Tag Archives: therapeutic massage

Take good care of your body–it’s the only one you’ve got!

I was looking at the website of one of my Thai Massage teachers, and saw this:

Thai yoga massage is most effective as a form of preventive medicine –much like regular oil changes for a car, having periodic massage is one of the ways we can keep our bodies in good working order and avoid major breakdowns. In general, we recommend having a massage a minimum of once a month and as often as once a week, depending on your body`s condition and your personal goals.

I love this sentiment, and it applies to regular massage as well. I’ve met so many people who only get a massage once or twice a year. One hour of massage (or even two) out of approximately 8766 hours in a year is not enough!

How often do you get a massage? How often would you like to? What’s stopping you?

Muscle Monday–Scalenes

Today’s muscle is a small group of muscles in the anterior neck, known as the scalenes.

Origin: Transverse processes of the 2nd-6th cervical (neck) vertebrae

Insertion: Upper surfaces of 1st & 2nd ribs

Actions: Bilaterally, elevates rib cage during inhalation. Unilaterally, laterally flexes the neck, and rotates head & neck to the opposite side

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What to expect at your massage appointment

Are you new to massage? Or maybe just curious what goes on during a massage session at my office? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because in this post I’m going to outline what to expect, including specifics for both a traditional therapeutic massage on the table, and a Thai yoga massage. Continue reading

Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

Prenatal massage is a wonderful way to reduce stress and increase relaxation during the months of changes during your pregnancy.
It is performed in a comfortable sidelying or semi-reclining position on the massage table, bolstered by pillows to support and cradle the body.
There are many potential benefits to prenatal massage, such as:

  • reduced maternal blood pressure, heart, and respiratory rate
  • counters negative effects of prenatal stress
  • increased oxytocin and feelings of well-being
  • enhanced immune function
  • reduced labor time and complications
  • fewer prenatal complications
  • increased uterine blood supply to enhance fetal health

Though it is beneficial throughout pregnancy, it does not replace medical or midwifery prenatal care, so it is wise to consult your doctor before receiving a prenatal massage.

After giving birth, a new mother needs time to adjust and heal. Postpartum massage can help with and often can begin 24 hours after delivery. Some of the goals of massage post-pregnancy include:

  • providing nurturing and emotional support
  • healing from labor
  • preventing strain and pain from childcare activities
  • reducing residual pelvic and back pain

I am certified as a Prenatal Massage Therapist. Please contact me for more info, or to schedule an appointment.

Get to know me!

Updated 10/04/16

WHO

…am I? My name is Annalisa, and I’m a massage therapist/cat lover/bookworm/Florida native, for starters. I have a degree in English from the University of Florida, and I graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville in 2004.

WHAT

…do I do? I do various forms of massage and bodywork, mainly deep tissue and Thai massage.

WHERE

…am I located? In Jacksonville, my office is in the Mandarin area, at 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 11, Jacksonville, FL, 32257.

WHEN

…am I available? You can see my hours here.

WHY

…should you care? I’m pretty good at what I do, or so I’ve been told. I’ll listen to what you need from your massage, both before and during the session, and I’ll adjust accordingly, to the best of my ability. I care about helping people feel better.

HOW

…much does a massage cost? One hour is $65, an hour and a half is $95, and half an hour is $40. I accept cash, check, and credit cards.

 

It’s Friday!

I think many of us who have experienced the benefits of therapeutic massage will be glad to see that science is confirming what we’ve long known: Massage is a powerful tool for pain relief!

I am happy to announce that I will now have some Saturday massage availability at my Jacksonville location, so if you’re in the area and you’d like a massage, please give me a call!

Also, I have recently made a business page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnalisaKDerryberryLmt . If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate a “Like!”

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your day!