Thursday, November 15, 2018

The merry cranberry
- a healthy enhancer!




Native to North America - the cranberry has long been a staple fruit on the prairies, in fact some of you may remember picking cranberries as a kid, while others may still enjoy this outing, and the rest of us have a favourite retail location at which to purchase these tart little treasures.

As they did in the past, today the cranberry continues to ingratiate itself in a multitude of food items. At this time of year, they are often spotted floating atop the punch. Dried, sweetened versions of this beauty often grace festive gatherings. They are, of course, a great garnish at the holiday table. And throughout the year cranberries are good as juice, add great colour to a salad, and provide a good accent to muffins and loaves. Most every food it seems, can be enhanced with a good handful of cranberries.

Some have even titled cranberries - among the world’s healthiest foods. A Google search lists upwards of 13 health benefits related to consuming antioxidant cranberries, including weight loss!

And what’s more, cranberries are truly tasty.

The acknowledged healthiest way to consume them is - raw! Slicing them in half before you add them to something is probably the best way to make them the most chewable.

Following are a couple of cranberry hydration recipes which offer a seasonal twist to your post massage hydration.

Refreshing water choices provide a lift to your spirit, as well as your body. Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple.

Also remember to drink plenty of water, particularly after your massage! Drinking lots of water at this time will help flush out the toxins released during your massage, and rehydrate your muscles.

Orange Cranberry Zip

Ingredients
1 orange
1 cup raw cranberries
water

Directions
Slice orange, leaving the rind on, into 1/4 inch rounds.
Slice raw cranberries into halves.
Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher of water, and stir.
Chill for an hour.
Enjoy!


Minty Cranberry Aah

Ingredients
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 lb raw cranberries
water
ice

Directions
Wash mint leaves, and chop very coarsely.
Slice raw cranberries into halves.
Add all ingredients, including water and ice to a punch bowl or drink dispenser, stir.
Serve immediately.
Enjoy!



Thursday, November 8, 2018

KELLY SANCHEZ RMT



Kelly Sanchez is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). She’s been with Academy Massage Therapy for 13 years. Why? Because she likes the place - a lot!

I really like Debby. She’s nice to the staff. She’s caring and concerned about us. If someone doesn’t come into work. She’s on the phone immediately checking to see if they’re okay, or if they need anything. Really, she’s more of a friend, than a boss,” explains Kelly, in her description of Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage

The atmosphere here feels like home. I like the people that work here. And the clients, I like working with them.”

Kelly chuckles when she tells the story about how she became a massage therapist.

I really wasn’t quite certain about what direction to take after I finished high school,” says Kelly. “I has briefly thought about nursing, but I can’t stand the sight of blood or needles, so that wouldn’t have worked out too well.”

In grades 11 and 12, we used to see lots of films. I always sat with one of my girl friends who always appreciated having her back rubbed. So I did that every time we watched a movie. Then word spread, and lots of people would say that they needed a back rub. And eventually I was rubbing different people’s back throughout the entire movie.”

Still not certain about which direction to take, after her graduation from grade 12, it was her friend, Angie, who pointed out to Kelly that she’s be rubbing her classmates’ backs for two years, and so why didn’t she. “just do it!”

And that’s what Kelly did!

A few details about Kelly’s areas of specialty follow:

  • pre-natal massage - Kelly does both pre- and post-natal massage. “I think I like just about everything about pregnancy,” says Kelly. Most often, women come to her asking for pre-natal massage. This massage assists the function of both muscles and joints, while improving circulation, and relieving fatigue.

  • neck, face and scalp massage - focuses on the jaw joint, TMJ or temporo mandibular joint, explains Kelly. Most often brought on by stress, grinding teeth or clenching the jaw - the muscles and soft tissue of the very upper region of the body are manipulated to relax the muscles, increase the blood and oxygen to these areas and ultimately relieve pain.

  • sinus massage - Kelly believes, “a good head, neck and face massage will clear up so many issues.” A sinus massage works nicely on a cold, congestion, allergies and sinus headaches. The massage focuses on the forehead, around the eyes, and along the cheekbones, under the eyes and back again.

  • breast massage - Kelly sees breast massage as stimulating blood flow to the breasts, thereby decreasing tension and stress. Most notably, Kelly explains that breast massage is helpful for women who have had a mastectomy, particularly when dealing with scar tissue.
  • aromatherapy - And what are the benefits of aromatherapy? Kelly says there are many, including: reduction of anxiety, easing depression, boosting energy levels, speeding up the healing process, eliminating headaches, boosting cognitive performance, inducing sleep, strengthening the immune system, reducing pain, improving digestion and increasing circulation.

