What causes knots in muscle?

The hard knotty areas of muscle occur when the muscle fibers bind up and stick together, thereby disallowing fresh oxygen-rich blood to come into that area, and also causing the metabolic waste to remain. The metabolic wastes burn your tissues like an acid, causing pain and inflammation.

Ginger tea as a massage tool?

Ginger tea  as a fomentation during massage is an effective tool to penetrate tissue and increase the circulation of body fluids, relax muscles, or dispel trigger points. Stagnate energy can manifest as inflammation, pain, edema, or stiffness. Ginger tea dissolves these deposits away so the tissue can begin to restore itself.  While ginger has no known side effects, it is always a good idea to consult your health care practitioner to ensure it is right for you.

Why is it so important to drink water after massage?

Drinking water will help your body rid itself of the toxins that are released during massage. These metabolic wastes are pushed out of the cells into your bloodstream, and the water helps flush it out of your system. Individuals who do not receive regular massage treatments (once every 2 weeks) may experience nausea after a massage. This is due to the large amount of toxins that have been released from the body’s tissues.

How often should I receive massage?

The ideal recommendation is at least every 2 weeks, but realistically, you should do it as often as your budget permits. Regular massage will keep toxins from building up in your cells, which works to decrease pain and muscle spasms, as well as strengthen your immune system and overall sense of well-being.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being .  We can discuss aromatherapy options during your first visit.

Can I drink alcohol before or after a massage?

It is recommended that you avoid alcohol on the same day that you receive a massage. Alcohol is a toxin, and massage intensifies its toxic effect. There is a very real danger of alcohol poisoning. I will not treat any client that has been drinking.

Is chair massage as effective as table massage?

No. Although chair massage is relaxing and has many benefits, it in no way compares to table massage. When you are sitting up, you have muscle groups engaged in order to keep you from falling out of the chair. Contracted muscles do not receive as much benefit during massage as relaxed muscles, which is why table massage is the superior method of treatment.