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Stretching + Massage

Stretching + Massage= What a Combo!

What Are The Benefits of Stretching + Massage?

I wanted to see the benefits of stretching + massage and how it would affect lifting or exercising in general. Well, it comes down to this:

  • More flexibility and Range of motion to prevent injuries from strained or pulled muscles is always a plus in my book. When the muscles are warm, they are more pliable, making it easier to lift or do more. Massages work with stretching to get that range of motion back to where it needs to be to be at our best. Isn’t this fantastic?!
  • Better Blood Flow: Now who doesn’t want better circulation to prevent those pesky knots for better recovery and less pain. Massage will get the rest out that stretching will not. Those who are not so active during the day because they may have to sit at a computer all day will not feel as stiff. That is great news, right?
  • This is the Best part: Just a sense of well being or good for the soul! Massage and stretching those muscles out can reduce stress. What? Now who doesn’t want to be less stressed? The combo can even boost your immune system. In a study in an article in Live Science in 2010 it showed that a 45 min or longer massage increased the number of lymphocytes or white blood cells that fight diseases. Now that is something we all could use, right?!
  • Last but not least: Better sleep! I know I could definitely use a better night’s sleep. Most of us do not even get to the point of deep sleep. But what if you could? Your body starts to produce feelings of calm within 3 min into a massage. The better the sleep the better the performance at the gym or just life. Wouldn’t you say?

My Conclusion

I need to combine stretching + massage on a regular basis so that I may have better quality of life! And don’t forget to drink that water!

Vroqua King, Receptionist

DoTerra Essential Oils- The Basics

DoTerra Essential Oils- The Basics

Where To Begin…

The world of Doterra essential oils is a large one, and at times it can be intimidating to decide which to use and where. When used properly Doterra essential oils can be extraordinarily beneficial to your well being as well as those around you. Though intimidating, their application can be described in three main categories: aromatic, topical, and internal.

Aromatic

A simple description of this category is to smell the oils. The easiest way to do this is to open the bottle and breath through your nose. To enhance that method simply put a few drops on your hands, rub them together cup them around your face and breathe. Another common method is to defuse them in your home. A personal favorite method of mine is, during the colder months when everyone is getting sick around me, I put a few drops of On Guard onto a wool dryer ball before drying my sheets and clothes, so everywhere I go my immune system is getting a boost. No matter how they are used, essential oils bring a fantastic aroma to any environment.

Topical

This category is applying the oils directly to skin. Personally, I have a great distaste for the smell of ginger but I frequently feel sick so in the morning I will rub it on my feet, put on socks, and I don’t have to deal with the smell while still having the benefits of my oils. Some oils, like peppermint are often too strong for people with sensitive skin, so it is recommended to use a carrier oil when applying directly to the skin. Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil or almond oil. You can also add the oils to a bath. Oils go a lot further than you would think and you don’t need to use much to get the benefits. Applying oils to specific areas can help target specific issues and give more specific results.

Internal

When you ingest an oil, or take it into your body, this is described as internal usage. Many people add oils to their tea, put oils in a veggie capsule and take them like a vitamin, or add peppermint to a mouthful of water and drink to have clean breath. I love to add a few drops of lemon in my water, it tastes good and it helps clean out toxins. Digestion, health, and general well-being can all be improved with proper internal essential oil usage.

To Sum It All Up…

Essential oils have so many uses and applications. They can assist with a variety of ailments, and there are many personal testimonies describing how they improve people’s lives. Whether they are used aromatically, topically, or internally, each oil has individual benefits. Remember to research each oils benefit and uses, as not every oil can be safely used in each way. Welcome to your own essential oils journey!

Stats Behind Massage

Stats Behind Massage

Does it Work?

Massage is a wonderful and helpful tool for relaxation, pain management, and so much more! But, don’t take our word for it…here are some stats behind massage to show how amazing it truly is. These statistics are from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), through studies they they have done.

The AMTA reported that the primary reason that people get massages is for health and wellness:

  • 43% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2016-July 2017 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness, a slight decrease from 2016 data.
  • 89% agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
  • 29% of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2016-July 2017.

So if so many Americans receive massage for wellness vs relaxation, that must be a sign that it works…right? Need more stats, alright…let’s keep them coming!

A Regular Massage Keeps the Doctor Away

In July 2017, roughly fifty million American adults had discussed massage therapy with their doctors in the previous year. Massage is seen in the medical world as a real option for treatment of a variety of problems. The following diagram shows health care professionals referring patients to massage therapists.

