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Skinny Massage: Target your problem areas

Skinny Massage: Target your problem areas

What is a Skinny Massage?

Please note that Skinny Massage does not promote weight loss alone. Rather, it focuses on problem areas of the body such as upper arms, abdomen, upper legs, back, and buttocks.

By focusing on these areas where cellulite likes to show off, massage strokes can help induce a smoother, toner appearance.

Does Infrared Sauna Sessions promote weight loss?

Traditional saunas rely upon temperatures of 185 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit, which tends to overwhelm people who are sensitive to heat. However, an infrared sauna heats up to only 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. A study review performed by Dr. Richard Beever further indicated that heat from an infrared sauna can travel deeply into the skin, which suggests that it can target fats with greater efficiency.

Skinny Massage Plus Infrared Heat is a Good Combination

The best way to lose weight it through a healthy diet and moderate exercise. But sometimes we need that extra boost to help our efforts. A massage that zeroes in on the areas you are already working on will help sore muscles and work to smooth cellulite. Coupled with the deep heat of a sauna, and you will be sure to relax and feel good.

All Body Kneads’ Skinny Massage Package info is listed below. Call us today to make an appointment. 517.898.2899

Skinny Massage Package: will start with an Infrared Sauna Session, followed by vibration and then full body massage that includes working on cellulite problem areas that improves circulation in those areas to help minimize & eliminate cellulite. Skinny Massage will not make you skinny or make you lose weight if you are just relying on this massage alone.

120 Minute Skinny Massage $120.00

Simple Skinny Massage does not include the infrared sauna session or the vibration it is a full body massage that includes working on cellulite problem areas that improves circulation in those areas, to help minimize and eliminate cellulite.

60 Minute Simple Skinny Massage $80.00

Thai Poultice Massage for Achy Muscles

Thai Poultice Massage for Achy Muscles

What is Thai Poultice Massage?

Thai poultice massage was developed in Thailand during the 14th to 18th centuries. It was originally used on soldiers returning home with painful, weary muscles.

Today, Thai poultice massage is becoming popular in the United States. Licensed massage therapists use the technique to alleviate pain and inflammation, as well as to relieve the stresses of modern life that accumulate in muscles and joints.

A poultice is a special blend of herbs and spices that are wrapped in muslin or cotton and heated with steam. The heat allows the natural essential oils and aromas of the herbs and spices to be released. During massage, the poultices provide moist and nutrient-rich relaxation to the skin and muscles.

The poultices also loosen energy blockages and stimulating blood circulation by working with the body’s natural energy.

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What’s in a Thai Poultice?

Typical ingredients of Thai poultices include:

  • Prai (a herb specifically from Thailand), used for relief of sore muscles and tired joints.
  • Tumeric, a natural analgesic that contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, refreshes the skin and boosts the immune system.
  • Lemongrass, which regenerates connective tissue and ligaments, supports thymus and spleen function, aids circulation, reduces fevers and infections, improves muscle tone, aids athletic muscle pain and sprains, stimulates lymphatic detox, aids edema and fluid retention, and helps skin blemishes.
  • kaffir lime, for toning mature skin and boosting circulation
  • Camphor, which stimulates the circulatory and nervous system, combats inflammation and eases spasms, various pain aliments and sore muscles. Camphor is also reported to aid digestion, kill internal parasites and minor infections.
  • Many other beneficial herbs and spices may be used as well as these.

Who Can Benefit from a Thai Poultice Massage?

Anyone leading an active lifestyle, especially anyone feeling sore and achy, would truly benefit from the deep, soothing, aromatic comfort that comes with a Thai poultice massage.

  • Athletes
  • Runners
  • Busy moms and dads
  • Construction workers and laborers
  • Restaurant workers
  • Anyone in the service industry

Caution: Thai poultice massage is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Also, patients who have rheumatoid arthritis should get the approval of their medical doctor before receiving a Thai poultice massage.

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All Body Kneads is one of the only massage therapy centers offering Thai Poultice massage in the Lansing area. Be the first of your friends to try this deeply soothing and effective treatment.

