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Author: Seth Johnson
Massage therapy is an encompassing term for a variety of therapeutic techniques, but most people only associate massage therapy with relaxation; in fact, the “therapy” component of massage therapy can completely transform a person’s life, especially if they use it regularly to maintain their health and wellness. FST, short for fascial stretch therapy, is a massage therapy practice that is used by both pro athletes and winter sports enthusiasts alike. Rather than focusing solely on those apparent tight muscles that we know need a good stretch, FST makes sure to also pay attention to fascia – a fibrous connective tissue that wraps around bones, muscles, ligaments, organs, tendons, nerves, and a whole lot more for added support.
By Seth Johnson
During the cold, jittery months of December, January, and February, Flagstaff is all about winter
sports, building snowmen, passing through all of the holiday lights and gathering around with
people we love. The holidays are truly a spectacular, magical period of time that allow us to
reflect on the past year while also generating hope for the future; as we’re thinking about what
type of gift we’d like to give those we love this holiday season, perhaps it’s time to consider
something not only practical, but incredibly beneficial for the mind, body and spirit – something
our loved ones need but may not be thinking about getting for themselves.
By Seth Johnson
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Sports Injuries: Safety Isn’t Guaranteed
Growing up, we’re always told to be careful playing sports; our parents may have said
something to the tune of:
“Make sure you put on your helmet before riding your bike!”
“Where is your mouth guard? You need that before you can go out and play.”
“Don’t forget to put on your knee brace before going onto the field.”
These small words of wisdom sometimes go unappreciated when we’re that young, and even if
we do continue to apply these crucial preventative measures when we’re out moving around,
they don’t come with a 100% guarantee that we won’t get hurt. Whether it’s a quick injury – such
as from football collisions or missteps on the basketball court – or a longstanding injury, such as
from repetitively throwing or straining muscles, the healing process is truly determined by the
actions we take the minute our body is traumatized and when we realize that our body is
By Seth Johnson
Photo by Christin Hume via Unsplash
If you were recently here in Flagstaff to receive a therapeutic massage at Bodies in Balance,
you were probably asked if you’d like essential oils as part of your therapy session. Essential
oils have become one of the most widely talked about aspects of health and wellness lately, and
it’s because researchers are finding out just how much of a connection there is between smell
and emotion. Think about the last time you smelled warm cookies baking in the oven – how did
you feel? Hungry? Nostalgic, as if you were suddenly on a blast to the past to when you used to
bake delicious chocolate chip cookies with your grandma as a child? That’s no coincidence that
certain smells can bring up certain thoughts or feelings – but how exactly does it all work?
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Whew! That massage was so relaxing. The whispering sound of a flowing river in the
background was so dreamy that it almost made you fall asleep; the subtle smells of lavender or
other essential oils wafted through your nose and sent you to a magical, mystical place. The
nagging tension in your neck, the stress that had morphed into a firm knot in your back, the dull
aches and sharp pains of everyday life seemed to willingly melt away with every touch – and
now all you can contemplate is,
“How can I make this feeling last?”
You’re not the only one. The worst feeling ever is to walk out of a deep state of inner peace and
relaxation, only to be so rudely revisited by the exact same pain and stress that just left your
body in the massage room. Luckily, there are some very real steps you can take to ensure that
glow doesn’t fade away…at least not anytime soon.
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:
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