Posts

Showing posts from October, 2019

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Image
Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages: Relaxation & Stress ReliefOne of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!
There may be times in your life where you experience higher levels…

Acne-Fighting Tips for Teens

Image
Acne affects many people just as they hit their teens. It’s such a common skin condition; acne usually begins in puberty and around 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 will experience some form of it. There’s no cure for acne but even serious cases can be managed. If your teen is experiencing serious and prolonged breakouts of spots and acne, see your doctor for advice. There are medicines that may relieve the symptoms and we know that acne can be a distressing condition at a time when appearance feels like everything. What causes acne? Changes in hormones can lead to increased sebum production, which is often made worse by using the wrong skincare products. Using over the counter products with a drying action can do more than just dry out the excess sebum – they take moisture out of the skin, causing it to make even MORE sebum. When choosing acne skincare products, consult a professional esthetician for advice on which products will suit your teen’s skin. Over the counter,…

Top Three Ways Thinking Positively Helps with Aging

Image
Your mind is a very powerful tool. Research shows that positive thoughts have an effect on almost every area of our lives. The theory is that the more you are grateful for, the more you will have to be grateful for in your future. Thinking positively is equated to withdrawing even more positive things into your life. What does this all have to do with aging? Studies are showing that the way we choose to think will have a direct impact on how we react to the changes of aging. There are three ways that thinking positively can help in the anti-aging process. Resilience aka bouncing back is one of the key factors in staying positive and aging gracefully. Everyone has setbacks, disappointments, and unexpected life events; however, how an individual reacts to such events is key to keeping the mind, body, and spirit alive and active. When you are resilient, you have the ability to take another look at things. When one door closes, you can see other opportunities and choices. Being resilient in y…

Should Massage Hurt?

Image
Have you been wondering if a massage has to hurt to be effective?
If so, you are not alone. Many people believe that a massage has to hurt in order to be effective. Well, it doesn’t! You’ll be happy to hear that the saying, “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to massage therapy. Sometimes the most effective massages are the ones that don’t cause you any pain. Something that feels marvelous, and it’s good for you too? It doesn’t get much better than that! Deep Tissue Massage might cause some discomfort….
A deep tissue massage is when the massage therapist manipulates the deeper layers of your soft tissue. Soft tissue includes your muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons (it’s pretty much everything that isn’t bones or organs). Usually, your massage therapist will use lotions or oil and will work lighter at first, this is important, it helps to relax the top layer of tissue and muscle, meaning less pain for you. Then the deeper layers of muscle can be worked on more easily and with less pai…

Which Is Better, Massage or Stretching?

Image
Massage and stretching are both really helpful ways to keep your muscles relaxed, reduce tension and of course help recovery after an injury. Stretching helps to get the blood flowing to your muscles, which is great if you’ve injured yourself, or if your muscles are stiff because they’ve contracted due to inactivity. Giving your muscles a really good stretch can stop your muscles from going into painful spasms or cramps, and stop the knots forming in them that take so much work to get rid of when you have a massage! Regular massage, on the other hand, improves your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone in the first place. What are the differences between massage and stretches – and how do they work together to promote muscle and joint health? Massage
What is a massage? Well, stripped right down, massage is simply a word that’s used to describe the manipulation of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. Of course, there are lots…

Trigger Points and Muscle Knots

Image
If you’re a regular to massage, the concept of a muscle knot is probably something you’re well aware of, but what are they exactly? And what’s the relationship between a muscle knot and a trigger point? What’s a trigger point?
Trigger points are simply tender spots on your body that ‘trigger’ or cause discomfort. These tender spots are common and many of us have them, but for some people, they can become really troublesome. They are common in hot-spots like shoulders and neck, but they can crop up just about anywhere and in some people, they can cause a lot of pain. A trigger point is like a ‘knot’ in your muscle or the fascia (the thin wrapping around each muscle) which is why they are often referred to as a muscle knot. To a massage therapist, it feels like a hard contraction on the muscle fibers connected to it, like a tight band around the muscle. Trigger points in muscles are ‘myofascial trigger points’ – and there are other types of a trigger point that can occur around the body, …

