I have a confession, I am closet Cupper!

I think this seems weird to say this, but I love getting cupped. What is cupping you ask, and why do I love it so much? Cupping is a treatment that creates a partial vacuum on the skin using glass or plastic suction cups. You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Depending on your comfort the cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique depending upon what is going on with you that day. The most common area that is cupped is the back, but the cups work well on other areas.

The suction that is created by the cups increases blood and energy flow to the area, and relieves tension and tightness. The increase of circulation facilitates localized healing. Cupping relieves pain by opening up the meridians, or energy channels, of the body and improving energy flow to every organ and tissue of the body.

For me personally, when life gets stressful and intense (which is often), my whole body tightens, especially my shoulders and neck. Even my head feels tight, almost like I am on the verge of getting a headache. Cupping seems to provide instant relief and similar to a therapeutic massage I feel my whole body release and the tightness melts away. I find getting cupping on a regular basis, especially if I have a lot on my plate, releases my tension and allows me to continue to keep living life at a high level.

Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and stagnant energy throughout the body. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.
I will warn you that cupping will leave bruises, but they are temporary. The bruising typically goes away within 3-5 days. In addition, the session can be relaxing, but at times the cups can feel uncomfortable as they are moved around the skin. BUT, that means the cups are doing their job, the more tense you are, the more intense the cupping can be, if you are new to cupping the therapist with typically ease you in. Some of our massage therapists can add cupping to your massage session. I personally, love seeing our Acupuncturists. They incorporate cupping, acupuncture and bodywork all in one session, but I am also a huge fan of Acupuncture, I find it to be extremely effective for me on many levels.

In addition to regular cupping, there is also fire cupping and blood cupping. I have not tried either of these, so I cannot personally speak to their benefits. If you are like me, and feel like your body gets tight during times of stress, I would high recommend you give cupping a try.

To cupping and your health,

Last Minute Massage Text Club Update!

We wanted to let you know that effective August 15th, 2018 our regular rates for a hour massage will move from $99 to $109.

As a participant in our “Last Minute Text program”, you will still receive $30 off of our regular massage rates. Reminder that this program cannot be combined with any other discounts.

For massage members on this program, you will still get an additional $5 off member rates, which August 15th, 2018 will move from $69 to $79.

If anyone you know is interested in joining the last minute massage have them TEXT: WELL to 77948

Your cell number will not be sold or used for any marketing practices and you may cancel anytime by texting STOP to 77948.

If you would like to read more on The Wellness Center price increase please click here.

New Pricing Changes, Effective August 15th, 2018

Since our inception, the massage industry has changed tremendously!  A decade ago when we posted an opening for a massage therapist, we would receive over 20 resumes from strong candidates.  Unfortunately, today, we generally get a handful of resumes and many do not have the experience or quality of touch necessary to work at The Wellness Center.  This is certainly a big indicator of how the industry has changed over the years and how important it is for us to retain our highly skilled therapists and ensure their longevity in the industry.

I am proud that we have created a safe, thriving and desirable place for therapists to practice.  Over half of our therapists have been with us for 3 or more years and about a quarter of them have been with us 6+ years!  This is a huge feat in the massage industry, where typically the burnout rate is high and the average massage therapist only lasts a couple of years in the business.  The physical and emotional demands on a therapist are strenuous, therefore, the proper equipment, training and down-time is a must! We understand this and have created an environment that honors these needs.

Where does this all lead?   We know that you value high-quality massages and your patronage demonstrates your awareness that a great therapist in a great setting means all the difference to your health and healing journey.  This focus, coupled with the increasing costs of doing business, means our massage prices need to change.

Effective, August 15th, 2018 prices will be increasing.

Our regular rate for a 60 minute massage (which has always and will always be a full 60 minutes of hands on bodywork) will become $109. 

Our One Hour Monthly Massage Membership Plan will be $84 per month benefits below:

  • Receive one pre-paid massage with your monthly membership fee
  • Additional 1.0 hr member massages will be $79; 1.5 hr member massages will be $118
  • One hour massage gift cards for friends and family: $99

Pricing changes are never fun, but I can confidently say that we are still the “best” deal in town for the caliber of therapeutic massage we offer and for the amount hands-on time during each session.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our management team:  myself, Kris Wood, Director or Yosevine Heintz, Assistant Director.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

In Health,

Get a massage on Friday, May 18th, 2018 and 25% of your massage will go to Lyme Warrior!

