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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Awkward as it may feel, something like a "leaning penguin", this stretch is EXCELLENT for loosening tight muscles and fascial restrictions along the entire spine. This stretch may be felt anywhere from the neck down to the lower abdomen, throughout the back, the upper chest, the ribcage, and sometimes even into the arms or legs.
Standing tall with your back up against a bare wall for support, imagine yourself as a proud little penguin. Place your feet shoulder distance apart on the floor, lift shoulders up and roll them back resting your shoulder blades down flat on your back where they belong (hands should both be facing forward now, like little penguin wings). Now, keeping your face forward (to create a nice, even side arch in the spine) lean gently to the left. [NOTE: The penguin in this image is more flexible than you'll ever be, so don't try to actually tilt your head upside down, or you may end up falling over! Remember, a nice, gentle, even, spinal arch to the side is what you are going for; head in line, eyes forward.] Take five deep, slow, relaxing breaths, and lean into the stretch a little more with each breath. Come slowly up to starting position. Realign your shoulder blades (remember: lift up, roll back, drop down; hands facing forward). Lean the opposite direction, again take five deep, slow breaths, and slowly come back up to starting position.
This stretch can be done evening and morning to help ward off low back stiffness, upper body tension, and even postural distortions in the pelvis and spine.
*CAUTION: If you are prone to dizziness or have trouble with vertigo this stretch may not be right for you. If you have had any kind of surgery in the abdominal or spinal region, it is advised you talk to your doctor to ensure this stretch is appropriate for you situation. Please use common sense and appropriate caution when performing stretches of any kind. Though an appropriate stretch will generally cause a mild degree of healing discomfort, stretching should never be outright painful.
If you would like to know more about how to perform this stretch, or have other questions, please feel free to call us at 308.432.4558
Forget something? Veteran athletes who skipped their regular exercise routine for as few as 10 days were shown to experience a reduction in blood flow to eight key areas of the brain. The "hippocampus," towards the center of the brain (indicated by the two red lobes in the image above), is responsible for memory formation, storage and retrieval. When exercise is neglected, it can contribute to many health problems, including memory loss. Time to get moving, for your memory's sake! <3
If you would like to find home-exercise options, we may have ideas that can help you. Give us a call at The Great Escape today 308.432.4558.
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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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We know that when our body is aching and we're tired of feeling blue, massage always sounds like it just might be the best cure. Yet, the opposite is typically true. Active illness is often fully contraindicated. Receiving massage while ill can make an illness worse while also passing risk of infection to others. Many therapists have illness policies and ask that clients please call as soon as possible to reschedule if there are any symptoms present of cold, flu, shingles or other communicable illness. It is generally advised that clients wait until 72 hours after symptoms have fully subsided to receive their next massage. We have many natural immune boosting secrets we'd happily share, just give us a call at 308.432.4558. We hope you feel better soon!
The Great Escape
Massage & Wellness Center LLC
Chadron, NE 69337
The scientifically backed benefits of professional therapeutic massage techniques have been in the limelight now for several decades, but only in recent years has the business world truly begun to recognize its benefits for the workplace, and it isn't merely about promoting "fluff-time" for your employees. While professional therapeutic massage is known for its ability to induce relaxation and mental calm, it has a myriad of other benefits that can help form the foundation of a well prepared work group, even improving your bottom line in the process! How so? Professional therapeutic massage can help boost your business by ensuring employees better cope with stress (often over an 80% reduction!), which in turn can help:
All of these benefits are intrinsically linked to the overall health and wellness of your business. It is a well known fact that employees are more willing to go the extra mile for businesses that take good care of them. More than that, happier, healthier employees typically produce higher customer service ratings which in turn translates into repeat business. Best of all, showing your employees that you really care about their wellness beyond the job can significantly boost office morale.
Offering your employees the option of taking a "stress recess" once a month by scheduling a professional therapeutic massage might just be as effective an investment as any, with a higher ROI than other comparable offerings. Whether you opt to cover the cost of the treatment, either in whole or in part, or simply allow your employees a one to two hour window (for a one hour massage session plus commute) is up to you. While your financial contribution certainly would be added incentive for employees to partake of the offer (remember the ROI), many times simply allowing them the ability to take the time off during the work week without penalty to schedule a massage will persuade them well enough. Additionally, professional massage therapists are usually willing to offer group or corporate discounts for businesses or their employees who commit to regular sessions throughout the coarse of a year.
You may be thinking, "Why do my employees have to miss work to get a massage?" Though it's true, some massage therapists take appointments in the evenings or weekends, many have families and obligations of their own and are not able to provide treatments apart from the standard workweek. By allowing your employees to take their stress recess during the workweek, you help ensure therapist availability, and provide employees their own family time during their off hours.
We encourage you to consider making this investment in your team members, it truly is a win-win for you and your employees alike. In our stress-filled world, even adults need recess too -- including YOU!
The winter bustle often causes us to lose ground on our own wellness, but there's no need. If you're short on time, try our Four Hand Massage. In this thirty-minute session you'll receive a full body treatment in half the time, and with two therapists working simultaneously, your mind drifts more easily into a deeper state of relaxation. Schedule today and you will receive $10 off this special treatment and pay only $70 (reg.$80) through December 31, 2017.
Remember, taking care of yourself is the first step to a balanced, well rounded life where you will find greater fulfillment, motivation and energy to give of yourself to others for years to come. You're worth the time. Give us a call at The Great Escape Massage & Wellness Center LLC in Chadron today, 308.432.4558 and we'll be happy to find some relaxation time for you!
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.