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Massage Therapy: Perfect Gift this Holiday Season!

Rush, Rush, Rush!  This is the time of year for a lot of rushing around, stressful family gatherings, more traffic on the road, and figuring out gifts to get your family and friends.

Unfortunately, through all of the rushing around, it’s easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself too.  Or maybe you know someone who is doing all of the rushing around, getting stressed out, and could use a relaxing massage therapy session.

If that’s the case, we at AURA In-Home Massage have the perfect gift! Purchase a gift certificate through our website and choose a therapy session that will please you or your loved ones and ease the stress of the holidays away!

Order one today!

Choose from any of the following gift certificate packages:

  • 60 Minutes
  • 90 Minutes
  • 120 Minutes
  • 60 Minute Couple’s Massage
  • 90 Minute Couple’s Massage

When your massage therapist comes to your home, you can then choose the type of massage you would like to receive:

  • Relaxation
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Prenatal
  • Trigger Point
  • Geriatric

For a limited time, you’ll also receive a box of Epson Salts for free when you book your appointment. You’ll receive the free Epson Salts when your massage therapy has ended and can be used at your leisure.

 

We want you and your loved ones to enjoy the holiday season and relax when it’s all said and done.  If you purchase a gift certificate or you receive one as a gift, you will be assured of an unforgettably relaxing, blissful experience by our certified massage therapists.


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You Deserve a Gift Too!

I’m going to share a little secret with you….

 

This time of year is really stressful! 

 

Well, I guess that’s not really much of a secret is it?  Either way, it’s still really stressful!

And while you’re reading this you’re probably stressing about all of the things you’ve been doing, all of the things you are doing, and all of the things still left to be done.  It’s never ending!

Between work, the kids, buying gifts, and planning meals for the holidays you’re body is screaming for some relief.  Unfortunately the stress of life has a way of rearing its ugly head in the form of a stiff neck, tight back, achy muscles and all kinds of other ailments.

What can be done to ease the stress?  Simple – massage therapy!  When you’re asked what you want this year as a gift ask for an in-home massage therapy session.  Instead of having to go to yet another place to take care of something, even for yourself, let us come to you!

We offer several different gift certificates that can be purchased right here on our website.  You can check out the services that we offer and then figure out what type of massage therapy you want.

There’s no mistaking the benefits of massage – relaxation, reduced stress, better sleep, and pain relief, to name a few.  Let AURA In-Home Massage be the one to help you experience those benefits.  Contact us and we’ll set up a time to come to your home and massage away all of that holiday stress!

 

 


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Give the gift of massage

With the holidays upon us, gift giving is on everyone’s minds, along with doubts and insecurities about what to give to your family and friends to let them know you care.

It’s getting harder and harder to find gifts that your loved ones don’t already have. If that’s the case for you, you might consider gifting them with a gift certificate for a relaxing massage. What better way to show them your appreciation than to give them something that will help relax and sooth away the stress from the holiday rush?

The benefits of a great massage far outweigh any stressful gift shopping, holiday cooking, or emotional family drama that seems to accompany nearly every holiday get-together. Some of those benefits are:

  1. Better Sleep
  2. Stress Relief
  3. Reduced Pain
  4. Blood Pressure Control

So, as you can see, massage can be a great gift that’s unique and unlike the commercially driven holiday gifts that are typically bought every year.

If you’ve decided to give the gift of massage, let AURA In-Home Massage help!  We now offer gift certificates at very reasonable prices and encourage you to order one (or several) today before it’s too late!  The holidays are almost upon us and we don’t want you to miss out on this chance to get a memorable gift for your loved ones!


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What is Swedish Massage?

Anytime that you look around for a massage therapist you’re bound to come across the term ‘Swedish Massage’.  Questions probably come to mind like:  ‘What is Swedish Massage?  How is it done?  What’s different about it compared to a ‘regular’ massage?‘.  These are all good questions and I hope that this article will help answer some of those questions for you.

