Back relief from massage not pain meds!

Massage can provide effective relief from low back pain!  A study published in the Annuals of Internal Medicine suggests massage might alleviate back pain better than traditional approached such as medication, exercise and bed rest.

The study involved 400 patients who had low back pain. The vast majority were middle aged Caucasian females. They discovered that those who were given a series of massage sessions were able to better return to their normal activities of daily living and work. What surprised the researchers was that the improvement was superior to conventional medical care, such as muscle relaxers, pain medication and physical therapy.

During our massage career we’ve helped clients that suffered with neck and back pain.  Several of our clients could be a poster child for what massage can do. They have been so impressed with what massage did for them, they told all of their friends and neighbors about the benefits for massage and what it did to give them their life back.

Another study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, came to the same conclusion after a 10 week project.  Over 33 percent of the patients given massage therapy indicated that their pain was much improved or even eliminated completely. This was in comparison to only one in 25 patients who were given conventional care. In addition, they were more likely to have spent less time in bed and used less pain medication.

One of the more encouraging elements of the study was that the beneficial effects of the massage seemed not only to be experienced during the research period, but also lingered for a time following the completion of the therapy. This was evidenced by the lingering effect of massage continued to display improvement in function for several months after the study’s onset.

Sometimes the benefit of massage only lasts 3 days, other times the relief lasts up to 10.

There will always be members of the medical community that will continue to be reluctant to accept the benefits as being valid. As younger physicians enter the medical field with training in the benefits of alternative medicine, this may change.

Why not try massage as an alternative to toxic medications?  Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at to find a healthier alternative to medication.

Defeat Depression with Massage

Taking time for massage is as important for people dealing with depression as it is for people dealing with arthritis, sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. WebMD reviewed more than a dozen studies that revealed how massage can fight depression by lowering cortisol levels.

Cortisol is the body’s response to stress, and massage therapy lowers it by as much as 50%. At the same time, massage also can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood.

Results of Massage

The International Journal of Neuroscience studied a group of people with spinal cord injuries who were also suffering from depression. Twice a week for five weeks, half the patients received two 40-minute sessions of motion exercises while the other half received two 40-minute massages.

Both groups improved their physical abilities during that time, but the people who received massage therapy also became less depressed. So even while exercise has long been accepted as a means of combating depression, massage not only provides additional benefits but can also relieve stiffness and soreness resulting from physical exercise.

Commitment to Well-Being

Sometimes it can be difficult to make time for taking care of yourself, but scheduling appointments allows you to find an effective way to budget your time, your money, and focus on the attention to your wellness. Ongoing massage therapy promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness, which reinforces a positive attitude.

Reserving some specific time for a professional massage, customized to address your personal needs, makes it easier to remember that you deserve to feel good and that you’re taking important steps to make it happen.

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage is here to help!  Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 to schedule your appointment with one of our professional therapists.

Massage and Sleep – the perfect combination!

Quality sleep is vital to health and wellness.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Notably, insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important implications for their management and outcome. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous—and preventable—as driving while intoxicated.”

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health.

Research is indicating that massage can improve sleep in:

  • children and adolescents
  • those with psychiatric disorders
  • those who are hospitalized or institutionalized
  • those with lower back pain
  • adults
  • those with cerebral palsy
  • those with fibromyalgia
  • those with insominia
  • those in pain
  • those with hand pain
  • those with cancer
  • infants
  • infants with dyssomnia
  • those who have had heart surgery
  • those with breast disease
  • those with migraines
  • caretakers of hospitalized individuals
  • the elderly

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 and experience a massage from one of our professional licensed massage therapist or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Couple’s Massage for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?  We can help you with that!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show that special someone how much you loved them. The healing power of human touch through the technique of regular massage has proven to lower stress, alleviate pain, improve mood and increase overall wellness.

Massage therapy is known to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the production of “relaxing hormones” such as oxytocin in men and serotonin in women.

We see so many more people coming into our massage office around Valentine’s Day because they want to treat themselves or their significant other to a relaxing massage experience, massage is the perfect gift!  It boosts your mood and benefits your body.

A shared massage experience is another way to strengthen the bonds between couples. More couples have become Couples Massage because it allows them to share the experience with a loving partner.

