Ask the Massage Therapy Expert - June McGlenn

Updated: Jan 3

January 2021

While 2020 was undoubtedly a challenging year for everyone — even the most challenging year for many — it did teach us all some very important things. We learned the depths of our own strength. After all, there’s nothing quite like adversity to show us just how much we can handle.

For many people 2020 also showed that we needed to develop more, or simply better methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. These are pressures that always play a role in our lives, but this past year amplified them. The result being people began to find new ways for themselves to “deal” — from meditation or yoga, to taking an evening stroll through your neighbourhood, to getting regular massage therapy or pedicures, or some other kind of regular self-care that helps you decompress and relax, and feel good.

Perhaps the best lesson 2020 taught was the importance of connecting with others. This can be as simple as texting a friend to check on how they’re doing, or picking up the phone to chat with your sister, your cousin, your dad. Technology provided any number of ways to bridge gaps, and allowed us to reach out in 2020 in ways we haven’t before. Not only that, but people all around the world came up with creative, often ingenious ways for in-person visits while also keeping everyone safe.

As the calendar flips to 2021, many of this previous year’s challenges still exist. Some are even bigger than ever. And yet, we can all face this new year with hope. Because while 2020 tested our resolve, it taught us how to cope with any challenge we encounter. It taught us how to conquer any difficulty we may face in 2021. And it taught us we can flourish despite it all.

December 2020

The challenges and stress 2020 has given us are very real, and with the approach of the holiday season they are mounting. It is not, it has not been a normal year. Everyone is stressed: kids, parents, health care professionals, grocery store clerks, teachers… Literally everyone is feeling the pressure.

The good news? We can help. Not just massage therapists, though having a massage will help you tremendously, but each and every one of us can help. While we can’t wave a magic wand to take away all the stress, anxiety, anger and fear people are feeling right now, we can do something to help ease it. After all, the holidays have always been a season of giving, so let’s all give.

Give Kindness – to your neighbours, to teachers, to strangers even. Most of all, give kindness to yourself.

Give Gratitude – it takes no more time to express gratitude than it takes to show anger, but the effects are just as long lasting.

Give Understanding – you are not alone with your stress, in one way or another we are all feeling it. And finally…

Give Love – love has a healing power all its own; so, give love to yourself, to your family and your friends.

The staff of At Ease Therapy are thankful to all the clients who visited us this year – both the loyal and long-time clients who continue to support us, and the new clients who came to us in 2020. We look forward to continuing to help the community with their health and healing in 2021, and we wish everyone a very happy holiday!

November 2020

Massage therapy in its various forms has been around for hundreds, even thousands of years. The benefits of these hands-on massage therapies cannot be denied. But touch therapies are not the only healing options that can help you toward your health and wellness goals.

Energy healing has been around for just as long as even the oldest of massage therapy traditions. The variety of holistic, energy therapy modalities are vast. While most energy healing methods consist of very little hands-on physical manipulation of the body, the health benefits of an energy healing session can sometimes surpass those of traditional massage therapy. The primary reason for this is that energy healing works on issues found not only in the body, but also in the mind, and spirit, whereas massage therapy generally focuses on issues rooted in the body. The ultimate healing experience would be in receiving massage therapy and energy healing sessions.

Reiki is one such energy healing option and is one therapy that we have always offered. This month we are excited to announce the addition of Access Bars® and Chakra Healing sessions to our available services list, as a new therapist begins working out of our offices.

October 2020

It’s officially Fall!

Everywhere you look trees are changing colour or beginning to die off, animals are preparing for winter, and people are busily getting their homes ready for the cold months ahead. Just as we prepare our surroundings and shift gears for the change of season, it is important that we listen to our bodies and provide what they need too.

There’s no doubt everyone is under a great deal of stress right now, which may make a Swedish Relaxation massage or the Alpha Massage the best option for you—beyond deep relaxation, it also provides a wide array of health benefits. Perhaps you need the invigorating and detoxifying effects of a Shiatsu massage, with its staccato motions and targeting of pressure points throughout the body. While energy healing options will bring your body back into balance and can even provide you with a sort of mental and emotional reset, as well as encouraging full body relaxation.

Whichever modality of treatment you choose, the change of seasons is the perfect time to get in tune with your body and reassess it’s needs. Our ‘Tune-Up’ Bundle can consist of any combination of massage modalities and techniques to best benefit your body’s needs and changing health goals. Not sure what treatment plan would be best for you? Call or email us to talk about your options and goals.

September 2020

Massage therapy provides many benefits to your health and your body. The simplest is relaxation, which is a primary goal during every massage. Yet much of the time, there are several other reasons beyond relaxation that drive us to seek massage. The most popular reasons people want or need to get a massage include intense or recurring muscle pain and tension, frequent headaches, and seeking to manage specific or changing health conditions. Fortunately massage helps with all these things.

