Friday, May 19, 2017

Why Reflexology Relieves Stress

Why Reflexology Relieves Stress - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
When a person is stressed out, typically their body feels pain more intensely. This is because their brain is already on overload, making it to where the filters that allow the experience of pain to come through aren’t working as efficiently. If you were to go out and get a massage with reflexology, you might be able to relax the mind and sensitive areas of the body, allowing you to experience less pain and have a lower level of stress.

Reflexology Releases the Stress Withheld by the Body

Reflexology can take the stress that the body is holding on to, and let it out. The different nerve centers of the body are worked, allowing the body to let go of physical stress and pain at the same time. This allows the body to begin a deeper level of healing, and to boost the body’s natural regeneration. The more the body can heal, the less stress will come back in the future, and the more relaxed the person is going to be able to remain. Reflexology puts pressure on nerve bundles, sending calming messages throughout the body, allowing the entire body to increase blood flow and positive energy, all at the same time.

If you want to find out how reflexology can help you, contact the experts at Academy Massage. We can describe the process to you, and suggest options that can help you feel better and reduce the stress you are going through. Call us today to find out more!

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Massage Can Reveal About Your Digestive Health

Do you often have issues with your digestive health? Were you aware that regular massages can help with common digestive problems? If you go in for regular abdominal massages, you are far less likely to struggle with issues that may otherwise impede your quality of life. Here are a few of the things that abdominal massages can do to help with digestive issues.

Abdominal Massages Can Decrease Stress-Related Digestive Problems

Stress is one of the biggest culprits of digestive problems that plague people. It can cause you to have a knot-like feeling in your stomach, increase bloating, and leave you suffering from either diarrhea or constipation. One way that you can decrease these issues is by having regular massages done gently on your abdomen. If you get the parasympathetic nervous system massaged, it can not only reduce the effects of anxiety and stress in your stomach, but it can actually help your entire body feel better.

You Can Improve Your Digestion with Abdominal Massage

When you are still in bed in the morning, or once you have gone to lie down at night, you can do simple abdominal massages that can help you improve the digestion of your food. This can help you get more nutrients out of the foods you eat and break those foods more thoroughly. This can increase your overall nutrition, and leave you feeling better after you eat. Simple clockwise circles massaged over your stomach is all you need to start feeling better.

Your Body’s Health Can Improve with Regular Massage

Just like with a traditional massage, you get increased blood flow to the massaged area, in this case, your abdomen. This blood flow brings increased oxygen to the area, which can improve the health and function of your internal organs. If you want to get feeling better and help your organs function on a higher level, then regular abdominal massages may be the perfect answer.

Abdominal Massage Can Reduce Pain All Over Your Body

Most people believe that the only area that gets a benefit when you get a massage is the original area touched. However, that is inaccurate. Your entire body can reap the benefits of a massage, no matter where on your body it may be. If you get regular abdominal massages, you are likely going to notice that your body is less sore and tight. When you gently massage the abdomen, on top of the digestive benefits listed, you also get the benefit of reduced spasticity in your thorax, lumbar, abdominal, and gluteal muscles that are tight.

Would you like improved digestion, less pain, and increased nutrition from a simple massage you can easily fit into your weekly schedule? Then call the professionals here at Academy Massage. We can help you feel better in many facets of your life, plus leave you in better overall health. The power of touch can improve your life in many ways. Reach out to us and find out more today!

Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Questions Every Massage Therapist Should be Able to Answer

5 Questions Every Massage Therapist Should be Able to Answer - Academy Massage Therapy - Winnipeg Massage Therapist
Our massage therapists get asked a wide range of questions every day.  Most of them are answered on our frequently asked questions page.  We polled the massage therapists in our office and narrowed the list down to the top 5 questions every massage therapist should be able to answer.
  1. “When should I book your next massage?”
    • This one varies by patient.  If you’re stiff or sore or are using massage to help treat an injury, we recommend weekly visits at a minimum.  If you are coming in for a massage to relax and dedicate some time to yourself, you could go longer between sessions.  However, we could all use some “me” time, and a weekly massage is an excellent way to practice some self-care. 
  2. “Why did I feel sore the next day; is that normal?”
    • During the massage, your therapist will work with different muscle groups.  Similar to when you workout, but in a different setting and at a much lower intensity.  It is quite common to feel sore the next day.  If the feeling persists for several days, please call and speak to your massage therapist about what you are experiencing. 
  3. “How do I stretch *this* muscle?”
    • It depends on the muscle.  Feel free to ask your Academy Massage therapist if you have a particular muscle or muscle group that you just can’t seem to get stretched.  We are happy to give you some pointers! 
  4. “What is a ‘knot’?”
    • A muscle knot is a common term for a trigger point; they are most commonly found in the back and neck area.  Basically, a knot is a spot in the muscle that has tensed up or began to spasm involuntarily. 
  5. “Why do I need to drink water after my massage?”
    • Two reasons.  First, a massage will dehydrate you.  Your therapists work on your muscles causes fluid to pump out of the muscle tissue and into your circulatory system, moving towards your kidneys.  That is why you will often need to use the washroom after a massage.  Secondly, as your muscles relax they begin to release metabolic waste (substances leftover from metabolic processes, a fancy term for toxins) into your system.  As your circulation improves as a result of the massage, these toxins need to be flushed out of your system.
Bonus Question - “Is it okay if I have a drink before my massage?”
    • Alcohol before a massage is not recommended; massage can increase the effects of alcohol in your system.  As mentioned in answer 5, massage promotes circulation and flushes toxins out of your body.  As delicious as that glass of pinot grigio is (or your drink of choice), it is considered by your body primarily as a toxin.    
What other questions do you have about massage?  We want to hear them!  Comment on this post below, or tag us in your posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Exercise, Even When You Don't Want To

