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.

Feeling Stressed? Try A Massage

In a perfect world, we would all have wonderful jobs, be in great health, and not have a care in the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case for most people. Most of us are stressed to some extent every day. Whether it be from physical stress from a demanding job, emotional stress from a family crisis, or chemical stress from poor food choices, stress adds up in the body and wreaks havoc on our health.

Now, not all stress is bad. Stress 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, that’s when your body’s “distress” reaction starts to happen.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to cope with stress is by taking care of your body, and we couldn’t agree more. When your body is physically healthy, it makes everything else easier.

We hold stress in our bodies in the form of muscle tightness. When muscles are tight, it’s not only uncomfortable, it causes a decrease in circulation which can trigger a chain reaction of problems. It can affect sleep patterns, cause headaches, anxiety, digestive issues, and ultimately weaken the immune system causing you to become sick more often. Yikes!

Massage therapy is an effective and enjoyable way to manage these symptoms and reduce stress. By working on muscles through a variety of specific techniques, your massage therapist will be able to help increase circulation in tight muscles to push toxins out and allow fresh blood to easily flow into the injured or tense areas. Kneading and stretching muscles can reduce inflammation to allow vital nutrients to flow back through the area and promote healing to the tissue. Depending on the severity of your health concerns, your massage therapist will design your session based on your needs.

In addition to the wonderful physical benefits you will experience, massage is also an excellent way to relax your mind! A one hour massage will give you time to calm your mind, meditate, and enjoy the peace and quiet of your session.

At Nature’s Touch, we know that incorporating regular massage into your life will provide lasting benefits far beyond your appointment time. Why not give it a try? You only have stress to lose.

Stressed out? Let us help you calm your body and relax your mind. Give us a call at (330) 721-9357 and schedule your massage session today.

Massage + Chiropractic Care = Freedom from Pain

Ever have a headache that just wouldn’t quit? How about back pain so bad it was hard to walk. Neck pain, anyone? Thousands of us have been involved in an auto accident that has plagued us with pain for many years afterwards. Even sitting all day at a desk can cause injury and pain with repetitive motion and overuse of our joints. Let’s take a look at what’s causing us all this pain and discomfort.

Our joints are surrounded by soft tissue that supports and moves us in all directions. Muscles and tendons move joints, while ligaments and fascia support joints. Fascia is a soft tissue that permeates our entire body. Surrounding our muscles and organs, fascia provides protection and holds things in their place. If you’ve ever taken the skin off of a chicken breast, it’s that yellowish tissue under the skin that is very elastic. Together with the muscles this tissue is call myofascia. Imagine one muscle being injured and becoming tight, and the fascia being pulled in all directions surrounding this tight muscle. Everything that piece of facia is attached to is pulled out of place. Now there’s pain, and we don’t want to use that muscle. Circulation decreases when we don’t use our muscles and poor circulation will cause the myofascial tissue to become glue-like and will prevent the muscle from lengthening fully. Painful trigger points can develop that will refer pain or numbness to other areas nearby. In extreme cases these tightened muscles can compress nerves causing even more pain. These tight tissues will then start to pull the joint itself out of alignment, called a subluxation, which can in turn affect nerve transmissions to our entire body. The result is pain and possibly numbness at both the site of injury and other areas as well.

Using a variety of techniques, a massage therapist can take care of these soft tissue problems. Kneading and stretching the injured tissues will increase circulation to the area. Toxins will be pushed out of the injured tissue and fresh blood will be pumped into that area. Fascial tissues will be slowly stretched back to their normal state. Trigger point pain will be released, painful swelling and inflammation reduced and nutrients will be brought back into that area. The fascia and muscle will begin to soften and lengthen. After this is accomplished, your chiropractor will use maniplulations to return your joint to its normal position and which in turn will restore joint mobility back to normal.

Your Chiropractic treatment will proceed much easier and with less discomfort when your soft tissue has been addressed first with a massage treatment. Your adjustment will last longer when your muscle tension is released as tight muscles will pull the joint out of alignment again. Once your pain is gone and your body is back into normal alignment, use these two great modalities as part of your personal health plan.

