Changing The Way You Think About Massage
Updates from IMR about COVID-19
We would like to sincerely thank all of our amazing clients who have continued services at IMR. As a small business we have come to the decision to keep our doors open for the time being until the federal/state government places a mandatory closure of all non-essential business. The choice does not come easily as we weigh the options of continuing to help our small staff support their families and navigating the new business environment we have been presented with during the current climate of the world. In these uncertain times of little to no information about any government relief we collectively with our staff, have made the decision to continue allowing our talented Massage Therapist’s to provide their un-equaled talent to existing & new clients.
We are monitoring the current situation hourly as we know changes are happening rapidly in order to attempt the containment of COVID-19. IMR has taken our own additional precautions in order to adhere to the strict guidelines issued by the CDC. An email was previously sent out with a description of the existing sanitation protocols IMR has adhered to before COVID-19 and the additional sanitation protocols that were implemented as soon as the virus was announced by the CDC.
The health and well-being of our clients and staff is the top priority of IMR’s ownership. Holistic health is more beneficial than ever as research has shown that self-care through Massage and Infrared Sauna have been shown to increase your bodies immune system and reduce stress. We have informed our staff of the self-quarantine requirements recommended by the CDC that if they are presenting signs of COVID-19 or the flu that they must stay home for a minimum of 14 days. Our reception staff is also recommending to any clients booking appointments to cancel any booked appointment at any time with no cancellation fee if they are not feeling well.
While we are continuing to keep our doors open we would like to make sure our clients know that we have your safety as our absolute top priority. Your continued support allows us to keep our employee’s working which means the world to them as they are unable to work remotely as is the nature of this business. If/when the federal/state government decides to place us on a mandatory quarantine, we will sadly close our doors to comply with whatever the governments require.
We plan on providing updates as quickly as we have more/new information. Please contact us at (702)482-8585 with any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you from IMR management and staff.
Massage Therapy Stretching for Hip Flexors & Extensors
Hip Flexors and Extensors
Two muscle groups form your hip flexors and extensors. The iliopsoas, rectus femoris and sartonius create the flexors, while the gluteus maximus, hamstrings and bicep femoris form the latter. Together they help the hip flex and extend, move the upper leg and stabilize your pelvis. Stay flexible to keep your flexors and extensors in tip-top shape. Avoid activities that tighten these muscles, like sitting in an office chair all day. Opt instead for stretches and exercises that encourage flexibility.
Tight hip flexors and extensors create a domino effect. When your hip muscles tighten, this triggers your pelvis to tilt toward your tailbone, throwing your back out of alignment. A misaligned back can cause pain and discomfort. A massage therapist can strengthen the hip-supporting thigh muscles and the joint itself. Besides helping you recuperate from an injury, regular massages help prevent re-injury by increasing hip muscle and joint flexibility and strength.
Your massage therapist moves the hip joint, and flexor and extensor muscles, to release tension. She may set you near the edge of the massage table for stretches that involve dangling one leg over the side of the table as you lie face up. Your massage therapist may also place you on your side for either the pulling the thigh or pushing the thigh stretches. You’ll face away from the therapist during “pulling the thigh,” while the masseuse presses down on your hip, stabilizing your pelvis. She will pull your thigh toward her, rotating the hip joint and stretching the hip flexors and extensors. Or try the prone stretch, which has you lying on your stomach while the massage therapist sits on your buttocks, facing away from you and pulling your thigh toward her chest.
Do-It Yourself Stretches
Make your massage last by mastering at-home stretches. Massage therapy veteran Joseph E. Muscolino, a chiropractic physician and professor, suggests basic and advanced standing and kneeling lunges to stretch the hip muscles. Bridges are another staple advocated by Muscolino. Half-bridges target the upper and lower body, and progress into a full bridge. Try the lower-body bridge first and work up to a full bridge. Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides. Bend your knees, rest your neck against the floor and raise your hips. Hold until you feel a slight burn in the pelvis, and then lower your hips.
Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is sometimes also referred to as craniosacral therapy.
It’s a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column. It’s thought that through the gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, which enhances the body’s ability to heal. Many massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors are able to perform cranial sacral therapy. CST is thought to relieve compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It’s also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves.
Cranial sacral therapy can be used for people of all ages. It may be part of your treatment for conditions like:
migraines and headaches
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia
recurrent ear infections or colic in infants
trauma recovery, including trauma from whiplash
mood disorders like anxiety or depression
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that CST is an effective treatment, but more research is needed to scientifically determine this. There are certain individuals who shouldn’t use CST. These include people who have:
severe bleeding disorders
a diagnosed aneurysm
a history of recent traumatic head injuries, which may include cranial bleeding or skull fractures
You’ll typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Your session will last about an hour, and you’ll likely begin by lying down on your back on the massage table. The practitioner may begin at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body.
