Friday, February 10, 2017

Why Should You Care About Aromatherapy?

When most people think about aromatherapy, they automatically think about the aroma aspect and believe that they must be inhaling particular scents to get the benefits. However, the truth is, your body can benefit from using the essential oils of aromatherapy from massage just as much. By getting a massage with essential oils, not only do you inhale the scents that are thought to help with better overall health, but you also get the benefits of the concentrated item the oil came from.

Aromatherapy Can Help Your Body

When your body is exposed to specific substances, it responds. Essential oils are concentrated versions of specific substances, allowing your body to respond positively to the application of these substances. By massaging them into your body, you get the feeling of the massage and the benefit of the oil.

If you want to reduce swelling, you will use something like tea tree oil or lavender oil. For those who are seeking a way to remove anxiety from their body, they could still use lavender oil, or they could opt for rose oil or a citrus oil like orange or lemon.

If you want to relax from pain, you may want to consider rose oil or frankincense oil, as they are commonly used to help during labor and known for their pain relieving qualities. For you to get the benefit of reducing blood pressure, consider a massage from Neroli oil.

Myo Essential Oils - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist WinnipegAt Academy Massage, we carry an extensive selection of Myo brand essential oils, lotions, and bath salts, as well as essential oil diffusers, humidifiers, and lockets and necklaces – all perfect gifts for Valentine's day!  We would be happy to discuss your particular needs and will recommend a product that will provide you with the most benefit.  To find out more about how aromatherapy could help you, contact us today!

Friday, January 20, 2017

How You Know It's Time to Go for A Massage

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With the new year upon us, it is time to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. After all, nearly 1/3 of all resolutions made on New Year’s involved getting healthy in some form. If you are trying to feel better and live a life that allows you to get the most out of it, then you need to consider taking care of yourself from all angles. One of the most overlooked ways of taking care of yourself is through massage. It gives your body so many benefits that it should be something we all strive to get regularly.

Signs Your Body Really Needs a Massage

The most obvious sign that you need a massage is that you hurt. This can be pain in your shoulders, neck, back, hips, or nearly anywhere on your body. The pain that doesn’t go away naturally can often be remedied, or at least minimized, by getting a massage on a regular basis. Tightness of large muscles, or a limitation on your life due to muscle pain, should point you in the direction of getting a massage.

Another sign that you need a massage is the occurrence of tension headaches. Typically, when the larger muscle groups in the upper half of your body are getting tight, it leads to a tension buildup. This leads to you getting tension headaches which can be difficult to get rid of. Getting a massage allows those muscles to relax, and it allows the tension to be released from your body instead of building up and causing additional pain.

When you become limited in how much each joint can move, that is a very good sign that you could benefit from a massage. Losing your normal range of motion can limit your quality of life, plus it can increase your stress. As soon as you notice that you are losing the ability to move like you normally would, you need to go in and get a massage. The sooner you get the problem addressed, the less range of motion you are bound to lose, and the sooner you are bound to feel better.

Massages Allow Your Body to Relax

Getting a massage provides stress relief and pain relief, among other benefits. The more often you make a massage a regular part of your routine, the more benefits you get out of the practice as a whole. You should be going in once every 1-2 weeks to get the pain under control. Then, once you can keep your pain controlled, you should be going in 1-2 times per month to maintain your range of movement and keep the pain down.

When you get regular maintaining massages, you will find that your body responds in many positive ways. You will feel better, sleep better, stay calmer, and typically get sick less often. To schedule a massage with Academy Massage today, give us a call. We can help get you feeling better, and help you stay that way.

Friday, January 13, 2017

What You Really Need to Know About Steam Rooms

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Have you been thinking about visiting a steam room? However, before you do, you want to make sure it is going to be beneficial, right? Well, luckily for you, there are quite a few benefits of going and visiting steam rooms. Whether you are trying to feel better from a stiff back, or want to simply relax, steam rooms are a great option.

