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The goal of massage therapy is to augment and manipulate muscles to alleviate tension and pain. Massage helps to increase circulation, increase lymphatic flow, and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.
Pain is a signal telling you something is wrong. The problem is we believe it is an isolated pain and want to solve it through passive manipulation. (someone else doing the work for us - chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, reiki, etc)
Massaging or only manipulating the point of Pain is not as corrective or healing as you may believe. The reason is because Pain is the signal but not the cause. No pain happens in isolation and it is usually due to a series of posture issues, and an offset of the center of mass in the body which then creates compensation in the rest of the body creating a chain reaction. You are only feeling one of the effects... The Pain signal.
Muscle moves Bones! In order to achieve the best results of your chiropractic treatment, a massage should be first or alongside your maintenance routine for better results. Otherwise, your tight muscles will continue to pull the vertebrae and joints out of alignment. The best long-lasting results come from fixing the source of the problems. Your POSTURE.
Realignment from head to toe, proper functionality as a whole, and a better center of mass is the best way to decrease, manage, and eliminate your pain. Massage helps to release the tension in your muscles as they start to realign themselves into proper functional positions. Posture Exercises are simple, effective, and low impact. They improve not only what is happening with your physical look, but also improve your breathing, your digestion system, your cardiovascular, and the whole body-mind connection.
If you are interested in learning more about Posture Therapy in conjunction with your massage therapy ... let's talk.
You don't have to live in pain anymore. Now is the time to take your health back into your own hands. Let me show you how.
Massage and Posture Therapist
Massage therapy is a popular method for relieving stress, reducing tension, and promoting overall well-being. Two common types of massage are deep pressure and relaxation massage, each offering distinct benefits. In this blog, we'll explore the differences between these two techniques, why deep pressure massage might hurt, how to follow up after a massage, and the best maintenance practices. We'll also discuss when to incorporate massage with posture therapy exercises for optimal results.
𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘃𝘀. 𝗥𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘅𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲
Deep Pressure Massage:
Deep pressure massage, also known as deep tissue massage, is designed to target the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It involves firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes to release chronic muscle tension and alleviate specific issues like muscle knots and adhesions. This type of massage is often therapeutic and can provide relief from chronic pain, muscle stiffness, and limited range of motion.
Relaxation massage, on the other hand, focuses on promoting overall relaxation and reducing stress. It typically involves gentle, flowing strokes that help to calm the nervous system, increase circulation, and create a sense of well-being. Relaxation massage is perfect for those seeking mental and physical relaxation, as well as those who may be new to massage therapy.
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗛𝘂𝗿𝘁?
Deep pressure massage can sometimes be uncomfortable or even painful, especially if the therapist is working on tight or knotted muscles. The discomfort arises because the therapist is targeting specific areas of tension. However, the pain should be within a tolerable range, and communication with your therapist is crucial. It's essential to convey your comfort level and any discomfort to ensure a positive experience.
After a massage, it's important to take care of your body:
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins released during the massage.
Rest: Allow your body to rest and recover.
Avoid strenuous activities: Give your muscles time to adapt to the changes.
Self-care: Perform gentle stretching and relaxation techniques.
Understanding the differences between deep pressure and relaxation massage is crucial for choosing the right treatment to meet your specific needs. While deep-pressure massage might cause some discomfort, its therapeutic benefits are worth it for those seeking relief from chronic pain and tension. To maximize the advantages of massage and posture therapy, maintaining a regular routine and adopting proper self-care practices are key. Always communicate with your therapists and prioritize your well-being for the best results.
Massage and Posture Therapist
In the world of fitness and wellness, there's no shortage of exercise methods and programs promising to alleviate pain and improve overall health. One approach that stands out from the rest is the Egoscue Method. Developed by Pete Egoscue in the 1970s, this method takes a distinctive approach to exercise and pain relief. In this blog, we'll explore what sets Egoscue exercises apart from other forms of exercise.
The Egoscue Method stands out in the world of exercise and pain relief for its individualized approach, focus on alignment, emphasis on pain relief, promotion of functional movement, gentle nature, and commitment to long-term results. If you're dealing with chronic pain or seeking an exercise method that prioritizes your unique needs, the Egoscue Method is worth exploring. Remember to consult with a qualified Egoscue practitioner to receive a personalized assessment and exercise plan tailored to your specific goals and challenges.
If you are interested in learning more about Posture Therapy exercises, contact Candace Grant, Your postural Specialist.
Muscle soreness is a common sensation that many of us experience, especially after engaging in physical activities or trying to improve our posture through exercises. While this discomfort can be frustrating, it's often a sign that our bodies are adapting and getting stronger. In this blog post, we'll explore what makes muscles sore, why this sensation can shift when doing posture exercises, and how long it typically takes to see the benefits of these exercises.
Why Do Muscles Get Sore?
