How often should I get a massage?
This depends on what your goals are, what symptoms you suffer from, and how easily your system responds to treatment. Once you are satisfied with your treatment progress, an occasional tune-up is encouraged to maintain optimal health. Massage has its greatest benefits over time – the therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the quicker your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.
What type of pillow should I use?
The most supportive pillow that molds to the head and neck is a down pillow. For people who need more support, or have an unstable neck, then a TempurPedic pillow may be a better choice.
I love my pillow! It contains feathers from geese “raised on beautiful farms in Hungary, fed an organic diet, and nurtured to live a full healthy life. Clusters of down are hand-gathered with care.” Awww.
Why do you ask me to “breathe” into an area?
Breath and release techniques direct your awareness to the present, and intention to release an area. Visualizing breath moving into tissues can greatly help relax the firing of tension receptors in the muscles and tendons. Deepening one’s breath provides an easy tool for coming down from a heightened “flight or fight” response.
Will my bad habits pull my body back out of alignment?
The increase in body awareness that comes from massage therapy makes the body more sensitive to the effects of “bad habits” or inefficient movement patterns. The body will naturally want to do what is more balanced and efficient because it will be more comfortable. If you continue to follow this new impulse in your body towards comfort, your body will continue to move towards alignment.
What is Preventative Medicine?
Preventative medicine is aimed at reducing the likelihood of diseases and infections affecting an individual. Conventional medicine as practiced by general practitioners is primarily concerned with treating and curing existing conditions. Preventative medicine as applied to an individual views the body as a whole, and is treated with this concept in mind. Any activity or behavior that is aimed at maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a robust immune system can be beneficial and aid in preventing sickness. This can include regular exercise, good eating habits, and maintaining a healthy body weight ratio. Tight muscles and adhered fascia prevent movement through our normal range of motion and are more prone to injury. Taking epsom salt baths, massage and stretching are preventative measures to avoid imbalance and injury.