Do you ever have those days (or weeks!) where you just can’t motivate yourself to get up and workout? You’re not alone; we’ve all been there. We also want to help you out, so we put together a list of some of the tricks we’ve used in the past to get our butt in gear and get that workout done. Here is the Academy Massage cheat sheet for motivating yourself to exercise, even when you really don’t want to:
  • Lay out your workout clothes the night before so there’s one less thing to do before a morning workout – bonus points if you pick your outfit for work too!
  • Plan the healthy meal you’ll nourish your body with after to give yourself the motivation to push through – one positive decision leads to another.
  • Put your workout gear on before you decide to skip the workout.  If you still don’t feel like working out after that, take a mental health day and do something else that is good for you instead; read a book, get a massage, do some mild stretching or light yoga, or take a relaxing bath (with myo bath salts).
  • Start a calendar or journal and mark down the days that you do workout.  Seeing all the checked boxes can help motivate you.  Keeping track of when you do and don’t workout can also help you find patterns or cycles that you go through with your body – especially important to note for females.
  • If you hate cardio, just remember: “the faster you run, the faster you’re done.”
  • Don’t let yourself miss two days in a row, ever.
  • If you can’t stay motivated to go to a gym on your own, hire a personal trainer so there is someone else counting on you to be there, and a financial cost to skipping the workout.
  • Join a group fitness program so you know you have a workout planned on scheduled dates and times.  It will help you build a routine, and you’re less likely to skip because it gives you a time for you to look forward to that’s just for you.
  • Do your warm up.  If you’re not motivated after that, you can quit, but you’ll probably feel silly. 
  • Break your workout into smaller sets.  Count to halfway through the set, and then back down to one.  It feels like you’re doing less because you’re counting half as high as normal, and counting back down to one pushes you to finish because you’re counting down the remaining reps – it’s all in your head!
  • Find a podcast or audiobook you like and only let yourself listen to it during a workout.  Just like bingeing Netflix episodes, you’ll want to know what happens next.
  • Think about how far you’ve come since starting and the changes you’ve seen or felt in your body. Hold on to that feeling and push to feel even better.

What tricks do you use to motivate yourself to workout?  We want to hear them!  Comment on this post below, or tag us in your posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Friday, March 17, 2017

5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know

If you decide to come see us at 561 Academy Road, there are a few things we want you to know before your visit. This list is meant to help you get the best possible experience out of your session at Academy Massage, and enjoy the after effects of your treatment even more.

We are trained professionals

We are trained to properly drape clients in order to protect your modesty and ours. To us, your buttocks are not cute, big, small, or sexy. It’s a big muscle, and we like muscles. We can work your glutes with a big sheet covering if that makes you feel more comfortable, but it would be incomplete not to work on some of the biggest muscles in the body.

If you’re “on time,” you’re late

Please try to be early. We really like to work on you for the entire time; however, as we often have another client coming in right after you, it is difficult for us to work on you past your scheduled time. 

If you have had a change in your medical condition since you were here last, it is important you tell us

If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury, or have a touchy knee, it is important that we be aware. No one knows your body better than you, but we want to be able to navigate and make sure you’re not in any discomfort or pain. Massage should be a relaxing experience.

Tips are appreciated but not expected 

Tips are not an obligation.  We would rather you considered us in the same mindset as your dental hygienist or health care practitioners.  The massage therapy industry as a whole is shifting in this direction.  If you are happy, tell your friends. We love referrals!

The massage session is about you

Throughout your treatment, feel free to speak up if something doesn’t feel quite right; you won’t hurt our feelings! We want to make sure the style, pressure, and pace of the massage meet your needs.  If you are unhappy, please tell us why. Sometimes a client doesn’t return and we have no idea if we did something wrong, or if you are just busy.

If you have questions about massage therapy, get in touch with us today.  We love helping people take care of their mind, body, and soul, and are happy to discuss how massage therapy can be a part of that.