Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Massage Therapy for Marathon Training – make it part of your routine

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Training for a marathon takes a great deal of time and dedication. Runners have to train on a consistent basis, working the body and the mind, preparing for the long race. One way that runners can assist in their training efforts is to schedule a pre-marathon massage. Massage therapy for marathon training can prepare the body for the event by creating a renewed sense of energy. The massage therapists at Academy Massage are trained in pre- and post-event stretching techniques which will help prevent injury and reduce recovery time.

Massage Therapy for Marathon Training – the Preparation Massage

If you have never had a pre-event massage before, it is important to test the treatment. Some runners prefer a deep tissue massage before the big race, working every muscle and tendon in the body. Others will prefer a lighter touch, as a way of relaxing the body fully before the race day. The end goal is to come out of the massage feeling refreshed, renewed and light on your feet – ready to tackle the big event.

Similar to the amount of pressure during the massage therapy treatment, the focus of the massage will be dependent on the individual’s preference. Some runners want to work on stretching and making the muscles more pliable, so they will be ready to work properly during the marathon. Others may want work focused on certain muscles, if they are tight due to being overworked during training for the race.

Massage Therapy for Marathon – the Post-Event Massage

When race day has come and gone, many marathon runners enjoy post-event massage. After running a marathon, your body needs rest and to be restored. Massage Therapy treatment can provide a form of recovery helping to decrease soreness, stretch tight or constrained muscles and give overall relief to tired muscles.

With the Manitoba Marathon just a month away, consider how massage therapy could be incorporated into your training routine. Academy Massage offers quality massage options that can be of benefit to marathon runners – contact us today to learn more!

Friday, April 20, 2018

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage?

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage? - Massage Therapy Winnipeg - Academy Massage Therapy
Feeling pain after a massage is not something you want to experience. A massage is supposed to relax the muscles and leave you feeling refreshed. For the most part, people who have a massage will feel relaxed after, more energetic and relief from any pain. However, in some cases, you can feel sore. It is important to learn more about the feeling of soreness you are experiencing and what you should do about it.

Deep Tissue Massage

One reason you may feel sore after your massage is because the therapist applied a deep tissue technique. If your muscles and tissues aren't used to being worked in this manner, you can feel sore the day after or even days after the massage. With more pressure, it creates soreness in the area where the technique is applied. If you prefer a more relaxing massage, ask for a Swedish treatment so deep tissue pressure won’t be used by the massage therapist. Our masage therapists can help select the right treatment for you.

Unable to Relax

If you are getting a massage for the first time, you may feel uncomfortable and unable to relax fully. Feeling this way is common for first-timers. If you are unable to relax the body during the massage, you will be tensing up muscles and tendons, which can lead to soreness. During the course of a massage, focus your energy on relaxing your body, so you can truly benefit from the treatment.

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage? - Massage Therapy Winnipeg - Academy Massage Therapy

Dehydration

It’s recommended that you drink water before your treatment and after. During a massage, the water will keep you hydrated. Muscles that are properly hydrated will be more flexible which makes the massage more beneficial. After your massage, drinking more water is recommended to help flush away any toxins that were released during the treatment. With proper hydration, you will not feel as sore after the massage, which helps you to remain relaxed and enjoy the treatment.

Treating the Soreness

If you find that you are sore after your massage, take a warm bath. Use Epsom salts and soak in the warm water for 20 to 40 minutes. The bath will help your body to relax further and reduce any inflammation of the muscles. The Epsom salts also have magnesium which will be absorbed into the skin and help you to feel even better.

You can also take over the counter pain relievers for any soreness you are having. Talk to your massage therapist about what they recommend if you are feeling sore after your appointment.

Prevent or Reduce the Soreness

During the massage, if you feel too much pressure due to the treatment, speak to your massage therapist. Let them know that they are using too much pressure and that is causing you pain. The area they are working on may be sensitive or require a different, more relaxed method.

If you are looking to enjoy a quality massage from trained therapists, contact Academy Massage. Our massage therapists will be able to provide you with essential treatments that will be of benefit to your body and relaxation needs.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Should You Eat Before A Massage?


Should you eat before a massage? - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
If you have never had a massage, you may be curious as to what you should do to prepare for your appointment. For most people, a massage is scheduled so that you can relax.  Many people will plan a full day of relaxation or “self-care” with spa treatments, perhaps a hair appointment, a nice meal, and a relaxing massage.  What many first-timers – and even some experienced massage goers – don’t realize is that eating before a massage has a direct impact on your experience.

