Deep Tissue Massage for Scarring

    
      
      
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      
      
      
      
      
                            Deep Tissue Massage goes as far back as Ancient Greece, Egypt and China. These civilizations ascribed the first written records of the benefits of this favored bodywork modality that utilizes friction and working across the grain of the muscles or with slow lengthening strokes. Massage aids in the long term healing process of scars and the affected surrounding tissues from surgeries, sprains and tears, etc. Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Massage will even halt new unwanted lesions from forming.                 Our bodies produce a tough fibrous connective tissue made from collagen. Its certain consistency is what makes a scar cosmetically and functionally different than un-compromised skin. But when affecting below the surface this barrier slows circulation, inhibits lymph drainage, nutrients and overall mobility. This connective tissue is not uniformed for movement, whereas ligaments (responsible for joints and made from tough but flexible fibrous tissue) and tendons (connective tissue adhering muscle to bone). Scars are produced for anchorage to prevent further injury but lack flexibility.  Systematically releasing these deep lesions while you are within your comfort level is the goal of any therapist. With a licensed practitioner you can also achieve improvement with:            a) Range of motion           b) Muscle spasms           c) Relief with fibromyalgia            d) Osteoarthritis            e) Postural problems           f) Lymph function           g) Oxygen and nutrients           h) Alleviating stress and anxiety                As massage is a treatment, it is not right for everybody or during certain stages. Licensed Massage Therapists are in no circumstance intended to diagnose but to refer in case of a concern. Always be proactive if you have any concerns for your health and be cleared by a medical doctor before scheduling an appointment if you have any un-diagnosed pain/changes or signs of an infection.                 Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Massage is pain management and prevention without a pill. You will be catered to your individual preferences along with your needs. In taking initiative with your body’s natural healing process you are also insuring longevity and preventing against re-occurrence. On the other hand, there is everything right about scheduling an appointment just to take the time for you.            There is no greater gift than your health. Take care    ~Leah Hagan    

     

       Deep Tissue Massage goes as far back as Ancient Greece, Egypt and China. These civilizations ascribed the first written records of the benefits of this favored bodywork modality that utilizes friction and working across the grain of the muscles or with slow lengthening strokes. Massage aids in the long term healing process of scars and the affected surrounding tissues from surgeries, sprains and tears, etc. Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Massage will even halt new unwanted lesions from forming. 

 

       Our bodies produce a tough fibrous connective tissue made from collagen. Its certain consistency is what makes a scar cosmetically and functionally different than un-compromised skin. But when affecting below the surface this barrier slows circulation, inhibits lymph drainage, nutrients and overall mobility. This connective tissue is not uniformed for movement, whereas ligaments (responsible for joints and made from tough but flexible fibrous tissue) and tendons (connective tissue adhering muscle to bone). Scars are produced for anchorage to prevent further injury but lack flexibility.  Systematically releasing these deep lesions while you are within your comfort level is the goal of any therapist. With a licensed practitioner you can also achieve improvement with: 

       a) Range of motion

       b) Muscle spasms

       c) Relief with fibromyalgia

       d) Osteoarthritis

       e) Postural problems

       f) Lymph function

       g) Oxygen and nutrients

       h) Alleviating stress and anxiety

 

       As massage is a treatment, it is not right for everybody or during certain stages. Licensed Massage Therapists are in no circumstance intended to diagnose but to refer in case of a concern. Always be proactive if you have any concerns for your health and be cleared by a medical doctor before scheduling an appointment if you have any un-diagnosed pain/changes or signs of an infection. 

 

       Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Massage is pain management and prevention without a pill. You will be catered to your individual preferences along with your needs. In taking initiative with your body’s natural healing process you are also insuring longevity and preventing against re-occurrence. On the other hand, there is everything right about scheduling an appointment just to take the time for you. 

