Some jobs involve being on your feet most of the day. Often it is on hard floors or rough terrain. You may have a long walk from the parking lot to your job.
At home we walk around to take care of our place, our family, and our belongings. We shop, stand chatting with a friend, stand in lines, and walk around doing errands. We cook, do laundry, clean and put things away. You may make multiple trips up and down stairs every day. Yard work and home maintenance keeps us on our feet as well.
You may kick things out of the way or stomp your feet to let out some frustration. You may do extra walking for exercise or from an inconvenience, or run to make it somewhere on time.
If you enjoy sports you use your feet to run, jump, and kick. Your feet take a real pounding since they support all your body weight along with the extra force from the exertion.
For exercise or fun activities you use your feet for yoga and fitness classes, hiking, climbing, kickboxing, and dance - and hauling all of your equipment around..
Your feet have things dropped on them and they get stepped on. You step on unexpected things such as rocks, tools, or toys (Legos!).
All of your leg joints are all affected by your feet. Joints are under pressure from muscles and bones pulling and twisting on them. Relieving foot pain allows your muscles and joints to be in their proper positions and with less pressure on them you feel better.
We squeeze our feet into uncomfortable shoes or boots. Sometimes it may be for the sake of fashion, such as high heels. Other times work footwear is uncomfortable. Sandals may be more comfortable but they may not provide the support your feet need.
Massage provides relief from Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, and other common foot pain. Most muscles that move your foot start in your calf, so relieving foot pain can also reduce calf pain too.
Your feet do a lot for you. Give them some attention with a massage so you can keep doing what you want.
We usually don’t think about our feet. Until they hurt. We tend to take them for granted, but like other parts of our body they can get tired, overused, sore, and in need of some attention.
When they start to hurt it can lead to many other problems.
When your feet hurt you don’t want to do much of anything. You just want to stay off of them. Your body likes to move, though. And your brain functions better when you are active. So foot pain can quickly lead to other issues.
Foot pain can cause of other pain in your body. If your foot hurts, you change the way you stand, walk, and move. Those changes affect your legs. When your legs hurt, you make more changes in what you do, which affects your hips, then your back, then your neck.
I guess it is always best to start at the beginning…
Some things you should or shouldn’t do before your massage:
Do shower. Please come to your massage clean. If it is flip flop season, please be mindful of your feet. I keep wet wipes in my changing room during the summer to help clients freshen up.
Do reschedule your massage if you are sick, especially if you have a fever.
Do Not eat a large meal, or drink copious amount of any fluid.
Do Not come in for a massage drunk.
Do Not smoke before your massage session.
Always be on time for your first appointment, I even ask my clients to arrive a few minutes early so that they can fill out their paperwork without it cutting into their massage time.
Now is the time you are going to want to turn off your cell phone, or at the very least put it on silent.
So how naked should you get? The only correct answer is how naked are you comfortable getting? Typically, massages are done nude or in underwear only. You will be properly draped the entire time, only the area the therapist will be working is exposed ( your therapist will never expose your genitals or female nipples). This does not in any way mean that you cannot get a massage if you are uncomfortable undressing. This is something you will need to discuss with your therapist in advance. Accommodations can be made if needed, or some therapist may not want to work with someone who doesn’t want to undress and that is okay. There is one who will work with you.
Once you are undressed to your level of comfort please get on the massage table under the sheet.
Now we are going to cover some things that might happen during the massage.
Ladies, if you forgot to shave your legs you absolutely do not need to apologize or feel embarrassed. Therapist are use to working on men so unless you have razor sharp hairs it isn’t going to bother us.
What if you have to pee? You should always try to go before your session starts, but if things didn’t work out that way for you and you were unable just let your therapist know and they can usually step out of the room and allow you to use the restroom.
Do you have gas, just let it go. Passing gas is far better that clenching all of your muscles to keep from doing so. It is a normal and nothing to feel embarrassed about. You can always ask your therapist to excuse you for a moment if you are uncomfortable.
During the massage, feel free to speak up on anything you don't like or would like to change—more pressure, less pressure, quieter music, a blanket if you're cold, turning the table warmer off.