Why You Want to Go and Visit a Steam Room


  1. You will be able to relieve your body of tension. The warmth lets your body relax, and this lets your tension just melt away. 
  2. The steam removes impurities from your skin. This means that not only do you feel better when you come out, but you look better, too!
  3. Sweating takes toxins out of your body. Simply spending 20 minutes in a steam room can remove a whole day’s worth of toxins from your system, leaving you healthier. 
  4. You have better blood flow when in a steam room. During exposure to the heat, your capillaries open up, allowing for better blood flow and increased healing. 
  5. Sitting in a steam room can help alleviate pain. When you sit in a hot and steamy room, your body releases endorphins. This can reduce the pain you feel from both the daily grind and even from injuries. 

If you want to get a chance to feel better, look better, and stay healthier, then go in and check out a steam room. If your body is still achy when you leave the steam room, give us a call at Academy Massage, and let us help work the rest of the kinks out!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fitness Trends to Watch for This Coming Year

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2017 is going to ring in the next round of New Year’s resolutions, which inevitably will bring about some people’s desires to get healthier. If you plan on making the resolution to get in better shape and take better care of your body, it is important to know what options you have. Here are some of the trends you should be expecting to be huge during 2017. Which do you think is going to be the most fun?

Boxing is Huge

One of the biggest fitness trends to reemerge recently is boxing. There are studios popping up all around the world. It’s a great cardio workout, and gets your whole body fitter. If you haven’t tried it before, 2017 is the perfect time!

Dancing Cardio is Great for Your Body

If you want to get your entire body active, and have fun at the same time, try dance cardio. You can have fun, look silly, and learn how to move, all in one workout. Plus, you will be doing it with others who want to get fit, just like you, so you can feel empowered as a group!

Live Streaming Fitness Classes

With the advent of live-streaming everything, in comes the newest trend of fitness classes. This means that no matter where you are located, and no matter what type of fitness routine you want to try, you can be a part of a class that is going on live. Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

For more information on keeping your body healthy, come in and speak with the experienced professionals here at Academy Massage. We can help you get healthy, and not suffer the normal aches and pains that go along with starting a new exercise routine!

Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Protect Your Spine from Injury

Your spine is a tender part of your body. It can easily become damaged or injured, even while doing regular, mundane activities. If you are worried that you may injure yourself, it is best to protect yourself from getting those injuries.

Here are a few ways that you can protect your spine and keep your body safer. 

Keep Your Core Muscles Strong

One of the best ways to protect your spine is to keep the core muscles of your body strong, especially as people age because these muscles naturally begin to weaken. Exercising them regularly helps keep your spine covered with a thick layer of muscle to protect it. You need the deep muscles of the back and abdominals to keep your back safe from pain and sprains, and need to focus on these muscles to give them a workout on a regular basis.

Use Your Back Properly

This is one tip that encompasses a lot of things that people do to injure their spine. Make sure you lift with your legs, not by bending over and potentially hurting your spine. Also, make sure you sit straight when you are seated to help protect your back from an injury that comes from a bad posture.

Stretch Daily Before Activity and Exercise

You want to make sure that you do not injure your back by trying to do too much with it. Make sure when you get up each morning, you stretch out. You should also fully stretch before you do any type of exercise. Your back is prone to injury if you try and move without it being warmed up and stretched out, so be careful!

When you feel back pain, it is often due to strained or torn muscles, and the inflammation can lead to back spasms. These can make moving difficult, and result in a lot of pain. When you get a lower back strain, it is typically one of these two types. First, it could be a muscle strain, which results from tearing or overstretching a muscle, damaging the muscle fibers. Second, it could be a lumbar sprain, which results from stretching or tearing a ligament in the back, causing the connection between the tissues and bones to become painfully inflamed.

If you notice that your back hurts, you should go in to Academy Massage and get a massage to help relax the muscles. They see many clients that suffer from both isolated and chronic back pain, who see relief over the course of a few weeks with regular visits. They will assist you in the healing process by increasing the proteins and blood nutrients that go to the afflicted area, allowing for the tissues to heal more quickly. For more information on keeping your spine protected, contact Academy Massage today!