The journey of pregnancy can often be an arduous one. Everything you do is impacted by your baby for 9 months, including how you do your work, what you eat, and how your take care of yourself. You’re doing all that you can to ensure the health of your future child, but you’re most likely missing out on the huge health benefits of prenatal massage. Pregnancy massage in Denver can improve the well-being of your fetus and, within a few sessions, you can experience great impacts on your health as well.

If you experience discomfort, recurring pains, excessive anxiety, or have an over-active baby throughout your pregnancy, prenatal massage may be exactly what you need to improve the overall experience of being pregnant.

Improving Your Life with Pregnancy Massage In Denver

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Therapeutic massage techniques have been shown, time and time again, to improve health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Pregnancy massage is no exception. The benefits of prenatal massage have been well documented for many years, thanks to thorough research studies. And these benefits are not just limited to the mother or the baby; pregnancy massage in Denver can benefit the health of both parties.

Here are just a few benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Decreased anxiety - Studies have shown massage therapy lowers cortisol levels in mothers, which, in turn, decreases excessive fetal activity and lowers the rate of premature births.

  • Improved mood and reduced depression - A research study of 84 depressed women in their second trimester reported that the women experienced higher levels of dopamine and serotonin from a few 20-minute massage therapy sessions per week, along with better neonatal outcomes (i.e., premature births, low birth-weights, etc.).

  • Reduced pain - Aside from those studies already mentioned above, others have documented how pregnant women have experienced less back pains and leg pains from prenatal massage therapy sessions.

To put it more clearly: prenatal massage improves your physical and psychological well-being, and reduces birthing complications, which makes for an easier pregnancy. And who doesn’t want an easier pregnancy?

Learn more about the benefits of prenatal massage from our previous blog post.

What Would A Pregnancy Massage in Denver Look Like?

First and foremost, your health is the priority. Before booking a prenatal massage session, you should speak to both your doctor and your massage therapist to fully understand the precautions you may need to take. As we’ve covered, the benefits of prenatal massage are many and growing, but the safety/health of you and your baby come first.

While each individual is different and each pregnancy is unique, a typical prenatal massage session could last between 30-60 minutes. For the majority of the session, you will lay on your side (alternating sides halfway through) while resting your body on a pillow, adjusted to your body type and point in the pregnancy. We can adjust your body position throughout the session, to semi-reclined supported positions or other prone positions, if needed.

Massage therapists can use a variety of techniques to address your pain areas. So, if you suffer from neck pains and migraines while pregnant, massage therapists could take a cranial-sacral approach. Or if you have consistently swollen and sensitive feet, perhaps a swedish massage technique would work best. It all depends on your pain points and your comfort level.

Of course, the pacing of the massage, the body positions, and massage pressure will vary from person to person. Comfort is of paramount importance for pregnancy massages in Denver and your massage therapist should be putting your comfort first throughout your massage.

The Best Pregnancy Massage in Denver

At Wayfare Wellness, our certified massage therapist, Sarah, has been thoroughly trained in a wide variety of massage therapy approaches and has practiced them with many clients. One of our specialties is prenatal massage, so Sarah knows the ins-and-outs of prenatal massage and understands exactly how to provide the best pain relief for you.

Whether you’ve just found out you are pregnant or you’re counting down the days in the third trimester, we can develop a personalized massage therapy plan to give you the best results. Wayfare Wellness is a leader in pregnancy massage in Denver, so let us show you how we can benefit you.

Experience the benefits of prenatal massage first hand and book your first massage therapy session with Wayfare Wellness today. Or contact us to learn more about what we can offer.

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Companies around the world are starting to see the value of business wellness initiatives and are taking steps to make sure their employees are taken care of. These types of programs can include anything from on-site fitness facilities to medical screenings to health education. While many of these business wellness efforts focus on the body, there are still some aspects that are neglected in the development of a corporate wellness program.

Massage Therapy in your Business Wellness Program

For many people, massage therapy is a treat that we indulge in exclusively when we are celebrating a special occasion or the end of a very stressful project or milestone. In doing this, we inadvertently fall into a cycle:

  • We feel muscle pain and tension, are having trouble sleeping, recovering from, stress, etc.

  • We get mild relief from a 60 or 90 minute massage.

