Couples Massage Special

May 28th, 2014

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Well, the wait is finally over! After 5 years of working in the bodywork and massage therapy world, I am finally offering Couples Massage in my practice. I have had countless inquiries as to whether or not I have a facility tailored for Couples Massage Treatment at my office in Salt Lake City, Utah.  And now, yes I do!

After moving my practice to 24 South 600 East, almost 3 years ago, I unfortunately did not have the space to work on couples at the time. But recent events have given me the opportunity to start offering this as a new service in my space.

As you might have assumed, it requires 2 massage therapists to implement a Couples Massage session.  And I have the pleasure of presenting this new service with a colleague and dear friend of mine, Jenna Baker, LMT. We have been healing bodies together for 3 years and now we get to do it side by side.

We will be offering Couples Massage sessions beginning June 1st.  And if you schedule an appointment with us between June 1st and July 1st, we are honouring our clients with a discounted price on Couples Massage sessions. Listed below are prices for our Couples Massage Special:

  • $100/60 min.
  • $160/90 min.
  • $200/2 hours

If you would like to add hot stone therapy to your session, it’s only an extra $20.

Book your appointment between June 1st and July 1st, and receive up to $40 in savings! If you want to get something special for your partner or gift a couples massage to a loved one, call us today in Salt Lake City, Ut at 801-349-3934 to schedule.

Mother’s Day Special 2014

April 30th, 2014

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you want to pamper your mom this year, surprise her with the gift of massage! Mom’s, more than anyone, need a break from their crazy, busy lives.  And they deserve the healing touch of bodywork.

And this year, at my practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, I am offering 2 special discounts to honor these lovely ladies. From May 8th – May 11th, I will be giving $10 off for 1 hour sessions, $15 off for 90 min sessions, and $20 off for 2 hour sessions.

Also, for the entire month of May, I am providing a deal for new clients that I have never offered before. If you purchase a 60 min session, I will include an additional 30 min of Reflexology for FREE.  My May schedule will fill up fast so make sure to schedule your appointment soon.

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So if you are unsure of what to get your mother this year, in Salt Lake City, Utah, try a relaxing massage treatment for her special day. My mom gets a massage every year for Mothers Day, and she always looks forward to it!  Call me today at 801-349-3934 to schedule an appointment or to purchase your gift certificate.

Christmas Massage Special 2013: 2 For $99

December 9th, 2013

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Christmas is just around the corner, and the time for gift giving is here! Massage is a wonderful gift for anyone in the family or a close loved one. There is nothing like the gift of touch and this year, in Salt Lake City, Utah, I am offering a great deal for massage therapy services.

Until December 31st, new clients can purchase 2 one-hour sessions for just $99. You can buy the sessions for yourself or purchase them as a gift certificate for a loved one. These 2 one-hour sessions can be redeemed anytime within the next year, as long as you buy them by the 31st of December. And you can use them whenever you please as well. If you want to use them both at once, you can enjoy a wonderful 2 hour session or break them up into 2 sessions.

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Also, these can be redeemed for any type of massage therapy that suits you best. We can accommodate Swedish massage, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release, Triggerpoint Therapy, Reflexology, Craionsacral Therapy, and Sports Massage. Please call today in Salt Lake City, Utah, to purchase your 2 hour session or gift certificates for loved ones this holiday season. Call 801-349-3934 soon as appointment times will fill up fast. Happy Holidays!

Myofascial Therapy: The Chronic Pain Cure-all

November 21st, 2013

Over the past few years, I have written several blogs specifically about the types of modalities that I use in my massage practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am actually surprised that I never wrote one about Myofascial Therapy, as it is a staple in most of my treatments.  Last month’s blog, I chose Fascia as my subject and wanted to follow up with a blog specifically about Myofascial Therapy because it is a treatment that particularly works with the Fascia. And the reason that I have converted to using Myofascial treatments in almost every massage session, is because it is powerful. Not only can it affect muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons; but can also directly improve the structural integrity of your body.

