Friday, December 18, 2015

Podiatry and the Benefits of Massage

Podiatry and the Benefits of Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist WinnipegIs there anything more relaxing... or invigorating as a foot massage? Yet overall when we consider the health of our bodies, our feet are usually the most ignored. Without proper foot care, our mobility would be severely hindered and even simple standing could become a chore. Usually, we don't address these issues until a problem occurs.

At Academy Massage, the proper care of your feet is every bit as important as treating muscle and joint problems that may affect other parts of the body. What is interesting is that scientific evidence has proven benefits of massage beyond relieving foot pain and discomfort. These include relieving stress and fatigue, reducing blood pressure, lessening the severity of migraine headaches, aiding with depression, and helping to alleviate symptoms of menopause and PMS in women. As well, regular foot massage is believed to improve symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis.

Massage has long been used to effectively aid healing, improve circulation, reduce pain, decrease swelling, increase range of motion, extend endurance, normalize gait, nourish skin and break up scar tissue. Combined, these benefits bring about improved posture, balance and confidence. In addition, patients dealing with plantar fasciitis — the most common cause of heel pain — can find relief through an inexpensive, non-invasive and painless treatment in place of physical therapy through massage.

To keep yourself in step and balance Academy Massage invites you to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified therapists to experience the total effect of a pampering and healthful foot massage.

Friday, December 11, 2015

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Massage

Happy Holidays from Academy Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
As we approach another Holiday Season, to many Manitobans the question remains as always: Does the countdown to Christmas bring us joy - or does it lead to bouts of stress? Do we experience pleasure or do we find ourselves engrossed in frantic and frenetic chaos? Once again many of us are faced with bravely venturing forward into crowded and congested stores and shopping malls, struggling not only with trying to maneuver our way through an endless parade of like-minded consumers, oblivious to the Yuletide music piped throughout the shopping environment intended to keep us geared in the spirit of the season - but often plagued with indecision over what Christmas gift to purchase for that someone on your list never easy to please, be he/she family, friend or even co-worker. Let's face it; gift buying on a whim is rarely easy. In fact, it can become a downright chore. How many more socks, neckties and Chia Pets can one possibly receive, let alone accept with genuine appreciation? And how much more money and motivation must be spent, just to get this yearly task out of the way?

Fortunately, there is a solution, one that will free you both from the strain and frustration of traditional shopping while still providing the gift that everyone can value and appreciate: The gift of health and well-being.

Academy Massage offers affordable gift cards available in denominations of $50 or $100, the perfect gift or stocking stuffer alternative for that someone hard to buy for but who would benefit from some "me-time." A full-body massage is perfect for anyone who is experiencing aches, pain or pressure - or just for someone who might welcome a little pampering, especially at this hectic time of year. A deep, relaxing professional massage will help to energize the body, stimulate strained or weakened joints and muscles, while effectively eliminating stress and tension and help you recover from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We offer various massage techniques and a consultation with one of our massage therapists will help to determine which one is best.

Academy Massage gift cards can also be used to purchase a wide array of carefully selected specialty products. These include professional grade oils and lotions to relax and soothe. As well, we offer items to help enhance health and benefit your overall physical and emotional well-being. These products can be checked out on our website.

For your convenience gift cards can also be ordered and sent by mail. We accept all major credit cards.

Academy Massage again reminds you that gift cards are not just reserved for Christmas. They are available year 'round for special occasions where you want to show that you care about that most special commodity that concerns each of us: Our health.

As the year nears its close, the staff at Academy Massage again wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Winter Falls and Fractures

Winter Falls and Fractures - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
With winter suddenly upon us, Academy Massage cautions people to be careful when traveling along our slippery sidewalks and streets. 

Falls resulting in fractures are common and injuries are not necessarily exclusive to the elderly or those struggling with impaired or limited mobility. A bone fracture can encompass anything from a hairline crack (stress fracture) to a complete break (compound fracture). 

Of course, extra care must be exercised by older people as their bones are more brittle, but an incorrect fall can create the same problem for someone of younger years. While traditional medical treatment should be sought following a fall to mend the fracture, massage therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment that can be administered to reduce pain and discomfort in the soft tissue surrounding a fracture injury. As well, massage can assist in reducing edema and muscle tension not only in the affected area but the framework that compensates the injury, along with restoring circulation and muscle tone.  

At Academy Massage, our trained therapists are skilled in working with the aftermath healing of fractures. We work out a treatment plan specifically geared to your injury that will help you regain full function more quickly as the mobility and stability of the compensating muscles has been addressed. Initially, our therapist will only work above the cast so not to disturb the healing bone. Once the cast has been removed properly applied techniques to restore tissue health.

If you have suffered a fracture and choose to take an alternative approach to recovery, please call our office to schedule an appointment and get yourself on the mend.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Your Year-end Unused Benefits

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As we find ourselves nearing the end of another year, one can reflect on how quickly 2015 passed and perhaps look back on all that had been accomplished during the preceding months. As we prepare for winter our bodies may enter a slowdown period following warm seasons where we participated in a variety of physical activities, ranging from chores to pleasures. With the long-awaited arrival of spring came the post-winter tidying and readying the yard and garden for the planting flowers and vegetables. Summer brought with it all the fun activities to enjoy, from participating in competitive outdoor sports to individual preferences such as running, hiking or swimming. With autumn comes another return to yard care, with raking and bagging leaves at the top of the list. And with another winter soon to be on the horizon, that means bringing out the snow shovel and cleaning off the sidewalk and/or driveway.

The activities of the past year have left many of us with strained and exhausted muscles, exertion that has ranged from mild to moderate to strenuous. While the weather is warm and we keep our bodies active we don't always experience the stress we put on our muscles and joints. But as most activities slow during the winter months, as the cold descends upon the province, it is likely we may start to experience pain and stiffness that we either had stubbornly ignored or maybe just hadn't paid much attention to.

