Ask the Massage Therapist

Pushing Into Muscle: Are We Really Doing What We Think We Are Doing?

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2012 - 2:24am By: Alice

We massage therapists are taught a lot about muscles. We also study bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, fascia. We learn a little about physiology, about other systems of the body, and some lip service is paid to the role of the nervous system in the relaxation response and to how the brain mediates the changes brought about by massage. But mostly we pay attention to muscles. We talk about which muscles are tight, find “knots” in them, and “release” them by pushing into them and/or stretching them with our hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows.

A Gentle Approach to Alleviating Neck Pain

Posted on: Fri, 05/11/2012 - 8:49pm By: Alice

Recently an older, somewhat frail woman came into my office. She has a serious condition that requires ongoing treatment and the primary condition creates numerous other serious health problems. In spite of this, she maintains a cheerful disposition and endures it all with acceptance.

A dear friend of hers thought that she might like a soothing massage and sent her to me, trusting that my experience and training would allow for both a pleasant and safe experience. The client consulted with her doctor about what would be permissible and what should be avoided and had his consent to have gentle massage.

Besides her complicated and generally frail condition, the client had osteoporosis and had suffered several broken bones as a result. Clearly, this was someone who needed to be handled very gently.

And she had neck pain.

Mother's Day Massage Gift Certificate Special! Buy One, Get a $15 Certificate for Yourself!

Posted on: Tue, 04/17/2012 - 1:36pm By: Alice

Moms really like massage! Whether it's getting a break from the busyness of motherhood or getting relief from physical aches, moms love massage!

In honor of Mother's Day, we have a special offer: buy a gift certificate for at least one hour of massage and receive a free $15 certificate for yourself, redeemable at your next massage appointment. Free $15 certificate will be emailed to the purchaser automatically. If you live out of town or will not be able to use it, if you like you can give it to anyone you choose. Please note, this certificate has no cash value, may not be combined with other discounts or offers, and may not be used with a gift certificate. However, if you give it to the recipient of the purchased gift certificate, they may use it when they come for their next massage appointment.

Massage for Couples Classes: June 9, 2012 and July 14, 2012

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2012 - 11:49am By: Alice

Have you ever wanted to do massage at home with your partner but didn't know where to start? Do you try doing massage but get tired quickly? Are you wondering how to please your partner, who keeps asking for "harder," without hurting yourself? If so, you need to take one of the Massage for Couples classes I'll be teaching at Forest Park Community College on Saturday, June 9 or Saturday, July 14, 2012.

This class is ideal for couples, athletes, dancers, performing artists, and anyone else who would like to learn simple massage techniques they can use at home.

Massage for Couples Class: Sat. 2/11/12 & Sat. 2/18/12

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2012 - 9:46pm By: Alice

Late breaking news: As of 1/22/12 the class for 2/11/12 is full and there is room for one couple on 2/18/12. This class will be offered again during the summer session. To stay informed, "Like" us on Facebook (link at bottom of this page) or follow us on Twitter: massagestl.


 

Have you ever wanted to do massage at home with your partner but didn't know where to start? Do you try doing massage but get tired quickly? Are you wondering how to please your partner, who keeps asking for "harder," without hurting yourself? If so, you need to take one of the Massage for Couples classes I'll be teaching at Forest Park Community College on Saturday, February 11 or Saturday, February 18, 2012.

This class is ideal for couples who would like to massage each other at home, athletes, dancers, performing artists, and anyone else who would like to learn simple massage techniques they can use at home.

Print or Send Massage Gift Cards Instantly! Great Last Minute Gift!

Posted on: Thu, 12/22/2011 - 1:42pm By: Alice

Three more days left til Christmas! You can purchase gift certificates for massage online and print them out instantly or have them sent by email to the recipient. You can send one late on Christmas Eve and have it waiting in their inbox on Christmas morning. You can wait til the very last minute and print it out on Christmas Day! It doesn't get much easier than this!

All you need is a credit card.

And remember, there's a 20% discount on all orders of $70 or more through the end of this month.

So if you are one of those people who waits til the last minute, this is ideal for you. You don't have to leave home, you can do it at any time of the day or night. You don't have to wait for delivery.

Do it now! Someone you know will be really happy you did.

To order your gift certificate now, simply go here. You'll see the button that takes you to the gift card page. Choose your option. The discount will be calculated automatically at checkout.

Happy Holidays! And thanks for your business!

Online Scheduling for Massage Appointments Now Available!

Posted on: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 12:34pm By: Alice

We're excited to announce the availability of online scheduling for massage appointments! No more phone tag, you can schedule an appointment at any time of the day or night.

To schedule an appointment, go to the "contact" page and find the "Schedule appointment" button. You'll be taken to the scheduling page where you'll be able to create a profile and then make an appointment. After your profile is set up once, you won't have to do it again for future appointments.

Not all available appointments are listed online. If you can't find a convenient time or want to check about last-minute availability, contact us by email or call 314-670-0650 and leave a voice message. Remember to speak your phone number slowly and clearly! We'll call you back as soon as we're able and see what we can do to accommodate your needs.

We're thrilled to offer this convenience to our clients. We appreciate your business and want to make it easy for you! Let us know how it works for you. Thanks!

Holiday Special: 20% Discount on Massage Gift Certificates!

Posted on: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 12:13pm By: Alice

Now through the end of December we're offering a 20% discount for online purchases of gift certificate orders of $70 or more. You can buy massage gift certificates at any time of the day or night with your credit card. You can print them out instantly for personal delivery or you can have them emailed directly to the recipient. It's very convenient, especially for those who live at a distance - even a foreign country - or for last-minute gift-giving.