 

  There is no greater gift than your health. Take care

~Leah Hagan

 

Massage For Anxiety

  Massage for Anxiety   According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, General Anxiety Disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number different things such as money, health, work, family, or other issues.  Anxiety disorders affect 18.1 percent of the adults in the US, which is approximately 40 million people.  Anxiety can lead to sleeplessness and muscle tension.  Regular massage therapy sessions have been proven to improve quality of sleep, relax muscles and ease pain, making it a great natural option to aide in the treatment of anxiety.  Sleeplessness is one of the most significant symptoms of anxiety.  Sleep is vital, particularly deep sleep.  When we sleep, our body and mind repair and regenerate.  Lack of sleep not only affects our mental state, it also weakens our immune system.  Massage therapy releases serotonin, which helps bring a sense of calm, making it easier to fall asleep.  Furthermore, massage relaxes the nervous system, allowing a more restful and deeper sleep.  Another significant symptom of anxiety is muscle tension.  Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissues, thus easing muscle contractions and spasms and may reduce nerve compression.  As the muscles relax, there is less pressure applied on joints.  Massage also improves circulation, which means more oxygen and nutrients are getting to the muscles.   Massage therapy is a proven natural aide in the treatment of anxiety.  Massage releases endorphins and boosts serotonin and dopamine, which are all hormones your body produces to help you feel better, manage pain and calm nerves.  We hope you will come see for yourself and reap the rewards of this drug-free, all natural approach to managing anxiety.  -Melissa Yonce-Hayes   

Massage for Anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, General Anxiety Disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number different things such as money, health, work, family, or other issues.  Anxiety disorders affect 18.1 percent of the adults in the US, which is approximately 40 million people.  Anxiety can lead to sleeplessness and muscle tension.  Regular massage therapy sessions have been proven to improve quality of sleep, relax muscles and ease pain, making it a great natural option to aide in the treatment of anxiety.

Sleeplessness is one of the most significant symptoms of anxiety.  Sleep is vital, particularly deep sleep.  When we sleep, our body and mind repair and regenerate.  Lack of sleep not only affects our mental state, it also weakens our immune system.  Massage therapy releases serotonin, which helps bring a sense of calm, making it easier to fall asleep.  Furthermore, massage relaxes the nervous system, allowing a more restful and deeper sleep.

Another significant symptom of anxiety is muscle tension.  Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissues, thus easing muscle contractions and spasms and may reduce nerve compression.  As the muscles relax, there is less pressure applied on joints.  Massage also improves circulation, which means more oxygen and nutrients are getting to the muscles. 

Massage therapy is a proven natural aide in the treatment of anxiety.  Massage releases endorphins and boosts serotonin and dopamine, which are all hormones your body produces to help you feel better, manage pain and calm nerves.  We hope you will come see for yourself and reap the rewards of this drug-free, all natural approach to managing anxiety.

-Melissa Yonce-Hayes

 

11 Reasons to Get a Professional Facial

What are the benefits of receiving a professional treatment? Getting a facial from an esthetician offers more than just relaxation – it helps you achieve healthier, clearer, and more beautiful skin. Even if you feel your at home routine is working just fine, visiting a licensed professional can completely change the way you view and treat your skin. Here are 11 reasons why.

 

1. Benefits of a facial:

  • Deep cleanses and exfoliates

  • Increases circulation and detoxifies

  • Relaxes the senses, nerves, and muscles

  • Stimulates the skin’s functions and metabolism

  • Slows down premature aging

  • Treats conditions such as dryness, oiliness or redness

  • Softens wrinkles and aging lines

  • Helps clear up blemishes and minor acne

2. Expert Skin Analysis:  

  • A benefit of getting your skin analyzed during a facial is that the esthetician will see your skin and be able to identify your skin type. This allows the esthetician to properly treat your skin’s unique needs with professional grade products and make recommendations for your home care routine.

3. Professional Strength Exfoliation:  

  • Removing dead skin cells makes the skin smoother and helps product penetration by unblocking the surface. Exfoliation promotes stimulation which increases cell turnover rate. Your esthetician will choose a type of exfoliation specifically catered towards your skin type and needs. Resulting in smoother skin, softening of fine lines and breaking up of skin discoloration to promote a more even skin tone.

4. Extractions:

  • Extractions are the removal of blackheads and clogged pores. With proper skin preparation and softening techniques your esthetician will use a professional and skilled method to gently extract impurities without harming the skin.

5. Hydration:

  • In order to maintain healthy skin, it is important to keep it topically hydrated. A facial will help to regulate your skin’s proper moisture level and protect the barrier layer of the skin. Unlike popular belief, every skin type needs hydration including those with oily and acne prone skin. At home you may be using the wrong type of products, depriving your skin of the moisture it really needs. While an esthetician will be able to advise you on the products most suitable for your skins needs.  Hydrated skin is healthy skin.

