In todays economy, we are all trying hard to watch expenses. In recent years there have been a few massage “chain stores” that offer a very reasonable rate for a one hour massage. Lately, a few clients have returned to Grand Therapeutics after being “locked” into a year contract at the” chain store” massage centers. One returning client said he say 30 different therapist within the year. Although the massages were fine, he also stated when he presented a therapist with a particular problem he was suffering with, they didn’t appear equiped to deal with said complaint. So back to Grand Therapeutics he came!

Each time a clients comes for an appointment it is most important to communicate their complaints and concerns, as well as the results from their previous massage session. These questions must be asked by the therapist. Also keep in mind these will change from session to session. While developing a relationship between the client and therapist, the therapist quickly knows a clients likes and dislikes. That allows the therapist to prepare the appointment correctly for that individual client. A simple adjustment of the temperature in the room to fit the preference of a client will make a difference.

The  CONSISTENT CARE and EXPERTISE  you recieve at Grand Therapeutics is invaluable and remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

9.02.2012

A little known muscle deep in your buttocks is the Piriformis. It sits right above your sciatic nerve and follows the same route towards your hip. The complaints and symptoms are similar with pain in the buttocks and radiating down your thigh.Often the pain worsens upon sitting for extended periods of time. Our first thought is a disc problem,which it  may be, but examination of the piriformis should be performed. A trained massage therapist (me) will position your leg  and palpate the region. There will be an active trigger point usually mid buttock area that will mimic your pain. A soft tissue release technique is applied for a few minutes. You will notice a decrease in the trigger point pain  and massge should be applied.You will be instructed in a terrific stretch that you can do any time. This treatment is very effective and will take you out of your pain.

Exercises to avoid

Author: Gail Mangold
5.08.2010

Appropriate exercise is very important in maintaining good health and wellness, but the following activities can be injurious and should be avoided: 

                    Jumping to conclusions

    Spinning your wheels

                         Throwing your weight around

    Running down the other person

                 Climbing the walls

   Pushing your luck

                         Carrying a grudge

Flying off the handle

Now go take care of yourself and the other fellows too!

MASSAGE AND OH NO…MONEY

Author: Gail Mangold
14.06.2010

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How often should I come in for a massage?” There are three basic answers:

1.MONEY…yes, you do have to pay for your massage and all our clients state “It’s worth every cent”. But if you are struggling into todays economy and are worried while you are getting a massage that you really can’t afford a massage you certainly will not recieve the full benefit of that massage! This is a very important issue that is often not addressed. I discuss all fees before your session. There is nothing worse than being charged for more after your massage, and yes, it’s happened to me. I have had many clients spread out their  massage sessions this past year which allows them to still recieve regular massage and not stress out over money.

2. TIME… yes, all our days are packed with bunches of things we must get done. When you make an appointment in our time crunched lives sometimes it is veiwed as one more thing you gotta do! If you are getting a massage and worried about your next appointment or the fact you really don’t have time to be here you will not recieve the full benefit either. So make your massage session when you can relax and enjoy the time you are spending on yourself.

3. MASSAGE… yes, regular massage helps greatly to reduce pain, relieve the stresses of everyday life and enables you to a greater awareness of your body and its complaints. So when you notice your shoulders are at your earlobes you can take a minute to stretch and relax. The benefits of regular massage can be long standing.

I hope these answers have helped clear up three of the most important questions to make your massage experience great… after all it is THERAPEUTIC.

Fibromyalgia – Ease the Pain

Author: Maggie Fitzgerald
3.05.2010

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by long-term body pain and tender points in joints, muscles and tendons.  Fibromyalgia is also linked to fatigue, body stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, depression and anxiety.  The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, shooting or burning, which is often worse upon waking and can decrease during the day only to increase again in the evening.  Specific symptoms include:

  • Body Aches
  • Chronic facial pain or aching
  • Fatigue
  • Memory difficulties and cognitive difficulties
  • Multiple tender areas (muscle and joint pain) on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, low back, hips, shins, elbows and knees
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Palpitations
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tension or migraine headaches

There are various treatments currently in use for fibromyalgia including various drugs, a well-balanced diet and lifestyle changes.  Low-impact exercise and stretches are also recommended to alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia.  The Fibromyalgia Network has stated that therapeutic massage done a regular basis is the #1 non-drug therapy in reducing pain, fatigue, and mood problems associated with fibromyalgia.

Call today and make an appointment for a massage that can truly make a difference in managing your pain.

Maggie Fitzgerald, LMT – Grand Therapeutic Massage, Corona, CA