Stressed out? Need to relax, revitalize, renew, refresh, restore, or just calm down? We have an hour relaxation massage session with your name on it... or if you're REALLY tense there is an hour-and-a-half deep tissue massage option too. We can help relieve those painful areas of hypertensive muscle in your back, shoulders and neck; reduce the level of that stress induced headache; and get your anxiety under control again. Give us a call today and schedule your "great escape"! You'll be glad you did.
The Great Escape
Massage & Wellness Center LLC
Located in Chadron.
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What's all the buzz about "fuzz"? Simplified, the fuzz (aka: fascia) is the dynamic soft tissue webbing that holds your body together. Now, healthy fuzz is a good thing, but when we have a buildup of fuzz, we end up feeling stiff, old, and out of shape. Fascial restriction (fuzz buildup) is no fun, and is not terribly well understood by most.
We thought it might help you to hear Dr. Gil Hedley's 5 minute overview of the "fuzz" (facia), in order to make more sense of the myriad of times your massage therapist, personal trainer, physical therapist or doctor tells you to stretch, to make regular appointments, and to exercise. (We promise, there's a reason for it, watch the video to find out why it's so important.)
P.S. If any of you have ever de-skinned chicken meat, you may have noticed the "fuzz," or more appropriately, "fascia" that holds the skin firmly to the meat.
The"monkey stretch" is an excellent way to help resolve pain and tension in the shoulders, neck, arms and upper back. As fascia (the intricate webbing that holds the body together) becomes restricted under the arms, it can pull on the surrounding tissues limiting movement, reducing blood and lymph flow, and contributing to pain and dysfunction.
A proper monkey stretch is done by grasping a sturdy bar or ledge overhead, then slowly dropping the body down by bending the knees (feet still anchored on the ground). Leaning into the stretch towards the extended rib cage, as well as gently twisting from side to side can intensify the stretch and identify areas of further restriction.
Stretching is an important self-care technique and should be done at least every other day, or 2-4 times daily when combating chronic pain. A healthy stretch should feel slightly uncomfortable, but never painful -- it should produce a general sense of well-being. (Be cautious and talk to your doctor first if you suspect bone breaks, muscle tears, or other serious injury.)
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Dehydration can wreak havoc in our water-dependent body. Even mild dehydration, especially when coupled with stress or increased activity, can lead to muscle pain, spasms, hypertonicity, headaches, and reduced facial elasticity. Lack of water restricts the flow of vital nutrients and oxygen to our body cells and inhibits the body from effectively removing waste products (toxins). It can even lead to weight gain as your body tries to store and buffer these toxins in its effort to prevent illness and disease.
A simple solution to reducing pain and dysfunction is to consume pure, clean water (H2O) every day. How much is enough? Experts recommend that we consume half of our body weight in ounces each day (100 pounds ÷ 2 = 50 ounces / day). This is the minimum recommendation for adequate daily function, you might want to drink more depending upon your body's individual needs.
Remember, drinking plenty of water in the 48 hours before and after your massage can enhance the overall effect of the massage you receive and further aid in reducing or eliminating your pain complaints.
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Pectoralis Major is the primary power house of the upper chest providing for arm motions such as hugging (adduction) and inward (medial) rotation. Pec Minor is a small but important muscle affecting motion of the shoulder blade (scapula) as well as assisting in forced inhalation.
Trigger points in the "pec" muscles can cause pain or discomfort primarily in the front (anterior) shoulder area, the upper chest, the bottom (ulnar) side of the forearm, and down into the forth and fifth fingers of the hand, sometimes contributing to "thoracic outlet syndrome".
At home care includes regular stretching to avoid prolonged shortening of the muscle throughout the day and night. Like the subscapularis, two beneficial stretches are the "doorway stretch" and the "monkey stretch." With care, most of the trigger points are easily accessible in this muscle group and trigger point therapy can be an especially effective remedy for eliminating discomfort and restoring range of motion and function to the chest, shoulder, arms and hands as affected by these two muscles.
For more information about these and other benefits of massage, give us call, we may be able to help you. The Great Escape in Chadron 308.432.4558. Be sure to "Like" and follow us on Facebook @thegreatescape4u for periodic specials, news and more too.
Pain in the neck? We often think to stretch the back of our neck to resolve pain issues, as well as stretching the sides of the neck too. But sometimes more effective for resolving neck pain is stretching the FRONT of the neck.
Like a giraffe reaching up towards the leaves (from a stable, seated position) extend the chin up and head back. Now, jut the chin upwards as far as is comfortable to go. When those tight muscles begin to feel as though they're starting to relax, then stick your tongue out and point it to the sky, WAY up high! (Yes, we're perfectly serious.)
The muscles and fascia in the front (anterior) of the neck often are neglected when we stretch. The tongue can even become restricted by the fascia that holds it in place. This "giraffe stretch" can help loosen all these tissues up and restore range of motion and relaxation, relieving troublesome neck pain. Have a go at it! (But make sure nobody is watching before you do ;-).) And remember, along with regular stretching, a good old massage can help too.
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Contrary to popular belief, massage therapists are not mind readers, and while the human body can present very good clues as to the source of a problem, "symptoms" don't always play by the rules. Voicing your needs, observations, or concerns to your therapist such as, "I feel it most right here," "I feel tingling and numbness there," "it is worse when," "the pressure is too hard," "it feels like it's more to the left," "I don't think that's it," "that hurts, but in a good way," "could you press harder," "wow, that feels great," or "that discomfort right there is about a 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10)," are simple phrases that can guide your therapist to the epicenter of a trigger point and help them more effectively apply their techniques to relieve your discomfort or pain. Letting your stress melt away with a simple deep breath or a light sigh is also a great way to express that pressure is good, speed is correct, or that you feel the tension is easing.
