Prenatal Massage: How Massage Therapy Can Help Support A Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of major change in the body as it adapts to growing a new
life from within. Massage is an excellent way to relax, increase energy and relieve the discomforts of pregnancy. The caring touch of our massage therapists can help expectant mothers accept these changes in a positive way.

What Can I Expect During My Session?

During your session, you and your growing belly will be comfortably supported with pillows or cushions. Your massage therapist will talk with you and listen to where you are feeling tension in your body. Careful and thoughtful techniques will be performed for relieve the stress you are feeling, increase circulation, and allow you to unwind and relax.

Essential Oils & Pregnancy

Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils is becoming a popular component in prenatal care. The main benefits of Aromatherapy use during pregnancy are relief of tension and stress, relaxation, relief from minor ailments and may be used in breathing practice for labor. Essential oils and a supportive massage therapist can also offer emotional support to the client and her family. Essential oils can be applied through massage, diffusion, compress and used after your session in a bath.

While there are many benefits of essential oils, certain precautions should be taken before you begin use. Make sure the essential oils you are considering are of a high quality. True therapeutic essential oils present very little hazard compared to synthetic blends. Make sure the chemical composition is not too strong for use during pregnancy because skin is more delicate at this time and some oils may cause irritation. Use of a carrier oil such as coconut oil is advised. Oils containing phenos are an example of a group that is NOT suitable for use during pregnancy so it’s best to stay away from: Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Cinnamon, Cumin, Aniseed, Fennel, Anise, Sweet Birch and Wintergreen.

While most pregnant clients will prefer the citrus-smelling oils, some safe options that can be used are: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram Sweet, Neroli, Petitgrain, Rose Otto, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree and Ylang Ylang.

Your therapist will always check with you before using any oils. When in doubt, always with your main prenatal care provider. Safe use of essential oils and your comfort are number one!

What Are The Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

While there are many benefits of receiving massage therapy during your pregnancy, a few of the top and most important ones are:

  • Reduces muscle cramps and painful trigger points
  • Relieves pain in the muscles and joints and legs, low back, and upper back
  • Increases flexibility, making it easier for the body to adjust to its changing shape
  • Eases constipation, gas, and heartburn
  • Improves circulation and reduces excess fluid retention
  • Slows the progress of varicose veins
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves stress and promotes relaxation

Additionally, massage greatly reduces anxiety and negative feelings. In recent studies from the Touch Research Institute at The University of Miami, they found that pregnant women who received one massage per week had lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine (the feel-good hormones). Researchers have also linked these positive hormonal changes to fewer complications and healthier pregnancies overall.

Therapeutic massage is also great for the expectant Dad. A combination of deep muscle manipulation and tension relieving strokes will relax and calm the tension Dad feels during this time of emotional and physical change.

Is Prenatal Massage Right for Everyone?

Our massage therapists at Nature’s Touch are specifically trained in providing the most comfortable and effective prenatal massage sessions during normal, healthy pregnancy. We always encourage our prenatal clients to inform their caregivers that they are receiving pre or postnatal massages. Because massage is not appropriate for certain conditions, we encourage our clients to keep us updated about their health. We want to take the best possible care of our clients during this special time in their life.

Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center is an oasis for expectant mothers or new mothers to relieve the aches and pains of physical stress but to de­stress their minds as well. Click here to schedule your appointment or call our office at 330­721­9357 to learn more.

Reflexology For The Mind, Body, & Spirit

From your head to your toes, your entire body is connected, working in-sync to help you live, breathe, and thrive. Every part of your body has a purpose, so it’s no wonder that when one area isn’t functioning properly, your health may start to decline.

Thankfully, there are simple and natural techniques to clear symptom causing blockages in the body and ensure all pathways are working at optimum levels so you can feel your best. One that we offer at Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center is called Reflexology.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment performed on the feet and hands. This holistic therapy uses thumb and finger pressure of varying degrees, focusing on areas of the feet that correspond with all body parts. The pressure applied during reflexology stimulates the movement of energy along the pathways.

Every part of the body can be mapped out on the hands and feet. Applying specific techniques of touch to these areas, your reflexologist can stimulate the complex neural pathways linking your body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function. Stimulating those nerve endings can promote balance and well-being and help everything from sinus congestion, asthma, constipation, to pain and anxiety levels.

What Are The Benefits?

