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To Ice Or Not To Ice Is The Blissful…

There is a time and place to ice your muscles that will make your muscles feel blissfully happy. As I always tell my massage clients Ice, Ice Baby, is your friend after a massage, exercise or after a muscle injury. I know heat feels so awesome and amazing on your aches and pains, however, it is not making your muscles better. You can do more harm at times with heat than good.

So what does ice really do for my muscles? Ice will decrease the flow of blood to your muscles this, in turn, decreases swelling, inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms.

Ice is used by all professional athletes after a workout or injury. Yes, they first soak in a hot water bath of Epson salt and then move to a bath of ice. They have more will power than I do. I suggest soaking in a tub with as hot as water as you can stand without burning any essential body part with Epson salt that has eucalyptus and peppermint oils. These two oil work as a natural pain reliever as they soak into your muscles. You should soak until cool about 20 minutes. Epson salt draws out lactic acid that makes your muscles hurt. The hot bath soak should be followed by 15 mins of ice pack on the affected area. 15 mins off the area and then another 15 mins of ice on the affected area.

In conclusion, ice is always your friend if you use it in a controlled setting and not for extended periods of time. The use of massage, Epson bath soaks and ice will make your right as rain. So book your massage today.

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Massage When Your Brain Needs A Hug!

Massage has the ability to raise your brains dopamine, a neurohormone that the hypothalamus released into our bodies.   Dopamine affects fine motor activities that we use to either work or in relaxing actives. People that have low levels of dopamine will have difficulty focusing and be clumsy.

Having trouble sleeping?  Massage is the answer by helping your brain to release serotonin that will help keep you from depression, cravings, obsessive-compulsive disorders and improve sleep.

A short massage of just 15 minutes can increase your epinephrine (adrenaline) levels by activating the sympathetic nervous system, helping a person be more alert.  However, a longer, steady and deeper massage reduces epinephrine levels giving you a walking on air feeling aka relaxation and increase your ability to sleep deeper that night.

Trigger Point release massage gives the client many benefits by reducing pain increasing endorphins that give you the “feel good” for up to 48 hours.

There are tons of blogs and medical research out on the web that I encourage you to read but first get a massage so you can focus and be relaxed.