You can book an appointment with Kelly or any of the 50+ massage therapists at Academy Massage Therapy by calling 204-489-5050.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Academy Massage Therapy gift cards
-   help for the holiday gift gap


Oh my goodness! What to do? What to do?


Is that the little voice inside our heads - as each day lurches closer to the holidays? Sometimes we probably can’t even find the stop button for that little tune.


In fact, the shopping solution is actually right here.


It’s the Academy Massage Therapy gift card!


Available for purchase in any denomination at the front counter, and a sweet solution with many applications:



  • the newspaper delivery person - who clambers over snow drifts in the winter, and jumps over puddles in the summer


  • the neighbour who helps you with the yard work - taking care of the lawn and trimming, the snow and ice


  • the vet - who listens, strategizes, encourages and heals Harry, the cat



  • the garage mechanic - head under the car, ear under the hood, greasy hands and a big smile when the job is done



  • the gym coach - who believes, persists and prods, when all you want to do is to plop to the ground



  • your kid’s teacher - a thank you for the patience, guidance, thoughtful comments, classroom lessons, after school activities, piles of pages corrected and lesson prep



  • the health care worker - who daily pops in on your mom with a cheery smile, and slice of just-baked banana loaf for her to sample



  • the health care professional - whose medical intervention means that you have breath, sight, hearing, life - and the ability to do your own version of the two-step at the family social



  • the kids - always tearing about with not a minute to spare, and not a second to stop



  • your partner - your best friend, your relationship, the most important person in your life. Gift cards can cover single or couple massage therapy choices.



“I like to think of the Academy Massage Therapy gift card as a gift of true caring and thoughtfulness,” said Academy Massage owner, Debby MacKenzie. “It’s essentially wellness in a box.”


Purchase options are up to you - choose from a single massage or a regime of massage appointments which span the course of a year, and everything in between.


“Our gift cards really do say - ‘Wishing you well!’,” Debby noted.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Before year end -
use up your coverage!



There’s only about two months, or a little more than eight weeks before the end of the year! Can you believe it?

“NOW IS THE TIME for you to review the amount remaining in your 2018 insurance coverage, and pre-book your massage therapy appointments for November and December to ensure that you are utilizing the complete extent of your annual coverage,” stressed Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage Therapy. “It’s one of those ‘use it’ or ‘lose it’ situations, in which dollars not spent by the end of the year are gone, and you can’t get them back.”

“At Academy Massage Therapy our friendly and knowledgable front desk staff are happy to assist you with your private insurance policy,” she added.

Reminding clients to use all of the dollars which are annually allocated to them for massage therapy, through their insurance policy, is an important part of Debby’s work at this time of year.

“Fall reminders are necessary,” noted Debby. “Because from now until the end of the year - the number of obligations and responsibilities often more than double, as the holidays approach. And as we plan our activities with family and friends, we often forget about our selves, and what we need to do - to be in the best state - during this very busy time.”

“At Academy Massage, we have experience working with many different types of policies, coverage requirements and amounts,” Debby said.

Certain policies require a physician’s prescription prior to treatment. An insurer may request a deductible be paid to them prior to treatment. For example, if 80% of your massage therapy treatment is covered by your insurance provider, you may be required to pay the remaining 20% upfront.

All plans are very different in their coverage, and it is important that you are aware of the details of your particular plan.

Currently Academy Massage offers direct billing for many insurance companies, including:


  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Chamber of Commerce Group
  • Great West Life


“To find out if Academy Massage direct bills your insurance company, please call us to find out. We do have direct billing arrangement with many insurers,” Debby pointed out.
Please be aware that Academy Massage requires two business days prior to your massage appointment to create your profile for direct billing.

NOTE: NO DIRECT BILL FEES ARE ADDED

For your convenience, Academy Massage also provides the claim forms of a number of other insurance companies. You can print the appropriate form, fill it out and submit it to your provider for the appropriate refund.

The Co-operators
Coughlin
Green Shield
Group Medical Services
Industrial Alliance
Maximum Benefit
Manulife
Sirius

We look forward to helping you book your end of year massage therapy appointments. Book today, to ENSURE THAT YOUR PREFERRED TIMES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU!

Love,

Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Try Tuesday or Wednesday mornings!
for a consult massage therapy treatment



Sometimes our clients need a bit of extra time. To consult. To figure out a long term treatment plan.

The perfect time for a consult massage therapy treatment is on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.

“Academy Massage Therapy can handle most any situation,” said owner, Debby MacKenzie. “Ours is a caring, effective and highly efficient schedule for our massage clients. And on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - in the mornings we find our usual pace is more relaxed.”

