Deep-tissue massage has been found to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, according to MassageMag.com
Massages are still looked at as an indulgence by many people who aren’t aware of the many benefits massages offer to a healthy daily lifestyle.
Having massages regularly has been proven to do more than help lower blood pressure. It can reduce the risk of injury, reduce stress levels, improve concentration and quality of sleep. Massage also helps increase and improve circulation.
Do you sit at a desk all day?
Massage therapy has been proven to help postural stress. Massages help to counteract the imbalance caused by sitting for long periods of time.
Massage therapy has also been proven to help with those suffering from anxiety and depression. Massage increases the level of serotonin in the brain, which aids in preventing and lessening depression.
Routine massage therapy has amazing benefits for your everyday health.
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The ZEN Massage
ZEN Massage is a new approach to traditional therapy, refined with sound medical expertise and our knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and range of motion.
ZEN is a modern modality, fusing traditional refinement with the advances of modern medicine. But best of all, the ZEN Massage technique feels amazing long after your appointment.
The technique is deep and relaxing, providing a maximum benefit for the client while minimizing impact and strain on the therapist by applying refined angular kinetics with the proper application of leverage and body weight. We target the “sweet spot” in the muscles with direct pressure and stretching to lengthen and relax them.
Today’s athletes expect the most out of their bodies to perform at maximum efficiency. This can cause serious stress to be put on the body which in turn can cause muscle fatigue and even serious injury. Sports massage therapy is specialized massage therapy that identifies the muscle group in need of repair and works to minimize the stress put on the body by aggressive training. At Zen Massage, we help athletes maintain peak efficiency and recovery with targeted sports massage therapy at our Salt Lake City massage studio.
Sports Massage Therapy for the pros or the weekend warrior
You don’t have to play for the Utah Jazz to receive sports massage therapy in Salt Lake City. At ZEN Massage, our massage therapists can help everyone, including amateur athletes, weekend warriors, and daily joggers.
Reduce sports injuries and get back in the game faster
Frequent injuries and repeated motions can cause chronic pain and restrict your range of motion. If your body isn’t prepared to perform at its peak, you can be sure that you won’t reach the level of performance you desire. Our sports massage methods put emphasis on preventing injury and healing the stressed muscles and tendons by stimulating blood circulation in the affected area. At ZEN Massage, our sports massage therapy addresses the areas of motion which you use frequently to promote faster recovery and flexibility.
Perform at your best
If you are expecting to compete in an event, a preventative, stimulating massage will direct the blood flow to the areas of the body that are going to be used. This ensures that your blood is pumping, your muscles are ready, and you have a full range of motion to compete at your best.
After the big game or an especially grueling workout, there is nothing better for your muscles than a therapeutic sports massage. When you’re working at your best, your muscles are taking the beating of a lifetime. To prevent injury and promote muscle recovery, a post-event sports massage will repair muscles and normalize the body’s tissues.
Rehab from sports injuries
One of the most popular uses for sports massage is for the rehabilitation of a previous injury. Nothing slows you down like chronic pain from an old injury. Our massage therapists work on the injury location as well as on the muscle groups associated with the injury that may be causing additional pain from over-compensation due to the injury.
The massage therapists at ZEN Massage are ready to get you back in playing form. Contact us about our Sports Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City today!
Sports / Injury Therapy — 45 minutes for $65
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Whether you’re a bunny slope newbie or a double black diamond pro, skiing is one of the best ways to enjoy winter. But nursing a twisted ankle or bad back does not make for an enjoyable ski experience.
If you want to stay injury-free while enjoying long days out on the slopes this ski season, consider massage therapy. Massage can be a great solution for your aching muscles after a hard day of skiing and can improve your athletic performance.
We know that a week spent happily shredding fresh powder comes with its own set of aches and pains. Sometimes ignoring those pains for too long can even lead to more serious injuries. It’s important to stop pain in the early stages to prevent it from becoming a bigger problem, and massage can help you do just that.
