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.
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!
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.
Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it’s tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. Research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that’s why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.
Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here is at least one reasons:
It sounds like a no-brainer, but rubdowns are especially effective for aches like low-back pain. Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington, found that massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture. It’s not clear why, but several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal.
A bonus: Massage also seems to ease distress from migraine, labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia!
Are you in the Birmingham AL area? Give us a call at 205-394-5900 and we will help you say goodbye to your aches and pains.
No matter how you look at it, pain is a part of life, and how you deal with pain can either enhance or diminish the quality of your life.
In 2006, the National Center for Health Statistics reported in a special feature in their Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans that more than one-quarter of Americans over the age of 20 report having experienced pain persisting more than 24 hours, and adults age 45-64 are most likely to suffer or complain of pain.
One of the things we know from research on massage therapy is massage can help relieve pain. In addition to helping fibromyalgia patients, massage therapy can be used to reduce pain associated with many conditions, including carpel tunnel, lower back pain, headaches, leg pain, muscle cramps and tension.
Pain can make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities, but for fibromyalgia patients, pain can be constant, interfering with sleep, work and daily tasks. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, fibromyalgia affects more than 6 million Americans. The origins of this disorder are still relatively unknown.
Though there is no cure, massage therapy may be one way to make life a little easier for people with fibromyalgia.
In 2010, Adelaida Maria Castro-Sánchez led scientists from the University of Almería in Almería, Spain, to consider the effects of myofascial therapy on pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.
Using a randomized-controlled study, researchers assigned 64 fibromyalgia patients to receive one of two types of therapy treatments over the course of 20 weeks.
The experimental group received myofascial release therapy for 90 minutes once a week. The control group received a therapy that used a disconnected magnetic therapy machine for 30 minutes once a week.
Their pain was assessed at baseline and at the end of the 20-week period, and then again at one and six months following the study’s completion.
Researchers found the experimental group experienced significantly improved anxiety, sleep, pain and quality of life—both immediately following the treatment and up to one month after. The control group did not reap any of these benefits. The six-month follow-ups, however, showed that improvements in sleep were the only difference between the two treatment groups.
A similar study led by Castro-Sanchez in 2011 further examined how fibromyalgia patients respond to massage therapy and found reductions in sensitivity to their pain. Additionally, these results showed many improvements that lasted as long as one year after the study’s completion.
“mtj/massage therapy journal winter 2012”
Basic Massage Therapy Modalities
Massage Therapy covers a broad range of modalities, or styles, practiced by massage therapists. While there is no official list of modalities, the number runs into the dozens. One Web site lists 160 modalities.
Following are brief descriptions of the most common types of massage therapy modalities.
Swedish massage is the best-known of the modalities. It is known for long, sweeping strokes up and down the body and kneading to deliver alternating relaxing and energizing impacts. It increases the flow of oxygen in the blood and improves circulation. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 84 percent of massage therapists provide this kind of massage. (AMTA, 2010)
Deep tissue massage features slow and deep manipulation of contracted muscles and connective tissue to break up areas where muscles have tightened, causing pain and tension. (Lane, 2010) AMTA says that 77% of massage therapists provide this kind of massage. (AMTA, 2010)
Sports massage was developed to prevent or reverse strains and injuries caused by intense sports or exercise, but it is beneficial for just about anyone. It can be provided before or after an event. Pre-event massage increases blood flow and loosens muscles to help prevent or minimize injury. Post-event massage reduces soreness and restores the body to its pre-event flexibility. (Lane, 2010) AMTA reports that 45% of massage therapists provide this kind of massage.
Pregnancy massage can help relieve the strain caused by pregnancy. It can boost posture to reduce neck, back, and shoulder strain; relieve sciatic pain and cramps in the calves; and prepare the muscles used in childbirth. It also helps relieve insomnia some pregnant women experience due to increases in certain hormones.
Widdoss Therapeutic Massage, conveniently located minutes off 65 South in the Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham area. Not far from Riverchase, Helena or Galleria Mall area.
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“2010 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet.” American Massage Therapy Association. AMTA, 2010. Web. 21 Dec. 2010.
Lane, Richard. “Introduction to Massage and Bodywork Techniques and Modalities.” Freearticles.com. Web, 6 January 2010. 21 Dec. 2010.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body.
While a Swedish massage is very effective at relieving anxiety, it is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of stress and depression as well. The gentle steady pressure this is applied during the massage relaxes tight muscles and naturally relieves tension. The stimulation to the skin helps a client to relax and rejuvenate.
At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage, located in Hoover AL, we focus on the overall well-being of the client. Each client is special and different and no two massages are the same.
Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at www.wtmmassage.com to learn more about us, our specials, packages, and modalities.