Reflexology will benefit clients both emotionally and physically by promoting natural healing of body, mind and spirit. It is practiced to release tension and stress. Stress is easily built up in the body when not properly managed, it can create energy blockages and lead to endless health concerns. Reflexology works to release this tension, allowing the body to return to a state of equilibrium.

In addition to relieving stress, opening up these blockages increases blood circulation, releasing toxins, and can lead to reduced inflammation. Many people claim to feel less pain after a session and feel an overwhelming sense of peace and calm.

Studies by the National Institute of Health have also found reflexology to cause a significant decrease in pain and anxiety in patients with metastatic cancer, and that it can be safely used by patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

How Does It Work?

A typical session lasts about 60 minutes. Your reflexologist starts out by working on each hand for about five minutes at a time. Several minutes of Reiki is then practiced at the back of the head to induce a deeper sense of relaxation. The remainder of the time is spent working on the feet.

Your reflexologist will work a specific pattern on each foot hitting areas that lead to pathways reaching the entire body. They will feel or sense changes in the soft tissue of the feet or they will feel some crystalline-like congestion. These sensations indicate that the part of the body reflexively related to that area on the foot is not working in its prime capacity. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if congestion in a certain part is found, it does not mean that there is something really wrong.  It simply means that that part of the body, at this moment in time, is not functioning its best.  And by stimulating the reflex area it can be helped back onto a balanced path.

The reflex areas are mapped out on the foot as much as they are in the body. The toes represent the head, with the big toe having the reflex areas of the brain, pituitary gland, the teeth, jaw, and gums. The other toes contain the reflexes for the sinuses, eyes and ears.

The ball of the foot represents the chest area. Just as the heart is located more to the left side of the body, the heart reflex area is on the left foot.

The upper arch area represents everything above your intestines and below your lungs, such as the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, pancreas and spleen. The lower arch contains the reflex areas for the large and small intestines.  Looking at the side of the foot, the inside edge of the arch contains the spinal reflex. Remarkably, just as the spine has four curves, so does the inside edge of the arch.

Is Reflexology Right For Me?

The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complimentary practice within the holistic health field. Because of its non-invasive nature, reflexology can benefit most people suffering from stress, tension, other health concerns, or simply just looking to relax!

Reflexology is an ancient technique that works to bring the whole person – mind, body, and spirit, back into balance.  Call today to schedule your Reflexology treatment!

Fight The Winter Blues With These Tips

Has winter got you down? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes of the seasons with symptoms starting in the fall and continuing into the winter months. It’s often referred to as the “winter blues” and will zap your energy and make you feel moody. It can also lead to sleep problems caused by a disruption of the circadian rhythms (your body’s clock) due to reduced sunlight during the day. This also causes a drop in serotonin levels which are our mood boosters, and melatonin levels which help us to sleep. Another side effect can be food cravings, especially for sugar, which will increase our weight.

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression may be positively affected with massage therapy. You can boost your mood and increase your serotonin and melatonin levels with regular massage therapy session. Studies show that massage:

o Reduces anxiety and depression with a course of care providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.

o Increases neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety.

o Significantly decreases heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.

o Massage has been shown to reduce depression in individuals with HIV, lessen anxiety in cancer patients, reduce anxiety and depression in military veterans and lower work-related stress for nurses.

Aromatherapy can be used during your massage and is also helpful in controlling the symptoms of SAD. Smells from essential oils can stimulate positive emotions by affecting our limbic system. The essential oils that treat the symptoms of SAD best include Basil, Orange, Sandalwood, Lemon, Jasmine, Sage, Chamomile, and Peppermint.

For those dreading the remaining winter months, don’t wait to take control of your symptoms. Schedule your next massage at Nature’s Touch Wellness Center, LLC now!

How Massage Therapy Supports Post-Operative Rehabilitation

The recovery process after surgery is equally important as the procedure itself and healing time is a critical challenge to ensure its
success. Because surgery is essentially unnatural, your body may respond either positively, accepting and easily moving on, or negatively, leading you down a bumpy and difficult road. But either way, patients are usually left in exceptional amounts of pain once sedatives or pain medications have worn off. Luckily, there are natural methods to reduce the burden of surgery and support your body’s innate ability to heal during the post-operative rehabilitation process. The best and most effective method is massage therapy.

