Massage in the News

The BBC published an article today which outlines the benefits that Patients who suffer from Facial Palsy have been receiving from regular Oral massage.
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By stretching the inside of the cheeks of several patients who have complete facial nerve palsy with a finger, while performing routine checks for ulcerations or trauma, Ms Clapham caused the paralysed facial muscles to move - something not seen before.

Oral massage is a very specialized skill, which is slowly being introduced by dental practices and specialized massage clinics.
As well as assisting clients with Facial palsy, Oral and facial massage can also assist those suffering from TMJ Disorder, as well as relieve discomfort and pain from those who chronically clench their jaws, causing grinding of the teeth and sometimes an over, or under bite.

Although we do not offer internal Oral massage at the moment, Wee Sally's does offer treatment for TMJ and this can be included in your regular massage treatment should you request it.

Beyond your treatment

Massage treatments are effective in relieving pain, and providing comfort at the time, however it is important to consider the advice offered to you by your therapist to ensure long term relief and improvement.
Educating our clients on ways to reduce the instance of pain or injury is very important to us, so we have decided to offer up for dowload a series of informational articles covering the most common complaints we hear at the clinic.

To review our list of documents and download your own copy please visit our Self Help page.

If you have any ailments you would like to see an article on, please let us know and we'll write one up for you.

Recovery and long term relief is our goal, and we want to do what we can to help you reach that goal.

How often?

I am sometimes asked by new clients, how often should they schedule for another massage.
As a therapist, this is a really tough question to answer, however I will share my views on the subject, and allow you to decide for yourself.

In an ideal world, one I certainly wish I could afford to live in, we would all get massages about once a week.
What a great way to reduce stress and help maintain good health, and physical fitness.
Sadly this is seldom possible for most people, so my thought is this:
Come as often as your wallet and your schedule will permit!

This may be once every two weeks, once a month, once every two months, the goal is to make you feel good, and to make Massage a regular part of your healthcare routine.
If you are suffering from an Injury that is being treated, the first few weeks of treatment are most important, so 1-2 sessions a week for the first week or two of treatment is ideal, but again, its not always possible or financially viable for people to do this, so as long as you take care of yourself between sessions and follow any recommendations for aftercare, you should still do well in your recovery.

Ask me about ways to treat yourself at home, or for suggestions on stretching after your workout routine. I love sharing this type of information with people.

Affordability is the biggest concern, especially when things in the economy are as tough as they are right now. Massage is viewed as a luxury, and one of the first things to go when people start living on budgets. However when you consider how much longevity you can receive in your health from regular massage, it may pay to keep up those appointments. Research has shown that people who receive regular massage often take less "sick leave" from work, and are generally happier employees. Your Immune system benefits, so you become less reliant on medicines to treat things like viruses and infections.

I have tried to ensure that I have priced my massage at a point where it doesnt break the bank.
Think of all the ways you could save that £35 a month to put towards your massage*?

Remember your body is the only you'll ever have, treat it with love, care and attention and it will take care of you and carry you for a long, long time.


*60 minute massage

Muscles: The Rhomboids

Do you suffer from bad posture, and rounded shoulders?
If you do then there is a chance that you may have overstretched (or weak) Rhomboids.
The Rhomboids (Rhomboids Major and Minor) are posterior shoulder muscles which have the appearance of a Christmas tree on your back.

The Rhomboids get their naame from the Greek word Rhomb, a Parallelogram with oblique angles and only the opposite sides equal.Which describes their shape.



Origin: The Rhomboids Originate on the Spinous processes of C7 through to T1.

Insertion: They insert along the Medial (vertebral) border of the Scapula

Actions: The Rhomboids primary action is to retract the scapula, which is the action when you squeeze your shoulder blades together, moving them closer to your spine. They stabilize the Shoulder blade, and assist when you move your arm from above your head, down towards shoulder level.

The most common problem that you would experience with these muscles is tenderness, pain or aching between the shoulder blades. This occurs if the muscles are tight.
If the muscles are overstrertched you will experience rounded shoulders.
The rounded shoulders are also assisted by your Pec Muscles being too tight, pulling your shoulders forward, and overstretching the rhomboids.

You can strengthen the Rhomboids in many ways, including Rowing, Lat. Pull Downs and using a Pulley for Shoulder adduction.

The Rhomboids are mostly treated in the Prone (face down) position.
The use of several techniques including Stripping, Myofacial release, static friction and Trigger point work when massaging the Rhomboids can help relieve pain, and release taut bandsin the muscles. However in the case of overstretched Rhomboids, Strengthening exercises would also be recommended.

Trigger points in the Scalenes can often refer pain to the Rhomboids, and around the medial border of the shoulder blade, so should also be treated when addressing pain in this area.

If you have any questions about the Rhomboids that you would like answered, or any aches and pains you would like addressed, please comment below, or Email Me.