Your recovery time will be shorter and more complete when you address all the components of your pain. Massage teamed with Chiropractic care work great together as a treatment for the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms. Both modalities offer natural, hands on and drug free healing techniques to help you maintain optimal health and well-being.

Got pain? Don’t wait! Call today and return to a pain-free lifestyle! 330-721-9357

Emotional Healing with Massage

When we are sad or depressed, angry or stressed out, we hold these emotions in our bodies in the form of muscle tightness.  We’ve all said more than once in our lives that we are holding all of our tension in our neck and shoulders.  We hear it all the time.  This is the most common area for tension to sit and cause a decrease in circulation.  Then the headaches begin.  All of this tension in our bodies can lead to a breakdown in our immune system.  We notice we’re becoming sick more often.

Massage can help by releasing the tension from the body.  Not only will the muscles release, but often times the negative emotions will release from your mind as well.  You’ll find that gradually, with regular massage treatments, you won’t feel the anger or sadness as much, you’ll be able to release the memories of what caused the tension in the first place.  Massage makes your body feel better, so you feel better.  Better about life in general.  Regular Massage to release this emotional tension can change your entire outlook on life.

We have everything we need on this earth to heal our bodies, minds and spirt.  Consider adding Massage and some other holistic treatments such as Reiki to your wellness plan for a more holistic approach to life and all its challenges.

Massage: It Does the Body Good!

What’s not to like about getting a massage at Nature’s Touch? A quiet room offering calm, peace and privacy. Your eyes are closed, your body is lying relaxed and comfortable on a heated table under warm sheets and blankets. Your sore muscles are being kneaded and soothed by trained, caring hands. For thousands of years some form of massage or laying on of hands has been used to heal the sick and relieve pain. Its benefits are countless and scientific research has proven that massage is medicine.

The skilled staff at Nature’s Touch offers Massage sessions designed to your specific needs and goals. If you are having pain in certain areas, you will receive a massage with medium to deep pressure giving extra attention to problem areas, with various types of learned techniques specific to your needs. Perhaps you just need to be relaxed. Your massage will be given with light to medium pressure for general relaxation to improve circulation and release the tension from your body. If you’re an athlete or a weekend warrior, strenuous exercise can leave muscles feeling fatigued, stiff and sore. Sports Massage stretches and lengthens shortened muscles, and reduces spasms. A pre-event massage is brief and invigorating with strokes used to warm and energize only the muscles used in that particular sport. Post-event massage after you’ve cooled down will reduce pain and soreness felt in the muscle groups used, as well as flush out metabolic waste products that build up during heavy muscle use.

We also offer Steam Therapy treatments right on the massage table. Lying prone while steaming allows the heart to work most efficiently by keeping the blood flow even throughout the body. The combination of massage and steam is simply unbeatable. Muscle soreness and tension just melt away.

Another holistic treatment offered at Nature’s Touch is Reflexology, a non-invasive treatment performed on the feet and hands. This treatment 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. Reflexology will benefit clients by promoting natural healing of body, mind and spirit. It can ease pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system, uplift your spirit, balance and energize you.

Several therapists at Nature’s Touch are trained and attuned to Reiki. Reiki is an ancient Tibetan form of natural healing which is administered by the “laying on of hands” to help restore imbalances of energy in our bodies due to physical or emotional blockages. Reiki increases energy, accelerates healing, calms the mind and stimulates spiritual awareness. You will feel a warmth from the Reiki practitioner’s hands, and a general feeling of well-being.

From infants to teenagers, athletes to grandparents, Massage, Reflexology and Reiki offer a natural way to heal from stress and injury. Unlock your body’s natural healing capabilities by including regular treatments as part of your personal health and fitness plan.

To find out more about how these therapies can help your specific problem contact Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center at (330) 721-9357, e-mail or visit our website at