Magnolia Reflexology -
where health benefits are measured by the foot!

Massage Notes

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Cold and Flu Season - Should You Get a Massage While Sick?
Winter brings much cooler temperatures, holiday celebrations and seasonal illnesses. During this time of year, many of my clients frequently ask if they should receive bodywork sessions if they are sick. The short answer is no
Aside from the obvious danger of spreading contagious illnesses, massage therapy during an illness can actually make you feel worse! Massage therapy does boost the immune system and can relieve your tension. However, when your body is already fighting off a virus due to a cold or flu, a massage can actually make things worse. Massage increases circulation throughout the body. With this increased circulation and manipulation of the muscles, it releases and/or pushes metabolic waste through your system faster than normal. Have you ever gotten a massage and noticed about halfway through you get a little congested? That is a sign your body is ridding itself of waste, it gets a little backed up in the sinuses. When you are already dealing with cold/flu symptoms the massage can compound your symptoms and make you feel worse. Your body is already having to fight off the virus you don't want to be adding to it. A massage session will increase blood circulation and place demands on your body during a time when you should be resting. Getting a massage can seem like resting, but it is actually hard work for your body to respond to the bodywork techniques. Our bodies cannot heal easily when its working, and instead of feeling energized you may end up feeling totally exhausted. The best idea is to stay home and rest.
Make sure you are past the initial, acute stage of the sickness. Never come in for a treatment if you are contagious. That is just being considerate of your therapist and the other clients.
Best for everybody if you come back when you are feeling better.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy:

Every time we twist, bend, lift, and carry ~ we exert our body. Over time, we overexert muscles and this can lead to strain and injury. Even the most minor movement, can cause damage and strain to our muscles, resulting in stiffness, injury and pain. Booking deep tissue sessions at Magnolia Reflexology can help you find relief.

Why is it so effective?
Deep tissue massage is such a powerful therapeutic technique because it goes deeper than a Swedish relaxation massage. The focus is on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, making it a popular choice of therapy for helping sports-related injuries, and muscle aches caused by everyday activities. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains (stiff necks and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders). When there is a chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful tissue) in muscles. The adhesion can block circulation and cause pain, inflammation and limit movement. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down the adhesion to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Very little massage oil is used while applying direct deep pressure to help the muscles relax.

Who can benefit?
Deep tissue massage targets a specific problem; such as chronic muscle pain, lower back pain, limited mobility, sports injury, repetitive strain injury (such as carpel tunnel syndrome), sciatica, and muscle tension and spasms in hamstrings, buttocks, legs, or back.

What happens during a deep tissue massage?
During a deep tissue massage, the therapist may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms to encourage the internal layers of muscles to relax. The movement of the strokes are slow and  deep. Firm pressure is applied to areas of tension and pain. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the therapist works deeper on tense areas. Deep tissue massage encourages the muscles, tendons and connective tissue to release acids. The cleansing achieved not only becomes the basis for healing the body, but also the release of tension from nerve tissues, helping with stress management.

The techniques used in deep tissue massage are direct and indirect. Direct techniques attempt to find resistance in the body and apply pressure to the muscle in order to locate it. Pressure is then applied until the muscle resistance is released (known as "muscle melt"). The indirect method will move in the opposite direction of the resistance. The amount of resistance will determine the amount of pressure that needs to be applied.

What to expect:
Deep tissue massage is a safe and deeply healing massage therapy; however, there are a few things you should keep in mind to improve your massage experience. 

Be prepared for some discomfort during a deep tissue massage. The pressure and stretching techniques used may be a bit more demanding than a typical massage.

Sometimes, you will experience some muscle soreness after the treatment. The soreness will go away in a couple of days, leaving the body re-vitalized. Icing tender areas may be recommended.

Do not eat a heavy meal before the massage. Eat a light snack if your appointment is scheduled near your meal time.

If you are a new client, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary health forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.

The corrective and cleansing action of a deep tissue massage will also stimulate your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system supports the body's immune system, helps the body heal, and aids in the body's natural waste removal. Remember to drink plenty of water after each session to properly re-hydrate your muscles. Drinking water can help to reduce muscle aches and stiffness after a massage.

At Magnolia Reflexology, we like to follow a simple but complete plan when working with our clients. This includes a full assessment, treatment, prevention and home maintenance plan. This allows us to design customized treatments for your exact needs. To increase mobility and stability, we encourage therapeutic exercises at home. A regular schedule of deep tissue massage is an essential part of your recovery process.

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Learning to identify the source of the pain is not an easy task.
Heel spurs and heel stress fractures feel better when you walk on your toes.
Plantar fasciitis typically produces MORE discomfort when you shift your weight onto your toes. Compare plantar fasciitis and the Flexor Digitorum Brevis (FDB) muscle: where the plantar fascia functions passively to store and return energy, while the FDB is more dynamic in “variable load sharing”. Heel spurs form at the origin of a small muscle that goes to the toes, and the FDB muscle, not to the plantar fascia. The FDB distributes pressure away from the plantar fascia. When walking, plantar fasciitis issues occur when the speed in which the toes move upward during the propulsion period is weak. Plantar fasciitis greatest stress is during the propulsion period when running. Avoid making initial ground contact with the mid or forefoot since these strike patterns increase tension on the fascia.

At Magnolia Reflexology and Massage, I utilize an interactive protocol that involves massage and stretches plus clients are given exercises to do at-home between appointments.

Please call 514-501-2144 to book a Plantar Fasciitis session.


The next time you book an appointment for a massage, try these suggestions to enhance the benefits of your massage sessions:

Before the massage session begins, settle onto the table and feel the weight of your body on the table. Allow yourself to be supported by the table and begin to notice your breath.

Feel your breath moving of its own accord. Where is it most noticeable? Are you breathing deeply or shallow? Invite your breath to move into the spaces that feel less full.

When the massage begins, start to notice the pressure and rhythm of the massage movements. While maintaining a comfortable rhythm in your own breathing, notice when the therapist lets up on pressure and breathe in. When pressure is applied, breathe out.

If you experience a tender area, pay special attention to your breath.  Work with the tenderness on the exhale, imagining that you are breathing out the discomfort.

As your massage therapist works on different areas of your body, imagine your breath moving to the same area. Send your breath wherever she is working.

Notice the changes as the massage progresses. Notice what you are thinking about. Notice your level of comfort. Notice your level of stress as you send your breath to different parts of your body.

When your session is complete, notice how you feel once you sit up. Notice how your breath feels. What do you notice about your body, the room, the light?

Why not use the life giving force of breath to make your next massage an even more beneficial experience?

Just breathe.

Written by Cathy Ulrich, a physical therapist and certified advanced Rolfer
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