Massage recommendation graphic

So, What Can Massage Help With?

Massage, especially Therapeutic Massage, can help with SO many problems. The AMTA has done extensive research into this area. The following list is provided by the AMTA:

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Reducing post-operative pain
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing headache frequency
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients
  • Fibromyalgia

And this list just scratches the surface! We can also include help with pregnancy, depresssion, anxiety, austism, sports performance, injury, car accident pain, and it goes on and on!

Need more proof? Then come in and try out a massage for yourself! With over 6 modalities offered to best fit your needs, you will walk away feeling better than you knew you could!

Massage for Injury

Massage to Treat an Injury…?

MASSAGE FOR INJURY

Most people believe that massage for injuries isn’t a great idea, but it is actually very beneficial. Do you understand why? Well, let me explain! Massage is all about relaxing tight muscles and releasing stuck connective tissue that we call fascia (stuck fascia meaning “knots”). When we get knots, it pulls on the connective tissue around it. This causes the muscles to eventually get tight due to resistance in movement.

FACTS

These facts help show how massage can help an injury. If someone has a knee injury it’s possible the injury occurred because of a tight muscle pulling on the joint. As this person went about his/her normal activities, let’s say soccer, that person is running and suddenly stops to kick the ball. Well, because a certain muscle was pulling more than the others on that joint, it pulls it too far to one side and causes one of his/her ligaments to tear or break because too much strain put upon it.

FIRST STAGE MASSAGE

As this injury is healing that muscle is still pulling because of how tight it is, causing it to heal differently than it normally would if that muscle were relaxed. And this could cause future issues. If this person chooses to get massage, while it heals in the beginning, it would be more of a light touch massage, but still very important because in this stage the massage is called a Lymphatic massage. Lymphatic helps reduce the inflammation and helping the healing process to move along.

SECOND STAGE MASSAGE

The second stage could be Therapeutic or myofascial massage. Myofascial helps to lessen the amount of stuck tissue, and Therapeutic helps lessen stuck tissue as well as get into those muscles causing the imbalance of the body thus helping the injury to heal more efficiently.

SO, WHY A MASSAGE?

If you ask me, getting a massage while the injury is healing is quite a smart idea! It’s reducing pain, helping the healing process and reducing the chance for future issues! I’m sold! Not to mention, you are going to be more relaxed by the time you leave, making the healing process a little easier!

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch therapy that uses gentle pressure to relieve restrictions and promote healing to the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the bones in the head, spine, face and mouth. It is also the fascia of the body and some of the more delicate membranes and fluids contained in the body. A wide range of application for craniosacral therapy exists because it can be applied to any part of the body and can be used on any age.

How Does it Work?

This type of therapy helps to enhance the body’s own healing abilities, which is called homeostasis. The craniosacral system acts as a hydraulic system, pumping cerebral spinal fluid from the sacrum all the way up to the brain. This hydraulic system feeds and nurtures our delicate nervous system. The therapist taps in and tests for restrictions along with “listening” through their hands for the craniosacral rhythm which encourages and enhances the function of the body. This helps promote healing and relaxation to anywhere on the body!

Craniosacral Therapy encourages your body to enter a REM cycle, similar to the REM cycle we experience as we sleep. The subconscious mind is able to release the tensions and pain that our conscious mind has chosen to ignore. This therapy is very noninvasive, and really just opens the door for your body to heal itself.

What are the Benefits?

Craniosacral Therapy has many benefits and a wide range of use. This modality can help to relieve stress, by allowing your body to relax and heal itself. Craniosacral can alleviate headache pain, concussion injury, and neurological stress. Have you suffered from a past physical or emotional trauma? Craniosacral therapy can help your body to process those emotions and tensions in such a way to relieve all pain.

Autism

Massage Helps Children with Autism

A Quick Look at Autism

Autism has a wide range of diagnoses. Experts now believe that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability triggered by complex neurodevelopment disorders – or abnormalities in brain structure and function. The structure appears to block, distort or disorganize sensory information, which is called Sensory Processing Disorder. For now, there is no known cure.

But… Massage Helps

There are many ways to help children with ASD to manage and control symptoms. Some therapies include speech therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. The common belief that children with ASD oppose touch, is false. Knowing and understanding how touch affects the child is the key. The Massage Therapist needs to go with the flow and the needs of the child.

