Friday, February 16, 2018

Massage Therapy and PTSD

Massage Therapy and PTSD - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
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

Six Part Recipe for a Relaxing Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
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?

When is Prenatal Massage Safe? - Academy Massage Therapy - Winnipeg Prenatal Massage
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.