Massage therapists see a lot of skin. All colors, all textures. Freckles, scars, stretch marks, moles. Skin with lots of hair and skin with none. Skin doesn’t surprise us. Except when it does. That brown spot on your shoulder blade? It wasn’t quite that big when you came in a month ago. And it looks … Continue reading Caring for the Skin You’re in: Staying Sun Safe
Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction to put their money on … Continue reading Stress, Anxiety, and Massage
Massage is kinda weird. We aren’t a high-touch society. We don’t touch strangers, and we may even feel weird touching our friends and family. So it can be awkward to get massage. We don't know what we're supposed to do. Just telling us to "Relax!" doesn't cut it. To start, allow the full weight of your … Continue reading What Should I Do During My Massage?
Welcome to myth #4 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1, #2, and #3. Myth #4: You can’t get a massage if you weigh too little or too much. There are so many variations of this one. Skinny people don’t have enough “meat on their bones” to get a massage, so … Continue reading Massage Myth #4: You can’t get a massage if you weigh too little or too much.
Welcome to myth #3 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1 here and Myth #2 here. Myth #3: You can’t get a massage while breastfeeding. This myth is so insidious, because nobody needs a massage more than postpartum parents. The idea behind this misunderstanding is the belief that massage somehow squeezes toxins … Continue reading Massage Myth #3: You can’t get a massage while breastfeeding.
If you've ever gotten a massage, chances are good your massage therapist has told you that you should drink a lot of water afterward. Many believe that deep tissue massage releases toxins from your muscles and that water is needed to flush it out. Let's start there. What toxins are we taking about here? Toxins … Continue reading Why is My Massage Therapist Always Telling Me to Drink So Much Water?
Welcome to myth #2 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1. Myth #2: You can’t get a massage while taking painkillers. You’re hurting, so you schedule a massage. But then you’re still hurting, so you take some ibuprofen … should that stop you from getting the massage you've scheduled? This myth … Continue reading Massage Myth #2: You can’t get a massage while taking painkillers.
“This project is such a headache!” They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, really? And can massage therapy really help? Different types, different causes. Headaches are pretty easily defined, and we all know one when we feel it: it’s a pain in the head. But not … Continue reading Massage and Headaches
Contraindication is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. There are local contraindications—things like a small wound—that shouldn’t be massaged directly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a perfectly good massage on other parts of your body. Then there are general … Continue reading Massage Myth #1: You can’t get a massage during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Folks seek out massage for many different reasons, including relaxation, stress relief, and pain relief. Right off the top, if you're looking to relax or de-stress, a painful or uncomfortable massage is not the way to go. Many of our customers come in for massage looking for relief from muscle aches and pains. Often folks … Continue reading How Much Should My Massage Hurt?