How Does Massage Help?

Touch is the most important aspect of the treatment. Massage promotes relaxation in the body, which provides many perks. The relaxation will combat fatigue, anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves energy levels, sleep, creative ability and thinking processes. It also helps reduce their stress and calms muscle spasms. After a relaxing massage, children with ASD have shown more focus and are less high strung. A big important factor is patience. All of these great benefits take time, and sometimes big changes aren’t always shown in the beginning, so don’t give up!

Parents Can Massage too!

It’s not just the Massage Therapist that should be massaging, it should also be the parents. Massage Therapists can teach simple techniques to help the parents manage symptoms. This will help balance and manage day to day life. But it’s not just to help parents calm the child, it also creates a bond.

Types of Massage

There are several types of massages that can help ASD. Craniosacral, which is a more energetic massage with a series of holds. Therapeutic, focuses more on specific parts of the body, and Thai, which is a series of stretches. All this combined, compliment the treatments of western medicine. Massage is a great homeopathic tool to help give a natural way for managing symptoms.

If you have any questions or comments, we would LOVE to hear them! Comment below!

Stay healthy!

Karlee, LMT

Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

#1: Relaxation

Massages are great. They relax us and help our bodies heal. There are many things that you can use to help you receive a better outcome from your massage. One of these things are hot stones. Hot stone massage is personally my favorite kind of massage (being I’m always cold so having hot stones placed on me helps me warm up) Plus, it feels so nice! I can’t explain the sensation of the warmth and smoothness of the rock combined with the massage gel and the massage therapists’ talents. It helps me relax even deeper.

#2: Circulation & Blood Pressure

Now it isn’t just for relaxation but also has a use for helping the massage have a better outcome. The heat of the stones is going to open the blood vessels and help the blood flow more freely through the body. Getting it to where it needs to go faster. Hot stones can bring a form of natural sedation that can help chronic pain and stress and gain a deeper relaxation.  

A study done in 2010 by David Geffen at the School of Medicine in California, showed that hot stone massage can aid in boosting your immune system. Increased circulation causes toxins to be flushed out, reducing sickness. Doctors took blood samples before and after the session; and saw a decrease in arginine-vasopressin. This is a hormone that helps with water retention, and regulating blood pressure.

How Does it Work?

Hot stones can be beneficial to many areas of the body. It can range any where from the spine, abdomen, toes, and possibly even your face. Your therapist is trained in cooling down the stones to just the right temperature for the different parts of the body. They can use different methods to massage these stones on your body. They might use long strokes, circle motions or even tapping depending on what they are trying to achieve.

Different massage modalities bring different results. Want different results? Talk to your therapist about how a hot stone session could benefit you. Enjoy feeling that deep relaxation that a hot stone massage can bring…

Does Food Affect Your Muscles?

Does Food Affect Your Muscles?

We all know that what you put in your body, definitely contributes what you get out of it. Even children learn the difference between healthy foods, and junk foods. We know that food affects stamina, weight, etc. The food choices you make even affect your vital organs, including: heart, digestive organs, and brain…just to name a few. So it would go without saying that food affects your muscles, right? But how can we know what foods to eat, and which ones to avoid? How can food & muscles work together for your benefit?

Toxins in the Muscles

During massage, toxins are released from your muscles. But, how do these toxins get there in the first place? There are several answers to this question. Including: Air, Water, Food, Drugs and tobacco, Household and personal care products, stress and negative emotions. Let’s talk about the toxins that are brought in by food.

Non- Friendly Foods for Muscles

We all know there are foods that we shouldn’t eat…they are normally the ones we crave and usually taste the best. In all honesty, sometimes the passion of dieting can come down to opinion over fact. But there are basic guidelines to follow to help your muscles feel their best.
     #1: Reduce Processed Foods: Foods that come in a can, or prepackaged box/bag often contain preservatives and artificial ingredients. Consider foods with natural and organic food sources.
     #2: Beware of sugar & artificial sweeteners: Reduce the amount of sweets in your diet and look for natural sources of sugar…like fruit!
     #3: Locally grown fruits & veggies: These are a good choice to ensure good quality nutrition. Great for meals and snacking!
     #4: Remember all things in moderation: We do not recommend extreme dieting. We recommend a balanced diet, and to watch what you put into your body.

Do Your Homework!