Many studies have been done to show the amazing benefits of massage after surgery. In a recent study conducted by the Samueli Institute, massage therapy was proven to reduce negative effects and significantly help patients and reduce recovery time. Let’s explore why…

Most people are still in inconsiderable amounts of pain once they begin rehab. While it may be tempting to continue to take prescription pain medications, popping pills won’t offer a solution to the pain. It will rather mask the pain until the medication wears off and its time to take more. Massage offers a natural and longer lasting solution.

Massaging and kneading different muscles and areas of the body helps to increase circulation, allowing fresh blood and oxygen to flow to the injured areas. This process sends vital nutrients to those areas that may have been blocked to help restore and strengthen healthy muscles and tissue while reducing inflammation – ultimately resulting in less pain.

Increasing circulation can also lessen the chances scar tissue will form around the injury site. One of the most beneficial applications of recovery from surgical procedures is cupping therapy. Physicians are amazed at the speed and total recovery that their patients exhibit when cupping is used to complement their surgical work. Patients with extreme burns and deep abdominal scars, such as C-sections, can benefit from this therapy. Cupping can loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.

Surgery-related pain can not only cause immediate discomfort, but it can also lead to problems in other areas of patients’ lives. It can lead to disrupted sleep, negatively affect mood, and interfere with living a normal life. All these factors can lead to stress and anxiety, further delaying the healing process and putting additional burdens on the body.

If we are in a state of stress, we hold these emotions inside, often resulting in tightness in our muscles. Massage therapy releases this tension from the body creating a sense of calm and reducing anxiety. It is also just a wonderful way to relax and meditate. Having any type of procedure – big or small – can take a huge toll on your mind and your spirit. Taking time to reflect on your body and its abilities to heal will support a move peaceful and enjoyable recovery process.

If you have recently had surgery or have one scheduled in the near future, reach out to your favorite massage therapist and see how they can help you.

Benefits of Ancient Healing Techniques

At Nature’s Touch, we are continuously expanding our minds and seeking new techniques to provide our clients with the best and most effective therapies possible. Recently, three of our massage therapists attended a training seminar to learn two ancient healing techniques that have been practiced around the globe for thousands of years: Tok Sen and Gua Sha. They may be hard to pronounce but the benefits of these two practices couldn’t be more clear.

Read on to learn about these amazing techniques and how they can benefit you.

What is Tok Sen Massage?

Tok Sen massage is an ancient form of healing from northern Thailand that has been practiced for thousands of years. Although there is not much written on the history on Tok Sen, it is believed that its origins are credited to farm workers in the paddy fields. After a long day’s work, the farmers developed the simple technique of tapping “sen” lines in order to release tension and pain.

Tok-Sen is based on the belief that every individual has energy flowing through them.[i] This energy works in harmony with the body to ensure all systems work together, resulting in a person that is happy and healthy. Due to the stressors of everyday life, this flow of energy can become blocked leading to pain or other chronic health conditions associated with stress. Tok Sen massage works to open up these blockages to reduce inflammation and promote consistent energy flow.

How Does It Work?

The technique involves the use of a special wooden hammer and wedge, made from the bark of the tamarind tree, and used to relax muscles in a rhythmic tapping motion. Tok means to hammer or hit and sen refers to the energy pathways in the body.

This method of tapping causes a healing vibration throughout the body. It helps to alleviate physical aches and pains, muscle tension, energy blockages, blood circulation and nerve problems.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is another ancient healing technique used by many clinicians of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has gained western attention for the temporary red marks it leaves on the body, similar to a cupping technique.

This method of treatment was developed based on the premise that scraping the superficial layers of skin releases blood stagnation in areas of the body, bringing red blood cells to the surface tissues to release heat and toxins. Increased blood flow and free flowing oxygen to the muscles and tissues decreases pain and stress, allowing those areas to heal faster. It’s been practiced for thousands of years as a method to treat physical ailments but also to promote overall wellness and longevity.

How Does It Work?

In this procedure, a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used by the therapist to apply short or long strokes across the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. As the stroking motion increases red blood cells and releases toxins, painless, raised redness called “petechiae” appear and usually away within two to four days. Gua Sha can be practiced on most areas of the body but is usually done on the back, shoulders, neck or chest.

Who Is A Candiate for Tok Sen and Gua Sha?    

