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Best Massage Award 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 July 2013


Moffly Publications, publishers of Greenwich, Westport, and New Canaan · Darien magazines, recently polled itsreaders and surveyed its own editors for a list of the "The Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2014." 

Massage Mavens™ is proud to announce that we've been voted "Best Massage" for the EIGTH YEAR IN A ROW in all three magazines.  We'd really like to thank our fantastic therapists who make this possible... they are a group of hard working Massage Therapists  dedicated to their art.  We'd also like to thank our loyal clients and associated friends who voted for us this year.



How the Brain Reacts to Stress PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 January 2010

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress—and any regular client will attest to massage's stress-relieving benefits.

New research shows how the brain reacts to stress. Psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are able to see in detail for the first time how various regions of the human brain respond when people experience an unexpected or traumatic event. The study could lead to the creation of biological measures that could identify people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or identify PTSD sufferers who would benefit from specific treatments.

In the study, UAB researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to see how activity in the parts of the brain associated with fear, learning and memory respond when research participants were startled by a loud static sound and when they were
able to correctly predict when the sound would occur.

"When the noise is unexpected, the brain's response is larger," said UAB psychologist David Knight, Ph.D., principal investigator on the study, which is currently in press online and will appear in the January 2010 issue of the journal NeuroImage. "But when participants are able to predict when they are going to hear the unpleasant static noise, you can see the regions of the brain quiet down so that a smaller emotional response is produced."

An analysis of the brain scans showed that unpleasant events produced activity within the frontal lobe of the brain. The amount of activity was reduced when participants expected the unpleasant event, but not when the event was unexpected. Further, the amount of activity within these brain regions controlled the emotional response that was expressed.


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Bust work stress PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Tips to feel better and work better

Letting stress build up at work can lead to tension and irritability and can even cause you to dislike an otherwise interesting job. Here are some suggestions to better manage the effects of stress.
  • Pace yourself.  Keep your expectations of yourself and co-workers realistic and don't make a habit of putting in extra hours. If you find yourself trying to meet unrealistic expectations, learn to distance yourself emotionally or take up a physically demanding sport.
  • Set boundaries.  Accept that you can only do so much and give yourself wholeheartedly to that. Be willing to say "no."
  • Take breaks to get away.  Don't ignore your coffee break. If you don't drink coffee, take a brisk walk or take 5 long, relaxed breaths. Get chair massage or schedule a table massage after work once or twice a month.
  • Take time for yourself to review and evaluate the big picture. Listen to your inner voice about what's important and what is not.
  • Laugh. Find the humor in your life. Watch funny movies and be willing to laugh at yourself.
  • Get massage.  Massage can help reduce mental stress and anxiety and relieve muscle tension that can lead to pain and injury.
Stretching for the Workplace PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
If you sit at a desk all day, you may want extra time for your neck and shoulders when you get a massage. It may also help to take short breaks at work to relieve tension and prevent injury. Stretch frequently, flexing tight joints and shaking out tense limbs. Here are six stretches you can do at your desk.

  1. For neck tension, let your head fall forward as you exhale. Inhale and very slowly roll your head to the right until your right ear is resting over your right shoulder. Exhale and roll your head to your chest. Inhale and roll your head to your left shoulder. Exhale and return to the chest. Continue these movements, slowly and easily, for one to five minutes. Important: never roll your head behind your shoulder.
  2. To stretch your whole spine, raise your arms over your head. Stretch your right arm toward the ceiling, hold and relax. Then repeat with your left arm. Breathe slowly, exhaling completely as you stretch. Repeat several times. If you have high blood pressure, skip this one.
  3. For joint mobility, sit on a chair and stretch one leg in front of you. Roll your ankle in circles, both directions. Repeat on the other side. Then, with your arms at your sides, roll your wrists one way, then the other.
  4. As if you had a piece of tape stuck to your fingers, shake your arms and hands vigorously to get it off. Shake for 30 seconds and feel the energy move through your limbs.
  5. For tension in your upper back, clasp your hands behind your head and stretch your elbows back. Exhale and very slowly twist your head and torso to the right. Hold for a moment, inhale and turn back to center. Then exhale, turn to the left, and return to center. Repeat 5 times each direction.
  6. To ease back tension, push your chair away from the desk. Stretch both arms forward and rest your hands on the desk. Exhale and lower your head while arching your back. Relax for a moment with your head down, then inhale and raise your head and chest, curving your back in the other direction. Stretch several times this way, breathing slowly and completely.

ImageHints for Stretching

  • Stretch to a place you feel pull, but not pain. Don't bounce.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 seconds to increase circulation, 30-60 seconds to lengthen a muscle.
  • Breathe easily while holding the stretch. Slow, full breaths can get more oxygen to your muscles and help prevent straining.
  • If you have a recent injury or surgery, or if you feel a sharp pain when stretching, consult your primary health practitioner before continuing a stretching program.
Research Confirms Massage Therapy Enhances Health PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

What do back pain, stress and breast cancer have in common?

Recent research shows that massage therapy provides relief for people suffering from each of these conditions and that it is an effective complement to medical care.

Consumers have long suspected that massage helps promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. As more research demonstrates the effectiveness of massage therapy for helping to treat common ailments like low back pain, more consumers are seeking massage to improve their overall wellness and health.

Consumers aren’t the only people recognizing the benefits of massage. Physicians and other healthcare providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to traditional health care. According to one national survey, 54 percent of primary care physicians and family practitioners would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as a treatment. Consumers surveyed over the last three years say that when they discuss therapeutic massage with their physicians, more than 70% responded favorably.

Massage Therapy:

An Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain

A study conducted by Beth Israel-Deaconess Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education and the Center for Health Studies in Seattle concluded that therapeutic massage was an effective treatment for providing long-lasting benefits for patients suffering from chronic low back pain. In fact, researchers hypothesize that massage might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent low back pain. Researchers hope to continue their research to determine which components of the massage therapy experience contribute to its effectiveness.

Helping Breast Cancer Survivors Cope Emotionally and Physically

Research shows therapeutic massage is an effective complement to traditional medical care for women suffering from the trauma of undergoing a lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction. Pre-surgery, massage relaxes muscle tissue and increases the flow of lymph. Post surgery, women who use specialized lymph drainage techniques from a well-trained massage therapist as part of their treatment for lymphedema may experience less pain and swelling, as massage helps disperse build-up of lymphatic fluid.

Although the physiological benefits are important, many women who’ve undergone breast cancer treatment report that the emotional benefits of massage are paramount. Women report that massage helps them reconnect with their bodies after this invasive surgery.

Easing Pain After Bypass Surgery

According to a pilot study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, massage therapy reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients who have undergone heart bypass surgery when patients are treated at the hospital after their surgery. Because of its effectiveness, 60 percent of the massage group expressed a willingness to pay for massage therapy out-of-pocket.

Boosting Immune Function

During periods of stress, the effectiveness of the body’s immune system is reduced. Research indicates that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural "killer cells") and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.


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