Swedish Massage is a type of massage that uses five techniques to improve circulation and help you to relax.  This type of massage was created by Johan Georg Mezger, a Dutch practitioner who chose to use French terms to denote the basic strokes.  The techniques used are:

  1. Effleurage: Giving long and smooth strokes
  2. Petrissage: Gentle kneading of the muscles
  3. Friction:  Applying therapeutic friction
  4. Tapottement:  Tapping or hacking
  5. Gymnastic:  Bending and Stretching

The direction of these massage strokes are what helps facilitate blood flow improvement in your body. By focusing on using long, flowing strokes your massage therapist is helping to promote relaxation.

So, how is this different from other types of massages like, say, the deep tissue massage?  The deep tissue massage is what most people think of when they hear of massage.  However, there are several different types, but we’ll focus on the differences between just these two for now.

  1. Swedish massage is a gentler and softer massage compared to the more intense and forceful deep tissue massage.
  2. Swedish massage is best for those who have very sensitive skin types, that bear rashes easily, most especially when powerful friction and rubbing is applied.
  3. Swedish massage is the massage of choice for those who are normally stressed from work or home issues, whereas, the deep tissue massage is for those who are in chronic pain, were involved in many strenuous activities, or who are continually troubled by previous injuries.
Now that we’ve discussed the differences between Swedish massage and other types, like deep tissue massage, you might be wondering: ‘What are the benefits of Swedish massage?”  Almost too many to list but list them we have!
  1. It increases the oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins from the muscles
  2. Reduces stress and promotes well-being
  3. Reduces muscle spasms
  4. Stretches the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to keep them supple and pliable
  5. Stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves at the same time
  6. Satisfies the need for a caring touch
As you can see, Swedish Massage is an excellent type of massage therapy to help you improve your health and well-being.  It’s one of the types of massage used by your AURA In-Home Massage Therapist.  When you need relaxation and increased circulation but want a gentle approach then just ask your massage therapist for the always gentle, always relaxing Swedish Massage.

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How To Give a Good Back Massage

Believe it or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to give a massage.  Some of us have been the unfortunate recipients of a massage-gone-bad situation at some point in our lives.

Fingers digging roughly into your neck, back, or spine is NOT what massage should be about.  Instead, gentle and firm pressure with a slow buildup to firm massage is key.

You’re probably wondering at this point ‘Ok, now that I know there’s a correct way to give a good back massage how is it done?’  Glad you asked!  It’s pretty simple really but important all the same.  Below you will find a simple step-by-step guide on how to give a good back massage followed by videos that should also help teach you the proper massage technique.

  1. Start by asking the person to take a deep breath.
  2. Breathe regularly and relax as this will help your massage recipient to also relax.
  3. When you start, begin in a gentle fashion and work slowly.  Only work up to a quicker or firmer massage if your recipient asks.
  4. Check with them every once in a while to be sure they are all right and to find out if you need to change your speed or pressure.
  5. Be careful around the spine!  This is a very tender area and should not need too much pressure.
  6. Have them turned around in their chair or facing the table.  A pillow can be placed between them for comfort and relaxation.  This will also help keep them from having to hold themselves up.
  7. If they are unable to do Step 6 then make sure they are not being pushed too far forward.
As mentioned above, I’ve included some videos of how to give a good back massage because sometimes reading just isn’t enough.  It helps to see and learn by example, especially for people who learn better with a visual tool.
I hope that these simple instructions and videos help you have a better massage experience.  As always, AURA In-Home Massage can also provide a licensed massage therapist to come to your home and massage your aches and pains away!

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Oh! My Aching Back! (Part 2)

Last week I posted about lower back pain and how comprehensive massage therapy was shown to significantly improve the pain.  This week I would like to share some information about the causes of upper back pain and how you can deal with it effectively through the use of massage.

Ask yourself this question:  ‘How many hours a day do I sit hunched over a computer, book, steering wheel,etc.?’  You might be surprised at the answer you come up with.  More than likely, by the end of the day your shoulders and upper back are screaming for relief!

Sitting hunched over or even slouching as you stand or walk can lead to pain and discomfort in your upper back, specifically between the shoulder blades.  Turns out, the frequent cause of the pain is a bound up Subscapularis.  This triangular shaped muscle sits between the shoulder blades and the ribs. 

One of the primary functions of this muscle is to rotate your arm inwards.  Too much time spent in the same position (hunched forward) means that the Subscapularis muscle tightens up, causing your upper back and the back of your shoulders to get overstretched. 

