Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Raleigh Medical Massage

Deep Tissue Massage
Raleigh Medical Massage
Many clients seek massage therapy to ease tension and to relieve pain, but what is the best approach? Is more pressure better than less? And what exactly is deep tissue massage? Let's start with the basics, the bread and butter of massage therapy, the scoop of vanilla in the ice cream sundae...Swedish massage.

Swedish massage is the root of most therapies practiced today because it is the building block of a relaxing massage. Swedish massage can be very light pressure to medium and Swedish is fluid, gliding over superficial layers of muscle to promote relaxation and increase circulation. If a client is not relaxed, their muscles are still tense and that's not a good level to start digging in deeper. Instead, we are trained to use Swedish massage to relax the client, warm up the tissue and knead the muscles. Healthy blood flows, full of oxygen, to all the tissues to promote healing.

While using the Swedish techniques to warm up the muscles, a skilled therapist is also using the lighter pressure to assess the situation. If a therapist is going in all elbows, full-steam ahead, it is likely they will miss an important clue to the puzzle. Therapists can feel areas of tension; they may notice a muscle pulling the structure out of alignment or they may rub over a knot. Every client is different, so we start at a base level to gauge their pain tolerance. The therapist will add other techniques that may require more or less pressure, especially where clients feel a knot.

Every muscle has two points of attachment in the body; as the attachments move closer, the muscle flexes. If it flexes too much, too abruptly and/or for too long a duration it can form an adhesion, aka knots. The major difference that separates a Swedish and deep tissue massage is in the intention of the therapist in addressing these knots. Some muscles are stacked on top of each other, so no amount of heavy Swedish is truly going to address a knot deep in the layers. A skilled therapist is aware of which muscles are superficial and which muscles are deep, and how to access these areas.

Most deep tissue techniques require consistent, med-heavy pressure that begins at one attachment point and continues on the path of the muscle all the way to the other attachment point. At this point, your therapist may direct your breathing or ask you to focus on the tenderness or pain in the area. Because not all pain is created equal, we gather more clues to the puzzle and tow the line of client's comfort. Wincing and holding your breath is not beneficial to promote circulation. It's definitely acceptable to say "That pressure may be a little much" so that the therapist gains more information from you during the massage.

At Absolute Body Balance, our licensed therapists take the time with each client to discuss the reason for their visit as well as goals for the massage. This information is used to best determine a treatment plan that works within the clients availability and budget. Since one massage is not going to correct years of poor posture or heal a torn muscle, it is best for clients to communicate their expectations so that the therapist can give them a truer sense of what they can accomplish.

If you think you could benefit from massage therapy, please call us at 919-841-9344. We'd be happy to answer your questions about therapeutic massage and help you decide what is right for you. Please visit our website, www.absolutebodybalance.com for more information.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Benefits of Massage

Raleigh Medical Massage
Best Raleigh Massage 
What are some of the benefits of massage therapy?

Improves Circulation - The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes fresh oxygenated blood to flow to constricted muscles and tissues, resulting in improved muscle function.

Lower Blood Pressure - High blood pressure is a widely diagnosed medical condition in the United States. An effective way to control blood pressure is decrease stress which massage therapy can easily accomplish.

Relaxes Muscles - Back, neck or muscle pain? Sitting all day, constantly on a computer, travel, training, exercise and insomnia all contribute to increased muscle tightness. Massage therapy can relieve muscle tension and alleviate pain by relaxing those tight muscles.

Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion - Over time joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps joints stay mobile and provides greater flexibility which makes you less prone to injuries.

Promotes Deeper Breathing and Better Sleep -Stress and anxiety are big disruptions that can cause problems with breathing, sleep and rest. Regular massage can assist in reducing stress and increasing the body's natural production of endorphin and pain receptors. Massage can help with relaxation for the mind and the body.

Relieves Headaches - Millions of Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Regular massage therapy can ease the pressure and pain, which should also reduce the frequency of occurrences.

Strengthens the Immune System - Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the body's immune system's cytotoxic capacity which is the activity level of the body's own natural "killer cells".

Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation - Massage therapy helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissue and vital organs. This makes massage a great supplement to post-op rehabilitation.

Improves Rehabilitation after Injury -Rehabilitation can be frustrating and time consuming. Continued therapeutic massage can accelerate the recovery process and assist in motivating and relaxing you.