I would like to thank Charlie Watson at Advanced Massage Therapeutics for some of the information contained within this article.
Also used as resources was:
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy by Mel Cash
Deep Tissue Massage: A visual guide to techniques by Art Riggs
The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy by John Sharkey

Service Industry Discount Day!

Having worked in the Service Industry myself for many years, I know how much of a stressfull and thankless job it can be. So to honor those who deal with this type of work day in and day out, I am introducing "Service Industry Discount Day".
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Special Offer: Limited Time Only

For a limited time only, receive a Hot Stone Therapy massage for the same price of your regular massage.

A hot stone therapy can:
    * boost your circulation
    * release stored tension
    * recharge your energy levels
    * relax you.

Hot stone therapy can offer health benefits for people with:
    * muscular pain
    * poor circulation
    * rheumatic and arthritic conditions
    * fibromyalgia
    * multiple sclerosis (MS)
    * back pain
    * stress
    * insomnia
    * depression.

As with all massage therapies, you should never underestimate the feel-good factor. Hot stone massage will make you feel nurtured, pampered and special.

Hot & Cold Stone Therapy now Available

Over the last few months many clients have asked about the availability of Hot Stone Massage.


I am pleased to announce that we now offer Hot and Cold Stone therapy treatments eithehr as a stand alone  service, or in conjunction with our regular massage.


There are several different methods of using stones in a Massage treatment.

Placement: Placement involves positioning the stones on certain areas of the body, and resting them there to allow the heat to penetrate the muscle tissue and assist in relaxing the muscles to allow deeper penetration when massaging those areas.


Gliding and massage: Effective hot stone massage  uses tthe stones as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle masage at a pressure level that the client is cmofortable with.


The heat from the stones relaxes muscles andincreases blood flow to the  area beeing worked, assisting in the acceleration of the healing process.


Call now to book your next massage session, and why not ask for Hot Stones to be incorporated into your session.

As a warm up for winter, why not have a relaxing hot stone massage to help fight off those winter chills and the stressors of the holiday season.


Caught in the rain?

Now that rainy season is here, the chances of you getting caught in the rain while out running errands in Bathgate is pretty high. Why not pop into the clinic on North Bridge Street, warm up, dry off and enjoy a relaxing 10 minute chair massage for just £5??
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West Lothian Business Directory Savings Card

This is an amazing deal, that won't ever be offered again, or with any other savings card scheme or promotion. The West Lothian Business Directory has just been published, and there is an amazing offer from Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage on page 12.
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Police Federation Discount Scheme

Wee Sally's Therapeutic Massage clinic is a proud member of the new Police Federation Savings card scheme.
We are offering a £5 discount on massages of 60 mins or more each time you show your Discount Card.

We look forward to your business, and help in finding you relief from pain and injury.

Back to School at last!

The summer holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the years for parents.
Between having to keep the kids entertained for 7 weeks, planning a summer getaway and juggling your job on top of all that.
Now the sweet little cherubs are back at school again, and finally you can let out a sigh of relief.

The following article from Massage 101 describes how Stress can affect your life, and the positive benefits of receiving a massage to help handle stress in your life:
Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the body.

Stress has been shown to aggravate, or even cause, such problems as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss and decreased immune function. But it doesn’t just contribute to physical ailments. Stress can sap joy from your life, cause seemingly inexplicable fatigue, and leave you less able to enjoy your relationships and leisure activities.

Loved ones can become unfortunate victims of stress in your life. You will find yourself less patient and less able to mentally engage with the people you care about.

Massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. We know this is true on an intuitive level. If even the untrained hands of a friend or partner can soothe aches and pains, and diminish anxiety, then imagine the effect of a therapeutic massage by a trained practitioner. Even the rituals of massage come as a welcome break from our hurried lives: dimmed lights, soothing music, the pleasant fragrance of a mild oil or candle - even without massage, these might help you relax. But coupled with the right massage techniques,  you’ll actually feel the stress leaving.

Massage boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in the muscles, causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues.

Manipulation of the soft tissue decreases muscular tension, increases removal of metabolic waste and promotes nutrient delivery to healing tissue. Knots in your muscles can inhibit your ability to perform regular, daily tasks. As other parts of your body try to compensate for the ache of a tight muscle, they also start to become tight and uncomfortable. Before long, an injury that began in your neck can trace to your shoulder, down your arm and into your wrist. The reaction chain can take innumerable forms, but none of them are pleasant.

In short, with a therapeutic massage stress can be significantly reduced. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your outlook on life, and in the process boost your immune system function. Coupled with modest changes in nutrition and activity levels, massage can be the start of a profound change for the better in your health and well-being.

http://www.massagetherapy101.com/massage-therapy/massage-therapy-and-stress-reduction.aspx

So why not book yourself in with me and treat yourself to a massage to unwind from the stressful holiday season?