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The Benefits of Yoga and Massage – The perfect formula for self care

In a day and age where busyness is rewarded and calm is all but forgotten we have to make a conscious effort to practice self care. The act of yoga, deep breathing and connecting to the self is an amazing way to include self care in your life. Many see massage as an indulgence, but don’t be fooled by its feel good properties. Massage therapy can improve your game in more ways than one.  The practice of combining self care modalities is common and massage and yoga are the perfect combo. Yoga is often known as the exercise that allows your body to massage its own inner organs, which is remarkable on its own. However massage therapy can add to yoga, enhancing your hard work leaving you with amplified gains. Both yoga and massage benefit the mind, body and soul. Whether you get a massage before or after yoga will depend on your goals, but both are equally beneficial. Here are some ways you can use these complementary modalities to enhance your yoga experience while strengthening your inner connection.

Benefits of massage before yoga:

  1. Deepen your stretches: Massage therapy can break down connective tissue (fascia) restrictions encouraging easier movement in the body which allows you to reach a deeper stretch and hold in your yoga positions.
  2. It can relieve muscle tension causing pain which may be holding you back in your yoga movements. A pain free body works better.
  3. Massage decreases knots and trigger points that restrict movements. It also increases your range of motion allowing for more movement in joints, smoother transitions with movements and an overall more effective yoga session.
  4. Allows you to gain awareness of muscle weaknesses or imbalances which allows you the understanding of where you need to work more consciously in your yoga practice to strengthen, push, or hold back. This also decreases your chance of overcompensating with those muscles, or injuring yourself during your poses.  
  5. Massage helps balance out and align the muscle systems increasing your potential for more effective and consistent asanas.
  6. Massage increases circulation and warms up muscles making it the perfect precursor to your yoga session. You’ll be more than ready to begin your yoga practice the moment you reach your mat.
  7. Massage encourages deep breathing allowing you to get in tune with your body while bringing you into a mindful mental state. It can also increase clarity allowing you to leave all outside stressors and distractions behind. You’ll be mentally clear and prepared to begin your yoga session.
  8. Increases overall physical performance. Just as massage can improve an athlete’s game it too can encourage your body to work more efficiently.

Benefits Massage after yoga:

  1. Massage helps to flush out lactic acid in the muscles, helps increase lymphatic drainage in the body and increases circulation all which will help you recover from any soreness you may get from your yoga session. It will also encourage toxins to flush out of your system.
  2. A massage therapist can work on areas of tension that are hard to work out with yoga. An RMT can directly affect the muscles to release the tightness.
  3. Yoga can work as a “warm up” for the massage allowing your body to receive a deeper level of massage work along with a reduced pain response on tender areas.
  4. Prolongs the release of both feel good hormones while continuing to reduce the stress hormones. Often a deeper state of relaxation and release during this massage session is experienced.
  5. Improved Sleep quality. Massage is well known to positively impact sleep quality, however with the combination of massage after a yoga session sleep quality increases further.
  6. It allows continuum of the sacred calm space created in yoga, and prolongs the healing effects you just experienced in class.
  7. Because yoga and massage share so many positive effects to the body and mind the combining of the two will enhance the properties of each other. Essentially leaving you with a double benefit.

The power of touch is well known in both communities of science and spirituality. People have been experiencing the advantages of yoga and massage for thousands of years. The way in which yoga and massage therapy compliment each other is a beautiful dance between passive and manual therapies. The mind, body and spirit benefit from continued self care whether you chose massage before or after yoga. Whether you experience a heightened yoga session or just an overall increased feeling of well being then it has been worth it. Namaste.

We love to hear from you! If you have any questions please talk to one of our experienced Registered Massage Therapists. Email us with your questions at frontdesk@buddahbelly.ca

Our yoga and massage studio is located in the Capilano area of Edmonton, Alberta. Our address is 6139 101 ave NW, Edmonton. We would love to see you for a massage and/or a yoga class.

TEAM MEMBER HIGHLIGHT – Courtney Kennett

TEAM MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
•Position at Buddha Belly: Yoga Teacher
•Name: Courtney 
•Nickname: Court 
•Children: Son = Hunter (4 years old) 
Married: Yes (8 years)
• I met my husband at church 
•I went to College For Dance & Theatre + Personal Training (hidden talents) 
• I have been teaching a Buddha Belly for just over a year
• Favourite TV Show = This is Us 
• I am OCD organized 😂 
• Breakfast = Bran buds + Prunes + Protein Shake 
• I became an adult at 19 when I bought my first house & moved away from home to Ontario 
• Teaching Yoga = over a decade

We love Courtney, as do her regulars. She is an important part to our AMAZING warm and friendly team at Buddha Belly. What do you love about Courtney?

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How Massage Supports Your Health and Wellness

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What is Massage?
Massage is a term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.

What are the Benefits of Massage?
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

1. Anxiety
2. Digestive disorders
3. Fibromyalgia
4. Headaches
5. Insomnia related to stress
6. Myofascial pain syndrome
7. Soft tissue strains or injuries
8. Sports injuries
9. Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection, your personal wellness.

Are there different types of massage?

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

1. Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

2. Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

3. Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

4. Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

What you can expect during a Massage?
You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.

In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.

Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or how to engage in massage with a partner at home.

We would love to have you visit Buddha Belly Yoga and Wellness for your next massage. Please contact us at 780-249-9642, visit http://www.buddhabelly.ca or visit us in store.
We are located at 6139 101 Ave NW, Edmonton. in Capilano Edmonton. We are 10 mins just down baseline Sherwood Park.