Best Raleigh Massage offers new clients their first one hour massage at $55. Senior citizens and military discounted one hour massages are also $55.  Regularly priced at $70 per one hour and by appointment only, 919-841-9344. To learn more visit www.absolutebodybalance.com.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Raleigh Deep Tissue Massage



Many clients seek massage therapy to ease tension and to relieve pain, but what is the best approach? Is more pressure better than less? And what exactly is deep tissue massage? Let's start with the basics, the bread and butter of massage therapy, the scoop of vanilla in the ice cream sundae...Swedish massage.

Swedish massage is the root of most therapies practiced today because it is the building block of a relaxing massage. Swedish massage can be very light pressure to medium and Swedish is fluid, gliding over superficial layers of muscle to promote relaxation and increase circulation. If a client is not relaxed, their muscles are still tense and that's not a good level to start digging in deeper. Instead, we are trained to use Swedish massage to relax the client, warm up the tissue and knead the muscles. Healthy blood flows, full of oxygen, to all the tissues to promote healing.

While using the Swedish techniques to warm up the muscles, a skilled therapist is also using the lighter pressure to assess the situation. If a therapist is going in all elbows, full-steam ahead, it is likely they will miss an important clue to the puzzle. Therapists can feel areas of tension; they may notice a muscle pulling the structure out of alignment or they may rub over a knot. Every client is different, so we start at a base level to gauge their pain tolerance. The therapist will add other techniques that may require more or less pressure, especially where clients feel a knot.

Every muscle has two points of attachment in the body; as the attachments move closer, the muscle flexes. If it flexes too much, too abruptly and/or for too long a duration it can form an adhesion, aka knots. The major difference that separates a Swedish and deep tissue massage is in the intention of the therapist in addressing these knots. Some muscles are stacked on top of each other, so no amount of heavy Swedish is truly going to address a knot deep in the layers. A skilled therapist is aware of which muscles are superficial and which muscles are deep, and how to access these areas.

Most deep tissue techniques require consistent, med-heavy pressure that begins at one attachment point and continues on the path of the muscle all the way to the other attachment point. At this point, your therapist may direct your breathing or ask you to focus on the tenderness or pain in the area. Because not all pain is created equal, we gather more clues to the puzzle and tow the line of client's comfort. Wincing and holding your breath is not beneficial to promote circulation. It's definitely acceptable to say "That pressure may be a little much" so that the therapist gains more information from you during the massage.

At Absolute Body Balance, our licensed therapists take the time with each client to discuss the reason for their visit as well as goals for the massage. This information is used to best determine a treatment plan that works within the clients availability and budget. Since one massage is not going to correct years of poor posture or heal a torn muscle, it is best for clients to communicate their expectations so that the therapist can give them a truer sense of what they can accomplish.

If you think you could benefit from massage therapy, please call us at 919-841-9344. We'd be happy to answer your questions about therapeutic massage and help you decide what is right for you. Please visit our website, www.absolutebodybalance.com for more information.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Raleigh Prenatal Massage

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Raleigh Pregnancy Massage

We all know pregnancy brings about many new and exciting experiences. Along with them comes experiencing new and "exciting" aches and pains. Unless you're one of those women who have perfect pain-free pregnancies, massage therapy is an enjoyable way to beat those back pains, aching joints, and swelling.

It’s common knowledge that massage helps ease muscle stiffness, and pregnancy pains are no different. To put it simply, massage loosens tense muscles, taking pressure off the lower back, hips, and other achy joints. Studies show regular prenatal massage decreases sciatica, hip pain, leg cramps, headaches, and neck stiffness. Massage can also help with heartburn and acid reflux; better circulation to ease swelling in hands and legs/feet; and soothes the nervous system—which makes for a more peaceful nights’ sleep!

Massage also helps with muscle tone and flexibility, lowers blood pressure, and assists with blood flow to the uterus and placenta. This makes dealing with all those sudden changes a little bit easier, and less stress on you means less stress for baby and more time focusing on things that really matter: pink or blue accent wall?

So, massage is good for you AND baby! What better reason do you need?
Absolute Body Balance Massage offers new clients their first one hour massage at $55. Visit www.absolutebodybalance.com for more information or call 919-841-9344 to schedule!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sports Massage

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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, www.absolutebodybalance.com 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 www.absolutebodybalance.com.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Massage for Runners

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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 www.absolutebodybalance.com to schedule your appointment.