Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a technique that is extremely effective in rehabilitating injured muscles. In contrast to traditional stretching, it is less likely to overstretch and tear muscle fibers. You can do AIS yourself with great results, or you may get better results with assisted AIS by booking an appointment with Kristin. The AIS will be paired with massage techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point. Results are usually immediate and dramatic.
Check out www.smartstretch.com for short video clips showing AIS for almost every part of the body, as well as a detailed explanation of the physiology of AIS.
There is a revolution taking place in the massage world. In the past, people thought that a massage required an appointment lasting at least one hour. The cost and time commitment was enough to limit many people to only receiving massage work once an month, once a year, or even once a lifetime!
Luckily, the tides have turned and many people are now enjoying benefits of massage once or twice a week. And they are not spending much time or money doing it. The solution: chair massage.
Chair massages usually last from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the client’s needs. He or she remains fully clothed and sits in a specially designed massage chair that comfortably supports the entire body including the head and arms. Similarly, the massage therapist may provide the option of a mat on the floor to perform clothed massage and stretches.
The benefits of workplace chair massage often include:
- reduced bodily stress and tension
- increase in energy and mood for the remainder of the day
- decreased pain allowing for a more focused and positive work environment
- increased immune function resulting in fewer sick days
- better movement in joints and muscles resulting in fewer injuries and fewer sick days
To inquire about prices and scheduling chair massages for your group, please call 970.691.8668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org… your entire group will thank you!
An Athlete’s Chronic Pain
Nick James is a well known snowboarder in Winter Park, Colorado. He thinks nothing of throwing himself off a jump that launches him three stories off the ground. But there is one spot along his shoulder blade that has plagued him since a snowboarding injury several years ago. It sometimes keeps him from using his arm, or from spinning the last 180 degrees of his 900 degree spins.
However, after a 30-minute session of neuromuscular therapy (NMT), he felt instant relief. With some self-healing techniques and some follow-up NMT sessions, he knows how to quickly relieve his pain and over time, eliminate it.
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular therapy is a branch of massage therapy. It involves the therapist applying static pressure to a specific area of muscle. This area often contains a “trigger point” that refers pain to another area of the body when touched, and is often responsible for chronic bodily pain.
NMT is based on several physiological laws that explain how the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) receives and transmits pain. By understanding these laws, treating trigger points, increasing blood flow to constricted muscles, and encouraging proper structural alignment, NMT can balance the nervous and muscular systems and reduce pain.
What is considered a sport? Certainly tennis, skiing, soccer and running. But what about walking, cleaning, or working on the computer? While you might not win an Olympic medal for the latter activities, they can all stress your body just as a sport does. If you are feeling pain or discomfort from any specific activity, a sports massage might be the best choice for you.
Sports massage is different from a relaxing swedish massage for several reasons:
- A relaxation massage does not target specific muscles while the sports massage focuses on muscles and muscle groups that have been stressed and overused.
- Sports massage focuses on goals such as flushing metabolic waste and improving circulation, stretching and improving range of motion, and breaking up muscle-fiber adhesions and scar tissue.
- A sports massage therapist is trained to know which muscles are involved with various sports and activities.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, sports massage might be the right choice for you.
The first time you heard the phrase, “Thai Massage,” what came to mind?
Most of us hear the word “massage” and picture hands kneading your muscles. During my first Thai massage, I was surprised to learn that I would remain fully clothed, rest on a floor mat, and relax while the practitioner moved my body through what felt like a series of yoga poses. After being gently stretched, pulled, twisted, pressed, and folded, I felt limber and refreshed. It wasn’t what I expected, but I felt spectacular.
I suppose anyone witnessing the session would have though I was being tortured (although I think the most awkward looking techniques are the ones that feel the best). An unknowing witness would probably agree with Simon de la Loubere, a French diplomat and the first Westerner to document Thai massage. In 1690, he wrote:
When any person is sick in Siam [Thailand] he begins with causing his whole body to be moulded by one who is skillful herein, who gets upon the body of the sick person and tramples him under his feet. – (Mercati, Maria. Thai Massage Manual, 1998.)
I hope Mr. Loubere experienced the trampling and enjoyed it as much as I did.