Just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Microsoft country, the Bellevue Washington-based Paule Attar Salon and Spa offers massage services that address the aches and pains derived from the high-tech working environment. From blackberry thumb to mouse pinky, the Salon’s Bellevue-based massage therapists offer massages that hone in and treat high-tech aches and pains.
There is every reason to believe that aches and pains derived from the high-tech working environment are on the rise. According to a recent article Motion Based Ergonomics™ Keyboard Retraining by Norman J. Kahan, MD, and Vivienne Griffin, “computer-related injuries have increasingly plagued the modern office workplace. The vast majority of computer-related injuries can be attributed to specific faulty movements and awkward postures inherent in the act of typing, which may cause fatigue, inflammation of muscles or tendons, compression or entrapment of nerves, as well as pain or weakness in the upper limbs and neck.
In addition the latest data derived from US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that musculoskeletal disorders, which include repetitive strain injuries, account for a third of all workplace injuries and illnesses. Repetitive stress injuries have long afflicted desktop and laptop users, but now related injuries are affecting users of various the handheld devices. In 2005, the American Society of Hand Therapists issued a consumer alert to warn users of small electronic devices that heavy thumb use could lead to painful swelling of the sheath around the tendons in the thumb. High-tech ailments afflict workers everywhere.
For the past two years, Paule Attar Salon and Staff have observed an increase in high-tech related aches. Paule Attar’s staff have been trained to consult with their clients about their individual needs and concerns, and many clients have described aches and pains derived from using computers or mobile hand-held devices. A clear pattern emerged–many customers suffered from knots in their necks, backs and in their hands from the repetitive use of high-tech devices. In an effort to meet the swiftly growing demand of therapeutic massage services, Salon and Spa decided to expand its massage services.
The high-tech treatments offered by the salon are intended to be therapeutic and provide temporary relief from the aches and pains derived from the use of high-tech gadgets. Other more chronic pains and injuries should be brought to the attention of a qualified physician and may require long-term physical therapy. The salon decided to name their new massage services to speak directly to the people who work in high-tech environments. Here are the three most popular high-tech services.
HIGH-TECH STONE PRESS
This massage is a favorite amongst all our high-tech clients. Designed to relax tense muscles and ease tired joints through the application of warm, specially selected Basalt river rock stones, combined with a soothing massage.
LUXURY HIGH-TECH MASSAGE
This massage is a favorite amongst all our weekend high-definition TV warriors who spend all of their time in front of the screen. Ideal after a long day in front of the monitor at home or at work. This massage focuses and relaxes the neck and shoulders.
DELUXE MOUSE PINKY HAND TREATMENT
With manicure. This soothing treatment will benefit hands and fingers that have spent too much time padding keys and mousing around. This service includes a gentle exfoliating treatment, and a warm paraffin dip. A light hand massage is performed with a rich moisturizing lotion, leaving hands satin soft. A manicure and French polish completes this service.
Studies have shown that massage helps with much more than simply relieving stress. Massage helps all sorts of conditions—arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, premenstrual symptoms, Alzheimer’s and kids with autism and ADHD. Massage has also been show to help diabetics normalize blood sugar levels and eases the symptoms of depression as well as the side effects endured by cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. People seek massage for a variety of reasons but there is an increasing need for massage that addresses high-tech aches and pains. For more information, please see http://www.pauleattar.com
About Paule Attar Salon and Spa
Founded in 1988 by Mr. Heinz Mikulka and Ms. Paule Attar, the Bellevue-based Paule Attar Salon and Spa is known to be one of the finest in the Northwest. The salon has many of the best hair stylists in the region—all trained by Ms. Attar. The spa offers a full array of services from massage and nail treatments to full body and face pampering. Voted the best salon and spa of Bellevue in 2005, and also featured in Seattle Magazine, the European style salon is known for its high standards, its high-powered clientele and best business practices. Please see http://www.pauleattar.com or 425 453 3288.
About Paule Attar
Ms. Paule Attar is President and Technical & Creative Director of Paule Attar Salon and Spa in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. Attar came to Bellevue in 1988 as the sole owner of Paule Attar for Hair and as a partner in Cut, both top Beverly Hills, California salons.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Attar served a three-year apprenticeship at the highly respected Alexandre in Paris, France, where she then worked as a stylist for another two years. Later she worked as an esthetician at Clytia, the skin-care institute in Paris, and then as a senior stylist at Harlow, a premier high-society salon in France.
As a long-time salon and spa owner, Ms. Attar is an excellent resource on business management for salons, spas and boutiques, and also expert on client-retention and building a successful client base.