How Massage Heals Sore Muscles*
“We have known from many studies that pain can be reduced by massage”
- Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School
“Massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery, ...helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise”
- Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University
* NICHOLAS BAKALAR, How Massage Heals Sore Muscles. The New York Times February 6, 2012
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Andy is very interested and involved in massage therapy, yoga, hiking, mountain biking, and telemark skiing. He is a kind, active, and healthy individual. Andy promotes living pain free through deep breathing, proper hydration, stressing and relaxing the system; not to mention a healthy diet. He is enthusiastic about Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Chair Massage, Thai Massage, Sports Massage, and Swedish Massage. Andy graduated from Healing Mountain Massage School in Salt Lake City, Utah in February, 2010. Andy was also trained in other therapies, including Myofascial Release, Ayurvedic Massage, Craniosacral Touch, Crystal Healing, and Reiki Healing. Andy is a bold personality, his beliefs embrace life around the earth and beyond. His greatest excitement is to one day pilot a spacecraft around the cosmos and to help whomever he can.
Kellie has more than a decade of experience in massage. She formerly worked for the Fit Stop Physical Therapy. She moved into the spa industry but her true love of massage is in the therapeutic realm. She willing continues her training to benefit her clients well being. The Fit Stop is proud to have Kellie on our Massage Therapy staff.
Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. Swedish massage includes long flowing strokes, gentle kneading, and friction. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical activity. Sports massage incorporates unique stretching and pressure. Where minor injuries occur due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those nagging injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to un-stick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a Saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Developed in the late 1960's by John Barnes, Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tension and trauma.
Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, literally meaning "finger pressure" in Japanese, has been practiced for more than a thousand years in Japan. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds on specific points along the body's meridians by using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. A session may also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.
To reserve a massage therapy appointment with Kellie or Andy please call the front desk for an appointment (435) 654-2131.