As we tell all our clients, let us know about any pre-existing health concerns or skin ailments before your treatment. Most people can benefit from these techniques but if you are pregnant, taking blood thinners, or have suffered any recent burns or damage to the skin, talk with your doctor before receiving any treatment.

 

[i] http://toksenmassage.com/what-is-tok-sen-therapy/

$5 For 5 To Feed Medina County

With the holidays quickly approaching, we thought it would be nice to reach out and help those in our community that could use a little extra support right now. For every 5 items from the list below that you bring in and donate, we’ll give you $5 off your one hour massage session.

In Medina County alone, close to 8,000 children are on the free and reduced lunch program. What happens to these children when they go home for the weekend? Weekenders for Children happens!

A grocery bag of healthy foods is prepared by volunteers to help fill the gap for those students and families by ensuring that kids show up Monday morning hungry for learning, not for food.

What would be good items to donate? Nutritious, non-perishable foods! Here’s what’s needed most:

Protein: spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, beefaroni, stews, soups, tuna, chicken, peanut butter (1 lb. plastic jars), etc. (pop-top items and microwavable cups preferred)
Canned vegetables: corn, peas, carrots, green beans, canned beans, pasta sauce (plastic jars or canned), etc.
Grains: boxed cereal (whole grain, individual, 12 oz. or smaller), oatmeal, rice, pasta, macaroni & cheese, crackers
Fruits: canned fruit, fruit cups, dried, boxed fruit (raisins, plums, cranberries), applesauce cups, 100% juice boxes
Kid-friendly items: peanut butter (1 lb. plastic jars), squeezable jars of jelly, granola bars, popcorn, graham/animal crackers, fat-free/sugar-free pudding cups, individually packaged treats (rice krispie treats, fruit snacks, etc.)

Please don’t donate expired or high sodium/sugary items, and no glass containers. Items that are individually packaged or smaller than 18 oz work best for sending home with the kids.

Won’t you help us help others this holiday season? We will start our collections on Monday, November 7th and wrap it up on Saturday, November 26th. All items will be taken to Feeding Medina County on Monday, November 28th to be used during the Christmas break to help feed over 900 kids in the Medina County area.

We thank you, and are thankful for you and your continued support.

Help us help others to have a happier holiday this year!

A Steamy Secret to Better Health

For centuries, steam has been used by healers of all kinds for its health and beauty benefits. From sweat lodges to saunas, the power of steam is undeniably effective. Whether you are seeking relief from nagging symptoms like muscle soreness or inflammation or simply just looking for a new method of relaxation, steam tent therapy is the solution you have been looking for.

What is Steam Tent Therapy?

Steam tent therapy is like a relaxing sauna. While laying comfortably on a massage table, a tent-like dome is secured around you and sealed with Velcro. To avoid overheating or dizziness, your head remains outside the tent and a cool wrap is draped around your neck to promote an enjoyable experience. With a flip of a switch, warm steam fills the tent and within just a few minutes, you are engulfed in an even distribution of pleasant heat.

Sessions are completely private in the comfort of one of our massage rooms and usually last anywhere from 10-30 minutes.

When Should You Steam?

Steam tent therapy is a perfect follow-up to a massage because it helps the body sweat out toxins released during the session. We recommend combining regular steaming session in tandem with your routine massages in order to get the full benefits of these two therapies.

Health Benefits of Steam Tent Therapy

Boosted Immunity

The heat from a steam tent raises the body’s core temperature putting the body in an induced fever-like state. The elevated temperature signals the body to create white blood cells, producing antibodies that spring into action and fight off any unwanted invaders.

As you lay in the steam tent and begin to sweat, the increase in white blood cells will help support the body’s natural detoxification systems, expelling hidden toxins through the skin. The fewer toxins the body has to process, the healthier your immune system will be!

Reduced Inflammation & Muscle Soreness

Steam therapy is a fantastic form of treatment for those suffering from inflammation and pain. While it’s not a cure for these conditions, it has been proven to reduce symptoms and help alleviate discomfort.

As heat penetrates your muscles and joints, your capillaries dilate, increasing oxygen saturation within the tissues. Muscles become more pliable and relaxed helping to increase mobility, reduce stiffness, and minimize inflammation. Plus, it makes your muscles just feel good!

Detoxification

With over 82,000 known chemicals in the environment, we are exposed to more toxins than our bodies are designed to handle. And when those toxins start to build up, disease and dysfunction start to set in. Since our skin is the largest organ in the body, it makes sense that sweating is a fantastic means of detoxification.

