Pain is one of those “you know it when you feel it” kind of sensations. But it’s also a strange phenomenon, when you think about it. A snowball is cold, and so it feels cold when you touch it. A block of concrete is rough, so it feels rough when you touch it. But a … Continue reading What Do We Really Know About Pain?
Way back when I wrote Choosing a Massage Therapist, I was the only one working here. We now have several amazing Massage Therapists at the office, so I thought an update was in order. If you haven't read that post, this sums it up: What really separates one Massage Therapist from another is what they are … Continue reading Which Massage Therapist Should I See?
“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
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?
Got nagging pain in between your shoulder blades from working on the computer, texting, or doing yard work? Sure, massage can help, but we don't always have a massage therapist handy when we need one! I discovered this exercise this past week and I'm amazed by the pain relief after practicing just a few minutes: … Continue reading Simple Shoulder Exercise for Less Pain
Known as the “Deepest Most Luxurious Massage on the Planet,” Ashiatsu is a profoundly relaxing massage that can be modified for light pressure to very deep. Basically, it’s a massage performed smoothly with my feet while overhead parallel wooden bars provide balance as I work. You use your feet!? Yes! No worries though! I clean my feet … Continue reading What is Ashiatsu?
What have you touched today? Your alarm clock, a toothbrush, a doorknob? We touch countless objects everyday. Can you remember the last time you touched another person? Was it today? Last week? Do you feel anxious even thinking about touching someone? We aren't a high touch society. We don't touch strangers and we may even feel weird … Continue reading The Importance of Touch
People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play, and children all make demands on your body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while working on the computer, doing yard work, folding laundry, or any of the other million things you do. What … Continue reading 5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments
"Don't your hands hurt?" I get asked this pretty often. But they don't. Not really. If they start to hurt, I change how I'm doing things. You want to know when my hands (and my neck, and my back) really hurt? When I had a desk job. 8-hour days working at a computer, hunching, doing … Continue reading Got Pain from Sitting at a Desk?
Thermotherapy is the use of heat for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy can reduce muscle tension and pain and can increase overall relaxation. Adding heat to your massage session can increase these effects. A heated massage table and warmed golden flax pillows await you at Restoring Balance. Hot Stone Massage also available. Schedule your next massage.