It is however important to remember that while massage can and does do wonders for the body, massage therapy is not an instantaneous miracle cure for whatever ails you. Treatment with massage requires a commitment and dedication to healing from both the massage therapist and the client. When dealing with acute problems or changing health concerns, it is often necessary to receive several massage treatments in a short period of time in order to best get a handle on the issue. Similarly, quick successive treatments are also recommended after a long break from receiving massage therapy treatment. Typically we recommend three treatments close together in these types of situations. From there, regular re-occurring treatment sessions will typically maintain your health goals. It is for both these types of situations that we offer bundle packages: the Maintenance package, and the Tune-Up package.

August 2020

Have you been spending lots of time working in your yard, or doing work around the house? Perhaps you’ve been taking time to get outside to play and explore more of your own community, or the many natural parks and recreation areas in the province. Or maybe you’ve been doing extra hours at work. Whatever the case might be, chances are your body is feeling the strain – stress, muscle tension, aches in muscles you don’t even remember having! Sound familiar?

The good news is that massage therapy is a very effective and very simple way to combat these issues. Massage therapy is actually one of the leading methods to relieve stress and reduce pain due to muscle strain or tension. Add in the fact that massage also helps to improve natural immune responses, and getting a massage begins to sound like a better idea every day.

While every massage has immense benefit to the body, there are therapy additives that can increase your enjoyment of your massage and will also enhance the health benefits too. Applying heat immediately helps loosen tight muscles and increase circulation. The use of stones in your massage will increase the depth of the strokes used without increasing the pressure, thus enhancing the benefits. Other techniques and products can induce a cooling sensation during your massage – GREAT during the heat of summer! – or provide targeted aid to the body’s natural detoxifying and immune response functions. And these are just a few examples of what is possible with massage therapy. To learn more, give us a call or send us a quick email, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

July 2020

It is officially Summer! Many people will be choosing staycation holidays over travel this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t try new things – and it definitely doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a little bit of pampering and special care. We are now officially back at the business of making your health the very best it can be, and we are happy to announce that we are able to continue offering all of our regular treatments, as well as offering a brand-new energy healing treatment beginning in July. We know many people are excited to get a massage and we are ready to help you. When you visit us please remember:

• Services are available by appointment only.

• All clients will be pre-screened when booking and before treatments.

• Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms, had contact with confirmed COVID cases, or having recently travelled within 14 days of appointments will be rescheduled.

• Because we work in prolonged close contact with our clients, both clients and therapists are required to wear masks during treatment.

June 2020

It is always our goal to provide the best therapies possible to help our clients achieve and maintain their own very best health and wellness. Depending on your particular health needs throughout the year, a variety of different therapy modalities is often required to best aid your physical and mental health and wellness. It is important to us, because it’s important to you, that we are continuously on the lookout for new treatments and therapies to offer. From new massage therapy methods, to different forms of energy healing techniques, continuing education is one area we consider vital for our continued ability to best serve our clients and community. We are very excited to be introducing a new energy healing therapy this summer — in these new Access Bars treatment sessions, clients will experience a deep level of relaxation, while also reaching for a nearly meditative level of awareness and consciousness. Keep an eye on our Website and Facebook page in the coming weeks for more about this and all our treatment options, as well as re-opening information and COVID-19 operational changes.

May 2020

Massage therapy is an incredible tool and cooperative treatment for a wide variety of health concerns and issues. Simply put: massage promotes good physical and mental health. While your massage therapist is inaccessible right now, we will be ready and waiting to help you when we are able to re-open. And remember, the benefits of massage include, but are not limited to: 1) Lowering blood pressure 2) Improving Cardiovascular health 3) Relieving headaches 4) Reducing intensity of migraines 5) Easing muscle pain 6) Aiding injury recovery 7) Improving flexibility and range of motion 8) Relieves physical stress and tension 9) Reducing mental stress and anxiety 10) Relaxation

April 2020

We are living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic effects every single one of us. It will continue to cause disruption and changes to our day-to-day lives for weeks, if not months, to come. We ask all our clients to be part of the solution. • Practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently. • Use hand sanitizer when you have to go out in the community. • If you are sick, stay home. Don’t put others at risk needlessly. • Self-isolate as needed. But while taking care of your physical health, don’t forget to consider your mental well-being as well. There’s no denying the high degree of stress many of us are experiencing these days. Massage therapy, as always, is one of the very best ways to help ease the mental distress and physical tension you’re probably feeling. We are taking all precaution and extra care to ensure the cleanliness of our treatment and common areas. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. And for up-to-date information through the COVID-19 pandemic please watch our Facebook page.

March 2020

Spring – the time of rejuvenation, birth and re-birth in nature. But the change of seasons is not just important in nature, our bodies are also attuned to the changing seasons in ways we may not realize or understand. Like nature, our bodies are complex and intricately interwoven networks of systems. And like with nature, we should always be mindful of giving our bodies the care they need to ensure they continue working at their best. Massage therapy is one way we can do that. Shiatsu and Reflexology utilize pressure and trigger points to optimize lymphatic functions in the body, while Reiki focuses on your energy and balancing the chakras. Swedish Relaxation helps improve muscle flexibility and range of motion. And all massage works toward the goal of complete relaxation. Take time this Spring and give your body the Tune-Up it deserves.

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