Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sports Massage

Absolute Body Balance
Raleigh Sports Massage
Sports massage is a massage modality used to treat athletes of all kinds at any level of fitness. Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend hiker or fitness enthusiast, a sports massage can benefit immensely. A massage therapist will use her knowledge to tailor a treatment plan specifically for you, to help your body tap into its natural healing performance potential.

A Sports massage therapist will design a massage specific to the athlete and focus on those muscles that are overused and overstressed by sports related activity. This is beneficial both pre and post event for athletes who compete. Pre-workout sports massage promotes flexibility, endurance and overall performance. Regular pre-workout massages can greatly decrease the chance of injury by increasing the range of motion and the elasticity of muscles and tendons. Post-workout sports massage helps to relax the muscles, reduce soreness and speed up recovery time.

Sports massage can be ideal to treat injuries. Conditions such as minor muscle strains, shin splints and plantar faciitis can improve. More severe injuries, depending on their stage in the healing process, will depend on the diagnosis and recommendations of your physician. Your massage therapist will be happy to discuss this with you.

Aside from receiving a sports massage, the best way to take care of your body when performing is warm up. Any activity that gets your heart rate up and warms the muscles can improve performance during an event. Warming the muscles makes them more pliable and less likely to tear. It's important to remember that warming up is different from wearing out. You want to make sure your muscles are warm and ready to perform, within reason since you are more prone to injury when the body is fatigued.

If you would like to lean more, please visit our website, or call the office to schedule a sports massage, 919-841-9344. Absolute Body Balance's massage therapists are happy to assist you with adding sports massage to your workout regimen. First one hour massage is only $55 for new clients!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Massage for Fibromyalgia

Best Raleigh Massage
Raleigh Medical Massage 
Have the aches and pains of fibromyalgia robbed you of your energy and vitality? If so, then massage therapy might be just what you need to help put some spring back in your step. Research has shown that receiving massages on a regular basis reduces stress and pain and helps the body function in a more well-balanced way.

What is fibromyalgia? It is said to be a chronic painful condition that produces musculoskeletal pain and tenderness at specific locations in the body, pain and swelling in the joints, chronic sleep problems, and fatigue. Recently, massage therapy has become extremely popular among fibromyalgia patients. Massage works to reduce pain; eliminate stiffness; increase blood circulation to the muscles, allowing for faster muscle repair; and improve sleep patterns among a number of other health benefits. Massage helps manage the pain in fibromyalgia sufferers because it stimulates the central nervous system by enhancing the production of certain pain blockers, including endorphins and serotonin. These hormones work to counteract pain signals conducted by the brain; thus, dramatic pain relief in the client.

Ask your therapist what type of massage will work best for you, but most will advise a Swedish massage would work best for most clients starting out. This will allow your therapist get an overall assessment of your problem areas. The routine can consist of light to moderate pressure and stroking of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet. As you progress with your massage treatments, your therapist may suggest having some myofascial work performed, which will help relieve tightness in the connective tissue or fascia. When done properly, it may decrease the connective tissue’s pull on bones, allowing muscle fibers to relax and lengthen. Your therapist may also carry out some passive stretching; another approach to reducing muscle tension and spasms. Your therapist will perform the stretch while you fully relax. This increases range of motion and helps with the loss of flexibility often seen in fibromyalgia patients.

There are many different fibromyalgia treatments available and each person needs a customized treatment program. Adding massage once a month or every other week can dramatically help with your symptoms and alleviate the pain. It’s important to work with your doctor to find a new combination of approaches that fit your lifestyle while addressing your unique needs. Remember, in the area of soreness reduction nothing works faster than massage!

Absolute Body Balance offers a new client special so you can try one of our licensed experienced massage therapists for only $55 at your first one hour massage. By appointment only, 919-841-9344 or

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Massage for Runners

Absolute Body Balance
Raleigh Sports Massage
Why do runners need massage?

As a result of regular training there is a build up of toxins in the muscle tissue that needs to be removed in order for the muscles to function properly and get the oxygen and nutrients they need.