In short, now may be the perfect time for a winter tune-up - and not just for your car.
While massage therapy is included in most employee benefits packages or insurance plans, many people leave a significant portion unused. Academy Massage would again like to remind our valued clients that with 2015 winding down, you may still have unused insurance benefits that will expire at the end of the year, as most insurance companies do not allow these unused benefits to be carried forward to the following year. Now is the ideal time to take advantage of those existing benefits by treating yourself to any of our customized massage treatments or other specialized therapies, including laser therapy, shockwave therapy and kinesiotaping. Whether intended for an existing physical condition or to stimulate your muscles to be ready and in shape for the long, uncertain winter ahead; the relieving of stress or tension - or maybe just to pamper yourself to the deep-rooted relaxation professional massage can provide, we encourage you to close out the year with a visit to our office.

At Academy Massage we also recommend that you do not hesitate to schedule your appointment for a massage session. As the days get nearer to Christmas, our therapists are busy with clients who are looking for last minute massage treatments and bookings may become difficult to reserve.
If you still have an active insurance benefit: Use it, don't lose it.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Massage Treatment for Workplace or Automobile Related Injuries

Shoulder Pain from Desk Work - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Unless one works in a potentially dangerous profession such as police officer, fireman or skyscraper window washer, injuries in the workplace are generally not considered a common concern. The truth, however, is that such hazards are more frequent than most people think - and are not restricted to high-risk occupations.

People employed in sedentary occupations are just as prone to physical ailments related to their jobs. In particular, technology-driven workplace environments such as long hours before computers have shown an increase in musculoskeletal injuries. Prolonged sitting, poor body posture are the most common causes. Problems may not occur immediately, but gradually become noticeable over time. What is imperative is that these symptoms not be ignored as they can result in debilitating or even permanent damage if not properly attended to. An untreated workplace injury affects your ability to do your job, and thus may also threaten your capability to earn a living. The most common injuries include trauma to the back and neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a variety of headaches. Oftentimes conventional medical treatment alone might not be the answer. While medications alleviate the pain, they do not address the underlying cause of the problem or help with the oftentimes emotional aspects.

This is where massage can play an effective and positive role. Massage not only helps with the relief of physical suffering and may prevent future injuries, but also aids in dealing with anxiety, depression and even sleep disturbances that may relate to one's injury.

An auto accident is another situation that can result in trauma that may surface as a delayed reaction. Injuries most common in a motor vehicle accident include whiplash, and other muscular strains and sprains that affect the shoulder, lower back, mid-back, elbow, hip and knee. Even a minor fender-bender can produce problems that might not be immediately evident. Accidents vary and so does the severity of the injury. It is recommended that treatment be sought immediately following an auto mishap, regardless of whether or not you have not sustained noticeable injuries. Besides preventing the potential for later musculoskeletal disturbances, one of the primary benefits associated with massage therapy is the relaxation that can help reduce or eliminate the effects of shock and trauma on your nervous system. The release of tension throughout the body can reverse damages caused by the jolt of a sudden impact and prevent those injuries from becoming more severe. Massage also promotes the circulation of blood and encourages the healthy function of the lymphatic system which can control the swelling - or edema - that usually comes from an auto injury. Massage helps to maintain and improve range of motion and may even help prevent the formation of scar tissue.

So whether your complaint comes from a workplace injury - or is the result of an automobile collision, your first choice should be to visit one of Academy Massage's trained and qualified massage therapists who will work with you to determine the best course of therapy to put you back on track.

Friday, October 9, 2015

With the Hockey Season Officially Under Way

Foam Rollers for Stretching - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Excitement builds in the air among the fans and especially the teams, both professional and amateur. As with football, hockey creates its own collisions and as it is a full-body sport, demanding speed, agility and balance, the entire body should be in prime physical condition to withstand the rigors of the sport. Muscles are put into action in multiple movement patterns and the proper training and maintenance of these muscles are essential if the player wants to perform at the top of his game.

The core should be strengthened first as this is where movement begins. The muscles in the lower body most in need of training include the lower back, thighs, inner thighs, hamstrings, the rectus abdominis (the major muscle in the center of the stomach) and hip flexors. These are the muscles responsible for acceleration in skating, stopping and twisting and the change of direction on the ice, and are important because often during the game you perform many of these actions simultaneously.

Since proper warm-up is the key, one of the most effective procedures to prepare the body for the ice is the foam roll. The benefit of the foam roll is that it massages the trigger points - or muscle knots. Working these trigger points helps to improve the blood flow to the muscle tissue and readies the muscles to perform quickly, which is vital with the hard contractions that occur in hockey. In addition, foam rolling addresses muscle imbalances, increases range of motion, increases long-term flexibility, and can help a muscle recover after exercise and aid in recovery.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Osteoarthritis and the Benefit of Massage Therapy

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Osteoarthritis is a painful, often debilitating disease that is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide - and with no discrimination when it comes to age. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disease most commonly affects the weight-bearing joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop gradually and include Pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness, loss of flexibility, hearing or feeling a grating sensation when the joint is used.

The joints in the body are connected by a firm, fibrous connective tissue called Articular Cartilage. Articular Cartilage functions as a shock absorber and, if healthy, helps to facilitate smooth joint motion, allowing bones to glide over one another with minimal friction. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage wears down.

Without the protection of Articular Cartilage bone rubs against bone. There are several causes as to why the cartilage may start to break down. It can and commonly does occur with age, but the cartilage may also become damaged as the result of an injury. In addition, a genetic predisposition can cause osteoarthritis.  Being overweight is another contributing factor as it increases the risk of cartilage wearing down in the hip, knee, and ankle joints. Also, fractures may bring about the onset, or long-term overuse from sports or other athletic activities. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease for which there is no cure. As the disease advances in severity, the density of the existing cartilage becomes thinner until it wears out completely. At this point, many sufferers seek surgery as the primary solution to the distress they experience. However, there are alternative treatments to the discomfort and oftentimes lengthy recovery period following surgery that can relieve the symptoms of pain and stiffness.

One such option is massage therapy. Chronic osteoarthritis has been shown to respond well to massage, which aids in decreasing pain, and increasing mobility. Massage is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free, all natural alternative for those suffering from osteoarthritis. Massage not only relieves the pain associated with osteoarthritis but can also improve flexibility and mobility in the affected areas. Massage encourages and increases the flow of blood, promoting oxygen to help heal the afflicted area. Additionally, massage can eliminate the toxins and inflammatory substances that have built up in the area, as well as decrease stress and instill a feeling of wellbeing. There are many forms of massage, each with its own set of benefits. These include Trigger point, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, and Reflexology. At Academy Massage, our therapists are trained to utilize the technique best suited to your specific condition.

