Massage Becoming More Common in Hospitals

Research is showing the usefulness of massage to help with a variety of illnesses, injuries, and  conditions, as well as pre and post operation pain and stress.  This article in Massage Today highlights some of the ways therapeutic massage is being utilized and integrated into hospitals.  If you’re curious if massage might be appropriate for you or a loved one or how you can talk to your doctor about massage please feel free to contact me.

Celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week!

I’m almost booked for October and there’s been a lot of interest in this special offer.  If you want to take advantage of this deal I will extend it into November if you schedule your appointment by October 31!  

**Please message me when you schedule online or tell me if you schedule by phone that you want the deal.** 

October 21-27 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week and I’m celebrating by giving you 30 free minutes of massage!  Throughout the entire month of October you will get 60 minutes of personalized massage for the price of a 30 minute treatment.

To book your appointment click the Schedule Now button to your right or call 859-576-9409.  **When scheduling book yourself for 60 minutes and mention this ad to get your discount when checking out**

Please call or email me at if you have questions.

*Limit one per customer

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage

Massage has made huge gains in popularity over the last several years.  Research is growing that shows it is an effective non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical method to manage stress and many common aches and pains as well as be part of treatment strategies for a variety of injuries and illnesses.

Whether you’ve been getting regular massage for years or if you’ve never had one and are trying it for the first time there are some actions you can take to make sure you get the most out of your treatment.  Massage is not a one-size fits-all service.  Each one should be tailored specifically for you each time you go.  Finding the right therapist for your needs and being able to communicate well with them can turn a passive ho-hum massage into a working partnership that can help you get more enjoyment out of your life.

A Few General Guidelines

  • Do some research to find the right therapist for your needs.
  • Inform your therapist of any injuries, illnesses, or medications you’re taking.
  • Communicate with your therapist about your experience before, during, and after your treatment.
  • Relax your body and mind.
  • Follow up with your therapist after the massage to help fine-tune your next treatment.

For more detail on these recommendations read on!

Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, and other Pains in the Backside

There are mountains of annoyances that are virtual pains in the butt and no amount of massage, ice, or analgesics will make them go away (although massage may help with the stress of these pains).   Some people, however, have actual pain in the buttocks along with numbness, tingling and pain that can travel down the back of the leg and calf all the way to the foot.   These symptoms are typically tossed into the general classification of sciatica but there are a number of musculoskeletal problems that can cause these sensations.  Many people assume the problem is a bulging disc in the vertebrae of the low back but there are tight muscles, weak muscles, and trigger points that may cause the same problems.

The sciatic nerve is a combination of smaller nerves that arise from between the last two lumbar vertebrae (L4-5) and some that arise from the sacrum (S1-3).  Its function is to send sensory information from the buttocks, back of the thigh, calf, and foot to the brain and carry motor information from the brain to the muscles of these areas via the spinal cord.  When you feel your foot being tickled or you contract your hamstrings to flex your knee, the information is travelling through the sciatic nerve.

Causes and Treatment of Sciatic Nerve Problems:

New Knowledge To Help Me Help You!

Anatomy Trains

In order to maintain my licensure for massage in Kentucky I am required to take at least 24 hours of continuing education classes every two years.  This insures that I am continually learning theory and techniques to grow my skills.

This weekend I took a class called Anatomy Trains.  Anatomy Trains are a way of looking at the continuous connections between muscles, bones, and even organs that allow forces to be distributed through the body for efficient movement, posture and stability.

Much of the connection and distribution of force relies on connective tissue.  Every organ, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and muscle is covered with a matrix of connective tissue fibers.  Muscles are completely inundated with these fibers separating muscle bellies, groups of muscle cells within the bellies, and even individual fibers.  This tissue becomes tendons that attach muscles to bone flowing then into the fibrous tissue that covers the bone itself.  It is completely continuous throughout the body forming a three dimensional web of fluid-filled support giving us form and allowing our organs and muscles to move with and around each other.

Check Your Headaches

Sternocleidomastoid headache trigger points.