In order to get the most out of your workout, you need fresh legs and muscles. Massage helps to loosen the muscles and increase circulation providing a fresh start after a week of intense training.

Most people do not take the time to stretch enough and massage assists in manually manipulating and stretching the muscles.

Sports and Deep tissue massage will not only supplement the lack of stretching but will reach the deeper layers of muscle tissue that aren't easy to stretch on your own.

Regular massage will help you perform better and recover quicker.

Sports massage is a modality of massage used before, during or after competition to prepare the body for peak performance, reduce muscle fatigue, reduce muscle tension and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can be aimed at healing strained muscles and allowing healthy muscle to reach peak performance while minimizing the risk of injury.

Raleigh's Absolute Body Balance Massage offers sports massage and deep tissue massage for runners; long distance, competitive or pleasure. New clients receive their first one hour massage at a special rate of $55. Please call 919-841-9344 or visit to schedule your appointment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Best Raleigh Massage

Raleigh Sports Massage
Absolute Body Balance Massage 
Are you looking for a massage? Is this your first massage? Or have you tried a place or two and not found what you wanted? Absolute Body Balance has several tips for finding the right massage practice and massage therapist for you.

First, identify the reasons you are searching for a massage, finding the place that works best for you will be the place that can help you achieve your goals. Are you interested in:

• Reducing stress?
• Reducing muscle contractions or tightness?
• Living without chronic or acute pain?
• Improving your work performance?
• Enhancing your general health and wellbeing?
• Improving your ability to participate in sports?

Then think about why you are wanting to see a massage therapist:

• Did a medical professional suggest you see a massage therapist?
• Are you managing chronic pain or another condition that you think could benefit from massage?
• Has someone who has many of the same aches and pains as you suggested massage therapy?

This information will provide you with the necessary tools to begin your search not just for any massage but the massage that will be suited to your needs. These answers will help you determine what skills you want your massage therapists to possess and to make the decision based on your goals. When you call our office, we try to help you by asking these same questions so that you have the most positive experience with us. Absolute Body Balance offers the first one hour massage at only $55 for new clients so that you can try the therapist you choose at a discount the first massage. It is a choice, make it an informed one and guarantee your own success. Call 919-841-9344 or visit our website,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Massage for Headaches

Raleigh Medial Massage
From time to time, we all experience headaches. Some people experience them more than others. They can range from a nagging feeling of discomfort to a more serious pain that can make us lose focus at work and at home, become more irritable, and just simply put us in a bad mood. And for those afflicted with migraine headaches, the pain can be completely debilitating. For many of us, the solution to a headache has been to reach for ibuprofen or other painkillers. This can sometimes relieve the pain, but the underlying problem still exists. Luckily, the number of headaches you experience can be greatly reduced with a few easy stretches, some healthy habits, and a little pampering.

One of the best ways to get to the root of your headaches is to reduce the tension that's causing them. A build up of tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and head often triggers tension headaches. Massage therapy can bring relief by decreasing pain, reducing this tension and increasing circulation.

Massage loosens the trigger points and blockages that are brought on by the muscle tension, cause headaches to occur and to come back again and again. Metabolic waste builds up in our muscle fibers from overuse and strain, which hardens and stiffens them and decreases the healthy flow of fluid from tight and inflamed muscles. A trained massage therapist will access the muscles that may be causing headaches and treat them by breaking down, loosening, and removing this buildup.

That's the science behind the benefits of massage. But what you care about most is that massage can decrease the pain you feel from headaches, reduce depression and anxiety, decrease the overall tension you feel, and reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of headaches. But massage alone isn't the only cure.

Between massage visits it is important to relax. With busy schedules and hectic lives this is easier said than done. But even simply reducing the amount of time you spend in front of a computer or looking at screens can increase relaxation and decrease your stress and tension levels.

Another tip is to heat or cool your head and neck. The choice of heating or cooling is up to you and what your body needs. Improving the ergonomic conditions of your workspace can also be helpful. Wearing a headset if you spend a great deal of time on the phone reduces shoulder strain. Simply repositioning your computer monitor can make you feel better. Many people sit too close to the monitor, or too low in their chairs which causes us to lean our heads forward adding unwanted tension on muscles and joints.

