Gift Certificates Available!

Published on 11/23/12

Are you out there enjoying that Black Friday shopping chaos, or searching for that perfect gift in the comfort of your own home? Might I suggest a gift certificate for a Classic or Therapeutic massage, a Hot Stone massage, or Body Wrap? They never expire and that lucky person will know you are thoughtful and have good health in mind!

If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, please contact me by phone @ 406-862-6447, or e-mail by clicking on the Contact Us tab. However, if you know you would like a massage gift certificate from Healing Spirits and I am not available, please pay with a check, payable to Healing Spirits Therapeutic Massage, or cash. The salon has an envelope for me especially for this occasion. You will have your choice of a nice Christmas Gift Certificate card that you can be proud to give to that special person. If you catch me between clients, you can purchase your gift certificates with a credit card!

I hope this information is helpful. Happy Shopping! Hope to see you soon! :-)

Massage for Headache Pain

Published on 09/26/12

A friend of mine recently asked me if massage can make a head-ache go away. I, of course, said, “Yes!”

According to Mary Beth Braun, President of the American Massage Therapy Association, “Americans are looking to massage for much more than relaxation. … Massage can be effective for a variety of conditions including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems and recovery from sports injury.” Wow that about covers it all doesn’t it? But, it’s true!

So I began researching the effects of massage on headache pain. One thing I learned from my research is that 60% of Americans suffer from chronic headaches. According to the Mayo Clinic chronic headache is defined as headache pain for 15 days or more a month for 3 months that is not attributable to another cause (I am thinking they are referring to another disease or condition that could cause headaches). Typically headaches are more prominent during times of high stress and periods resulting in lack of adequate sleep. Whichever the precipitating cause may be, massage can and will be helpful. Massage can be helpful both during the headache and on a regular basis as a preventative treatment strategy.

As a preventative tool, massage can help the body maintain an optimum level of relaxation and stress relief. Regularly scheduled massages can treat chronic tension in shoulders, neck and upper back that could result in these nasty headaches. A study reported in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that massage therapy is effective in reducing the number of tension headaches per week in chronic tension headache sufferers.

During a headache you might find a little self-massage helpful. Here are some techinques that might be helpful: Start by using your thumbs on your cheekbones next to your ears, use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub your temples (this is the soft spot between your ears and the corner of your eye). Then, using firm pressure and tiny circular motions gradually move your fingers along the hairline toward the front of your forehead. Continue with whatever pressure feels good to you and massage the forehead and scalp area. These massage techniques may be helpful in a pinch. Just remember to be kind to yourself in the amount of pressure that you use and take your time. Remember to breathe in and out and relax.

If you find that you are in the chronic headache category, you may benefit from regularly scheduled massage to treat chronic tension in neck, upper back, shoulders, and chest muscles. That’s where my services come in, so don’t suffer, call me and make your appointment! You’ll be glad you did!

Hydration and Massage

Published on 07/11/12

Stay Hydrated

I offer water to my clients after each massage because I know how important it is to hydrate after massage. I even encourage clients to hydrate before massage, as well.

Our bodies are about 70% water. This water helps to lubricate joints and muscles, helps move cells effectively thoughout our entire bodies to deliver oxygen and vital nutrients, helps with brain function and focus, as well as, helps our kidney and liver and other organs breakdown and expel toxins.

Adequate hydration becomes very important after a massage for a couple of reasons. The first reason that comes to my mind is that during massage the muscles release toxins and other substances due to being manipulated. Water helps to move these substances through the lymph and circulatory systems to be removed by the kidneys and liver.

Another reason is that massage can be dehydrating to the muscle tissue. By drinking water you can rehydrate this tissue and prevent muscle soreness that MAY occur in the days following your massage. Drinking water after a massage may prevent you from getting a headache, or worse, a migraine. Not only can headaches be caused by tight muscles of the neck and shoulders, but, frequently, dehydration is the culprit.

So, drink up! Hydrate! With water, that is. It is the very BEST substance to hydrate your body and keep you feeling fresh after a relaxing and rejuvenating massage!

Benefits of Massage

Published on 05/16/12

First of all, Thanks for visiting my website and thank you for being interested in my blog. This is my first attempt at blogging, so don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you have any questions, concerns, or rebuttals. I love spirited conversations!

The benefits of massage are, at last, being noticed, studied and documented. All I can say is, It’s about time! Massage has been used to relieve pain, and to heal a variety of illnesses and ailment since 2,700 B.C. Ever notice how you instinctively rub your elbow or leg when you wack it on something unyielding? This is massage at it’s most basic level. We do this because, time after time, it helps to alleviate the pain.

Massage is being extensively researched and studies show that it is helpful for a variety of conditions. Such as: Stress relief, anxiety and depression, pain, stiffness, blood pressure control, sports related injuries, and boosting immunity. Just to name a few!

To be fair, massage is NOT a substitute for regular medical care and if you are treating a specific condition with a physician, it’s a good idea to ask them if they think a massage may be helpful. More often than not, I believe the answer you will get will be, YES!