All About Hot Stone Massage

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

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Hot Stone Massage Brings Pain Relief and Deep Relaxation When You Need it Most

Sure, the weather in the Salt Lake City area is getting cold as the holiday season arrives, but have you considered warming up with an ultra-relaxing hot stone massage? This ancient practice can speed the healing of numerous aliments and will leave every muscle in your body relaxed. Although people with some physical conditions should select an alternate massage therapy, at Massage Matrix, we can help you feel your best during the chilly months ahead.

How Massage Can Benefit You and Other Arthritis Sufferers

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

massage and arthritis

Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans today, and one out of two people will statistically be diagnosed with arthritis at some point. Although dozens of different types of arthritis exist, the primary two forms which affect the greatest number of people are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Let’s take a look at what each of these arthritic diseases entails and the possible massage treatments for each.

Can I Get Insurance to Pay for Massage Therapy?

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

Massage therapy is utilized for the treatment of a variety of health issues ranging from stress to certain medical conditions. For example, health conditions including insomnia, TMJ, anxiety, and nerve pain can be treated using massage therapy. Medically backed benefits of a massage include decreased stress, improved circulation, and reduced pain. Plus, getting a massage is simply rejuvenating to your body and mind. So, wouldn’t it be nice if your insurance would cover your next massage?

Massage and Back Pain: How it Can Help Dad This Father’s Day

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

Massage and Back Pain - How it Can Help Dad This Father's Day

There are many different kinds of back pain a man can get as he gets older. Some types of back pain come and go, while others are pretty constant. No one likes laying on heating pads all the time or taking strong pain relievers just to get through their day without back pain. Fortunately, most types of back pain can be treated with massage. If your dad is suffering from back pain, the gift of massage will do him wonders. It’s the best gift you can give him to show your love and care. Here are three types of back pain that respond wonderfully to massage.

1. Mechanical Pain

Also referred to as axial pain, this type of back pain is the most common. It is caused by strain in the muscles, which is easy to get after years of working a hard job of manual labor, sports, or after years of sitting at a desk using incorrect posture. Muscle pain like this responds beautifully to massage. Massage releases the tightness in the muscles, allowing them to relax and feel comfortable gain. Once your dad has one massage session for his mechanical back pain, he will definitely want to come back for more. You may even see him become a regular client of the massage therapist you chose for him!

2. Radiating Pain

This pain is dull, achy, and unpleasant. It also tends to move from location to location and changes its intensity quite frequently. This is very unlike mechanical pain, which tends to stay in one place and doesn’t change in intensity much, if at all. Radiating pain is sometimes called referred pain. It starts in one place, but radiates out to affect other locations. This pain can be caused by muscle injuries or spinal issues, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease.

Massage can help ease this pain by finding the origin point and working on increasing blood flow to it. This has the dual effect of relaxing the painful area, while bringing healing blood to it so the injury can begin to get better. More than one massage therapy session is necessary for optimum results for this type of pain. If you get your dad in for one session, he’ll probably be back for more. Alternately, you could get him a package of several appointments to help heal his back pain.

3. Sciatica

This is a deep pain that usually radiates through an arm, leg, or other extremity. It can have numbness and tingling associated with it, in addition to a deep, piercing type of pain. The cause of sciatica pain is usually some kind of compression on a nerve in the back that causes pain to radiate down the limbs. Inflammation and injuries to a spinal nerve can also lead to sciatica pain, as can herniated discs.

Anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery are prescribed to take care of sciatica. However, these can take a while to work, and some residual pain may always be there. Massage can help ease residual pain from sciatica, and make other treatments for it more effective.

We All Want the Best for Our Dads

You love your dad and want the best for him. If he has back pain of any kind, massage therapy can usually help. This Father’s Day, try giving him the gift of massage. Once he experiences the relief from back pain massage can offer, you will definitely win Daughter or Son of the Year as far as your dad is concerned.

