Did you know: Bob Hope lived to 100 years old, and he and his family accredited that, in part, to the massages he got almost every day. Now, daily massage probably isn’t practical for most of us, but what about weekly or monthly visits? Massage is no longer considered a mere indulgence–it’s now proven to be an essential part of your health and wellness tool kit.
Frequent massage can have a great cumulative effect, but if life gets in the way, or maybe you’re brand new to massage, just one session can still provide relief to some common issues. Check out these three things massage can help you with right now.
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.
Today was the final day of the Advanced Sideline Thai Massage workshop at Ananda Kula, with my wonderful teacher Ariela Grodner. It was so nice to be with a small group of people who are all really focused on learning this beautiful work. It really is an art, and when both the giver and the receiver are fully relaxed and present, it is like a dance. When I was first introduced to this primarily sideline sequence 6 years ago, it was very challenging, and I think I let a lot of stuff fall by the wayside. This weekend, though, it didn’t seem as bad, and I think I’ll definitely be putting this sequence to use. I want to say thank you again to this sweet group of people for a weekend well spent!
Collages courtesy of Ariela Grodner.
…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.
…do I do? I do various forms of massage and bodywork, mainly deep tissue and Thai massage.
…am I located? In Jacksonville, my office is in the Mandarin area, at 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 11, Jacksonville, FL, 32257.
…am I available? You can see my hours here.
…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.
…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.