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Bamboo Fusion Massage: A Great Technique for Deep Tissue Work

Bamboo Fusion Massage: A Great Technique for Deep Tissue Work

What is Bamboo Fusion Massage?

Bamboo fusion massage, sometimes referred to hot bamboo massage, is a fairly new type of massage therapy made popular by Nathalie Cecilia.

The technique uses warm bamboo sticks for deep tissue massage work. The bamboo tool allows the massage therapist to use more strength and stamina for deeper pressure. The smooth sticks allowed for more penetrating maneuvers and make deep-tissue work easier.

Bamboo fusion massage is at the forefront of the massage industry, becoming the new treatment at top spas and resorts around the country. All Body Kneads is one of the first massage therapy locations in Lansing to bring this technique to the area.

This wonderful technique promotes a deep sense of well-being and delicious relaxation. Many clients report that the positive effects of the bamboo tools seem even longer lasting than deep tissue massage without the bamboo sticks.

Who “Kneads” Bamboo Fusion?

Anyone who enjoys massage therapy or requires it for healing can benefit from bamboo fusion massage. The method allows the message therapist to apply more pressure in an even manner over a large area, so patients who like deep-tissue work and harder massage pressure may prefer bamboo fusion massage.

How is the bamboo used?

Bamboo fusion massage uses different lengths and diameters of bamboo sticks and stones. The smooth bamboo is warmed and then used as part of the massage therapy, much like hot stones are. However, bamboo holds heat longer than stones do.

The bamboo sticks are wrapped in a heating pad to warm them. The bamboo is easily cleaned and sanitized with antibacterial wipes.

During the massage the bamboo sticks serve as an extension of the hands and the therapist can easily palpate, find tension, and dissolve knots and trigger points. They are also used to knead and stretch muscle and fascia in all directions. The pressure can be as light or as deep as necessary.

Massage lotion or oil is used with the bamboo. A twelve inch bamboo stick is used for large areas to knead the muscles and also uses a crisscross technique to stretch fascia. The shorter tools are used for small areas and deeper work. The warmth brings relaxation in a shorter time as it quickly penetrates to relax the muscles.

Schedule a Bamboo Fusion Massage today and experience a deeper sense of calm and healing.

The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

No matter how far along you are in your pregnancy, you already know that your body is undergoing tremendous changes. Some of the changes can be uncomfortable, and pre-natal massage can help!

If you do everything you can now to prepare your body for birth, the process will go much smoother and your recovery postpartum with be much quicker. Right now, the focus should be on you and your body. Once your bundle of joy arrives, everyone’s attention shifts to the baby. Don’t forget to take care of you!

The overall goals of pregnancy massage, or prenatal massage, are to:

  • minimize stresspregnancy massage Lansing Michigan
  • promote relaxation
  • prepare the muscles for childbirth
  • relieve lower back pain
  • reduce swelling of hands and feet
  • eliminate headaches
  • relieve calf cramps
  • promote good sleep
  • relieve sciatic pain
  • relieve sinus congestion

Related: A birth doula will use massage technique before, during, and after birth.

How Pregnancy Massage Helps

The act of massage, including manipulation of soft tissues, stroking and stretching of muscle, tendons and ligaments achieves the following:

  • increase of blood circulationpregnancy massage
  • more oxygen and nutrients are available to the tissues
  • removal of metabolic waste products that have built up in the muscles
  • improved muscle pliability
  • improved joint flexibility
  • decrease muscle tension
  • calming nervous irritability

All of these things sound amazing, right?

Precautions for Pregnancy Massage

In most cases, pregnancy massage by a trained professional massage therapist, specifically someone who has experience with prenatal massage, is safe for all stages of pregnancy.

However, there are certain instances where it may not be good to receive pregnancy massage or precautions your pregnancy massage therapist should take.

