Is It Time For Your Pregnancy Massage?

Is It Time For Your Pregnancy Massage?

Therapeutic massage is used all over the world to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension. Pregnancy can be a very stressful time, especially for new moms. Studies have shown that massage during pregnancy increases relaxation and decreases muscular discomfort. Every pregnancy is personal. Check with your doctor to confirm receiving massage is a healthy choice for you and your baby.
 
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

  • boosts the immune system
  • improves muscle tone
  • reduces fatigue
  • relieves strain
  • increases circulation and red cell count
  • removes toxins
  • reduces stress and tension
  • promotes relaxation
  • provides emotional and physical support
  • develops sensory awareness of the body
  • gives the mother the experience of loving so she may in turn, touch her baby with love
  • And it feels good!

 All of the above benefits help prepare the body for an easier delivery and help the body towards a speedier recovery.  Remember to always consult a doctor before getting a massage, especially if you’ve experienced any complications throughout the pregnancy. After you get the green light, give us a call to schedule your massage and we’ll get ready to shower you with relaxation and rejuvenation.


Brighter, Healthier Skin

A professional-grade at-home peel that helps reveal brighter, healthier skin in just minutes a week! With a unique complex of phytoactive AHA extracts, Lactic Acid, and fermented plant enzymes, this maximum-strength exfoliant is safe throughout pregnancy and delivers powerful results to help reveal new, firmer skin.

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Training for a 5K?

Training for a 5K?

We’re in the full swing of summer of now and there are all kinds of posts about 5k runs, Triathlons, 100-mile Bike Races and Tough Mudders. A question that always comes up surrounding these types of sporting events… “is massage therapy better for me before or after my race?” The short answer … BOTH! Massage therapy is beneficial before and after events for different reasons.
 
Massage Therapy During Training (Months Leading Up to Event)

  • Improve muscle recovery
  • Maintain/improve flexibility
  • Maintain/improve range of motion
  • Reduce injury recovery time 
  • Enhance strengthening

 
Pre-Event Massage (typically within 2 days of event)

  • Increase blood supply
  • Facilitate join mobility
  • Stretches tissue/supplements and complements warm up
  • Body maintenance
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Facilitate injury healing

 
Post Event Massage (typically 2-3 days after event)

  • Promotes recovery
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Flushes out lactic acid buildup
  • Re-establish range of motion
  • Facilitates blood flow to tight muscles

 
Often athletes training for an event are following a strict training guideline which incorporates regular massage sessions. If you are training for an event, consult with a doctor and personal trainer and check reliable sport specific magazines and websites for recommendations. Regular massage sessions should be part of your training plan, however, frequency of massage sessions will depend on several factors: level of fitness, event type, and athlete’s injury & recovery history.
 
Here is our typical recommendation: a one-hour massage, at a minimum, every 3-4 weeks is a good rule of thumb. Athletes can increase massages to as frequently as once per week throughout training. Within 48 hours of the event, make sure to avoid any deep tissue massages. If you are planning on setting up a massage after your event, make sure to schedule within 2-3 days for optimum recovery. And most important of all, listen to your body and give it the rest and care it needs! Have any questions? Send us an email and we’ll be happy to explain more on the importance of massage during athletic events. Good luck and happy training!

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Time to Celebrate Mom

It’s that time again. Time to show the special mothers in your life how much you appreciate them. Time to thank them for their endless sacrifice, hard work and love. And time for Mom to schedule some much needed TLC.

Give the gift of rejuvenation this year and let Mom freshen up with a relaxing facial from InBalance Wellness Spa. Revitalize tired and damaged skin and let Mom look and feel her best this Mother’s Day.

Specials For Mom – Savings For You

Deluxe Massage – includes a skin treatment to the back and neck, followed by a full body massage. 75 minutes of pampering and letting go!          Only $100!
 