Common Skiing Injuries
Although skiing is quite popular around the world, it’s one of the most injury-prone recreational sports that Americans engage in on a regular basis. The most common skiing mishap is knee injury—accounting for about 35% of all skiing related injuries—often caused by a twisting motion while falling. Upper body injuries like sprained thumbs and shoulder injuries are also all too common.
Injury Prevention for Skiers
There are a variety of ways to prevent injuries on the slopes. Enhancing your fitness level before ski season will help with flexibility, strength, and balance (fewer wipeouts = fewer injuries).
Regardless, you’re still likely to have sore spots and aches from the physical rigor of a hard day of skiing. So, what can you do to speed up your recovery time and prevent major injury?
Benefits of Massage for Skiers
Massage therapy has a long list of benefits for skiers who want to recuperate quickly so they can get back out and perform their best on the powder. In fact, getting a massage in the middle of a typical ski week could be just the tune-up that your body needs to run at its optimal level. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research shows that massage therapy can:
1. Decrease muscles soreness and tension
Sports massage helps you relax those tired muscles after a hard day skiing.
2. Reduce recovery time from an injury
Deep tissue massage promotes muscle healing after strenuous activity, allowing you to get back on the slopes sooner.
3. Improve muscle flexibility
Massage can make you more limber, which can help prevent common skiing injuries.
4. Improve circulation
Swedish massage techniques improve blood flow, keeping you warm and your muscles oxygenated.
5. Improve joint range of motion
Sports massage techniques target tissues and ligaments around joints, providing you with more mobility when chasing your buddy down the slope.
6. Increase relaxation and improve sleep quality
You’ll rest easy after a soothing massage post-ski, according to AMTA research.
7. Reduce anxiety
The calming effect of massage can also alleviate any anxiety you may be dealing with, like paying for that speeding ticket you got on the way to the ski resort.
8. Lower blood pressure
You can improve your heart health with stress-busting Swedish massage.
9. Improve proprioception (awareness of body positioning)
Sports massage techniques can help improve your body awareness, essential for when you’re flying past trees, bunny slope skiers, or other obstacles on the slopes.
10. Promote connective tissue healing
With faster recovery time, you can look forward to getting back on your skis the day after a massage.
Types of Massage for Skiers
Skiers can benefit from a variety of massage specialties, including deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, and sports massage. Pre-ski trip massage can help warm the muscles up and ensure they are loose and ready to function their best. Post-ski massage is an essential tool for relieving muscle and joint soreness.
While you’re planning that ski trip with your friends to Park City be sure to book everyone a massage after a day out on the slopes. Your friends—and your tired muscles—will be sure to thank you for it.
Here we are and 2019 is coming to a close but before we say hello to 2020, it’s a good time to stop and take a moment to shake off all the build-up from 2019. After all, it’s best to begin the New Year with a refreshed, stress-free mind and body!
Workplace issues are one of the most common causes of stress in life. Whether it’s because of internal conflicts, boring routine, or that annoying coworker in the next cubicle- it’s inevitable. Luckily, job stress is a problem that can be resolved in many ways.
Here are a few ideas any organization can use to help start off 2020 on the right foot.
Providing incentives doesn’t have to mean going “all-out” and giving every worker you have a huge monetary bonus. If you’re a start-up company or you’re simply on a budget, that’s just not realistic. But Holiday incentives can be something as simple as a handmade gift, a surprise potluck, or maybe even some free movie tickets so employees can take their loved ones out during the holidays. It’s the little things!
Why do employees go out for drinks during the weekends? To wind down after a hectic week, of course! Imagine the kind of stress that accumulates from an entire YEAR if some of your employees don’t take those opportunities. Throwing a New Year’s party back at the office or at a nearby spot would let your employees mingle and have a chance to “let their hair down” as a group. This can give them a chance to dance off all the stress they accumulated throughout the year, a chance to build up morale with co-workers, and helps them start the New Year off on the right foot, as a team!
Change of Scenery
A simple change in the ambiance for the New Year can make a huge difference. Humans are visual creatures, and it’s amazing how much our environment can affect us. Adding motivational posters, new art, or positive decor brightens up the workspace and brings a fresh feel to the office.