6. Increases Circulation and Encourage a Glow:  

  • Skin’s health is impaired when blood circulation slows. Slowed circulation due to aging skin results in dull, tired looking skin. Massage and steam increase blood flow which brings new nutrients to the skin, helping achieve a youthful glow.

7. A Scope for Skin Cancer:  

  • It is important to frequently check your skin for any changes and abnormal growths. These changes are generally subtle and easy to overlook as you may not notice them at first. A benefit of working with a licensed esthetician is that she will analyze your skin and note of any changes or abnormalities that should be looked at further by a doctor.

8. Stress Relief:

  • Facials are very relaxing and immediately de-stress you both physically and mentally. Imagine a room with dim lighting, soft music, and a warm cozy bed. This is the perfect environment to completely relax and unwind while your skin is being treated by a professional with the very best products on the market. Studies show stress can lead to unhealthy skin. So what’s a better way to de-stress and be pampered than a facial? Schedule yourself some “me time” and treat yourself.

9. Problem Solve:

  • Whether its acne, dry skin, pigmentation, or redness, a facial is always catered to focus on your specific skin needs. For example: if your skin is prone to hyperpigmentation and discoloration, your esthetician will use brightening and lightening treatments. By using the right products and treatments, estheticians can change the skin to improve the appearance and achieve your best complexion.

10. Professional Advice:

  • When receiving a facial you are with your esthetician for at least an hour. Which allows the esthetician to give professional advice on skin tips and tricks that will help you care for your skin properly.  Your esthetician will recommend products for your skin type and how to properly maintain the results from your facial.

11. Because you deserve it!:  

  • A facial is just for you and will give you time to relax and clear your mind. Pamper yourself and your skin by scheduling a facial.

~Jordan Herndon

Massage and Cancer

 

When it comes to the subject of cancer, massage is considered a complimentary treatment, and is used together with (NOT instead of) traditional biomedical interventions like chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and drug therapy.  In fact, for oncology patients undergoing these biomedical procedures, massage therapy can be extremely useful and effective at significantly reducing negative side effects and improving one's overall quality of life.  Massage treats the whole person - NOT just the symptoms of a disease.  People report:

  • Being able to RELAX.
  • Feeling WHOLE again.
  • POSITIVE feelings about their body.
  • the rebuilding of HOPE.  

Research shows that, contrary to previously held popular assumptions in medicine, massage of soft tissues DOES NOT spread cancer cells.  Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. Tumor or treatment sites are generally avoided to prevent discomfort due to pressure on the affected area and underlying organs.  Cancer patients undergoing biomedical procedures while simultaneously receiving massage therapy have consistently reported reductions in fatigue, anxiety and depression.  Symptoms of pain, and nausea are also reported as significantly lowered, although not quite as consistently.  Benefits such as these last longer in patients receiving a 60-minute massage versus a 30-minute session.  While blood tests show that stress hormones are significantly reduced by massage as compared to complimentary treatments consisting solely of aromatherapy or to rest, levels of dopamine and serotonin are increased.  In addition to improved neuroendocrine and immune system functioning, patients receiving massage also report a range of positive outcomes including the following;

  • Improvements in sleep.
  • Less complications and discomfort resulting from scar tissue.
  • Better quality of life.
  • More mental clarity and alertness.
  • Improved range of movement in affected joints and surrounding tissue.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with any form of cancer and/or is currently undergoing treatment, please consider contacting us at Tranquility Massage and Wellness in order to ask any questions about booking an appointment with one of our qualified therapists. We look forward to hearing from you, and supporting and assisting in a treatment plan as part of recovery.

 ~Becky Barfield

 

 

 

 

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5 Things To Know About Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can be done using glass, bamboo, earthenware, and silicone “cups” to create suction on areas of the body.  There are many benefits, such as helping with pain, increasing blood flow, inflammation, increased relaxation and well-being.  There are different types of cupping therapy, but currently, we use the dry method, a pump, and the stagnant method (cups are stationary on tissue).  Cupping works by stretching and muscle tissue and allowing toxins to move into the lymphatic system (our bodies filtering system).  The pressure created by the cups, which are usually left on for approximately 3-10 minutes, helps to release trigger points in muscles and increases healing.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions and to set up a cupping session.

 

1.       Is it painful? 

Clients that receive regular massages, particularly deep tissue/neuromuscular, tend to have a relatively pain free experience.  We will work within discomfort limits of all clients and most feel that the experience is comfortable.  Staying and arriving well hydrated will greatly increase comfort levels and recovery time. 

