Beat the Stress Massage

How many of you say that you “carry your stress in your shoulders” – isn’t it time to put it down?

Let’s face it, most of us wake up after too few hours of sleep, get our family off to school or work, dodge and then deflect all that the average day throws at us. We possibly get in some workout time, but probably not. Before we rush back home we have to stop at the store, pick up the kids, get them to practice or rehearsal, run some errands, cook supper – forget that, too tired – pick up supper, do the laundry, fold the laundry, check email, pay some bills, collapse in bed and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow!  It seems like we are always tired and achy and grumpy, just ask your kids or spouse.

No wonder stress reduction is near the top of so many doctors’ recommendations and New Year’s resolution lists. But who has the time?

It’s not like we can run off for a relaxing vacation every week. But you can, even if it’s not to Cancun.  However, with massage as part of your weekly or monthly routine, you can get away from it all and focus on what you really need: restful, relaxing, rejuvenating, refreshing calm.

So why don’t more people take advantage of the wonderful getaway that’s right around the corner? Many still think of massage as a pampered indulgence, but it is so much more!

Every day, you put a strain on your body – your arms may hurt from lifting those heavy boxes at work or maybe you twisted your back the wrong way picking up your child.  All of your mental, psychological and emotional strains end up being expressed physically as well. Your muscles are the repository of all your physical and emotional stress, and massage therapy is one of the few therapies that address the discomfort of the muscles and soft tissue in the body.

Now is the time to put down that stress!

Give Widdoss Therapeutic Massage a call at 205-394-5900 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Benefits of Massage

We frequently get asked -What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?

Massage has many benefits and here is our response with the most common reason below:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage located in Hoover, AL and is here to assist with your therapeutic massage needs – give us a call at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at or to learn more about us, our specials, and to schedule your appointment.

Couples Massage in Birmingham AL

February is right around the corner and we have found one of the most requested services is a couple’s massage for Valentine’s Day.  We also have a lot of questions from people who have never received a couple’s massage about what to expect – we’ve tried to answer the most frequent questions.

What is a couples massage?

Couples massage is one of the hottest services in the massage industry right now. Two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, or even moms and daughters sometimes or best friends.

What Happens During Couples Massage?

A Couples massage is a massage that takes place in a large comfortable room that can accommodate the two massage tables. As for couples massage etiquette, it’s fine to talk to each other through the massage if you want, or be quiet the whole time. It’s really up to you.

What Are the Benefits of Couples Massage?

Couples massage is a great way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that makes them feel more comfortable the first time. Some men are apprehensive about getting a massage because of the undressing involved, and to have their wife or girlfriend there is reassuring.

Men usually discover that therapeutic touch is very relaxing and restorative. Once they experience a couples massage, they are more willing to book a massage on their own.

It can also be a good choice if you’re traveling with someone you don’t get to see often enough — a sister, girlfriend, mom or best friends — and you want to spend as much time together as possible.

Is There Any Downside To Couples Massage?

Some experienced clients find it distracting to be in the same room at the same time with anyone else during a massage. They prefer to get their massage alone and then meet up afterwards.

The potential problems come if you have different expectations and needs during a massage, particularly if one person wants to zone out and the other likes to talk.

It helps if you know how much the other person likes to talk during a massage — a lot, a little, or not at all — and whether it’s a good match for you.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage performs your massage in a professional spa like environment and ensures that both people feel comfortable and relaxed.  Our primary office is located in Hoover/Pelham AL and we schedule by appointments only.

Give us a call at 205-394-5900 to schedule your appointment or visit our website at to find out more information about us and the services we provide.

Beat the Stress at Widdoss Therapeutic Massage

Did you know that nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work and daily activities; if it lasts more than three months, it’s considered chronic. One study showed people with long-lasting low-back pain who got a one-hour Swedish or structural massage once a week for 10 weeks felt and functioned significantly better and faster than those who received standard medical care; they also used less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Other research found massage helps with osteoarthritis of the knee pain, fibromyalgia and nerve pain, among others.

Chronic pain can be cared for and relief can be obtained through natural healing such as massage.  Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 to discuss therapy options and available appointments.  Visit our website at for more information about us and the professional services we provide.

New Year’s Resolution – Get More Massages!

For some, it’s become a tradition, before the ball is finished descending in Times Square and the confetti has yet to hit the floor, most of us already have made our New Year’s resolutions and possibly broken them.

But, let’s give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. Every December, as we indulge in various holiday treats, we promise ourselves that once the New Year arrives, we will take better care of our bodies, minds and spirits.

The reasons behind these resolutions vary from person to person, but invariably, they are a reaction to the differing stresses that play such a major part in our daily lives. Job stress, family issues and a host of other outside factors provide the motivation to get in shape and learn to cope. And according to a recent study, many Americans are making massage one of their top New Year’s resolutions.

Did you know that three out of four Americans (75 percent) claim their New Year’s resolution is to focus on taking better care of themselves and achieving a more complete work/life balance?  The majority of Americans believe massage is an effective way to relieve stress and a great way to relax as compared to other methods such as drinking a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage or even exercising.

A recent study revealed that 76 percent of respondents believe relaxation is very important to health and wellness, with 73 percent of respondents rating massage as either extremely relaxing or very relaxing, compared to 51 percent who said exercise was extremely relaxing and 29 percent who opted for a glass of wine or a cocktail to relax. Sixty-eight percent of respondents agreed that regular massage therapy is an important part of overall physical health and well-being, and 52 percent said they would like to receive a massage product or service as a gift.

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage offers a variety of massage modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Couple’s Massages, Prenatal massages as well as stretching.  Call us at 205-394-5900 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed professional massage therapists or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we’ll call you.