Massage Effective For Osteoarthritis and Inflammation

Posted by Mary Barry on May 22, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A growing body of evidence shows massage therapy can be effective for a variety of prevalent health conditions, including the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. Massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness, and research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) indicates some of what takes place in the body during massage therapy.

The Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Research(1) supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows 60-minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain. This study, which involved a total group of 125 subjects over an eight-week period, is the latest published research study indicating the benefits of massage therapy for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Inflammation After Exercise

Research(2) through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ohio indicates massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with musculoskeletal injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease. Specifically, evidence at the cellular level showed massage therapy may affect inflammation in a way similar to anti-inflammatory medications.

“This is a new type of research, which can lead to more information on how massage affects muscle,” said AMTA President Cynthia Ribeiro. “We encourage more research on the benefits of massage therapy and how and why massage produces the benefits indicated by research.”

The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) is a professional association of more than 56,000 members. AMTA professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and/or testing and must meet continuing education requirements to retain membership. AMTA provides information about massage therapy to the public and works to improve the professional climate for massage therapists.


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Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Posted by Mary Barry on May 7, 2012

Surprise your Mom with a calming, relaxing massage in our tranquil retreat.

Let the pampering begin!

A Soothing Massage

The Perfect Mother’s Day Treat

Allow Mom to feel rejuvenated.

She deserves it!

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Couples Massage – a Valentine’s Gift trend for 2012

Posted by Mary Barry on Feb 10, 2012

Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, and Consumer Research Institute lists Couples Massage as the trend to watch for when consumers shop for Valentine Day Gifts.

While romance is alive and well in 2012, die-hard romantics are finding healthier ways than ever before to express their love this Valentine’s Day, according to a leading national research group studying health-related attitudes and behavior in America. Among the top relationship-related health trends to watch in 2012 are couples massages.

Mary Barry Massage provides gift certificates to couples and individuals who are pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Our tranquil environment, our skilled massage therapy and your thoughtful gift will make this a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Call (508) 923 0044 today


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An Extraordinary Gift – Prove It

Posted by Mary Barry on Nov 29, 2011

Has the renowned Mayo Clinic studied the benefits of gifting, let’s say, electronic items, jewelry or clothes? – No.

Has the prestigious Mayo Clinic confirmed the many health benefits of receiving a massage? – YES.

When you give a Massage Gift , you help someone live without headaches, move without pain, sleep better, feel less anxious and more energized.

Did I say ‘Massage is an extraordinary gift”?

To prove it, simply check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about massage benefits: http://bit.ly/DwWH6


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New Study Reinforces Benefits of Massage Therapy

Posted by Mary Barry on Aug 25, 2011

Study provides evidence about benefits of massage therapy

It was used after the attacks of Sept. 11.

It was used after Hurricane Katrina.

Now, Cindy Carlson-Wilson is seeing it used in the wake of the May 22 Joplin tornado.

And a new study by Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute reinforces that it actually provides significant relief. Massage therapy, when coupled with traditional medical treatment, relieves back pain and calms the central nervous system.

“After a disaster, people react differently,” said Carlson-Wilson from her business, Massage for Health Center on West Third Street, earlier this week. “Some people hold emotions in, which causes them to tense up and creates stress. That leads to muscles that are sore and painful.”

Carlson-Wilson, a licensed massage therapist for 17 years, knows about stress people have endured as a result of the tornado: Not only has it brought more clients to her business, her two children lost their homes and everything they owned.

“They lived in a duplex on Byers. Our daughter and her fiance were in one half, and our son and his wife were in the other half,” Carlson-Wilson said. “They went through a lot, and although they’re physically OK, they are faced with rebuilding their lives.”

Others, she said, face mental and emotional stress because they lost a church or place of employment.

“And still others are carrying stress because they have people living with them who have no place else to go,” she said. “Then there are those who didn’t lose anything, but were impacted because they lost their town, or there may be a sense of guilt because others are hurting.”

Her clients have included a woman who spent days digging through the rubble trying to save what she could and experienced aches and pain and anxiety as a result, and a man who is helping to rebuild his church and pulled a muscle in his back.

