Each year, most of us make a New Year’s resolution usually centered on health and exercise. These resolutions can lead to amazing changes, but sadly, many of us don’t see them through since we don’t anticipate the toll that increased exercise can have on the body. Many people, even active people, do not take into account the effects of their Holiday break. Having spent the last 2 weeks of the year, possibly indulging more than usual in food and/or alcohol, traveling away from home, or laying around we decide to wake up January 1st and hit the ground running on our health and exercise resolutions. It is no wonder so many of us give up within the first couple of weeks of the month.
Approaching resolutions like this is a shock to the system. Add in the fact that you are now back at work, returning to those horrible desk postures. The combination of those bad habits and our over zealous workout programs causes increased stress on our muscles and joints, making us more susceptible to injury. The trick is to start slow and light, gradually reintroducing exercise to give your body a fighting chance at success. And most importantly, listen to your body. It will give you signs; please don’t ignore them. The cause of over-stress and injury is pushing your body too hard and too soon. Also, you don’t recover properly after each workout. Don’t forget or skip a cool down and stretch, factor that time into your workout program.
It is equally important to add Massage Therapy into your health and exercise schedule. Massages aid in the prevention of injuries through increased tissue rejuvenation and regeneration, which enables faster recovery time and more effective workouts. Massage plays a pivotal role in workout recovery. So for anyone that exercises regularly, you should also be receiving massages regularly. It’s a necessity, not a luxury.
Physical and mental effects include increased:
As a general rule, I encourage patients to receive a 60-minute massage as follows:
Adding Massage Therapy to your health and exercise schedule is a relatively small change. But the benefits of Massage Therapy are major. It can take you from giving up or falling short on your resolutions, to creating a successful life change.
January 2017 Schedule your appointment with Leslie Jaeschke, LMT by calling the scheduling desk at 262.695.5311. Leslie’s expertise includes deep tissue, myofascial release, geriatric massage, cupping, and trigger point therapy.
The holidays and winter weather are quickly approaching and so is the dramatic increase in stress, illness and injury. You will soon be far too busy with holiday planning, shopping, cooking, entertaining family and friends and enjoying or enduring our Wisconsin winter. So how can Massage Therapy help you during this joyous and chaotic time?
Here are the Top 5 Reasons:
Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!
Pewaukee - Call The Ommani Center at 262-695-5311 to purchase a massage package or gift certificate.
60 minutes - Package of 3 sessions is $180 or Package of 12 is $540
90 minutes - Package of 3 sessions is $240 or Package of 12 is $780
West Allis - Book online for a single massage session or gift certificate in West Allis at www.revivemassageandmelt.com
60 minutes is $50
90 minutes is $75
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on and accommodates the special needs of the mom-to-be as her body goes through the miraculous changes of pregnancy. It relieves the aches and pains of a growing belly, relaxes foot and lower leg muscles from the extra body weight, relieves mental and physical fatigue and nurtures the mom-to-be. Prenatal massage not only eases the discomforts of pregnancy, but also helps the mom-to-be prepare for labor by way of allowing the body to relax easier through focused breath and a calm mind. Research has shown that prenatal massage can be instrumental in women’s prenatal care.
Prenatal Massage Research
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage is recommended during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
The benefits of prenatal massage include a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (massage-wise)
Prenatal massage can begin in the first trimester and continue through labor. I recommend pregnant patients to receive their first massage later in the first trimester or when morning sickness has decreased/stopped. I recommend two more during the second trimester and at least three during the third trimester (up until due date and beyond). I use a specially designed pregnancy body cushion that allows and accommodates a growing mom-to-be to lay face down. Moms-to-be love being able to lay face down. Sessions are 60 minutes.
Ready to Get Your Prenatal Massage at The Ommani Center in Pewaukee?
Contact The Ommani Center at 262-695-5311 to schedule your appointment with me. I am certified in prenatal and postpartum massage and love working with moms-to-be.
Article written using information from the following sources:
Field T., Hernandez-Reif M., Hart S., Theakston H., Schanberg S., Kuhn C. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mar;20(1):31-8.
Field, T. (2004). Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jun;25(2):115-22.
Field T., Diego M., Hernandez-Reif M., Deeds O., Figueiredo B. (2009). Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression. Infant Behavior and Development. 2009 Dec;32(4):454-60 PubMed PMID: 19646762.
Howell, J. (n.d.) Prenatal health through massage therapy: for women and their babies. The Free Library. Retrieved Aug 31 2015 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Prenatal+health+through+massage+therapy%3a+for+women+and+their+babies%3a...-a098250301
Many people agree that getting a massage makes them feel good, but many don’t realize that getting a massage regularly is great for your overall health. Massage can improve sports performance, aid recovery and prevent injuries, reduce stress and enhance circulation.
So where do you turn when you’re not feeling your best. There are many health treatments available so how do you choose? Think about this, the Chinese began using massage to heal the human body as long ago as 5,000BC and it's still being used today!
Massage Therapy for Health and Wellness
Massage looks a lot like pressing and gliding on the skin, but massage is actually a scientific process. There is a reason you feel different after receiving a massage. Massage increases blood and lymph circulation, which promotes healing and invigorates tired, aching and injured muscles. Lymph is a fluid that rids the body tissues of waste and replies on the movement of muscles to do so. Massage can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies the body with nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins.
While increased blood and lymph circulation is important to our health, massage offers many other benefits:
Increase the Benefits with Regular Visits
Receiving a massage regularly can do you a world of good. Taking part in regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for massage is truly an investment in your health. Remember, just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic.
Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan. Contact The Ommani Center 262.695.5311 (or my West Allis office via my website) to schedule a session with me to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.