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Ja-On’s Recommended Reading Material

For anyone that has been to see me for sessions, there are typically a few books that I’ll recommend as fantastic resources for health.

Pain Free is a great book for postural education.

Supple leopard is great for anyone interested in developing mobility, not just flexibility.

The Bulletproof Diet books are an easy approach to removing sugars and processed foods from your diet.

Finally, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is my go-to book for great food. This one is definitely NOT low carb or Bulletproof style, but it really can help those afraid of cooking good food step into the kitchen.

If you have questions, feel free to ask!

 

 

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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