Saturday, April 28, 2012
Massage for Marathoners
10:09 pm cdt
I had the great opportunity to have a massage session with two women
who ran in Saturday's Country Music Marathon. I really enjoy meeting people from all over the country when they come
to Nashville to visit.
I also appreciate the trust these
two women had in me, a stranger, allowing me in their hotel room to give them a massage. That's really enormous to me.
It's humbling to be given the opportunity to help relive pain and give comfort to complete strangers through this great
art of massage.
OK, I'm starting to sound like a "massage
brochure" here...but I'm really fortunate to have the job that I have. :-)
Friday, April 27, 2012
Soreness and Massage
9:23 am cdt
(Some information for this article provided by Shirley Vanderbilt,
Have you ever had a great massage one day,
then a few days later felt run down, fatigued or even felt like you were coming down with a cold? It might have been
A massage effects you entire body. From
the tiniest lymphatic vessels to the largest muscle groups, massage moves "stuff" around. And that "stuff"
can be toxins that the body has stored up, cellular debris (cellular waste) and lactic acid built up in the muscles.
Massage also loosens tight muscles, ligaments and tendons.
flu-like symptoms and soreness occurs after a massage, it should only last for a day or two. If it last longer, it could
be that the massage was too intense. Talk to your therapist about adjusting the pressure and intensity of your next
A good massage can be like a workout, so understand
that every body reacts differently to massage. Doctors recommend drinking plenty of water following a massage to help
fluch out toxins that may have been released during your session.
So if you're a little sore following your next massage, all it means is that you probably had a pretty good session.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hotel Out Call Massage
1:12 pm cdt
A few years ago I decided to not to do as many out call massage sessions
to Nashville area hotels. I was getting too many drunk, out-of-town men calling me at 10:00 pm looking for a "massage."
I actually stopped answering my phone after 6;00 pm for that very reason.
Fortunately today, I got a nice call from the hotel manager over at the Franklin Marriott Hotel. Two
women who are running in Nashville's Country Music Marathon have called in advance wanting the hotel to arrange a massage
session for them. The manager was great to work with and everything is set.
It's really nice to work with clients who call in advance to book a session and aren't looking for "something
I'm looking forward
to the massage sessions, and I hope my two guest clients enjoy their stay here in Nashville.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Clothed Massage Session?
8:52 pm cdt
Recently, one of my regular massage clients threw me a curve. Although
the massage table i use is heated, and I have plenty of warm sheets and blankets, this client decided to keep his T-shirt
on during the massage. No problem!
One of the
first massage modalities that i learned was Thai massage. Thai massage is wonderful and it's done fully clothed, so
my client's request was no problem. Also, I've also had training in Chinese Tui Na massage, which can also be done fully
Although it's been awhile since I did a fully
clothed massage session, it was fun to dig back into my massage "bag-of-tricks" to work with this client, and he
really loved the session. I might just incorporate more "clothed" techniques into all of my sessions! :-)
Massage for Back pain
10:30 am cdt
(Some material for this blog came from ABMP writer Karrie
Back pain! We've all felt it,
but did you know some of the causes? High on the list of causes for back pain is stress. When our bodies a re stress,
we naturally go into a protective mode that helps shield ourselves. Another word for it is "armoring." We
"armor" our bodies to protect it from the perceived stressful event. And this armoring leads to poor posture,
which can lead to back aches.
As a massage therapist,
I have personally seen the changes massage can make to a person's back. Many of my clients have come to me with terrible
back pain. Massage has proved to help release the stressed muscles and helped to relieve the stress in the client's
life. Both of which can help to reduce the body's pain.
massage helps improve circulation, increase the release of endorphins, improve movement and increase relaxation...and best
of all...it just feels great!