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

Massage Notes


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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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GOOD HEALTH STARTS 
FROM THE FEET UP

The Foot Massage Mat

The Foot Massage Mat is made of high quality rubber and has approximately 1670 small cones with a central mound for the instep.  The Mat helps to relax tension and promote the natural functioning of the body, thereby helping to maintain good health for people of all ages.

Please call 514-501-2144 to place your order. Payment must accompany order.

$49.95 + tax, shipping & handling

              

SOCKS SHOULD BE WORN WHEN FIRST USING THE MAT AND ESPECIALLY FOR TENDER FEET. 
Lay the Foot Massage mat on a flat floor behind a chair.  Hold the chair for support.  Just step on the mat and in a marching pattern:

                          

The Foot Massage Mat can be used by the whole family, regardless of age.  The Foot Massage Mat is great for ACTIVE PEOPLE and even better for INACTIVE PEOPLE as it stimulates and relieves tired feet while promoting health.


IT IS EXCELLENT FOR RELIEVING STRESS AND TENSION AT WORK - IDEALLY SUITED FOR: Postal Workers • Police • Bartenders •  Waitresses • Security Guards • Shop Assistants • Sports Activists • Factory Workers • Hospital Workers • Beauticians • Seniors • Teachers

SUGGESTED USE OF MAT

ONLY 2 MINUTES TWICE PER DAY

The Foot Massage Mat with its unique fingers and patented design, massages many important nerve endings which are located at the soles of the feet.  Using your body weight in conjunction with your Foot Massage Mat, the reflexes to all the body parts, glands and organs are stimulated. The reflexes to the brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, thyroid, ears, eyes and knees all respond to the circulatory massage given by the Foot Massage Mat.

RELIEVE YOUR TIRED ACHING FEET WITH THE FOOT MASSAGE MAT. YOU JUST MARCH LIGHTLY ON THE MAT AT HOME, AT THE OFFICE, ANYWHERE, FEEL THE RESULTS IN TWO MINUTES.

TESTIMONIALS:

You truly are an answer to my prayer.  I am 73 and have terrible circulation in my legs.  Recently I bumped my shin and got a huge blister which ulcerated.  I am getting wonderful care, but this mat that my neighbor loaned me has been doing wonders for my whole body.  I can’t believe how great I feel.  Thank you so much. Most sincerely, Mary Graham

For a number of years I suffered a great deal with my feet and was unable to get relief.  Then I was given a Foot Massage Mat as a gift and received immediate relief to my feet from the few minutes of standing on the mat.  Standing on the Foot Massage Mat while showering each morning helps improve my blood circulation.  I have an invigorating feeling as blood surges through my body. I owe my total well-being feeling to my Foot Massage Mat and I highly recommend it.  Lynn Silverman

I tried the Foot Massage Mat immediately after a 1-1/2 hour workout.  I found it so relaxing I had another eight people in my class also try it.  The comments I received ranged from, “It stopped my backache” to “Boy, now I’m relaxed.”  I believe also that you don’t have to have a workout to appreciate its stress relieving quality.  It would certainly be ideal after a day of sitting behind a desk or after an afternoon of shopping to relieve the stress.  Certainly anyone who jogs or puts strain on their back or legs during a tennis or squash game should try it.  I would recommend it either in a home or a gym.  Bill Campbell, Fitness Instructor

 

   EVERY BREATH

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
 
Chair Yoga

Try this wonderful Chair Yoga routine from Daana at Bodhi. Now you can enjoy yoga right at home or anywhere while sitting in your chair!

Thank you Daana for making this easy-to-follow sequence.

Enjoy!