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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

DIY Infant Massage to Relieve Colic

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy Massage

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It may seem like the only things a baby can do is sleep, inhale food, make messes, and cry. Actually, babies are like icebergs: there is a lot more going on under the surface. With time and a lot of practice, you’ll learn things like: the differences between the ‘I’m hungry’ cry, the ‘I’m tired’ cry, or the ‘You’re going to have to clean up a horrible mess in a minute’ cry.

Babies often suffer from colic during their first 3 months, and they can cry for hours each day. It can get maddening. It may make you question yourself as a parent, but don’t fret; most babies have colicky moments.

What a Couples Massage is Actually Like

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What is a Couples Massage?

A couples massage is a duet experience that can be shared between any two people. Your couple massage can be between a husband and wife, a same-sex couple, a mommy-daughter day, or even between a business associate for some pre-negotiation relaxation and socialization. At Matrix Spa and Massage in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT, you’ll find a warm and helpful staff of professionals waiting to give a royal treatment to any couple.

5 Massage Therapy Techniques

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Ahhhhhh… blissful therapeutic massage!

Most people envision long, gliding strokes and the gentle kneading of tense muscles delivered by capable hands coated in aromatic oils and soothing lotions. While Swedish massage is the most common modality in the United States, there are literally hundreds more healing techniques from which to choose when partaking of the bodywork smorgasbord!

The Best Type of Massage for Runners

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The Best Type of Massage for Runners

Why Massage Is Good For Runners

Running is a huge sport in the US, and runners are constantly looking for ways to improve their speed, distance and recovery time. The act of running causes contractions in the leg and arm muscles and the tissue that connects them (the “fascia”). These contractions are the impetus for the running, but they also can lead to shortened, tight muscles, loss of joint range of motion and decreased circulation in the muscles and surrounding fascia and related tissues. Injuries caused by running (and other repetitive activities) are known as “Repetitive Strain Injuries”.

Runner’s Knee and Massage Therapy

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy, Sports Massage

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What is Runner’s Knee?

Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is the name given to a specific set of conditions that involve overuse or injury of the muscles in the kneecap and thigh. Running places immense stress on the tendons, bone, and muscle in the knees and thighs, giving rise to the condition called runner’s knee. While running, the thighs and hamstrings pull on the tendons that connect them to the kneecaps. If the muscles are too tight, this can overwork the knee. Without proper training and rest, this causes runner’s knee. This is very similar to what happens in Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, a condition in which the IT band that extends from the hip constantly rubs against the thigh and puts stress on the knee.

Every CrossFit Training Program Needs Massage

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy, Sports Massage

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What the Heck is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a fitness philosophy that believes in building bodies that are prepared for anything. The program was developed by Greg Glassman after he took a broad view of health, wellness, sport and all physical tasks. It involves a constantly varied regimen of high intensity functional movements. It incorporates activities from Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, gymnastics, interval training, sports, calisthenics and other sources. CrossFit athletes are never bored and love every sweaty, gasping minute of it.

If You Read One Article about Reflexology Massage Read this One

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage, Reflexology

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Some people believe reflexology is simply a fantastic foot massage, but it actually goes far beyond making simply your feet feel great. Reflexology uses pressure applied to specific points on the body, mainly the feet, ears and hands, to stimulate activity in the body’s organs to improve their function and overall general health. While it is not a cure for illness, it is a time-tested complementary treatment that can help with disorders such as anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, diabetes and headaches.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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