Join us in supporting Lyme Warrior a Non-Profit dedicated towards funding and finding solutions for those suffering from chronic Lyme Disease.  Come in for a massage on Friday, May 18th, 2018 and 25% of the massage proceeds will go to Lyme Warrior.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, that is transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected insect. This can include all ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, lice, etc.  Symptoms can occur anywhere from days to years after the bite and can be wide-ranging.

It is estimated that approximately 300,000 people in the US alone are infected with the disease each year, but the actual number is probably significantly higher.

Lyme Warrior

Lyme Warrior is a team of individuals fighting Lyme Disease who all have fallen into different levels of disability by this condition and want to prevent as many others from being affected as possible. All funds raised by Massage Away Lyme and other programs go to research for a cure for chronic Lyme Disease and awareness programs.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include but are not limited to:

fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, a Bull’s Eye rash appears.**Less than 50% of people with Lyme disease recall a Bull’s Eye rash**As the disease progresses, symptoms can include:

  • Severe headache or neck stiffness
  • Various rashes
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly with the knees Loss of muscle ton or “drooping” of the face (Bells Palsy) Heart palpitation or an irregular heartbeat Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet And many other symptoms

Testing for Lyme Disease

Standard testing for Lyme Disease is 20-30% accurate, meaning most cases of Lyme are missed. Standard testing is highly inaccurate for chronic cases. Igenex is the most accurate testing currently available. However, chronic Lyme Disease is a clinical diagnosis. If you suspect chronic Lyme Disease, seek a Lyme Literate Doctor.

For more info, visit www.lymewarrior.us

Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts Denver

March 1, 2018 will mark The Wellness Center’s 17th birthday!  It is hard to believe how far alternative health and massage has come.  17 years ago, massage was relatively new and considered a luxury treatment only for the wealthy, or a massage “parlor” that um…maybe wasn’t the most professional place to get a massage.  Today, there is a massage center or spa on almost every corner, much like coffee shops. Previous to 2008, anyone could hang a shingle out and call themselves a massage therapist, now massage therapists are now required to get a license in the State of Colorado before they can practice.

The industry has come a LONG way and it much more affordable to the average American. Massage is really a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion.  Here is why:

Massage relieves stress and boosts your mood: 

Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include energy work such as reiki or polarity therapy, which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.   Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine.

Massage Reduces Pain and Induces Relaxation:

Massage alleviates pain. Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.  Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that induces this response.

Massage increases connection: 

Massage fosters self-connection. Even those that are single, should treat themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session reinforces that you love yourself and allows you to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”

This year give the gift of massage to yourself or the one you love! You are worth it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

In life, accidents happen-  4 things you can do for a safe and quick recovery

Life throws us so many various curves and roadblocks that we need a gentle place to heal and recover.  Finding those places internally and externally can be life-changing and needed. Those roadblocks can include accidents and those come in many forms.  Whether it is from a fall, slip, car accident, skiing accident, etc. Often times these incidents result in whiplash and can be very painful.  The jerking motion strains the neck and body, causing injury in the spine, discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tissues (get consultation form personal injury lawyer).  The head jerks beyond its usual range of motion and can cause fibers to tear.  Not only is this painful, but it can cause digestive issues, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and memory problems.  Recovery can be a long, but you can expedite the process by being pro-active.

#1:  Craniosacral Therapy–  One of the first things you can do following an accident it to receive Craniosacral therapy.  Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle and subtle form of therapeutic touch, that can have profound impacts on the body.  Craniosacral massage works with the cranio-sacral system, which includes the bones in your spine and head as well as the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal column.

Have you ever noticed that after a fall or accident that sometime you feel light headed or just not “grounded” in your own body?  Craniosacral can rebalance your system through cradling your neck, shoulders and head to tune into and manipulate the pulse of the fluid that flows in this area. Tiny adjustments to the position of the skull bones are made allowing the body to naturally heal and come into a renewed place of homeostasis.