As we stated before, steam tent therapy helps support the immune system in combination with massage therapy sessions. Although we do recommend these two therapies work in tandem, sessions can also be offered as a standalone method to detox. Treatments offer a comfortable and relaxing way to open up your pores and encourage your sweat glands to excrete waste, promoting an overall sense of health and well-being.

In Conclusion: Everyone Should Steam!

Aside from these fabulous benefits, many people who steam regularly report they notice significant improvement in congestion, headaches, and improved sleep, just to name a few. The benefits are truly unbeatable! Anyone can benefit from the healing powers of this ancient method.

Looking for a relaxing, natural treatment to melt your symptoms away? Click here or call 330-721-9357 and start steaming today. 

Five Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system plays a vital role in your overall health. Made up of a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs, it’s your body’s defense against unwanted bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. If the immune system gets out of whack, due to stress or other factors, it isn’t able to fight off unwanted invaders, letting them creep into the body leading to disease, auto-immune disorders, allergies, and a mess of other problems leaving you sick.

Stress and the Immune System

Stress is one of the biggest disruptors of the immune system. Whether is stems from emotional, physical, or chemical origins, stress is one of the top reasons why the immune system begins to shut down.

Not all stress is bad. It is the body’s natural defense mechanism against our prehistoric fight or flight instincts. However, when your body is in a constant state of stress with no relief, your body can’t function properly and the immune system can’t fight off the bad stuff.

Lucky for us, when people start to feel sick from the copious amounts of stress in our lives, there are natural solutions to give your immune system the boost it need to get back on track.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have incredible, natural detoxing properties. Just about every type of essential oil has anti-viral, anti-fungal, or anti- bacterial elements.

One of the best ways to use essential oils to boost the immune is through aromatherapy. Diffusing oils of relaxing scents such as lavender can promote a feeling a calm and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety. It can even promote a better night’s sleep. Scents such as lemon or peppermint have also been shown to help purify the air, killing off pathogens before your breath them in.

Incorporating essential oils mixed with a carrier oil into your regular massage therapy session has also been shown to boost the immune system. The cleansing properties of rosemary or grapefruit massaged near areas of the lymphatic systems can promote detoxification and help expel toxins from the body.

Herbal Teas

It’s been jokingly said that the Englishmen would pause a war to have their afternoon tea, and for good reason too. Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years for their healing and detoxing qualities. Not only does it promote a relaxing sense of calm, it can help soothe aches and pains, decrease inflammation, and promote the body’s ability to produce pathogen fighting white blood cells. Most teas are also loaded with antioxidants to help fight free radicals and other bad microbes. And as an added bonus, it tastes delicious!

Steam Tents

The skin is our largest organ and a major factor in eliminating toxins from the body. As you sweat, your pores expand, allowing your body to naturally eliminate these impurities. A steam tent is a great way to allow your body to sweat safely and comfortably to expedite the detoxing process to boost your immune system.

Steam tents also provide a highly relaxing experience. As your body warms from the steam, muscles start to soften and areas where you may hold stress start to release any built up tension. The high temperatures also trigger the body to create more white blood cells and antibodies that strengthen the immune system further.

Chiropractic Care

The nervous system controls just about everything in the body, including the immune system. Misalignments of the spine can interfere with the body’s ability to function properly, creating inflammation, and preventing it from healing its self. Regular chiropractic adjustments can maintain proper spinal alignment, promoting a healthy body.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can help support a healthy immune in several ways. When the body is stressed physically, circulation decreases, preventing healthy blood flow to your muscles. Massage therapy can increase circulation back into these areas through kneading and stretching the injured tissue to return them to their natural state. Massaging these areas results in reduced pain and decreased swelling and inflammation. Vital nutrients essential for proper cellular function will be restored allowing the body to heal itself.

In addition to the physical immune boosting benefits, massage is the perfect way to relax and calm the mind. Massage therapy has been proven time and time again to decrease depression, reduce stress, and create and overall sense of wellbeing.

 

The next time you feel stressed or like you are on the brink of catching a cold, try incorporating these natural approaches of boosting your immune system in your routine. Not only will you start feeling better right away, you’ll prevent future health concerns from developing in the future.

