Friday, September 23, 2016

6 Questions About Acupuncture You're Afraid to Ask

6 Questions About Acupuncture You're Afraid to Ask - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist in Winnipeg
Knowing what to expect prior to getting your first acupuncture session can make it easier to go into without worry or fear. Sometimes people have questions that they want to ask, but feel silly asking. In an attempt to help you feel less worried about going in for acupuncture, here are some questions and answers that may have been floating around in your mind that you did not feel comfortable asking.

  1. What Exactly Is Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is an ancient science of medicine, first known to be used in China. It is a series of incredibly thin needles placed into certain pressure points around the body to help improve the overall flow of chi, or a person’s life force. When people experience pain, illness, or other health issues, it can be due to this life force being blocked, so these needles are placed in the body to open those pathways up and give a person better health opportunities.

  2. Is Acupuncture Going to Hurt?

    The needles used in acupuncture are about as wide as a thin human hair. They are much thinner than anything used for an injection, and most people experience very little or no discomfort at all when the needles are placed. Even people with a strong phobia of needles are typically fine once they see that the first needle did not hurt.

  3. What Can Acupuncture Help With?

    Acupuncture can help with a very wide variety of medical ailments. You can turn to acupuncture for issues like whiplash and migraines, pain in any area of the body, dental issues to asthma, women’s and men’s health issues, and more. There is virtually no ailment that cannot be benefitted by some sessions of acupuncture.

  4. Will You Need Many Sessions of Acupuncture? 

    The number of sessions you will require will depend on what you are coming in to get fixed, but you should expect at least five sessions of acupuncture. You may need more like ten or fifteen sessions to get past whatever it is that ails you, but each session will provide you with an increased measure of relief until you get to the final session.

  5. What Risks Are Associated with Acupuncture? 

    Every single medical procedure out there carries with it some inherent risk, but acupuncture is considered to be one of the safest medical procedures done anywhere in the world. The two main things you are likely to feel when you are done with acupuncture are some tiredness and possible grumpiness. These are both because your body is working to heal whatever was wrong. Anything beyond these responses is incredibly rare.

  6. Will Acupuncture Really Help You?

    Every person’s response to acupuncture is different, but most people find incredible amounts of relief when they turn to acupuncture. If it did not bring people the relief they were looking for, chances are this ancient medical treatment would have died out over 1,000 years ago. If you really need help with something that is upsetting your life, consider the benefits of acupuncture. Millions of people around the world swear by it.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What is DOMS and How Is It Affecting Your Recovery?

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Have you ever woken up a day or two after a workout and realized your muscles went from being fine to cramped up and painfully sore? This is DOMS, also known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It happens because when you work out, there are microscopic tears within each muscle group that you use. Then, anywhere from 6-48 hours after your workout has stopped, those tears get inflamed as your body is trying to heal them.

When DOMS is Present, Your Recovery May Change

So, what does this mean in terms of your recovery? First, it means that you have done a bit of damage to those muscles and you need to take some time to try and correct the damage you have done by allowing it to heal. If you try and push through, you could struggle with being able to keep up with your normal intensity during the healing process, and potentially do more damage.

Second, it can mean that for some, it may be a little harder to stay motivated to continue your workouts because you may worry about continuing the damage or increasing it by other exercise in the same area.

Finally, it can also mean that you need a bit of help with the recovery process. In order to boost your recovery, you should consider options like massage therapy, as this increases blood flow and oxygen to the area, speeding up your muscle recovery anywhere that DOMS is present.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pressure Points for Helping Yourself Feel Better

Did you know that your body is full of pressure points that can elicit responses from your body from a simple touch or bit of pressure? It’s true, and they are all over your body. Here are a few of them that could help you feel better today!


The v shape between your pointer finger and thumb base is a pressure point. Apply gentle pressure until slightly sore for about two minutes per side and notice your headache improve. This is the same pressure point you should use if you have an earache or a minor toothache!


If you are going through morning sickness or chemo, then you want to apply gentle pressure to your inner arm by your wrist. They even sell wristbands that can do this for you. Apply gentle pressure for 1-2 minutes to start, and increase time as necessary for best results.

Abdominal Pain

If you notice your stomach hurting, you have a few options. You can do the same as you did for a headache, or you can go to your leg and press there. Just below the kneecap and to the outside of the prominent bone, press gently to help reduce your stomach pain. You can also alleviate stomach pain by pressing one thumb’s width above the bellybutton very gently.