#2: Chiropractic Care– After Craniosacral, we recommend seeing a Chiropractor.  There are many different forms of Chiropractic Care, take some time to find a practitioner that you feel comfortable with.  Chiropractic adjustments help to restore normal joint movement and function, along with treating subluxations from the whiplash incident.  This involves joint manipulations, mobilization, to reduce stress/strain on the body.  Rehabilitative exercises and stretches from your chiropractor are also very beneficial in the healing process.  Each individual symptom you are feeling can signal specific areas of the spine the chiropractor can highlight and work on.

#3: Therapeutic Massage– Bodywork is an effective treatment for breaking up and realigning scar issue.  Using cross-fiber friction is a technique used to loosen adhesions and decrease scar tissue.  Myofascial release, static compression, and deep-oriented massages are wonderful tools to help in the healing from trauma on the body.  Myofascial release technique helps to loosen restricted muscles and fascia to improve range of motion, while unlocking dysfunctional fascial patterns created at the time of injury.  Static compression is applied to affected trigger points to help increase oxygen flow to those injured muscles.  Finally, Therapeutic, deep oriented massage can get into affected fascia, adhesions, and scar tissue, which can help release tension from nerves around the injury.

#4: Home Care– The final area of healing is using essential oils, hot and cold therapy, and soaking in Epsom salt baths to help release the tension and soreness in the body.  Rest is also extremely important in the recovery process, so taking it easy on yourself and letting your body heal.  Hot and cold therapy can vary a bit on a case by case basis, so listening to your therapist or doctor is vital.  Icing for 10-15 minutes and then taking a break for 10-15 minutes helps to prevent frost bite on the skin.  After 72 hours of ice, sufferers can switch to heat to help loosen the muscles.  Again, use the advice of your practitioner for your individual case as these are basic guidelines.  Essential oil therapy can help relieve some tension, stress, and pain during your healing journey as well.  Wintergreen, peppermint, blue tansy, and camphor all have pain relieving properties along with anti-inflammatory properties as well.  Marjoram, lavender, and black pepper essential oils help to relax the muscles and improve blood circulation.  Black pepper specifically has antioxidant properties.  The beta-carotene found in black pepper essential oil helps to fight free radicals in your skin and lessen inflammation (check these dermal fillers).

Because of the delicacy of the area in trauma, always proceed with caution and be mindful of your specific reactions to your body.  Consult with your doctor or physician on taking steps to make sure you are being cared for and healing properly.  Using this healing time to really take it easy on yourself, your psyche, and your body is very important. These times can be trying and frustrating, so reach out to those who are willing and able to help you.  Most practitioners and therapists went into their fields because they are passionate about helping people. Graciously use their healing energy and work to get you back on your feet and living the life you want to live. 

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Hot Stone Massage

What is hot stone therapy?

Hot stone therapy is a form of massage therapy that follows the same principles of a regular Swedish massage but with the addition of heated stones, which are believed to better open the body's energy pathways. Hot stone massage is a form of “thermotherapy” in which hot stones are positioned on specific areas of the client's body and allow for greater deep tissue manipulation.

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Not only does Hot Stone massage feel amazing during the colder winter months, there are also many health benefits to receiving a Hot Stone Massage.

Hot stone massage is proven to be safe and effective in treating the following:

  • arthritis
  • carpal tunnel
  • tension from strained muscles
  • muscle spasms and chronic stress

Using the hot stones during a massage, improves circulation and “energy flow” throughout the body, aiding in detoxification, activating our immune systems.

Hot Stone that are used during a treatment are smooth and typically several inches long. The stones are warmed in an electrical warmer so the temperature can be controlled. If the stones are too hot, be sure to let the massage therapist know immediately.

Deep Muscle Relaxation

The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.

The therapist will use hot stones throughout the massage and will place several stones in strategic “energy points” or acupressure points of the body, including the spine, hands, feet and even toes to help prepare the body for massage.

We generally recommend that you book a 90 minute session if you would like a full Hot Stone Treatment, but therapists can also accommodate 60 minute Hot Stone sessions.

Who Shouldn’t Get a Hot Stone Treatment?

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, recent wounds, areas of weakened or inflamed skin, tumors, metal implants, or are on medication that thins the blood, check with your doctor before getting hot stone massage. In general, hot stone massage should not be done on anyone who should not receive standard massage therapy.

Also check with your doctor if you have had recent chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.

Pregnant women and children should avoid hot stone massage.

Boost your Immunity, Boost your Happiness!