Our therapists also encourage a proactive health program that includes a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fluids and following a proper regular exercise schedule, all of which are intended to allow you to manage and overcome the pain and the strain of osteoarthritis and enjoy the full strength and potential of your body.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Football and the Benefits of Massage

Football and the Benefits of Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
As every fan knows, football is a high-impact contact and collision sport that often results in injuries ranging from mild (strains and sprains) to severe (broken bones, concussion). From the training grounds to the playing field, the football player frequently pushes his body past the point of endurance and may end up paying a penalty for his rough and tumble action.

As a preventive measure, a performance enhancer, and an aid in the recovery process following an injury or trauma, many footballers turn to Sports Massage. Geared specifically to the athlete, this type of massage focuses on muscles that have undergone a large degree of stress and use, often to the point of overuse through repetitive and aggressive movement as part of the overall sport or competition. Sports massage is usually very deep and concentrates on those muscles that will be functioning the most strenuously during the game. The massage increases blood flow circulation and heightens muscle tone, enabling the joints and muscles to move with greater flexibility.  Massage flushes and keeps muscles maintained and in good shape, leading to quicker recovery and increased training potential, which helps to promote a better athlete.

Sports Massage can help sore muscles that have become fatigued; this in addition to identifying specifics concerning the athlete's gait, posture and other problems that may affect his performance during training or on the field.

Massage benefits football players by offering techniques to keep the athlete at optimal all 'round health which is important considering the duration of the football season, which begins in summer and progresses through fall and into winter where increased risk for colds, flu and overall general low energy exists.

Finally, massage can have important benefits when it comes to the player's psychological preparation, which is just as vital to the game as is physical stamina. Massage allows the player to relax, decreasing stress and pre-game anxiety and even permitting visualization for a positive outcome to the competition.

Due to its proven effectiveness Sports Massage has been recognized by many teams as an accepted component to an overall regimen of training and competition.

Winnipeg is a city that champions our sports teams. Whether the game is played professionally or at an amateur level, one thing remains consistent: Athletes demand optimal performance. At Academy Massage, we support and cheer our athletes and our qualified massage therapists are on hand to help you perform at your best. Pre-game or post-game or to restore to health those joints and muscles that have been compromised on the playing field, we encourage you to speak with our experienced staff to discuss the various healing, enhancement and preventive therapies Academy Massage offers to help keep you fit and active in your sport.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Reducing Avoidable Pressure Injuries

Pressure Injury from Wheelchair - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg

Pressure injuries are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by constant pressure or friction. 

Other terms by which this condition is known are pressure sores, bed sores and decubitus ("lying down") ulcers. Pressure injuries can develop when your skin and soft tissue press against a hard surface for a prolonged period of time. Under this external pressure, the blood supply is cut off, limiting oxygen supply and decreasing nutrients to the cells. Lack of blood supply can cause the skin tissue in this area to become damaged. This may result in the formation of an ulcer. The most common positions for pressure injuries are the back of the head, shoulders and shoulder blades, spine, tailbone (sacrum), elbow, heel, buttocks, and hipbones.

A pressure injury can develop in as short as 30 minutes if there is high pressure in a small area. Increased pressure over short periods of time and slight pressure for longer periods has been shown to cause equal damage.

Pressure injuries affect people who have decreased mobility and are most common among the elderly since their skin generally is thinner and more delicate; however, these injuries can affect anyone at any age who may be confined to a bed or wheelchair. Another factor contributing to the intensity and duration of pressure is reduced activity; in today's lifestyle many occupations are sedentary, with long hours spent at the computer. Without frequent standing or repositioning, continued and prolonged sitting can result in the same condition as anyone confined to a bed or wheelchair.

The healing of pressure injury may take weeks or longer. If not properly addressed, they can lead to serious complications, including inflammation, bone and joint infections abscess, and even cancer. The good news is that pressure injuries are also highly preventable and, therefore, a strong focus on prevention should be the primary consideration. These preventative measures include regularly changing position at least once every one to two hours so that the pressure does not remain steady on one part of the body, good hygiene and proper skin care, a healthy diet complete with the right vitamins and nutrients, and weight management as obesity and even being underweight have been shown to be risk factors. As is smoking and not drinking a sufficient amount of water each day, which is vital in keeping the skin hydrated. Other ways to prevent the onset of pressure injuries include staying active with a healthy and sensible daily exercise regimen and following such simple tips as avoiding clothing that is too tight and restrictive. It is also important that you check your skin often to determine whether there may be the beginning signs of pressure sores, which are Stage 1 and the easiest and most effective to treat.

In short, the key to avoiding pressure injury is to avoid stress to the skin, through frequent movement or repositioning, nutrition, and sensible cleanliness habits.

Our trained and qualified therapists at Academy Massage can advise you on an appropriate physical program that will help improve and increase blood flow, build up muscle tissue, stimulate the appetite, and overall strengthen the body.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Benefits of Massage When Healing From An Injury

Benefits of Massage When Healing From An Injury - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Physical injuries can come upon us suddenly and may result from causes ranging from a serious accident or sporting mishap to a simple sprain or strain from a sudden incorrect movement. Whatever the cause, these injuries can affect each of us in a variety of ways, and may leave us with temporary discomfort or in chronic pain. Severity and symptoms may vary but generally each will require specific treatment, and most effectively a healing geared toward targeting the underlying cause of the injury. Many people upon suffering an injury seek quick relief from their physical distress by popping a pill for immediate - if temporary - relief. But there are other remedies to be considered that go directly to the root cause and do not come with the risk of side-effects often associated with prescribed or over-the-counter medications. One of the most effective and popular procedures is therapeutic massage. The benefits of massage are numerous and go beyond just relieving stiffness and soreness. While massage helps relieve pain in damaged muscles by sending anti-inflammation messages to muscle cells, it also aids in detoxification and stress relief, improved blood and lymph circulation, and even helps to prevent future injuries.

