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Reasons a person may be afraid to receive a professional massage. December 6, 2010

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 1:03 am

Massage has so many benefits not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Human touch is very important,  it can relieve pain, reassure the timid or meek and calm the anxious. No one should be left out of the opportunity to receive a healing therapeutic massage though there are some people who choose not to because they are shy or they simply feel unworthy or embarrassed. Since everyone can benefit from professional massage, we Massage Therapists want to make sure that no one misses out which is why we approach each and every client with respect, acceptance and non-judgement. Listed below are a few of the reasons that people may shy away from massage and an explanation as to why they should open up and give it a chance to receive the numerous benefits it will bring.

1.) Some people are shy about taking off their clothes for a number of reasons from a very modest up-bringing, religious views or in some cases Chair Massage Kristin Malone Spa Therapybecause they were a victim of sexual assault. There are many ways that you can enjoy a massage without the worry. One way is to have a Chair Massage, you can receive a fully clothed, full body massage in a specially designed massage chair which can relieve the anxiety of taking off your clothing. Although Chair Massage is generally offered in public places such as malls, airports, etcetera, you can make a special request to receive a chair Massage in the comfort of a spa or in your own home. There is also a misconception that you have to remove all of your clothing to receive a massage, there is no rule that says that you have to take off all of your clothing. Undergarments such as bras and underwear can be left on to make you more comfortable. It is important to note that whether you remove all of your clothes or not, at no point during the massage treatment will you be inappropriately exposed. An experienced Massage Therapist is specially trained to drape each client with great care and respect.

2.) Another reason that people may shy away from massage is that they feel their body size precludes them from having a professional massage. Whether they feel that they are too thin or too heavy, it is important to know that their Massage Therapist passes no judgement on them. An arm or leg is no easier or harder to massage due to its size. Only one body part will be exposed at a time and all others will remain safely covered.

3.) One last reason that a person may choose not to receive a professional massage is because of a skin condition or excess body hair growth. There are many skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, excess moles or skin tags that are non-communicable and perfectly safe to massage. As long as a skin condition is not contagious, there is no worry. If excess body hair is a concern, the Massage Therapist will need to use a little extra massage cream or oil otherwise there is no difference from a typical massage. Remember that your Massage Therapist has probably seen it all and are more people out there like you than you may think.

Kristin Malone Spa TherapyIt may seem redundant but I would like to stress that you will not be judged or inappropriately exposed at any point during your massage treatment. Your Massage Therapist is experienced and has probably dealt with an issue similar to yours before and is more concerned about your comfort, health and well-being. Above all else remember that during your massage session you are in control and can choose to end the treatment at any time if you are feeling uncomfortable. You may even choose to have your Massage Therapist focus on areas such as your scalp, hands and feet which may feel less vulnerable but can still provide you with tremendous stress relief. If you are very reluctant, then a large spa may not be where you want to receive your first massage treatment. A Massage Therapist with an independent practice will be able to spend more time and attention one on one with you and you can establish a relationship which can contribute to more comfort. Don’t let yourself miss out on this healing, stress relieving experience.

Enjoy a professional massage today! Kristin Malone

 

Massage Modalities Explained. October 19, 2010

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:11 am

Massage has been around since before recorded history, in fact, it has been revealed that Julius Caesar received a massage every day. People throughout history knew that massage not only felt good but promoted healing in the body. Since the boom of the spa, massage and bodywork have been misunderstood as privileges of the rich and elite. The fact is that massage is a necessity to all people for health and balance. Massage for health and well-being has become increasingly popular and is even offered in some medical clinics. Since research shows that even occasional massage provides a whole slew of benefits to health, it’s great to have so many massage modalities to choose from. Here are a few of the most popular explained.Kristin Malone Spa Therapy Massage

Swedish – This term is a bit of a misnomer since massage was not invented by a Swede nor was is developed in Sweden. Nevertheless, this massage technique is the basis for Massage Therapy today. Swedish Massage is delivered to muscles soft tissue with strokes known as effleurage, petrissage, frictions and tapotement. The therapists hands will deliver soothing oil or lotion to the skin which can be un-scented or lightly scented also called an Aromatherapy Massage. All massage movements will be performed inward toward the heart to stimulate circulation and detoxification. Benefits include: relaxation, stress reduction, improved circulation, speed up healing of injuries, reduce swelling and help dissolve scar tissue.

Deep Tissue – Often used in addition to other massage modalities, deep tissue and trigger point therapy allow the therapist to work tissue in the sub-layers of muscles and deeper connective tissue called fascia. A deep pressure is applied to the muscles by the therapists hands, forearms and elbows either with oil or lotion or to bare skin to provide better leverage. Benefits include: reduction in chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, increased range of motion and reduction of pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis.

Sports Massage – While it was designed to help athletes perform better and recover faster, the average participant of an active lifestyle will benefit from this kind of massage treatment. A Sports Massage is very helpful after an intense workout to relieve stiffness and sore muscles and to reduce recovery time after a big event. It’s also helpful before and while training for a big event such as a triathlon to bring blood to critical parts of the body and loosen muscles. Sports Massage typically focuses on a specific area or muscle group but can be performed as a full body treatment incorporating stretches and resistance. Benefits include: increased flexibility, faster recovery time after muscle exertion and faster recovery time from injuries.

