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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Combining Yoga and Massage

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Thai Massage (or Thai Yoga Massage) is believed to have been developed over 2,500 years ago in India by the physician to Buddha. The therapy was later adopted by Thailand where it was influenced by traditional Chinese medicine, incorporating over time the holistic principles of other cultures.

Thai Massage has benefits beyond those experienced in traditional massage treatment. It is a more energizing and rigorous massage, with a consistent body contact between the therapist and client, although instead of massaging and kneading muscles, the technique involves a series of manipulations such as muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure. People have claimed that undergoing Thai Massage is like practicing Yoga - without exerting the effort. The result is both stimulating and relaxing. Other benefits include stress reduction, improved circulation, increased flexibility and range of motion, and the centering of mind and body.

No oils are applied so the procedure can be done with the client fully dressed, though it is advised that the clothing be loose and comfortable.

However, Thai Massage is not recommended for certain individuals. It should not be administered to anyone who has just undergone surgery. Also if you have undergone chemotherapy or radiation, you should first check with your doctor; as well a physician should be consulted if you are as if you are a pregnant woman considering Thai Massage. The procedure should also not be performed if you have an infectious skin disease, rash or any open wound.

Be sure when you book your appointment with Academy Massage that your therapist is made aware of your medical history.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Managing Muscle Pain with Massage Therapy

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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis. It is a chronic and progressive inflammatory disease of the joints and cartilages of the spine. Where AS differs from spinal arthritis is that it typically targets the tissues between the vertebrae in the spine, and the joints where the pelvis meets the spine. The condition is characterized by pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, which is most noticeable in the morning or following periods of inactivity. Inflammation can also occur in other parts of the body, including the shoulders and pelvic region, and affecting joints, tendons and ligaments. AS can even affect the eyes, resulting in pain, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. AS can also cause problems with the aorta, which is the largest artery in the body. The inflamed aorta can enlarge to where its function may become compromised.

AS affects men more often than women. Signs and symptoms of AS (including tiredness and fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss) typically begin in early adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 30 years. While AS has no known specific cause, there is a strong genetic or family link.

Medications may be prescribed that can relieve the pain and stiffness. However, drugs can also run the risk of causing gastrointestinal bleeding. Surgery is rarely a treatment option unless there is severe pain or advanced joint damage that may require hip or knee replacement.

For AS sufferers seeking a natural alternative treatment, massage has proven effective in relieving muscle pain and stiffness, reducing neck and back aches caused by the disease. Massage increases blood flow, reduces muscle and bone tension, and increases endorphin levels that help in reducing pain. Massage is also effective in eliminating the stress that may be associated with the disease. Most people have reported the best results from soft tissue massages. However, it is important to note that some people with AS may not tolerate massages well as not everyone experiences the same severity of symptoms, and for some even the lightest touch can be painful. It is important for a person with AS to pay close attention to their body and keep aware of any negative effects. If experiencing any sort of pain or discomfort during the treatment, this should be discussed with the massage therapist.

The benefits of massage vary from person to person - even at times for the same person. Some will experience less pain and improved mobility after one massage treatment. Others, however, may need several treatments before noticing a difference. This may also depend on how long one has had AS and how far it has progressed. If the condition has progressed to the later stages, the pain may decrease but stiffness and immobility might increase.

Academy Massage offers therapies to assist in reducing the painful and even debilitating symptoms of AS, administered by a trained and qualified massage therapist. While as yet there is no cure for AS, the proper treatment program can help one lead a more normal and productive life.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Celebrate Grad 2016 with a Massage!

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With high school or college graduation fast approaching, you might be scratching your head trying to decide what would make the ideal gift for your son, daughter, niece or nephew, grandchild,  or simply that special student who has successfully "made the grade."

Academy Massage would like to suggest a gift sure to be valued and appreciated by the student who has worked long and hard to achieve this moment of educational fulfillment: An Academy Massage Gift Card.

With the stress of cramming for finals finally over, a relaxing and invigorating massage provides the perfect remedy for releasing tension and easing muscle strain brought on by poor posture from hours sitting focused at the computer, hunched over text books or writing last-minute papers, as well as likely causing many a restless or sleepless night.  At Academy Massage our registered massage specialists are trained and skilled in providing the proper technique to make each visit to our center both a satisfying and memorable experience. We offer a variety of therapies and can customize the massage to suit each individual need. As well, we offer products that also make great personal gifts to show you care, including our lotions and oils, aroma therapy, hot/cold pads and bath soaks.

Gift cards are easy to obtain and are affordable, available both in $50 and $100 denominations and can be paid online through debit, credit card or PayPal.

And to all the 2016 graduates we offer hearty congratulations!