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ME Arthritis Charity Event: Healing Hands for Arthritis

One in five adults live with arthritis. Take a look at this video and help us at Massage Envy support the fight as we donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial on October 12 — World Arthritis Day — to the Arthritis Foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation encourages people with arthritis to be active participants in managing their disease. The Foundation’s vision is simply, “A world free from arthritis pain.” Massage therapy is recognized as being effective in relieving painful symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia, improving circulation, increasing joint flexibility, lessening depression and anxiety, improving sleep, and providing an overall sense of well-being. Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding of a serious problem and the opportunities for common solutions.

To schedule an appointment and join in the fight against arthritis at a Massage Envy clinic nearest you, please visit MassageEnvy.com. For more information about arthritis or the Arthritis Foundation, please visit Arthritis.org.

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Next free massage drawing held at the end of May!

Every month, we’re going to select one of our Facebook fans to win a free customized introductory massage! So don’t for get to tell your friends… our next drawing will be held at the end of May!

Massage therapy tied to weight loss?

New research has shown that enjoying a massage every once in a while may help you on your path to diet and weight loss. Too good to be true? Believe it or not, this is true–and we’ll explain how.

First of all, massages release endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemicals you get from certain foods and activities. Well, these chemicals have an indirect effect on your body’s metabolism– by making you feel good, it can often block the hunger signals from your brain, therefore helping you with your weight loss goals. Less stress lessens the body’s ability to store fat. Massage can also increase circulation and blood flow therefore helping you burn fat faster with a higher metabolic rate.

So there you go– another excuse to schedule that massage you’ve been dying to get!

Some Q & A

Massage Envy experts answer your questions

Q: How does receiving massage help reduce stress?

A: We all know that certain types of constant stress in our lives are not healthy. But did you know that recent evidence indicates the physical changes associated with stress may contribute to the leading causes of death – heart disease and cancer. In addition, stress can create and/or exacerbate many physical and emotional conditions such as chronic fatigue, digestive upset, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure and risk of stroke.

A recent study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and assigned them to receive deep tissue, Swedish and light touch massage. Blood samples were taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward. The researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.

Volunteers showed significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also had increases in white blood cells that are part of the immune system. Volunteers experienced greater increases in a hormone associated with contentment and bigger decreases in adrenal hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, such as those associated with chronic stress, have been shown to have negative effects. What this study shows is that receiving massage actually activates the body on an internal level to respond and correct the physiological imbalance caused by our stressful lives.

– C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry
Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy

Survey Findings on Massages!

Here are some interesting survey results by Opinion Research Corp. International in Princeton, N.J.

Based on a national sample of 1,014 U.S. adults:

  • 90% of Americans feel massage is good for a person’s health.
  • 93% agree that massage is effective for pain relief.
  • Massage Therapy in people age 65+ has tripled from 4% in 1997 to 15%
  • 34% of Americans had a massage in the past year
  • 73% of those who had a massage recommend it to a person they know.
  • 46% have had a massage to relieve pain.
  • From those who has discussed massage therapy with a medical professional, 57% said they encouraged them to get a massage.

Massage has also been seen to be somewhat of a substitute to medication for those experiencing pain. We can look forward to more developments in massage research and it’s benefits as it becomes more prominent.

Prenatal

Getting a massage while you’re pregnant can provide you with plenty of physical benefits. The therapists at Massage Envy will work to enhance your lymphatic system, remove toxins, increase your immunity, stabilize hormone levels, and balance your glandular system. Keeping your hormone levels stable is an important health benefit because when hormone levels change, the woman faces an increased chance of falling into depression or experiencing anxiety during her pregnancy.

Here is a breakdown of the benefits you can gain from a massage throughout your pregnancy:

  • First Trimester:
    • Headache relief
    • Alleviate Morning Sickness
  • Second Trimester:
    • Backache relief
    • Leg cramp relief
  • Third Trimester
    • Reduce swelling/edema
    • Relieve pain from varicosities
    • Enhance sleep
    • Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process

 

Chair Massage

Sit Forward and Relax. Your favorite Massage Envy clinic will come to you on your busiest days and help you relax during your few minute to spare. Massage Envy will even come to the office. Massage therapy in the workplace has showed an increase in productivity and less incidence of illness. Not only is it beneficial to your employees, it will also keep you competitive against employee recruitment. Ask about Massage Envy’s corporate Wellness Program. You can also generate buzz and give everyone something to talk about at the next event you host by arranging for your guests to receive a Massage Envy Chair Massage.

 

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is one of the newest addition to Massage Envy’s list of massage therapy.

This type of therapy will melt any muscle tension and stiffness away. This therapy will not only increase one’s circulation, but your metabolism as well. Heated stones are placed in key areas of the body help relax the deeper parts of the muscles. This 90-minute session will include a personalized massage using hot stones to create for your perfect healing experience.

Hot stone therapy relieves muscle aches, back pain, stress, anxiety, poor circulation, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia. It has also been used to treat insomnia and depression.

 

Reflexology

Developed in the early twentieth century, reflexology was originally known as “zone therapy.” This type of massage focuses only on ones and hands feet. During a reflexology session, the massage therapist will focus on specific target points that will send signals to the brain and will balance the nervous system. This is done by moving and stretching the hands and feet while applying pressure to reflex areas and other parts of the body. These pressure areas correspond to specific organs of the body. The endorphins released during a reflexology session will reduce the amount of stress the client feels while returning the body back to its equilibrium. Reflexology provides pain relief to those who are suffering tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues, and back pain.

Sports Massage

The sports massage is focused on athletes that play any kind of sports. Sports massages are customized to the individual based on what sports they place or if they have had previous pain or injuries in any part of their body. Athletes benefit from these personalized massages because it increases flexibility, decreases fatigue, promotes endurance, helps prevent injuries, and gets them ready to perform at their best.