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Take Care After Your Massage

April 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Just after your massage is referred to as a "coming back" period. Your mind and body are completely relaxed and you want to hold onto the feeling and take away the most you can from the moment. Here are a few tips to make that feeling last longer:

Take a Few Minutes


Spend some time relishing the experience of the massage. Focus on the areas of your body that are relaxed now that were not before your massage. If you live a hectic, fast-paced lifestyle, these few moments may be the only time when the world seems unstressed and carefree.

Some people find their balance is a bit out of whack for a few minutes as well, so take your time getting up from the massage table. Sit up slowly, allow your body to adjust and then put your feet on the floor slowly. Hold onto the table as you rise. After a few minutes, your body should re-acclimate and you'll be able to move about freely.

Drink Lots of Water


The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) recommends drinking plenty of water in the hours following a massage. One school of thought is that toxins are released from the body during a massage. Circulation is improved and this is the perfect time to flush waste from the body. Drinking plenty of water helps to accelerate the process that rids the body of these toxins. Taking in extra water can also alleviate any muscle soreness or fatigue.

Specific Injuries or Sore Body Parts


If you got the massage to help with a specific injury or a muscle that has been bothering you, ask if you should ice the area or apply heat and for how long following the massage. Sometimes, a rotation of applying heat, then ice, then stretching is the best course of action. We can help you determine the best course of action for your particular issue.

Rest and Avoid Stress


If you feel the need for a nap, take one, or go to bed a bit early. If you've had trouble sleeping lately, a massage can help reset your system and make a good night's sleep possible. Avoid stress as much as possible. The last thing you want is to relieve stress through the benefits of a massage only to walk out of the office and back into a stressful situation that throws your muscles back into knots.

Remember that the biggest advantages of massage, according to the AMTA, occur over time. It is best to schedule more than one massage to gain the most benefit possible for sore muscles and stressed nerves.

 

Welcome in Spring with a Massage

March 18th, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

When spring hits, people get the urge to do a bit of deep cleaning and decluttering in their homes. The same should be true for your body. Receiving a massage is the perfect way to slough off old winter skin and reset your body for a new, warmer season. If you haven't had a massage in a while, taking the time to pamper yourself can prepare you for this season of renewal.

Get Rid of Dry Skin


As the temperatures rise above freezing, you'll put away the long-sleeved sweaters and pants and begin to show more skin. Indoor heat, low humidity and cold winter air has likely left your skin dry in spots and, perhaps, a bit lifeless. Start with a full body exfoliation and follow up with a massage with essential oils. The combination of exfoliating dry, dull skin and adding moisture with nourishing oils will leave your skin glowing and ready to show off.

Put Your Best Foot Forward


One of the best traditions of spring is showing off a new pair of strappy sandals, but no one wants to get caught with cracked heels or callouses. Start with a salt foot scrub to smooth skin. Then, invest in a foot massage to make sure your feet are warm weather ready. Follow up with regular deep exfoliation and moisturizing massages to keep feet sandal-ready all spring and summer long.

New Beginnings


Spring is a time of everything beginning again, fresh and new. It is also a good time to try a new type of massage you've never had before. According to WebMD, there are more than 80 different styles of massage therapy. Feel free to ask about what would be best for your body and your needs.

In addition to reviving tired winter skin and preparing yourself for spring clothing, the warmer weather allows you to take advantage of massage services without feeling the chill of winter. Why is spring a good time for a massage? Because massage is beneficial throughout every season and spring is no exception.

 

Nutrition Tips for Swimmers

March 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

If you're diving into the pool on a regular basis, you're building muscle tone and strength fast. Swimming is a great exercise to tone the body, but it takes a lot of energy to propel your body through the water. Swimmers need a carb-rich diet to keep energy levels up. Check out these tips to keep your body ready for the water:

Eat your fruits and veggies

The benefits of fruits and vegetables are endless. Aside from offering weight control, they are high in vitamins, which provide energy.

Be sure to eat lean meats

To rebuild strength in your muscles, add a cut of lean meat to your diet.

Eat before you swim

Ideally, you'll want to eat at least two hours before you swim to give the food time to digest and avoid cramps.

Plan three meals and three snacks

If you eat small meals and add several healthy snacks to your diet, you'll be ready to hit the pool.

Eat a refueling snack

After you swim, you'll want to get some carbs and protein into your body. During this time your body is taking inventory of sore muscles and low energy reserves. Have a protein shake or some fruit to help your body recover from the swim.

Additional recovery

If your body is feeling a little banged up, consider visiting us for a massage to ease your overused muscles, before jumping back into your swimsuit. Call and make your appointment today.

 

Why Massage and Aromatherapy are Partners

February 1st, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Have you ever wondered why the smell of lavender is calming? Or why scents like eucalyptus are used as a decongestant? Studies show smells have an important effect on the brain. Different smells invoke different reactions. It's one of the reasons why aromatherapy is incorporated into massage. Take a look why aromatherapy and massage go hand in hand.

 

Stress relief

The techniques a therapist uses to manipulate your body are meant to relieve stress, but aromatherapy kicks the stress relief up a notch. A lot of massage therapists use essential oils infused with lavender, chamomile or geranium to induce an even deeper state of relaxation.

Improving emotions

When you're getting a massage and you take in the scent of chamomile, your limbic system kicks into high gear. Your limbic system is responsible for emotions and hormones. Studies show the right scent can alter your emotions, in a good way.

Creating a welcoming environment

For many clients, a massage offers a deep state of relaxation. We go to great lengths to create a warm environment. From soothing colors on the walls to calming music, every aspect is taken into account. The addition of aromatherapy is just another way to create a welcoming environment.

To learn more about aromatherapy, ask us and we can chat with you about the benefits.

 

Reducing the Symptoms of Depression

January 23rd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Depression affects 1 in 10 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition can take a toll on the mind and body and is often difficult to treat. Researchers are constantly looking for ways to improve the symptoms associated with depression, which include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, aches, and feelings of hopelessness. Research shows that massage, along with traditional medical treatment, can alleviate some symptoms of depression.

Improving Care

While the causes of depression are still being studied, there is evidence that those suffering from depression have lower serotonin levels. Serotonin, also known as the feel-good hormone, increases during massage. This boost in a person's overall mood and well-being is why the American Massage Therapy Association believes massage is beneficial to those struggling with depression.

Best type of massage to treat depression

Research suggests Swedish massage may be the best treatment to improve symptoms of depression. This massage, which involves fluid, comforting strokes to the body, is one of the most relaxing massage treatments. It's known for calming the mind and easing tension from the body.

Talk with your doctor

If you or someone you know is fighting depression, massage may be able to alleviate some of the symptoms. Of course, patients should always consult their doctor about the best combination of treatments.