  • We wait until we experience pain again to get another massage.

When this happens, you can't reap the full benefits of massage therapy and your muscle pain, tension, and other symptoms start to affect other aspects of your daily life. Because of this cycle of infrequent therapy, massage can be an essential element in any business wellness program.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy In Business Wellness

Incorporating massage therapy into your business wellness program not only plays a vital role in encouraging employees to take care of themselves but also getting the most out of the wellness efforts they are making.

Improving Employee Morale

Massage therapy offers your employees the opportunity to take a moment for themselves. Prioritizing your employees' well being ensures that they feel valued and appreciated. This supports a positive work environment that employees are excited to be a part of. Your staff will notice a boost in morale and so will your clients.

Decrease Overuse Injuries

When your business wellness program features a massage therapy aspect, the therapist can help you reduce overuse injuries related specifically to the type of work you do. If you have employees performing heavy labor, typing regularly, or even just seated all day long, you will see similar types of aches, pains, and injuries that stem from regular use of certain muscle groups. Not only can a massage therapist help relieve tension and start the healing process for these types of problems but they can also help you incorporate protocols, such as specific stretches, that help prevent these problems.

Lower Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Massage therapy is truly a therapeutic addition to any business wellness program. Partnering with a massage therapist to offer those services to your employees on a regular basis can help them cope with the stress of their daily responsibilities at the office. Massage therapy also plays a role in the mind-body connection, making it a beneficial treatment option for symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. By providing the body with the support it needs physically, you can, in turn, offer the same kind of mental support.

Reduce The Number Of Sick Days Required

Massage is a form of self care. This concept of taking care of one's own mind and body is often neglected when life gets chaotic. The high-stress, fast-paced lifestyle many people in our society lead takes a toll and often results in chronic illness and longer recovery times. When your business wellness program includes specific initiatives that help your staff members take care of themselves, you can help improve their livelihood and reduce the number of days they are out of the office feeling sick or recuperating from illness or stress.

Increase Focus, Energy, and Mental Clarity

Along those same lines, when your employees feel good, their ability to stay focused is significantly improved. An effective business wellness program can change the entire culture of your office by helping to put your employees first.

Spark Creativity

A final benefit of an effective business wellness program is its ability to spark creative ideas and innovation within your workplace. Employees who not only feel valued but also taken care of will push themselves to think outside of the box when it comes to solving problems, increasing revenue, or operating efficiently.

The Benefits Of Business Wellness

Business wellness plays a key role in any work environment. How well your business wellness program supports the needs of your organization relies entirely on what you offer. Massage therapy is a great addition to any wellness program because it provides both physical and mental support that helps employees perform at their best.

If you're interested in partnering with Wayfare Wellness to incorporate massage therapy into your business wellness program, contact us today.

Published in Massage
Friday, 01 December 2017 12:39

How To Handle Holiday Stress

They say the holiday season is the most joyful time of the year, but as many of us know, the holidays come with busy schedules, high stress and a never ending to-do list. In an effort to host the perfect holiday dinner, we find ourselves pushing our own priorities to the wayside as our houses fill with family members and our tables fill with food.

Whether you drew the short straw this year and are having holiday festivities at your house or you are hostess extraordinaire and do every holiday at your house every year, the responsibility does not come with out pressure. We've got the guide to help you manage your stress (and your family) this holiday season!

How Do I Handle Holiday Stress?

Set Clear Expectations

The key to handling holiday stress is making sure you don't keep your thoughts and needs to yourself. Your family, no matter how close, can't read your mind! If your kitchen can't handle a multiple course meal, ask your guests to bring a side, salad or dessert while you handle the main dish. If you don't have enough beds for everyone who's traveling far, let your family know the details of hotels that are nearby. We often find ourselves bending over backwards to accommodate visitors, but more than likely your family will just be happy to see and spend time with you and honesty up front will help everyone stay stress and tension free so you can enjoy the company.

Make A Plan

Another way to beat the holiday stress is by planning ahead. Whether your dining room table is too small for a large dinner party and you need a few extra chairs or you need to re-arrange the furniture to accommodate a walker or wheelchair, making arrangements early helps you avoid last minute chaos when your guests start to arrive.