So remember to keep the lines of communication open during your next session, focus your mind on what you are feeling, and share any observations with your therapist so they can make the most of you're time and your money.
Things you don't always have to communicate? If you need to move your head, your arm or your foot when your therapist is working on a different area of the body, please feel free! There is nothing worse than laying in an uncomfortable position for half an hour! So please, wiggle, move and speak up to let your therapist know you would like to readjust if you need to. Not only will this help us (we want to ensure your comfortable the whole session through), but in the end it will most effectively help you.
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If you've never tried a Russian Honey Massage or experienced our Honey Pat Facial, now is the time. Enjoy our honey treatments in the spring, celebrate "National Honey Month" with us every September, or simply schedule year round! Well noted as being of wonderful benefit to deep seated tension it can help immensely with upper body pain and myofascial restriction along the spine and can help relieve discomfort and help your body get back on the mend.
If you are prone to chest congestion when you get sick, we recommend the Russian Honey Massage as a preventative therapy in order to keep your fascia loosened up. Call us today at The Great Escape in Chadron 308.432.4558.
(The Russian Honey Massage can also help alleviate that itchy dry winter back due to the natural humectant and mild exfoliant properties it provides. Not for people with sensitivities to honey. Not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.)
In a world of professional massage therapists and bodyworks there is also a world of unique styles and individual techniques. No two therapists will ever work exactly alike, in fact, their individual style and techniques can be as varied as their fingerprints... and this can be a real blessing because each individual client is also unique and has different needs.
This variety, while being beneficial, can also make it difficult to know just what to look for in a prospective therapist. It is important to opt for a licensed and professionally trained therapist. Seeking services from any individual who has not taken the time to undergo proper training, as well as successfully pass the national competency exam and state licensure requirements may put you at risk should your therapist perform a technique that might be contraindicated for your current health condition, or you may simply find the session ineffective at addressing your concerns. Fortunately, Nebraska requires that a student attend 1000 hours of on-site training and completion of the national exam. Nationwide however requirements vary greatly, schools often push students through with very little real training, and even educated therapists may fall short in providing you the services you need. Knowing the difference between the various modalities (types of massage and bodywork) that your local therapist offers can help you determine which therapies you might prefer to try, as well as whether your therapist provides the services you truly need.
At The Great Escape you will find Swedish "Relaxation" Massage, the "Warrior's Relief" (which includes deeper, more therapeutic techniques for helping you win your everyday battles), Oriental Cup Massage, Russian Honey Therapies, Thai-Style Stretching, and Grecian "Prego" Massage (for mothers-to-be) as our primary menu options, yet you'll find that each therapist performs these treatments somewhat differently. When you're in the market for a massage therapist to help relieve stress or pain, it can be wise to try different therapists until you find the one you need. Again, if you are unsure as to whether a certain therapy is right for you, research the topic, or ask your therapist for more information before scheduling, we'll be happy to help you.
Call 308.432.4558 for more information, to schedule a session, or to bless someone else with a "great escape" today. :-)
And remember, no matter who your therapist is, if you hope to secure an excellent treatment, communication in session is key. Never hesitate to address your need for lighter or deeper pressure, adjustment of the area being worked, stroke depth or speed, room temperature, face cradle position, different music, an extra bolster, or anything else in between.
The Great Escape was established in 1993 with a vision to help area residents overcome pain, feel healthier, move better, and more easily cope with stress and overall tension. After nearly 25 years, we still celebrate this vision day by day. Give us a call, we may just have the treatment or therapist you're looking for!
*Note: We'd like to mention that in the wide world of alternative therapies there are many practices that fall between physical and spiritual. We strive to provide services that are free of New Age and Eastern spiritual philosophies, if you have concerns about spiritual connections to bodywork, we are happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of our ability.
Subscapularis is one of the Rotator Cuff muscles (along with Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, and Teres Minor) responsible for rotation and stability of the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. The subscapularis provides for arm motions such as rotation towards the belly (internal rotation) and pulling of the arm in towards the body (adduction).
Trigger points in the subscapularis can cause pain or discomfort in the area of the shoulder blade, along the back of the upper arm, the top of the shoulder, and even into the wrist, with the primary area at the back of the shoulder directly behind the joint. This discomfort can present problems when performing actions such as throwing a ball, or applying deodorant to the opposite armpit.
At home care includes regular stretching to avoid prolonged shortening of the muscle throughout the day and night -a favorite is the "doorway stretch" and another is the "monkey stretch." Although the subscapularis can be a difficult muscle to access due to its position on the inner surface of the shoulder blade (scapula), trigger point therapy can be an especially effective remedy for alleviating these trigger points and restoring range of motion and function to the shoulder.
Have you been diagnosed with "frozen shoulder," "adhesive capsulitis," or "pitcher's arm" but haven't been able to find relief? Give us a call, we may be able to help you. Call us at The Great Escape in Chadron 308.432.4558
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 25+ years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
NOTICE: The information provided herein is meant for educational purposes only. We accept no liability for your use of the information provided. As always, use your best judgment and if in doubt, please consult your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.