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The day a man and woman
become husband and wife,
marks the beginning of many
things, including their entering
society as a new family unit.
After the honeymoon, life be-
gins anew, and each couple
looks forward to a life filled
with the laughter of children
born into a happy union.
Wedding Bells found four
such couples willing to share
their photos of themselves on
their wedding days and pres-
ent days with their lovely chil-
dren. What's plain to see is
that their smiles on the day
they said "I do" have grown
even wider as they proudly
show off their families.
We wish them continued hap-
piness throughout the rest of
Our featured couples (and
Weddings are wonderful, blissful, filled with happi-
ness and togetherness, but they can also be stress-
We all know that preparing for a wedding is quite
demanding, time consuming and involves a lot of
activities. Therefore, you are allowed to take a
break, but your break could still be associated with
the wedding itself.
So here's a tip. Pamper your wedding party, espe-
cially the bride (since she will be the one most de-
serving of it) with soothing, relaxing massages.
Group massage is also a great bachelorette party
idea too, or just that perfect stress relieving gift for
the bride-to-be. In light of this we found the perfect
establishment -- Zen Touch Massages, located up-
stairs Busy Corner Mall in Chaguanas -- that not
only offers individual massages but also affordable
group packages for bridal parties, so all can unwind
and enjoy a perfect evening before the wedding.
Joel Derby, who has been involved in the profession
for over three years and became a certified profes-
sional, opened his business with brides in mind.
Even though it originated catering to individual
needs, it soon evolved to include group services as
well. Interestingly, the group service was inspired by
a bride-to-be who wanted to give her bridal party a
present that was different from other wedding
bridal gifts, yet beneficial. Now all bridal parties can
experience that special care and attention before
they walk with the bride and groom down the aisle.
We spoke with Mr. Derby to find out some more
about bridal massages.
Wedding Bells: Why should people get massages?
Joel Derby: Massages help to relax the muscles,
the mind and in many cases it creates a healthy
mind, body and life in general.
WB: How often should individuals get massages?
JD: Massages can compliment a person's workout
regime. If individuals exercise frequently, then they
should have a massage done at least every week
because there is that extra pressure on the mus-
cles. Other individual should have massages done
at least once bi-weekly.
WB: Are massages good for all ages?
JD: Yes they are good from baby right up to the eld-
erly. In fact they are actually good for animals as
WB: Why do you recommend bridal massages?
JD: Pre-marital pampering is always beneficial, both
for the men and women as it help individuals to
relax and think clearly while it reduces all the ten-
sions and stresses of preparing for a wedding.
WB: How soon before the wedding would you sug-
gest is a good time for a massage?
JD: The closer to the wedding date is better, there-
fore, anywhere from three days to one day before
the wedding is a good time.
WB: What type of massages do you offer in gen-
JD: I offer shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, reflexol-
ogy, aroma therapy, body scrubs, relaxing body
soaks with aromas, plus back, neck, foot and Chi-
nese cupping therapy.
WB: What do you suggest are the best group mas-
sages on offer for a bridal party?
JD: We recommend the pedicure, manicure, aroma
therapy, reflexology, body scrub and basic Swedish
WB: Do you do house visits?
JD: Yes I do because some of my clients may be
bedridden, some may not want to leave the home
because of severe pains or others prefer the com-
fort of their own home.
(By the way, the spa also includes other profession-
als who offer total hair, skin, nails and body serv-
If you want to experience blissful wedding mas-
sages look up Joel Derby on Facebook at
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