It would be a fortunate person who could go through life without suffering from a headache.  Everyone gets one occasionally and many suffer from them chronically.  A minor headache can be irritating enough to ruin your day and a serious one can be completely debilitating.  Here you can learn about the most common types of headaches, their causes, and how you can utilize massage as a drug-free alternative to prevent and manage them.  If you’re not interested in the whys and wherefores you can just scroll to the bottom to see how massage can help treat your headache.

Trapezius headache trigger points

Approximately 90% of all headaches are classified as tension-type headaches.  These are caused by musculoskeletal problems such as muscle tension, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, misalignment of the vertebrae of the neck, and irritation of the ligaments around the vertebrae of the neck.   About 7% are migraines, cluster, and sinus classified as vascular headaches.  Migraines and cluster headaches can have many different triggers such as bright lights, noise, medications, stress, and muscle tension.  Sinus headaches are often seasonal and accompany allergies or upper respiratory tract infections.  The pain felt by all of these types of headaches is thought to come from a cascade of neurotransmitters, the chemicals nerve cells in the brain use to communicate with each other as well as changes in blood flow that irritate the sensory nerves in the coverings of the brain.

For minor headaches most of you probably reach for an over the counter pain med like aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen.  These drugs are classified as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).  If your headaches are infrequent this isn’t a problem.  However, if you find yourself popping these pills frequently for headaches or any type of pain you may be headed for trouble.  NSAIDs can cause ulcers of the stomach, excessive bleeding, and liver or kidney failure.  There are much better and safer ways to manage most headaches than taking medications.

Instant Karma For Referrals!

Introducing the Instant Karma Referral Program:

Refer a friend and they’ll get $10 off their first 60 or 90 minute massage.

As a big Thank You from me, you’ll also get $10 off your next 60 or 90 minute appointment!

Go Out and Play!

Spring is in the air and many of us are spending more time outside being active.  If you’re like me you may have been less active and more couch potato like through the winter months and now the warm weather is encouraging you to go ride your bike, take a hike, go for a paddle, run, rock climb, swim, or play your favorite sport with friends.  The more serious athletes among us most likely stayed in better shape during the cold months but are increasing training in preparation for marathons, triathlons, league sports and other competitions.

If you’ve been fairly inactive for a bit it’s easy to overdo it in your eagerness to get out, enjoy the weather and have some fun.  Your muscles aren’t yet conditioned for a lot activity making them fatigue more quickly, more prone to injury, and increasing your chances for delayed onset muscle soreness, that nasty ache you get a couple of days after a good run, bike, or workout.

Now Accepting PIP Insurance

I am now certified to accept PIP insurance from auto accidents.

A car or motorcycle accident can result in months or years of pain due to trauma.  Even minor accidents can cause delayed neck and back pain even if you don’t immediately feel like you’re injured.  Talk to your doctor or chiropractor about prescribing therapeutic massage to help with your recovery.  Money in your PIP account through your auto insurance can be used to pay for massage therapy.

Welcome to Ali Blair Massage Therapy

Although my business is new I am a licensed massage therapist who has been helping clients reduce pain and manage stress in Lexington since 2001.

Massage therapy is an excellent way to help restore and maintain a healthy body, manage stress and reduce the intensity and frequency of muscular pain.  It has been shown to be effective in helping to manage common problems such as back and neck pain, tension headaches and migraines, anxiety and depression, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, repetitive strain injuries, and many other problems.

I will use my skills and knowledge to work with you to reduce stress and to relieve physical pain and dysfunction.  I can also work with you to help you discover the causes of your discomfort and evaluate ways in which you can reduce your risk of re-injury.

Please check back often to read my blog.  I will be writing about how common, and sometimes uncommon injuries and illnesses can be helped by massage, how massage techniques work on the body, and discuss other ways to attain and maintain wellness.  I will also keep you up to date on some of the latest research on bodywork.

Schedule now online!  Just click the Schedule Now button at the top of the home page.  I will be expanding my hours as my business grows.   If you don’t see a day or time that works for you please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you.