The following are circumstances in which your primary health care provider advice is important and should be in the loop for you to contuinue massage during your pregnancy:

  • Heavy vaginal discharge (watery or bloody)
  • Preeclampsia
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Contagious Illness
  • Morning sickness
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Any malignant conditions
  • Unusual pain

Please consult with your primary care physician & OBGYN when you decide to get prenatal massages.

What To Expect During a Pregnancy Massage

You can wear as much or as little clothing as you feel comfortable wearing during your massage. Often times the massage therapist will position you on your back,  side, or on you belly with a special pregnancy massage table that allows for your growing baby.

Be sure to let the massage therapist know if you:

  • are uncomfortable
  • are hot or cold
  • would like more or less pressurepregnancy massage
  • if you have to go to the bathroom

Post-partum and Infant Massage

Massage after you give birth is extremely beneficial to the healing process as well as the stresses of new parenthood. Learning how to massage your baby will increase bonding and provide relaxation and better sleep for your baby.

Check out our pregnancy massage services today!

Masseuse or Masseur vs Massage Therapist

Massage Masseuse

These words are big for the massage industry, so how do we correct and not offend clients that call you a Masseuse (woman) or a Masseur (man) when referred to as a masseuse or masseur. The words mean to knead or Rub muscles. To understand the reasons these terms are unsavory it calls for a bit of a history lesson and an explanation these terms. The terms Masseuse or a Masseur came about in France in the late 1800’s and they remained popular in this country through most of the 20th century, however the word/terms were hijacked by prostitution industry.

The original term referred to and described men and women who made a living by providing massage and were paid for their work, it did not mean happy endings. This was not meant as a derogatory term it was a legitimate business and treated as such. People have been providing and receiving massage therapy for centuries, for over 2000 years. Massage has its origins in African, Chinese, Greek, Hawaiian, Japanese, Indian among other cultures. Massage has been used as more than just a treat or luxury but as a healthy therapy.

Between the 1930’s and 1950’s the terms Masseuse and Masseur got hijacked by the prostitution industry in order to advertise and promote their business prostitution under the guise of a legitimate massage business. So, while both these terms are not wrong when used in the pure sense, it’s still looks at by most the population as unsavory and associated with happy endings. Hence the dilemma for trained massage therapist.

In today’s world, unfortunately there are still people out there that think massage therapist do happy endings, and this might put a massage therapist working alone in an unsafe situation. A massage therapist might find herself having to defend herself from a client that is either overly eager, aggressive, or just one that doesn’t realize that what they are looking for is not something a massage therapist offer or provide. Most of these clients usually don’t retaliate once a therapist explains it to them, they don’t provide that kind of service and asks them to pay and leave but some do not respond kindly.

In today’s world, if you listen or watch T.V. you still find that even legal entities snicker and giggle at the mention of Masseuse or Massage Therapists. Massage therapist have worked really hard to move past this unsavory reputation. Massage Therapists meet licensing and educational requirements, which has allowed for the protection on the Term Massage Therapist and the term Massage Therapist can no longer be used by just anyone, you must be educated and licensed to use the term.

The term most Massage Therapists in the industry today prefer is Massage Therapist because a legal license protects that title to practice. The license tells everyone that the therapist has credentials to back them up, that the therapist has been to school and graduated from a massage school or program. The massage therapist has passed a licensing exam and paid for a license to practice and participate in obtaining continuing education units. These Massage Therapists also follow standardized rules and ethics approved by a licensing board. Most Massage Therapist also have liability insurance as well as follow a strict code of conduct. A therapist that doesn’t and are found working outside the scope of their practice or outside the law will risk losing their license and have their privileges revoked by the state or governing body.

Most Massage Therapist understands that the public isn’t using the term maliciously and the just need to be educated when it comes to these terms. Most massage therapist would rather not be referred to as a Masseuse or a Masseur at the same time they don’t make a huge deal about it. We know this is not meant as an insult or meant to be derogatory, 99% of the time and we gently correct the client or person. Using the term might elicit a humorous explanation of the correct term or by referring to ourselves as Massage Therapists.