Often one muscle is pulling in one direction out of alignment while the other muscle is letting it go.  One of the muscles is weak and therefore, litterally not pulling its weight!  Your upper back and shoulder area compensates for this unnatural posture by becoming rigid in order to create stability.  Hence, the knots and pain in your upper back.  Ouch!

So what can you do about it?  First of all, try to sit up straight and tall when you’re driving or at the computer.  Imagine a string is tied to your upper spine pulling it upward while another is pulling down on your tailbone.  This will cause you to sit up or stand up straight and should alleviate any upper back pain.  If you already have pain in your back and shoulder area, one of the best things you can do for yourself is have the pain massaged away. 

Another great treatment for pain and knots is to do some strengthening exercises.  These are relatively easy to do and can be done in the comfort of your home.  I’ve posted several videos below of how to do these stretches.

Shoulder Exercises to Improve Posture

Shoulder Roll Exercises with Hands

Massage therapy is an excellent way to get rid of the pain.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good massage? Couple that with some stretches a few times a week and you’ll be on your way to better posture and a pain-free back.

 

 


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Oh! My aching back!

Low back pain can be a bothersome thing as any of us who have had back pain know.  The constant, throbbing pain or the tight achy muscles can inhibit even the most active people.

But what can be done about it?  A lot of people assume the only thing you can do is either pop a pill, see a doctor, or have surgery for chronic recurring pain. 

All of those options are nothing short of putting a band-aid over an infected wound, without ever treating the infection!  The infection is still there and will definitely cause more problems in the future.

The same thing happens with back pain.  There’s a reason you have the pain to begin with, so why not treat the pain directly at the source and in a natural way without any risks of side effects?

A recently published article discusses the use of massage therapy for that very reason.  In the article ‘Effectiveness of massage therapy for subacute low-back pain: A  randomized controlled trial’  written by Michelle Preyde*, it’s revealed that comprehensive massage therapy yields better results over all.  She states:

The effectiveness of massage therapy for low-back pain has not been documented. This randomized controlled trial compared comprehensive massage therapy (soft-tissue manipulation, remedial exercise and posture education), two components of massage therapy and placebo in the treatment of sub-acute (between 1 week and 8 months) low-back pain.

In order to perform the study, several variations of treatment were used.  She goes on to state:

Subjects with subacute low-back pain were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups: comprehensive massage therapy (n= 25), soft-tissue manipulation only(n= 25), remedial exercise with posture education only (n= 22) or a placebo of sham laser therapy (n= 26). Each subject received 6 treatments within approximately 1 month.

Outcome measures obtained at baseline, after treatment and at 1-month follow-up consisted of the Roland Disability Questionnaire (RDQ), theMcGill Pain Questionnaire (PPI and PRI), the State Anxiety Index and the Modi-fied Schober test (lumbar range of motion)

The results were very interesting in that they showed that ” of the 107 subjects who passed screening, 98 (92%) completed post-treatment tests and 91 (85%) completed follow-up tests.”  The article also goes on to say:

 Statistically significant differences were noted after treatment and at follow-up. The comprehensive massage therapy group had improved function (mean RDQ score 1.54 v.2.86–6.5, p< 0.001), less intense pain (mean PPI score 0.42 v. 1.18–1.75, p<0.001) and a decrease in the quality of pain (mean PRI score 2.29 v.4.55–7.71, p= 0.006)compared with the other 3 groups.

Clinical significance was evident for the comprehensive massage therapy group and the soft-tissue manipulation group on the measure of function. At 1-month follow-up 63% of subjects in the comprehensive massage therapy group reported no pain as compared with 27% of the soft-tissue manipulation group, 14% of the remedial exercise group and 0% of the sham laser therapy group.

So what does this mean for you?  If conventional methods either don’t work for you or you prefer a natural method, massage therapy is an excellent alternative to treat your low back pain.  

 

*Preyde, Michelle. “Effectiveness of massage therapy for subacute low-back pain: a randomized controlled trial”, Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 27, 2000; 162 (13), pp.1815-20


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Massage Therapy: Relief of Pain Without Meds

Handle pain without the risky side effects of medicine

What do you do when you have achy joints,  tight muscles, or other types of pain?  Most people would reach for their favorite bottle of aspirin or tylenol.  Some will even go to the doctor to get some relief, choosing to take prescription medicine with all of its side effects.