Physical rehabilitation for an injury can be a long, frustrating and even painful procedure. To that end, massage has been shown to be an important supplement to rehabilitation treatment in that it allows the injured area to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate. Deep tissue and trigger point massage breaks up the tissues in the muscle to speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Massage has even been proven effective in recovering from broken bones, providing relief from stiffness as well as restoring movement and providing relaxation, significantly decreasing or eliminating pain and settling anxiety.
Muscles that have been heavily strained through strenuous exercise or hard physical labour can -  with repeated use - lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility. This can result in a predisposition to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears and even decreased blood flow.

By committing to a continual massage program, you can hasten the recovery process after suffering an injury. As well, regular massage for maintenance allows the therapist to focus on key muscle groups and work specific tissues that can help maintain or improve your range of motion and muscle flexibility. Regular massage also allows a therapist the opportunity to locate your particular trouble spots, including those resulting from past injuries, and thus keep an eye on them so they do not develop further problems.

At Academy Massage our professional therapists specialize in the most effectively proven massage treatments, which include Sports InjuryMassage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Maintenance Sports Massage.  

Our therapists are dedicated to your health and physical well-being and invite you to call or visit our office to discuss our various massage techniques to decide what therapy is right for you and would be most effective to optimize your individual results.

Friday, July 17, 2015

What is Sports Massage?

Sport Massage - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Sports massage is a specialized type of massage that has been proven effective in relieving aches, pains and other discomforts that occur in specific parts of the body, such as the neck, shoulders, arms and knees, areas prone to injury due to strain or overuse through physical activity. 

Sports massage involves a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport.

Sports massage was originally developed to assist athletes both as a preventive measure against injuries as well as relieving physical trauma caused by sporting mishaps. But while the treatment is geared toward athletes, everyone can benefit from sports massage therapy both for its physiological and psychological qualities. Sports massage can help maintain the body in better condition. It can also cure and restore mobility to injured or swollen muscle tissue, reduce fatigue, and overall improve physical performance whether on the playing field or in workplace labor or simply doing strenuous and/or repetitive yard or household chores.

Sports massage therapy has also been effective in helping to manage stress, which often can be a key concern prior to participating in an athletic competition, although, again, everyone can benefit from this therapy in simply dealing with the stresses that come from our fast-paced everyday lifestyle. Results are achieved by the massage releasing neurotransmitters called endorphins. Endorphins act as the body's natural pain reliever. When released through properly applied sports massage techniques these endorphins decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance a person's state of emotional well-being.

For the person engaged in athletic pursuits, sports massage provides superior benefits to enhance  physical ability, regardless of the activity or level of participation from amateur to professional, and can be applied pre- or post-game, during training or, if necessary, rehabilitation.

At Academy Massage our registered therapists offer sports massages that are both relaxing and performance enhancing. Some massages can be applied on the day of a specific event. We recommend that for anyone participating in sports or any strenuous physical activity to speak with one of our professional massage therapists to discuss a plan that works best for you.

With another summer now upon us, your friends at Academy Massage want to see you keep fit, stay limber and remain active to enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sports Massage Techniques and Benefits

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For an athlete to achieve and maintain optimum performance one of the key factors to consider is sports massage. This specific type of massage therapy is recommended not just for treating athletic injuries but as a pre-event preparation procedure and an effective preventive measure.

Sports massage is intended for everyone who partakes in athletic activities, from the career professional to the weekend golfer or casual jogger. The particulars of sports massage technique are determined by the athlete's preferred sport and focuses on those areas of the body that might be injured or suffer stress from repetitive and often aggressive or strenuous movements. During such physical activity muscle tension builds up in the body's soft tissues. Overuse, over-extension and injuries can occur in these tissues resulting in pain and compromising one's athletic performance.

Sports massage promotes blood and lymph flow throughout the body, alleviating pain and preventing muscle soreness and muscle fatigue that can affect flexibility, mobility, response time and overall athletic performance. It can also extend the life of your sporting career. The physical benefits of sports massage include:
  • Pumping
  • Stretching
  • Increased tissue permeability
  • Breaking down of scar tissue
  • Improves tissue elasticity
  • Opens micro-circulation
  • Pain Reduction
  • Relaxation
The psychological effects include:
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Invigoration
Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, and should include regular "maintenance" sessions in-between.

One of the most common setbacks for athletes is DOMS, the acronym for delayed-onset muscle soreness. This is muscle pain that develops several hours following exercise, and is most common if the exercise is unfamiliar. Recent studies have shown that sports massage may help reduce and, if integrated into a weekly training regimen, even prevent the painful and often debilitating effects of DOMS in athletes.

There are different movements and techniques used in sports massage. These include Swedish style massage, stroking, kneading, compression, friction, rhythmic striking, vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion, and trigger points. Each of these movements and techniques aids in the physical conditioning of the athlete while decreasing the chance of injury or pain and assisting in a quicker recovery.
At Academy Massage our registered therapists are trained in sports massage and utilize the most proven and effective techniques in a three-way program. Our Sport Performance and Massage offers the deeper, more stimulating Swedish techniques for enhanced athletic performance. Maintenance Sports Massage is essential to an athlete's training and focuses on deep tissue work, intended to facilitate recovery and help maintain optimal range of motion. Post-Event Sports Massage focuses on recovery by flushing out muscles and restoring nervous system activity to normal pre-activity levels. This procedure should be performed one to three hours following an athletic activity as it aids healing time and decreases the risk of DOMS.

Sports massage therapy is gaining popularity as a valuable component in a balanced training regimen. Academy Massage recommends sports massage for anyone participating in regular physical activity to help keep you in the game.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy to Treat Tendonitis

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy to Treat Tendonitis - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
Tendonitis is one of the most painful and mobility restricting conditions which is most common in the upper shoulder and lower part of the elbow, although it can also occur in the wrist and ankle. Tendons are the tight, band-like structures that connect muscles to bone.  They come in various sizes throughout the body. When the muscle contracts, the tendon is vigorously pulled.  When functioning normally, these tendons glide easily and smoothly as the muscle contracts. But if the normal smooth gliding motion of the tendon is impaired, tendonitis is usually the result.