From last month’s blog, you will remember that Fascia is a web-like structure of connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. In the illustration to the left, the fascia is the white parts surrounding the muscles. Fascia acts to compartmentalize each muscle individually as well as each group of muscles. It also surrounds blood vessels and nerves. You could say it works as a binding agent to keep everything in it’s place. So Myofascial Therapy, also commonly called Myofascial Release, affects Fascia directly.  The primary goal of this therapy is to eliminate chronic muscle pain, and loosen tight Fascia that is restricting muscles, and therefore restricting movement of neighboring structures, like joints and bones. Once the Fascia is released, the entire body can move freely. I guess that is why it is called Myofascial RELEASE.

Now that you understand the important role that Fascia plays in the body, and that it affects each muscle directly, I would like to describe the 3 types of muscles that we carry in our structures. These 3 categories include Cardiac Muscle, Smooth Muscle and Skeletal Muscle. Pictured below, you will see the 3 types of tissue and where they are located.

Cardiac Muscle - Cardiac muscle (heart muscle) is involuntary striated muscle, located in the walls of the heart; striated, meaning the cell fibers are aligned in parallel bundles, so that their different regions form stripes. Of course, these stripes would only be visible under a microscope. Cardiac muscle cells, like all tissues in the body, rely on an ample blood supply to deliver oxygen and nutrients and to remove waste products such as Carbon Dioxide. In the up-close picture below, you will see what cardiac muscle tissue looks like and also that it is striated. The striated tissue has visible stripes.

Smooth Muscle - This is involuntary non-striated muscle tissue. Smooth muscle is primarily located within the walls of blood vessels, small arteries, arterioles and veins. It is also found in lymphatic vessels, the bladder, the male and female reproductive tract, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. You can even find this muscle in the iris of the eye.  Smooth muscle does not contain striation, or stripes. And the cells are more of a spindle shape.

Skeletal Muscle - Skeletal muscle is responsible for our bodies’ mechanical system, which moves the limbs and other parts of the body. Like Cardiac muscle, Skeletal muscle is striated; however, unlike the other two types, this muscle is voluntary. All Skeletel muscle is connected to bone. These are the muscles we can see and feel through our skin.  Also, this muscle tissue is what is directly affected from Myofascial Therapy. Once the Fascia is manipulated through Myofascial work, the muscles are loosened, freeing the body of any restrictions. The pain inflicted by immobility in the muscles can be very painful, and over time, can become extremely unbearable and chronic.  Illustrated below is skeletal muscle, lying just beneath our skin.

So how do you know if you are suffering from Myofascial pain? I would like to go over the symptoms commonly felt with Myofascial pain and explain what can potentially cause it. Symptoms include:

  • Chronic back/neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Strange sensations such as numbness, pins and needles, burning, or a deep ache
  • Sciatica
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Reduced Flexibility

These are just a few of the debilitating outcomes of Myofascial tension. It is important to treat these issues before they worsen. As they become more chronic and more painful, the more the structural integrity of your skeletal system is compromised. You must consider the body to be like a machine. Many different components make our bodies operate as one functional unit. When there are a few components working improperly, it can throw off the entire machine. Leaving myofascial conditions untreated, your posture will become weakened. And like a chain reaction, the symptoms and imbalances will continue to worsen.

You must be wondering what causes these imbalances and Myofascial pain to begin with. There are countless. The world we live in today is physically and emotionally demanding. Here are some common causes of chronic pain:

  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive motions, such as painting or working on a computer
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Emotional stress
  • Lack of stretching
  • Inflammation
  • Injuries

These causes are very broad, but basically anyone can start to feel Myofascial pain simply from the everyday demands of life. There are a few specific syndromes related to Myofascial pain like Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Both of these disorders can be diagnosed by your doctor and are associated with specific Myofascial trigger points. These points are basically knots in the muscle tissue that are palpable and painful. These conditions can affect people’s lives in terrible ways. During a flare-up, there will be increased inflammation and pain, sometimes preventing someone from even getting out of bed.