The same can be said if you have a great aunt who likes to toss not-so-subtle insults your direction or a cousin who brings up your high-school ex. It's easy to let comments from family, who know you best, get under your skin. When you can anticipate what may amp up your temper, you can also prepare a response that will keep the holiday celebration stress-free.

Plan A Recovery Time

The best way to fight holiday stress is to acknowledge that it will be there. As the host, be sure that you plan some time for yourself to recover between or after the major events. Whether you need a few minutes away from the crowd to check-in with your friends or want to turn in early instead of staying up half the night to reminisce, do it! You owe it to yourself to recuperate so that you can enjoy the time that you are with your guests.

Do Less, Enjoy More

Last, but not least, managing holiday stress can be as easy as just not stressing. Your family wants to enjoy your company, they aren't concerned with how clean your house is or how many different desserts you prepared. So, don't worry about it. Do what you would normally do for the people who live in your house every day and enjoy the family that has come to visit you.

With all that the holidays bring, it's important to take the time to appreciate the family and friends who make them so special. Handling stress during the holidays is not an easy task, especially when your everyday life is also moving at warp speed. With our guide to managing holiday stress, you can make yourself a priority while truly enjoy your holiday season with your family.

Published in Self Care
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:07

What Is Sitting All Day Doing To Your Body?

As technology become more and more popular, we find ourselves spending the majority of our days sitting. If you work at a desk job, you spend 8 to 10 hours sitting while at work, then you likely sit in your car on your way home where you sit in your living room to watch television, browse the internet or read. You may workout after work or squeeze in 60 to 90 minutes of activity on a day-to-day basis. This type of lifestyle is growing increasingly more common and is referred to as “actively sedentary.”

How Sitting All Day Hurts You and How to Break Your Habits

The body was designed to move and move often. This recent shift towards constant sitting can have a serious impact on not only your posture but also your body as a whole. Here is what is happening when your body is sedentary for extended periods of time.

Pancreas

Your body’s ability to respond to insulin is effected almost immediately from an overly sedentary lifestyle. Insulin is the hormone that allows your body to use sugar from carbohydrates as energy. When your body is excessively sedentary, even for just a day, your pancreas begins producing more insulin.

Digestion

When you are in a seated position, your intestines compress, making the digestion process harder, thus moving slower. This can lead to weight gain, as well as digestion issues like heartburn.

In addition to a number of other health problems, an excessively sedentary lifestyle has a tremendous impact on your musculoskeletal system.

Muscles

When your muscles remain inactive, your blood flow slows down. With the decrease in blood flow, your muscles burn less fat. This can have an impact on your weight, your muscle tone and the health of your heart.

It is common for those who sit at a desk in front of a computer or on the phone to lean forwards. This puts a strain on your shoulders, neck and upper back. A seated position also puts more pressure on your spine, causing discomfort even when you are no longer sitting.

This sedentary lifestyle can be a difficult habit to break, so we have some tips to help you get active and break up the long hours of sitting.

Stop Sitting So Much

  • Set a timer each hour to remind yourself to get up and walk around. Intermittent movement throughout the day gives your health a much needed boost and it gives your mind a break, too, which can increase your productivity.

  • Spread things out in your office. We tend to put everything we need within an arm’s reach. You can easily add to your daily activity by putting your phone somewhere you have to stand up to reach. Additionally, instead of sending a text or email, get up and take a lap around the office to ask your colleague that question you have.

  • Set a goal for yourself. Whether you uses wearable technology or a step counter on your smartphone, when you have a daily goal to reach, you are instinctively challenged to reach it.

  • Take the long way, no matter where you go. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. Instead of taking three trips through the parking lot waiting for a closer spot to open up, park in the back. Any chance you have to take some extra steps, take it!

  • Do some stretches at your desk every few hours. Stand up and stretch your neck, shoulders and hamstrings to keep the blood flowing through your body. It is a quick and easy way to re-energize and it is good for your health to boot.

Long intervals of sitting can have a serious impact on your overall health. With these quick tips, you’ll increase your daily movement and your health will benefit from it.

How Can I Alleviate My Sitting Pains?

If you follow all of these suggestions, you should see some improvements in your overall health. But, if you want to take it to the next level and further alleviate your sitting pains, switch up your workday with a session of massage therapy. Learn more about massage therapy today and see if you can benefit from a session or two.

Published in Self Care