Menifee Massage Therapy Center Services

Menifee Massage Therapy Center provides full service massage, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, and myofascial release. Located in the heart of Menifee, CA, Menifee Massage Therapy Center is ready to relieve you and your family from aches and pains.

Hot Stone Massage

We offer hot stone massage for a more relaxing experience, promoting healing, reducing muscle spasm, and dilating blood vessels.

Open Monday Through Saturday

Menifee Massage Therapy Center is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday to serve you. Click here to see our hours of operation.

Pregnancy Massage

For most, pregnancy is welcomed, a timeless change for a woman. Her body will go through many changes. Mentally she will have to prepare for changes in her body that may not be familiar to her.

Menifee Massage Therapy Center is now open!

MENIFEE MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER provides full service massage, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, and myofascial release. Located in the heart of Menifee, CA, Menifee Massage Therapy Center is ready to relieve you and your family from aches and pains.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Can Massage Help with Cold and Flu?

       It's worth repeating the amazing capabilities of the human body. Research has indicated that Massage Therapy can boost the immune systems ability fight viruses by increasing the natural Killer T cells. 

       The effects of Swedish massage were studied by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on the hormonal response and immune function. The study showed in participants of massage had a decrease in the hormones responsible for regulating blood pressure and water retention.The study concluded that Swedish Massage produces measurable biological effects and may have a positive effect on the immune system.

       The common cold is a viral infection that can be caused by almost 200 different types of viruses. The symptoms are unmistakable.It can take a few days to 2 or 3 weeks to fully recover.

  • nasal discharge
  • possible fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • headache 
       As long as the acute stage has passed Massage therapy may help accelerate the healing process.If the cold starts the day of your massage it is best to reschedule the appointment.

        The Flu or Influenza  is also a viral infection of the respiratory tract. Harder to recover if the immune system is weak, may even be life threatening.

  • muscle and joint aches
  • high fever
  • nasal congestion
  • cough
  • general ill feeling

       During the recovering stages of the cold or flu it is possible to feel ill again for a day.Massage can speed up recovery time but expect there could be that one day before you start to feel better.The flu virus can be contagious for up to 7 days after symptoms are gone, this could be spread to the therapist and others.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

When is it not ok to get a massage?

           Massage always seems like a great idea, and as beneficial as it may seem, there are times when you need to put it off for awhile or talk to your health care provider. Certain conditions can cause more harm than good.

Infectious disease: Spreading infection is never a good idea. Massage may seem comforting when you have a cold or the flu but you're actually putting extra stress on your immune system by getting a massage right away, your body is already working hard to fight and recover; with massage more toxins are being introduced to the immune system. Rest may be the best medicine.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions may be contraindicated for certain types of massage.  If you have heart or kidney failure, more stress can be put on already failing organs.Some medications may also be dangerous. If you are on a blood thinner massage should be very light pressure if even at all. Thinning of the blood can cause bruising and in some cases with certain types of massage internal bleeding.Painkillers can alter someones perception of pain and the amount of pressure given by the therapist. Newly prescribed blood pressure medication may cause dizziness after a massage.Also it might seem like a good idea to get a massage with a new muscle injury but a massage may actually interfere with the healing process.

Intoxication: Drinking alcohol before or after a massage desensitizes your body and again, loss of perception of pain and pressure isn't accurate.Toxins are also being added to the blood stream. One of the benefits of massage is the release of toxins; alcohol is just putting more burden on the kidneys and liver.

Pregnancy: Not all but some therapists do not work on a pregnant women during her first trimester.Some believe there is so much  going on in a women's body during the first trimester that massage may simply be to much until the pregnancy is well established in the second trimester.Others believe massage is perfect for some pregnancy symptoms such as; nausea, back pain, and anxiety.

The health history form at the beginning of the first treatment to fill out is very important.Always let your therapist know if there are any changes in your health history.It is rare for a health condition to be contraindication for very long.Massage is very healthy and healing in most cases.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Massage and Insomnia

Approximately 40 million Americans report chronic, ongoing problems with sleep every year, and another 20 million have short-term difficulties.It is more common in men and tends to increase with age.

