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As a massage therapist, I have a lot of cool skills. I can help relieve your low back pain, loosen up your legs and hips so you perform better in your next race, and even melt away the tension of a stressful day. And while many of my clients think I know exactly where the pain is and how to make it go away, I’m not psychic. But I’m often surprised by how many people seem to think that I am.
It is possible and worthwhile to treat your own trigger points. The Ther-a-Cane and Backbuddy are two commercial products designed to treat trigger points. You can also use a tennis (or other slightly soft) ball, or your hands. Experiment to find what’s most comfortable for you, and use the resources listed below to learn effective, safe techniques. Foam rollers can help relieve trigger points, but are often not specific enough for full relief.
It's the time of year when there always seems to be something "going around" - fever, runny noses, coughing, sneezing... you know what I mean. Here are a few important things to know about massage and colds and flu.
Massage could be your secret weapon to help prevent colds and flu.
1. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
2. Don’t eat a large meal just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.
3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
Recently, I saw a post on Facebook by someone looking for recommendations for a massage therapist. She and her husband do physically demanding work and want to add massage to their self-care routine. Immediately thought “Pick me! Pick me!” and posted all the reasons I’m a wonderful therapist.
This is a question that doesn’t even occur to many clients. 60 minutes -- Isn’t that what everyone gets? Actually no, some people get longer massages, some get shorter. Just like determining the frequency you get massage, the length of your massage depends on your particular situation and goals (see my other blog How Often Should I Get A Massage).
The alphabet soup of massage techniques can be surprisingly large and daunting to a newbie to massage. As massage therapists gain experience and advanced training, their menu goes beyond much more than the typical "Swedish" or "Deep Tissue" massage.
Most people have heard that massage relieves the symptoms of stress - but how? First, let’s define stress. A stressor is a situation orevent which upsets your balance and triggers a biochemical reaction called the“flight or fight” or stress response. The stress response helps you either flee from a stressor or stand up and fight. Signs of the stress response include increased perspiration, muscle tension, and heart rate; rapid and shallow breathing, rerouting of blood away from internal organs resulting in slowed digestion.
Many of us have hands and arms that ache. Pain has numerous causes, including:
In short, NO! Absolutely not! Many massage therapists have a question on their intake form that asks if you want to avoid specific areas during the massage. Some women check pectoral muscles (aka pecs) because they worry that it involves breast massage, and they don’t see the benefit of massage to these muscles.
Fascia (pronounced fash´e-ah) is the new "in thing" in massage and training. And for good reason! For many years, fascia was largely ignored by reseachers focused on muscles, organs, and other tissue. Recent research has revealed the powerful role fascia plays in movement, neuromuscular communication, and the structure of the body.
Many clients come to us with recurring headaches, pain and tighness in their jaws, or "stiff necks". We offer massage specifically designed to address these issues. During your session, your therapist will focus on your head, face, and neck with techniques designed to relieve tension and reduce pain in these areas.
Just let us know you're coming in for help with head, neck, or jaw pain when you schedule!
Clients often ask me how often they should get a massage. A standard recommendation from other massage businesses is once a month. My recommendation will depend on what your goals are for massage. I’ll also carefully consider your individual condition and lifestyle.
Amy Horn is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Bodies in Balance Massage Therapy in Flagstaff AZ.
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Bodies in Balance Massage Therapy
408 N Kendrick St #1
Flagstaff AZ 86001
M 11:00 - 7:30
T, W 9:30 - 6:00
Th 9:30 - 7:30
Fr 8:00 - 6:00
Sa 9:30 - 4:00