If you are in pain and these are not doing the trick, or you want a few more tips, give us a call and schedule an appointment at Academy Massage. We can work with you to help figure out the problem!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pressure Points That Are Focused on with Massages

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Obtaining a massage can be one of the most comfortable, relaxing and unwinding things you can do for yourself. Not only can the professional provide you with a way to release any tension or anxiety that you’re carrying, but they can also relieve a lot of other symptoms you may be experiencing. This is done through pressure points located on the body. When these points are massaged, they relieve this extra tension, reducing the symptoms you’re experiencing and allowing you to get back on track with life once again.

 A pressure point is simply a part of your body, that when pressure is applied, you get a therapeutic response within your body. Some examples of these responses can include less pain, increased energy, decreased nausea, or increased circulation. Knowing many of these pressure points, as well as symptoms that can be relieved during a massage can put you in a better position to have one performed.

The Hands

Believe it or not, there are a couple of pressure points located in the hand. When pressed and massaged just right, these pressure points are able to relieve stress and anxiety in the person. They have to be found through the use of massage, but once they are; your worries will melt away. 

The Neck

One of the places where the most tension is held is the neck. When massaged, knots that are built up inside the muscles of the neck that are released. When released, the tension in the person’s shoulders and back is reduced. This allows the person to become more relaxed and less overwhelmed with the days ahead.

Along the Spine

There are numerous pressure points along the spine. Each of these points has a different result when massaged. Depending on the ailment that you’re suffering from, you can reduce pain, nausea, pinched nerves and even stress. The back is one of the largest places that can be massaged, so the professional tends to focus a lot of their energy into the pressure points located along the spinal columns.


The shoulders are where everyone carries the weight of the world. When you go to see a masseuse, you can specially ask them to focus on the tension and pressure points located in this area. The shoulders have a few points closer to the neck and then some closer to the spine. When you have a massage in these two areas, it reduces the tension and stress, but it can also make the person feel lighter and more energized. 

The Feet 

One of the less known places where pressure points are located are the feet. This is why foot massages feel so good. When the pressure points are massaged, it reduces the weight on a person, while also relieving a lot of the tension that they feel from walking or standing on a daily basis. Additionally, you can reduce cramping and other pain associated with the lower to mid part of the body through the feet. 

Massages are a great way to relieve stress and can also be a great gift to give. Speaking with a professional about the problems you’re having and ways to reduce them by using these various pressure points can allow you to relax and conquer the world each and every time you have them performed.

Friday, July 22, 2016

When Should You Not Get A Massage?

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While massage therapy provides many holistic health benefits ranging from relieving pain caused by injury or the strain and overuse of joints and muscles (or simply the nagging effects of growing older, which few of us choose to acknowledge) to improving circulation and detoxification, to alleviating stress and tension and providing body and soul relaxation, there are times when massage may not be the right choice and might, in fact, cause adverse effects.

Any pain or condition that you are unsure of is a massage contraindication. In short, this is when you are not able to receive massage, or the massage therapy may be limited to specific areas of your body. There are two types of contraindications: local contraindications and absolute contraindications. Local contraindications mean that caution must be exercised during treatment and the massage must be correctly adapted to the condition, with modification, moderation, special restrictions and even approval from a doctor. This is to ensure the protection of both the client and the massage practitioner, as it is not only your own health that is a consideration, but also that of your therapist who might be exposed to your illness if symptoms are contagious, which could also be passed on to other clients.

Absolute (or total) contraindications, on the other hand, are conditions where you cannot receive a massage as it, too, can result in potentially serious health risks for the client and/or the therapist. The good news is that not all absolute contraindications are permanent; you may have a condition that, once it clears, allows you to benefit from massage. However, some conditions are permanent and in those instances massage is not a recommended treatment.

Suffering from an acute injury may be another time when massage is not advised. While one might seek the immediate relief a massage can provide, if there is existing damage to the area, massage may actually interfere with the healing process. Again, in such instances it is best to first consult with a physician. As well, if you are dealing with an infection, massage increases overall circulation and can stimulate your body's natural defenses, placing demands on your physical self when your best remedy is simply to rest.

Another time when one should refrain from massage is if you have ingested alcohol prior to your treatment. Liquor desensitizes the body and makes it difficult for the therapist to accurately determine the correct amount of pressure to apply to address your concern. Even prescription medications may alter the effectiveness of massage.

There are a number of other conditions and situations where massage is not recommended or when it should best be administered only under the advice of your physician. If you have questions whether massage is the right technique for your specific need, we invite you to speak with one of our qualified massage therapists to determine your most effective treatment protocol and whether a medical opinion might first be necessary.

At Academy Massage the health and well-being of our clients remains our number one priority.