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By Lisa Poole

What is the importance of functional fitness? Functional fitness is training your body to handle real-life situations. It is building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine. Functional fitness is all about building a stronger healthier you, so you can live and play without being in discomfort or pain.

Functional fitness differs from standard workouts: Rather than emphasizing a certain number of repetitions of each exercise, a functional fitness trainer will likely focus more on your level of effort, comfort, and improvement of any physical conditions or limitations. Functional fitness emphasizes working several areas of the body at once, rather than isolating a particular muscle or group of muscles, as with bicep curls.

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By Lisa Poole

Sports Massage incorporates gentle stretching, pressing, and relaxing of specific muscles in each joint to release those places where your body has a pattern of holding. At each major joint all the individual muscles are attended in this way to bring a deep relaxation to the joint that spreads throughout the muscular and skeletal systems to address the shoulder, hips, low back, knee, hand, elbow, foot and more. If you bring a tight muscle to the therapist attention, they will find a way to help you release the tightness which will both decrease your pain and increase your ROM.

Massage for sports and fitness help you to perform your best. Regularly stretching the muscles can help prevent injuries. Sports massage takes it one step further supporting your training and stretching program by building healthier tissues and preventing injuries.

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By Lisa Poole

Massage is one of the easiest ways of maintaining good health and well being. It can be used to energize you before work or to unwind in the evening. Massage can improve flexibility, elongates and stretches tissue;  promote healing and reduce injury. Self-massage techniques can do some of the same.

Regular massage can also help detect when muscles are starting to tighten. When your muscles are loose, massage should be relatively pain-free. As tender spots develop, and your muscles tighten, the tissue becomes more sensitive and massage becomes more painful.

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By Lisa Poole

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Do you sit at a desk all day staring at your computer, talking on the phone, and dealing with stress-related issues? If so, by the end of the day, you probably feel exhausted and can’t wait to get home. By the end of the week, you’re stiff, achy, and possibly a little headachy. By the end of the year, you may have all sorts of ailments such as tension headaches, shoulder pain, stiff neck, and more. Over-the-counter drugs or a glass of wine or two may relieve your pain temporarily. But wouldn’t you rather find a healthier, long-term solution? Believe it or not, massage therapy may be the answer.

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By Lisa Poole

Low back pain is very common. It often goes away after several days or weeks, but it may last for months or years or periodically recur. The main goal in treating low back pain is to decrease pain and allow people to resume their normal activities. Usual treatments for low back pain include drugs, physical therapy, back exercises, and education about ways to prevent back injury and deal with back pain. Some alternative treatments for low back pain are chiropractic care or massage therapy.

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By Lisa Poole

Shhhh…hear that? Your body is telling you something important.

Body awareness is just what it sounds like, being aware of your body. Most of us walk around oblivious to the body we live in. The aches in your back, a persistent twinge between your shoulders, or the slight limp you develop are all body cues. There are certain generalities we can make when it comes to the body and stress. Anxiety, for example, is usually expressed in the shoulders and abdomen; anger, in the jaw, forehead and upper chest; sadness, as a heaviness in the legs.

It is not unusual that the physical location of pain or discomfort provides vital clues to what kind of stress you’re being exposed to long before you’re actually aware of it. Body awareness is a way to deal with stress. It is important to check in with ourselves throughout the day so we can make those needed changes before they overwhelm you.

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By Lisa Poole

Less pills more happiness

Frequent massage treatments is a powerful healthcare ally. Preventative or maintenance care is possibly the most important type of massage. People that wait until they are injured or in pain before getting a massage often spend twice as much annually as those that commit to a maintenance care plan regardless of pain or injury. Just like working out, eating well or visiting your dentist for regular cleanings it is regular care that really makes the difference. When the healthy, and trying-to-be-healthy, among us, seek out massage on a regular basis, it helps us live a proactively healthier life.

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By Lisa Poole

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage can encompass one or several massage techniques from Myofascial Mobilization, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Thai massage, Shiatsu and even Lomi Lomi are considered deep tissue massage. It can be called medical massage, therapeutic massage or deep pressure massage.

At Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy a Deep Tissue massage will focus on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. The movement is slower at times and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. A firm pressure massage technique helps loosen muscle tissues. This massage is both corrective and therapeutic. A combination of techniques is used to affect the deeper tissues in the body. Book your massage today.

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By Lisa Poole

“It’s all about me”  sounds kind of egotistical doesn’t it? Aren’t we all? At least just a little bit.   This post is not about massage or the goings on at Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy but about what I have been doing lately that is stressing me out….

I have heard that selling and buying a home is the most stressful time you can go through. Well, they ain’t kidding. We have come to a point in our lives where we want to downsize some and change locations so there is more free time to enjoy life. OMG, what the heck was I thinking? The stress has been killer and I am physically feeling the effects. People who live with chronic stress really do suffer physical repercussions.

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By Lisa Poole

Positional Release Therapy (PRT) is a gentle way to reduce pain and discomfort in muscle. I can incorporate PRT into a typical massage to focus on areas of greater discomfort and pain.

Positional release therapy is derived from a form of osteopathy; strain counters strain therapy.  It is a technique that will move the body into a position on comfort allowing the muscles to become slack for a period of time (90 seconds to 3 minutes). This will allow the muscle to reset or reboot to bring about balance and relief.

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