Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain? Massage Helps!

Spending lots of time at the computer or driving or just living a modern life can sometimes lead to pain in your forearms and wrists. Luckily, massage can be helpful in reducing pain! Massage focusing on arm and wrist pain can be completed in 30 minutes. Schedule an appointment today!

Massage Frequency

How often should we get massages? The answer depends on a variety of factors, such as your activity level and general health. In an ideal world, it would be wonderful to get a massage every 1-2 weeks. Most people should get a massage once every 4-6 weeks. Regular massage can help to:
  • Increase Circulation
  • Reduce Stress & Anxiety
  • Improve Sleep Quality
  • Feel GREAT!
Take some time out each week for yourself, schedule a massage! See you soon!

Core Strength Through Pilates

I've recently had the opportunity to discover the world of mat Pilates classes and I think they are a great way to strengthen your core! I found this great beginner's introduction to Pilates, check it out if you are looking to tone your midsection.

Happy World Cat Day

Happy World Cat Day from Odin Kitty Friend! I will refer to all yoga poses in cat terms ... Downward Facing Cat, Upward Facing, etc!

Massage at Work?

People are always telling me that they would like to come in for massage more often but they just can't find the time. So how can you get the benefits of regular massage but still have time to do all the things you need to do? Get a massage at work!

Onsite massage reduces stress and helps to prevent repetitive stress injuries. Onsite massage has also been shown to increase productivity, reduce anxiety and make the workplace a happier place to be. On top of that, absenteeism has been shown to be reduced and health-care costs have shown to be lowered for stress related issues.

If you would like to set up massage at your work, please contact me at melissa@doylelmt.com or 352-328-7449.


What is deep tissue massage?

There are all kinds of massage therapy out there and everyone has their own definitions for deep tissue. Here's my take on deep tissue massage.

A lot of folks come into the office asking for a "deep tissue massage" and sometimes a deep tissue massage is exactly what is needed to alleviate pain, however, the same results can be achieved without pain by working smarter, not harder. Massage does not have to be a painful experience to find relief from pain. In the most general terms, there are two kinds of deep tissue massage.

Specific Deep Pressure: This type of deep tissue massage targets specific muscles that might have knots or that may have become attached to the surrounding tissue. This type of work can feel painful at times and can also be sore in the days after a massage. It can be effective in relieving tension.

Deep Compression: Compression is usually done in stillness, basically it is applying pressure over an area. This is often less painful and can help to break up adhesions and knots.

Which technique is best? It depends on the day. Some days, you might need specific work, other days light pressure might be the best route. Having open communication with your therapist will help you to create a session plan that is perfect for you in that moment of time!


Open to the Possibility

Which way?!?
Human beings like to define things and place them into categories. We make maps, we group similar items at the grocery store so that we can find them, we even make up plans for our vacations! Defining items and places is quite useful. It's when we turn that labeling instinct inward, labeling ourselves and our human experiences, that's when things get tricky.

People can change. The human body CAN change. Perhaps your injury or disfunction will never be 100% repaired. It's also possible that it will improve. Being open to the possibility that things might change can be scary. Just because the past has shown one pattern doesn't mean that pattern will continue. 

Open up to the possibilities! Who knows what will happen :)