Friday, July 21, 2017

Post Deep Tissue Massage: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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A deep tissue massage is a specialized massage treatment that concentrates on the deeper layers of the soft tissues of the body. The goal of this massage type is to release tension in the body with slow and deep pressure strokes in concentrated areas. This massage type is therapeutic and has many benefits if done correctly. However, as a newbie to deep tissue, you may find that you are not ready for the level of massage as well as the soreness that can come after. Learning more about this massage type can help you to be better prepared.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage involves substantial pressure and not just placing oil on the skin in a relaxing manner. The intention of the force used is to work the layers of soft tissues within the body, helping an injury, illness or prolonged immobility. At times, portions of this treatment can be uncomfortable, even causing pain. However, a good therapist will be able to acknowledge your level of pain tolerance and adjust accordingly. The goal is to find the pressure that works for you and using that level to work problem areas.

Varying techniques of massage are used during deep tissue treatment including elbows, fists, forearms, and knuckles. The pace is slower so that the massage therapist can work into the deep areas of the body and assessment can be made as the best way to handle the tension found in the body.

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone can benefit from deep tissue massage, especially those who have constant muscle pain, particularly in the shoulders, neck and lower back portion of the body. This tension can be due to sports, exercise injuries, posture problems and more. With treatment, a patient can experience a release of tension in the muscles as well as stiffness, pain relief, flexibility increase, pain management, the breaking down of scar tissue, and increased mobility or posture.

What to Expect During and After

When you lie down for treatment, you can expect the therapist to work your entire body but focusing on problem areas. Many people experience the deepest tissue treatment in the shoulders and lower back. You will need to learn how to breathe evenly as the treatment is applied, particularly during the increased pressure portion of the massage. Breathing helps to minimize discomfort. Your therapist can guide you in deep breathing to help you through the treatment process.

After treatment, you can feel rejuvenated for several days as well as feel a little sore. You will need to rest and relax as much as you can after treatment. Consider taking a warm bath to soothe the body. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas if you like to eliminate waste products that are released from the body via soft tissues. It is advised that you avoid caffeine and alcohol after treatment.

Overall, deep tissue massage can be beneficial. At Academy Massage, deep tissue massage is just one treatment option offered. Schedule an appointment today to feel the positive after effects of deep tissue massage.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Upgrading our Offerings: New Therapists, New Rooms, More Comfort

At Academy Massage, we offer an extensive list of massage service options ranging from Swedish and deep tissue massage to sports performance and maintenance sports massage services. We work hard to ensure the client experience is second to none and have recently amped up our efforts to provide more comfort and convenience to our clients.

Along with changes to our working area and client lounge, our team has grown with several new therapists joining us,

  • Alex is a triathlete who will be able to assist other athletes with a massage to work sore and tired muscles.
  • Koresh is a massage therapist who is joining our team and is set to study Osteopathy and incorporate this technique into his practice.
  • Rebecca is an individual who specializes in pregnancy hot stone massage, breast massage for post-surgery, post mastectomy, and fibrous scar tissue massage.
  • Jun-Jun Jubei has extensive experience with shiatsu massage, acupuncture, and deep tissue massage therapy. (Watch him in action here)

We now offer new rooms for our clients to be even more comfortable during massage treatments. While waiting for an appointment or post massage, the client lounge is now more comfortable than ever with additional space for relaxation.

At Academy Massage, we are open seven days a week to cater to all our clients. We provide services every day because we know work schedules vary among our valued clients. Two full-time receptionists are available from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm to assist with booking appointments, providing information about massage treatments, and to assist with insurance needs. We also offer online booking to make it easy for our clients to schedule an appointment when needed.

At Academy Massage, we look forward to providing each of our clients with a comfortable experience. This is why we have expanded to offer new therapists and more space. Our expansion will provide more rooms to handle the extensive list of clients we already service as well as take on new clients. We look forward to hearing from new individuals who seek treatment via our many massage services. Give our office a call today to learn more about treatment options and to schedule an appointment with one of our talented therapists.

Friday, June 16, 2017

5 Ways to Use That Post-Massage Feeling to Your Advantage

Scheduling a massage is a wonderful way in which to feel relaxed. For many people, the only way to de-stress is to have a massage, so keeping that post-massage feeling is a must. By learning how to let the feeling linger after your massage, you will be able to maintain a relaxed sensation, continuing to float on air and just feel good overall. If you enjoy a deep tissue massage, you will feel relaxed after but you may also become sore if you do not know how to prevent the soreness from setting in. Below are five ways to use the post-massage feeling to your advantage.

Schedule Appropriately

To ensure your massage feeling lasts a long time, be sure to schedule your massage appropriately. You want to schedule your massage for a time when you will have nothing to do afterward. Of course, planning one during your lunch break is nice, but you can end up stressed once again after you return to work. By scheduling a massage and going home to relax further, you can allow that feeling of loveliness to continue.

Continue with the ‘Me’ Time

For many individuals, especially moms, there is no ‘me’ time. Most often, we feel guilty for taking any time for ourselves. So when you have a massage, consider that ‘me’ time and let the feeling continue. Since you will feel de-stressed and relaxed, use that state to your advantage and schedule an appointment to get your hair done or a manicure. You will already feel good, so there will be no guilt for taking a little extra ‘me’ time!

