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I specialize in a type of massage called myofascial release... but what the heck is it? Does it hurt? How is it different from Swedish massage?

Myofascial release isn't too different from the massages you might be used to from spas or massage clinics. It still uses oil and flowing strokes, and it still feels good. The big differences are the slower speed and different angle of approach. If Swedish feels like hands gliding through your muscles, myofascial release is like having your body slowly ironed out (or, as a Canadian colleague recently suggested, "like a zamboni"). Imagine a firm hand traveling slowly down your back, decompressing the spine and soothing the muscles as it goes.

Myofascial release can also involve stillness. If you have low back pain, I might compress the muscles over your hips, angling my pressure down toward your feet. I'll hang out there until the muscles start to soften and feel like they're "melting." That's the "release" in myofascial release. In other words, it's a way of working WITH the body and its painful areas, without trying to force a change. There's no painful digging or pinpoint pressure.

Let me know if you have any questions! While my massage will feel a little different, you might find that this style is just what your body needs to erase long-standing tension and pain. If you'd like to see my current openings and schedule right online, goto handsthathealnj.com Thanks!

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I offer 60-minute and 90-minute massages. Which should you choose? Are the longer sessions more effective?

Pretty much all of the scientific research into massage uses hour-long sessions, so that's a fine choice if you want to reap all the benefits demonstrated in clinical trials: Reduced back pain, improved arthritis symptoms, decreases in long-term stress, and much more. 60 minutes gives me plenty of time to work with painful muscles and joints, and to include some feel-good work as well.

So why should you consider a 90-minute massage? Because they're awesome. I give extra focus to your aches and pains, and we have plenty of time for the rest of the body too. I'm able to go a bit slower and give the hands and feet and legs the attention that they deserve. It's a great way of treating yourself while still accomplishing specific wellness goals, and the upgrade is pretty inexpensive!

If you've never given a longer session a try, I encourage you to do so. In either case, the time goes way too quickly 🙂

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FYI: hip flexor and hamstring are one of the most important groups of muscles necessary for long term mobility, stability and safety of your lower body. Healthy and loose hip flexors and hamstrings are necessary for preventing Hip, knee and lower back issues.
The health of your lumbar especially (L1-L5 vertebrate and disc) is directly affected by the action of the hip flexors and hamstring. When there is an imbalance present in any number of these muscles the lower back can easily be subject to strain and injury resulting in pain.
Call today if you think this pertains to you.

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According to the Fall 2017 Massage Therapy Journal, the following 5 conditions benefit from therapeutic massage:
~Osteoarthritis
~Type 2 Diabetes
~Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
~Cancer
~Mood Disorders

More good news: you don't need to have any of the 5 conditions above to reap the benefits of massage! Book your bodywork tuneup with me today!

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A slipped disc... When people say they have a slipped disc it does not mean that a vertebra has "slipped" out of its position. What it means is the the intervertebral fibrocartilage disc that is located between the vertebral disc has become stressed, overly compressed, or weakened, and is protruding upon one of the nerve branches coming out of the spinal column. It can be caused by a number of things, from
Lack of water and fluid In the connective tissues to bending awkwardly, heavy lifting, too much time sitting,
Poor posture. Inefficient movement behavior, the lack of movement and stretching of muscles and tissue around the spine, being overweight, weight bear sports, and traumatic-
Type injuries or accidents.
The most common area for slipped disc is in the lumbar region of the spine, around L3-L5. If compression is the sole cause of a slipped disc, all that is required for the disc to return to its position is to decompress the vertebral bones.

Relaxing the muscles and lengthen the connective tissues in the area helps to move blood and nutrients into the area. About 99% of the time with proper adequate fluids and getting enough rest the disc will return to its natural position.

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