It's also imperative that we stay hydrated. Many people do not drink enough water on a daily basis, and drinks with caffeine and sugar that give us energy are often dehydrating us and causing our headaches. A good rule of thumb for how much water we need is to divide our body weight in half and drink that number in ounces of water each day. For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds should be drinking at least 75 fluid ounces of water on a daily basis. This can be adjusted depending on exercise and exposure to heat.

And finally, remember to stay mobile. Taking a break from work each hour to stretch reduces tension and increases circulation. You want long, slow stretches, holding for 8-10 seconds. Use this time to get up, fill your water bottle, or walk around and shake it out.

Following some of these easy tips can reduce the frequency of your headaches. If you want to really get relief from the pain and annoyance that headaches cause, or to identify the root of the problem, spending some time with a skilled massage therapist could be the answer. Absolute Body Balance has qualified, trained massage therapists and offers a new client discount for your first massage; $55 one-hour massage. Call 919-841-9344 or visit to schedule.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Massage for Low back Pain

Absolute Body Balance
Best Raleigh Massage 
Second only to the common cold, low back pain is the second most common complaint across the country. It can be a nagging pain every time you sit or stand, a stabbing pain that causes difficulty breathing or a dull throbbing ache that your own hands reach backward to comfort throughout the day. Low back pain can even wake you from sleeping in the middle of the night or force you back into bed from your daytime job.

More clients each month are struggling with the pain and strain in their low backs that has started interfering with their daily lifestyles. Some complain of pain on both sides of the low back in a horizontal band while others experience the pain limited to only one side. Muscle spasms, exaggerated tightness, changes to posture, decreased range of motion and inflexibility can all accompany low back pain. Therapeutic massage addresses all of these issues as well as stress, which can be a contributing factor.

An appointment for this type of complaint may not be focused solely on the lower back area since other tight muscles can be directly related. Uneven worn workout and walking shoes can affect other muscles in the body so the massage therapist will need to address all of the connecting muscles in an attempt to provide overall relief. The first massage will be beneficial and reduce the discomfort but a follow-up is definitely encouraged to reevaluate and assess the muscles and their condition afterwards. The recommendation is usually a week to ten days and possibly again depending on how the client feels and is improving. But the most significant improvement is measured with regular therapy treatments.

Absolute Body Balance Massage offers a discount incentive for new clients, $55 for your first one hour massage, and package pricing for regular returning clients to save with multiple treatments. Massage provides so many benefits to assist in your pain relief and better well-being. Visit or call 919-841-9344 for more information.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Massage in Summer

Raleigh Medical Massage
Best Raleigh Massage 
Summer is here! Many of us are increasingly active with more daylight hours and thoughts of a better beach body so we are doing more and maybe even doing some new exercises and fitness routines. We may also be experiencing new aches and pains from muscles and joints that haven’t been utilized in quite this way for many months. This is a good time to consider massage therapy to keep you going and to keep your muscles, bones, and connective tissue in good working condition. The benefits of massage include:

Relieves stress, pain, pain induced anxiety, and muscle congestion
Improves range of motion increasing flexibility and muscle tone
Improves sleep patterns
Improves metabolic waste removal strengthening immune function
Improves alertness
Reduces swelling
Clears thinking
Encourages faster healing time
Relieves tension headaches
Provides a sense of well-being
Reduces fatigue
Supports white blood cell proliferation aiding our immune system
Reduces depression
Relives symptoms of nausea and vomiting for the cancer patient
Enhances body image

A professional massage therapist will apply the perfect techniques to muscles and joints to release tightness, cramping, spasms, and knots. Sometimes you only need a “specific massage” – working on the shoulders, neck, arms, back or legs rather than a whole body massage. These specific massage sessions are just as effective in providing the benefits of massage, feel great and can be thirty to sixty minute long.

Keep yourself going great all summer, schedule a massage to be at your optimal best so you can do whatever with greater ease and comfort. Absolute Body Balance in Raleigh offers a new client special, $55 one hour massage for your first session. Try massage at a discount, 919-841-9344, by appointment only.