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 to schedule your appointment for a Couple’s Massage or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Seasonal Depression and Massage

Did you know that 10-15 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression brought on by winter’s darker days? In addition to depression, SAD can cause fatigue, irritability, erratic appetite and sleep, loss of libido, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, SAD is often treatable through a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes, including massage therapy, which has been proven to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones responsible for mood elevation and improved appetite and sleep.

A recent study found that the sense of sight is trumped by the sense of touch in people suffering from depression.   As reported by science writer Jena Pincott, he concluded that touching and being touched are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector.

Contrary to common thoughts and beliefs, massage therapy is a healthy and affordable complement to traditional medicine.  The cumulative benefits of monthly massages for treating the winter blues and the more serious SAD can be combated because the massage releases endorphin and elevates energy boosts all while lowering of cortisol levels.  Regularly spending 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time with a professional who is supportive and comforting may be the answer to many types of depression.

Give us a call today at 205-394-5900 and we will schedule a therapeutic massage with one professional licensed therapists, or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you.

Massage and Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is approaching and many people explore the idea of giving the gift of massage or scheduling a Couple’s Massage.  Did you know that massage therapy is beneficial in various ways and is no longer only available in upscale health clubs or luxury spas?  The Mayo Clinic notes that while more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, it may be helpful for a variety of health ailments.

In addition to easing sore muscles, reducing joint pain and helping soft tissue strains or injuries, massage can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and calm feelings of stress. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lift spirits and can often lower blood pressure. Massage also may help to boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with depression.

According to Health magazine, massage also can help promote healthy sleep. It has something to do with the effect of massage on delta waves, which are the brain waves connected to deep sleep. There is some evidence that massage can also increase white blood cell counts, promoting improved immunity.

Many people rely on massages to relieve pain. According to a report published in 2011 in the American College of Physicians’ massage helps people in pain feel and function better than those who do not receive treatment. Massage can alleviate stiffness and pain and promote a better range of motion. And pain relief is not just for the back, arms and legs. Massage can reduce risk for migraines and decrease pain from tension headaches.

Massage even has beauty benefits. Rubbing the face and scalp can promote blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage. This can add vitality to the complexion and plump up the skin. Dull hair may appear more shiny and revitalized.

People can explore different types of massage and experiment with what works best for their ailments. Everything from Swedish massage to reflexology is offered at Widdoss Therapeutic Massage.

The gift of a massage session can be romantic and improve one’s overall health – give us a call today at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at

Feeling Stressed – benefits of massage

Feeling stressed after a long day of work? Head to Widdoss Therapeutic Massage for a massage!  Here are some of the amazing benefits massage has to offer:

Boosts energy: A massage therapy can help reduce your fatigue by eliminating blockages in the body’s meridians or invisible energy lines. It also helps to increase mental alertness.

Boosts immunity: Massage therapies increase the response of lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell, which improves the body’s resistance to diseases.

Relaxes body: Going in for a body massage helps relieve pain by healing damaged muscle tissues. It improves blood circulation leading to increased supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles.

Reduces anxiety: Massage therapies reduce anxiety by lowering levels of the stress-hormone, cortisol and increasing levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone in the body. They are also effective in lowering blood pressure.

De-toxify your body: Sweat is essential for the skin to eliminate toxins. Going in for spa therapies like body wraps promote sweating, which detoxifies the body and restores metabolism to its normal state.

For a glowing skin: If you are attending a wedding, make sure you head for a massage prior to the function. Spa therapies like facials and body polishes uses gentle exfoliation techniques to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth which gives you healthy, glowing skin.

Anti-aging properties: Body wraps and anti-aging facials firm up loose skin and treat the unsightly appearance of cellulite, revealing younger-looking skin.

Call us today at 205-394-5900 or visit our website at fill out a contact form and we will call you!


Valentine’s Day + Massage = Widdoss Therapeutic Massage

February is right around the corner and Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  We have already booked several Couple’s Massage appointments for Saturday February 15th and our schedule is filling up fast for February 14th, but we do still have a few appointments left for couple’s as well as single appointments.

If you were thinking about giving the gift of massage, or hinting that you would like to receive the gift of massage – please call us at 205-394-5900 sooner rather than later so you don’t miss the opportunity to schedule your massage.

Couple’s massages are currently $125 – which includes a one hour professional massage for two, or single massages are only $60 some of the best prices in Birmingham!  If you need a little more information about a couple’s massage check out our blog at – or click here to go right to our massage blog about Couple’s Massages.

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.

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.