Pregnancy Symptoms by Trimester: Using Massage to Reduce Discomfort

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

Pregnancy Symptoms by Trimester

Pregnancy affects a women’s body physically and emotionally for the entire cycle. Even women who have had other pregnancies experience the changes to some degree. Each trimester presents unique challenges with which a woman must cope. Massage therapy is one way to manage some of the uncomfortable changes and create a more pleasant experience for the new mom.

First Trimester Symptoms

During the first three months, many changes happen and the first-time mother may struggle to deal with them. The baby is rapidly developing and will begin to move around eight weeks. You may have blood tests near the end of the first trimester to determine the genetic health of the baby. These and other symptoms can increase your anxiety level.
By the end of the first month, nausea (morning-sickness) can kick in. At six weeks, the body changes become more pronounced and at seven weeks, mood swings start to occur. The first trimester is full of unknowns and your anxiety level can be high.

First Trimester Massage Solutions

With anxiety, nausea and mood swings, a gentle, relaxing massage is recommended. Swedish massage is one style that focuses on relaxing your mind and body to remove the stress of hormonal changes. It is a safe massage to use during the first trimester when miscarriage is a risk. Make sure your therapist is trained in pregnancy massage and knows the limitations.

Second Trimester Symptoms

At six months the baby is growing quickly and you may suddenly feel much heavier. The nausea goes away and you may find yourself full of energy. You may begin retaining water and find that your ankles and feet are swollen. Leg cramps are common during the second trimester. Your appetite increases. Lower back pain may occur because of the extra weight you are carrying for the baby.

Second Trimester Massage Solutions

Massage of the soft tissues helps to move fluid out of the joints back into the circulatory system. This reduces swelling and helps remove waste products from the muscles and tissues. Massage of the leg and back muscles relieves the tension. As your body changes, treat yourself to a gentle spa treatment to improve the outlook of your own body.

Third Trimester Symptoms

The third semester is like the last stretch for a marathon runner. You’re tired and anxious for it to be over. You’re also anxious about being prepared for having this baby. Your body obviously looks pregnant, which can cause more stress. Your back pain may continue and you may feel more clumsy as fatigue sets in. This is also the time when mood swings become pronounced because of the hormonal changes before birth.

Third Trimester Massage Solutions

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce the stress hormones, such as norepinephrine and cortisol, in the body. It also increases the “happy” hormones, dopamine and serotonin. This change in hormones has been shown to reduce birth complications. The emotional swings also level off more with massage.

Sciatic nerve issues from the weight of the baby on the lower back are reduced by muscle massage. Lower back and leg pain can be reduced dramatically. Leg cramps are reduced by releasing tension on the nerves.

Massage as a Part of Pregnancy

Therapeutic massage is a way to cope with uncomfortable symptoms you will have during pregnancy. While your first thoughts are on the baby, you need to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally. Take the time to take care of yourself so you will have the best experience during this pregnancy.

Everything You Need to Know About a Power Express Massage

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

Matrix Massage Spa

Anyone who has experienced a massage before knows that they feel amazing. Typically they will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and just overall better both mentally and physically. But with an average massage typically lasting an entire hour, what person with a full-time job actually has time for one on a regular basis?

It comes as no secret that we live in a fast paced world; a world where time is money and free time is now considered a rare commodity. However, what if I told you that we have a service available that will now allow you to enjoy a full body massage in HALF the time? Yes, meaning that somewhere in between working, cooking, cleaning, and working some more – You will actually have the opportunity for a little “me” time!

About the Power Express Massage

Imagine being able to reap the benefits of a full body massage in just thirty minutes. That’s right, even with your busy schedule – You can still lower anxiety, relieve headaches, soothe those injuries from the gym, and simply let yourself relax. The best part being that you will FINALLY have time to do so on a regular basis! With our power express massage service, you will be worked on by two of our massage therapists simultaneously, cutting down the time of your service by half. Think about it, you could treat yourself to the gift of relaxation and still have time to grab a sandwich during your lunch break, or you can soothe those aches and pains on your way home from the gym then still have the time to make dinner for your family. Considering that the power express massage allows you to still enjoy the full benefits of an hour-long massage, this really is the best of both worlds.