As the temperatures begin to drop and we enter cold and flu season, we do everything in our power to avoid sickness.  Avoiding sickness is obviously a good thing, but did you know that by boosting immunity, you are boosting your happiness as well?! It’s true!

massage-smileThere are various ways to keep your immune system strong: chiropracticacupuncturenaturopathic medicine, maintaining a balanced diet, exercise and rest. Another, unassuming way to bolster your internal protective mechanisms is through touch. Not just any touch, but the trained hands of a massage therapist. Massage therapy has been scientifically proven to help the immune system and have a direct correlation to happiness.

First of all, it is a tremendous stress reducer. “What we are finding is that when you stimulate pressure receptors on the skin, you cause an increase in vagal activity. This slows down the physiology (heart rate, blood pressure, etc), and it slows down the production of stress hormones, particularly cortisol”, states Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Cortisol’s is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands that initiates the “fight or flight” response in the nervous system, among a myriad of other functions in the body. When cortisol levels are slowed or reduced the parasympathetic nervous system is more engaged, the body is in a more calm and peaceful state with less stress – thus the body, and immune system, is able to perform as it should. Cortisol also destroys natural killer cells that fight off bacteria and viruses in the body, so less cortisol means more good guys on our immunity team!

Secondly, massage also boosts the immune system directly by increasing the number of white blood cells which are the backbone of the immune system. In particular massage is linked to lymphocytes which make up about 25% of the white blood cell count in humans. A famous study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and assigned them a 45 minute session of deep-tissue massage. To their surprise, the subjects experienced significant decreases in blood and saliva cortisol levels, AND an increase in lymphocytes. Another study published by the International Journal of Neuroscience found that HIV patients showed white blood cell levels increased after receiving two 20-minute massages per week for 12 weeks.

On to happiness…Research shows that massage helps boost hormones and chemicals in the brain responsible for your sense of joy and happiness and ability to form good habits. Alex Korb, Ph.D ., Author of The Upward Spiral says, “The results are fairly clear that massage boosts your serotonin by as much as 30 percent. Massage also decreases stress hormones and raises dopamine levels, which helps you create new good habits… Massage reduces pain because the oxytocin system activates painkilling endorphins. Massage also improves sleep and reduces fatigue by increasing serotonin and dopamine and decreasing the stress hormone cortisol.” In addition to massage, incorporating more hugs, basic touch and affection in your daily life can make you more successful and increase the connectedness in all of your relationships. Happiness indeed!

So, massage is the perfect preventative medicine this season, and a proven way to up-level your desire to integrate other supportive healthy habits – all of which will keep you strong, healthy and happy throughout the year!

Prevent pulled muscles and injuries this summer

Summer-ExerciseWith the beginning of the great weather we see an increase in outdoor activity, people trying to get back into shape or starting their favorite outdoor activities again. Unfortunately, along with the increase in activity we see an increase in injuries as well.

At The Wellness Center, we offer massage to local Denver Colorado residents and out of town guests, while we love seeing our clients often we also want to make sure that our clients stay healthy and prevent injuries.  Massage is a great adjunct to any athlete’s regimen whether you are a weekend warrior, recreational exerciser, or professional athlete, regular Denver sports massage can alleviate pain, soreness, stiffness and help prevent injuries.

Here are some tips to help you stay injury free this summer!

  • Warm up your muscles before you begin to exercise. Do a light version of the activities you are about to engage in. If you are going to run, begin with a light jog. If you will be playing tennis, do some practice swings and hits, gradually gaining in speed and intensity before your match.
  • Cool down after your muscles after your workout. Do not just stop cold and go home. Do the same thing as for warm-up, a lighter version of your workout.
  • Stretch after your workout and cool down. Do some slow easy stretching, and hold the stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds. Fast, hard or bouncing stretches can actually have the opposite effect, triggering the muscle to contract. There is mounting evidence that you should not stretch prior to a workout or event because this weakens the muscle and makes you more prone to injury-and you should never stretch cold muscles.
  • Nutrition Your body will need lots of nutrients to heal from an intense workout. A protein shake after your activities followed by a nutritious well balanced meal will go a long way toward keeping your muscles healthy. Consult a professional for guidelines specific to your body and sport.
  • Hydration Be sure to maintain your fluid intake throughout the day as well as an electrolyte and amino acid replacement beverage during intense workouts.
  • Variation Don’t engage in the same activities every day. Cross train, make sure you are using different muscles in different ways regularly to avoid imbalances. Also be sure to vary your route and terrain for the same reasons.
  • High Frequency-Low Duration When beginning a new sport or routine, begin by breaking up the total time you are devoting into small blocks. For example if you want to run for an hour per day break it up into two half hour blocks.
  • Massage/Chiropractic/Physical Therapy Keeping your body in proper alignment, and correcting structural imbalances is very important to avoiding injury. It is also critical to keep the muscle tissue healthy to prevent injury. Denver Colorado massage is excellent way to manage injury prevention and to keep your body flexible and your muscles supple. Often people are inclined to use Denver sports massage only when an injury has already occurred but sports massage, Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy are as important to prevention as they are to recovery.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