Using five grams of pressure (which is about the weight of a nickel), the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to their subtle rhythms. If they detect it’s needed, they may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. They may use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs.
During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:
feeling deep relaxation
falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors
having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation
having a hot or cold sensation
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the heel area. While it commonly occurs in middle-aged people, younger people also experience this foot problem. The pain is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. This condition can occur in one or both feet, along with swelling in severe conditions. Without proper treatment, heel pain may get worse.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
A host of therapies and treatments exist to help turn the tide against the pain of plantar fasciitis. Reducing pain and inflammation is a top priority using ice, compression, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. Taping the foot can relieve the pain under the heel. Proper shoes are extremely important. Orthotics, steroid injections and surgery are more costly options for extreme cases.
Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. Exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and calf muscles are a priority. Calf muscle stretches should be done three to five times a day, holding the stretches for up to 30 seconds at a time. The plantar fascia stretch is done by pulling the foot and toes upwards aiming to feel a stretch in the arch of the foot and back of the calves. Rolling the foot over a ball can also help stretch underneath the foot.
Massage Therapy to Stretch, Relieve, Restore
Massage therapy not only deals with the symptoms but treats the root of the problem. Deep tissue massage works to loosen muscle tissue, remove toxins and increase circulation of blood and oxygen to the area. Deep tissue massage works because it physically breaks down the adhesions caused by overexertion or strain. A trained massage therapist can work the foot and heel so the ligaments and muscles start to relax, which promotes healing and diminishes chances of reoccurrence. As a result, pain decreases and there is increased ease when walking, standing and participating in daily activities.
Additionally, individuals dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis frequently adapt the way they walk to try and avoid the pain. Doing so can cause issues with other parts of the body, such as the hips, feet, ankles, knees, low back and joints, which eventually causes strained muscles and sore joints.
Although lasting treatment takes time, most people report feeling partial to full relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis after a series of massage sessions.
Daily at-home massage can be done through the use a rubber ball or a circular object like a water bottle to roll across the bottom of the foot while sitting in a chair with enough pressure to be effective without causing too much pain.
EXCITING NEWS! We are running a social media contest and giving away 3 FREE 60 minute massages!!
Terms & Conditions of IMR Massage “Find The Knotty Girl In Our Mural” contest below:
*No purchase necessary.
* This contest is open to all residents of Southern Nevada
* The Contest period runs from Jan. 15, 2020, to Jan. 31 2020, 11:59 p.m.
* 3 winner(s) will be chosen at random and announced on Feb. 1, 2020
* To enter and be eligible to win, they must:
Like our IMR Massage Page, this post and tag two friends.
DM us clear a snapshot of the location of the knotty girl within the mural
* Winner(s) will be notified via Facebook on Feb. 1, 2020. If a response is not received within three (3) days, the chosen winner(s) will be forfeited and a new winner(s) will be selected.
* Up to XX persons will win a 60 minute massage. Therapist tip NOT INCLUDED.
* Winners must be 18 or over and a resident of Las Vegas or Henderson.
* No prize substitutions. Prize can be used as a gift.
2019 Black Friday Special!!!
**OFFER VALID UNTILL 9PM ON DECEMBER 1ST.
DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER**
Purchase 2 sessions for any length of service and receive a 3rd session of equal time for free.
(up to a $160 value)
Keep all 3 sessions for yourself or give the gift of relaxation this gift-giving season.
30 min Black Friday Special……………………$80.00 ($40 value)
60 min Black Friday Special………………….$160.00 ($80 value)
90 min Black Friday Special………………..$240.00 ($120 value)
120 min Black Friday Special………………..$320.00 ($160 value)
Give us a call at (702) 482-8585 or stop on by our location at 8872 S. Eastern Ave Suite 103.
Our awesome receptionist would be happy to help.
Offer valid at regular menu price. VIP discounts cannot be included with this offer.
