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I don’t wanna do my homework!!

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Massage, Recovery, Self-Care | Comments Off on I don’t wanna do my homework!!

I don’t wanna do my homework!!

After you have had a good massage, the last thing you want is to worry about what you should do after. But if you really want to continue to feel good and let the massage really “soak in”, there are a few do’s and don’ts that we can suggest.   1) PUSH THE FLUIDS. Water is optimal, but other liquids will do. Alcohol and caffeine are not optimal fluid sources. We want to get all those nasty metabolic wastes out of you tissues instead of allowing them to hang out, so hence the flush of fluids. I tell clients to act as though you have a cold and need to flush yourself with good stuff to get those germs out.   2) EAT SOMETHING. I have yet to have anyone have a negative reaction when I give this piece of advice post-session. In my experience of almost 13 years of massage, there seems to be a “magic window” of time-about 60 or 90 minutes after you are off the table-that you have before all those metabolic wastes (see #1) re-circulate through your system and reach your stomach. If, when they get to your stomach, there is not much or nothing in there and you are in any way dehydrated, you stand a healthy chance of feeling pretty crappy really soon. Nausea, body aches, headache and general malaise are on their way! Now I have had a few clients in the past who have had little or no issues after a massage and no meal–but I have had more clients who HAVE had symptoms and really didn’t like it. Do you really want to risk it?   3) HEAT PLEASE. I am a big proponent of heat. If after your massage you feel bruise-y or sore I suggest grabbing your heating pad or getting in a nice, hot shower or bathtub of Epsom Salts. I also use a homeopathic topical cream called Traumeel. It is a little pricey, but you don’t need much for it to work well. A small tube lasts me several months usually. Any kind of soreness or bruise-y spots MOST OFTEN resolve after the first 24-36 hours. If it lasts longer, this is definitely a topic to bring up with you massage therapist.   Also, if after your massage you have questions about what was done during your session or need more information on what you can do to help yourself–don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or call the office and just ask–we are here to help....

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What’s the big deal about the foam roller?

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What’s the big deal about the foam roller?

Okay, okay. I know my clients, friends and loved ones are probably pretty sick of hearing me sing the praises of foam rollers. What the heck IS a foam roller you say? And why/how do they help? Let me try to chip away at all your questions and misconceptions. No-they are not a cure-all for all your muscular aches and pains. No-they wont help decrease cellulite. No-they cannot combat varicose veins or spider veins. No-they are not as good as getting a session with a massage therapist. That being said though, they CAN be a huge help for those who have chronic systemic tension issues, standing on their feet all day issues, “no time to get a massage” issues, people who “like feeling good on a regular basis” issues and finally those who “like knowing how to help themselves feel better” issues. Does that clear that up? Now that you are interested, I will continue…. Now there is no substitute for getting a great massage therapist to work out your aches, pains and injuries. But the foam roller can help space out those visits to a manageable time frame for both you and your wallet. Foam rollers perform a type of self-massage that can be compared with myofascial release. Using your bodyweight and gravity, foam rollers “stretch” the fascia out and can help it become more pliable and “un-stick” it to itself and the underlying tissues (muscle). This gain of movement between the layers of tissue can help improve tightness, range of motion and gain some flexibility. Two important factors in using a foam roller best are breath and taking time/slowing down while on the roller. It is going hurt when you use the roller on a tight band of muscles. For sure. If there is no discomfort/pain, there’s nothing going on here–keep moving! Once you get past the initial OMG of it, you will see that when you breathe thru the tightness, the pain can and will subside. I would say you should roll on each muscle group for at LEAST one minute–at least. A huge thing that makes the foam roller so awesome is that it can be a completely passive event. You just lie on it and it does most of the work for you–depending on the muscles you are trying to work. You can watch TV (if you are so inclined), listen to the radio, hold a conversation, play with your kids and pets (not to mention they will love that you are on the floor with them) and all sorts of other fun things while you roll. Did I mention breathing? You need to BREATH slowly and steadily while you are doing all this rolling. Hold your breath and you will see how quick your muscles can tighten up or simply refuse to let go of the tension–it won’t be good, let me tell you from experience! You should roll the foam roller slowly while taking deep breaths and you will find that soon, you won’t be feeling the pain much anymore. And it may not hurt so much when you go to reach over and pick up those groceries any more either. You may not know right now what a foam roller is or what it feels like to use one, but soon after owning one you will wonder how you have gone this long without one! I promise! And if you don’t, I am HAPPY to show you some techniques for stretches in the office. Just bring your new foam roller in with you and I will go through and help you...

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It’s not cheating!

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Massage, Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s not cheating!

It’s not cheating!

I just finished a session with a regular client who began our time with a sheepish, “I have a confession. I cheated on you last week.” To which I replied (after long dramatic pause for effect) my standard, “It’s okay! You needed to get work done, and my schedule was packed. I’m glad you contacted another massage therapist and that she could fit you in! PLEASE don’t waste another thought about it!” Now I have a confession: this scenario happens quite a bit. I won’t lie that it inflates my ego a little when clients worry that my feelings will be hurt that they saw another massage therapist. However, the ego boost quickly dwindles, and then I tell them my thoughts on ‘cheating on your therapist.’ As a massage therapist, my concern is first and foremost for my clients and their well-being. Part of that is realizing that they might want and need more than I can do for them. With that in mind, I whole-heartedly encourage my clients to try other therapists. It is important for them to see who and what is out there so they either find someone who IS better suited for their needs OR to be able to fully appreciate the work we do together. Either way, my feelings are not hurt. If they come back, I will continue my high quality treatment. If they find someone else, I am truly glad they have found someone who is able to meet their needs. And you never know, they may come back in the future. At Boulder Bodyworker, we think of ourselves as a team of therapists. We have worked hard to assemble a high-quality, high-functioning team, who are complementary in skills but are varied in personality and specialties. We each have different skills and focus. As therapists, we see different therapists for different issues, and we “click” with them for different reasons. I am not at all threatened when one of my clients books with another therapist in our clinic or at another office. There are many reasons a client has for booking with another therapist. Scheduling conflicts, availability and different massage techniques are just a few. I like to know the strengths of other therapists in our area so that when a client calls, and we don’t have an available slot, I can refer them to someone I think will be a good fit. Asking for a referral is never a bad thing. You never know when you’re going to need to get in to see someone ASAP and having that backup therapist can be a lifesaver. If you happen to be traveling, we have a database of high-quality therapists scattered throughout the nation. You never know when you might need a massage in Denver, Boston, Austin or LA (just to name a few). Don’t hesitate to ask! So don’t be surprised if we suggest another therapist in our clinic or give you another therapist’s number if our schedule is booked. It’s because we love you and want you to feel better ASAP. We...

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