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  • Availability is within the boundaries of Santa Clarita only.
  • Heavenly Healing Mobile Massage does NOT offer sexual and/or sensual massages!***
    ***NOT an option! Don't even think about calling for that!  Don't waste my time!

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Can Popping Your Knuckles Lead to Arthritis?

Snap, Crackle and Pop....

We've all heard these noises before from someone stretching out their fingers and/or popping their knuckles.  People may have warned you that your knuckle-cracking habit can lead to arthritis or other health concerns.  This common habit has a simple explanation.

The joints in your body have spaces between them.  This spaces expand when you stretch your fingers out.  The pressure in the joint then decreases and the gasses are dissolved into fluids causing a release of pressure, like the sound created by opening a bottle of champagne.  The fluid returns to its' proper place, popping the little bubbles of gas as the joint settles back into place.  This is what causes the familiar cracking sound.  The explanation also comes with good news: cracking your knuckles has not been shown to lead to arthritis!  The movement can even feel good because when you joint stretches out, the nerve endings in your fingers are stimulated.

 

Knuckle Cracking

 

Sports Massage Therapy Does A Body Good

Sometimes people dismiss massage as therapy.  Actually most of the time people dismiss it as something of a luxury instead of therapy!  From the amazing results I've seen both in my practice plus my 10 years in a chiropractic office, massage is definitely something more then a luxury.  It's a therapy most people need, especially athletes!  Some of the results I've seen have been clients in various types of accidents, injuries and surgery recovery going from a pain level of 8 or 9 out of 10 to 0 out of 10.  In addition, there is the range of motion going from barely being able to move the affected region to full range of motion again.  Author Jack Meagher of the Sports Massage book, claims sports massage gives an athlete 20% more in the areas of performance, injury prevention, flexibility and career longevity!  He further states "comprehensive, therapeutic massage is so powerful because we can identify trouble spots such as adhesions and spams and restore tissue before these conditions become injurious.

Sports Massage

 

Should You Ice Your Injury?

Icing an Injury

 

When I was in high school (oh so long ago), the school's athletic trainer's famous words were "ice it."  No matter what the injury was, he always told everyone to ice it.  It became the running joke with all the athletes of the school.  Fast forward waayyyy too many years later, a lot of research (and a lot of easy access thanks to Google) and we've had a lot more information come to light.

Some things about icing you may not know:

 

  • Icing (or heat) on an injury for longer then 20 minutes could counter the positive effects you want and make it worse.  You could damage the tissues and cause lack of blood flow to the area.
  • You can get frostbite from icing an injury.
  • Ice an injury to reduce swelling, decrease inflammation and/or pain in the affected area.
You can read more on this article in Runners World.

 

 

 

 

 

Can Massage Help with Sciatica Pain Relief?

The Sciatic nerve is a large central nerve and longest nerve in the body and can be very painful, with the range of pain varying from person to person.  The pain starts at the low back and can radiate all the way down to the heel.  You know the agonizing feeling as pain radiates down from your lower back to wherever it happens to stop for you.  Massages help Sciatica sufferers by relaxing and stimulating the lower back muscles and glute (butt) muscles near the sciatic nerve, relieving pressure from the nerve and the surrounding muscles, and help speed up the natural healing process of the body.  Studies have shown that massage can reduce the healing time of pain by as much as 30%!   That's a good percentage!  I worked in a chiropractic office for 10 years and massaged a lot of clients with this issue and was very glad to help them out of their pain.  Do you want to continue in yours?  If not, call me and let's get you on the healing path.

 

Sciatic Nerve

 

 

 

Do You Feel Spas Are Deceitful?

Do You Get What You Pay For?

When I went to school for massage, they taught us a 50-minute massage routing.  Why?  Because this is what the standard is for spa's.  Most every spa advertises a 60 minute/1-hour massage, when it really isn't that in fact.  What you receive is usually a 45-50 minute massage.  Did you even know this?  Do you feel it's deceitful or false advertising?

Most spas book their appointments literally back-to-back-to back with most therapists doing up to 8 massages in a row, with many places the therapist has to fight for a break.  When I first started doing massage, I worked at a variety of spa's in the SCV.  Out of the places I worked at, all but one spa would book a massage every hour on the top of the hour.  So I had one hour to greet a client, spend a minute of conversation, have them get undressed and on the table, massage them, get them off the table, take the dirty sheets off, put clean sheets on, clean up the room if needed, and then off to do it again and again.  Plus if the treatment was a hot stone, mud wrap or Vichy shower treatment that was even more cleanup, yet not more time.  If a client was late, they would get an even shorter massage!  Not quite right, is it?  The one spa that I worked at that did not book back-to-back, had a minimum of 20 minutes in-between massages.  That time made a big difference in clean-up, as well as my own sanity of not feeling so rushed, plus the client received their full-timed massage and a therapist who wasn't overworked.

One of the differences I have with Heavenly Healing Mobile Massage compared to spas is that your massage is the full time that is scheduled. If you book an hour you get minimum of 60 minutes and with an an hour and half it's a full 90 minutes.  With both of these time frames you usually end up getting even a bit more then that.  The time I spend on your body is not taken away because I have to set up my table and take it down.  I schedule my appointments so that I have the full time with you that is needed, including conversations on any issues you have going on, with plenty of time to setup everything and get to my next appointment.

 
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