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“Is it best to take a shower before getting a massage?”

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My answer is always yes if you meet the criteria:

If you do any type of construction, outside work or exercise you will need to take a shower before seeing a massage therapist. Debris such as dirt clings to the skin and may scratch you when massage strokes are applied. A hot bath or shower will open up pores, relax and help loosen the fascia and muscles. Exfoliating the skin with a cotton washcloth, loofah or Agate cloth will help increase circulation while removing dead skin cells.

I have no shower facilities at my office so you will need to take one before seeing me. 

For the ladies:

“I’m a bit embarrassed but I haven’t shaved my legs. Is it ok to still schedule my appointment for a massage?

As I always stress never allow hair stubble (hairy legs) deter you from getting your regular massage maintenance.  Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me if you shave or not. By not shaving your legs it will never take away from the quality of your massage session.

Have a question about massage therapy?

If you have any massage related questions, please feel free to ask them and I will answer them.

Suzan Walker, LMT

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The answer will vary by any massage therapist you ask.

My response is it will greatly depend on multiple contributing factors such as touch sensitivity, the health and condition of the muscle spindles and fascia (connective tissue). Other factors play a part too. The amount of water the client drinks, daily diet and exercise routine. Through personal experience and by being a DT specialist for nearly seven years these main factors play a great deal into pain.

A deep tissue massage does not needs to “hurt” to be effective yet you must feel a degree of “good” pain to ensure the muscles are being release properly. Each person is different and how they relate to pain threshold. What might be too much pressure for someone might be just right for another. Of course someone that receives massage on a regular basis will not feel sore after a deep tissue massage as opposed to someone that just had their first session of DT. If you have adhesion’s (knots), scar tissue and overloaded muscles, the technique may be uncomfortable. Deep tissue is just one of the many techniques that can release muscles from those afflictions.

How I perform deep tissue:

First I warm the fascia before performing deep tissue. By doing this simple step, it warms the connective tissue so I am able to work deeper. I use traditional strokes used in Swedish massage applying a slower and more concentrated strokes that go deep into the muscles. The deeper the work, the deeper the strokes will be applied to the muscle under belly. Stripping or cross fiber friction is involved to loosen up fascia and myofascial adhesion’s. When coming across a nerve entrapment or trigger point the client may feel an uncomfortable pressure, a tingling sensation or tenderness in the area affected. I will then apply deep pressure in the area till the symptom is relieved. This aides in trigger point release. I incorporate other techniques such as myofascial release, myoskeletal therapy or hot stones to release the fascia and muscles.

You must remain alert to answer occasional questions from me. During my sessions I always encourage deep breathing when I come across a adhesion. If I feel that you are not breathing properly by holding your breathe I will remind you to slowly breath deeply. By breathing it helps to bring circulation to the area and aides in releasing tension. As I always tell my clients healthy tissue will not hurt if it is pressed on. If it does hurt, there is a underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Deep tissue is not a relaxing massage. Deep tissue is clinical massage therapy to break up adhesion’s, trigger point formations and negative muscle patterns. Little or no massage lotion is applied. This helps the therapist to go deeper into the muscle underbelly to achieve the necessary results to reduce muscle tension. Those that are new to the technique may experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), mild bruising and some swelling.

Communication is vital for a good deep tissue massage. The therapist must ask questions during the massage to make sure the pressure is comfortable or if the client is having referral pain.

If you are experiencing excruciating pain, always inform your therapist. Speaking up is extremely important when receiving any form of massage technique. The therapist will adjust the technique. The technique can be watered down to suit your needs.

Deep Tissue Massage

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Do you know what you put on your skin everyday? Do you read the ingredients on the back of the product? Do you know what those long, exasperated words mean?

The road to becoming a informed consumer is becoming a knowledgeable one.

I’ve been using a few massage products, creams and gel for
years unaware there was soy bean oil (many people are allergic to soy not included most of the supply is contaminated with gmo’s) and other chemicals that interfere with hormone production in both men and women. My hormone levels were off due to the possibility of using these products for so long. My hormone levels are nearly back to normal because I stopped using these products.

Below is a complied list of chemicals that are used in everyday items such as shampoos, lotions, eye creams and skin cares. Check to see if you have any of these toxins in the items you use in your daily skin care regiment.

This list is from http://www.naturesparadiseorganics.com/dangersofchemicals.html

Propylene Glycol – Very powerful chemical, when handling must wear full body gear because it absorbs quickly into the skin and causes damage to the brain, liver and kidneys. So strong it is used to remove barnacles from boats. Recent tests have shown mutation in vitro test. Tests have proving it to be a strong skin irritant causing allergies of the skin.

Glycerol Monostearate – Strong evidence of skin irritant, broad toxicity systemic effects on organs. Its a skin penetration enhancer, which can cause this or other chemicals to reach deep into the skin.

Mineral Oil – Contrary to belief, this ingredient is not healthy. It coats the skin like plastic, clogging pores and interfering with the skin releasing toxins. Causing premature aging and skin irritation. Some tests have shown it may be cancer causing.

BHT- Strong evidence of skin toxicity, evidence of causing carcinogenicity cancer system toxicity. Endocrine system disruption, animal tests found brain and nervous system deffects as well as reproductive deffects. Recognized as a skin irritant.

Butylparaben – Strong evidence of skin toxicity, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity and interferes with gene expression.

Proplyparaben – Evidence of skin, reproductive and developmental toxicity. Is toxic to wildlife and the environment.

Methylparaben – Strong evidence of skin toxicity causing irritation and sensitivity. Test have shown mutation in vitro test. Respiratory, brain and nervous system effects and interferes with gene expression.

Benzyl Alcohol – Nervous system, skin, organ intoxicant, hazardous to handle. Test have shown mutation in vitro tests and endocrine system disruption.

Oleic Acid – Cancer causing, respiratory effects and skin irritant.

Talc (Baby Powder) – Routine application to genitals increase development of ovarian cancer.

Sorbitan Laurate – Skin toxin, causes cancer, endocrine system disruption, gastrointestinal effects and a known skin irritant.

Distearate 150-PEG – Causes cancer and broad systemic effects through out body.

Quaternium – Skin toxin, organ system toxicity. Test shown evidence of mutation of vitro tests and negative effects on the endocrine system, brain and nervous system.

Tocopheryl Acetate – Causes allergies and skin sensitivity.

Fragrance – Could be any 4,000 ingredients that effect many different parts of the body that cause skin irritation and sensitivity.

Sodium Polyacrylate – Multiple additive exposure, endocrine system disruption and contamination concerns if not handled properly.

Zinc Oxide – System toxicity, persistent bio accumulative in wildlife, test have shown mutation in vitro test. Animal testing has shown brain and nervous system effects. Skin irritant.

Retinyl Palmitate – Restricted in cosmetics, developmental and reproductive toxicity.

I decided back in December to go back to using organic oils such as grape-seed, olive oil and coconut. This is what I put on my skin each day and use up to nearly five times daily with clients. If it affects me then it will likely affect you. Only the best for my clients!

As always, you’re more than welcomed to bring your own lotion or oil. Please look on the back of the label before bringing to the office to ensure that it does not have any of these ingredients.

Thank you.

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