“The mornings of those two days of the week from about 9 am to 1 pm, just seem to have a different rhythm about them,” noted Debby.

“So if existing clients want to come in to talk about what’s going on - how their current massage regime is progressing. What’s working for them. And what massage directions might be enhanced. Those are the times best suited for a consult and a massage,” Debby explained.

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are also a good time for brand new clients to book their appointments. For new clients, their areas of interest are likely for focus upon - what situation has brought them into Academy Massage, and what they would like to get out of the massage experience.

“Our massage therapists are well suited to explaining the benefits of massage, both as a one-off, and particularly through adherence to a strategic and ongoing schedule,” Debby added.

Want to find out about Tuesday and Wednesday morning appointment openings at Academy Massage Therapy? Please call us, and one of our helpful front desk staff will assist you.

We look forward to booking a consult and massage appointment for you!

See you soon.

Love,

Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To talk or not to talk, that is the question



Many clients wonder if they should talk during their massage treatment. The answer is - it’s really totally up to you.

Here are some things to think about, when figuring out the best direction for you:

• at the beginning of a massage treatment, it is beneficial to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. This will help put you in a relaxed frame of mind, to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

• some people choose to use their massage time to meditate, and forget about their worries. Other people even fall asleep during their treatment. For massage therapists this is a huge compliment!

• Certain types of massage, such as deep tissue massage and sports massage, require more feedback from you. This is because the massage therapist is working on deeper layers of muscle, and want to be certain the pressure that is being applied is not uncomfortable.

“Never feel obligated to talk or chat,” said Academy Massage Therapy owner, Debby MacKenzie. “Your massage is your time, and as your massage therapist it’s my job to make certain you are feeling really good during your treatment. That means, regarding talking - there’s no obligation one way or the other.”

“At the same time, we want our clients to realize that we encourage them to speak up. Our massage therapists want to know if a treatment is too intense. This is particularly important for clients who are receiving deep tissue or sports massage, to put into practice,” Debby added.

If you’re still a little unsure about whether chatting or napping is best for you, mention this quandary to our helpful staff at the reception desk when you check in for your appointment. They are certain to help put you at ease.

Look forward to seeing you at your next massage treatment at Academy Massage Therapy.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yes, Virginia, there is a pumpkin smoothie


Pumpkins. In the autumn they’re every where, and in everything. At Dollarama there’re pumpkin decorations, knick knacks, and seasonal serving dishes. At Tall Grass Prairie Bread there’re pumpkin muffins, loaves, cheesecake and pies.

And for those of us who still need more pumpkin - there are also pumpkin smoothies!

Here are two smoothie recipes which while focusing on the pumpkin, also have what it takes to help out with your post massage hydration.

Refreshing water choices provide a lift to your spirit, as well as your body. Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple.

Also remember to drink plenty of water, particularly after your massage! Drinking lots of water at this time will help flush out the toxins released during your massage, and rehydrate your muscles.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie


Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt1
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
1/2 cup skim milk3
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 cup ice

Directions
Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.
Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth - this may take longer depending upon the strength of your blender. Scrape down the sides of the blender, as needed.
Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick.
Add a couple more ice cubes, if desired
More spices work as well. It’s up to you.
Serve.

Enjoy!

Recipe notes
1. Feel free to use regular (none Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead - keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. The value of vanilla Greek yogurt, however, is not only its protein count, but also its incredible thick texture and vanilla taste.
2. Instead of pumpkin spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger and/or more cinnamon to taste.
3. Any milk is just fine here. However, be sure to adjust the protein content accordingly.

Yield: 2 smoothies, or 1 monster size smoothie

This delicious recipe was brought to you by Sally’s Baking Addiction.
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/10/06/pumpkin-pie-protein-smoothie/print


Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


This refreshing smoothie tastes exactly like the traditional Thanksgiving dessert! Feel free to adjust the amount of spice to suit your taste. The recipe is easily doubled to serve more.

Ingredients
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons nonfat or light soy milk
1 teaspoon Truvia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups ice cubes

Directions
Add everything except the ice to the blender, and pulse until combined.
Add the ice, and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Recipe notes
• Any milk (1%, 2%, whole, almond, rice, etc.) may be used.
• Substitute your favourite sweetener, in place of Truvia.
• If not using a no-calorie sweetener, the nutritional information may change.

Yield: 1 smoothie

This super recipe was brought to you by Amy’s Healthy Baking.
https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/09/05/skinny-pumpkin-pie-smoothie

Friday, September 28, 2018

Christy Kim


• massage therapist
• reflexologist
• wholistic practitioner


In the health field for more than 18 years, Christy has worked out of Academy Massage Therapy for five years. She has a ready and welcoming smile, asks questions, and, as all of the massage therapists on site do - presents a solution-seeking manner.


