” I only get a massage once a year as a birthday splurge .” ~ Anonymous
” I don’t indulge in this type of luxury often” ~ Anonymous
” I can’t afford it, or I would get one every month” ~ Anonymous
I hear you loud and clear! But let’s consider this from another angle, shall we?
When I hear the term treat, I think of it as something that is a reward. When I hear the term splurge, I think of something that was not necessary. It was an impulsive purchase.
Yes, massage can feel like a pampering treat most of the time. However, those moments when you feel like you’re having a treatment fit for a queen or king with warm oils massaged into your skin or heated stones melting your stress away, consider that you are hitting the pause button on your stressors. It’s like freezing time and hitting the reset button. Don’t you believe you deserve that?
Yes, you deserve that one hour or ninety minutes to put all your worries on hold until your mind clears and your anxiety with it all dissolves. I’ve had clients who could gain some clarity with work or family stressors while getting a massage.
Yes, massage can seem like a treat, that does not mean it’s any less therapeutic. It also Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help?
- There is a multiple of physical and mental health benefits massage therapy provides.
- Anxiety and depression
- Carpel tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain injuries)
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Tendinitis and bursitis
- Cancer pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Muscle tension and spasms
- Insomnia or chronic fatigue
- Stress-related conditions
- Strains and sprains
Which Massage Is Best?
There are over twenty different types of massages from which you can choose. However, there are two main branches of massage.
1. Structural massage: this type is meant to address musculoskeletal pain through myofascial, neuromuscular, and various soft-tissue techniques.
2. Relaxation massage (similar to Swedish massage): is intended to assist with relaxation through techniques, such as long strokes, kneading, deep, circular movements, or vibration.
If you are getting a massage post-surgery or recovering from a significant injury, make sure to let the massage therapist know. Choose a more gentle or passive massage on recently strained or injured tissues.
If you still aren’t sure, my best advice is to call the therapist you intend to schedule with, and she/he will be happy to recommend what is best for you. Or refer you to a massage therapist specializing in the type of massage necessary for your body.
My suggestion to ALL of my clients is to schedule well care regimens massages weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. This will help keep muscles pliable, tension-free and go a long way in preventing postural problems that often result in neck pain, low back pain, headaches, and an overall feeling of tightness.
Ok, now let’s look at those statements again. If you only get a massage for your birthday, then try telling about three people you would like a massage gift certificate. Most likely will get 3 or more massages from your loved ones. If cost is a factor, consider getting a 30 minutes massage. This option costs less and works for people who like to maximize their time daily. Yes, it’s shorter, but it is still very effective and powerful.
Even though massage may seem like a treat for some, it is definitely a Complementary and Alternative Medicine TREATment for others.
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relieve it? Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, LMT -specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” ~ Chinese Proverb
CUPPING THERAPY is an ancient practice that spans both East and West. In the East, the Chinese have been practicing the art of cupping for at least three thousand years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, through the Alexandrians and Byzantines, cupping therapy was passed on to the Muslim Arabs and Persians (modern Iran). The Prophet Mohammed even approved and permitted the use of Hijama cupping therapy.
The old Chinese wisdom implies that pain results from congestion, stagnation, Qi blockage, vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the element of disease, then suffering is a result of the inconsistent flow in our body. Cupping is, therefore, a way of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
Cupping relieves tired, sore, and overworked muscles, perfect for ridding the body of acute pain. Even better for people who need to add more to their chronic pain management regimen. Immediate stress relief will be experienced.
Is cupping safe?
Cupping is safe when done by a trained professional on people who are generally healthy.
Keep in mind: The Cups may leave “cup kisses” on your skin that can last from a day to a week depending on your circulations—so if that’s not something you’re interested in, ask your therapist to do gliding cupping to minimize the redness. The marks’ color will vary with each person; it does not imply how well cupping will work for your body. I do my best not to overwhelm the area by leaving them stagnant for too long.
There is a common misconception that cupping can cause bruising. However, the marks left by cupping are not bruises. Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the tissue injury’s damaged location. There is no compression in cup therapy, only negative pressure (suction, not compression).
One of the ways I personally describe what cupping feels like is deep tissue, the opposite say. If the cups’ suction feels too tight or pinchy, your therapist can adjust the pressure. It does not have to hurt at all; you don’t have to be a suck it up for it to work. The work results depend on the skill set of the therapist using the tools (Cups).
Cupping is a tool used in your treatment plan to help with fascia pain and fluid stagnation. Even though Cupping Therapy may appear to be painful for some people, it is not. In short: Cupping will not do any severe damage or add to your injuries—and hey, it most likely will help that back pain that’s been bothering you for weeks, so give it a try.
Disclaimer: At Trinity Massage Haven LLC, Ellie Dukes LMT practices DRY CUPPING. The Massage Therapy State Board of Pennsylvania approves dry Cupping.
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relieve it with Cupping Therapy? Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, LMT -specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress and injuries. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
Stress is an inescapable part of the human experience. It can range from mild annoyances to extreme psychological distress…and everywhere in between. While the body is resilient and capable of handling stressful situations in relatively mild doses, when the mind is overloaded with constant stress inducers, our health takes a toll.
What is Stress?
Let’s go ahead and define what stress actually is. Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. In short, it’s what we feel when we think we’ve lost control of events. It is partially instinctual (i.e., running from a tiger, being late for work), and partly the way we think. These troublesome thought patterns can leave us feeling anxious, causes extreme worry about what may or may not occur, are distracted, disorganized, and in some cases, can lead to panic attacks. Stress has been shown to lead to or exacerbate certain diseases, including heart disease, asthma, obesity, headaches, major depressive disorders, skin rashes, insomnia, and anxiety.