A Strong Core Is Healthy For Your Back

Image
Your core is your center of balance and strength for almost everything you do. Your core muscles are a group of muscles running down the center of your body. These include your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and your pelvis. These core muscles work together to help you maintain balance, posture, and strength. A strong core is good for your overall health, but it’s especially important to work on strengthening this group of muscles if you suffer from any kind of lower back pain. Working on your core can help you to improve your posture, which prevents aches and pains. If you’re sporty, it’s wise to keep your core nice and strong because a strong set of core muscles is vital for athletic performance and helps to prevent injuries. Can I Strengthen My Core?
It’s easy to strengthen these important muscles with a few exercises you can try at home. They also have the added benefit of helping to tone your abdominal muscles, back, glutes, and legs. Easy core strengthening moves
1. Yoga and Pilate…

5 Reasons not to feel guilty for having a massage

Image
People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. It’s OK when it’s a gym session, because that’s virtuous and ‘hard work’ – but if all we’re investing our time it is an hour or so of being relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a massage therapist, it’s as if we’re committing a deadly sin by prioritizing our own wellbeing.

Well, we have news for you. Your wellbeing is important and self-care is a vital part of looking after that wellbeing. Even if you’re a busy parent, worker or carer, you need to take time to do something good for yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you’ll have no energy to do anything for the other people who need you.

You know it makes sense.

Sometimes, though, other people can try to make you feel as if indulging yourself in a massage is a waste of time when you could be doing something else (usually what they want you to do). We’ve come up with five good reasons you can give to other people if th…

The Importance of Skin-To-Skin Contact

Image
Babies and skin to skin contactFrom a very early age, babies crave being held and touched. Studies have shown that without skin on skin contact as a baby, our immune systems can suffer. Babies who haven’t experienced enough cuddles, touch and general affection can often be susceptible to illnesses. It’s thought that because the lack of being nurtured leaves babies feeling stressed and vulnerable, the high levels of stress hormones can actually have an adverse effect on their developing immune system. Adults need to be touched too...It’s a sad fact of life that some of us can go many days without direct skin on skin contact – even if we’re in a relationship, we can sometimes be too busy or working odd hours and neglect this basic need.
It’s so important to get our fix of being touched, though. Anyone who has regular massages can tell you that if you’re feeling stressed and antsy a massage will soon calm you down. Sometimes it’s all you need, and the relaxation effect is a physical react…

Using Essential Oils in Massage

Image
Otherwise known as aromatherapy massage, a massage using essential oils is a real treat, and has many positive effects that make it a treat worth investing in.

There are two main reasons why a massage therapist may use essential oils in their treatments:

• The essential oils used in massage can have beneficial effects on different areas of your body and health.

 • They smell nice – but the aroma isn’t just a pleasant addition to your treatment. Aromas are well known to trigger emotions in the part of your brain that deals with memories, which is why the smell of your mom’s cooking or your grandma’s favorite perfume can transport you back in time and make you feel good. Some scents, like citrus or lavender oils, have a very similar effect and just inhaling them as you’re enjoying your massage makes you feel good.
Essential oils and pregnancy If you’re pregnant, you should always tell your massage therapist before an aromatherapy massage because although essential oils are safe in the v…

Recipes and Health Tips

Image
Some of the benefits of Green Smoothies are: 
• Whole food nutrition from the fruits and veggies you choose, better than juice because you get all the fiber as well.

• You can get your veggies in without even noticing the taste of the veggies is usually covered up by the flavors of the fruit.

 • They are easy and inexpensive to make with a few basic ingredients and a blender.

• Because they have fruits and veggies green smoothies give you longer lasting energy than just eating fruit. • Green smoothies are low calorie, filling and hydrating.

So let's get started! You will need:

1. Greens - baby spinach (that is the best one for beginners), or "juicing greens" mix, kale, turnip greens

2. Fruit - I always use at least half a banana for sweetness, berries, pineapple, apple, peaches, mango, ect...Carrots are good too

3. Liquid - milk (almond, coconut, cashew, soy) juice or water

4. A blender or Ninja 5. Optional - Protein powder, yogurt or superfood like Spirulina

I use 1 cup…

Is Massage Therapy a Medical Expense?

Image
Massage therapists everywhere will agree that a regular massage is certainly great for your health and well-being, but can you claim a massage as a legitimate medical expense? Well, actually, yes you can. Here are three ways you may be able to get that massage paid for.

