Monday, 18 September 2017

Massage Therapy & Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but can also be demanding on a woman’s body. The changing body brings with its aches and pains, including back pain, leg and foot pain, and other muscle pains. Massage therapy can have many of the same goals during pregnancy as during any other time, whether that be relaxing tense muscles, improving mobility or easing sore spots; however, it is tailored to the specific needs and experiences of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Research has shown that pregnancy massage can be an integral part of a woman’s prenatal care, and is a safe and effective way to assist in a woman’s positive experience of pregnancy.

Mood and Outcome

In one study, after receiving regular massage therapy, women reported decreased depression, anxiety, leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased. In a subsequent study, in which pregnant women were massaged for 16 weeks, in addition to all of the beneficial effects previously stated, pregnancy outcomes were improved, and there was a lower rate of premature birth.

Labour Pain

Studies have explored the use of massage therapy to help manage pain among women in active labor. At a hospital in British Columbia, Swedish massage was administered for up to five hours by a Registered Massage Therapist during labor. One finding of this pilot study was that women who received massage therapy, as opposed to standard care, delayed their use of epidural analgesia. Massage therapy can decrease pain in all three stages of labor (latent, active and transition) and is a safe treatment that will complement the care you are receiving from your doctor and other healthcare providers.

Low-back Pain

Low-back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women, which can negatively impact their quality of life. It is estimated that 50% of women will suffer from low-back pain during their pregnancy, and one-third of those women will suffer from severe. Only 50% of women experiencing pregnancy-related low back pain will seek advice from a healthcare professional. Massage therapy is one of the common treatments sought for the management of pregnancy-related low-back pain. There is an emerging body of evidence that massage therapy may be an effective short-term option for non-specific low-back pain. According to researchers at Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington in Seattle, massage therapy can also help relieve chronic low-back pain more effectively than the usual medical treatment.

Massage Therapy and Pregnancy

Massage therapy can improve overall prenatal health for pregnant women, and should be considered an important option to consider along with regular prenatal care. In addition to relieving the typical aches and pains associated with pregnancy, massage therapy has also been associated with better pregnancy outcomes and a reduced risk of premature birth. Massage therapy during pregnancy, as with any condition, should depend on the needs and experiences of the individuals and should be discussed with the RMT before treatment.

Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario. (n.d.). MASSAGE THERAPY AND PREGNANCY. Retrieved September 18, 2017, from

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Massage Therapy for Stress & Anxiety 

Many people seek out massage therapy for the sense of relaxation it brings them. They feel a sense of calm and peace of mind from both the tranquil atmosphere and the treatment itself. However, if someone is looking for “just a relaxation massage” it doesn’t mean their treatment is any less clinically indicated or beneficial to their overall health. Massage has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which contribute to overall physical well-being.


Everyone experiences some stress in their lives, whether it’s from work or personal circumstances. One study explores the effects of massage therapy on the occupational stress of those working in intensive care. This study recommends that massage therapy is used for nurses in intensive care units to reduce their stress, promote mental health and prevent the decrease in the quality of their working lives.

One report reviewed the literature surrounding the effect of massage therapy on reducing physiological measures of stress, including hormonal as well as physical variables. The review indicated that massage therapy may have several physiological measures of stress reduction, specifically salivary cortisol and heart rate when assessed immediately after massage therapy.


Anxiety and related disorders negatively impact the quality of life and the overall health of those they affect. Massage therapy is one option for reducing the physical symptoms that are associated with anxiety. One recent study looked at the effects of massage therapy on the vital signs and anxiety in healthy women. In this study, massage therapy was successful in significantly reducing pulse, respiratory rate, and systolic blood pressure.

Another study evaluated the effectiveness of a relaxation or wellness massage therapy program in reducing stress, anxiety, and aggression on a young adult psychiatric inpatient unit. A 20 min massage therapy session was offered daily to patients during their period of hospitalization and several different tests and variables were used to measure patient outcomes at admission and discharge from the unit. This study found that there was a significant reduction in self-reported anxiety, resting heart rate, and cortisol levels immediately following the initial and final massage therapy treatments. Massage therapy had immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures and may be a useful de-escalating tool for reducing stress and anxiety in acutely hospitalized psychiatric patients.

Massage Therapy and Mental Health

Occupational and other stresses can lead to a range of significant health issues, and massage therapy is one viable way of coping with those stressors. Anxiety disorders also negatively impact the quality of life, and massage therapy is one of the complementary options that can help address the physical symptoms of those disorders. Massage therapy is a clinically valuable treatment option both to relieve the everyday stressors that can contribute to other illnesses, and help cope with anxiety disorders.

RMTAO. (n/a). Massage Therapy for Stress & Anxiety. Retrieved September 06, 2017, from

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Benefits of a Manicure & Pedicure

Benefits of a Manicure & Pedicure

Skin care

Your hands are more exposed to daily dirt and weather more than any part of your body, except maybe your face.  That means that they collect dirt easily, as well as constantly create new skin cells and slough off the old.  Your feet are generally bare in the spring and summer times, but walking on them all day can create callouses and other uneven skin conditions.
A professional manicure includes a thorough cleaning and lotions designed to exfoliate your skin. Any dirt will be removed, as will dead skin cells, keeping your hands smooth and reducing any appearance of wrinkles.  A professional pedicure will also exfoliate your skin, as well as remove any callouses on the bottom of your feet.  This not only makes your feet more attractive, it also helps you distribute your weight more evenly across your feet, which can reduce leg and back pain after standing for long periods.

Blood flow

In addition to exfoliating, moisturizers and cuticle treatments are massaged into the skin in a professional mani-pedi.  This massage action is not only incredibly relaxing, it also helps to improve blood circulation to your extremities.  This can reduce pain and help your body distribute heat during cold months.

Fungal Infections

Fungi often grow on toe nails when your feet are exposed to excess moisture.  Often, it takes a few weeks for the infection to become noticeable.  However, a professional esthetician will be able to identify a fungal infection even in its early stages, when it is most easily treated.  Getting regular pedicures is actually a great way to maintain the health of your toes.

Mental health

Both the physical and mental health benefits of getting a manicure and pedicure are incredible.  Your feet and hands will both look and feel great, your stress will go down, and your circulation will increase.

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