Tendonitis occurs when tendons become swollen and irritated due to a buildup of calcium. This can severely compromise one's range of movement and cause pain and stiffness in the affected area. It can also be accompanied by a burning sensation that surrounds the joint around the inflamed tendon, and in some cases swelling, thickening and redness may occur. Tendons become inflamed for a number of reasons, most often the result of overuse, such as continuous vigorous exercise or even prolonged recreational activity, such as gardening or other yard work. While most common in people between the age of 40 and 60, tendonitis is not an exclusive condition and can affect anyone who is involved in an ongoing strenuous physical activity.

There are a number of treatments that can be prescribed for tendonitis, including anti-inflammatory medications, traditional physiotherapy, steroid injections and, in severe cases, surgery. However, many of these treatments do not guarantee results and run the risk of troublesome side-effects. One of the more recent and successful treatments has been Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, which has become an increasingly popular alternative to surgery or prescription drugs. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was originally used as a procedure to treat kidney stones, but its effectiveness has resulted in its re-development for the use in treating chronic tendon conditions.

Here at Academy Massage we have utilized this treatment to positive results.  A probe is placed onto the affected area and shockwaves are delivered through the skin. The shockwaves are felt as pulses which may feel slightly uncomfortable but are not painful. These impulses promote the increase of blood circulation and release essential nutrients which help to repair the injured tissue.

The treatment is performed in our clinic by a trained and qualified practitioner and, as it is a painless procedure, does not require any type of sedation or anesthetic. While it varies with each patient, many experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately. With continued regular treatment patients will find significant or total pain relief and increased mobility which will allow them to enjoy their normal activities.

Friday, June 12, 2015

What is Plantar Fascia, and How Can Shockwave Therapy Help?

Plantar Fasciitis, Bottom of the Foot - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
Plantar fasciitis is the abnormal inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the fibrous connective tissue located on the underside of the foot. The plantar fascia supports about 14 per cent of the total load in each foot and acts like a spring to conserve and disperse energy.  During normal walking the increased tension in the plantar fascia increases the foot stiffness and allows for the comfortable forward motion of the feet.

Plantar fasciitis is a common but painful disorder affecting a large number of Canadians. The condition not only affects the underside of the foot but also the heel, resulting in extreme discomfort especially when pressure is put on the foot. Its cause can range from athletic overuse (specifically high impact running), standing for extended periods, obesity or age.

Complications can arise if the planter fascia continues to be overused during the period of planter fasciitis, in which case the planter fascia has the potential to rupture, causing swelling and severe pain in the sole of the foot.

Surgery has been the last resort for patients when other treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections do not prove effective. However, surgery has not always been effective in treating plantar fasciitis, and there is always the risk of post-surgery complications and side-effects.

At Academy Massage we have found that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has yielded beneficial results for those clients suffering from planter fasciitis, aiding in promoting healing and the reduction of discomfort. Since the patient receives the treatment extracorporeally (outside the body) there is no need for invasive surgery, thus providing a low risk procedure with a faster recovery time. As well, the treatment minimizes the side effects from the treatment itself.

Before beginning ESWT our qualified therapists will carefully assess the condition to understand the history so that treatments can be properly furnished to the patient’s needs and symptoms. The procedure itself is simple. It is performed in our clinic and is completed in a relatively short period of time, usually between fifteen to thirty minutes. The therapy works by a probe targeting thousands of shock waves directly to the area that is experiencing pain, thus promoting increased blood flow and stimulating and propelling the necessary body nutrients that are vital to healing. Following subsequent treatments there will be a noticeable improvement in symptoms leading to significant reduction in the original pain.

The other good news is that most patients had successful results with only one treatment of ESWT. It has been recognized by practitioners and patients alike as a breakthrough treatment that can make common problems like heel pain virtually obsolete. Many people with chronic pain problems including shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, hip and groin pain and many other musculoskeletal issues. are turning to ESWT to find relief from their discomfort.

Our clients' care is paramount. We strongly advise that if you are suffering from chronic pain that you arrange an appointment to consult with one of our therapists so that a proper treatment program can be started immediately to alleviate your distress and prevent further injury.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Athletic Therapy & Physiotherapy Part 2

Physiotherapy - Academy Massage Therapy - Winnipeg Massage TherapistsHow similar are athletic therapy and physiotherapy? 

In the first part of our May blog we focused on Athletic Therapy and how and when it is best utilized to provide relief from injuries mainly pertaining to sports. In this segment we will discuss Physiotherapy. Again it should be stated that while there are distinct similarities in treatment methods, in training and designation there are significant differences between an Athletic Therapist and a Physiotherapist.

It is important to note that only a registered physiotherapist is permitted to use the terms "physiotherapist", "physical therapist" or the professional designation "PT".  Moreover, only registered physiotherapists are permitted to provide physiotherapy assessment, treatment or evaluation.  He/she is a  healthcare professional who works with clients to identify, provide the proper therapy to both treat the problem and maintain optimal health. Physiotherapists concentrate on the function of multiple body systems, improving functional independence and physical performance, preventing and managing physical impairments, disabilities and handicaps while promoting health and fitness. In addition, Physiotherapists are educated in the correct usage of electrical modalities, which includes ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and cold wave laser therapy. This in addition to manual therapy and an exercise rehabilitation program.

Physiotherapists undergo similar training as athletic therapists, but their instruction is more comprehensive in the understanding and treatment of all anatomical injuries. For instance, a Physiotherapist is trained to assess and treat burn patients, people recovering from strokes, traumatic and congenital neurology as well as the elderly. Some will also treat sports injuries as well. The education of the Athletic Therapist is focused on the area of assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries. The Physiotherapist also has a broader scope of practice in their formal education. They possess an undergraduate or master's degree in physiotherapy. Frequently, a physiotherapist will  choose to further their education and take advanced courses in such subjects as cardio-respiratory, pediatrics, orthopedics, neuroscience, rheumatology and sports physiotherapy. Before a physiotherapist can begin his or her practice, they must first register with the College of Physiotherapy in the province/territory they wish to practice in. A registered physiotherapist is eligible to use the term physical therapist or PT. To become a sports physiotherapist they must take additional classes in emergency procedures and register with Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

Physiotherapists analyze the impact of injury, disease or disorder on movement and function during activities of daily living. They promote, restore and prolong physical independence and encourage clients to assume responsibility for their health. They concentrate on the function of multiple body systems and incorporate a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. Patients vary from young children to the elderly, and involve a variety of conditions. 

