Benefits of Massage and Summer Activities



 

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Many of us are now eagerly engaged in getting our gardens planted, our yards mowed, and our flower beds cleaned up from our long and very wet winter.       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.  Here are some of the many benefits massage therapy provides.

  • 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

Equally important as the season changes is to maintain adequate hydration.  Muscles and tissues require lots of fluids as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains.  When we work or exercise hard our muscles build up lactic acid.  This is normal, but often can become lodged within the tissues when spasms or strains occur.  This creates those painful “knots” we often experience that can shorten our range of motion as well.

Massage therapy can release these pockets of lactic acid and return muscles to their optimal best functioning.  If left unattended, lactic acid can become more toxic to the body.  This causes an inflammatory response by the immune system and the pain cycle advances.

A professional massage therapist will apply the right kinds of techniques to muscles and joints to release tightness, cramping, spasms, and knots.  Oftentimes you will only require what I call “regional massage” – working on shoulders, necks, arms, backs, or legs only rather than a whole body massage.  These shorter sessions are just as effective in providing the benefits of massage, feel great, and are affordable.

Keep yourself going great all summer, consider regional or full body massage to be your optimal best and complete all your summertime tasks with ease and comfort.

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Boston Marathon Massage Special



 Runners at University of Michigan’s Ford School

The Boston Marathon is almost here and the whole city is buzzing with excitement and hope for a beautiful spring day in eastern Massachusetts.

Dear Boston Marathon Runners.

Here at soul flower wellness we want to make sure that you understand the importance of stretching and keeping hydrated for the long race. Without these two the race could be an up hill battle from the start. Also we want to inform runners that we are offering a Special for runners (who can provide a bib number) package of 4 sports massages
for $300!!!! Contact us before the race!

If you’re not sure what the best type of massage for runners is, check out our post on the subject last month!

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Best massage for runners?



It’s that time of year again in Boston. You can see the runners everywhere, some preparing for the Boston Marathon, others just looking to shake off some winter weight and get ready for the beaches. It got us thinking at Soul Flower Wellness: What’s the best kind of massage for runners?

Well, according to this great article on Competitor, a website for runners, there are 4 (and we agree):

  1. Active release technique
  2. Swedish massage
  3. Trigger point
  4. Deep tissue

The article goes on to share some other great tips like how often you should get a massage to avoid injury. The bottom line here is frequency reduces the risk of injury. This is extremely true with sports related injury since loose muscles get injured less. They also suggest a massage after a hard workout, again, we agree.

Of course, in addition to reducing the risk of injury, a massage after a hard workout is heavenly…And just what you deserve for taking care of your health. If you have any questions about making massage a part of your routine, please let us know!

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Massage etiquette: health edition



It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season in Boston. I personally like lots of extra attention and care when I’m not feeling well. But etiquette requires me to think twice before coming in for a massage, if I’m experiencing symptoms of any illness which might be contagious. Obviously, there’s a lot of physical contact with the massage therapist and although we start every session with a clean set of sheets and hands cleaned and sterilized with antibacterial lotion, we all know how germs can get around inside a building when someone really sick is around.

But besides the risk of inadvertently sharing germs with our staff of other members of Soul Flower Wellness, it’s hard to get the most out of any experience when feeling below the weather! Typical cold or flu symptoms can make you tired, dehydrated, and achy…Not a recipe for a relaxing massage.

If you are feeling poorly, be sure to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. And don’t feel bad about cancelling if you’re not feeling well…We’ll thank you for it!

 

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