Massage and Adjustments

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, studies continue to show the wide variety of tangible health benefits.

Ask the client who came in yesterday because his back was tight and he was having difficulty bending over, getting in and out of the car and was preparing for a long flight – oh the misery in his eyes and movement showed it all. He had a muscle spasm earlier in the week, went to the chiropractor who adjusted him, and was basically told there wasn’t anything else the chiropractor could do and maybe he should go get a massage.

Did you know that a chiropractor can put your bones back where they belong, but a massage will help keep those bones in place? The two professions work very well together, but many time people think they need an adjustment or a massage – if you can coordinate the two, you can make the best of both worlds.

When muscles are tight, they tug on the bones they are attached to causing the bones to pull out of alignment. A massage will ease and release the tightness of the muscles and the adjustment realigns the body.

Which you receive first – a massage or an adjustment? There are different schools of thought – get a massage to help you relax and then the adjustment. Get the adjustment so that your bones are where they belong and get the massage to relax the muscles to help the adjustment last longer. I’ve done both, it’s really a matter of preference.

I read a post the other day that made me laugh – “I get freaked out every time I think about the fact that a skeleton is living inside of me.” Yes, there is a skeleton living inside of you, but there are muscles attached to that skeleton that allows you to move.

Anyway, when we finished our massage session the client opened the door and said he was amazed – he could actual bend over! I was confident I could fix him, but there is definitely an art in finding the balance of giving a therapeutic massage, relaxing a first client enough to trust that statement, and fixing them!

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage we believe in our massage, and as our client base continues building, we have success story after success story. Massage is not only for the rich and famous. Research the health benefits of massage and give us a call the next time you are in the Birmingham AL area and we will set you up for an amazing massage experience – we care about your overall well-being and our hands knead your body!


Massage Pressure – does it matter?

Nothing can be worse for a client than the therapist not using enough pressure or too much. The therapist can have the best techniques in the world, and if their pressure is not applied correctly, then their techniques are worthless.

Every technique requires some level of pressure and there are also different levels of pressure for those too.

A professional massage therapist should begin with lighter strokes and moderate pressure before moving into a heavy pressure. Starting light allows a massage therapist to see how the client is tolerating the pressure. Then as they get used to the areas being massaged and the initial pressure, then a therapist can increase pressure.

When the client feels the therapist’s hands on their skin, their body registers that there are sensations of touch and pressure on that area of their body. With each pass over the area that the therapist makes, they increase the amount of pressure they use. This way the client’s body recognizes that the therapist is gradually warming up the muscle tissue to work deeper. If the therapist had begun with deep pressure, the client may have reacted by jerking their arm closer toward the body in a defensive motion. Working with pressure going from light to deep also builds trust with the client.

Below are some definitions of the different types of pressure.

Light pressure – Using light pressure requires very little strength on the part of the therapist. This type of pressure is applied using just the weight of the hand, or a pressure slightly above that. This introductory level of pressure informs the client’s body that you are preparing to go deeper.

Intermediate pressure – After you have made a pass or two using light pressure, the body is prepared to receive intermediate pressure. Most massage techniques are performed using this level of pressure. The hands firmly compress the skin so that the muscles get adequately squeezed and manipulated. The pressure is strong enough to push blood and lymph throughout the body.

Deep pressure – This level of pressure require the most endurance from the therapist. This should be reserved for those who could benefit from deep work such as athletes or individuals who frequently get massage. This should certainly not be used for someone who’s never had a massage before. The therapist usually leans into the person with their body using their hands, wrists and sometimes elbows while employing hand position and proper body mechanics to avoid strain.

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage we ask the client about the pressure, but we also watch for visual cues and do not only rely on verbal communication. Call us today at 205-394-5900 and we can discuss your therapeutic massage needs and available appointments.

Relaxation Massage in Birmingham

Busy-ness is the trend these days. People keep taking on more and more, forgetting to say no, I can’t, or I won’t and then we hear:

“I’m SO busy at work!”

“How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.”

“I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”

Wow! Why are we proud of this? When did we get this way? What on earth are we so busy doing?

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

When I talk to clients, friends or family that are this busy I think – what happened to the simple life? Sitting down with friends? But then I think about my personal schedule and think when do I really relax? When do I find time to wind down and shut down? I doesn’t happen very much!

“Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t always know what it means. I’m guilty of this, too. So here, I’ve compiled some options for us.

re·lax  verb \ri-ˈlaks\

  1. the state of being free from tension or anxiety.
  2. a way to rest and enjoy yourself
  3. recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.
  4. the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
  5. something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

Wow. Don’t those sound nice?

Now you’re thinking…great – this sounds appealing but HOW do I get that?

Make time for that!

You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.

I have found that a Sunday quick nap helps me feel like I’m creating a sense of balance. It’s only a 20 minute quick power nap, but if I don’t “schedule” it. It doesn’t happen.

The same thing with getting regular massages – if you don’t schedule them and find time to make them happen, you won’t call until it’s too late. By then, your hamstrings are so tight that you can’t walk, your head is ready to explore because your muscles are so tight they are fighting against each other – don’t wait!

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage we care and focus on your entire well-being. Our hands knead your body and help you find that relaxation, focus and healing that your body is craving.

The next time you are in our area, call us for your Massage in Birmingham – 205-394-5900

Birmingham AL Swedish Massage

Stiff, strained muscles?

If you’re suffering from muscular strain or have stiff muscles and are looking for a massage therapist in Birmingham AL, a Swedish massage may be just what you need and we can help your body’s lymph system flush metabolic wastes such as lactic acid and uric acid from your muscles.