On-Site Chair Massage
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Zen Massage Therapist come into your office and give you a relaxing chair massage? Corporate chair massage is among the strongest statements a company can make to underscore a commitment to a safe, healthy, stress-free workplace. It’s no surprise that many businesses on Fortune-500 magazine’s list of “Top 100 companies to work for” have offered chair massage to their employees and many keep chairs and therapists on-site year-round to provide ongoing stress and muscle relief for their staff.
Onsite Chair Massage by Zen Massage
Onsite convenience, in studio quality
ZEN Massage takes corporate chair massage very seriously. For the perfect chair massage, it is not enough for us to simply apply table massage principles to a seated position. In order to maximize the therapeutic effect of our chair massage, we had to abandon the notion that chair massage was universal. In fact, everything from the height of the chair, therapist, and client, to the angle of the face rest plays a significant role in how our clients feel. We also understand that simply applying pressure to a muscle without stretching it has minimal therapeutic effect, so the founding principles in ZEN Massage had to be re-invented with the chair in mind. Ultimately, we succeeded in translating the amazing effectiveness of ZEN massage to a seated application with no loss of therapeutic effect. Contact us today about our corporate massage service in Salt Lake City. Your employees will thank you!
Most of us have experienced that sense of relaxation and wellbeing that sets in after one massage. But have you thought about the benefits of enjoying massage on a regular basis?
Massage is a great mode of preventative care when used on a consistent basis. In fact, in many cultures, use it every day.
Receiving massage on a regular basis comes with amazing benefits for your body:
Increase in ‘Happy Hormones’
Massage boosts levels of the hormones serotonin and oxytocin and combats the creation of the stress hormone cortisol. Serotonin sends your body a calming message and oxytocin makes you feel better overall. Massage helps to regulate these hormones levels.
Reduce Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can come from sitting at a desk all day, having poor posture, or from an injury. Massage helps increase blood flow throughout the entire body, it reduces inflammation and pain. Massage also helps to move toxins from the muscles, which promotes healing from generalized muscle tension or injury.
Massage therapy is a fantastic way to maintain and improve flexibility as well as range of motion. Massage modalities like sports and deep tissue focus on muscle tension, connective tissues, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Getting massage on a regular basis will help keep your joints in good health and your muscles agile.
Enhanced Sleep Quality
Pressure applied during a massage triggers the creation of melatonin, the hormone your body releases for quality sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, get a massage right before bed.
Chronic Headache Relief
Headaches are often caused by stress, depleted energy, or poor circulation. Because massage improves blood flow to the heart and releases hormones that are effective in producing relaxation, a massage can be just the thing to kick your headaches for good.
Strengthened Immune System
Massage boosts your immune system by helping to release illness fighting white blood cells. These blood cells will help your immune system fight the common cold or flu, as well as promote overall wellness.
So, the benefits of enjoying a massage on a regular basis speak for themselves.
Working with the same massage therapist regularly can similarly enhance your wellbeing. It allows them to gauge your overall muscle health on a more consistent basis. They will become familiar with any problem areas or personal preferences you might have, making the massage experience that much more powerful.
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Monthly Maintenance Massage Membership
Join Zen Massage Membership with an introductory $50 Massage (normally $65), when you sign up for a 12-month massage membership.
Don’t think of massages as one-time treats, indulgences, or rewards for a tough week. Regular therapeutic services truly elevate your everyday life, smoothing out the rough spots, helping you be your best and making it easier to deal with life’s curveballs.
At Zen Massage, we offer a lifestyle, a better way to live. Our Membership Programs are designed to facilitate an overall feeling of well-being that gets even better with each session.
Become a Member today and experience first-hand that life feels better when lived at it’s fullest.
12-month Massage Membership details – 60 Minute Massage – $65 Per Month with a 12-month membership.
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When recurring pain is an issue for you, one of the best treatment methods for many, is deep tissue massage. At Zen Massage Salt Lake, our goal is to give every patient relief and relaxation from their busy, tense life to slow down and address the issues that have built up in their body and mind. We are confident that you will walk away from every treatment feeling relaxed and restored.