But the feel-good feeling clients had after their massages weren’t so much about luxurious pampering, but the biological changes that occur as a result.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that adults who received deep tissue and light massage showed significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol, among other things. The Seattle study, published recently by the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed massage recipients spent fewer days in bed, were more active and took fewer medications.

The latest survey from the American Hospital Association indicates the medical community is on board: The number of hospitals offering massage increased by more than one-third from 2004 to 2006.

While more Americans than ever are seeking massages Ñ one in six last year, or 25 million more than 10 years ago, according to the American Massage Therapy Association Ñ Carlson-Wilson emphasized that there is no blanket approach to reducing soreness or stress.

“I treat people when they come in, as they come in. We find what we find, and then we decide how to treat it,” she said. “If they come in and we find a lot, it’s their choice on whether to do it once or continue.”

How quickly a person feels better also varies.

“If they’ve had it for weeks or months, it’s likely not going to go away with one session,” said     Carlson-Wilson. “It all depends     on age, length of time they’ve had it, whether it’s just an overall tightness, the area of body and     the specific muscles     involved.”


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Mary Barry Massage Bike Team

Posted by Mary Barry on Aug 11, 2011

Mary Barry Massage Bike Team is sponsoring their first Fund Raiser ride.  All benefits will support the Soule Homestead’s educational programs.  Everyone has been training hard.  Spring/Summer weather has afforded us some strong 30 to 100 mile training rides.  Female members have enjoyed training/increasing speeds on the new Specialized Amira!

Our Soule Homestead Benefit Ride will start promptly at 8:00a.m. on Saturday, August 13th.  Riders can choose between a 30mile or 50 mile ride.

Ride for a great cause then enjoy a barbecue picnic in Soule’s scenic fields.

Wish to join us?  Simply contact Mary:      marybarry@marybarry.com

Registration:                 $20.00

Soule Homestead:       46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346

Start Time:                    8:00a.m.

After Party:                   Barbecue picnic

T-Shirts/Hats:             Free to first 30 registered riders

 


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Insomnia, can’t focus – Have a massage

Posted by Mary Barry on Jul 12, 2011

Hello, dreams

Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves — those linked with deep sleep — according to Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  That’s why it’s easy to drift off on the massage table, Field says.

Nice to have you back, brain power

The Touch Research Institute study that connected massage to sleep also found that a 15-minute chair massage boosted alertness. “Subjects reported that it felt like a runner’s high,” Field says. Tests also show that brain-wave activity stimulated by massage is linked to improved attention.

Let our tranquil setting and skilled therapists help increase your ability to focus and improve your sleep patterns.

Call (508) 923 0044 today

 


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Dads Need Massage Too

Posted by Mary Barry on Jun 3, 2011

Surprise Dad with a gift certificate to Mary Barry Massage Therapy
– as rejuvenating as a mini-vacation

Our effective therapy and tranquil setting will melt his stress away.

Show him you care about his well-being!

 

Our Gift To You

$10 off coupon with each gift certificate purchase

(Thru’ June 25th 2011)

 

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Massage is Immune System’s Best Friend

Posted by Mary Barry on May 31, 2011

Take that, colds

Massage helps ward off bugs by boosting your “natural killer cells,” the immune system’s first line of defense against invading illness. “We know that cortisol destroys natural killer cells,”  says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “Therefore, since massage decreases cortisol, your immune cells get a boost.” Massage even seems to boost immunity in those people with severely compromised immune systems.

Call (508) 923-0044 to schedule your appointment.  Allow your body to reach optimal health.


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Massage beats depression

Posted by Mary Barry on May 27, 2011

Blues, be gone

Less cortisol and more serotonin and dopamine in your system may also mean less stress, anxiety, and depression. “We know that the right side of the frontal lobe of the brain is more active when we’re sad, and the left side’s activated when we’re happy,” says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “Our studies have observed that massage decreases activity in the right lobe and increases functioning in the left.” The well-being people feel after a massage is a big reason why some hospitals offer it to anxious patients pre­paring for surgery and cancer patients going through chemo.

Here at Mary Barry Massage Therapy, we provide effective treatments for stress and pain management.

Don’t wait, call today to schedule your appointment.  You’ll be glad you did.


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