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Debra Sewell
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When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His work, and healed all that were sick.

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Have you ever asked yourself, "How can massage help me?". If you have, here is the answer: Massage makes you feel good. It increases body awareness and relieves muscle pain and soreness. It also improves flexibility, improves circulation and promotes general relaxation and stress relief. Massage relieves muscle spasm and tension. Now doesn't that sound good? Massage is also quite enjoyable for most people.

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If you have never had a massage before, you may wonder what you can expect. First of all, make sure your therapist meets the requirements set by your state. In the State of Alabama Massage Therapy is regulated by The Alabama Board of Massage Therapy, 610 S. McDonough Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. Assuring that your therapist has met all the requirements set by law is one way to guard against disappointment in your session.

Your therapist will take you to the quiet room, there should be a massage table with fresh linens, soft lighting and relaxation music playing. You will be asked to undress and lay face down on the massage table covering yourself with a provided sheet. You should be covered at all times with only the area which is being massaged exposed, and then recovered when the massage is finished. There should be no sexual contact at any time during your massage session. After the massage, the therapist will leave the room while you dress. Get up off the table slowly, a good massage may leave you feeling a little light headed or dizzy. Take your time getting dressed. Remember it is very important to drink plenty of water after your massage. (6 to 8 eight ounce glasses per day is recommended)

Massage Therapy is a rapidly growing field of treatment for relief of stress and other ailments due to muscle tension or strain. In the fast paced world that we live in, unfortunately, stress is a part of most of our everyday lives.

Stress is a very troublesome presence in our lives. In severe, prolonged situations stress may even cause death. Regular massage therapy treatment will reduce the effects of stress on our lives and be a welcomed relief that enables us to live more fulfilling lives. Not only is massage therapy helpful in relieving the ailments caused by stress, but also symptoms which accompany certain syndromes and diseases. If you are unsure if massage is right for you please check with your family physician before receiving massage therapy.

Before massage you may want to empty your bladder as massage rids the body of toxins which are present. After the massage you will need to drink plenty of water to flush out these toxins. Toxins enter our muscles through different ways, some medications which we take for pain or symptom relief leave behind residue which deposits into our muscles causing muscle tightness or sometimes spasms. Also, muscle dehydration caused from lack of sufficient water intake can cause the muscles to tighten and spasm, so be sure to drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses a day is recommended).

Fibromyalgia is a disease in which the connective tissue is attacked and constant pain is present. I know several people that suffer from this disease and it is my hearts desire to be able to relieve some of the pain they live with daily. Connective Tissue Massage can be beneficial for people with Fibromyalgia as well as other illnesses.

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Adults and children alike can benefit from massage therapy. Infants can be relieved from symptoms of colic, gas, constipation and discomforts. Parents may want to attend infant massage therapy classes to learn infant massage. Infant massage is also quite effective for the premature baby. Bonding and attachment, and relaxation are also benefits that the parents and infant will recieve from infant massage.

People who are active in sports usually benefit from regular massage therapy sessions.

For most people massage therapy is safe and enjoyable, however, conditions may exist in which it would not be beneficial to apply massage to a part or all of the body. If you have any of the following conditions please consult your family physician before receiving massage therapy:
  • Osteoporosis
  • Varicose Veins
  • Phlebitis
  • Aneurosa
  • Hematoma
  • Edema
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Heart or Lung Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • There are some situations where massage therapy is absolutely not appropriate, such as in severe cases of uncontrolled hypertension, shock, acute pneumonia, acute stages of rheumatoid arthritis, or toxemia during pregnancy.

    Types of Massage:

      Swedish Massage
      This consists of long, firm, gliding strokes, and a kneading of the muscles. Stretching techniques can be incorporated. This massage reduces tension, aids in circulation, and induces relaxation.

      Facelift Massage
      Facelift Massage is a specialized Massage Therapy treatment which actually improves the muscle tissue and promotes conditioned facial muscles to reduce sagging skin and improve muscle tone. Facelift Massage System offers a solution to anti-aging. When you receive a Facelift Massage session your facial muscles are toned and tightened and the skin softened and you will enter in to a state of deep relaxation..... Sheer Bliss!

      Pregnancy Massage
      Pregnancy Massage is a welcomed relief from the stresses of pregnancy on the body and muscles. The client lies on her left side with pillows around her, which is quite comfortable, massage is applied to the back, arms, legs, feet, or any specific problem area for the expectant mother. It is very relaxing, while increasing circulation and reducing edema. Check with your OB doctor before receiving Pregnancy Massage.

      Lymph Drainage Therapy
      Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, of France. LDT is very gentle. It is not painful -- the touch is very light. Specially trained therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific, wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. Lymph is fluid that circulates just beneath the surface of the skin. The main functions of the Lymphatic System are to absorb excess fluid to cleanse tissue on a regular basis and remove waste and cells in acute conditions such as an injury or necrosis. Through this process the lymphatic system maintains optimal functioning and retains the integrity of the connective tissue and regulates the fluid volume and pressure in a tissue.

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      Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Massage
      This is a deep tissue massage focusing on points of spasm in muscles causing deep pain that may also refer to other areas of the body. Especially effective for headaches and jaw pain. Injuries that have long healed can still cause muscle spasms. This therapy may help alleviate the pain. Trigger points from everyday use of the body's musculature can be deactivated.

      Sports Massage
      Excellent for sports enthusiasts and athletes. Pre-event massage can assist in improving performance. Post-event massage aids in recovery of the muscles.

      This massage uses direct pressure over a wide area to release muscle spasms ("trigger points") and eliminate painful conditions.

      Myofascial Release
      This massage is very slow. A soothing pressure is exerted which stretches all the fascia, or connective covering, that surrounds all cellular fibers. This technique, though gentle, gives a thorough workout to the muscles, nerves, and skin.

      Swedish Skin Exfoliation
      This refreshing and invigorating massage uses soft abrasive gloves and body shampoo to knead tired muscles and remove old skin cells. The session leaves your skin smooth and glowing, and your body and mind fresh and alert.

      An extremely precise combination of deep tissue and lymphatic drainage modalities - Lypossage enhances firmness and tone, increases skin resilience and smoothness, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. it reduces dimension and improves muscle tone producing a lifting effect in many areas prone to sagging, including the buttocks, upper arms and lower face. Lypossage can be used in combination with body wraps or without.

      Hot Stone Massage Therapy
      The use of heated stones is combined with traditional massage techniques to create a beneficial and relaxing experience. Heated stones are placed on your body to relax muscles while other stones glide along tired and sore muscles. Hot stone massage has many benefits including increased circulation, and the flushing of toxins from the body and facilitating more effective deep tissue work.

      Corporate Chair Massage
      Therapist will come to your worksite with a specially designed chair to give a 10 to 15 minute massage on employees' necks, arms, backs, and hands. This provides a refreshing break and productivity booster.

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