Have a Fully Relaxing Evening

Anyone who has had a massage knows that the body and mind feel well-rested and relaxed once the massage treatment is over. So, continue with that feeling and plan a thoroughly relaxing evening. Think about what relaxes you and what you enjoy. Do you like to read and have a glass of wine? Plan on an evening with a good book and your favorite Merlot. Carry over the feeling of relaxation from the massage to be able to enjoy an entire evening of rest and comfort. A deep tissue massage can cause soreness so even though you feel relaxed after, you can develop an uncomfortable feeling as time goes on. To prevent feeling sore, drink plenty of water and use Myo Melt Epsom Salts in a nice long hot bath.

Go for a Walk

Many massage therapists recommend light activity after a massage to keep the relaxed feeling as well as to continue the loosening of muscles. Continue with the lovely feeling from your massage and go for a walk in your favorite park. Listen to music you love and just enjoy nature. You will continue to feel relaxed as you enjoy a little light exercise outdoors.

Drink Plenty of Water

We have already mentioned that drinking water is essential after a massage, especially deep tissue, but did you know it is a primary reason why the good feeling lingers? You should drink water after a massage as the technique of a deep tissue treatment can release toxins from the muscles into the bloodstream. It is believed that water helps the kidneys and pancreas to process such toxins.

Scheduling a regular massage will help you to feel your best on a consistent basis. At Academy Massage, you have the ability to schedule regular massages and enjoy treatments by highly trained professionals. Schedule your treatment today to begin on the path to total health and wellness via massage therapy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Why Massage Beats Stress Every Time


A proven method of removing stress from the body is massage. Whether you receive a foot massage, full body massage or back massage, the movements used in massage therapy are proven to help the effects of stress. Every individual is different, so while some hold tension in their shoulders, others experience stress in the body in other regions. A massage therapist can work out the kinks in the body which will relieve you of stress and tightness in muscles.

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When an individual is stressed, the muscles tighten up. The longer you are stressed out, the tenser your muscles will become. This tightness can cause pain as well as uncomfortableness in the body. The tight muscles need to be worked via massage to relieve what the stress has brought on. A trained and qualified massage therapist will be able to review your problem areas, feel the tightness and then use massage techniques to relieve the tightness in the muscles.

Illness Often Results from Stress[1]
Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress.  The counter to this hormone is the anti-pain chemical serotonin.  Research suggests that a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol by an average of 30%, and increase serotonin by an average of 28%.  This change in balance (more serotonin and less cortisol) helps boost your body’s ability to reduce stress, pain, anxiety, and sadness. 

Scheduling Regular Appointments
It is best for the body and stress levels to schedule an appointment for a massage therapy treatment on a regular basis. Not only will your body feel better but your mind can relax due to the soothing music and atmosphere of the massage room. Be sure to schedule a massage before your stress levels become too high so that you can find relief without experiencing an overwhelming sense of tightness and pain due to stress.

At Academy Massage, you will find experts who can assist you with massage therapy, helping to lessen the effects of stress in the body. Contact Academy Massage today to schedule your appointment to help relieve the stress you may be feeling.



[1] Source: http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/can-massage-relieve-symptoms-of-depression-anxiety-and-stress

Friday, May 26, 2017

How Post-Event Sports Massage Can Improve Your Performance

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Are you a regular athlete who is out competing on a continual basis? If so, then you are likely familiar with pre- and post-event massages available to the athletes. They are done to help the muscles relax after the event, and to help prevent future injuries. If you have never partaken in any of these massages, you may want to consider them. They could do a lot to help you feel better now, and do a lot to improve your overall performance the next time you are out competing.

The Benefits You Get Out of a Post-Event Sports Massage

Once a sporting event is complete, many opt to get a post-event massage. This helps the body relax and get ready for the next event you plan to partake in. Your body can remove the buildup of lactic acid, which comes from exerting your muscles more than usual. Having a massage after an event allows you to also feel less sore during your recovery period. Muscles get tight when you are active in a sporting event. By getting a massage, you can improve the blood flow to any muscle that is tight, which then allows you to have returned, if not improved, the range of motion. Just make sure before you choose to get a post-event massage, you completely cool down first. Your body is going to need to get re-hydrated to get these benefits, so make sure you have had sufficient time to cool down and re-hydrate before you head to your massage.

How These Benefits Can Improve Your Performance in Sporting Events

On top of having an improved range of motion, getting a post-event massage also lets you get back to training sooner than if you were to heal the same way you have in the past. Instead of having to take a week or two to feel back up to practice or exercise, you can go back in a day or two. This gives you an edge over your competitors and gives you the ability to show yourself that you can keep improving. Getting a post-event massage also gives the athlete a psychological boost once the event is over. It helps them feel better about what was accomplished, and it gives them the ability to think about what could be achieved in the future.

If you are regularly participating in sporting events that work you out deeply, then make sure you also regularly get massages. You can get them before any of your events to ready your muscles for what is to come, and you can help your recovery by getting a massage 15-30 minutes after an event has completed. These massages do a lot to help you the day of the event, and into the future. On top of post-event massages, regular sports massages should also be conducted to help the musculoskeletal system stay ready for your increased level of activity and to prevent injuries. For more information on why you should be getting post-event sports massages, call the experts at Academy Massage.