Kristin Malone Spa Therapy MassageStone Massage – Usually performed with hot stones, this massage treatment, like a hot bath, will sooth not only your mind but the heat will penetrate deep into your muscles. Stones will be massaged over the body as well as placed on the body to produce a grounding effect. While the heat from the stones produce a profound relaxing effect for the muscles, the stones themselves have an exfoliating quality that will leave the skin soft and glowing as well. Benefits include: decreased stress and anxiety, pain relief and increased circulation.

Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian Massage) – In this form of sacred massage, the body is treated as a whole and not a piece at a time. Unlike traditional massage where each body part is treated separately, a stroke during a Lomi Lomi treatment can start at the tip of a finger and run the entire length of the body and end at the tip of a toe. The Massage Therapist will use energy and breath along with long rhythmic strokes known as runs over the entire body to produce  a profound relaxing and meditative state. Because the therapist has no set pattern, the massage is free to flow and your mind will in turn free itself from thought and anticipation of the next move. Your consciousness will transcend to a state of floating like on the ocean tides that surround the islands that inspired this beautiful massage. Benefits include: deep relaxation, improved circulation and the opportunity for personal meditative growth.

Pregnancy MassageThis is a highly specialized Swedish Massage treatment and mothers-to-be can greatly benefit from its soothing supportive effects. The Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist will focus on areas most affected by the changes in the body brought about by this very special time, mainly the neck shoulders, lower back and feet. An assortment of pillows, supports and bolsters will be used to make sure that mother and baby will receive very safe healing and relaxing benefits from the massage treatment. The beneficial relaxation chemicals released by the mother will flow to the baby and promote relaxation and ease his or her state. It also helps to promote hormone balance in the mother regulating stress and mood chemistry. Benefits include: pain and discomfort relief, relaxation, increased circulation and hormonal balance.Kristin Malone Spa Therapy Massage

Chair Massage – When I say chair massage, I am not referring to the electric varieties that you plug into the wall. A Chair Massage is a brief massage performed by a Licensed Massage Therapist on a fully clothed client in a seated position. Chair Massage can incorporate petrissage, wringing, squeezing, compression, stretching and tapotement and can very effectively relax and re-energize the client whether they are sitting in the office or in the mall. Chair Massage is very popular in the work place and can improve employee morale. In recent years it has even traveled to places such as air ports, poker tournaments and even casinos. In general a chair massage treatment is performed for 5 – 30 minutes and has become very popular due to its convenience. Benefits include: improved flexibility, relaxation, renewed energy and increased circulation.

Now that you know all of the wonderful opportunities and benefits a massage can provide, decide which one is right for you and call your Massage Therapist today.

Massage to your health – Kristin Malone

 

What came first, the headache or the neck pain? October 11, 2010

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:42 am

Remember the saying about the chicken and the egg? Nowhere is this more true than in the human body. Our bones, muscles, nerves and organs are all connected down to the smallest cell. Sometimes your pain and discomfort can get to a level so extreme, you don’t remember what came first, the pain in your neck or the throbbing in your head. This is why it is so important to address aches and pains no matter how small at the early stages.

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That foot pain that’s been causing you to have a small limp can eventually turn into un-even hips, causing lower and upper back pain, miss-aligning the spine and pinching a nerve in your neck which sends shooting pain and numbness down your arms and don’t forget the splitting headache that will accompany all of this pleasure. While this is an unlikely exaggeration of events, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Too many people walk around every day putting up with small discomforts thinking they are not big enough to cause any real problems and wait to consult a Doctor or a Massage Therapist until they are in excruciating pain.

While a massage treatment can’t solve every problem that ails you (I haven’t performed any knee or hip replacements in my practice), it can help ease the symptoms and side effects caused by the initial ailment keeping small aches and pains from becoming big ones. If there is something that’s been bothering you, make an appointment with your Doctor and then make an appointment with your Massage Therapist. Don’t wait so long that you can no longer remember what came first.

Massage to your health – Kristin Malone

 

Do you need a massage?

Filed under: Massage — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 3:30 am

Yes! Everyone does. In the fast pace world we live in, our nervous systems go haywire since the flight or fight response never really gets a chance to turn off resulting in stress. When our bodies are under constant stress the muscles contract and over time, this constant contraction causes the muscles to shorten which is what we call tension. The cause of your stress can be mental (worry about work, bills, your kids, etc.) or physical (overexerting your muscles or causing repetitive stress injury by using one muscle group in the same way over and over.) A massage can soften and lengthen the muscles and calm the mind creating a relaxation response in the body. Even if you feel like you don’t have much pain or stress in your life, a massage can help to prevent small muscle tensions from becoming big problems. Don’t wait until you’re in pain. Relax, enjoy the hour you receive to free yourself from everyday routines and mental over-stimulation.

A good tip is to book a standing appointment at regular intervals, be it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Not only will this make you more likely to take the time out for yourself, but most Therapists will be willing to negotiate the price of treatments for a regularly scheduled client. A lot of Therapists also sell packages (multiple treatments at a reduced price) also.

Just Breathe…Go schedule a massage now-Kristin Malone

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WELCOME TO MY BLOG! September 16, 2010

Filed under: Facials,General Health,Massage,Waxing — Kristin Malone Spa Therapy @ 4:44 am

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The purpose of this blog is to educate people in spa therapy.  Massage, Facials, General Health, Body Treatments and Waxing.  I am very excited to cover all these topics with helpful hints, suggestions, tips and more!  Please feel free to comment and send any suggestions for topics or discussions.   This is just the beginning!

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