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Posted: Monday, January 3, 2022

The Relaxation Resolution

By now, you’ve likely already made a New Year’s resolution for 2022 and, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance that, by now, you’ve also already broken it. There are lots of reasons why this is the case, but the important thing to remember when it comes to setting life-changing goals is that January 1 is really just a formality. If you want to resolve to do something, there are 364 other days of the year you can start to do that, too. And these days, it’s hard to think of a better place to start than with a resolution to relax more? And what better way to relax than with a massage? For some of us, simply hearing the word “massage” triggers an instant reaction: the lungs exhale, the eyes narrow and the mind goes to a place of relaxation. This is because, if you’ve ever had a massage, you know how good it can be for both your mind and your body. Relaxation aside, massages also can increase circulation, combat muscle soreness and fatigue, and help with stress and pain management. But, also, they’re very, very relaxing.

“The benefits of massage range far and wide,” said Emily Piercy, massage therapy supervisor of the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. “Virtually anyone can benefit in some way, whether you’re a tired and stressed-out mother, an athlete or a businessperson. Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve sleep and boost immune response, but there are some things you should remember if you’re getting a massage for the first time. You always should arrive early for a first appointment in order to fill out a health history form and meet with your massage therapist to discuss your needs. Tell the therapist any issues you’re having, and what areas you’d like to focus on. He or she also will go over any medications you’re taking, as well as any past injuries you may have,” she explained. “Be sure to let him or her know any information you think is relevant, or that might help him or her help you,” she added.

“There are, of course, some situations in which you should take caution before seeking out a therapeutic massage,” Piercy said. “It’s generally agreed upon that people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, recent surgeries or fractures, phlebitis, fever and other problem conditions should consult their doctors prior to receiving a massage. In some cases, these situations can result in some limited restrictions for massage. As always, when in doubt, you should consult your physician first,” she added.

Piercy says people often are treated with therapeutic massage for a specific issue. “For people with a particular problem area, weekly massages can be very beneficial. However, if you’re just seeking general relaxation, we recommend a massage every four to six weeks. Some people like to tie in a massage to their workouts. We typically recommend a massage after a workout to ease the muscles, but if you’re looking for increased flexibility during the workout, we also can do them beforehand,” she said.

“At the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook, we offer deep-tissue massage, relaxation massage and hot-stone massage, as well as myofascial spreading and body treatments such as sugar scrubs and hot wax treatments for hands and feet,” Piercy said. “Massage sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending upon the type of service you want,” Piercy explained. “You also do not have to be a member of the Wellness Center to receive a massage, as we offer member and non-member rates. We have massage therapists on staff ready to help you get on the path to relaxation in 2022,” she added.

For more information, or to schedule a massage appointment, call the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook at 865-981-7100.

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