Why I Chose Massage as a Career

I’ve been regularly asked by my clients why I chose massage therapy as my career path, since the work is so hard on the massage practitioner’s body. The reality is, there were many reasons, including schedule flexibility, good pay, and job demand(everyone always gets hurt or is stressed out, right?). One reason in particular that always stood out in my mind was making a difference in peoples’ lives. Granted, that difference may impact some people more profoundly than others, but when the work is done, I feel good knowing my efforts can alter the shape of someones day.

During my late teens and early twenties, I had spent many years in sales. The monetary reward had been pretty good, but I still didn’t feel a strong sense of accomplishment. I decided to go back to school to find my path. Eventually, after a few talks with Dr. Mitch Ellis- a lifelong best friend, and eventual business partner, I chose to study massage. Little did I know at the time, it turns out massage therapy and chiropractic kind of walk hand in hand(pardon the pun).

In school, the year-long curriculum began with learning basic Swedish Massage techniques like effleurage, petrissage, and tapotements. We also studied introductory kinesiology, anatomy and physiology. The anatomy and physiology class covered the musculoskeletal system and each individual muscle movement. It was a great learning experience, and as a bonus, it was pretty nice getting a massage three times a week too.

As the year progressed, we learned more advanced treatments such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, PNF, and even learned a little bit about Chinese Medicine. The anatomy and physiology class went more in depth, covering the rest of the human body’s systems- […]

Why I Chose Massage as a Career2013-07-31T16:59:18-07:00

Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Our clients routinely ask about the physiological effects and benefits of massage therapy. So to oblige their requests, we’ve put together a brief description for them.

Massage Therapy has many benefits. Some of the most common include:

  • Alleviate low back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as aid in upper and lower extremity pain
  • Improve range of motion around major joints in the muscular-skeletal system
  • For athletes it can aid in quicker recovery as well as help prepare for arduous workouts
  • Can help decrease stress, depression and anxiety
  • Increase and promote tissue regeneration, including scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Reduces muscle spasms and muscle cramping
  • Improves circulatory response by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Relaxes injured, fatigued and overused muscles
  • Triggers endorphin response-endorphins are amino acids that our bodies produce to act as natural painkillers
  • Relieve headache pain, both tension and migraine

While often thought of as a luxurious or pampering procedure, massage therapy can be a powerful tool in your personal healthcare routine. Debates will argue over how large a percentage stress can play in disease. Stress can age us faster both internally and externally. While it may be too bold a statement to say that massage can eliminate stress and anxiety altogether in today’s society, it can without a doubt, provide relief of it.

After their massage, many clients will report they have:

  • Better energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased circulation

Many clients also report an increased awareness, as well as a sense of calm and clarity. Massage therapy can also provide an emotional balance in addition to its many physiological benefits.

Massage therapy can be used for treating chronic disease, neurological disorders, injuries and various stresses and tensions in today’s world. Research shows the enormous benefits touch can have on the human body. As a result […]

Benefits Of Massage Therapy2013-07-01T04:40:50-07:00