BioActive Peel – Best results come from a series of treatments.  
3 Series – $300      6 Series – $525     Available in single sessions too!
 
All facial gift certificates include a complimentary Dermalogica skin care gift valued at $25. See the website for more details! Call us today to take advantage of these great specials! 215-490-2900.

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Join Us for Free Massages!

Are you hurting but not sure what to do? Join InBalance Wellness Spa at North Penn Physical Therapy on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Come join us and speak with Dianne Wright, MS, PT of North Penn Physical Therapy. Dianne has 20 years experience in successfully treating various diagnoses from orthopedic to vestibular concerns. Alice Campbell and Crystal Malantonio of InBalance Wellness Spa will be offering complimentary chair massage and hand massages. We are working together to help you be the best you that you can be!

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

All who attend are eligible to win a complimentary 1 hour massage!

North Penn Physical Therapy
227 S Broad St
Lansdale, PA 19446

Thursday April 5, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 

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Massage Therapy: Four Benefits of Massage

Massage Therapy: Four Benefits of Massage

We’re now a month into 2016, how are you feeling? Hopefully you made it through Winter Storm Jonas without too much damage…damage to your body, of course!  How does your body feel after ALL of that shoveling? Are your aches and pains catching up with you?  Maybe feeling a little stiff, or possibly still nursing a pulled muscle from all the strenuous activity? Think a massage might help?

Well, I have news for you, the pain you’re experiencing can go away! No, I don’t have an endless list of supplements, medications and doctors to recommend to you. You don’t have to take one large yellow pill, one little green pill AND one cup of fish oil under a Harvest Moon while reciting this phrase… <<insert silly, crazy ritual here>>! It’s much simpler than that.

Schedule yourself a massage!  

In the past, many have associated massage with relaxation and pampering; a luxury for special occasions. However with a better understanding of how our bodies work, times are changing and for the better! Massage therapy is becoming mainstreamed as a modality for pain management, and I couldn’t be more excited! Massage therapy has SO many benefits for our health, including decreased pain and stress, improved flexibility and more! Here are a few benefits:

Pain

  • Alleviate pain as in muscle tension, spasm and cramping
  • Release endorphins – (amino acids) which is the body’s natural pain killer
  • Relieve headache and migraine frequency

Stress

  • Decrease stress therefore promoting relaxation
  • Releases endorphins which helps to lessen depression and anxiety

Flexibility

  • Improve joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Relax and softens injured, tired, overused muscles, helping them to recover more quickly.

Overall Health

  • Stimulating lymph flow which strengthens immune system
  • Improve condition of body’s largest organ, the SKIN!
  • All of these benefits allow for a decreased dependence on medication

After reading that, can you still tell me that a deep tissue or hot stone massage is ONLY for relaxation? I think not. Simply put, massage is part of a healthy lifestyle.

 While each person’s body is different; pain level, flexibility, biochemistry, etc., typically it will take more than one massage to completely rid your body of pain. But again, every person is different and has his or her own lifestyle, activity level, & habits.

Massage As A Rehabilitative Tool

It was while I was working as a Physical Therapist Assistant that I began utilizing massage as a rehabilitative tool. Immediately I was seeing positive results with my patients, even with my patients dealing with chronic pain. All were experiencing an overall decrease in pain.  Using massage regularly as a pain management modality and as a preventative or maintenance health tool are all viable ways to a pain free lifestyle. 

Alice’s Secret to Pain Free Lifestyle

And hey, I practice what I preach.  I get monthly massages. I am fortunate that more often than not, I do not have pain.  This comes as a surprise to many as I have been practicing massage for several years now.  My secret to success is monthly massage (or an extra one as needed), regular stretching and regular exercise. 

Next time you’re feeling a little achy, having some lower back pain or reduced joint flexibility, call InBalance Wellness Spa. Schedule yourself a massage and feel the relaxation & pain relief wash over your body. 215-490-2900

 Massage therapy…what a way to heal!

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