You work hard all week and it can be difficult, if not impossible to make time to care for yourself. In order to better serve you I am going to offer appointments on Saturdays twice per month from 10am to 2pm. Click the Schedule Now button to see availability and save your spot. These appointments will fill up fast!
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When is the last time you took a really good look at your back? Your legs? The bottom of your feet? Most of us probably don’t spend much time inspecting our skin for oddities, unusual spots, moles that change, or lumps and bumps that weren’t there before and even if we did we might not think much about it. As a massage therapist who teaches budding therapists about diseases I’m always on the lookout for things that don’t look or feel right. If something seems wrong I’ll recommend my client get it checked by their doctor if they haven’t already.
I bring this up because I ran into a client who I’d seen regularly for a bit but hadn’t had an appointment for several months. The last few times he was in I’d mentioned an irregularly shaped and multi-colored blotch on the back of one of his calves. When I saw him in public several weeks ago he pulled up his pant leg to show where just that week he had a sizable chunk of skin and tissue removed from the area. He showed his doctor the unusual spot and it was diagnosed as malignant melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that if not caught early enough can metastasize and spread to other areas of the body. I was stunned. In all the times I’d pointed things out to clients they had either already had them checked and were fine or I never got any kind of follow up. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to help someone catch what could have been a potentially fatal disease.
When I teach my students about skin pathologies I make sure they can recognize potential cancerous lesions. We don’t diagnose diseases but can notice when something looks suspicious and let you know that it’s worth having a physician take a look. Give yourself a good inspection every now and again as well. If you notice new discolored areas, changes to older moles or spots, bumps that scab over but never heal, or things that seem to be changing rapidly please see your doctor and get it looked at.
Your chances of getting skin cancer increase with age and exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds. Make sure you protect yourself with sunblock, clothing that covers exposed areas, hats, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to protect your head, face, ears, and hands as well as they’re often overlooked. These precautions not only protect you from skin cancer but also from premature aging. Go outside and enjoy the sun but protect yourself, your skin will thank you!
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I love to commute on my bicycle and many of my clients ride as well. Now you have a safe, dry spot to park your bike when you come to Ali Blair Massage Therapy.
Bike Bike creations of Lexington KY made these cool racks recycled from bicycle parts. They are located under the stairwell of the two story building across the street from my office.
Fall is here, the weather is perfect, get out and ride!
Three is such an auspicious number! Mind, body, and spirit. Three primary colors. Three visible phases of the moon. Past, present, and future. Thought, word, and deed. And, of course three wishes.
Here are my three wishes for my new year:
To continue to make people’s lives better through massage.
To learn new methods and techniques to make my practice better.
That the word about my business continues to spread so I can grow!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve my clients. My desire is to help everyone live a happier, healthier, less stressful, pain-free life. Thank you for letting me be a part of your self-care.
Spread some holiday cheer with the gift of therapeutic massage. The perfect gift to show someone you want them to be happy, healthy, and pain free! Now through January 1, 2015 purchase three 60, 90, or 30 minute gift certificates and save 20%. Click here or click the Gift Certificate button at the top of the page.
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Chronic neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck. It makes doing everything from working at the computer, to driving your car, to sleeping uncomfortable and sometimes downright impossible. It can cause trigger points and compensation patterns that cause headaches, back, and shoulder pain. Neck pain can be caused by repetitive postures or movements like computer work or reading, traumatic injuries such as a car or bike accident, or other issues like degenerative disc disease.
A new bit of clinical research demonstrates that a 60 minute massage 2-3 times per week can significantly reduce chronic neck pain. The study ran for 4 weeks with a follow up at 5 weeks. This is the first study that has allowed 60 minutes for the sessions and included work on compensation areas and integration of the entire body. This approach along with the frequency of treatment was much more successful than previous trials with shorter duration and focus only on the neck. You can read the study here.
I have had great success with moderate neck pain by doing 60 minute treatments once per week for 3-4 weeks then beginning to decrease the frequency of treatments. This also includes having the client note when pain begins to return and adjusting our scheduling to treat before that happens. This study will likely change my strategy for clients with more significant pain and those who have had pain for a longer duration.
The obvious sticking point here for most people is cost. Finding a way to manage chronic pain is priceless. It will improve your quality of life, period. Work, play, sleep, and family time will all be better. To help out on the financial end I also offer a package of 5 massages for the price of 4, a savings of 20%.
If you have questions about how massage can help with your chronic neck pain feel free to call or email.
So many times I’ve heard people say “I have (insert disease or condition here) so I don’t think I can get bodywork.” That hurts my heart because there are a lot of folks missing out on pain relief and relaxation as a result of assumptions, lack of information or misinformation.
I have been teaching pathology, the study of diseases, to massage students for ten years and have seen a lot of changes in how we approach different conditions as more and more clinical research is done on manual therapies. For example not too long before I began to learn my trade it was wrongly thought that massage should not be done on cancer patients because it might cause the cancer to spread. That had already been disproven but we still weren’t sure what role if any massage could have for people with cancer. Thirteen years later and not only are we teaching students how to safely work with cancer patients we have a 100 hour continuing education class for professionals in conjunction with Central Baptist Hospital on working with patients both in and out of the hospital.
If people dealing with some of the most serious physical challenges one can face: chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, radiation therapy, and cancer itself can get relief from pain, anxiety, and depression through massage what about those suffering from other things?
Because of amazing advances in medical science people are living successfully with a great variety of diseases and conditions. For many people, even the very ill, bodywork can be modified to accommodate for most any physical limitation. In fact because even gentle massage is such an enjoyable and positive experience it can improve the quality of life for most anyone. In some cases massage may even be an important part of managing or healing a condition or injury.
Here is a sample of some conditions clients of mine have had:
Surgical repair of shoulders, knees, and spines Cerebral Palsy
Lupus Spina Bifida
Cancer (patients and survivors) Tendinitis/Tendinosis
Joint Replacements Diabetes
Osteoarthritis Cardiovascular Diseases
Rheumatoid Arthritis Depression/Anxiety/PTSD
Multiple Sclerosis Spondylolisthesis
Muscular Dystrophy Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Sprains/Strains Varicose Veins
When going to get a massage be honest about any injuries, illnesses, or surgeries you have had so that the therapist can work with you in the best way possible. Experienced therapists will ask you about your condition and how it affects your life and will be able to treat you in a way that maximizes the benefits of massage and minimizes the possible problems that could arise.
If you aren’t sure if you can get massage or are concerned about negative effects from bodywork please contact me, I would be happy to talk to you about it!
UK researchers and massage therapists teamed up to do a study that confirmed massage therapy can help alleviate pain and improve quality of life for those with complex chronic low back pain. Using complementary therapies could reduce the need for dangerous and addictive opioid pain medications.
To celebrate my two year business anniversary I sent a survey to all of my clients to discover where I can improve my business as well as what I’m doing right. I’m very grateful to those who participated and gave me feedback about their experience. Here I will share the results of my survey and address many of the critiques clients had about my services and office environment.
Here’s what I learned about my clientele:
- 50% get a massage at least once per month and 30% at least every couple of months
- 83% get massage to manage pain, 48% use it to manage stress, and 55% to do something nice for themselves (this was a ‘choose all that apply’ for you math whizzes)
- A whopping 87% say that quality of treatment is the number one reason for choosing a therapist