Stress and the Nervous System
Stress affects the autonomic nervous system. This includes the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. They are responsible for two very different activities. The sympathetic nervous system involves stimulation of activities that prepare the body for action. This includes increasing the heart rate, increasing the blood to the limbs, and other actions generally considered as “fight-or-flight” responses. The parasympathetic nervous system does the opposite. It conserves energy by slowing the heart rate, relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract, increases intestinal activity, and other “relax and digest” responses. Managing stress ultimately involves “resetting” the brain with new habits using our body’s natural relaxation response. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system to help override sympathetic nervous system responses to stress.
How Can Massage Therapy Help?
Massage therapy can help with a wide variety of conditions. It has been proven to help manage chronic and acute stress in people of all ages. A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute and Fielding Graduate University showed that “preterm infants receiving massage therapy showed fewer stress behaviors and less activity from the first to the last day of the study.” In teens and adults, massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep, calm the nervous system, and decrease muscle and joint pain associated with stress.
While stress is unavoidable, there are ways to help relieve it before it takes over your life and negatively impacts your relationships. Regular massage therapy helps with keeping stress at manageable levels and contributes to overall health and wellbeing.
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relieve it? Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, LMT -specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 15 years. I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
The rotator cuff is comprised of the muscles and connective tissue that surround the shoulder joint. The four rotator cuff muscles are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. The tendons of these muscles keep the head of your humerus, the upper arm bone, within the shoulder’s socket. Injuries to this area are common in people who play baseball, tennis, certain musical instruments, and paint. It is also common in those that do repetitive overhead activity and heavy lifting. Rotator cuff injuries may result from either an acute injury to the shoulder or progressive degeneration of the tendon(s) over a long time.
- Weakness in shoulder and arm
- Dull achiness
- Decreased range of motion
- Disturbed sleep when sleeping on the affected shoulder
- Pain when doing activities of daily living
A physician makes a diagnosis based on tests and various kinds of imaging.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnet to display all shoulder structures in a very detailed image.
- Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the body’s soft tissue structures, such as muscles and tendons. It allows assessing the structures of your shoulder as they move or dynamic testing. It also allows the examiner to make a quick comparison between the affected shoulder and the healthy shoulder.
- X-rays. A rotator cuff tear won’t show up on an X-ray, but this test can see if bone spurs or arthritis is the cause of the pain.
Depending on the severity of the injury to the rotator cuff, treatment options range. Ice and rest are beneficial for relatively benign rotator cuff injuries. Others may opt for cortisone steroid injections, physical therapy, acupuncture, and even surgery to repair a tear.
Massage therapy can be beneficial when it comes to treating a rotator cuff injury. Massage therapy brings fresh blood and lymph into the area by improving circulation. This helps to speed the healing process. After surgery, massage therapy helps reduce scar tissue formation. It can also help to improve mobility and flexibility of the shoulder joint. If the joint is swollen, then do not apply deep massage strokes, nor should you stretch the area.
Massage therapy is also an ideal way to prevent shoulder injuries. A variety of techniques and modalities can help elongate muscles and contribute to their pliability. This helps the muscles become more resilient and recover from injury. Speak with your massage therapist about the kind of pain you are experiencing, including how long you have been experiencing the pain and if your range of motion has been diminished. Self-care can also go a long way to help prevent injury. Daily stretching before physical activity is an easy and effective way to help with shoulder pain.
Are you searching for an expert Licensed Massage Therapist who knows the ins and outs of chronic pain relief? Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, LMT-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 15 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
1. Relaxation Mind Struggle
The truth: you may be having trouble enjoying your “me time” because you are working too hard at relaxing! Humans are working at playing the way we have learned to work at living. We live in an era that makes it hard to unwind and relax. The demands of life are intense and never-ending. We have come to compare success with achievement, and achievement with happiness. Although we make plans to have a relaxing evening or weekend, many of us never manage it. You can achieve body, mind & spiritual peace; it does take some practicing.
2. Body Image
How you SEE your body is your perception of body image. When a person is not happy with the way he/she looks, they may isolate themselves because they feel bad about their appearance. I’ve had people say to me “I’m too big for a massage” or I don’t want you rubbing my fat.” If that is your thought process, I say to you. You are NOT too big/small for a massage! Massage Therapist is not judging your body type, all we want to do is help you relax and be pain-free.
3. Inappropriate Touch
Physical contact and advances and any other unwelcome physical or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature is a form of sexual harassment. Some people who are survivors of abuse have a difficult time receiving a massage; this is entirely understandable. Positive and Therapeutic touch can help survivors feel loved and safe again. You do have to find a skilled, compassionate, patient and professional therapist that has worked with survivors that can help you navigate and find the type of treatment that works best for you.
4. Perception of Control
Yes sometimes you may be undressed on the massage table, and that can make you feel a bit out of control and vulnerable. I tell all of my clients ” you are in control of your session, speak up when you want to, and you can end the massage at any time for any reason.” I somewhat over-communicate YOU are in control of your body and who you allow to touch you in any manner.
5. It may not be your love language
Some people are more carefree with touch because it is their love language. People who love language is touch don’t friends, touching their arm, or shoulder without permission. Some people do not like anyone touching them other than their kids and significant other. Another reason is the negative perception of what massage is NOT!.
While this list only scratches the surface of why some people don’t like to be touched. I believe the benefits of massage outweigh the negative perception one may have about therapeutic touch.
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows how to make get results, look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in non-pharmacological pain management with an emphasis on prenatal and oncology massage therapy. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven Chestnut Hill Philadelphia. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.