Insomnia means"lack of sleep" defined as a disorder that interferes with the ability to fall asleep, to stay asleep for an adequate period,or to wake up feeling refreshed.More than 70 different sleep disorders have been defined.

There can be certain triggers that can attributed to transient insomnia. Caffeine taken "too close to bedtime" can ruin a good nights sleep. Alcohol,while being a depressant reduces the quality of sleep.Some medications can interfere with sleep such as antihistamines, diet pills,and some antidepressants.Cigarette smoking can cause a person to wake up sooner from nicotine withdrawal.

Environmental issues could contribute to to insomnia: having a room too hot,cold,loud,or too light can make it to hard to get to sleep and stay asleep.Lack of exercise, working out to late at night, or having a partner that simply snores can keep you up all night.

Emotional stress can mentally be the worst, and  to be up all night wondering if and when you could fall asleep.Chronic insomnia can be a sign of something more medical or psychological going on.

Massage can be utilized as a treatment for insomnia,however it may not correct a mechanical or psychological dysfunction that leads to sleep deprivation, but it can improve the quality of sleep an can reduce the mental and physical stresses that interfere with sleep.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Massage and Headaches

Tension Headaches are by far one of the most common conditions a massage therapist will treat. There are many reasons for these types of headaches that are triggered by mechanical stresses.
  • Muscular,tendinous,or ligamentous injury to the head or neck structures 
  • Simple muscle tension involving the muscles at the the base of the skull (which can feel like all the tension is in the forehead). These muscles are vulnerable to the effects of emotional stress.
  • Subluxation or fixation of cervical vertebrae can irritate ligaments or cause muscle spasms, both of which lead to headaches.
  • Trigger points in the muscles of the head can refer pain all around the head.
  • Eyestrain is commonly overlooked as a possibility for a tension headache.
  • Any kind of ongoing mental or physical stress can change postural and movement patterns,which can lead to muscle spasms. Repetitive work situations are frequently the culprit behind chronic tension headaches.
There are other types of headaches
  • Vascular Headaches-These are often triggered by food allergies, hormonal fluctuation,and alcohol use.It is a "throbbing" pain with the pulse.
  • Migraines-very similar to the vascular headache the triggers tend to be the same. Studies have shown that people who suffer from migraines are frequently deficient in magnesium.
  • Cluster Headaches-These are fairly rare, not well understood tend to affect men more than women.
  • Sinus Headaches- among the vascular headaches because they also have to do with to much fluid in the skull.The fluid is contained in the sinuses rather than the cranium itself.
  • Chemical Headaches-triggered by a variety of chemical imbalances in the body.
The appropriateness of massage depends on what kind of headache it is.If its related to a serious underlying condition,or a viral or bacterial infection,then massage is not appropriate.
    Vascular headaches are usually so painful and could benefit from massage by may tend to wait until the pain has subsided some to seek treatment.
    For the most most common tension headaches,massage is indicated.These episodes are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how many postural and movement patterns can create pain, and sometimes even in other parts of the body.It is a good opportunity to talk about making some changes to posture in everyday activities if repetitiveness is the cause of the headaches. Massage here would generally be very quiet and relaxing, in an attempt to release the tension.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Why is it important to drink water after a massage?

Drinking water is not only important after a massage but also before.It's well known that water is good for you.It is one of the elements that keeps us alive. The body benefits from proper hydration.Drinking plenty of water helps the kidneys and other organs working properly to keep us working properly.Thirst is the first sign of dehydration.Headaches and constipation often accompany a need for some water. When the body is not properly hydrated it looks for water somewhere else.As a last resource non filtered  water is taken from the colon to increase hydration.

For the sake of massage therapy, healthy hydrated muscle tissues are supple and spongy with tiny blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the muscle and through the venous system muscle contraction byproducts like lactic acid and other "metabolic waste"(chemical products of cellar activity) is carried away.