This type of massage shortens recovery time and ultimately helps you feel better faster. Regular massage sessions help increase flexibility, enhances tissue elasticity and reduce pain. Many of our clients benefit from a greater range of joint motion and movement thanks to Swedish massage therapy.

A Swedish massage from Widdoss Therapeutic Massage is certainly a wonderful way to pamper yourself, but it is also an important and effective type of therapy for many people who rely on Swedish massage therapy to support good health and to manage a variety of health conditions.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions we can discuss these during your first consultation and as well as the benefits of Swedish massage:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Joint pain, sprains or stiffness
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle tension and strains
  • Postural imbalance
  • Scoliosis
  • Skin conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress
  • Sciatica
  • Water retention

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage we care about your overall health and well-being. You are not treated like a number, but rather cared for by licensed professional massage therapist.

Start Planning for Christmas Massage in Birmingham AL

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Christmas Massage List

Have you started planning out your Christmas list?  It’s not too early to start hinting that you want a massage from Widdoss Therapeutic Massage.

During the holiday season sometimes we forget to treat our bodies when we are running around thinking of others.  A massage in Birmingham is just a few miles away.  With a centrally located office in Pelham, Alabama a relaxing moment to yourself is just down  the street.

So we compiled a list of some of the mileage’s to your next massage getaway.

3.47 miles from Hoover, Alabama

7.85 miles from Vestavia Hills, Alabama

9.49 miles from Alabaster, Alabama.

10.04 miles from Cahaba Heights, Alabama

10.46 miles from Homewood, Alabama

12.95 miles from Besemmer, Alabama

15.24 miles from Mountain Brook, Alabama

21.62 miles from Fultondale, Alabama

These are just a few places in and around Birmingham you can make it to treat yourself during the busy season. Remember If you really want to yourself or others a massage in Birmingham is the best treat of all.


Couples Massage Birmingham AL

You and your spouse are looking for something nice and romantic to do, but are out of ideas.  You both work very hard and are athletic, logging a few miles on the pavement every morning or hitting the weights before work, but the idea of sharing exercising together does not sound like the afternoon you both need.

A couples massage is the perfect accompaniment to any afternoon. But how does it actually work…? We often get questions like “Who will be in the room? Will my husband be getting his massage by a male?” The funniest question we often get asked is “So does one massage therapist give both of us a massage in the room and how does this work?” These are legitimate questions and here are some answers to common questions and concerns about couples massage:

Will we have one massage therapist in the room doing both massages?

This may seem like a silly question to some avid spa goers but for those of you who have never had a couples massage before the answer is no, you will not have only one massage therapist in the room! It would be both disruptive as well as a juggling act to have a single massage therapist bouncing form one table to another. Both of you will have your own therapist who will be solely focusing on you and your massage.

What are the benefits of getting a couples massage?

Often times we come across women that come in for their regular massages and they repeatedly tell us that their husband or significant other could benefit greatly from massage therapy, but he’s just not into that sort of thing. Usually after speaking with someone for a few moments we quickly find out that the husband or significant other has never had a massage before and is absolutely terrified of the idea. This is completely understandable. And one of the best ways to ease your spouse’s nerves and ease him into massage therapy is to get a couples massage together. What we realize the majority of the time is after just one massage they are hooked and cannot believe they’ve been missing out this entire time! They just needed the nudge to see that there was no reason for all that fuss!

 What is the downside to a couples massage?

Sometimes couples who come in for a couples massage notice that they end up being distracted by talking to each other and end up not being able to fully zone out on the massage table. This can happen so if you know that you just want to relax, it is best that you discuss that ahead of time and just wait until you go out to dinner that night at your favorite restaurant for some nice conversation.

My husband does not want a male touching him or me!

Do not fret! Most men do not like the idea of another man giving them a massage and especially giving their wife a massage. It’s normal and we often do get requests for only female massage therapist. This is something that you would want to make sure you request ahead of time.

Call Widdoss Therapeutic Massage today at 205.394.5900 to schedule your couples massage in Birmingham AL

Deep Tissue Massage in Birmingham AL

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage in Hoover AL all of our therapists we offer a deeper massage to help relieve aches and pains. Deep Tissue Massages use a combination of deeper techniques and relaxation techniques to relieve trigger points and tight muscles. Muscle tenderness can be common after a deep tissue massage.

Come out feeling like a whole new person!

Please talk with your professional massage therapist in our office to see if a deep tissue massage therapy would be beneficial for you.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Some recognizable symptoms of fibromyalgia can include irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, migraines, numbness in the upper and lower body, and joint stiff ness that is distributed around several areas of the body. This condition is usually diagnosed when a minimum of 11 out of 18 tender points are active with pain to the touch. The areas where pain is most common amongst patients include the neck and lower back. Additional symptoms include recurrent feelings of exhaustion, musculoskeletal pain and a tingling or prickling feeling known as parathesia, which is similar to that of pins and needles and mainly caused by pressure or damage to the peripheral nerves. Generally speaking, too, fibromyalgia suff erers often have acute, superficial tender points.

According to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, more than 6 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women, suff er from fibromyalgia, with symptoms typically showing up between the ages of 20 and 55. Additionally, somewhere between 25 percent and 65 percent of the time, fibromyalgia presents along with other pain syndromes—most commonly rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and spinal arthritis.

Massage can help!  Give Widdoss Therapeutic Massage a call 205-394-5900 – we are conveniently located in Birmingham AL near Hoover, Pelham, Helena area – 5 minutes or less off of Interstate 65 near the intersection of Valleydale and 31.