14. Jun, 2017

Massage and Pain Relief

As many of us know, pain can affect your quality of life. In many people, pain medications can have unwanted side effects. The benefits of massage for pain relief has been studied and shown to have significant improvements in many patients around the world.*

Research shows that massage can:

  • reduce pain and pain intensity

  • reduce the incidence and frequency of headaches

  • relieve postoperative pain

  • reduce back and leg pain in pregnant women

  • decrease pain, distress, tension and anxiety in children

  • help adolescents with chronic pain

  • benefit children with growing pains

  • relieve pain and intensity for people with myalgia

  • improve subjective perception of and function for those with carpal tunnel syndrome

  • have a positive impact on lower back pain

If you struggle with pain and/or chronic pain massage is a safe and highly effective gentle addition to your pain management.

Many of our clients have experienced immense pain relief after massage without the requirement of prolonged prescription medication. The frequency and duration of the massage may be a contributing factor. A Seattle Health Research Institute* produced a study on the optimal massage dose for people with chronic neck pain.

- Group A received one 30 minute massage 2-3 times per week
- Group B received one 60 minute massage 1-2 times per week

- Group C had no massages

Group A, having regular massages up to three times a week were nearly five times more likely to report a significant improvement in function and more than twice as likely to report a significant decrease in pain.

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Massage stimulates blood circulation which improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissue helping the lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It also eases tension, releases knotted muscles and improves stiff joints, increasing mobility and flexibility. Massage boosts the activity of the vagus nerve which contains our motor and sensory fibres.

Methods of massage that beneficial for pain relief are: 

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Remedial Massage

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage 

  • Cupping

  • Hot/Cold Stone Massage

  • Dry Needling

  • Deep Tissue and Trigger point

  • Myofascial Release

  • Reiki

  • Reflexology

  • Craniosacral Therapy

3. May, 2017

Are you tired, sore and stressed out?

Will amassage help?


Many people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But do you know the health and well being benefits associated with getting regular treatments.

I know how difficult it can be to make time for a massage. I treat myself only every so often and as I’m booking my sessions, I question whether or not I really need it, could I be spending that money on something else etc. and the most terrible thing about this? I’m a massage therapist myself.

You know there are studies out that prove just how beneficial massage is and it isn’t just a luxury or a treat that it belongs right up there with exercising and proper nutrition as part of our health and wellness plan.

After a massage, people generally report immediate pain relief, as well as feeling more relaxed. Getting a massage regularly allows more complex and longer term issues to be worked on such as chronic pain and strained muscles caused by exercise, posture, repetitive movements, heavy lifting and injury.



With that said, here are 25 reasons you should book your next massage in the near future:

  1. Relieve stress

  2. Relieve postoperative pain

  3. Reduce anxiety

  4. Manage low back pain

  5. Help fibromyalgia

  6. Reduce muscle tension

  7. Enhance exercise performance

  8. Relieve tension headache

  9. Sleep better

  10. Ease symptoms of depression

  11. Improve cardiovascular health

  12. Reduce pain of osteoarthritis

  13. Decrease stress in cancer clients

  14. Improve balance in older people

  15. Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

  16. Temper effects of dementia

  17. Promote relaxation

  18. Lower blood pressure

  19. Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrom

  20. Help chronic neck pain

  21. Lower joint replacement pain

  22. Increase range of motion

  23. Decrease migraine frequency

  24. Improve quality of life in hospice care

  25. Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea



We will follow this blog up with info on each of the health benefits listed as we head into 2017... A year of transformation


Thanks for reading


3. May, 2017




I don't know how you are going but up here was it summer one day then, bam, hello winter! Gone are the long warm days of summer but there are some positives that come out of the colder months that you can enjoy a nice massage on a heated bed.

1. Regular massages helps to boost the immune system, making it easier to fight off those insidious winter bugs.

2. Shorter, darker days can leave you feeling tired and worn out, a good massage can be both relaxing and uplifting, an inexpensive and healthy way to beat the winter blues.

3 Cold winter air equals rough dry skin but massage can stabilize the collagen in your skin and help maintain skin elasticity. Using a good quality massage oil or balm enhances the effect and leaves client's skin moisturized.

4. Heating elements added to your massage warm both the body and the soul, relaxing cold, rigid muscles and fascia, allowing clients to get the most out of their treatment.


I am looking forward to hear from you and till then have a great time.


Lisa Martin