 

2.       What are the marks?

Technically the marks are bruises.  They range from faint to dark purple and usually last between one to two weeks.  Darker marks may be a sign that those areas have poorer circulation or that the tissue is more immobile or congested.  Please let us know if you plan on any beach trips or formals where you may be sporting more skin, as you may receive some strange looks from your marks. 

 

3.      Am I a candidate?

Cupping is generally considered safe for most healthy adults.  However, adults with certain blood disorders and cancer patients are not great candidates for this type of therapy.  If you are unsure about any particular condition that you have or if you have questions regarding your health, please refer to your doctor or healthcare provider before trying cupping or any alternative treatments.

 

4.      Where can cupping be done on the body?

Cupping can be done on most areas of the body, including the face (however, we do not provide facial cupping).  Practitioners are aiming to guide toxins toward lymph nodes and “dump” sites, such as your armpits, and will place cups in appropriate areas based on muscular need and area of the body for best guidance. 

 

5.      Can I work out after cupping therapy?

If your workout routine is consisting of hard and heavy routines, there are definitely a few things to consider.  It is best to wait approximately 24 hours after a hard workout and to not perform a very heavy routine for 24 hours after a session.  Does this mean no exercise?  Of course not.  Please feel free to enjoy a lighter workout and remain active, but keep in mind that just like with a deep tissue massage, your body needs time to recover. 

Welcome Micky!

Tranquility Massage and Wellness is happy to welcome Micky Francis.  Micky is an Athens resident who has been serving the Athens/Watkinsville and Madison areas as a Fitness Professional for almost 10 years.  He has worked with everyone from local celebrities to busy moms, writers, teachers, young athletes, accountants and lawyers.  He is well known for helping people drop inches and lose body fat.  He uses a variety of training methods and keeps the workouts ever changing and interesting, unless the client is training for a show, or sport which requires a specific approach.  To book your appointment, please call 706-424-6591 or visit www.tranquilitymassagewell.com.

Welcome Becky!

Tranquility Massage and Wellness is excited to welcome Becky Barfield to our group.  Becky attended the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC and is trained in multiple modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular therapy, Sports massage, Prenatal massage, Shiatsu, along with many other areas of natural health.  Becky is passionate about her work and strives to promote greater health and wellness for her clients in order for them to have a better quality of life.  She continues to education herself on current massage techniques and provides a calm and safe space to allow the best possible experience for her clients. 

Welcome Sebre!

Tranquility Massage and Wellness is so excited to welcome Sebre Miller with Euphoric Skin Care and Waxing to our great group. Sebre has created a wonderful environment for all your skin care and waxing needs and is a joy to be with. Please visit our website or call (706) 351-8330 to book your appointment with her.

Athens Canine Rescue Raffle

Athens Canine Rescue has an amazing raffle going on right now. Please help support this amazing nonprofit group and good luck winning the raffle. http://athenscaninerescue.com/

Nikki Lauren Jewelry

Tranquility welcomes Nikki Lauren Jewelry by Nikki Steiner. Her creations are one of a kind and beautiful. Nikki uses fine silver and glass to make her amazing designs. Please remember to talk a peek while at the studio.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is approaching and beginning February 1st, for an extra $10.00, you can add a gift bag including: lavender essential oil, a lavender candle, chamomile tea, and some dove chocolates. The perfect gift for total relaxation. 

Opening Day

I am excited to be opening the business today and treating clients in my new space.  Tranquility Massage and Wellness is a new business and currently I have three office spaces for rent.  Different sizes and prices.  All utilities, except phone, are covered.  In order to help provide overall wellness, if you or someone you know, is looking for a space to start up, start anew, or just make a change, please contact me.  Cheers to an opening and best wishes for the best 2016!

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  Looking for a great resolution?  Try regular massage as a way to better your overall health and well being.  Massage can help with stress, anxiety, pain, depression, and improve your immune system among other things.  Make this the year of better health for yourself or your loved ones!  Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful 2016!

Grand Opening

I am excited to announce the opening of Tranquility Massage and Wellness as of January 4, 2016.  My goal this year is to fill the space with other healthcare, wellness, skincare, and massage therapy professionals to provide a great East side location for wellness.  I look forward to continuing working with my clients and meeting some new ones. 

Best,

Lacy Parish