The Biodynamic model of Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a fascinating healing modality. First and foremost, it is a modality that honors the client’s well-being…physically, emotionally and spiritually. BCST holds true to the osteopathic tenet that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and empowers clients by taking an “inside-out” approach.

“Biodynamic” refers to a branch of Craniosacral Therapy that is not manipulative. Instead of trying to figure out the client’s problem and move tissues toward a hypothetical ideal symmetry, the practitioner creates a supportive environment so that the client’s system generates therapeutic change from within.

“Craniosacral” refers to a gentle therapy based on the ca. 1920 discovery of a micro-motion in the body. It specifically indicates the importance of the central structures of the body including cranium, spine and sacrum and addresses the natural rhythm and the healing capabilities of the fluid around our brain and spinal cord.

What makes this practice so fascinating is the dynamic relationship between the client and the practitioner. A skilled practitioner listens to the subtle pulsations of the system as the body tells its story. The body speaks through its rhythms, micro-movements and especially through its experience- managing patterns of physical shaping. With deep listening, the practitioner encourages revitalization of the inherent healing potential of the system and facilitates the release of resistance patterns. This approach emphasizes listening to the Health of the system and supporting its healing expression.

Some of the benefits of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy include:

  • Balances the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Injuries heal more quickly
  • Health problems improve
  • Better sleep
  • Minimize or relieve headaches
  • Increased Lymph/Cardiovascular circulation
  • Stress relief
  • More energy
  • Mental clarity

During a craniosacral session, you can expect to have subtle touch placed on your face, head, neck, sacrum and feet. Hands may also be placed at the sight and adjacent areas of an injury. Your practitioner will slowly and with little pressure, sense, palpate the bones, fluid and tissue within the client’s system. The practitioner then holds the space for clients’ existing health to emerge and expand.

The Wellness Center is proud to have two highly skilled Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioners on staff, Bill Woodall, CMT and Amy Gage, CMT. Both therapists have been long time practitioners of Biomechanical Craniosacral Therapy, but as is the case with many Craniosacral pioneers and seasoned therapists, they began to sense deeper levels of rhythms or universal forces within the body. To work more fully within this modality, Bill and Amy recently completed an intensive 700 hour Biodynamic Craniosacral Program. Read what some of their clients are saying about their BCST experiences…

I had Bells Palsey in March of 2015. The right side of my face became paralyzed and I could not blink. It was terrifying! Out of desperation I took prednisone and the paralysis went away. However when I decreased the dose to wean off the prednisone, I noticed symptoms of facial paralysis again and I panicked because I heard that the paralysis could become permanent.

I called the Wellness Center and asked for help. They recommended BCST and thankfully were able to set me an appointment with Bill Woodall. When Bill treated me I confess I wondered what I was paying for because the treatment technique was very subtle. Then I relaxed and fell asleep during the first session. When I awoke Bill told me he had completed the treatment and that he had sensed movement and healing.

Immediately following the treatment I felt better and noticed my face seemed slightly improved. Within two hours I was amazed that the paralysis in my face was completely gone! I was so grateful and relieved! I had two more follow up treatments and have had no problems since.

I believe BCST it is a very effective treatment and I am truly thankful I found out about it.

Thank you Bill!!!!

~ K. Stewart

Call us today to schedule a session and experience this profound healing modality.

Article References:

John Chitty article excerpts taken from Colorado School of Energy Studies website

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

What is BCST?


http://www.biodynamiccranialsacral.com/
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