Academy Massage does not currently have a Physiotherapist on staff, but employs certified Athletic Therapists who specialize in treating acute and chronic injuries to muscles, bones and joints, providing care and management of sports and orthopedic trauma: Those that may result from home, workplace or auto accidents, or chronic and recurring conditions. To assist our clients we bill directly to Autopac and Workers Compensation.

Concern for our clients is always a priority at Academy Massage.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Athletic Therapy & Physiotherapy Part 1

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How similar are athletic therapy and physiotherapy? 

Here at Academy Massage this is a question we are frequently asked by those clients seeking the correct course of therapy for pains and/or injuries they might have incurred through various physical mishaps. In fact, as far as treatment procedures go, there is very little difference as both employ manual therapy, modalities, acupuncture and prescribe proper exercise.

The main difference between Athletic (or Sports) Therapy and Physiotherapy is in the education and training as each has a specific scope of practice and designation: A Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada is CAT(C), and a licensed physiotherapist is PT. In this, the first installment of our two-part May blog, we will discuss the practice of Athletic Therapy.

A Certified Athletic Therapist specializes in injury prevention and the immediate care and rehabilitation, should an injury occur, specifically as it relates to team sports or one's individual athletic regimen, be that running, swimming, handball, a strenuous workout at the gym - or even training for an upcoming marathon or triathlon. The prevention program includes musculoskeletal (the muscles, bones and joints of the body) and postural evaluation, a warm-up procedure and conditioning, prophylactic or supportive taping, proper equipment selection, fitting and repair, and adapting the individual to the activity, environment, and facilities. They are also likely to be participants in sports and therefore understand these specific injuries and the demands placed upon athletes in order to compete.

The Athletic Therapist is also trained to assess, evaluate and provide the proper treatment to acute sports trauma. This may include applying on-site first aid or preparation for entry into an appropriate health facility. Athletic therapists frequently employ an aggressive treatment protocol to facilitate the healing process, and have yielded quite successful results. Because of their overall effectiveness in trauma prevention and injury management, Athletic Therapists work closely with professional and national teams, and also in sports clinics across the country.

The education and training is comprehensive and intensive. Athletic Therapists must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution as well as an advanced certification in Athletic Therapy. In addition, they are required to intern at least 1200 hours of practical experience divided into 600 hours of clinical and 600 hours of on-field experience under supervision of a Certified Athletic Therapist. Once candidates have completed these internship hours, hold a valid CPR and First Aid Certificate, and have written support from their supervisor, they are required to write a three-hour examination. 

Candidates must also complete two practical exams which focus on emergency care, modalities, assessment, taping, and rehabilitation. After successful completion, they must maintain good standing with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association to receive the CAT(C) designation. It is a demanding training schedule that is necessary to ensure injuries are both properly evaluated and attended to.

Whether preparing for an athletic event or suffering pain from a sports-related injury, we recommend that you book an appointment with Academy Massage to discuss with one of our certified and qualified Athletic Therapists the treatment best for you.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Healing Therapy of Acupuncture

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Originating as a centuries-old healing remedy of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture continues to be recognized as an effective drug-free therapy for pain and other physical - and even emotional - complaints and is among the most widely practiced forms of alternative medicine not only in the east but throughout the world. Because acupuncture is designed to increase the level of whole body health, the treatment not only reduces pain immediately but can prevent a recurrence of pain in the same area.

Among the chronic conditions that have benefited from acupuncture are migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, neck and lower back pain, and allergies. Encouraging results have even been seen for those living with fibromyalgia. As well, people suffering from anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia and even adverse chemotherapy side effects and addictions have reported excellent results from this alternative treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to provide positive effects on the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine and immune system and cardiovascular system.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's various systems. This is achieved by inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points in the body, called acupoints. These acupoints connect with certain pathways ("meridians") that carry vital energy (or chi) throughout the body. In treatments for conditions such as arthritis, acupuncture points are stimulated all over the body, not just directly over the affected area. The needles stay inserted in the area(s) for a set amount of time, and are then removed. The length, number and frequency of treatments varies according to the intensity of the pain, and its persistency with the patient.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, physical pain is caused by blockages. These blockages impede the flow of chi and disrupt well-being and ultimately can lead to sickness and infirmity. By stimulating the proper acupoints, acupuncture helps to correct and balance that flow, clearing up blockages and opening the circulation in the affected area to eliminate pain, promote healing, and increase vitality throughout the body.

Acupuncture relief is threefold. First, it causes the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain relievers, which inhibit the perception of pain naturally. Second, it blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain through the nervous system. Thirdly, it deactivates trigger points. Trigger points are tender and extremely reactivate areas that develop within muscles. The result of acupuncture is the relaxation of both mind and body.

Acupuncture is a safe and relatively painless procedure (with the benefits far outweighing any minimal discomfort you may experience), but the treatment should be carried out by a qualified therapist. The specialists at Academy Massage are trained in the practice of acupuncture and invite you to visit our office where we will work with you to identify your pain and fashion an effective treatment plan designed to heal your body.

In today's active and fast-paced world people are prone to injury or occurrences resulting in physical or emotional distress. Whatever your pain, acupuncture can provide the solution. At Academy Massage we remain committed to strategies and treatments to help keep you on your toes. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

World Health Day 2015 - April 7th

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Since it was established in 1948, World Health Day has been celebrated every year in recognition of the founding of the World Health Organization. WHO is the leading global authority within the United Nations.  Each year WHO organizes international, regional and local events on April 7 that focus on a health challenge or theme intended to foster awareness to a current global health issue. In past years such topics as global polio eradication, maintaining healthy blood pressure, ageing and health and even the effects of climate change and road safety have been addressed. The theme in 2015 year is Food Safety, a relevant topic given the increasing globalization of our food supply and the need to reinforce food safety systems in and between all countries. This in addition to widespread concerns at home over unsafe food preparation and handling and the serious if not potentially fatal health problems that can result from carelessness or neglect.

