Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Make the Benefits of Your Massage Last All Day

The only thing better than being in the middle of a massage is the sense of bliss afterwards.   

To keep the afterglow going as long as possible, it is recommended to take it easy in the next several hours following your session, as well as to drink plenty of water.

drink water

Our bodies are 60% water, and although we are lying down during the massage, our muscles are being manipulated to the point where a massage can be interpreted by the body as passive exercise, particularly in a deep tissue session. 

Water helps flush out the toxins freed from our lymphatic systems and increase blood flow.  Blood requires proper hydration to flow freely.

Besides drinking water, your body will appreciate it if you eat something healthy afterwards.  
A heavy meal might be tempting, but the body is still in recovery mode so it is best to skip a large dinner in favor of a light, nutritious snack.
The sleepy feeling, which sometimes accompanies the end of the massage, may result in you wanting to take a nap.  If your schedule permits, by all means do so!  Your body is in “rest and recovery” mode and sleep is a welcome addition to this healing process.

take a nap

Conversely, it might be best to avoid starting an exercise regime in the hours following your session

Muscles are lengthened and worked during a massage; any overly strenuous activity might result in injury. Nevertheless, a short walk with the dog might help to awaken you, but anything more is not recommended. 

The most ideal situation would be to have a warm – not hot – bath afterwards.  It will aid in muscle recovery, especially if Epsom salts are added as they increase circulation.

Enjoy the benefits of having a massage and do not forget to book your next appointment.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Customize Your Massage

Sometimes in an attempt to step away from the chatter of the world, we wind up finding more inside a small room. At Healing Hands, we believe that the client sets the tone for the session. A few questions will be asked in the beginning to gauge any pain or see how challenging areas should be addressed, after that it is up to you. We believe that the best service is to customize the massage to your needs. Choose from our various offerings that include:

Swedish massage
The most popular form of massage in the West is this general massage focusing on overall well-being.
     Chair massage
A great way to receive a massage in less than twenty minutes, which focuses on the neck, shoulders, and back.
Cranial Release Technique (CRT)
Did you know the bones in your head can move? This technique realigns the bones to release the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Deep tissue massage
This massage focuses upon the layers of connective tissue and muscles using deeper pressure.
Hot stone massage
Melt away stress and tension with this ancient healing modality. Hot stones are moved around key points throughout the body for ultimate relaxation.
Geriatric massage
For older clients, this service offers a lighter touch, which can calm arthritic flare-ups and contribute to a sense of well-being.
Sports massage
Athletes or weekend warriors will appreciate the attention to sore muscles and chronic pains.
Side-lying massage
An alternate positioning to alleviate pressure on the joints and muscles that is ideal for women who are expecting.

Your therapist will check in with you throughout the session regarding the amount of pressure you prefer during your massage.  However, it is very important for you to let your therapist know at any time whether you would like any modifications to your session.  It is always surprising to me how many people are afraid to speak up and make the therapist aware of changes they would like.  This is YOUR massage and we want to give you the very best.  Communication is a two-way street, so please let us know!  :-)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Massage is a Necessary Luxury

Taking the time for a massage might seem impossible in our busy lives, but it is time well spent. Most of us spend our days in the office using our bodies in the same patterns every working hour. Think of how much time you spend in front of a computer or how many times you reach for supplies. Without realizing it, your body is taxed throughout the day, especially when sitting in the same position for hours on end (more on workplace stretches in a future post!). We may only become aware of the stress when our body begins sending pain signals. Then we scramble to find a miracle worker (aka massage therapist).

Massage reduces the level of cortisol in the body thus lessening the symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. The body is designed to heal itself, so rather than taking medication (which often simply masks symptoms without addressing the root cause of the discomfort), a massage can sometimes be even more effective with virtually no side effects…and is a more organic way to heal.

The human body requires around eight hours of restorative sleep, but sometimes it is difficult to leave the office behind despite our best efforts. And once at home, it can be difficult to “shut off” our brains and fully relax. However, you may be able to sleep better and become more relaxed with a regularly scheduled massage. Care for your whole body one session at a time. 