Show Yourself Some Love With Massage Therapy

Although summer is filled with fun activities, it’s busy. And that busyness can easily catch up with you. Whether you are a parent who has been running around with your children or a teacher who is gearing up to start the new school year, the end of summer is always a more stressful time of the year. At Nature’s Touch, we often talk about stress and the huge emotional, physical, and spiritual impact it can have on the body. Did you know that according to The American Institute of Stress, stress is the cause of more than 60% of all human disease? Some would say this statistic could even be higher! And in our world, no matter how hard we try, there is simply no way to avoid it. However, there are ways to cope and manage our stress levels so we don’t end of hurting ourselves. The most important thing you can do is make sure you are taking care of yourself first, above anyone else.

Self-care is not an indulgence. Taking care of your body is an act of survival. Your body is your temple and needs attention to live on. Massage therapy is one of the many ways that you can love yourself.

Placing a priority on yourself keeps you centered; it keeps your mind at peace. A less-stress filled life starts with a balanced and calm mind. Even if the 60-minutes you spend during your massage is the only down time you have in your day, that peace and quiet can help you feel rejuvenated to re-focus on you thoughts and to get in touch with important feelings. Massage therapy has been proven to decrease anxiety and feelings of depression, improve energy, and promote an overall sense of well being.

The physical benefits of massage therapy can dramatically help you de-stress your body as well. One of the biggest benefits of massage is that it can help you become aware of what relaxed muscles are supposed to feel like. Often times we start to ache and feel pain and because it’s manageable, we go on our daily lives and just live with that discomfort. Or even worse, we depend on medication and pain killers to help alleviate the symptoms, verses addressing the cause or why we are feeling that discomfort in the first place. Taking care of your body helps you realize how you were designed to feel – free of pain and achy-ness. Self care through massage can improve the quality of your life tenfold; through improved mobility and elasticity of skin and muscles, improved quality of sleep, stronger immune system function, and increased circulation, just to name a few benefits.

And most importantly, taking care of yourself supports and nurtures your spirit. Your spirit is your true-self. Taking time to relax and let go of toxic emotions can help you open your heart to a greater love of yourself and often times helps to support a more positive body image. 

Put as much energy into taking care of yourself as you do others. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find out. And to help you get started, we are offering $5 off a one hour massage from now until August 15. What are you waiting for? Click here or call Nature’s Touch and start showing yourself some love today.

How To Keep Your Cool In the Summer Heat

If you’re accustomed to getting long, deep massages, you’ve probably heard your therapist tell you to drink lots of water when you get home. Ever wonder why?

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is important year round but especially important during the summer months. When it’s hot outside, our bodies naturally need more water because we are usually perspiring more and are generally more active, using more energy.

One of the best things you can do to prepare for your massage is to start your day out with a tall glass of water. While you sleep, your body is busy working repairing and rebuilding your cells from the day before. By drinking a glass of water first thing, you jump start your metabolism and give your body the fuel it needs to start the day.

If you are going to be participating in any physical activities, its crucial to keep the water flowing. Muscles are about 70 percent water. When you are dehydrated, muscles can cramp and tighten causing pain and discomfort. Your massage therapist will be able to determine your level of dehydration from the way your muscles feel during your massage. Massages are dehydrating because when your muscles are worked on, it gets fluid pumping out of your soft tissue and into your circulatory system. Fluid then travels to your kidneys and other detoxifying organs where it carries toxins out of your body. It’s essential to replenish this water lost so your body can continue to detox and replace that water back into your cells. That’s why we encourage our clients to refuel their bodies not only before and after their therapy, but all day long. We know that your muscles and organs work best when they have they have the fuel that they need. Drinking enough water will keep you out of pain and feeling your best.

During the summer months, being dehydrated could also increase your risk for sun burns. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and helps regulate fluid. So when it’s burned or damaged, it can’t function properly. If you do happen to get too much sun, fear not. Our massage therapists can work around the damaged areas, but please be sure to let your therapist know ahead of time so they can accurately address the issue. Because the tissue may be sensitive, we gently massage the skin and avoid using deep tissue techniques. We also massage the skin with coconut oil and soothing essentials oils to promote healing and rejuvenation and help your skin repair it’s self more quickly.

At Nature’s Touch, we know that regular massages are a necessary component to any health routine but it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking care of your body during these hot summer months. Come on in and cool down and schedule your massage today. Your body will thank you later.