The Benefits of Massage for Cancer Patients

The Benefits of Massage for Cancer Patients

Massage for Cancer Patients Helps the Healing Process

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month upon us, now is a good time to reflect on the helpful attributes associated with breast cancer treatment and massage for cancer patients. Many health care professionals have often noted massage as a great complimentary treatment coupled with conventional medical treatment.Massage

Many kinds of massage therapy are known for reducing anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain and stress in patients. Reducing these ailments in patients can be beneficial since medical treatment can often be very hard on the patient’s body and mental state. Massage therapy can be a very good and beneficial factor to boosting your energy and mood while receiving cancer treatment.

Often, cancer patients experience drops in their mood, energy and physical dexterity. With massage as a supportive treatment, most of these debilitating ailments can be lessened for the patients.

Does Massage for Cancer Patients Have Any Direct Effects?

In 2011, UK medical staff looked specifically at trials involving massage for women with breast cancer.

The following health benefits were discovered:

  1. Increased mobility

  2. The breaking up of scar tissue

  3. Loosening of mucus in the lungs

  4. Sinus drainage

  5. And relief of pain, arthritis, constipation, colds and fatigue

There was also a study in Germany in 2009 where they observed the health and general moods of 80 female patients with breast cancer. Half of the women were receiving the normal breast cancer treatment, while the other half were receiving massage therapy along side of the medical treatment. The women who were receiving the massage therapy consistently reported less loss of energy, better moods, less pain and feeling less fatigued.

The Cause

As you can see, massage therapy can be a great benefit to cancer patients and is certainly something to look into. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying massage therapy if you: are very weak, have bone fractures, have heart problems, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to spread the word for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I”d like to remind you about our special offers. Breast cancer survivors get a 25% discount. Survivors of other cancers get a 20% discount.

Caregivers get $5.00 off plus a free add-on service.

Please share this article with a cancer patient in your life.

Massage for Alzheimer’s Patients and Dementia Care

Massage for Alzheimer’s Patients and Dementia Care

Massage for Alzheimer's PatientsHow Does Massage for Alzheimer’s Patients Help?

Massage, therapeutic touch and calm physical presence has been noted as viable alternatives for Alzheimer’s and dementia treatments since 1990.

Past and current studies involving therapeutic touch indicate “non-pharmacological interventions showing the most consistency and promise involve sensory.”

These therapies include:

  • massage/touch therapies
  • music
  • light
  • pet therapy

Why don’t more Alzheier’s Patients Get Massage Therapy?

Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s patients are an under-served segment for massage and bodywork modalities. Some family members and caretakers associate massage with the deep tissue massages they have received and fear a massage would be hard on elderly loved ones. Massage for Alzheimer’s patients and massage for the elderly is more often a soothing combination of touch, massage and ‘deep listening’.

Massage therapists concentrate on shoulders, head, neck, and face with gentle rotations and fingertip friction. If the response is positive with the massage for an Alzheimer’s patient, lower back, hips and feet are included to help with range of motion and age-related joint stiffness.

Does Massage for Alzheimer’s Patients Target Specific Symptoms?

Restlessness and disruptive vocalization are two of the most concerning behaviors associated with Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Results from a 2005 trial by Diana Lynn Woods; The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Behavioral Symptoms of Persons with Dementia . Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed a decrease in both restlessness and disruptive vocalization.

Results of the trial indicated:

  1. Manual manipulation (restlessness) and vocalization showed a significant decrease for the Therapeutic Touch group as compared to controls and placebo
  2. Behavioral symptoms also showed a significant change from pre- to post-intervention for Therapeutic Touch as compared to placebo and control groups.
  3. Observations from staff (even those unaware of the study) commented on they observed decreased patient agitation and a more calm environment

Why Perform Massage For Alzheimer Patients?

For patients who are living in a state of confusion, a calming massage can relax, reassure and comfort. Caretakers and patients benefit from the relaxing, meditative results from the calming touch and grounded state provided by a massage.

Alzheimer’s / Dementia patients get a momentary respite from the racing thoughts, discomfort and bewilderment they live with day to day. As a non-pharmacologic approach, massage can be a low-cost, effective strategy for dealing with behavioral symptoms such as wandering and restlessness that can endanger a patient.