However,  you can take care of a lot of those pesky aches and pains without ever stepping foot in a doctor’s office. Massage therapy is a wonderful alternative to prescription drugs.  Even though prescription drugs may help with the pain or problem that you’re experiencing, there’s also the risk of adverse side effects.  When you receive a massage therapy treatment, no drugs are administered.  There’s also no risk or worry of  possible negative drug interactions.

The benefits of massage therapy far outweigh the consequences of conventional medicine.  Massage therapy is a holistic and medication free treatment.  As a natural therapy, massage is thoroughly practical in its approach.  This drug-free, non-addictive alternative is less costly on the body’s systems, and helps patients to resolve health conditions in constructive and enduring ways, often providing long-term relief.

In addition, your massage therapist can offer effective methods to enhance your relaxation.  You can also learn techniques to help reduce stress in your daily life. Massage is a wonderful therapeutic approach to healing, and it functions much as it has for millennia.  It stimulates the body’s own natural ability to heal itself, resulting in a much healthier you. Registered Massage Therapists provide preventive healthcare and healthy touch.

If you’re looking for a way to heal or manage your pain, massage therapy is a zero foot print health remedy that results in positive side effects for your body and soul.

 


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Massage The Pain Away!

For most people, they would never think of using massage therapy as a way to either heal or manage their pain.  All of that is changing now that the benefits of massage therapy are becoming more well-known.  Different types of massage like Shiatsu, Swedish Muscle Massage, and Trigger Point Suppression are all being used for this very purpose. 

 An article written by Dr. Michael I Weintraub, MD, FACP, a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College, discusses the use of massage for pain management. 

 In his report, he states that:

“…Acute and chronic pain are elusive for the clinician not only in defining treatment but also in measurement. Few treatments have been rigorously tested…”

Dr. Weintraub goes on to say:

“…Faced with rising health costs and poor clinical therapeutic outcomes, the author designed a medically-supervised program of Shiatsu, Swedish muscle massage, and trigger point suppression (SSMMTPS) as a cost-effective alternative to conventional pain management

Sixty-three patients with traumatically-induced spinal pain were enrolled, and 52 subjects completed a minimum of six SSMMTPS treatments. The neuropathologic findings of a herniated disc and/or spinal stenosis with denervation was present in 89% of acute cases and 68% of chronic cases.

An 8-session treatment protocol was created with monitoring by a self-administered questionnaire. Current and maximal pain severity were assessed as well as mobility. Patients and massage therapists were blinded to prior responses. Statistical analysis revealed significant improvement in acute and chronic pain…”

If you are experiencing pain and either conventional medicine isn’t helping or you’re interested in a more holistic approach, SSMMTPS is a cost-effective and natural alternative therapy.

Massage away the pain you’re having by visiting a certified massage therapist who specializes in Shiatsu, Swedish Muscle Massage, or Trigger Point Suppression.  Or in our case, let us come to you!


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Massage Therapy – Let the Insurance company pay!

 

Most people love a great massage, especially after a long work day.  It’s a fantastic stress reliever and pain reducer.   Unfortunately, a lot of people also think it’s too expensive and never get one.

That means they are missing out on the chance to reap the benefits of a good massage. What you may not know is that massage is increasingly being recognized for its benefits in the medical community. Those benefits can be:

  • Increased circulation
  • Enhanced Sleep Quality
  • Improved Concentration
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • Reduced dependence on medication     

 Most group health insurance plans cover the costs of treatments up to 800$ per year.  That’s right, your insurance can help you afford a truly wonderful experience!   That’s really good news for those of us who enjoy the benefits of massage!  That’s especially good news if you think you can’t afford to get them.  Now you can!

Some plans cover a portion of the cost while others cover the entire cost. Certain insurance companies require you to have a doctor’s prescription, which most physicians are willing to fill out. You should consult with your health insurance company to find out if it covers the cost of massage treatments.

No matter what, the benefits of massage – like better sleep and less stress – are worth the minimal cost in the long run and the health insurance industry is starting to see that too.  Let AURA In-Home Massage be the one to help you reap the rewards of those benefits!

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