“What I like about my job, is helping people feel better,” explained Christy. “I like that when the treatment is over - people are relaxed, their anxiety and pain reduced. And there is a go forward plan in place, if that’s what they would like.”


“I’m continually thinking about my clients, and ways in which I can help them,” she added. “So I’m one of those people who is always taking courses, and going after new certifications - so that I can respond with the best of my ability, to their needs.”


“And during a massage - when I hear that sigh of relief, I know I’m helping that person, and I’m doing my job.”


Christy’s areas of specialty include:


• massage therapy - remedial massage used for contracted muscles, joint issues, poor circulation, stress related pain, or accidents ranging from vehicular to falls, and everything in between.


• reflexology - feet, hands and ears:

FEET

have many reflex zones, and pressure points - manipulating these areas assists in pain relief, improves circulation, reduces body toxins and stress, while balancing the internal organs.

HAND

reflexology is a good choice for people with arthritis, aches, as well as those suffering from repetitive motion injuries or overuse of hand muscles.

EARS

also contain reflex zones that can assist in pain, anxiety and stress reduction along with toxin removal.


• East Indian head massage - originated in India over 1,000 years ago, as part of family grooming, particularly by mothers who wanted to encourage their daughter’s long, lustrous locks. This relaxing treatment focuses on the scalp, neck and shoulders, face and ears - to reduce stress, blood pressure, and restore life balance.


• ear candling - great for wax reduction. Excellent for tinnitus, vertigo, and enhancing mental clarity, as well as focus.


• foot detox - good for toxin removal. This treatment increases energy, reduces joint pain, relieves anxiety, improves circulation and assists with sinus conditions.


• reiki - a relaxation therapy, based on hand techniques which reduce stress, and encourage healing. This balancing treatment assists the body with emotional, mental, spiritual and physical rejuvenation.


• aroma touch therapy massage - this treatment involves eight essential oils - which in concert with soft touch therapy assists in stress reduction, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory control and body balancing.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book with a buddy!!!
A Special September Offer gives you $5 off



Believe in the benefits of massage, but just haven’t had the time to do anything about it during the summer?

As fall schedules roar into full gear, Academy Massage Therapy has your back with a 2018 Special September Offer for early birds in the early part of the week!!!

• book an appointment with a buddy - schedule it for the month of September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and both of you receive $5.00 off the cost of your massages.

• book an appointment, and refer a buddy - basically it’s the same thing - schedule your appointments to take place during September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive. You will receive $5.00 for your September massage, and so will your buddy when they come in during the month of September.

• however, what if it’s just you? Just book your appointment for September between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and you receive complimentary aroma therapy.

As you might imagine this September special is good - only for the month of September - in other words Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, inclusive.

Additionally, please note that qualified individuals receive $5 off a massage - only once - during the course of this Special September Offer. This is also the case for the complimentary aroma therapy.

This 2018 Special September Offer is not valid if combined with any other offer.

Please note: Academy Massage Therapy is closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in recognition of Labour Day. Regular hours continue the rest of September.

We look forward to celebrating September with you!

Love from,
Academy Massage Therapy

Sports massages
Who should get them?


Do you have to be a hard core athlete to get a sports massage? No.

The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body’s soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups, depending upon which sport you’re playing.

This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, improved flexibility, and enhanced athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for, or recover from athletic or sports events.

“Even if you aren’t an athlete, sports massage may help with muscle pain or restricted range of motion,” pointed out Academy Massage Therapy owner, Debby MacKenzie.

“As with any type of massage, the treatment offers a multitude of benefits.”

How does sports massage differ from a regular massage?

In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than a typical Swedish massage, and may also include compression, pressure point therapy, friction and joint mobilization.

“We recommend that you provide a short description of your concerns, when you book your appointment. And when you come in, before your massage begins, you have a short discussion with your massage therapist,” Debby also said. “Sharing these details, ensure you receive a focused treatment.”

So as the season of recreational, amateur and professional sports begins, and continues through the winter months - listen to your body, and give us a call. Academy Massage is here for you whether you need help with recovery or maintaining muscle suppleness and pliancy.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book with a buddy!!!

A Special September Offer gives you $5 off


Believe in the benefits of massage, but just haven’t had the time to do anything about it during the summer?

As fall schedules roar into full gear, Academy Massage Therapy has your back with a 2018 Special September Offer for early birds in the early part of the week!!!

