Cleveland is one of the few cities that can act. In 30 Rock’s first season, it played a low-key paradise, one where Liz Lemon could escape the show-biz stresses of New York. Really, though, Cleveland is nowhere near as soothing as its TV doppelganger—just being a fan of the city’s teams can give a person years of stress dreams. Which is all to say that in Cleveland, massage is far from obsolete. In Cleveland and around the country, the most relaxing massages—Swedish massage or the relaxation massage at the beloved Lakewood Massotherapy—often incorporate effleurage. Clevelanders worn out by the Cavs’ ups and downs should read our guide to the gentle technique. What is effleurage? The word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly.” To Americans, it’s a massage technique that hinges on smooth, gliding strokes. These strokes don’t deliver much pressure, but they soothe the nerves, boost circulation, and allow the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. How is it used? Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while getting the client used to their touch. This form of effleurage is called "superficial," and it serves as a soothing prelude, transitional movements between deeper, more focused kneading, and an epilogue to the massage. Is “deep effleurage” an oxymoron? Kind of! It’s also a real massage modality, a slightly more forceful style that still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure. Therapists using this style aim to stretch out the client’s muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep effleurage stroke toward the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work—it can also help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.Read More
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Simply put, Cleveland concerts wouldn’t be the same without the instruments that tie almost all of them together: strings. What concert would be, really? From the raucous guitar licks of a rock band at House of Blues Cleveland to the classical symphonies performed by the Cleveland Orchestra’s harps, violins, and cellos—strings are nearly ubiquitous on the music scene, no matter what you’re into. But have you ever wondered how these instruments actually work? Let’s take an inside peek at the science behind the sound.Step 1: VibrationIt all begins with a vibration. When a musician plucks a string or brushes it with a bow, it vibrates at a specific frequency, creating a small, almost indiscernible sound. Within the body of the instrument, however, the sound resonates and amplifies, emerging as the full, sonorous timbre.Step 2: FrequencyThe frequency at which a string vibrates depends upon its tightness and length. When a musician presses down on a string, it becomes shorter, resulting in a higher frequency (or pitch). That’s why a guitarist can replicate countless notes with only six strings.Step 3: The Instrument’s BodyDespite the common underlying physics of vibration and frequency, a variety of factors help to create such a diverse range of sounds among stringed instruments. When playing a fiddle, for instance, the bow simply glides across the strings, resulting in a fluid, even tone. A banjo, on the other hand, has a large round body with a resonating drumhead that creates its characteristic twang. Even something as seemingly innocuous as the type of wood an instrument’s constructed from can have subtle, but distinguishable effects on how it sounds.Step 4: Enjoy the Music Around TownNow that you know how stringed instruments work, you can appreciate the music they make even more. Beachland Ballroom and Tavern consistently ranks among locals’ favorite live music venues, thanks to eclectic lineups that feature everything from nationally renowned country singers to heavy metal acts. If your tastes skew more toward the underground, head to the Grog Shop, an intimate space that hosts some of the country’s hippest indie and college-rock acts.Read More
Visiting Cleveland today isn’t like it was 15, 10, or even 5 years ago. A recent urban revival has ushered in waves of new restaurants, bars, shops, and other attractions that will easily pack a weekend itinerary with things to do in Cleveland. Here are our picks for top five Cleveland activities for visitors to the Forest City.1. Tour the Rock and Roll Hall of FameAnyone who’s tapped their toes to a Beatles classic or shredded an air guitar to a Jimi Hendrix solo will love exploring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Visitors can examine Johnny Cash’s acoustic guitar, Michael Jackson’s sequined glove, and other musical artifacts.When Should I Go?: The Rock Hall is open all year but is a great escape from Lake Erie’s chill during winter months.Where Is It?: 1100 E. 9th St.2. Catch an Indians or Cavaliers GameMost Progressive Field seats have beautiful views of both the diamond and downtown, and the new Corner Bar serves craft beer on counters made of reclaimed material from an old city bridge. Next door in Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James and the Cavs dazzle crowds beneath a giant scoreboard complete with fire-spewing swords.When Should I Go?: If the teams’ schedules are just right, you can catch an early-season Tribe matinee before walking to The Q for a primetime Cavs game.Where Is It?: Progressive Field: 2401 Ontario St. Quicken Loans Arena: 1 Center Court.3. Take in University Circle’s CultureThis east-side neighborhood is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the natural history museum, the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, and the city’s Little Italy district, all of which are within walking distance of each other.When Should I Go?: Wednesday nights during the summer, visitors can attend free concerts and movies in Wade Oval, a picturesque green space between the art and natural history museums.Where Is It?: 11330 Euclid Ave.4. Eat and Drink on West 25th StreetThe 100-year-old West Side Market—which offers fresh local produce, meat, and pierogies—anchors this quarter-mile stretch of the near-west side. Visitors can grab a local beer at Great Lakes Brewing Co. or Market Garden Brewery before enjoying some of Bar Cento’s award-winning pizza or Southern cuisine at Soho.When Should I Go?: A stroll down West 25th is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon or evening.Where Is It?: The intersection of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue.5. Walk Through the House from A Christmas StoryTouring the house from the Christmas classic is a must for fans of the film or any visitor looking for a truly Cleveland experience. Tours show off original props from the movie, including Randy’s snowsuit and the infamous leg lamp.When Should I Go?: The house is open year-round, but a visit during the holidays seems like the way to go.Where Is It?: 3159 W. 11th St.Photos: View of downtown Cleveland and the Detroit-Superior Bridge by Erik Drost under CC BY 2.0; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset by Derek Jensen under public domain; Progressive Field, Cleveland by Beraxe under public domain; Lagoon with statue, Cleveland Museum of Art by Daderot under public domain; Cleveland's West Side Market at night by Erik Drost under CC BY 2.0; A Christmas Story House, Cleveland. by J. Miers under CC BY-SA 1.0.Read More