What Is Massage?
You enter into the warm comfortable massage room. Your senses are heightened with the smell of essential aroma surrounding you. You lie on the warm table with the feel of the warm crisp sheets touching your skin. Without even realizing it, your massage session has already begun. your mind drifts off far away from all the problems you left behind before you entered the room.
Where are you?
On the beach somewhere, lying out in the sun, sipping on a nice cold beverage? When you wake, you feel like you were on a long vacation, relaxed and centered, ready to take on the world.
Massage can be interpreted in different ways. The definition of massage could be a touch or feel, friction of kneading or in Latin massa meaning mass or dough.
Dough? Yes, you heard right. Your body is like dough to massage therapists. Massage is a form of art. Massage therapist kneads the skin and muscles with their hands to manipulate the body to relax those aches, pains and muscle tension we experience every day.
Massage has been around for centuries and found in ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia. Eventually, massage began to migrate to other parts of the world. Over the course of history, massage has developed over 80 different styles of massage, too many to name. The most common styles that are mostly used in most massage settings are Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Hot Stone Massage. Make sure you understand what style of massage you want when you make that appointment for that first massage so that you can enjoy it and not be hurt by it.
April 6, 2016
Deep or not too deep
Clients commonly request deep tissue massages because of the everlasting benefits it has on the body. Communicating with your therapist is very important to either increase or decrease the intensity of the pressure that they are giving you. Your therapist wants to know how you feel about your massage.
Use positive reinforcements. For example, if the work is too light, gently say " that feels amazing, but I can take more pressure or if it's too much pressure, simply say "it's a bit too much for me", is a perfect way in letting them know how you feel and your comments don't sound critical. Even the most careful of massage therapists can go too deep.
Using a 1-10 scale for yourself to let the massage therapist know how you feel, gives the therapist an indication of not to increase pressure or to increase pressure to where you want the work. Always remember to breathe during a session. Not breathing can cause muscles to tighten and loosen up to enjoy the massage experience. Using sounds of deep relief, let's the massage therapist know that the depth and speed of the work is perfect.
Remember, after every massage to drink water. Why should I drink water after a massage? Water is good for the organs to get things moving throughout the body. Alot of toxins have been released and so you need water to flush those toxins out and put good nutrients back into the body.
April 11, 2016
Chiropractic and Massage
Interview with Dr. James Schramm
Dr. James Schramm has been serving the Columbus area for 11 years and is the owner of the Upper Arlington Family Chiropractic, located in Columbus, Ohio. He was “awarded 2014 Business Person of the Year and received the Health and Wellness Award”. In his office Dr. Schramm has a combination of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. We interviewed Dr. Schramm about the combination of the two.
Interviewer: What is the difference between Chiropractic and Massage Therapy?
Dr. Schramm: As chiropractors, we treat the spine vertebrae and how it relates to the nervous system and how relates the overall body. For massage, by definition addresses muscle, muscle function.
Interviewer: How does massage therapy and chiropractic treatment complement each other?
Dr. Schramm: When you look at it from a total body perspective, I think chiropractic and massage looks at it very similarly, to where the body needs to move properly, whether it’s by chronic deconditioning, from sitting in a chair, from being at a desk for long periods of time, from sporting injuries, car accidents and posture. Chiropractic treatment s adjusts the joint mobility of the vertebrae, the discs, the nerves and how they all relate together, getting mobility into those segments and addresses strength issues and nutritional issues.
The other part of health is adjusting the muscle function. So the muscles and bones are constantly playing tug-of –war with each other. So, we as chiropractors address joint function and mobility and nervous system, massage therapy addresses the muscle component of tight muscles, weak muscles, scar tissue that forms on weak muscles. Now, you can do chiropractic alone or massage therapy alone, but how chiropractic and massage therapy complement each other, from my results and personally, in research it shows, a course of treatment of chiropractic treatment along with rehabilitation and massage therapy, is the best overall treatment a person can get to seeresults in the quickest time possible.
Interviewer: How often should a person get treated?
Dr. Schramm: That is a very good question. It depends on a number of factors, the age of the person, the number of accidents, injuries, what we find in the examination and x-rays. Lastly, a couple of weeks of consistent care and then evaluate. I really think a heavy dose of doing chiropractic and massage therapy right after an injury for 2 to 4 weeks, then after that the key is to maintain it while we have the person do home exercises. So once we get through the injury, then you want to maintain it with chiropractic and massage for once a month.
May 07, 2016
A scalp massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots. The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function. The rubbing motion promotes relaxation and feels good, thus increasing the production of "feel good" chemicals that work to lower levels of stress hormone in the body. Lower stress levels allow your organs to function more efficiently, thus boosting your hair follicle's ability to grow hair. Now you know the benefits, ask a friend or family member when you are just taking a break at home or having a spa day to massage each others head. Reap the benefits of a scalp massage.