Managing Torticollis with Massage Therapy
Torticollis is often referred to as a wry neck or twisted neck. Torticollis is characterized by involuntary muscle spasms or contractions that lead a person to carry their neck in an abnormal position. Symptoms of torticollis are neck pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain and headaches. Some babies are born with torticollis, but most often, torticollis is caused by nerve or muscle damage from whiplash or a similar injury. Torticollis can affect both children and adults. There are several treatments that can be used for muscular torticollis, but massage therapy is one of the most effective treatments for pain relief. The massage therapist will use a variety of modalities to treat torticollis including heat, massage, traction and stretching to relieve the pain. The massage therapist will slowly begin gentle stretching of the neck and then work into a gentle kneading massage. As the soft tissue in the neck becomes relaxed, the therapist will begin a more deep kneading massage. Once the neck is fully relaxed, the therapist will try to move the neck in all directions using passive movement. They will begin to stretch and hold the neck in various positions to lengthen the neck muscles. With the muscles lengthened and relaxed, the therapist will find any tender trigger points in the neck area. They will press and hold the trigger points until the muscles and soft tissue relax.The therapist will give also give ideas for treatments to do at home in between profession massage therapy sessions. These may include the application of alternating cold and hot packs to sore areas of the neck as well as at home stretching exercises.
How Massage Therapy Can Help Ease
Anxiety and Panic Disorder Symptoms
Massage therapy can help the body relax, which in turn can help one let go of anxious and fearful thoughts. Massage can relieve muscle pain and tension, improve circulation, and increase flexibility. As a relaxation technique, massage therapy can work to manage the fight-or-flight response, or stress reaction, that is typically overactive among people with anxiety disorders.
The fight-or-flight reaction is responsible for causing fearful thoughts and reactions that often far outweigh any actual threat in the environment. For example, people with agoraphobia often fear having a panic attack in a large crowd or confined areas where it would feel embarrassing or difficult to escape.
The fight-or-flight reaction typically leads to uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate, excessive sweating, and chest pain. Massage therapy can have an opposing effect on the body by eliciting the relaxation response, reducing tension, lowering heart rate, and generally making a person feel calmer.
Anxiety and Depression
Massage for wellness can help those who suffer from mental health issues. For example, a study found that massage lowered the stress hormone cortisol in patients suffering from anxiety by 53 percent, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Research has also found the natural treatment increases serotonin and dopamine, which helps those experiencing depression.
How massage can help scoliosis:
For decades, bracing and spinal fusion have been the go-to treatments for scoliosis.
But as a growing body of research sheds new light on this complex condition, patients are increasingly turning their backs on these outdated practices—and seeking alternative therapies instead.
Massage, in particular, has gained attention for its ability to reduce the chronic back pain that’s sometimes associated with scoliosis. A skilled massage therapist “can use a combination of massage strokes, sustained pressure, positioning and stretches to help balance the muscles of the back and body” and temporarily alleviate scoliosis symptoms.
While it can’t fix the underlying cause of scoliosis, medical research has found that massage therapy can provide temporary relief from scoliosis pain and other symptoms. There are two primary types of massage that can help: cranial-sacral therapy and deep tissue massage.
Cranial-sacral therapy: By gently mobilizing restricted tissue around and within the spinal column, cranial-sacral therapy helps balance the spine and improve the patient’s ability to function.
Deep tissue massage: Deep tissue work, assisted stretching and neuromuscular therapy all help the spine relax by increasing blood flow and elongating tightened areas, which can help relieve muscular pain.
Appropriate application of cranial-sacral therapy and deep tissue massage can provide a respite for continuously over-stretched fascia and muscles, thus lessening the stress on a wrenched spinal column. Although not one of the treatment options for correcting this condition, massage therapy can help relieve some of the resulting back pain, shallow breathing, sciatica, headaches and insomnia brought on by this aberrant spinal structure.
While no single treatment can cure scoliosis, back massage plays a supportive role in reducing pain, improving functionality and enhancing the effectiveness of other therapies. With the right combination of treatments, patients can achieve significant long-term results
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Relax and Recharge in a Float Tank…
What is float therapy? Floating, also known as sensory deprivation is a form of relaxation therapy. The tank is filled with 11″ of water heated to 94°, and 1,200+ pounds of Epsom salt. Your body floats effortlessly on top of the water… Floating helps relieve pain and inflammation in the body, relaxes the mind, and helps stimulate creativity.
This style of float tank is completely open!
Floating is Scientifically Proven to Help with Anxiety and Stress
Dr. Justin Feinstein from Laureate Institute for Brain Research sharing his study at the International Float Conference
A 2018 study showed that a one-hour session in a sensory deprivation tank significantly reduced anxiety and improved mood in the 50 participants with stress- and anxiety-related disorders.
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10870 S Eastern Ave Suite 103
Henderson, NV 89052
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