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.

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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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Massage Therapy and PTSD

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The term PTSD is used to refer to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For most adults, PTSD is something they associate with military veterans, but the condition can affect anyone who has been witness to or experienced trauma. Individuals who have PTSD actively look for solutions to their condition, particularly if they suffer from severe symptoms. In many cases, PTSD can interfere with daily life in some ways, from social interaction to relationships and even work. For many, an alternative approach to PTSD treatment such as massage is a great way in which to provide solace and comfort to those who are suffering from emotional and physical effects of PTSD.

PTSD Causes and Symptoms
A number of reasons can cause PTSD. One might have experienced military combat or a terrorist attack while overseas, which will result in side effects upon returning home. One can also be diagnosed with PTSD after being affected by a violent crime, involved in a horrible accident or natural disaster. After going through such an event, one might suffer from flashbacks and nightmares, finding it difficult to sleep or complete certain tasks during the day.
An individual can feel distance with others or a detachment from life when dealing with PTSD. Fatigue and chronic pain can also be an issue. When suffering from PTSD, it is important to seek treatment.

How Massage Can Help
Medical professionals have found that PTSD symptoms are a result of an imbalance or imbalances in the brain chemicals that are triggered by emotional stress. The chemicals released will affect one’s behaviour, cognition, and feelings. When an individual relives a traumatic event, they will experience a heightened sense of anxiety. The brain cannot turn off the response which leads the individual to be constantly hit with stress hormones that cause an emotional breakdown as well as physical pain.
Muscles of the body are constantly tensed for action as the ‘flight or fight’ sense is always activated. With massage therapy, the body can relax. The muscles unwind, and physical pain is eased. With a massage, the relaxation response of the body is triggered which breaks the never-ending cycle of feeling the need to ‘flight or fight’.

When you have PTSD, massage therapy can help you gain a sense of relaxation and calm. You can learn how to let go of stress and anxiety and simply revel in the feeling of relaxation. Over time, the effects of the massage can bleed over into everyday life, helping you to cope with symptoms better.
As you begin to relax via massage, circulation of the body improves, sleep patterns begin to return to normal, and you feel more relaxed. This can be beneficial to your overall health as well as working with other therapy types such as counselling.


If you suffer from PTSD contact Academy Massage to learn how massage therapy can be of assistance; we are happy to help provide a sense of relaxation as you deal with this difficult condition. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Six Part Recipe for a Relaxing Massage

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A massage is a perfect way to relax, but for some people, becoming completely relaxed is hard. Learn how to de-stress and enjoy a soothing massage with the six-part recipe below!

Part 1

Schedule a Swedish massage as this is the most relaxing type of massage available, avoiding the deep tissue option.


Part 2
See if your massage therapist offers aromatherapy with essential oils. Many massage oils include lavender or other elements that will create a more relaxed environment.


Part 3
Prepare for the massage by meditating or at least letting go of the day. Forget about work or family needs and let yourself relax fully.


Part 4
As you receive the massage, try to calm your body and mind. Talk to your massage therapist about your relaxation needs. Music is often used during the massage, and the therapist will usually have a relaxing setting that will help you feel more at ease, able to calm yourself and fully relax.


Part 5
Add in special treatments. To create an even more relaxing massage, add something extra such as a stream treatment for the face or feet. Massage therapists often have small add-on treatments you can receive during your massage to help you relax.


Part 6
Be sure to schedule your massage at a time when you can go home and continue to feel relaxed. Going back to work or continuing a busy day will only lead to more stress.

Academy Massage can help you to fully relax during treatment. Schedule a massage today to de-stress and unwind!

Friday, January 26, 2018

When is Prenatal Massage Safe?

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Massage is a technique often used to promote overall health, help to reduce stress and relieve tension in the muscles. For pregnant women, massage can be a quality treatment for prenatal care but is often avoided due to misconceptions. Massage therapists are trained to massage all body types, including women who are pregnant. Special positioning and designed massage tables and cushions can help pregnant women to reap the benefits of massage by a trained therapist.

Understanding the Benefits

With massage, women who are pregnant can enjoy several benefits. Anxiety can be reduced, depression symptoms decreased and joint pain and muscle aches relieved. Depending on the type of treatment needed, various types of massage can be used. For the most part, Swedish Massage is used to assist with the discomforts of pregnancy.

The goal of Swedish Massage is to help muscle tension relax and improve the circulation of the blood and the lymphatic system. Gentle pressure is used on the muscles to provide relief. This type of massage is used during pregnancy as it helps with discomfort but also the circulatory issues that arise during the different stages of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, women often suffer from swelling and sciatic nerve pain. With massage, both of these issues can be relieved. The joints often swell during pregnancy due to circulation reduction. With massage, the circulation of the blood is revived which reduces swelling. Sciatic nerve pain is created due to the uterus sitting on the muscles located on the pelvic floor and into the lower back. With massage, the pressure can be relieved which helps to decrease the nerve pain.

Is It Safe?

When it comes to prenatal massage, you may feel better about scheduling an appointment once you have spoken to a professional. You’ll want to address any concerns you have so that you feel relaxed and comfortable during the massage. An important factor to consider for the massage is body positioning. Some massage therapists have women lay on their side.  At Academy Massage, we use special cushions that can be adjusted and positioned to fit each patient as comfortably as possible.

The goal is to feel comfortable with who you are working with and the massage process. If you are uncomfortable, then you will only tense up, and any massage work will not have the quality effect. If you can feel comfortable and relax, then you can reap the benefits you will feel during the massage therapy.


With pregnancy, a woman’s body is constantly changing, which can lead to an uncomfortable feeling and irritability. With massage, you have an option to feel better, with treatment assisting the body in feeling better, which can instantly improve your mood. At Academy Massage, therapy for pregnant women is available, ensuring patients can relieve pregnancy symptoms and feel more comfortable. Consider making an appointment to learn more and see just how massage can assist your pregnancy symptoms. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

3 Warning Signs You’re Holding Tension in Your Lower Back

3 Warning Signs You’re Holding Tension in Your Lower Back - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain experienced, and in many cases, the pain is due to tension. If you are holding tension in your back, you may experience stiffness or tightness in the muscles. It is important to be able to determine if you are holding tension so that your back receives effective treatment.

Stiffness

One sign of tension in the lower back is stiffness. If you have trouble bending and feel stiff in the lower area of your back, you are holding tension. You will need to complete stretches to help work out the tension and relieve the stiff feeling.

Pain

You may feel an aching sensation or pain when moving certain ways. Try using heat from a heating pad to relieve the pain you feel or over the counter pain relievers can help until you can schedule a massage or other form of treatment.

Spasms

For many, tension in the lower back leads to stiffness which can lead to muscle spasms. It can be quite painful to feel your back lock up due to muscle spasms happening. When spasms occur, it is best to relax and try to breathe through the pulling so that the spasm can finish, and you can move once again.

At Academy Massage, special treatments are used based on the patient's condition to relieve back tension and avoid issues with the lower back in the future.  Two important muscles, the quadratus lumborum (QL) and the Gluteus Medius, can play a bigger role in causing pain. If you strain either of these muscles, the pain can be severe and debilitating.  If you have experienced this, please speak to your therapist at Academy Massage about stretches and other after care treatment that can be done.