• book an appointment with a buddy - schedule it for the month of September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and both of you receive $5.00 off the cost of your massages.

• book an appointment, and refer a buddy - basically it’s the same thing - schedule your appointments to take place during September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive. You will receive $5.00 for your September massage, and so will your buddy when they come in during the month of September.

• however, what if it’s just you? Just book your appointment for September between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and you receive complimentary aroma therapy.

As you might imagine this September special is good - only for the month of September - in other words Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, inclusive.

Additionally, please note that qualified individuals receive $5 off a massage - only once - during the course of this Special September Offer. This is also the case for the complimentary aroma therapy.

This 2018 Special September Offer is not valid if combined with any other offer.

Please note: Academy Massage Therapy is closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in recognition of Labour Day. Regular hours continue the rest of September.

We look forward to celebrating September with you!

Love from,
Academy Massage Therapy

Getting a massage. How often is often enough?


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers hold their annual golf tournament on a glorious day in late summer - every year! It’s a chance for Bomber players and fans to get together and play a few rounds. A Blue Bomber joins each foursome, so it’s almost a one-on-one opportunity for dedicated followers.

Another important part of this annual day on the greens is the participation of Academy Massage Therapy. “We’re out there to provide on-site massages to everyone who participates,” said Academy Massage owner, Debby MacKenzie. “We bring out our equipment, and our staff ensures that everyone receives a quality therapeutic massage treatment, just as they would at our clinic.”

“It’s a super fun day, and we just love coming out to it,” she added.

After the rounds of golf, the appreciated massages, and the laughter on the course fades away at the end of the day, one might wonder what’s the recommendation on just how often to get a massage.

This is a question which is often posed to Academy Massage staff.

The answer?

“It depends on a number of factors including your physical health and level of stress. However, that being said, there are some guidelines to follow,” explained Debby.

Getting a massage once or twice a year is relaxing and helps calm the nervous system, improves circulation, relieves muscle pain, and helps with pain management. However, even the best massage isn’t a permanent fix.

Here are some aspects to consider when determining how often you should schedule a massage:

- For chronic pain/special situations: we need to discuss your personal circumstances to make an exact determination. To get you feeling better, you might need to come weekly, or even twice a week. Call Academy Massage to discuss the right treatment plan for you.

- Experiencing some muscle tension and stiffness: typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. Getting regular massage will loosen your muscles, and relieve tension and stiffness. Setting up a regular schedule of appointments is a good way to ensure that your appointment time, with the massage therapist you prefer, is available for you.



- Feeling good: once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the suppleness and pliancy of your muscle tissue. If your start stretching the time period between massages too much, your muscles will revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress. Let us help you - continue to feel good!

The key is to listen to your body. If you still aren’t certain, schedule an appointment and when you come in, we can determine the best course to keeping you feeling great!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Book with a buddy!!!

A Special September Offer gives you $5 off



Believe in the benefits of massage, but just haven’t had the time to do anything about it during the summer?

As fall schedules roar into full gear, Academy Massage Therapy has your back with a 2018 Special September Offer for early birds in the early part of the week!!!

• book an appointment with a buddy - schedule it for the month of September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and both of you receive $5.00 off the cost of your massages.

• book an appointment, and refer a buddy - basically it’s the same thing - schedule your appointments to take place during September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive. You will receive $5.00 for your September massage, and so will your buddy when they come in during the month of September.

• however, what if it’s just you? Just book your appointment for September between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and you receive complimentary aroma therapy.

As you might imagine this September special is good - only for the month of September - in other words Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, inclusive.

Additionally, please note that qualified individuals receive $5 off a massage - only once - during the course of this Special September Offer. This is also the case for the complimentary aroma therapy.

This 2018 Special September Offer is not valid if combined with any other offer.

Please note: Academy Massage Therapy is closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in recognition of Labour Day. Regular hours continue the rest of September.

We look forward to celebrating September with you!

Love from,
Academy Massage Therapy

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New words and waters, for a new season

September, is often seen as the month of new beginnings. There’s school starting, courses to sign up for, and the leaves changing colour. For many, the new season also means it’s the time to think things through again, or even consider new directions.


Words to live by


WHO you are is what makes you special. Do not change for anyone.
WHAT lies ahead will always for a mystery. Do not be afraid to explore.
WHEN life pushes you over, you push back harder.
WHERE there are choices to make, make the one you won’t regret.
WHY things happen, will never be certain. Take it in stride and move forward.
- Unknown

Refreshing water choices provide a lift to your spirit, as well as your body. Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple.

Also remember to drink plenty of water, particularly after your massage! Drinking lots of water at this time will help flush out the toxins released during your massage, and rehydrate your muscles.