If any of the above symptoms affect you, or you or someone you know is suffering from any type of pain syndrome, please call today to schedule a Myofascial treatment session. In my experience as a massage therapist, in Salt Lake City, Utah, this is one of the greatest forms of pain management that is out there. If you are suffering from pain, don’t hesitate to call me at 801-349-3934 to schedule an appointment. I will also give you tips and stretches, for improving pain outside of the therapy sessions. Don’t get used to chronic pain. Let me help you improve your quality of life!

What is Fascia?

September 8th, 2013

When I was attending massage therapy school in Salt Lake City, Utah, I always heard students and instructors referring to the word, Fascia. I will admit, for a short while, I had no idea what it was. Pronounced “Fash-shuh”, this seemingly mysterious term had me determined to get to the bottom of it. I knew it was a noun and an anatomical term, but not much else.

I wanted to write a blog dedicated to Fascia because it is a complex and fascinating type of tissue that essentially holds our bodies together. Simply defined, Fascia is a layer of fibrous connective tissue. But when I started to really research Fascia, I found that the word is Latin, standing for “band.” And that’s exactly what it is. Pictured below is a view of the muscles and fascia of the back.

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Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Each individual muscle is encased in fascia, as is each group of muscles. I understood Fasica more easily when I realized that it essentially acts as a compartmentalizer. It makes sure everything in the body stays in its place and keeps the muscle fibers bound together. Below is a simple illustration of how the fascia wraps around the muscle and the muscle fibers.

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In my anatomy courses, one of my instructors tried to paint a more tangible picture of what Fascia’s texture is like. She told us to picture a piece of raw chicken.  When you separate the skin from the piece of chicken, you will see a sheet-like type of tissue that lies in-between. That is the Fascia.

Now, there are 3 classifications of fascia in the body.  Superficial fascia, Deep (or muscle) fascia, and Visceral fascia. Lets take a closer look at these.

Superficial Fascia

Superficial Fascia is the loose, fatty connective tissue underlying the skin and binding it to the parts beneath. It is also known as Hypodermis.  This layer primarily determines the shape of a body and surrounds organs and glands.  It serves as a storage medium.

Deep Fascia

Deep Fascia is a layer of fibrous connective tissue which surrounds individual muscles and also divides groups of muscles.   This dense fibrous connective tissue surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body.  The high density of collagen makes this deep fascia very strong. Pictured below are the different layers of the skin and muscle, and you will notice the superficial and deep fascia illustrated here.

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Visceral fascia suspends the organs within their cavities and wraps them in layers of connective tissue membranes. Each of the organs is covered in a double layer of fascia.  These layers are separated by a thin membrane.  The outermost wall of the organ is known as a parietal layer.  The skin of the organ is known as the visceral layer. Below is a picture of woman being treated with Visceral manipulation. During massage treatments, it is extremely important to affect the fascia. Working with the visceral fascia specifically, can hugely benefit those with recurring musculoskeletal pain and postural distortions.

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In addition to the 3 categories of fascia, there are 7 Fascial bands designed to wrap our bodies in segments. These bands help our bodies stay upright by exerting outward pressure on our tissues. These bands include the Eye Band, Chin Strap, Collar Band, Chest Band, Umbilical Band, Inguinal Band, and the Pubic Band. Fascial bands are structural bridges that mechanically link the skin, subcutaneous layer, and deeper muscle layers.

Much of the bodywork that I perform at my office in Salt Lake City, Utah, has to do with Fascial manipulation.  This type of work is referred to as Myofascial treatment and has proved to be a very effective type of bodywork. It does more than just relax and loosen the muscle tissue, but helps restore muscles to their correct shape. Fascia must be worked on slowly and deeply. It warms the tissue and then can be manipulated accordingly. If you want more information about Fascia or are interested in getting a Myofascial session, please call today at 801-349-3934