Regardless of why you get massage or how often, you are probably feeling the absence of your regular massage treatments. We’ve created this guide to help you get through this time until you can visit your massage therapist again. We miss our clients too and can’t wait to see you again!
If you have any questions or want more ideas, please email us and we will get back to you quickly! [email protected]
Before you try out any of these suggestions, here are some things to keep in mind:
Even though your regular massage appointment may be an hour or more, you only need to massage yourself for a few minutes on each area.
For best results, massage each problem area at least 2x a day
Isolate the general area where you feel pain and gently explore until you find the specific spot that is especially painful.
Start by applying light pressure and build up to more pressure. Don’t applying too much pressure so that it is extremely painful. Gradually work your way up.
Fatigue is something that most of us have experienced at one time or another. It is usually due to over exertion or an unusual amount of stress and will go away with rest and relaxation. However, some people suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). People who suffer from CFS frequently complain of extended periods of extreme fatigue with seemingly no perceivable cause or reason.
Note: During this time of social-distancing and isolation, most massage therapists have suspended providing massage therapy. This can be very hard on clients who receive regular massage to manage a variety of issues. On top of that, because of the current pandemic, almost everyone is experiencing a heightened level of anxiety and worry. While this article outlines the benefits of massage for fatigue, we have also created a guide on how to perform some self-massage techniques to help ease your pain, tension, and worry until you can visit your massage therapist again. Please feel free to email us at All Body Kneads to discuss exercises, stretches and things you can do at home for your specific issues. We will get back to you just as soon as we can. [email protected]
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:
prolonged and unexplained feelings of tiredness
muscle and joint pain
painful lymph nodes
impaired mental functions
There is an estimated one million (or more) people who have this disorder in the U.S. alone. Both men and women can experience it but it is most common among women aged 40 to 50. Unfortunately, there is no cure, although you can manage the symptoms in a variety of ways.
Massage Therapy is one of the best ways to treat fatigue
Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Here is what it can help with:
physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote good circulation
improves blood circulation
creates an overall feeling of well-being
If you are experiencing fatigue of any kind or suffer from CFS, massage therapy may be able to help you managed your symptoms and find some relief. We’d love to help you. Please email us to discuss your symptoms and concerns and to schedule an appointment.
Detox is a popular word these days. Our lives are polluted by toxins as we go about our normal activity. The processed foods we eat, the cleaning chemicals we use, makeup and lotions, the air we breath, etc. It can be really overwhelming if you do a deep-dive into all the ways we can come across toxins.
If you or a loved one is in recovery and healing from a drug use disorder, massage therapy can be a big help in this area for all the same reasons as listed above. Drugs and medications (prescription based or recreational) also introduce chemicals and toxins into our body. As the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal set in, massage therapy can help reduce them to a more manageable level. Massage is a great alternative to pain management when painkillers are not an option.
The Detox Wrap Up
Regardless of the reason for your detox program, massage therapy can help with some of the symptoms that come with your body eliminating toxins. Despite the contradiction in the medical information available, I believe that the incorporating massage therapy into your detox protocol will help you manage the process. I’d love to talk to you about your health journey and all the steps you are taking to improve your healthy. Give us a call at 517-898-2899
There are differences between a therapeutic massage and a spa massage. Sometimes a therapeutic massage is also called a clinical or medical massage . The main goal of a spa massage is typically relaxation, stress relief, and promoting good sleep.
However, a therapeutic massage treatment is planned out with a specicial goal in mind. Typically, to relieve pain or tension on a specific part of the body. Often patients are referred by a doctor and insurance may even cover all or some of the treatments. With therapeutic treatment, the intention is to improve a specific ailment or condition. A common reason for therapeutic massage is often injury resulting from a car accident.
These types of massage are often covered by insurance and All Body Kneads also accepts Health Savings Accounts and Health Flex spending accounts.
Types of Therapeutic Massage
There are many different types of massage and therapeutic massage uses techniques that target specific areas or issues. The two most common types are:
Myofascial tissue is a type of thin, strong, fibrous connective tissue that extends throughout your body to provide support and protection to your muscles and bones. When this tissue gets damaged, tightened, or “bunched up” it can cause pain. In severe cases a patient can develop Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
During a myofascial release massage the therapist gently massages the myofascia and feels for stiff or tightened areas. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. The therapist will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. This allows the tissue to release pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same area (and any other ares) until the the tension is fully released.
Conditions that are treated by myofascial release include:
Trigger point massage is designed to relieve pain in particular areas of the body by applying pressure or vibration into trigger points. Trigger points are points in the muscles where knots may form, and the pinpointed pressure is designed to relax those knots and ease pain.
It can be a safe self-treatment with the potential to help with many common pain problems that don’t respond well (or at all) to anything else.
Treatment is very similar to myofascial release. Muscle pain is big deal and aches and pains are an extremely common medical complaint. Trigger points seem to be a factor in many of them.
Common conditions treated by trigger point therapy include:
carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic jaw pain
ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
A sore throat or a lump in the throat
Therapeutic Message Results
While a spa massage may successfully relax you or temporarily relieve some stress, therapeutic massage will produce tangible results. It is based around your health needs and goals. All Body Kneads provides therapeutic massage and Bilky is experienced in both Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy.
Curious about exactly what happens during a couples massage? There are many benefits to a couples massage and we are here to explain it so you can tell you sweetie and book one today!
Note: Couples massages are not just booked by intimate partners.They can also be enjoyed by mothers and daughters, friends. etc.
What to expect during a couples massage
During a couples massage two people are massaged in the same room at the same time. However, you are each laying on your own massage table positioned side by side. There are two massage therapists; one working on you, and one working on your partner.
The massage therapists will lead you to the massage room, show you where to put clothes and then will leave for a few minutes while you get undressed (to your comfort level) and you slide under the sheet on the table. During a couple’s massage you can undress together in the room or take turns if that feels more comfortable.
Either way, the massage therapists re-enter the room when both of you are situated comfortably under the sheets. The two therapists coordinate their work so they begin and end at the same time.
During the massage, the therapist will pull back the sheet to expose the part of your body being worked on. At no time with you be lying fully exposed on the table.
When the massages are over the therapists leave the room and you and your partner have time to get dressed.
Couples massage is a great way to share something together. It saves time and eliminates the argument of “who gets to get massaged first?”
In addition to being relaxing, improving sleep, and reducing stress, couples massage can provide a space for you and your partner to bond and relax together. It can be a unique experience to share and you will both feel connected and closer.
During a massage your body releases oxytocin which creates a sense of well-being. Oxytocin is often called the “cuddle hormone” or the “love hormone,” because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. During a couples massage, love is literally in the air.
A Great Introduction to Massage
Couples massage is also a great way for one person to introduce the benefits of massage to another. If your partner or spouse has never had a massage and is reluctant to try one, he or she may feel much more comfortable experiencing it with you. This way you can guide him or her and let them know what to expect.
A Healthy Celebration
Often people will book a couples massage as a way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or other significant milestone. This is a fantastic and healthy alternative to a big meal, dessert, or alcohol. You can enjoy and celebrate your special day without railroading your health goals or by getting hung over. A couples massage is a perfect evening for two.
Couples Massage Ettiquette
Talking. It is perfectly appropriate to talk to one another during a couples massage. You can even talk to the massage therapists if you prefer. Some people prefer no talking during a massage so they can concentrate on connecting with their body and focus on the work being done. Others prefer light conversation. We suggest talking as a couple before the massage to determine what you prefer so you both know what to expect.
Sleeping. It is not uncommon to fall asleep during a massage. Do not be alarmed or annoyed if your partner falls asleep. The massage is working and providing relaxation.
Massage Pressure. Let your massage therapist know if you would like more or less pressure. Also, if you have any areas you would like them to concentrate on or be aware of.
Intimacy. While couples massage can provide the precursor for an intimate evening, it is not appropriate to engage in intimacy in the massage room during or after the massage. Please be conscientious of the massage therapists’ time and schedule. Many couples will book a couples massage at home so they can be fully relaxed and enjoy their time together in privacy after the massage.
Are you ready for a couples massage?
All Body Kneads has a beautiful and relaxing couples massage room. You can choose a 60 Minute Couples Massage ($75.00 per person) or a 90 Minute Couples Massage ($90.00 per person).
Is massage therapy safe during chemotherapy treatments?
Some people worry that massage can spread cancer cells throughout the body via the lymphatic system. However, researchers have shown that cancer develops and spreads because of changes to a cell’s DNA (genetic mutations) and other processes in the body–not through massage.
Studies have also shown that massage seems to offer both physical and emotional benefits for people with cancer, including:
Makes them feel whole again
Helps them share feelings in an informal setting
Makes them feel more positive about their body
Helps to manage pain
Increases immune function
Breaks up scar tissue
Loosens mucus in the lungs
Promotes Sinus drainage
Provides relief of pain, arthritis, constipation, and colds
Things to consider before getting massage during chemotherapy
Any person experiencing a compromised immune system, pre or post surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy should consider the following before having a massage:
Talk to Your Doctor and Massage Therapist
It is important to consult with your doctor and oncologist before undergoing massage therapy. Your doctor may be able to recommend a massage therapist skilled in working with cancer patients. It is also important to let your massage therapist know about your diagnosis, treatment, and any symptoms you may have.
Note: Bilky Joda-Miller is a trained and skilled massage therapist and a breast cancer survivor as well. She is so passionate about helping cancer patients that she started the non-profit Mid-Michigan Massage Therapy Institute, in part, to offer free or reduced rate massage to cancer patients and survivors.
Light Massage to Avoid Bruising
People undergoing chemotherapy may have a decrease in red and white blood cells which can make the body more susceptible to bruising. Therefore, light massage is recommended for people currently in treatment.
Aromatherapy can add to the general relaxing properties of a massage and help to create a soothing and healing atmosphere.
If you have recently had surgery, such as for breast cancer, you should only lay on your back, until your doctor decides it is safe for you to lay on your stomach. If you have different (or additional) surgery sites, the appropriate accommodations will be made. Hand and feet massage (reflexology) is also a great way to experience the benefits of massage without undergoing a full-body massage if that is not possible at this time.
For patients currently undergoing radiation, the massage therapist should avoid touching any sensitive skin in the treatment area. Massage and massage oils and creams may further irritate skin. If you aren’t experiencing any skin irritation, any massage to this area should be extremely light and conducted through a soft towel or cloth.
Lymph Nodes and Lymphedema
If you have had any lymph nodes removed, these sites should only receive very light touch on the affected arm and the area around the underarm.
With lymphedema, the affected arm and underarm areas should not be recieve traditional light massage. It might make the condition worse. However, manual lymphatic drainage massage is used instead. It is important that you work with a massage therapist familiar with this technique.
Finding the Right Massage Therapist
If you are in the Lansing, Michigan area, you need to look no further. Bilky Joda-Miller is a skilled massage therapist in working with cancer patients, survivors, and their caretakers. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she has a unique and personal perspective on the healing nature of massage. Call today to talk with Bilky and schedule your appointment. 517-898-2899
Several clinical studies show that massage can reduce symptoms such as stress, nausea, pain, fatigue and depression.
A systematic review (1) of studies on aromatherapy and massage for relieving symptoms in people with cancer looked at 10 studies including eight randomised controlled trials. It found that massage consistently reduced anxiety and depression. Massage also helped lower nausea and pain, but not as consistently.
A large American study (2) published in 2004 looked at the effects of massage therapy on almost 1300 people with cancer over three years. People in hospital had a 20-minute massage, and people treated as outpatients had a 60-minute session. The study found that overall, massage therapy reduced pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The benefits lasted longer in the patients who had the 60-minute session.
Another American study (3) of 39 people looked at the safety and effectiveness of massage in reducing stress hormone levels in patients with blood cancer. It randomised people to receive aromatherapy, massage or rest. The study concluded that massage significantly reduced the stress hormone.
1 Fellowes D, Barnes K, Wilkinson SSM. Aromatherapy and massage for symptoms relief in patients with cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Iss 4.
2 Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer centre. J Pain Symptom Manage 2004 Sep; 28 (3): 244–9.
3 Stringer J et al. Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. Psycho-Oncology 2008 Oct; 17 (10): 1024–31.
Chronic pain is debilitating. It makes your tired. It is harder to cope with normal everyday activities and obligations. It affects you mentally as well as physically.
If you are living with chronic pain than you have likely tried many ways to get some relief. Are they working?
What is chronic pain?
The Institute for Chronic Pain defines chronic pain as pain that lasts longer than 6 months. It does not differentiate from how the pain started or where the pain is located. Pain is pain and it HURTS!
One minute or one hour in pain is awful. Six months of pain is way too long. However, we know that many people deal with pain for a lot longer than that. For years even. One day is too long. Six months or longer can feel like torture.
How can massage help with chronic pain?
If massage therapy can help relieve pain for even a few minutes, it’s worth it. Just ask someone who suffers from chronic pain. More often it provides longer lasting relief as well. Massage therapy is often prescribed as a regular, non-evasive, non-addictive pain management tool.
Besides the pain itself, as if that wasn’t enough, chronic pain can cause other symptoms like loss of sleep, elevated levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. These issues, coupled with the pain, create a vicious cycle of pain for those who suffer with the problem.
People who are dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia also experience levels of chronic pain.
Here are some key ways massage therapy can help:
eases tension in sore muscles
loosens key muscle groups that may be overworked or compensating for injuries
reduces scar tissue
increases blood flow to injured areas, promoting faster healing
speeds recovery time after surgery
promotes healthy sleep
reduces depression and anxiety
relaxes the mind as well as the body
Are you suffering from chronic pain?
You have dealt with it long enough. Talk to your primary care doctor or pain management specialist about massage therapy. As professional massage therapists we will consult with you thoroughly before your massage about your symptoms. We will work to alleviate pain while avoiding aggravating any issues. We want to understand your unique pain situation before we provide massage therapy.
We will tailor approach to your specific condition. We will ask if you have had any recent flare-ups, what triggers them (if known), surgeries and history of illness and injury.
We will communication with you often during treatment to insure the techniques and amount of pressure is suitable.
Are you ready to feel better?
Of course you are! We cannot guarantee that you will be pain free as a result of massage therapy. However, our expert knowledge of anatomy and vast array of massage techniques will hopefully offer you relief and help on your continued journey to a pain free life.
Please call All Body Kneads today and schedule your appointment for a Massage. Feel better soon!
Are you experiencing back pain? You aren’t alone. Eighty percent of adults experience back pain sometime in their life. Not sure if that makes you feel better, but it certainly doesn’t make the back pain go away. The good news is that massage can really help.
If you are thinking about surgery to ease your back pain, often massage therapy and chiropractic care can help you avoid surgery. But not always. Regardless, massage can absolutely help with the symptoms before, after or as an alternative to surgery.
There are several reasons, or causes, that contribute to back pain and most of them are mechanical. This means that there is something physically wrong with your spine, discs, muscles or nerves.
Main Causes of Back Pain
The following are common and mechanical reasons that your back hurts:
Sprains and strains (overworked muscles). Weekend warriors, athletes, and let’s be honest, adults in general, often injure their backs in a mild way that can cause a lot of pain. This can happen from twisting or lifting something the wrong way, lifting something too heavy, or overstretching. This may also trigger muscle spasms which can be really painful.
Sciatica. This is a burning pain in the lower back that usually also radiates down one leg. The technical cause for this is compression of the large nerve (sciatic nerve) that travels through the buttocks and extends down the back of the leg. Yikes!
Intervertebral disc degeneration. This is one of the most common mechanical causes of low back pain. It is caused by the normal process of aging where the discs in your back lose their rubbery flexibility and start to deteriorate.
Herniated or ruptured discs. This happens when intervertebral discs are compressed and bulge outward (herniation) or rupture, causing low back pain.
Spinal stenosis. This occurs when the spinal column narrows, which puts puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This often results in pain or numbness when walking and can lead to weakness of the legs and even loss of sensation.
Radiculopathy. This condition is caused when a spinal nerve root becomes compressed, inflamed and/or injured. Pressure on the nerve root can cause numbness (or a tingling sensation) that can travel to other areas of the body that are served by that nerve. This is sometimes a result of spinal stenosis or herniated/ruptured disc.
Skeletal Misalignments or Irregularities. Congenital anomalies of the spine can cause back pain over time. Sometimes the pain doesn’t show up until adulthood. This can include scoliosis (a curvature of the spine) and lordosis (an abnormally accentuated arch in the lower back.)
Non-Mechanical Causes of Back Pain
In addition to structural issues with the back, there are other causes of back pain that require additional medical attention due to the nature of the cause. This can include:
Kidney stones. These can cause sharp pain in the lower back, usually on one side.
Inflammation. This can include arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoporosis. Reduced bone density over time.
Endometriosis. The buildup of uterine tissue in places outside the uterus.
Fibromyalgia. A chronic pain syndrome involving widespread muscle pain and fatigue.
How Does Massage Help with Back Pain?
Massage is a gentle, non-invasive way to help ease back pain. It also helps to relax the mind and promote good sleep. Chronic, or long last pain, can be very emotionally stressful as well as physically daunting. Here are some the main ways massage can help with back pain:
Increased blood flow and circulation. This is like feeding injured and sore muscles and tissues. It decreases muscle soreness from physical activity or soft tissue injury (such as muscle strain). When muscles are more relaxed they are more flexible.
Increased endorphin levels. This is the body’s natural pain medicine. The “feel good” chemicals in the brain are release with enhances moods and can decrease depression and anxiety. This helps reduce pain and speeds up recovery. If you have chronic back and/or neck pain you understand how much joy can be had from a few hours of relief.
Improves Sleep Quality. Sleep is very important, especially when recovering from and injury or dealing with pain. Quality sleep is crucial. Massage facilitates physical and mental relaxation that aids with better sleep.
The Best Types of Massage for Back Pain
There are three main types of massage that are helpful in easing back pain:
If you would like to talk more about massage and back pain or would like to book an appointment for yourself or someone you know please call Bilky at 517-898-2899 or you can email at [email protected].
Are you experiencing an abnormal amount of anxiety? Are you having trouble keeping your anxious thoughts and fears at bay? Maybe your anxiety is manifesting in your body and causing tension headaches, stressed and sore muscles, and exhaustion.
Anxiety is a real physical and emotional event that normally occurs in all of our lives from time to time. We experience anxiety when life throws us curve balls and becomes a lot more stressful. However, for some people, anxiety manifests into a debilitating sense of panic that is hard to overcome on your own. A foreboding sense of worry and fear can make it hard to navigate life in relatively normal situations.
There are different types of anxiety disorders including:
generalized anxiety disorder
social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
separation anxiety disorder
Regardless of the type of anxiety you experience, it is hard and can leave you feeling exhausted and down.
If you have been feeling overly anxious lately due to events you can identify or are looking for ways to manage your anxiety disorder in a gentle, relaxing way, the good news is that massage therapy can really help.
Maybe you know someone who is going through a particular tough time and is experiencing anxiety and fear. You could gently suggest that a massage could provide rest, relaxation, and relief from their troubles so they can recharge and be in a better place physically and mentally to face them.
Maybe you or someone you know has been struggling to keep their anxiety in check and is having a hard time remaining calm and free from fear. It truly can be exhausting.
How Massage Can Help with Anxiety
The Mayo Clinic reports a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 30 percent after just one session. Stress is a huge part of anxiety and lowering stress is the key to managing anxiety.
Several different types of massage are effective in relieving stress and anxiety. However, we recommend the following:
A relaxation massage is exactly what is sounds like. The goal is to create an atmosphere of serene relaxation using gentle massage techniques. It can also include low lighting, soft music, and aromatherapy such as lavender to promote calm. Relaxation massage does not include deep tissue muscle work that could be uncomfortable and is used more for rehabilitation on sore or injured areas.
A relaxation massage will leave the client feeling rested, calm, and at peace. It promotes good sleep and can have lasting effects for hours or days.
Reflexology is the practice of using reflex points on the hands, feet, and the head that are linked to every portion of the body. Reflexology relieves tension, treats illnesses, and enhances general well-being. For some patients experiencing anxiety, a full-body massage may not be exactly what they want because they may be unable to fully relax into the treatment. In these cases, reflexology can be just as soothing. The massage therapist concentrates on massing just the hands and feet and sometimes the head. The patient can remain clothed and in a reclined seating position.
Because reflexology concentrates on many points on the hands and feet that correlate to other parts of the body, the patient often feels as though they have had a full body massage and enjoys the same relaxation benefits.
How to Get Started with Massage for Anxiety
It is important to find a massage therapist who is knowledgeable in relaxation techniques and is aware and sensitive to acute anxiety and anxiety disorders. It is also important that the massage studio atmosphere is welcoming, calm, and comfortable. Nothing about the experience should trigger more anxiety.
You can help the massage therapist by explaining your goals for the massage and informing him or her of your anxiety. In addition to the massage, the therapist may offer additional advice on stretches, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and other helpful tips on ways to reduce anxiety.
Bilky, the owner of All Body Kneads, is a skilled massage therapist with experience in working with many patients with anxiety and the symptoms that it produces. Her quiet, calm demeanor and peaceful studio will help you to relax and will provide relief from your worried mind and tense body.
If you would like to talk more about massage and anxiety or would like to book an appointment for yourself or someone you know please call Bilky at 517-898-2899 or you can email at [email protected] .
The fountain of youth has still not been discovered, but there are gentle, all natural ways to anti-aging. It does not require surgery or pills or toxic products. Facial massage has been proven to help with the affects of aging. However, massage therapy does not have to stop at your face to help with anti-aging. Stress is a huge factor in bringing on the signs of aging prematurely. Graying hair and wrinkles are only part of the problem.
Let’s take a look at how massage can help you look younger and combat stress.
Facial Massage for Anti-Aging
Facial massage can help keep the skin looking young, smooth, and firm. During a facial massage, your massage therapist will use upward, gentle, yet stimulating strokes. Here are some additional benefits:
Helps prevent wrinkles by relieving stress and tension. Facial massage helps to relax tense muscles and decrease the lines that are formed by tension.
Alleviates anxiety. A worried face looks older. Facial massage also helps to relieve anxiety and improve a person’s mood.
Increases circulation. The increase in circulation can give your skin a youthful glow and brings oxygen to the skin of the face, acting as a natural face lift.
Eliminate toxins. Facial massage can stimulate the lymphatic vessels which facilitates eliminating toxins.
Reduce congestion. Facial massage can help relieve congestion by improving drainage. This will reduce puffiness and swelling.
Full Body Massage for Anti-Aging
In addition to helping your face look younger, massage therapy helps your entire body and your soul. Our emotional age can feel years beyond our physical age when we experience excess stress, worry, and anxiety. Take the time for some self-care by managing your stress and feel like yourself again.
Full body massage has many of the same benefits listed above with the following additional benefits:
Stress-relief. Stress is bad enough on its own, however, it also ages us by shortening our telomeres (stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes, which allow cells to divide) which has been associated with with aging and cancer.
Improve posture. Poor posture reduces your height and can make your body look tired. But more importantly, bad posture can also adversely affect your circulatory, digestive, and nervous system function. These systems have to work harder to support your body.
Better sleep. The positive effects of massage therapy include decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, suggesting relaxation in the brain and better sleep quality. Did you know people with high levels of cortisol almost always look older than they really are?
What is the good news about Anti-Aging?
What can we do to stop aging in its tracks? You can book a trip to find the fountain of youth, or you can book a massage with a trusted massage therapist. One of these sounds a lot more relaxing than the other, not to mention a lot more affordable. Check out our website for deals and packages, and start looking and feeling younger today.