By scheduling massages on a regular basis, we can prevent juries and protect our bodies. Not only is a massage a preventive measure, it is also a necessary luxury. Those sixty minutes of bliss are the ultimate “me” time. Designate a massage as a reward for tasks accomplished, a way to recharge your batteries, or “just because.”

The key is not to wait until an injury or chronic pain prevents you from leading the best possible life. Book an appointment today and treat your body to a necessary luxury. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Southern Wine & Spirits

I went so long without posting something new that I actually needed two posts in one day to catch you up!

Last Wednesday the 25th of April was Healing Hands' biggest event yet: corporate chair massage at SWS for Administrative Professionals Day!  Here's the crew who worked with me:

What a fantastic group of therapists!  From L to R there's me, Joel, Neil, Patty, and Sandra.  They did an outstanding job massaging almost 50 employees ranging from secretaries to Senior VP's.  The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants - so much so that the organizer told me three separate times that she wants us back!!!  Fantastic.  Here's the crew in action:

Tomorrow (5/3) we will be starting chair massage on a weekly basis (hopefully!) at a law firm downtown.  This is in addition to our weekly chair massage sessions at Wells Fargo Advisors every Friday.  Business is growing, and I am thankful!

The "Real Housewives" experience has taken me 3 weeks to upload pictures from my taping of the "Real Housewives of Miami" episode (which will not air until November). 

There are 2 reasons for the delay:

1. I had to sign a dozen pages of legal mumbo-jumbo about privacy and not revealing what happened in the taping 'cause if I do they can sue me for megabucks.  It kinda freaked me out!  It took some spelunking around the web until I was sure it was OK to post a few non-revealing pics. 

2. I've been super insanely busy and just haven't gotten into the routine of making blogging part of, well, my regular routine!  That has to change.  I'm gonna try to set aside Wednesdays as my Social Media Days.  Time will tell how well it actually goes...!

OK, so first of all, here is a pic of me and my massage client, Malinka Max, who is the one who kindly invited me to the taping at her estate on Hibiscus Island.  The reason for the party was her birthday... here I am with her as she is holding up her gift.  It's hard shopping for a woman who has it all, but I got her a nice pair of silver & zirconia earrings with a beautiful silver "M" necklace (the "M" is the pendant and is in a curly script).  It did not compare to the luxury gifts she received from the housewives, but it was given from the heart and she seemed to genuinely like it.  :-)

And now...the pic you've all been waiting for... Yours Truly with the Housewives!  From L to R they are: Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra, and Joanna Krupa.  I got to speak briefly with all 3 of them and they were very nice in person.

The photo reminds me of this Sesame Street song...
hmmm...I wonder why??  ;-P

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

So here's the big news...

...Healing Hands is going to be filming TODAY for an episode of The Real Housewives of Miami to air in November!  We had planned to roll out our social media this week, but thanks to THIS big news we are able to do so in a really BIG way! 

How did we pull this off?

One of our massage clients is friends with the women on the show and invited Healing Hands to come and give chair massage to everyone for her birthday party, which will be filmed at her estate on Hibiscus Island.  Stay tuned for status updates and hopefully a picture or two...

(I have to catch some Zzzzz's now for a few hours - was up all night finalizing all social media and my first newsletter!  It only gets easier from here, LOL)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aaaaaaand we're live!

That's right, Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage has entered the world of Social Media --kicking and screaming a bit, but hey, nobody said it'd be easy...

Thanks to the help of Sebastian Rusk at SocialBuzzTV, Healing Hands now has an updated websiteFacebook fan page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, Google Plus, Newsletter (coming tonight), and (duh!) a blog.  Some of the sites may look a little bare at present, but I will be updating them weekly so the best is yet to come.  :)

Those of you who know me, know I enjoy in a way, it's a bit strange it's taken me so long to get into the blogosphere.  Now that I'm here, my commitment to you the readers is to supply you with informative, timely articles that are short (everyone has ADD these days including Yours Truly) and amusing ('cause let's face it, nobody wants to read boring stuff).

Also, I have a big announcement coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

OK, more soon...

Healthy regards,