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!

Friday, January 20, 2017

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

How You Know It's Time to Go for A Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
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

What You Really Need to Know About Steam Rooms - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
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!