Massage Therapy, A Therapist & Its Benefits

 

 

 

 

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a blessed and fabulous Monday!!

So this blog post is going to be a little different. I recently received a massage from one of the best massage therapist I think I have ever been to. She actually works at Dream Lash Studio in Charlotte NC. Her name is Valentyna and she is phenomenal.

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When I walked in, we sat down and she immediately asked me concerns and answered any questions I had. I hold a lot on stress and anxiety in my traps and back so that day we specifically focused on my back. After we decided on what we were going to work on, she proceeded to ask me what oils I wanted her to mix for me. She has all of these amazing Essential Oils from Liberty Natural located in Oregon. She blends them with a Bioton Cream that has almond oil, coconut oil, Arnica & Ivy. The Arnica is great for taking pain and bruising away. Ivy is really good for taking down inflammation and decreasing pain. A few of the oils that she mixes with & for are:

  • Lavender and Grapfruit for relaxation and joy.
  • Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lemon is great for energy and pick me
  • Lavender, Peppermint and Basil for Headaches
  • Lavender, Marjoram and Fennel for Inflammation

*She also sends her clients home with the rest of the cream so they can even enjoy it after the massage!

(she’s the first massage therapist that I’ve worked with that actually caters to the client and their needs) She really wants to help heal people. She has a heating blanket on the bed that you don’t necessarily have to use, but I did at first since it was warm and relaxing. (Halfway through I was sweating and we both laughed about it and she turned it off!) 🙈 She also used the hot stones to loosen up my back and it felt amazing. (For the record they aren’t really hot…just warm! lol I know some people are sensitive). I am definitely going to say it again but Valentyna gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I needed it more than I realized. The next day I was sore, but I asked for it. I knew what I was getting myself into and it was totally worth it. I still feel so much better. ❤️  If you want to contact her:

7227 Pine-Matthew Rd. Suite 300

Charlotte NC, 28226

Phone: 980.999.0087

or you can visit the website @

 www.Flex Massage.NET

 

Don’t forget to tell her that Alyssa or (A Hint of Hazel) sent you!! 

 

 

Now let me tell you a little bit about my history with Massage Therapy.

Not many people know this about me, not only did I got I go to business school, but I also went to Massage Therapy school. I truly believe in Natural medicine and let me tell you that Massage Therapy is one of the best ——– for your body to endure. I honestly wish that health insurance provided massage therapy in their policies. There are many different types of massages. So first things first:

 

What is a Massage?

  • There is Swedish Massage which is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. So if your just needing a massage for relaxation and/or anxiety this is a good choice. You can always talk to your massage therapist and they can add other techniques as well depending on your wishes for feeling better.
  • Then there is a Deep Tissue Massage (One of my personal favorites, especially in school. I have very strong hands so its easier for me to help someone with REALLY tight muscles, back problems, and honestly the list goes on. *For the record all of these massages help with a little bit of everything I am just giving you few examples.
  • There is also a Sports Massage which is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Athletes that cramp a lot tend to have certain rolling tools they use but massage therapy on a daily or weekly basis helps a lot with that. Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage were my favorite techniques to learn in school because I have such strong hands that its very easy for me to rip and tear the muscles much easier than some. (That may sounds bad but I promise it is not literally ripping and tearing your muscles; just another term for a Massage Therapist) These were my strengths for sure and my favorite because I literally stress daily and my anxiety is out of the roof. So when I go for a massage this is what I typically ask for along with the Swedish Massage.
  • Another massage is called the Trigger Point Massage and this particular massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. In my case I get VERY BAD migraines from a wreck I had many years ago. My health has a lot to do with it but that wreck definitely doesn’t help. My migraines get so bad I vomit and can’t look into the light and sometimes I even pass out.

 

 

So now what are the benefits of a Massage?

Massage is typically considered an alternative medicine and to me its more of a natural medicine. It is being offered more and more along with standard medical treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies have shown that the benefits of massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, muscle tension and honestly I could go on and on.

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, it often helps produce feelings of caring, comfort and connection. (I am an energy person and thrive off of others energy so this is great for me when I am down in the dumps) You know we all have those days 😂

 

-When I was in school we would get massages every single day (sounds amazing right?) Oh it was for sure, but it was INSANE how a lot of our bodies were reacting to having massages everyday. IN A GOOD WAY. It really showed me that we should treat our body like a sanctuary lol as crazy as that sounds I am not kidding. I will tell a story but be aware that it is a little gross so if you have a weak stomach skip to the bottom lol

 

While we were receiving massages every single day (and they were full 1 hour massages) A lot of our bodies were reacting differently because unlike most that don’t get massages on the regular basis, these things wouldn’t happen to. ANYWAYS, when your receiving a massage, your getting the blood flowing throughout your entire body, so your breaking up the tissues and detoxing everything in your body and pushing it out. Many of my classmates reacted different. Mine was earwax, SOUNDS CRAZY I know but my body was just producing more because it was getting rid of SOMETHING! I still don’t know what but it was wild. I can assume is was the crap I would eat or drink? One girl in my class actually had her menstrual cycle for a few weeks and as horrible as that sounds, afterwards she felt like a new human. Some people would get boils on their body. (CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WAS BEING PUSHED OUT OF THEIR BODIES?) I mean it can simply come down to the food we eat daily. All of the processed foods and steroids they put in our foods. There was a woman in my class who had suffered her ENTIRE LIFE with migraines and was prescribed NO JOKE 5 different pain medications and most of the time they never even worked but what choice did she have you know? By the time we were done with school, she was off of EVERY SINGLE ONE and healthier than she has ever been!! Can I get an AMEN PLEASE!? 🙏🏻 My posture got so much better when I got them regularly and I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU to GOOGLE “perfect posture” LOL I can promise you that most of you will NOT have it. Perfect posture is actually uncomfortable lol but thats because we aren’t used to it. I could seriously talk about this all day long.

Despite its benefits, some say massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care, but depending on the issue, I disagree because I am living proof and well educated about massage therapy. lol I still most definitely recommend you let your doctor know that you’re trying, or wanting to try massage therapy and make sure you follow any standard treatment plans you have. If you do start planning to get massages on the regular, make sure your drinking a ton of water! It will help flush out your system and help with the detox.

Are There Risks for Massage Therapy?

Most people can benefit from massage for sure, however, massage may not be a great idea if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

I still definitely think that you should discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

If your pregnant, you can TOTALLY receive massage! So girl, go get you some! hahaha It will help with any back pain you have or any other pain for that matter. 

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. (Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Massage for instance) But massage should never really be painful or uncomfortable. Before you even receive your massage your massage therapist will sit you down and discuss what your concerns are and what your looking for and one suggestion I have is BE HONEST! They are there to help you and make you feel better! Can you imagine if everyone could receive a massage once a week or even once a month? The energy this world would have would be INCREDIBLE! haha

I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I did writing it. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Until next time my friends.

 

With all of this being said, GO SEE  VALENTYNA! I promise you won’t regret it!

Xoxo, 

Alyssa 

 

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