Muscle soreness, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is the pain and stiffness that occurs 12-24 hours after intense or unaccustomed exercise. Several factors contribute to muscle soreness:
When you engage in posture exercises, the nature of muscle soreness can shift for a few reasons:
The time it takes to see benefits from posture exercises can vary from person to person, depending on several factors:
Massage and Postural Therapist
, In the quest for improved well-being, we often stumble upon hidden gems that have the potential to transform our lives. One such treasure trove lies in the realm of posture exercises – a realm that, more often than not, remains unexplored. Let's delve into the uncharted territories of posture exercises and discover the remarkable benefits they bring to light.
Candace Grant, RMT, Postural Specialist
Have you ever stopped to think about your posture before you exercise?
Posture plays a critical role in exercise and overall well-being. Good posture is defined as the ability to maintain integrity and balance regardless of the activity being performed. Therefore, maintaining proper posture during exercise helps to ensure that your body is in optimal alignment which allows for efficient movement patterns, minimizes unnecessary stress on joints and muscles, and maximizes the effectiveness of the exercises. Proper alignment helps to engage the correct muscles to work synergistically resulting in optimal muscle recruitment and engagement. This helps to prevent muscle imbalance and the risk of overloading and compensation patterns thereby reducing the risk of injury. Proper posture is crucial for spinal health and stability, as the spine helps to distribute forces evenly, maintain the natural curvature of the spine and reduce the risk of excessive strain and compression on the spinal structures.
There is a concept of the “body’s blueprint” which refers to the ideal alignment and function of the body. It is the goal through postural exercises to restore the body to its natural blueprint by addressing postural imbalance and musculoskeletal issues.
Our body has 8 main bilateral load joints that work in symmetry to maintain balance and alleviate musculoskeletal issues. The 8 load joints are considered as ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders and if any one of them is out of alignment it pulls the other joints out creating a chain reaction of deviation or compensation. Imagine your car having one bald tire, the rest of the car and other tires must do more work to keep the car on the road properly. If left too long, it starts to cause other issues and a greater amount of wear and tear on the rest of the parts of the car. The same thing happens to our bodies, yet most people put more effort and investment into taking care of their cars than their bodies.
The body’s blueprint was designed with the 8 Laws of Physical Health to optimize overall wellness and movement. When one of these Laws of Physical Health are compromised the body will deteriorate faster and die.
There are 8 Laws of Physical Health and the more you violate the quicker your body will become diseased, deteriorate, age, and die.
A poorly misaligned body can create a kinetic chain reaction of issues including your organs, your respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and immune systems.
The 8 Laws of Health are:
1. Vertical Loading - Gravity is necessary for good posture. Your body must be vertically aligned for gravity to create a dynamic influence on the muscles, cartilage, vertebrae, and discs.
2. Dynamic Tension – A state of constant tension between the front of the body and the back. Whatever is happening on one side affects the other.
3. Form and Function – Bones do what muscles tell them to do. All skeletal movement is initiated through muscular activity.
4. Breathing – Your body will not function without oxygen. This law is crucial, yet many people do not know the proper breathing techniques or are compromising their respiratory system.
5. Motion – Movement binds all the systems together. The digestive, circulatory, and immune systems are all integrated. The quicker the molecules move the higher the metabolic rate and the healthier your body is.
6. Balance – For the Law of Motion to be effective your body must achieve balance which is defined as muscle memory so your body can return to the state of Vertical Loading. To achieve Balance your right and left sides must work equally in pairs.
7. Stimulus – The body reacts to stimulus 24 hours a day regardless of the conscious state of health. The Law of Motion reinstates the Law of Stimulus. If the motion is limited the stimulus to the body becomes stressful, taking on pollutants and creating illness through weaker immunity.
8. Renewal – The body is organic and in constant regrowth and rebirth. Muscles, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, and nerves are all alive. If the body is not renewing it is because we are affecting the Law of Physical Health.
All the Laws of Health alongside understanding a client’s posture are important factors when suggesting a Remedial Exercise Program. The position of a client’s pelvis and/ or shoulder could inhibit the outcome or enhance their already present deviation or dysfunction if not taken into consideration. A sequence of exercises allows for the client’s body to slowly adapt and adjust to realignment and settle the body into a more aligned position resulting in less pain and more movement. By using the Egoscue method of exercise the focus becomes Mitigating the symptoms, Reduce Rotation of the body, working from the inside out, Neutralize the pelvis, and leaving the body neutral before strengthening the body.
4 Types of Exercises focus on Posture First.
I have been a Registered Massage Therapist for 25 years, but becoming a Certified Postural Alignment Specialist in the Egoscue Method has really helped me to address my client’s postures and target their needs with both massage therapy and remedial exercise. The focus is working with the body as a whole unit to get straight and then strengthen.
If you are interested in learning more about the Egoscue Method of Postural Therapy please contact me for more information. It's time to put your health back into your hands!
Certified Postural Alignment Specialist