Why We’re the Best

Believe it or not, it gets better! Yes, even better then only having to squeeze thirty minutes out of your jam-packed schedule to treat yourself to half an hour of pure relaxation. This service is available at an amazing rate of only $60! At Matrix Spa and Massage we strive to have the best prices in town; we truly care about our patients and believe that leading a pain free life that allows relaxation should not have to break the bank!

The 30-Minute Gift of Relaxation

Picture this; you letting yourself melt into one of our tables after a long, stressful day at the office. Imagine the soothing music in the background as two professional massage therapists rid you of those toxins, joint paints, and muscle soreness with the fragrant essential oils wafting throughout the air. These days everyone needs an escape like this, especially those with hectic schedules. Plus, let’s face it, with the endless lists of benefits that come with a service and a price like this, why wouldn’t you indulge?

Power Express Massage

If you’re considering this service or simply want to learn more about it, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Our specialists are happy to help set up your appointment today.

Benefits of Massage for New Moms

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

Massage Benefits for New Moms

The nine months of a curious mix of pampering and pains have finally yielded the fruit that goes beyond your expectations. But the pampering does not end there. New moms should treat themselves to generous doses of caring massage that does not just nourish their bodies but replenishes their souls and gives them their well-deserved relaxing breaks. Their arduous days thanks to taking care of a new-born and being bombarded with the stress of too much advice, deserves massage breaks.

Whether it is the first pregnancy or the fourth, the body goes through the same wide range of physiological, hormonal and emotional changes. Most women take massages when pregnant to nourish their bodies and provide the best for their yet-to-be-born. But they often forget about themselves right after their child is born and become too involved in the lives of their young one. While paying attention to the new-born is of utmost importance, the next most important thing to do is care for themselves – the new mom. Even if the new mom was not able to take advantage of a pre-natal massage, it is important to take advantage of the post-natal or postpartum massage due to the following reasons.

Alone Time

New moms don’t have any time for themselves, even for a short shower or a proper nap, so the relaxing massage will be the perfect opportunity for new moms to take care of themselves. This will not just be a physical break, but also an emotional one, that will allow new moms to spend time with themselves and take stock of their lives and organize themselves better.

Relief from Aches and Pains

Massage helps relieve various muscular aches and pains that accumulate due to lack of physical exercise and repeated need to support the young one. It also helps remove any meabolic wastes and medications still in the system. It can help relieve the body of uncomfortable constipation. The regular aches of new moms like those of the upperbody from breast feeding, lower back from rocking the child or sitting too long, or leg aches from moving around with child, bending and lifting, can be cured with massage. Massage helps release endorphins, which are natural pain killers secreted by the brain.

Massage for Moms

Prepare the Body

Regular massages for new moms will prepare the body for the upcoming stresses of when the child grows up and starts moving around. It also helps bring the body back to the pre-pregnancy state. The kneading and stroking actions help tone and tighten the stretched areas of the tummy. It also lightens stretch marks with the use of almond-based oils and lotions.

Rejuvenate

Quite often many new moms experience a curious phenomenon of frustration, depression combined with tiredness. All this is due to a hormonal imbalance and is perfectly natural. Massage helps relieve the mind of its stress. It helps cope with postpartum depression and also helps new moms engage in an activity where the mom is at the forefront.

What is great about massages for new moms is that it can happen within the comforts of the mom’s home. Many massage places also offer day care facilities for young children or make provisions for the child to stay with the mother till the mother is comfortable leaving him or her with someone else.

Massages are not just for those people who are under stress because of work or arduous physical activities, they are also for moms who are dealing with the huge responsibility of a new-born’s life and have themselves undergone a tough time physically. So, go ahead and pamper yourself with a massage, today.