If you have a flexible savings account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), it allows you to save money tax-free from each paycheck - and you can use the funds to pay for massage. Definitely worth looking into, because if you don’t use your allocated funds by the end of every year they go right back to your employer.

Massage therapy is one thing you may be able to use the funds for, as a medical massage is a ‘qualified medical expense’ – but you’ll have to have a written prescription from your healthcare provider. The IRS also states that “medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental ailment.” So, if you’re getting a massage to relieve or help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, st…

Why Sticking To One Massage therapist Will Get You Better Results

Image
We’ve all seen the offers on Groupon and the other discount beauty and wellness apps for cut-price massage, but if you’re happy with your massage therapist or bodyworker, there are probably more reasons for you to stick with them than there are to jump around and follow the bargains.

Not all massages or massage therapists are made equal, and it’s worth looking at the reasons why you should stick with the therapist you’ve been seeing before you start table hopping!

Did you notice that when you first went to see your holistic therapist, they asked you a lot of questions? It’s important that anyone doing any kind of bodywork on a client knows as much as they possibly can about their lifestyle, health, any medications they might be on and also…what they want from their massage sessions? Are you there to address a specific problem or just to keep your wellbeing in check?

This is a necessity – all clinics, spas and massage centers should do this as a matter of routine, and also it helps th…

Migraines

Image
A migraine is more than ‘just a headache.’ Anyone who has ever suffered from the misery of a migraine will tell you that they can be anything from unsettling and uncomfortable to downright incapacitating.

Not all people who experience migraines will get a classic headache – and some people don’t experience a headache every time. Because a migraine headache is considered a ‘primary’ a headache, because there is no apparent underlying condition that could be causing it, they can be hard to treat.

What Is a Migraine Headache?A migraine headache is more of a condition than just a headache. Migraine headaches are typically very severe and can come with additional symptoms like dizziness, nausea and even loss of speech and sight which can be extremely frightening. In some people, they are accompanied by sight disturbances and other neurological symptoms that doctors call the ‘migraine aura’. Sometimes, in a migraine with aura, there is no headache or it can be averted with painkillers at th…

Self-care between massages

Image
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a massage every day of the week? Sadly, most of us don’t have the time or the money to indulge in quite such a regular massage routine, but we can make the most of massage treatments by taking care of ourselves in between massages.


The first rule – drink the water!There’s a reason why your therapist gives you a refreshing glass of cool water after a treatment; it’s to help hydrate your body and keep your muscles relaxed. Water is great for your skin and your muscles, plus staying hydrated can even help to prevent headaches.


Keep up the stretchingIt’s a very common problem, but there’s a very simple solution…if you are one of the many people who feel achy and tight after a day at work, stretch!
If you make a habit of including stretching in your daily routine, it will really help you with any muscle aches and soreness and will make the effects of your massage last longer. In between sessions, having a good stretch helps support the work that’s been…

Recipes & Tips

Image
Top 5 Mood-Boosting Activities You Can Do On Your SofaIt sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? You rarely hear the words ‘mood-boosting’ and ‘sofa’ together, but after a long hard day, too many of us collapse onto our sofas, exhausted or in a bad mood from whatever stresses our busy day has handed us.
If you’re like me, once you’re down, the chances of you getting up are slim. So let’s take a look at some easy and quick things we can do to revive ourselves.
 revive ourselves. 1. Put on some upbeat music. Nothing lifts a bad mood as fast as hearing Pharrell’s ‘Happy” blasting through your speakers. Whatever kind of music that lifts you up will do! 
2. Get in touch with your inner flexible child and try out some couch-friendly yoga like a good arm stretch. Moving your body is proven to improve your mood. 
 3. Laugh and smile. It sounds cliché, but a good chuckle can really lift your spirits. Find your funny bone and expose it to as many YouTube videos about cats, babies, cats and babies, babies w…

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Image
Hot stone massages can help relieve tense muscles. A hot stone massage is a natural therapy in that warmed stones are positioned on parts of the body to maximize therapeutic benefit. The stones used are usually river rocks or other smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. Due to the high iron content in basalt, it helps the stones retain heat during the massage. A hot stone massage is beneficial for both physical and psychological levels. Muscle RelaxationThe heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, which allows the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Very tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, therefore, if your muscles are extremely tight and stiff, the heated stones can provide the extra relaxation you need to help the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing your sore muscles. Pain ReliefA hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetr…