How To Get The Best Massage

How To Get The Best Massage

Whether you are getting your very first massage or have had them before, these tips will help to enhance your session, feel better after, and generally help you make the most out of the experience and get the best massage possible.

Many people ask us what to expect during a couple’s massage, please read How Does a Couples Massage Work? for more information.

Set a Goal

 It’s important to identify what you want to get out of your massage. Are you looking for stress relief? To relax? To help with your headaches? To help with chronic pain? Let your massage therapist know that you want a custom experience. They will take into account any limitations or restrictions you have, like an injury from doing too much yard work over the weekend. They’ll craft your massage based on what will best suit your needs and goals.

Experience Matters

Being paired with the right massage therapist is crucial. When you make your appointment, you will speak with someone regarding pressure levels and experience. Every massage therapist has different types of experience and areas of focus. When you book your appointment, let them know what type of pressure you like (light vs. heavy) so they can pair you with a massage therapist that has a similar pressure level. If you have a massage therapist with a heavy pressure level, they can always lighten up to make sure you are comfortable.

Good Communication

 Before, during, and after your massage, communication is key. Let your therapist know before your session how you’re feeling, your medical history, and what you expect from the session. This will help her or him keep your session focused on your specific goals. During your massage, your massage therapist will check in to make sure the pressure level is what you like. Make sure you speak up if it’s too heavy or if you are uncomfortable. After your massage, your massage therapist will recommend a time to come back and also suggest any after-care tips you may find helpful.

Arrive Early

To ensure that you are 100% prepared for your massage session, it is important to arrive 15 minutes early. This will give you time to prepare yourself and take care of any last-minute paperwork and instructions for your massage therapist.

Turn off Your Phone

Getting a massage is one of the few places where you can, and are encouraged, to leave distractions aside. Clear your mind by leaving your phone and electronic devices in your car or at home so you can literally unplug during your session. Be sure to let anyone who communicates with you regularly (kids, spouse, parent) that you will be unavailable during your appointment.

Remember to Breathe

Relaxing long breaths from your abdomen doesn’t just help you relax mentally during your session, but it also helps your muscles relax as your therapist works out your body’s stiffness and tightness. If you aren’t used to relaxing or are particularly stressed, you may find yourself holding your breath or find you are breathing irregularly. However, it’s important to make sure you focus on this for the best experience.

Make Sure You Are Comfortable

We are committed to making sure that every single one of our clients feels pampered and comfortable. Our goal is for you not only to have an amazing massage but also to be surprised by how much it helps relieve your aches! Do you prefer a heated table? Dim lights? A particular kind of music? A certain scented (or non-scented) massage oil? Everything about your massage should be focused on making you feel good and comfortable. Don’t forget to speak up if you are ever uncomfortable.

Consider Your Time After Your Massage

Schedule extra time after your massage to relax your body and your mind before you head back into the busyness of everyday life. Many people like to schedule their massage later in the day so they don’t have to go back to work or other commitments. Massage is a great way to promote quality sleep, so you may feel tired afterward.

Consider Massage Add-Ons

A massage is a therapeutic way to increase your health and reduce stress. Add an enhancement to your massage, such as hot stones, paraffin, aromatherapy, a sauna session, cupping, and more. Be sure to check out All Body Kneads monthly add-on specials.

Our add-on services include:

Add-On Services

•  Aromatherapy: Using a heat pack to help relax muscles. $15.00
•  Cupping: Cupping will help with circulation and myofascial release. With Massage $25.00  Without Massage $35.00
•  Heat Therapy: Using a heat pack to help relax muscles. $15.00
•  Paraffin: Paraffin dip to soften, moisturize and help with pain. With Massage  $25.00 Without Massage  $35.00
•  Target Hot Stones: Target specific areas/muscles of concern with hot stones. With Massage  $15.00 Without Massage  $20.00
•  Target Cold Stones: Target specific areas/muscles of concern with cold stones. With Massage  $15.00 Without Massage  $20.00
•  Contrast Therapy: Help with pain and swelling with hot and cold stones. $25.00, Without Massage $35.00
•  Vibration Therapy: Used to stimulate and help with circulation and pain. With Massage  $15.00 Without Massage  $20.00

Massage for Student-Athletes

Massage for Student-Athletes

School is starting back up for K-12 and college and universities. I am already seeing proud parents post about their student-athletes with pictures and accomplishments in games and tournaments.

For high school and beyond, student-athletes typically have access to school-appointed trainers and medical staff. But what can they do beyond the school to help with their athletic performance? What more can we do to give them a competitive edge without resorting to drugs are harmful practices?

Two things come quickly to mind. Massage therapy for student-athletes and manual manipulation therapy.

Here at All Body Kneads massage studio we offer many types of massage from relaxation to trigger point therapy, to supporting sore muscles, and promoting healthy sleep.

Why Massage for Student-Athletes?

As parents, we want the best for our children at any age. When they become teenagers and college students, the competition becomes more intense. The commitment to their sport becomes more important. For high school, this could mean scholarships and opportunities they can’t get any other way. And yet, we want them to be safe, happy, and healthy while doing something they love.

Our infrared sauna is also extremely beneficial to athletes. Check out this article to read about all the Healing Benefits of Infrared Suana Treatments.

Making massage therapy a part of their training routine can benefit student-athletes in so many ways:

  • Speed up recovery time
  • Heal overworked muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve sleep for better performance
  • Promote a healthy appreciation for self-care
  • Counter balance overtraining
  • Improve trouble spots
  • Improve coordination
  • Reduce stress

Related: Add Sports Massage to Your Workout Schedule

Making the Most of Your Massage for Student-Athletes

In order to maximize the benefit of sports massage, here are some tips:

  • Schedule your sports massage (30 minutes to 90 minute massage) for after your workout or on rest day.
  • Cool down completely after your workout before getting a massage.
  • Take a shower, sauna, steam bath, or Jacuzzi before your sports massage. This will give you a jump start on relaxation.
  • Communicate with your massage therapist about your recent activity, injuries, or upcoming events so she or he can customize the massage.
  • Be sure to inform the massage therapist about painful areas.
  • Be as diligent with your massage schedule as you are with your training. Regular sports massage means once a week to once a month.

Call All Body Kneads today to schedule your sports massage.

(517) 898-2899

Make an appointment today for your student-athlete

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All Body Kneads massage therapy has many massage therapy options and an infrared sauna to help with self-care. We are here to help.

Schedule a treatment today and help up their game!

Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels

Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels

Lower your stress and lower cortisol levels.

Stress is the root cause of many diseases and complicates our lives in small and big ways. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States? Stress is hard on the heart, so anything we can do to lower our stress levels will help our hearts.

What Is Cortisol?

Cortisal is often called “the stress hormone” because it is a naturally-occurring steroid hormone that plays a key role in the body’s stress response. It also contributes to many of the body’s processes. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands and involved in the regulation of the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose metabolism
  • Immune function
  • Inflammatory response
  • Insulin release

What Happens when Cortisol Levels are too High?

As you can see, cortisol is important. However, when levels stay too high, you might experience a range of unwanted symptoms such as:

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  • Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Decreases in muscle tissue
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Lowered immunity
  • Slower wound healing
  • Suppressed thyroid function

In rare cases, very high cortisol levels can lead to Cushing’s syndrome, a rare but serious disease.

Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol and Stress

Luckily, there are several things you can do to lower cortisol levels. One of the most enjoyable and relaxing things you can do is get a massage. There are numerous benefits of massage, and of the main ones is relaxation and lowering stress. You can book a massage today and start lowering your cortisol levels for a great night’s sleep.

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Additional things you can do to lower cortisol include:

  • Get enough, good sleep every night
  • Maintaining a good bedtime routine
  • Moderate Exercise
  • Eat a good diet
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Taking up a hobby
  • Laughing and having fun
  • Avoiding caffeine at night
  • Cultivating healthy relationships
  • Getting a pet
  • Taking fish oil and ashwagandha supplements
  • Drink chamomile tea, and other soothing herbal teas
  • Spending time in nature
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

Which one are you going to try this week?

We at All Body Kneads would love to talk to you about your health plan and create a service plan that can best address your issues. Please contact us at:

Business Phone (517) 898-2899
E-Mail: [email protected]
6910 South Cedar Street, Suite #4
Lansing, MI 48911-6912

You can also schedule an appointment online at here.

Chronic Pain: Can Massage Therapy Help?

Chronic Pain: Can Massage Therapy Help?

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!

517-898-2899  or schedule online.

Massage for Food Service Workers

Massage for Food Service Workers

Restaurant work may be one of the most common jobs across the country but that does not mean it is easy. It is no secret that the food service industry is very demanding.

Kitchen staff, bartenders, wait staff, hosts and hostesses, and all the other people who make up the food industry work extremely hard to make sure the rest of us eat well and have an enjoyable experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the restaurant and food service industry sees nearly 200,000 injuries per year, resulting in approximately 9,000 days away from work by injured employees.

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The Sprains and Strains of Food Service

Food service workers are almost always on their feet. They rarely sit down and work under hectic and strained situations. Many food service workers are attracted to the industry because of the fast-paced and exciting environment. However, this is also what leads to work place injury.massage for food service

Wait staff and bussers are at a particularly high risk for back, neck, and shoulder strains due to assuming awkward postures while serving customers or clearing tables. Heavy trays, walking all day, and bending and leaning puts undue strain on arms, elbows, and so forth. Proper technique for carrying heavy or awkward items is crucial to avoiding injury, whether in the kitchen or on the floor of the restaurant.

Even with proper technique, your body will feel it over time. Especially after long shifts, double shifts, busy weekends, large parities and events, and other times when you are working especially hard.

The most common injuries to restaurant and food service workers include:Foot Massage Therapy

  • sprains and strains
  • lifting and carrying injuries, including back injuries, joint damage, and other musculoskeletal injuries
  • slips and falls
  • repetitive stress injuries for food servers, busboys, meat cutters, and bartenders
  • motor vehicle accidents for delivery drivers and caterers
  • burns
  • cuts and lacerations

Not to mention that your feet hurt all the time!

 

The Mental Toll of Food Service Workfood service

Besides the physically demanding aspect of food service, there is also the mental strain to consider. Hungry people can be difficult to deal with. Picky eaters can be hard to please. Intoxicated people are often unreasonable. Early mornings and late nights can create poor sleep cycles.

Customers who have never worked in the food service industry may not always have empathy or understanding for what restaurant workers are going through to deliver hot food on time. If you have never had to rely on tips to support yourself, you may not understand what you have to do in order to receive fair tips. It’s not easy.

Working in fast paced environments can also make it difficult to wind down and relax once your shift is over.

The Benefits of Massage for Food Service Workers

Food service workers across the industry can benefit greatly from massage. It is a physically demanding, hectic, and mentally challenging career path. It is isn’t for everyone, but those who thrive in this environment need to take care of themselves so they can enjoy a long career.

Massage can help in the following ways:

  • Ease sore muscles and joints
  • Reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Provide a relaxing environment to unwind
  • Promote better sleep
  • Reduce pain from repetitive motion injuries
  • Help with carpal tunnel syndrome and other similar types of injuries
  • Promote faster healing after slips and falls

Check out the many types of massage that are available.

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your muscles relaxing, your breath deepening, and a calm setting over your mind?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!