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

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

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.


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.

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.

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

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


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.