Here’s two simple and tasty recipes that promote hydration. Both recipes focus on berries, which thankfully are plentiful in the stores, and often on still on sale.

Very Berry Water

Ingredients:
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup black berries
water

Instructions:
add all the ingredients to a pitcher
stir
chill in the fridge 4 to 6 hours to infuse the flavours

Enjoy!


Kiwi Raspberry Rave

Ingredients:
2 kiwis
1 cup raspberries
water

Instructions:
peel off the kiwi skin
cut the kiwis into slices
add all the ingredients to a pitcher
stir
chill in the fridge 4 to 6 hours to infuse the flavours

Aaahh!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Book with a buddy!!!

A Special September Offer gives you $5 off



Believe in the benefits of massage, but just haven’t had the time to do anything about it during the summer?

As fall schedules roar into full gear, Academy Massage Therapy has your back with a 2018 Special September Offer for early birds in the early part of the week!!!

book an appointment with a buddy - schedule it for the month of September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and both of you receive $5.00 off the cost of your massages.

book an appointment, and refer a buddy - basically it’s the same thing - schedule your appointments to take place during September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive. You will receive $5.00 for your September massage, and so will your buddy when they come in during the month of September.

• however, what if it’s just you? Just book your appointment for September between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and you receive complimentary aroma therapy.

As you might imagine this September special is good - only for the month of September - in other words Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, inclusive.

Additionally, please note that qualified individuals receive $5 off a massage - only once - during the course of this Special September Offer. This is also the case for the complimentary aroma therapy.

This 2018 Special September Offer is not valid if combined with any other offer.

Please note: Academy Massage Therapy is closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in recognition of Labour Day. Regular hours continue the rest of September.

We look forward to celebrating September with you!

Love from,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, August 23, 2018

INTRODUCING MORGAN McCAUGHAN


Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Received her certification five years ago.

Specializes in:
• deep tissue - is similar to Swedish massage. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

cupping - loosens muscles, encourages blood flow, sedates the nervous system. Used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and even cellulite.

pre- and post-natal massage - is well known for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and other health benefits. Unique postpartum benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding.

myofascial release - puts light, sustained pressure on client’s soft tissues to release fascial blockages and restrictions. The techniques lengthen fascia, and frees up muscles to create greater flexibility, reduces pain and increases immune function.

Active as a young teen in - hockey, soccer, golf and slow pitch - Morgan was about 14 years old when she first recognized the benefits of massage for those who are into sports.

After considering nursing as a career choice, in her late teens, Morgan became aware of the courses offered at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, and signed up for their two year program.

“I thought it was an intriguing career,” said Morgan. “And a great way to combine anatomy and physiology, and apply it with hands-on skills!”

After graduating as a registered massage therapist (RMT), Morgan worked at a gym for a couple of years, and then at a few studios around the city, before coming to Academy Massage Therapy about a year ago.

What makes it a good day for her? “I like the satisfaction of helping a client feel better physically, and have a better day,” she said. “It feels good to be able to give relief to clients who have been suffering from a specific injury or chronic pain, and figure out what works for them.”

“It’s an active job,” she noted. “I like working with people - the positive atmosphere, the team atmosphere. And I’ve got a great boss!”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

It’s the quality!

Because of its consistent high quality - Academy Massage Therapy ranks among the top three Winnipeg massage therapy studios for 2018.

This determination was announced at the beginning of the month by Best Three Rated, an organization developed with the expressed goal of identifying companies across a variety of service sectors that operate at the level of general excellence.

The review team which makes determinations, bases their work on a 50-Point inspection which includes a review of the reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost, as it relates to the business.

“This place has a wonderful atmosphere. I’ve been several times to a few different massage therapists, and each one has been excellent. The massage therapists have been friendly and professional. Everyone makes you feel welcome and makes sure you’re comfortable. The space is nicely decorated with a sunny waiting area. I’ll be back,” exclaimed one review.

And detailed rating notes added, “(Academy Massage) uses an integrated approach combining different techniques and customizing the massage to each client’s individual needs - gift cards are available - provides direct billing to insurance companies.”

“I believe this is our third win,” said a pleased Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage Therapy.

Three Best Rated provides ratings for businesses, professionals, restaurants and more.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We can all help in this heat

It’s blistering hot in Winnipeg. We can make it make easier for those who are having a tough time, if we lend a helping hand.

Donated water in being distributed by Siloam Mission to people who are vulnerable, and by Habitat for Humanity to volunteers who build affordable housing. News organizations have indicated that with the extreme and persistent heat, these organizations are now running out of bottled water.