A massage helps bring Alzheimer’s patients back to the present and returns them to their bodies to deeply relax and relish human contact. For those who are separated from family and friends, this caring, gentle touch can ease the fear and loneliness often associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

All Body Kneads is honored to work with your family member, friend or patient who is living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We use a special formulated lotion to address the thinning skin of elderly patients and we make sure the space is always warm, serene and welcoming.

And remember… All caregivers get $5.00 off a massage service plus a free add-on service.

The reality is the caregiver—whether he or she is a spouse, adult child, relative, or friend—is the single most challenged, misunderstood, and ignored participant in the care and treatment of a person with Alzheimer’s disease.” ~ Porter Shimer

Call today to schedule an appointment for a patient or for yourself. 517-898-2899

Hand and Foot Massage Services

Hand and Foot Massage Services

Hand and Foot MassageHand and Foot Massage Provide Just the Right Amount of Pampering

Although full-body massages are among the most frequently requested massage services, hand and foot massage treatments are popular as well. Often, hand massages and foot spa services provide just the right amount of pampering without requiring huge blocks of time.

“Pick-Me-Up” Hand and Foot Massage

If you’re looking for the perfect pick-me-up between your regular massage sessions, consider quick treatments that focus exclusively on your hands or feet. Perhaps you’re having a very busy period at work, or are dealing with a particularly stressful time at home.

“Just Hands” or “Just Feet” Massages are very effective for stress relief when you need to relax and refocus, but don’t have the time to schedule a full session. They’re also great after a particularly strenuous exercise or athletic event, like a marathon.

Each hand or foot massage lasts 20 minutes each. During a “Just Hands” Massage, your massage therapist will work with your fingers, wrists and forearms.

For a “Just Feet” Massage, the focus is on toes, ankles and calves. If you want to do both hands and feet, these sessions last 40 minutes total.

Hand and Foot Massage for Arthritis Relief

Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, that affect the joints are often felt first in the hands and feet. They cause localized swelling, lack of flexibility, and often, pain in sufferers. At the very least, they are inconvenient, preventing full enjoyment of daily activities. At worst, they are debilitating conditions that affect quality of life.

Massage therapy has been proven to be effective in dealing with the symptoms of arthritis. Massage reduces swelling caused by fluid retention in the joints of the fingers, toes, wrists and ankles. It improves blood circulation and promotes greater flexibility. A knowledgeable and skilled massage therapist will know the right techniques to use to help arthritis sufferers.

Paraffin Treatments

Spa services for pampering your hands and feet are also available. These involve paraffin treatments using essential oils, which soften and moisturize the skin. Dead cells, which make the skin dull, are removed. The skin’s elasticity improves, leading to softer and younger looking hands and feet. The heat generated during paraffin treatment is also beneficial for treating arthritis and pain localized in the hands or feet. Paraffin treatments are available as Add-on Services.

The Full Treatment

To complete the relaxation experience you can combined this with spa services like the Rejuvenating Face Mask, or Body Polish. They are also popular with any of the massages packages. As you can see, massage therapy isn’t just about Swedish massages for easing muscle pain and tension throughout the entire body. You can also pamper yourself with a quick and relaxing session focusing on your hands, feet or both. A hand and foot massage is also a great way to introduce someone to massage, particularly if they don’t want to commit to a full-body treatment just yet.

Call me today at (517) 898-2899 to schedule your appointment or purchase a gift certificate.

Most Requested Massage Therapy Services

Most Requested Massage Therapy Services

massage therapy servicesWhat are the more popular massage therapy services?

If you’ve looked through all the massage therapy and spa services that I offer, you’ll see that there’s quite a variety to choose from. If you’re a first-time client, you may find it overwhelming to choose which service to try. So, I’ve put together this list of my clients’ favorite massage therapy services.