It has been estimated that food containing harmful substances ranging from bacteria and viruses to parasites and chemical substances has been responsible for more than 200 diseases including diarrhoeal disease, reproductive and developmental problems, and various cancers. Contaminated food has contributed to the deaths of some 2 million people each year - children numbering among the highest in this disturbing statistic. Viral disease caused from the consumption of tainted food has been of a specific concern since the first Ebola cases were linked to contaminated bush meat.

A safe and nutritious food supply is essential for maintaining good health. Unfortunately, new food safety threats are constantly emerging, creating greater concerns to the general public as well as drawing greater attention from government agencies. These threats can be attributed to changes in food production, distribution and consumption, along with changes to the environment, new and emerging pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. Each pose a serious challenge to food safety.

WHO aids countries in the prevention, detection and in the responding to food disease outbreaks and, together with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, alerts nations to food safety emergencies.
WHO advocates that food safety is a shared responsibility. This year the mandate of World Health Day is to educate not only consumers but all along the food production chain from primary producers and manufacturers to vendors - along with health practitioners and those who work in various government offices - about the importance of food safety so that everyone can play a part in ensuring that the food that we and our families eat is pure and healthy. 

Each one of us needs to be concerned about our health and the health of our community. World Health Day 2015 is a perfect opportunity for you to get involved. Academy Massage encourages our friends and clients to help spread the word about the importance of global health on April 7 using #safefood. Or you can participate simply by taking those first steps to improve your physical well-being through a diet and/or exercise program that will help motivate you to keep healthy and active as the sunny days of summer fast approach.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy

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In recent years new therapies have been implemented by alternative medical practitioners to help manage and to alleviate their patients' physical pain. Here at Academy Massage, we are committed to put into practice advances in technologies to help you, our valued clients, enjoy a better and more active quality of life.

One such therapy is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. "Extra-corporeal" means "outside the body" and refers to the fact that the shockwaves are generated outside the body by the device.  A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave traveling faster than the speed of sound.  ESWT employs these shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system, particularly those problems that occur where major connective tissues attach to bone.  The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain. This repeated shockwave to the affected or injured area stimulates and accelerates the healing process, creating new blood flow into the area. It is this increased circulation that promotes tissue healing.

Conditions that have shown beneficial results through ESWT include: muscle pain and injuries, joint injuries, Achilles tendonitis or tendinosis, plantar fasciosis or fasciitis, connective tissue pain and degeneration and stress fractures.

Academy Massage advises that the number of Shockwave Therapy treatments varies depending on the severity of the injury. Our trained therapists will assess your condition and provide you with an estimate of the amount of treatments that has been found to be clinically appropriate to effectively treat your condition, and prevent it from returning. 

Another treatment that has proven effective in the reduction of acute, chronic or post-operative inflammatory pain is cold laser therapy. As with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy is a relatively new technology when compared to alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy. Cold lasers (sometimes called Low Level Lasers (LLL) or soft lasers) are safe and the procedure itself is quick - treatments are generally 1-2 minutes or less per area and most conditions require approximately 3 to 4 areas. The treatment is also painless as cold lasers do not generate heat. Cold lasers target acupuncture trigger points along with applying a broad coverage of tissue and bone with red light photons to reduce pain and accelerate healing. When laser light interacts with tissue, it causes certain photochemical reactions to occur which stimulate natural biological processes. Many of these reactions have beneficial effects on the body, which help to control pain and promote the healing process. Arthritis, tennis elbow, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, knee and back discomfort, among many other painful and debilitating conditions, have benefited from cold laser therapy. Healing time is dependent upon how chronic the condition is. While some patients with lesser injuries feel immediate improvement, more serious problems may require anywhere from 18–25 visits. Acute injuries generally require 8–10 visits.

Daily visits may be required at the beginning of your treatment schedule, but as your condition improves visits should decrease accordingly.

Academy Massage is pleased to include these two technologies as part of our successful alternative healing program. We invite you to visit our office and discover for yourself the therapeutic value of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy.

Friday, March 13, 2015

When and Why to see an Athletic Therapist

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Contrary to what most people might think, everyone can benefit from a session with an athletic therapist.

The reason is that whether we are aware or not, each day in everyone's life we are doing something that requires athletic physical manipulation often leading to strain and pain. Simple activities such as gardening (spring is in the air!) and performing household chores involve movement that conceivably can result in injury or a muscular imbalance. Such non-related sports injuries may result from work-related injuries, motor vehicle injuries, repetitive strain injuries and pre- and post-surgery conditions. A common complaint is chronic neck and back pain that has developed without any apparent trigger. Again, this can be the possible result of an unrecognized strain.

If you suffer from an ache or pain, the therapists at Academy Massage will assess your condition and provide the best and most effective treatment for your specific injury to help you return to the active lifestyle you enjoyed beforehand - and in fact, in most cases, to function in a condition noticeably improved prior to your injury.

Academy Massage also offers a program designed to aid in the prevention of strain or injury.

Whether you are dealing with an injury or want to prevent an injury from occurring, the athletic therapists at Academy Massage can tailor a plan to your specific need(s) so that you need not suffer the slings and arrows of physical discomfort. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Taping to Prevent or Treat Injury

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There are various procedures to treat, support or prevent injuries either resulting from sports or everyday activities. Taping has proven to be an effective method both in aiding prevention and injury rehabilitation and recovery. There are a number of different products available as well as a variety of techniques that are used to help protect the joints, ligaments and tendons. Because there are different muscle tape products to choose from, it is important the proper one is selected to treat one's specific muscle injury. As well, the proper application of each technique may be different depending upon your need. At Academy Massage our therapists are trained and knowledgeable in prescribing and applying the taping technique that is the right fit for you, by assessing the type of injury you are trying to prevent or to promote recovery.

Taping is often used in sports and athletic competition to support weak or athletically compromised joints, injuries that can result in shin splints, ankle sprains, knee joint injuries, shoulder and elbow problems and even wrist and thumb manipulation. Athletic taping allows for an extension of activity through a lessening of stress on the injury, ultimately relieving the associative pain and discomfort, and increasing mobility.