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is one of our most popular forms of massage – it focuses on firm pressure and includes many of the same strokes as Swedish massage. Deep tissue massages usually consist of firm pressure being applied slowly, over time, with the goal of fascial and myofascial release.
There are many myths that circle the practice of deep massage, one of them being that the pressure is very intense. While it is true that deep tissue massage utilizes firm pressure, we at Zen Massage understand that everyone is unique and has varying degrees of comfort regarding what is enjoyable. We understand that the key to your enjoyment of any massage is going at a pace that suits you. We gently apply pressure in a slow, consistent manner and encourage your feedback throughout the process, which allows us to fine tune every single massage to your particular comfort level.
Deep Tissue Massage Offers Pain Relief
If you suffer from pain or discomfort in your shoulders, neck, or back, deep tissue massage is a fantastic way to treat you. While the areas above of the body are what most people associate with the practice of deep tissue massage the reality is that we can treat many issues in most regions of the body using this technique. Because we are well-versed in a variety of massage techniques, we can utilize many different methods during a single session to resolve any pain issues you may be experiencing.
Pain Caused By Outdoor Activities Can Easily Be Treated With Deep Tissue Massage
At Zen Massage Salt Lake, we are all about the mountains. We love to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us in this wonderful corner of the world! Whether it be an ache or pain caused by playing sports with friends, or a twisted ankle sustained on a lofty mountain trail, we get it! Let us know what you do, and we will let you know how we can help to get you back in perfect condition for every season.
Deep Tissue Massage in Salt Lake City – Zen Massage
When the majority of people report that 70% of their stress is work related, it’s clear that most businesses are operating with stressed out workers.
Research on workplace stress found that physically, stress causes headaches, backaches, eye strain, neck pain, lowered resistance to infections, high blood pressure, ulcers and heart disease. Emotionally, stress causes depression, anxiety, listlessness, poor concentration, irritability and anger.
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This is a recipe for a poor work environment, suffering financial statements, and a high turnover rate.
Think about it in this perspective – It’s been a long work week. Your employees have been working long hours, under a great amount of stress and pressure trying to complete several projects before their deadlines. They are exhausted and frustrated by the amount of hours they have been putting in at the office.
By offering a corporate massage to your employees you are proving to them that you care, that they are valued and appreciated. They start their weekend off by thinking: “I worked extremely hard this week, my company noticed and I was rewarded. I love where I work!” The following work week they feel energized, refocused and productive.
Other benefits include the following:
Increased employee morale
Decreased overuse injuries
Fewer sick days taken
Unique perk employees can brag about
The American Massage Therapy Association reports that companies using corporate massage saw increased energy in their employees, as well as decreased job-related injuries, improved office environment, and a better ability to deal with the workload.
A massage therapist brought in once a week or once a month can upgrade the the work experience for everyone involved. Providing this benefit for employees is a sound investment. Happy and healthy employees make productive employees and the employer loses fewer days of sick time.
Everybody needs a massage, but men and women tend to get massages for different reasons.
Massage is a truly natural form of therapy that can address and relieve symptoms of all sorts of health complications.
While self-care is the main reason for massage, there are many other benefits that come along for men and women.
Men often don’t get massages as frequently as they should. Here are some reasons men should be getting a massage on a regular basis.
Fewer gray hairs
Cure desk stiffness
Be comfortable in your own skin
Manage back pain
Gentlemen, what are you waiting for? Book your Zen Massage today.
Women tend to think about getting a massage as pampering – like it’s some kind of indulgent luxury. Massage is a service that focuses on you. It gives you time to relax and let the stress melt away. You and your masseur work together to identify the areas where your stress hides, relieving you of physical pain and clearing your mind so you can tackle any task.
More than anything, women report feeling revitalized after a massage. If that’s not enough, here are the top reasons women should be getting massages regularly.
Make You Look Younger
Reduced Use of Painkillers
After Pregnancy Massage
Increased Energy Levels
Boost Your Immune System
Relieve Anxiety and Depression
Think about what your body does when you are down in the dumps. You might feel achy and weak, your shoulders droop, you drag your feet and you slump over. Massage experts call this a “structural collapse” that happens when we feel depressed.