No Eating

A big no-no when scheduling a massage is to eat beforehand. At Academy Massage, we recommend you do not eat for at least 90 minutes before your treatment. Your body needs time to be able to digest the food you eat before you receive your massage. The process of digestion moves the blood flow from the peripheral tissues and concentrates it to the digestive tract. With massage, the blood flow is drawn to the tissues that are being worked on, removing blood from the digestive tract and stalling the digestive process. This leads to poor digestion and can create an uncomfortable, heavy feeling in the stomach.

Plan Your Day

When you schedule a massage, plan your day accordingly. Try to plan your massage around meals so you will not be hungry and can enjoy your treatment without a full stomach. If possible, plan for an early morning massage; you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed for the rest of the day, and can enjoy your meals without worrying about them impacting your treatment.  You may also see some of the benefits massage can have on your digestive health.

This is just one of many tips you can use to enjoy your massage treatment better. Speak to the massage therapists at Academy Massage to learn more about how to prepare for your appointment. Book yours now by contacting us today!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Will Insurance Pay for Massage Therapy?


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Massage therapy is a treatment typically used to help several health issues including stress, poor blood circulation, insomnia, anxiety, nerve pain and more. Benefits of massage therapy for medical needs can include a decrease in stress, circulation improvement, and pain reduction. So, because massage helps with medical needs, is it a treatment that is covered by your medical insurance?

Your medical insurance provider may cover massage therapy for your health needs. The coverage offered will be dependent on the insurance plan you have and carrier. Some plans will cover massage therapy, but there may be restrictions in place.  Percentages and amounts of coverage can vary greatly between providers.  You will need to review your health insurance policy or speak to your plan administrator to be able to see how your plan covers massage, if at all. Once you have the information, you can make a decision for treatment based on overall pricing and insurance coverage.


Physician Prescribed

A physician can also prescribe massage therapy as a treatment type for your medical condition. If you have insomnia related to stress, anxiety, headaches, sports injuries, nerve pain or fibromyalgia, massage might be recommended as your treatment option. If your doctor prescribes massage therapy for a medical condition, then your insurance may cover the treatment. If you are covered by workers compensation and you have an injury that needs a massage, then the condition may be eligible for coverage. Injuries suffered from an automobile accident may also be covered by Manitoba Public Insurance.

Studies have shown that massage therapy is a quality treatment option for a number of medical conditions. However, some insurance plans are unfortunately still iffy about providing coverage for this treatment type. It is important to review your coverage thoroughly to see if you can use massage therapy as a treatment type to save money on therapy costs.

If you are not covered, then focus on finding a therapist that will work with you financially to receive the treatment type that will be of benefit to your condition. Even without insurance, massage therapy can be affordable and help you to see an improved quality of life when suffering from a medical condition or illness.

Whether your insurance covers massage or not, contact a massage therapist and discuss your medical condition. Find out what massage therapy types, such as deep tissue, might be of benefit. By learning more about the massage types and your condition, you can find out how treatment can help and consider if this option might be one you wish to try. Schedule one appointment for a massage and see how you feel after. You may find that this is the solution for feeling better and enjoying a better overall quality of health.

At Academy Massage, affordable options for massage therapy are available, helping individuals with medical conditions to have access to a treatment option that works. Contact the office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Improve Your Circulation Instantly


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Massage therapy has long been proven as an effective way to heal the body. Part of the healing process is improving circulation. Better blood circulation is part of the reaction that the body completes with regular massage. An individual with poor circulation can be uncomfortable in several ways due to the condition. This can include pooling of fluid in the feet, cold hands and feet or fatigue. By scheduling regular massages, the individual can bring about better circulation which will bring oxygen-rich blood to the damaged areas to promote healing.

Facilitating Circulation


Massage works to improve circulation by facilitating blood flow, which is stimulated by the pressure used in different massage techniques. The stimulation forces blood to move through congested areas, where it once was not flowing before. The pressure released causes new blood to move in. The applied pressure on the body during massage flushes lactic acid from the muscles and helps to improve lymph fluid circulation, which helps remove metabolic waste.

The result of this is to see lowered blood pressure and improved body function. With improved blood circulation, individuals will be able to enjoy a better quality of life. No longer will cold feet or hands be a problem, as well as body parts falling asleep or feeling uncomfortable. Because circulation is improved, the overall body function is better. With regular massage treatment, individuals often see better overall health results, feel a difference in their body, and frequently choose to continue treatment.

At Academy Massage, regular massage therapy treatment can be provided to promote better health, including improved circulation. Speak to a massage therapist today to find out how your health can be improved with specialised massage techniques.