whats the difference between deep tissue and therapeutic massage?

What is Deep Tissue?

Deep tissue (DT) is a massage technique, using slow and deep massage strokes. I use the term "deep" because it varies from person to person on how much pressure is used. There are a variety of different DT strokes, so its not about me jabbing my elbows into your back. I will always work with your body, not against it or try to force it to do something its not ready for. I will work with your muscles to lengthen tension areas and relieve tight areas. The work is slow and deliberate. But well worth it.


What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage (TM) is a combination of massage techniques used to provide complete balance. In a TM session, I may use some DT strokes followed by some myofascial release strokes and finish up with some effleurage (long relaxation stroke).


So which one do you need?

Well to be quite honest, you will probably get a therapeutic massage. And I say this because each massage is tailored to you, each and every time. There may be times when you get a massage that is 90% deep tissue but there are very few times when that will be the only technique used. Your body is too complex to limit your massage to one technique. That is one of the reasons why there is only one price for all techniques offered. You are going to get a blend of everything, depending on what your body needs.


Wait, Wait, Wait... I thought deep tissue and deep pressure was the same thing?

Umm... no. Its not. You can get a Swedish (relaxation) massage with deep pressure. Some people just want the pressure because it feels good. And I can add that to any massage you want. But deep tissue is in its own category.

Why add essential oils to my massage?

I offer essential oils as a part of my aromatherapy massage enhancement. And I had a client tell me last week that she didn't believe in the essential oil foo foo. And it got me thinking, why are essential oils important to add to your massage?

First off, let's do a brief history lesson on plant properties and essential oils. Plants have been used since beginning of time to help with sickness & ailments. Specifically essential oils, are mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Before we had pharmaceutical drugs, plants were used in different ways to help the client with whatever issues they had. And now essential oils are making a come back. 

I will go over three different essential oils that you may want to add to your next massage.

  First off, is peppermint. Peppermint is a wonderful oil to add if you are experiencing any headaches or a stomach ache. A blend of peppermint and a few other oils such as Wintergreen are used in an oil blend called deep blue to help promote the release of muscle tension, fatigue and pain. 

Next up is lavender. Lavender is known for its relaxing properties but you may not know that it's great for people with skin sensitivities such as, eczema. If stress is your culprit, Serenity blend maybe what you're looking for. It is a  blend with lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and many other essential oils to help promote a calming state of being. 

Maybe you just haven't been in a good mood. Adding citrus oil's such as lemon or orange can help elevate your mood. There is also an oil blend called elevate which has lavender, lemon, orange and many other oils used to help promote feelings of self worth and lessen feelings of sadness and anxiety.


How do they work?  

In a massage, essential oils are combined in a carrier oil or lotion, then applied topically. There are also times during the massage where you will take a deep inhale, allowing for the essential oils to be inhaled as well. This is allowing the oils to penetrate your blood stream, making them very impactful. Each oil have their own properties that will promote the state of mind you need.  

DoTerra essential oils are pure therapeutic grade oils. They are very concentrated and strong, so one drop goes a long way. One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 20+ cups of peppermint tea.  


If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email us at TheRemedy4you@gmail.com.  

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to get a massage or not to get a massage

Not get a massage? What?!

I love getting a good massage. There's nothing  better than a good massage, especially after a stressful week. But if you've never had a massage before, you may not understand. So let me try to explain it for you.

It has been a long week.  Work was stressful and you spent extra time at the computer trying to get things done and now your shoulders and neck are yelling at you. The kids had more energy than usual and needed you to chauffeur them to their activities. We have all had these weeks. There is just too much to do and not enough time. And the tension builds in your shoulders and back. This can manifest as insomnia, headaches and mood swings.

So how can a massage help all this?

When your massage therapist applies pressure and works along one muscle at a time, that muscle will begin to release the tension its been holding on to. As your muscles relax, your circulation increases and reduces painful muscle contractions and spasms.  If you are experiencing nerve pain, such as sciatica, the muscles contract around the nerves, sometimes in a choking manor causing shooting pain or numbness. When the muscles relax, they release the nerve. As this happens, your heart rate and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down and your production of stress hormones decrease.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Massage is good for you in so many ways. If you do have more questions, you can simply email The Remedy at TheRemedy4You@gmail.com