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Our New Clinic is Open!

Yes! We have relocated to the heart of downtown Brandon! Our new location is at 640 Rosser Avenue occupying the entire ground floor of the 100 year old Trade Fair Exchange building. This is a very exciting move for us as we are sharing the 3800 sq. ft. ground floor level with Brandon Acupuncture, Chinese Massage and Herbal Centre.

 

Be sure to watch the website for exciting new additions in the new year such as yoga, group training sessions with TRX units, reiki, and the return of the Wellington College Student Clinic!

 

We’re on Facebook!

Not only do we have a website, we also have an active Facebook page! Check it out by clicking on the Facebook tag on the left side of the screen. It’s a great way to catch any last minute openings and provide us with quick feedback or requests for blog articles.

 

Keep an eye on the Facebook page and you may have a chance to win a free massage, tons of coffee, amazing yoga, sauna treatments, and who knows what else! All prizes are graciously supplied by local businesses in the Brandon area, so support your community, and win some free stuff!

What is a Student Massage?

Booking an appointment with a massage student is helping a new up and coming therapist learn and perfect their art of massage. All the students have completed their relaxation massage education and are very knowledgeable in what they do!

The students do appreciate any feedback, so please be sure to let them know if you want more pressure or less pressure.

It’s a great way to relax and de-stress for an hour, and the best part is that the massage only costs $30.00! Do yourself a favour and see a student for a massage.

Great resources for health!

Over the years, I have read many books in regards to health, nutrition, and fitness. While many have been duds (it seems like the majority of them are), there are a few that stand out. Listed below are a few that have stood out in my mind as good resources for people and they can be ordered or purchased online.

The Permanent Pain Cure

The Permanent Pain Cure is an excellent all-in-one resource for anyone wishing to regain their health and stop their cycle of pain. It highlights pain management from an Osteopathic point of view, using specific fascia stretches to improve the mobility of specific areas of the body. There is also a section dealing with strength training and makes use of kettle-bells that develop strength in a slightly different way.

ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

If the barefoot running craze has taught us anything, it’s that SOME of us really do have a terrible running gait. While this book doesn’t focus on running barefoot, it really does have us explore the running style that the shoe-free movement recommends. It has basic stretches, and simple exercises that helps turn your running style into an effortless journey.

The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle

Weight training is a fantastic addition to a healthy lifestyle, but only when done in a logical fashion. Typically, people decide to ‘Go to the gym’ without actually thinking about what they will be doing when they get there. Save yourself the hassle, and get a productive program, and change your body. This is a great book that has a years worth of programs and the detailed pictures and instructions for each exercise.

The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

While weight training for women isn’t as dramatically different as many people think, it isn’t a bad idea to take a look at weight training from the perspective of the other sex. This is a great resource for women who want to add weight training into their exercise routine. It dispels some of the myths involved with weight training and even has a section specifically for nutrition.

The best things to do after a massage

Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to help the body re-educate itself to the changes that have been encouraged upon it through the treatment.

Maintain hydration
The body is highly composed of water, ranging from 50-70%, depending on the source. Naturally, hydration is important to our health at all times, not just after a massage.

No hard exercise or training
Especially if you have had fascia work, mobilizations or manipulations performed. The stability of the area has been altered (in a good way) and performing heavy exercise can be detrimental to the re-education process.

Epsom salt bath
Taking a hot bath with epsom salts has been shown to be beneficial for pain management. Epsom salts have been shown to be absorbed through the skin and help reduce muscle aches. The heat of the water helps further by increasing blood flow by opening blood vessels. Please bear in mind that during acute pain, this may not be a good solution and ice packs would be a better choice. You could try a cold bath or shower instead of ice packs, but nobody ever seems to want to try that. I wonder why…

Do your stretches or exercises
There is a reason you were told to do them. It’s because they are good for you. Whether it is to reduce tension to an area, stimulate weak links, or re-educate the body, it is important that your do your exercises. But keep the intensity down, as heavy exercise can be counter-productive.

Moist heat
Use some moist heat if advised by the therapist. This can help with chronic aches and reduce fascia tension, helping the body re-educate itself.

Ice or cool
Use cold or cool compresses on sore areas. The use of ice is beneficial in the reduction of pain and inflammation. If you are told to ice, be sure to ice. Ignoring the advice of your therapist can result in pain to the area.

I hope this quick list of helpful hints will help everyone in their post-massage recovery. It is, after all, about you and your health.

What is Fascia Stretching?

Fascia is the connective tissue that flows throughout the body, enveloping and influencing all other structures. Because of this, it is very susceptible to dysfunction in the form of repetitive strains or posture. Fascia stretching is a form of treatment that affects the fascia of the body, and therefore can affect many structures, not just muscle. During the treatment, the therapist will assess tension in the limbs of the body to find where the most tension is being held. The treatment is not painful, but it can feel like a strong stretch that gradually subsides as the tissue releases.

Following the treatment, it is normal to feel very loose, and even tired. Try not to do anything too strenuous after the treatment, but be sure to stay mobile to re-educate the tissue. As with every style of massage, always maintain a verbal communication with your therapist. While fascia stretching can be more intense it should never cause injury. Be sure to tell your therapist if you feel there is too much stretch being applied.

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