60- or 90-minute Massage

My clients come to me for a great massage experience. The regular full-body massage that I provide meets their needs at an affordable cost, and without a very big investment of their time. The 60-minute massage includes the full body, treating the head, face, neck, back, arms, hands, thighs, legs and feet. The 90-minute session adds the glutes and stomach (plus the chest, for men).

Pre-natal Massage with Add-ons

In addition to regular massage, I’m also certified as a pre-natal massage therapist. Expectant clients often ask for my 60-minute Pre-natal Massage, with their choice of three add-ons. The add-ons may include target hot-stones, heat therapy, paraffin treatments and more. Pre-natal massages help relieve the tiredness and stress that come with those long nine months of carrying a baby. As the due date nears, moms find that a massage is just the right way to give them a little of their energy.

60- or 90-Minute Massage with Add-ons

Our signature package is the 60- or 90-minute massage, with Aromatherapy, Target Hot-Stone, Paraffin and Vibration Therapies as add-ons. This is one of our most popular packages. One client even called it “heaven on earth.” You can’t get better than that, can you? Adding one or more add-ons to the regular massage enhances the experience.

Add-ons for massage therapy services

  • Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to help with relaxation or rejuvenation. Different oils achieve different results. You can choose the scent you want to use, or let me help you, depending on your needs.
  • Target Hot-Stone Therapy involves the use of smooth, heated stones placed on specific areas of the body. The total effect is deeply-relaxing and therapeutic.
  • Vibration Therapy, as the name implies, employs vibration to relieve stress and increase general well being.
  • Paraffin treatments are a great way to soften the hands, feet or both. It’s a wonderful pampering treatment to add to your massage session.

So, there you are! These three packages are my most requested massage therapy services. So, if you’re looking to try something out, they’re a great place to start. Of course, you can put together your own package that’s suitable for your needs. Also check out my monthly massage specials.

Massages for Headache Relief

Massages for Headache Relief

headacheHow often do you get a headache?

Whether it’s from stress, migraines or just everyday tiredness, many of us who experience a headache will often do the same thing to relieve it. Our hands go to our temples or the bridge of the nose in an effort to ease a headache. You probably do this as well, but did you know that this is a form of massage?

More than just for relaxation, massage is an effective treatment for aches and pains. And even if you can’t get to a massage therapist, you can still use simple techniques to reap the benefits of massage.

Among the basic things to know when treating headaches using massage are the pressure points located in the following parts of your body:

  • In the middle of the forehead, between your eyebrows
  • The corners of the eyes, just behind the bone of the eye socket
  • Under the base of the skull, about an inch away from the spine on both sides (tilt your head back as you press upward during your massage)
  • On the hand, between the thumb and index finger
  • On the top of each foot, between the big toe and the second toe

Once you have found these pressure points, use the following techniques to massage away your headache and migraine. For pressure points on the forehead, the eye corners and the base of the skull:

  1. Use only the pads of your first two fingers.
  2. Breathe deeply during the massage.
  3. Press the area lightly at first, just enough to feel resistance or tension under your fingers. Adjust the pressure if you feel too much pain.
  4. Use tiny circular movements.
  5. Count to 10 as you gradually increase the pressure.
  6. Release the pressure slowly, while maintaining deep breathing.
  7. Repeat the massage as necessary.

For pressure points on the hand and foot:

  1. Use the pads on your thumb and index finger to gently squeeze the pressure points on the opposite hand or the foot.
  2. Breathe deeply and use circular movements.
  3. Apply light pressure at first, gradually increasing as you count to ten.
  4. Release the pressure slowly, while maintaining deep breathing.
  5. Repeat the massage, applying more pressure as necessary.

As with full-body massages, self-massage targeted to treat specific aches are effective because they relax the muscles and increase circulation to the area. Use these techniques properly on the associated pressure points to get relief from headaches and migraines. You can also use them to enhance your concentration and increase energy, as well as facilitate a good night’s sleep. Remember, however, that severe headaches may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Always discuss with your doctor when you have any concerns. Otherwise, continue to enjoy the benefits of massage, whether it’s done by a professional massage therapist or something you do to get headache relief.

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