Commonly Asked Questions

People often ask the same questions of massage therapist. I am of the opinion, f one person has a question there are others who wonder the same thing. So here you go:

Do people ever fall asleep on the massage table?

The quick answer is yes. So much so that I take snoring as a compliment. It proves that my deep tissue does not cause you pain, it eliminates it!

Do I have to disrobe to get a massage?

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Do people really get their glutes (butt muscles) massaged?

Yes, the gluteal muscles are two sets of three large muscles which aid in walking, running, climbing, sitting, standing, standing from sitting, pivoting, leaning, and a number of other movements. Doesn’t something that works this hard need to be relaxed? If you have not tried it, I recommend it highly and so do my clients who do receive glut massages.

Don’t your hands hurt after a day of massage?

They can, we are taught in school to use body weight vs. hand strength. This saves our hands from causing us problems.

How long does one go to school to become a massage therapist?

My curriculum was 12 months. Each state has different requirements. To receive an Associate degree in massage takes two years.

Where did you go to school for massage?

I attended the renowned National University of Health Sciences (formerly, National Chiropractic College) in Lombard, IL.

Myth: No Pain – No Gain

Have you heard the term ‘No pain, no gain’? Well, your mother probably didn’t tell you that because she knew better.

Pain is the body’s way of signalling that something is wrong. Working through pain continues the pain cycle rather than inhibiting it with rest. The pain cycle begins with pain and we guard, or limit, movement of the area because it hurts, which causes the muscle to spasm. Spasms decrease range of motion causing the muscle to become weak. A weak muscle does not function properly, therefore, you become frustrated.

If you are in pain, do something about it. Massage can help with muscle pain, however, if the pain is severe or accompanied by blood, swelling, redness, or heat you should consult a doctor before your massage therapist. This information is in no way meant to as a means to replace, delay, or disregard medical attention.

Ever Have an Ab Massage?

Yes, abdomen, stomach, AKA abdominal muscle massage.

An ab massage has many health benefits such as reducing stress reactions, stimulating sluggish bowels, and relieve gas pain. Ab massage is good for all ages, including infants with relief of colic. If you suffer from colic, oops, acid reflux, gas, indigestion, or other digestive problems try an ab massage.

As you can see by this picture, draping keeps all private areas sufficiently covered. The massage therapist will fully explain the procedure prior to starting your ab massage. This procedure can be done by itself to address gastric issues or included in the routine full-body massage. Any reputable massage therapist will be able to perform your ab massage, just ask when making your appointment.

If you have any trouble finding a good massage therapist check out Atrium Wellness Inc.

Sleeping Problems?

Do you experience Sleeping Problems? People who are poor sleepers exert a ton of energy trying to force sleep. Sleep is something that has to naturally unfold, so the more you engage in behaviors to try to sleep, the less likely you’re going to fall asleep. Behavior Therapy, Dec 2011 

Did you know?

Muscle_cell_Nature1Did you know that knots in muscles are not normal? So many people today believe that having pain is an ordinary thing, quite the contrary.

So called ‘knots’ in muscles are often trigger points, also called Myofascial trigger points. A trigger point is a bundle of microscopic muscle cells that have contracted due to overuse, misuse, stress, etc. These trigger points cause the neighboring muscles to step in and ‘assist’ in do the job of the muscle that is overworked.

The problem with this is that the helper muscles do not know how, nor are they able, to do the job of the stressed muscle. Therefore, the helper itself becomes worn out and guess what. Yep, its neighbors attempt to help. Get the idea?

This is a very common phenomenon in people who perform repetitive movements such as typing, using a screw driver, or driving, as well as those involved in sports, gardeners, cooks, massage therapists, pretty much anyone who moves. However, don’t stop moving, just get massages on a regular basis to stave off the darn trigger points. Massage should be a preventative measure rather than after-the-fact, much like dentist appointments.

Welcome to Atrium Wellness, Inc’s blog!

We welcome you warmly and pray you are having a tranquil day. It is our mission to inform the public of ways to better take care of themselves for a stress-free, healthier, happier life. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, it does take commitment and we are here to back you in that every step of the way.

Welcome again, relax and enjoy life!

Annie Moore, LMT, NCTM
Atrium Wellness, Inc.