At Academy Massage our specialists employ therapeutic taping to relieve pressure on swollen or injured soft tissue to provide support during healing. This is designed to promote the body's natural healing process. Massage therapy performed by our skilled professionals can also be used in conjunction with taping for the treatment of soft tissue injuries to beneficial effect.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tendonitis and the Healing Benefits of Massage

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Oftentimes euphemistically referred to as tennis elbow, tendonitis is a particularly painful inflammation of the tendon that generally is a chronic condition common in the upper and lower limbs. A tendon is a thick cord of fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. There are hundreds of tendons throughout the human body but in most cases only specific tendons are prone to cause problems. Tendons have limited blood supply and can be easily damaged through strain or repetitive or overuse and may result from a broad array of activities, ranging from gardening to sports. While occurring most frequently in those in the 40 to 60 age range, the condition can affect anyone as tendonitis may also be associated with an inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or may occur as the result of an injury. In severe cases the pain can be almost debilitating and function of the affected area may be limited. Acute tendonitis may lead to chronic tendonitis (called tendonitis or tendinopathy) if the person does not adequately rest the joint or if the person continues to overwork the joint while experiencing symptoms.

Rotator cuff tendonitis is a common form of tendonitis characterized by pain in the shoulder, the shoulder tip, and upper regions of arm. This pain tends to get worse with activities like pulling, pushing, lifting, or even simply reaching. Other symptoms associated with rotator cuff tendonitis may include tenderness and swelling. There are many treatments for tendonitis intended to heal the injured tendon, such as restricted activity, rest, elevation, compression, the application of ice on the affected area, and anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery may also be performed in extreme cases, but usually as a last alternative.

Massage therapy has been proven effective both to accelerate the healing of tendonitis as well as providing excellent treatment for the pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Massages are considered to be one of the best methods for increasing blood flow to the injured area, thereby increasing oxygenation and speeding up the healing process. Massage for tendonitis helps to relieve excessive tension and facilitates the reduction of scar tissue (which restricts mobility) with hands-on manipulation of the affected area. Icing may also be done before and after massage to provide pain relief.

The staff at Academy Massage are experienced, licensed massage therapists who can assess your condition and recommend the massage techniques that are right for you.  We offer a variety of massage styles that incorporate elements of cross fiber and active release techniques to relieve tendonitis.

Deep tissue massage has been shown to provide the most benefit for treating tendonitis. The treatment involves the stimulation of a ligament or tendon to mobilize it as much as possible. Deep tissue massage, when performed before active exercise, can help reduce the pain associated with tendonitis and restore mobility. This type of massage therapy is particularly effective in cases of soft tissue injury.

Academy Massage advises that massage therapy should not be administered during the acute stage of a tendonitis injury (which is typically the first 48 hours after injury). As well, massage therapy should not be performed when tissues are swollen or visibly inflamed.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fitness Trends for 2015

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How can you get the most out of your new fitness routine?  Incorporate massage!

According to a recent Canadian survey, the top ten fitness trends of 2015 highlight the following:

  1. High-intensity interval training
  2. Functional fitness
  3. Older adult training
  4. Working out with certified/experienced fitness professionals
  5. Personal training
  6. Body weight training
  7. Express workouts
  8. Nutrition education programs
  9. Boot camps
  10. Circuit training

Perhaps the most popular form of fitness training has been and likely will continue to be Pilates, a complete mind-body "experience" of physical conditioning which helps to build strength and stamina and increase flexibility, along with reducing stress, relieving muscle tension and stiffness; improving posture and aiding in the reduction of chronic pain. Pilates focuses on the core of the body - the abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks - and integrates deep-breathing techniques that help improve concentration and control.

Pilates not only contributes to one’s physical well-being; it also helps to connect the mind to the body.

Academy Massage recognizes the benefits of combining therapeutic massage with Pilates training to promote the strengthening of muscles and unwind tension, in effect helping clients to attain a stronger, relaxed and balanced body. In addition, both procedures promote healthier circulation that feed muscles, bones and internal organs with the oxygen and nutrients necessary to function properly.

Academy Massage also realizes the benefits of combining massage therapy and yoga as an effective way of achieving optimum health for mind, body and spirit. There are a variety of yoga formats, but in conjunction with massage, each can benefit through:
  • Improving flexibility
  • Increasing circulation
  • Relieving stress
You might choose to have a massage prior to or following your yoga session. But keep aware that each performs a specific and effective function. Having a massage before a yoga session helps to warm and loosen muscles. As well, a pre-massage can make it easier to maintain the necessary concentration, sustaining focus by removing attention from the day’s worries, concerns and other distractions.  Enjoying a massage after yoga creates a feeling of deep relaxation, a tranquil experience which may even last throughout the rest of the day.

CrossFit is a popular fitness program that combines a variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. These systems may include pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weight lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a number of other exercises. Each naturally puts a strain on one's body and so massage treatment will provide optimum benefits both before and after the strenuous workout.

Before deciding to explore these latest fitness trends be sure to call Academy Massage for an individual consultation. Not only will our trained and licensed massage specialists assist you in choosing the right recommendation for your preferred exercise program, but our own specialized sessions are designed to promote your flexibility to decrease your risk of injury, and will aid significantly in improving your overall endurance. Studies indicate that allowing for a post-workout massage reduces recovery time and offers the necessary balance to those who are training for a long-distance marathon or other physical activity requiring staying power.

You can rest assured that when it comes to aiding and supplementing today's fitness practices, Academy Massage will not steer you wrong.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Make Massage Part of Your New Year's Resolutions

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For most people New Year's comes with a new set of resolutions. Generally these are a commitment to improving oneself and embracing a healthier lifestyle, which may include quitting smoking, a determination to lose weight (always a concern after feasting during the Holidays) - or to begin and maintain an exercise regime.

Whatever your resolutions for 2015, your friends at Academy Massage would like to remind you that incorporating regular massage into your health, fitness or personal care program can enhance the benefits and leave you relaxed and free of stress and anxiety, or invigorated, pumped with extra energy, primed for that upcoming workout.

Massage has been an effective healing tool in many cultures for thousands of years as ancient practitioners discovered the numerous body and mind benefits ranging from treating chronic illness to restoring physical peace and balance.

And so as a new and exciting year has come upon us, Academy Massage would like to remind our valued clients - old and new - that massage should not be considered a mere indulgence. It is part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We wish one and all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015!