Academy Massage Therapy wants you to know about this situation. Please help Siloam Mission and Habitat for Humanity if you are able. You can make a donation, or drop off some bottled water to these organizations. Or share this call for help with your neighbours, friends, and family.

Along with a number of other Winnipeg companies, we are working with the World of Water to provide bottled water to these groups.

Thank you for your help.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ahhhh, the (August) long weekend...

Academy Massage Therapy is taking appointments from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, August 6th. These somewhat reduced hours will allow our clients time for a massage, and our staff, time to enjoy summer.

Originally called the Civic Holiday, Winnipeggers revelled in their first mid-summer long weekend in 1874 - in a perceived need for citizens to have another “day of relaxation” during the summer.

It’s also interesting to note the first references to Civic Holidays appear to have come from cities in Ontario (then known as Upper Canada) well before that date - 1856 in London, 1861 for Toronto, and Hamilton 1862.

Back then, this extra day off was celebrated as shops were closed, picnic baskets packed, and people headed out on foot, carriages, trains and steamers to get away from it all.

So 144 years, after the first Civic Holiday was declared in Winnipeg - use this day as a reason, or even an excuse to wander about. Enjoy the day at The Forks, Kildonan, Assiniboine or Peanut Park. Paddle along the Red, Assiniboine or Seine Rivers. Drive to Lockport, Grand Beach or the Peace Gardens.

Breathe deeply. Pack a lunch. Head out.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What’s Academy Massage all about?

“We’ve got your back!”, says the sign on our building, the banner at the reception desk, and the slogan on our therapists’ t-shirts.

Academy Massage Therapy is a treatment based service for everyday conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Some seek the benefits of relaxation and grounding through regular massage, as an intrinsic part of their overall wellness.

A vibrant, long time business, located at the corner of Academy Road and Lanark Street, Academy Massage has recently expanded, with more than 50 therapists on staff, open 7 days a week

The therapeutic skills of our RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists) are as varied as the clients themselves. We have therapists specializing in osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, visceral manipulation, hot stones, reflexology, ear candling, prenatal support, and many other areas.

Not certain about what you need or how to get started? Picking up the phone is an excellent first step. Our receptionists will ask you questions to match your needs with just the right therapist.

Owner, Debby MacKenzie, works with her staff in creating a welcoming, thoughtful, and supportive environment. People smile as you come in the door, your appointment is confirmed by someone who enjoys their job, and there’s a pitcher of cool water in the sunny waiting room. Your therapist greets you by name.

Another important part of our service that has been simplified is payment. Debby saw to that years ago. Academy Massage was one of the first in Winnipeg to introduce direct billing.

“We listen,” she says.

Debby trained in the U.K., and worked there, as well as in France. She opened Academy Massage, when she came to Canada.

“It’s not a job,” she says of her beloved business, “It’s my life, and my lifestyle.”

Academy Massage, 561 Academy Road, is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Call them at 204-489-5050.
Check out their website at academymassage.ca, facebook, twitter and instagram.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dive into DIY drinks


It’s a hot summer in Manitoba.

Some people love it, and others not so much.

But no matter what your preference to summer temperatures, your body needs to be hydrated - both in response to the weather, as well as before and after your massage.

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple.

Here’s two simple delicious recipes, to promote hydration.

The first one uses fresh blueberries which you can find on sale in the grocery stores right now. And the second recipe uses papaya, loved in Asia, as much as North Americans love blueberries.


Lemon Blueberry Blast


Ingredients:
1/2 lemon
handful of blueberries, slightly mashed
water (according your taste)

Instructions:
cut the lemon into slices
add all the ingredients to a pitcher
stir
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour

Enjoy!


Papaya Lime Lift-Off Smoothie


Ingredients:
1/2 lime
1/2 a medium-sized papaya (yellow in colour, soft to the touch)
ice cubes
water (according your taste)
plain or vanilla greek yogurt (optional)


Instructions:
squeeze the lime into the water, removing any seeds which fall into the water
slice the papaya lengthwise into half, (like an avocado)
scrap out the seeds with a spoon, and discard them
peel the rind from the papaya fruit
chop the fruit into small chunks (150 grams)
add all the ingredients into a blender, including 1 or 2 tablespoons of yogurt, if desired
blend until smooth
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

INTRODUCING KOOROSH SAXTON

Academy Massage Therapy is very pleased to offer the services of Manual Osteopath, Koorosh Saxton, to its clients. This therapy considers the whole body and its imbalances - gently manipulating the anatomy and physiology, so the body can heal itself.


What does a Manual Osteopath do?


