20 people who bought a gift card/certificate in the month of December. 20 names were randomly chosen last week and they are:

1. Rain Foster
2. Sarah Samuels
3. Deanne Benos
4. Marcia Walz
5. Anne Carbo
6. Susan Lichtenstein
7. Katharine Hanold
8. Kathy Wong
9. Amy Cahill
10. Marcia Coburn
11. Colleen Jones
12. Maria C Calderon
13. Sue Castro
14. Gary Opp
15. Elizabeth Hardig
16. Maryellen Joyce
17. Dana Cohen
18. Richard Ness
19. Vicki Abrahamson
20. Billy Thomas

Congratulations! Your gift cards or certificates will be sent to you this week.

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new website and Facebook page to create a more dynamic web presence. The site has gone through a complete makeover, making the online experience for our customers more interactive, personalized and fun. One change you will notice is our therapist biography section, which has been expanded and now includes photos/images of our staff. One major addition to our site is a Yelp-like review section where comments can be posted about specific sessions and/or therapists. Our Facebook page has also gone through a reboot to include exciting contests and updates from our two locations.

We built our new website in partnership with Christopher Foltz & Company, a full service communication strategy firm that brings a fresh, hip, and unique approach to creating the most efficient advertising, marketing, media, and public relations strategies.

Urban Oasis is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

For 18 years Urban Oasis has specialized in massage therapy, providing pain relief and relaxation to the City of Big, often Sore, Shoulders!

The mission of the American Massage Therapy Association is to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.

Massage Therapy Research

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:

  • Massage therapy for cancer-related fatigue.10
  • Massage for chronic low back pain.11
  • Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee.11
  • Massage after surgery to help with post-operative pain.11
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.12
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.13
  • Reducing anxiety and lowering blood pressure in stroke patients.14
  • Reducing headache frequency.15
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.16

10  The National Institutes of Health, Website:

11  Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Ironson, G. Massage Therapy Effects on Breast Cancer. (unpublished); 1998.Ironson, G., Field, T., Massage Therapy is Associated with Enhancement of the Immune System’s Cytotoxic Capacity. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 84:205-217;  1996.Zeitlin, D., Immunological Effects of Massage Therapy During Academic Stress. Psychosomatic Medicine. 62:83-87; Jan/Feb 2000.

12  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2004

13  Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery. 2004, Vol. 10, pp. 209-216.

14  American Journal of Public Health. October 2002.

15  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. April 2005, Vol. 11, No. 2. pp.311-313.

16  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2002, Vol. 34, No. 3.

Released on December 2007