Massage Therapy… how many of us treat ourselves to this ancient practice? I personally have always loved getting a massage but after two serious car accidents, I REALLY started to appreciate the benefits of therapeutic massages. With third degree whiplash as one of the many issues I had to deal with post accident, I started to look at both traditional and alternatives ways to heal my body. Exploring the wonderful world of massage in its various forms, has definitely contributed to my goals to restore and renew my body.
Massage therapy has been around for centuries with the oldest record of massage believed to date back to 1800 BC! Today, there are currently over 70 massage techniques practiced worldwide including, Swedish, Craniosacral, Hot Stone, Acupressure, Sports, Thai, Tantric, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Reiki to name a few
Massage Therapy is proven to activate our parasympathetic nervous system and there are countless studies showing the benefits of massage, demonstrating that it is an effective treatment for:
- Reducing stress, pain and muscle tension
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Additionally, according to Dr. Mercola, “Stronger massage stimulates blood circulation to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and helps the lymphatic system to flush away waste products”.
When I moved to Edmonton 4 years ago, it was important for me to recreate my wellness team which included finding a rock star massage therapist who could continue to help with my wellness goals. I was fortunate enough to find two incredible therapists with different specialties and the first was Tamara.
I had a chat with Tamara to better understand massage benefits and her “personal style” when it came to massage therapy. Check out our conversation below:
How long have you been a therapist and what made you make the move to massage therapy?
I’ve been a therapist since 2004. Over twelve years, Whew! Where does the time go?
I love alternative health and particularly being proactive and loving yourself. I believe massage is one of the best ways you can give to yourself.
In your opinion, what are the key benefits for massage for people who are living a holistic lifestyle and not just those with injuries?
I have used massage to decrease stress, keep my shoulders, neck and low back in health so that I can function as a therapist and to do the things I love to do outside of work.
In my opinion massage is a wonderful modality to connect and be aware of your body. I’ve heard countless times “Oh, I had no idea that hurt there.”
One of my favourite quotes is from Dr. Janet Travel. She said “He who treats the site of pain is lost” Often the pain we feel comes from another part of the body and needs to addressed. So in this way with regular massage you can pre-empt an injury or painful muscles.
There is a clear positive energy as soon as you walk into your practice, which sets you apart from several other massage establishments I have been to. What do you do to create this energy and overall positive experience for your clients?
I practice energy clearing for myself personally and do the same regularly for the clinic. I also try to hold an attitude of gratitude, one of the highest frequencies of energy it’s nice to hear that others feel it too!
Tamara is definitely one of my favourite practitioners in Edmonton and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to include massage therapy into their wellness practice. Tamara currently works out of Relax and Renew Spa in Leduc and you can book an appointment by calling 780-986-2921 or online at relaxandrenewspa.com