Manual Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to address imbalances in the body, from a whole body perspective. This includes treating muscles, bones, joints, organs and fascia through the soft tissues of the body to achieve and maintain structural balance and health.


Treatment methods
Manual Osteopaths identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on fundamental technique called osteopathic palpation. Individuals who work in this field develop a very fine sense of touch - to master osteopathic palpation, which makes it different from other forms of therapy.

Advanced Fascia Release
Manual osteopaths use advanced fascia release in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues, and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system function more effectively.

Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both the superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make certain the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, practitioners continue to check the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, another approach is taken instead. Above all, manual osteopaths try to restore health without over-treating.

Osteoarticular
Manual Osteopaths use this technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, making them more mobile, and also reducing pain and discomfort.

The osteoarticular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces. Before doing this, the practitioner carefully prepares the soft tissues around the treatment area. The patient is also moved into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the maneuver. Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.


Craniosacral
This is very gentle osteopathic treatment, requires great experience. To learn it, Manual Osteopaths undergo intensive training - sensitizing their hands to cranial mobility, and developing great precision in utilizing cranial techniques.

Practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Manual osteopaths do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum, as well as the rest of the body. Manual osteopaths use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition, and may, as a result, modify the technique during the course of a treatment.


Visceral Manipulation
Manual Osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder and uterus. Patients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. The structures themselves, as well as the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them are gently moved to restore full movement. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only the gentle pressure of the manual osteopath’s hand, but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, as well as blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.


The above (and many other) osteopathic manual techniques and approaches are used in a coordinated and rational fashion to slowly adjust the client’s anatomy and physiology towards normal, so that the body can heal itself.


This information was taken from the
National Manual Osteopathic College website

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Your kids also need massage


It’s summer! Your kids are running about! Each of them going in opposite directions. Racing towards a different activity or sport.


All of this motion is great summer fun.

But there are also the accompanying bumps, twists and falls to contend with.

The Vancouver-based Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Child & Youth Injury Prevention note that, “Sport and recreation injuries are a significant health problem in Canada, and leading cause of injury requiring medical attention among adolescents.”

Their background information on sport injury study goes on to say that, “Sport injuries account for approximately 50% of all injury to secondary school students, with the medically treated injury rate for high school (HS) (ages 14 - 18) and junior high school (JHS) students (ages 11-14) being 40 and 30 injuries/100student/year respectively.”

At Academy Massage Therapy, we have targeted massage treatments for children and youth who have sports and recreation related needs.

Parents/guardians and their children under the age of 12 are in the same room for the child’s treatment sessions. In fact, the parent and the child may also both receive treatments are the same time!

Talk to us about our preventative and healing therapies provided by our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT).

Please note, most insurance plans include coverage for children.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Say hello to your summer massage!
Try this tasty and refreshing Watermelon Coconut Chill

Before you arrive for your massage appointment, remember to drink lots of water.

Deep tissue massages are designed to break up knots and adjust your muscles. They also release toxins from the muscles, which may make you feel fatigued or nauseated after your massage.  Staying well hydrated by drinking water, before and after your massage will help alleviate these symptoms.

Try this easy-to-make delicious recipe, as part of your next massage at Academy Massage Therapy, and given our hot Winnipeg summer - enjoy it with friends & family at your next barbecue.


Watermelon Coconut Chill

Ingredients
3 cups chilled watermelon, cubed
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1 sprig of mint
1 cup coconut water
1 cup ice

Instructions
Put all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The meaning of Father’s Day

It is because of deep love, respect and gratitude for the man in our lives
that we dedicate one day to celebrate the person who has been most dear
to us - our dads, our grand dads, our uncles and/or a person who has been
a father figure to us. We may have different names for him, and different
ways of addressing him, but the one thing that is undeniably true is - our
relationship with him.

Father’s Day is celebrated all across the world in more than 150 countries
in different months of the year. In Canada we celebrate Father’s Day on the
3 rd Sunday of June. As the story goes, Father’s Day celebrations began in
the Catholic church during the Middle Ages in Europe, on the feast day of
St. Joseph (the father of Jesus).

We love to celebrate the joys of our life’s journey. There is something
magical about those celebrations, something special about them. Father’s
Day celebrations are a part of our journey in life. The day is also to say
thank you to that great man in our lives who means more than any words
can express.

But what if there is no man in our lives? What if our life journey began, or
continues, without a father figure? We can still celebrate this day because
we are alive, have breath, and the opportunity to welcome every single day
with joy. Maybe the person in your life was, and is, both a dad and mom to
you, gender does not define the role.

This Father’s Day you celebrate you.

Happy Father’s Day from Academy Massage Therapy.