Talking during the massage is also a personal preference. Some people like to pour their heart out to their therapist and others like to enjoy the peace and quiet. If you would rather keep the talking to a minimum just let your therapist know, they will not be offended. You are paying for this time, we want you to relax and enjoy it. Do know, that sometimes we have to ask basic questions about things that we might feel or things you need to be aware of.
Men, What if you get an erection? Sometimes men will get an erection during a therapeutic non-sexual massage, it is normal. You have no reason to be embarrassed, gentle touch can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in an erection. A professional massage therapist will just ignore it. Like always, if you are feeling uncomfortable and need a moment just ask your therapist to excuse you briefly.
They might massage your butt, if this makes you uncomfortable please tell your therapist in advance that you prefer they don’t work the butt/hip area. But, I do want you to be mindful that a lot of lower back and even leg pain stems from the muscles located in that area and that a good therapist can really help alleviate a lot of pain for you.
NEVER and I mean NEVER make jokes that are of sexual nature. It is never funny, and it is always offensive. I, personally, will end a massage that minute and charge you full price. Always stay under the sheet, if you are hot I will turn the table warmer off or remove the blanket. And, under no circumstances should you put your hands on your therapist.
After your massage is through your therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed.
Should you tip?
If you are at a spa or massage chain, yes you should always tip. Those therapists are often only earning 15-30% of what you paid for their services. Customary tip is around 20%. If you are receiving a massage from a private provider tips are never required or expected, but always appreciated.
I really hope that is post has helped relieve some anxiety that you may have about getting a massage. If you have questions about anything that I didn’t cover here please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to answer them for you.
My friend and fellow therapist Mattie has answered a lot of questions I didn't get to in this post, check her out as well. Mad Hatter Massage
Love and Light,
Sami Wurm, LMT
Okay, So… I have been riding the struggle bus for a little over a month now. All kids of random health problems, anxiety, inability to cope with stress, random bouts of crying…. ECT
I am not sure why it took me so long to realize that yet again my diet was the culprit. I have been eating out waaaay too much lately because of how much I am working, and my diet has just gotten way out of hand. I am going to juice for a few days a reel it back in.
Here is my absolute favorite juice to start the day with, and all of the reasons why I have built it the way I have…
Elixir of Health
Wheatgrass – Handful or 1 oz of Juice
Apples -2 apples, red preferably
Lemon- 1 whole lemon, include peel and pith if you can stomach it
Beets - 1 Whole Beet, including Greens
Basil – 4 to 6 leaves
Ginger - thumb sized piece
Juice them all together in your juicer and CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!
Contains all minerals known to man
Vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
High in protein
17 Amino Acids
Chlorophyll is a SUPERFOOD!
Nutritionally Complete Food
Gluten Free, because it is cut before grain forms.
High in Antioxidants
Inhibits the growth of breast cancer tumors.
Contains Quercetin, which boosts immune system and lung function
Flavanol (red apples) reduces risk of pancreatic cancer
Ursolic acid accelerates calorie burn.
Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal
Contains 22 Anticancer compounds!
Give us Vitamin C, Citric acid, B-complex, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium… and so much more
Balances the body’s PH
Hesperetin in lemons lowers blood sugar.
Kills Cancer Cells
Plus- B6, Niacin, Vitamin C, Iron, Selenium, and Magnesium
Speeds Up Metabolism
Antibacterial,Antiviral, Antifungal,and Anti-inflammatory
High in Vitamin C, Folate, & Manganese
Provides B6, Thiamin, Potassium, Magnesium, and Copper
Cleanses the blood vessels
High in betacyanin which destroys tumors
Improves Brain Function
Removes phlegm from bronchial tubes
Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal
Rich in Vitamin K, for healthy bones
Vitamin A, Manganese, Iron, and Vitamin C
Aids in Memory Retention
Known as an Antistressor food
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for health or disease nor do I claim to be a doctor or dietitian. I am not liable, either expressly or in an implied manner, nor claim any responsibility for any emotional or physical problems that may occur directly or indirectly from reading this blog. This information has not been evaluated by the FTC, FDA or any other government agency and that this information is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Cupcakes. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day and we’re here to celebrate. We’ve covered some heavier topics in previous posts, so this month we are going to lighten the mood with cake.
Share with friends. We know it’s hard to share any dessert, but cupcakes are the perfect addition to any coffee date. Catch up with a friend, drink some coffee, tea or cocoa, and savor the moments.