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Wellness News

  Self-care = self-aware!

October 2011

dr heidi

School is back in session reminding us that it's important that we continue to learn and grow.  One of the things we should always be learning about is how to better care for ourselves.   If we are open to listening to our bodies, we find that we are provided with clues, signs and signals that help us make the right choices to have a heathier, more vibrant life.  How do we learn how to make the right choices?  We enlist a teacher, an expert, someone who is willing to share that information. 


Our Licensed Massage Therapists are some of the experts on our Wellness Team. They are exceptionally skilled in providing pain relief, stress reduction and relaxation to our patients every day.  Through the therapeutic process, they not only help us feel better, but help us learn HOW to feel better by helping us connect to our bodies.


Make sure you schedule routine self-care as it's never too late to learn something new about yourself. Think of it like this:  Self-care will help us become self-aware!


Until our next adjustment.... 


Yours in health,    

Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team 

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"Early Bird" Massage hours & prices!


   This month InnerMovement is offering  


One-Hour Wellness Massages

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 (* offer expires 11/1/11.  add'l cost for Bamboo Massage) 

in this issue
:: $59 "Early Bird" Massage Special
:: Benefits of Massage Therapy
:: Trick or Treat the Healthy Way
:: Nutrition News: Pumpkin Brownie Recipe
:: Share YOUR story to inspire others!
:: Stay connected with us
:: Types of Massage: An Overview
:: Thoughts to ponder...
:: Patient Success Story: Happy B.
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Benefits of Massage Therapy 

by Maeghan Gershey, L.M.T. 


Here at InnerMovement, massage therapy is often recommended as part of your treatment plan. Why? Massage therapy has a host of benefits for you, from general well being to injury recovery.   


Massage is a generic term for the therapeutic, manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue or fascia). There are many kinds of massage; a quick Internet search will reveal over 100 different types! At InnerMovement, our most popular massage is our Wellness Massage. Meant for relaxation, rejuvenation, and relief from any aches and pains you may be experiencing, you'll find that each massage is a combination of Swedish and deep tissue techniques, with long, flowing circulatory strokes interspersed with deeper, more focused work to those areas in particular need of attention.


Massage has many positive effects on the overall condition of the tissues and the body. As the therapist works, the massage strokes aid in the circulation of blood and lymph, enhancing health and supporting immune function (a plus during cold and flu season!).  Increased blood flow to the tissues helps to relax stiff muscles and joints, easing pain and restoring a healthy flow of oxygen into the affected area.  This increased blood flow can also support recovery from injury or surgery, reducing moderate swelling and scar tissue, and helping to restore muscle length and range of motion.


And let's not forget its stress-relieving benefits. Stress is clearly a factor in so many illnesses and diseases. From relieving headaches to unwinding those tricky and uncomfortable spots that plague us all, using massage as a way to minimize the physical effects of stress will benefit you in the long run.


Research continues to show the benefits of therapeutic touch-from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to reducing the tensions of modern lifestyles. Think of massage as preventive healthcare, like diet, exercise and regular check-ups. Aim for one to two times per month for maintenance, and more frequently if you have a specific complaint or an injury that needs to be addressed.  Your massage therapist can create a customized treatment plan that best meets your needs.




Healthy Halloween Treats

Trick or Treat the healthy way! 

halloween party
  • Cereal bars
  • Snack packets of dried fruit, baked pretzels, nut and seeds
  • Trail mix
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Individual juice drinks (100% juice)
  • Single-serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn
And if you don't want to hand out snacks, kids will love Halloween-themed pencils, erasers and stickers!

Nutrition News

Pumpkin Brownies Recipe 

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Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. It's low in calories yet good source of vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes.

Click on the recipe link above for an easy way to incorporate pumpkin into a delicious low-fat family treat.   


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Types of Massage: An overview 


There are over 160 different types of massage modalities practiced today.  Here are some of the more common ones:


Active release technique is a soft tissue therapy that uses motion and pressure to release muscle tissue and break up scar tissue.


Acupressure is one of the types of massage therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of the needles used in acupuncture, finger pressure is used on points along the meridians.     


Aromatherapy massage is one of many relaxing types of massage therapy. It involves the use of essential oils.

Bamboo Massage is a relaxing deep tissue massage performed with bamboo tools.
(And our NEWEST massage treatment offering!) 

Deep connective tissue massage releases tension in the fascia to relieve chronic pain. This intense form of therapeutic massage combines aspects of Swedish massage and myofascial release to heal dysfunction.

Deep tissue massage is a commonly asked for massage in spa and clinical settings. It is used to address pain in a specific area and is commonly used on athletes.

Esalen massage combines Swedish massage techniques with energy work for a holistic and completely relaxing experience.

Joint mobilization is a gentle therapy that uses passive ranges of motion to relieve joint pain and stiffness.

Myofascial Release Technique is a gentle massage technique used to loosen the restricted fascia. It can be used as a therapy on its own and can be combined with other therapies.

Pregnancy massage, also called prenatal massage, is a good way to relieve some of the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy.

Reflexology has a long history. It has been practiced by the Chinese since 4,000 BC and was also practiced by ancient Egyptians.

Relaxation massage is a gentle soothing massage that helps reduce stress.

Sports Massage Therapy is ideal when you have a specific injury you'd like to treat.

Stress Relief Massage can be used to soothed the central nervous system and help you relax. Many types of massage therapy can be used to reduce stress.

Swedish Massage is one of the most common types of massage therapy in the West and is what most people think of when they think of massage.
Therapeutic massage can be used to treat ailments and pain. These therapies are practiced by therapist that have had specialized training.

Our Licensed Massage Therapists are highly trained and skilled to incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques to best meet each individual patient's needs.

To read more about our Massage Therapies, please click HERE

Thoughts to ponder... 


"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

~ Tao Te Ching  


"You are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made." 

~ Barbara Hall   


 "I think self awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."

~ Billie Jean King


"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world ... as in being able to remake ourselves."  

~ Mahatma Ghandi 

Patient Success Story!

by Happy B.   

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"Had a massage with a therapist at Inner Movement a few months ago and it was really wonderful. The therapist was very in tune with the body and more about healing than just relaxing. I'd definitely go back! If you sign up for their newsletters they regularly email promotions that offer great deals. Environment is very peaceful and calming."