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Opening day at Mend You Massage is 8/14/2017 I hope to see you there!

Remember all first time clients receive 10% off their first service!

Myofascial Release work is a specialized service we provide here. It is a highly effective alternative to deep tissue massage. This work gives you all the effects and more of deep tissue work without the pain and discomfort that can follow a session.


But I’m Not in Pain….Why Should I Get a Massage?

Have you ever gone to the massage therapist and said “help, my back hurts! I don’t know what I did to it but, its been like this for days/weeks.  I’ve tried everything and now I’m here.” Of course we have and even crazier we walk out saying “I feel so much better I should do this more often.” Then we don’t book another massage until we are in pain again. So here comes the reality check….. If you get regular maintenance massage you can avoid the pain that we can’t seem to get under control when it flares up.

Prevention is better than a cure sounds cliche but, maintenance massage is the key to keeping the pain away.  There are endless benefits to getting maintenance massage, not just to keep the pain away. Every massage you get effects every system of your body not just the muscles.

Massage does so much for our bodies starting with increasing flexibility and range of motion in our joints and muscles which most of us have experienced first hand. So lets cover the basic benefits for the whole body in every session:

Skin, Hair, Nails:

  • Increased tonicity.
  • Increased nerve conduction at surface.
  • Sloughing off dead skin cells.
  • Increased and better sebaceous(oil) gland productivity.
  • Increased growth in hair and nails.


  • Increases movement between muscles.
  • Better cellular nutrition and hydration.
  • Decreases adhesions and scar tissue.
  • Decreases lactic acid for faster recovery from activity fatigue.
  • General relaxation in muscles.


  • Increased circulation.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Better/faster nutrient exchange at tissues.
  • Makes heart contractions stronger and more forceful.


  • Increased immune response, preventing disease.
  • Increases lymph node/gland flow and activity.
  • Reduces edema.
  • Helps body’s healing response during healing process.


  • Brings more oxygen to tissues.
  • Increases deeper more effective breathing.
  • Normalizes breathing rate.
  • Loosens musculature between ribs for better lung expansion.
  • Stimulates respiration for those who are inactive or have reduced activity.
  • Loosens congestion in lungs.


  • Relaxes or stimulates nervous system depending on techniques/goals.
  • Increases self/body awareness.
  • Releases spasming tissues.
  • Head and face massage helps coordination.
  • Effective in pain control.

Hormones and Glands:

  • Helps transport hormones through circulation.
  • Aids in immune hormone function.
  • Aids in proper gland secretion.
  • Helps balance hormones, to aid in proper function.


  • Aids in digestion reducing constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Improves function of all digestive organs.
  • Regular massage can also aid in fat absorption.
  • Improves tone of large and small intestine.


  • Increased circulation nourishes skeletal cells.
  • Improves skeletal and postural alignment.
  • Increases joint mobility and synovial (joint) fluid needed to lubricate joints.
  • Aids in repair of fractures by increasing circulation to location

So when you see and think about all the added benefits for your whole body do you think that massage is just for when you are in pain?  

Sports Massage & Kinesiotaping: How and Why?

Sports Massage:

It is ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

It can be for pre-event for preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Inter-event is usually performed over or around sports attire at sporting events between events such as halftime or between sprints ect. Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.

One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.

For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. Contact us to find a plan that will work best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.

Kinesiotaping with Rocktape:

RockTape is the world’s best kinesiology tape. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain. RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect. It also is very effective in relieving edema and bruising.

How it Works / Benefits:

RockTape turns down the volume on pain, more specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.

When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation, when RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

It delays fatigue

Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

It normalizes muscle tone when someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result.

RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

It distributes physical stress, unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – RockTape allows full movement of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.

Kinesiotaping Benefits for Edema

Kinesiotaping with Rocktape:

RockTape is the world’s best kinesiology tape. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain, and it is very effective in relieving edema and bruising. RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect.

Benefits for Edema:

Kinesiology taping is a simple, comfortable and effective treatment for both edema and lymphedema. A special configuration called fan taping involves applying strips of tape with a solid end and multiple, narrow “tails” directly over an area of swelling. The tape gently lifts the skin over the affected area, creating a negative pressure that allows excess fluid to drain away through the lymphatic vessels. Edema taping applications are typically worn for 3-5 days at a time, continuing their therapeutic benefits the entire time they’re worn.

General Info on Edema:

Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is characterized by a buildup of fluid in a localized area. Edema can be caused by trauma such as injuries or surgery, or by medical conditions like heart disease, kidney disease or allergic reactions. Many women also develop edema in the feet and legs during pregnancy. Lymphedema is a severe form of edema caused by damage, blockage or removal of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes. The most dangerous form of edema is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), caused by a blood clot in a vein.

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