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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

3 Natural Ways to Overcome the Winter Blues

3 Natural Ways to Overcome the Winter Blues - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
During the winter, some people are more prone to feeling a bit depressed. It is harder to spend time outside, which is part of where we get Vitamin D from. Without getting out to get some fresh air, we can begin to feel cooped up, which can make us feel out of sorts. If you struggle with the winter blues, then know that there are things that you can do to help yourself feel better. Here are three great options to help you overcome the winter blues this year.

Get More Light

One of the most effective ways of battling back against the winter blues is to give your body what it wants most, light. When you are stuck indoors, you don’t get enough light, so give yourself more! Add more light to the rooms you spend the most time in. You can open the curtains, add a lightbox right by where you sit, and even add in more artificial light. The more light you get, the better! If you notice a slight improvement, but it’s not quite enough, enhance it with a Vitamin D supplement, and it should help your winter blues fade away.

Remain Social with Others

Don’t isolate yourself when you are struggling with the winter blues. You need to stay actively a part of what is going on. Isolating yourself is only going to make it worse, so keep yourself a part of your regular circles. Even if you don’t feel like going out, at least talk to them. Stay a part of what is going on, and keep up to date with what others are doing. This helps keep your winter blues from getting too deep, and it allows you to have the option of somewhere to go when you are feeling up to going out.

Do Things to Help Yourself Feel Better

When you are struggling with the winter blues, it is important that you try and help yourself feel good. There are many ways to go about doing this. First, you can volunteer to help others. This helps you feel good, and in turn, helps battle back those winter blues. Second, you can go out and exercise. Making your body feel good is a great way of keeping your winter blues in check. If you are going to make yourself feel good, another way of doing that is getting a massage since it boosts your mood, immune system, and helps with circulation. Finally, you can pick the foods you eat carefully. Some foods are great at helping you stay feeling good, like chocolate. Carbs make you feel more anxious and depressed after you eat them, and should be avoided.

If you want to take good care of yourself, consider calling Academy Massage today. We can help you get a massage to bring about recovery from those winter blues, and we can also help you just feel better overall. Contact us today and find out which of our massage options are best for you in your battle against the winter blues!

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!