When muscle tissues are not well hydrated they are tight and tense which doesn't allow for good blood flow which has all the fresh oxygen and nutrients that should flood the area.Without proper blood flow metabolic wastes start to build up, having no place to go.Soreness and pain often follow. Especially if there is dysfunction. Tight tough muscles from tension,stress,poor posture and overuse need hydration prior to massage in order to get the full benefit of the massage.Fibrous adhesion in the connective tissue along with the lactic acid and other metabolic wastes can cause a painful massage with little lasting response.

Before a massage drink plenty of water.Plenty being more than you usually drink.Have some throughout that day. To much at once is sent straight to the bladder.Give your body a chance to absorb it. This will help get the blood flowing flush out waste and bring in oxygen and nutrients.Drink plenty of water after to replace the water that was used to rid the body of the toxins.In some cases a person can feel nauseated or flu like from a buildup of metabolic waste. Water helps keep the fluid flowing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Clinical Massage Therapy in Health Care

The human organism has led to the evolution of a variety of different approaches to treatment of soft tissue.Other health disciplines take a different approach to pain and dysfunction.

Traditional western medicine employs three principle means of treatment:

  • Pharmacology
  • Surgery
  • Referral to an allied therapeutic specialist practitioner
The problem with traditional medical approach to muscle problems is there are no specialty focuses primarily on muscles.A patient with soft tissue pain or dysfunction is likely referred to a neurologist(specializing in the nervous system,.an orthopedist(specializing in the bones),or rheumatologist(specializing in joints).Depending on the particular case, surgery,drugs, and a referral for physical therapy.

Osteopathy began as an approach to health that focused on manipulation of bones and joints, but has since moved in the direction of classical western medicine. Osteopathy has had a profound effect on developments in clinical massage therapy. 

Chiropractic focuses on treating the joints, particularly those of the vertebrae. these practitioners believe pain and dysfunction to problems of misalignment's and subluxations of the vertebral joints that impinge on the nerve roots.

Physical Therapy uses physical exercise and movements as a means of restoring healthy function to muscles and joints.

Clinical Massage Therapy operates according to certain assumptions:

The individual is a whole organism, everything is connected and related.
Client with a sprained ankle will favor the injured leg,causing the muscles in the hip and low back to tighten.the imbalance can affect the neck muscles causing headaches.Treating the neck muscles alone will not solve the problem.

Shortened muscle tissue can do no work 
Muscle tissue does its work by contracting and can therefore do no further work if shortened.

The soft tissue of the body responds to touch
One theory of the many is that myofascial pain is caused by a self-perpetuating neuormuscular feedback circuit in which the stimulation of touch interferes,thus restores normal function.Depending on the choice of technique,manual intervention in the dysfunctional tissues interrupts this feedback process  forcing some change in the neural response and, therefore, in the functioning of the affected tissue itself.

Clinical massage therapy is based on these three principles. The clinical massage therapist is one who approaches persistently shortened soft tissues and attempts to restore their natural,pain-free function through touch, while keeping the whole client in mind.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Massage and Low Back Pain

          There are many reasons for low back pain, like Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve which branches through your low back, hips, buttocks and down each leg,typically its only down one side of the body. Osteoarthritis in the lower back is the most common form of arthritis, often called wear and tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the end of the bones wears down over time. Degenerative disk disorder is a painful disorder that can greatly effect ones quality of life.It is a degenerative disease of aging, for some people it may never cause a problem while others may suffer.
The back is a complex structure of bones and muscles supported by ligaments and tendons fed by a network of blood vessels and nerves.The low back or lumbar spine bears much of the body's weight and is susceptible to injury.Twisting, pulling motions can strain or sprain the back heavy improper lifting or a slip and fall.A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon and a sprain is stretching or tearing of a ligament.
          Studies have shown that low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention in the U.S, and medically it's tough to treat. Some medications and injections can even make the problem worse. As high as eighty percent of people will have low back pain at some point in their life.
Massage can help many of these common "back problems" by massaging the muscles themselves and near by structures. Often a doctor my order some tests to rule out something serious and prescribe some medicine to help with the pain.Massage can absolutely complement these other therapies your doctor may recommend. Low back or (lumbar) pain is also one of the most common conditions massage therapists see in their practice as well, and with excellent results on pain levels, tightness, and tension.