Know your food! Know what is best for your body. We are all so different, inside & out. Your body can feel better, and perform without pain holding you back. Share some of your diet expertise! What works for you, and what doesn’t? Have you mastered the relationship of food & muscles for yourself? And remember, toxin build up in the muscles is normal; regardless of what the source is. Schedule regular massage to get those toxins out of your muscles, and start feeling better!

Where Did It All Begin?

Our Back Story

Where it All Began

Nature’s Whisper Massage was founded in February 2012 by the mother/daughter team of Amanda Stinger and Rebecca Sanborn. Together they developed a business that for years has strived to fulfill the communities need of healing. Nature’s Whisper Massage had its modest start in the front room of their house, and since its growth, they have moved their business to Kaysville, Utah. And now here we are, but the business continues to grow each year, allowing us to better reach the community by adding new members to our massage therapy team. It’s true that our back story led us to where we are today.

Our Name

The name Nature’s Whisper Massage comes from how therapeutic nature can be as a part of daily healing. Nature can help reduce stress, lower anxiety, and also improve blood pressure. We bring aspects of nature into our business through nature sounds and colors. We embrace our name in every way and the healing power of nature.

The Owners

Amanda graduated from Broadview University in 2011 with her associates in Massage Therapy. She then worked as a massage therapist for four years before starting her own business with her mom, Rebecca. Amanda has professional experience with chiropractors, physical therapists, and other massage therapists. She saw a great need for deeper and more focused massage work. “Massage has the ability to heal the body, but it is nearly impossible to find a massage therapist that could find and actually fix and improve the problem.” Until now.

What We do Today

Our massages are more focused on the specific needs of the client. We work tirelessly to do all within our power to bring the body to better balance. Our therapists work each year on continuing their education in a variety of techniques to better be able to serve our clients. Our massage therapy team has the ability to find the areas of tension in the body, and to release them. We also work to educate our clients on self-care to promote long term change in the body. Our business is focused on helping our clients and even as our business continues to grow, we will always keep that focus.

Massage For Kids

Child Massage, It’s a Thing

Why Kids?

It’s common knowledge that adults get and love massages, but what about children? Massage for kids is great, but not many people know how beneficial it can be for a child to get a massage. Not just teenagers, but infants as well. Kids, just like adults, get stress and muscle aches. By getting a massage, it helps their performance in school and sports, while also decreasing anxiety and depression.

Headaches, that’s Why

One of my clients was talking to me about her son, eight years of age, who suffers with severe headaches from a trampoline accident. He landed on the back of his neck. Ouch! The headaches would get so bad, that he would have to be checked out from school. After working with her son for a few weeks, the pain and the headaches were completely gone.  And I had the joy of getting to know him.

Craniosacral and Kids

Another amazing type of massage for children (and great for adults) is called Craniosacral. This technique is also great with autism. By grounding and calming the child, it can help with their communication and sleep. I have had an experience while doing a Craniosacral on a boy who felt as if he could never relax and fall asleep. He fell asleep during the massage and woke up with a smile and told me he felt good. It made my heart fill up with being able to help him.

Teenagers get Stressed!

I also work on teenagers quite a bit. Not just because of sports, (which is what I see the most) but stress as well. We as adults often forget that teenagers, as well as small children, get stress. Stress wreaks havoc on the muscles, causing them to tighten and knots to form creating headaches. A time that is most beneficial for teenagers to get a massage is before finals. Not having to constantly feel so tight, helps them focus easier, which in turn, will give them a better grade.

Infant Massage

Infant massage is another type that isn’t well known. There is so much we can do to help our infants. My colleague had an experience of helping a two-month-old with a cold. She did Lymphatic drainage to clear her sinuses. I have a son, and when he was a baby he would get an upset tummy. After I would do abdominal massage, to relieve gas pains, it would be a night and day difference. He was my happy boy once again.

Infant massage is also an amazing way to bond with your baby. I have suggested that dads should massage their infants, but also adopting parents as well. Adopting is amazing and beautiful, but some parents have told me they have trouble bonding. The techniques of infant massage helped both baby and parents bond. And the infants thrive because of the healing touch.

What’s my Favorite?

One of my favorite things about working with kids, is not just helping their bodies as they grow, it’s the stories that they will tell me. One of my favorite moments was when a little girl told me that her mom wasn’t late because of traffic, but because she had to do her hair. These kids will make me laugh all throughout the massage. I can’t express, how much joy it is to work with them.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them!

Stay healthy!

-Karlee Boston, LMT