Massage tends to address many symptoms that are a result of anxiety or depression. It may help to lower blood pressure levels, alleviate tough headaches, improve breathing, settle your nerves and more.
Makeup artist Gucci Westman told the Wall Street Journal that she often gives fashion models facial massages before they walk down the runway. “For early morning shows when everyone’s puffy and not quite awake, facial massage is like coffee for the skin. Everything comes to life.”
Ladies, what are you waiting for? Book your Zen Massage today.
These benefits are only the beginning of what massage can do for your body and your life.
The psoas is a deep-seated core muscle connecting the lumbar vertebrae to the femur. The psoas major is the biggest and strongest player in a group of muscles called the hip flexors: together they contract to pull the thigh and the torso toward each other.
It is one of the more sensitive areas a Massage Therapist can treat. Getting in and working on the psoas is a skill in itself. It takes practice and some clear communication with your patient.
I want to share a technique that is as useful as it is uncomfortable, this is the way I used to do it.
The psoas has spinal attachments and is more than just a hip flexor. Some studies think it functions as a stabilizer. Since it attaches to the spine, the only way to release it manually is to go DEEP.
This technique will help:
Female runners with SI problems (lack of hip extension causing SI and lumbar hypermobility, plus inhibition of hip abductor/extensors)
Older patients with stenosis (lack of hip extension causes lumbar hyperextension, further closing the stenosis)
Hip capsular patterns – will improve hip external rotation
Posteriorly rotated ilium
Pt’s with diffuse anterolateral thigh complaints from compression of femoral nerve
Pt’s with spondylolisthesis may help in conjunction with soft tissue work to the paraspinals.
And a stabilization program
Your patient should lay supine with knees and hips flexed. Use an even finger grip, both 3rd and 4th fingertips with your elbows flared out so that your fingertips have even contact. Start about 2-3″ laterally to the umbilicus and slowly move from superficial to deep until you can’t move any further.
The abdominal contents will move out of the way. If you move too quickly, you will activate the rectus abdominus and the contraction will push you out.
How do you know you’re on it?
Here are two signs to make sure:
It’s not pulsing, if it is, go more lateral as you’re on the descending aorta!
Ask the patient to slightly flex their hip; as soon as they do, you should feel it contract under your fingertips
Start with oscillations, and you can progress to functional release movements starting with heelslide (you push proximally as patient slides heel distally), ipsilateral upper extremity elevation, combination upper extremity elevation and heelslide, then anterior pelvic tilts.
The last is the most uncomfortable, and maybe even the first time you can get a patient to posteriorly pelvic tilt correctly, as they want to move away from your hands! Perform for 5-7 minutes or until you feel a change. Reassess function, ROM, special test, or however you came to the conclusion the patient had a restricted psoas to begin with.
Techniques For Massage Therapists To Work Psoas Pain Free
Let’s be clear, you are nowhere near the psoas when doing a release, but this is the new way I do it.
I am just targeting the area around and above, and am very general to release lower quarter tone anteriorly, that’s about it.
Why you should use this
it doesn’t hurt
it rapidly improves hip and lumbar motion
if a patient needs sidegliding in standing for an ipsilateral lower quadrant issue, but is unable to move without discomfort
supine, in hooklying
at least the involved lower extremity needs to be bent at the hip and knee
standing on the involved side
use either the pads of digits 3-4 of both hands or even easier, an EDGE Mobility Ball (any ball will do)
assess resistance to superficial to deep pressure lateral to the umbilicus on one side versus the other
the side with increased resistance is the side you should treat
lightly apply superficial to deep pressure, it SHOULD NOT cause any pain
at the point of resistance that is highest, have the patient complete 3-5 diaphragmatic breaths
make sure they exhale fully
the exhalation will help reduce tone autonomically
re-test the limited hip and/or lumbar motion.
As it is with so many other techniques in Massage Therapy communication and consent is key. Make sure when attempting this treatment that if you feel the pulse, you move off of it quickly as you do not want to compress the descending aorta. Whether you’re helping someone with stenosis, spondylolisthesis or just SI issues treating the psoas can give you and your patients greater success in treatment.