Tag: massage therapists

We all have bodies. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Infants, as new as they are to the world, are keenly aware of their bodies. Over time they learn to control their body parts, figure out how to move through the environment with purpose, and come to understand the myriad of sensory signals their brains are receiving from the body every moment. As we emerge from those first couple of years, we boldly charge forward and face whatever life brings us.

Fast forward 60 years or so - years of growth, injury, and repair to that once infant body. Older bodies will endure any number of stresses and traumas over the years in addition to the normal aging process. Some of the effects of aging are a bit worrisome. Aside from the physical issues like impaired balance, reduced flexibility, and slowed reflexes, there is the potential for increased risk of cognitive dysfunction and depression. Another uncomfortable and unglamorous part of getting older is increased social isolation due to either the loss of independence or the act of outliving friends and family. A consequence of this isolation is touch deprivation. These are all real things, and they all present unique challenges for people.

The process of aging hits everyone differently and with respect to the resources they have to cope with it. There are two rather large points to be made in light of this. One, that no one is exempt. We will all get older, we will all experience stress and trauma, and we will forever be altered by it. And two, that there is nothing inherently bad about this process. This is not something that needs to be “fixed” or “corrected” in any way. What we can all do, however, is to stack the deck in our favor and maybe “optimize” this journey we are all on.

Perhaps one of the most interesting findings in massage research in the older population is the positive effect it has on balance. Falls come with higher risk the older and frailer our bodies are. Massage has been shown to have a stabilizing effect on static and dynamic balance, which helps to limit the likelihood of falling. One study showed that simply experiencing regular touch may have a positive effect on preserving, or at least slowing the loss, of sensory input as we age. This points to the possibility that regularly receiving massage could have a greatly beneficial influence on balance, posture, motor control, and stability!

Massage therapy offers these possibilities without drugs, without needles, and with limited side effects. Although there are no guarantees of any of these results, there are no results at all without trying. Head on over to our front desk and ask to schedule an appointment with one of our fantastic massage therapists. We are all going to age, but we have some say on how we do it. Let’s keep our bodies moving!

Keeping our muscles pliable is HARD WORK!

Sometimes we don’t have the time to do all the hard work ourselves, and other times we don’t have the ability to do what needs to be done on our own. Stretching is something we all know we should do, but don’t do enough.

Aspects of stretching are as much neurological as muscular, and our therapists are trained in many of these techniques. Often, we mix these techniques in during a typical Sports Massage.

Assisted stretching has been used with professional athletes for several years. Most recently, professional golfers with the PGA enjoy the benefits of assisted stretching and massage at PGA events.

Other high profile athletes, like Tom Brady, have been more interested in pliability over brute strength for performance and longevity.

Assisted stretching is an incredible program ideal for golfers, racquetball and tennis players, runners and athletes from any sport!

Our therapists, Steve and Chris, are available to do regional or full-body stretches. During these sessions, you stay dressed while your therapist works on lengthening your muscles.

Sessions are available for 30 or 60 minutes!

30 minutes - $45
60 minutes - $79

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Assisted Stretching

Meet Dani

Welcome Dani Eagan to the Worcester Fitness Massage Team!
Dani has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2013 and comes to Worcester Fitness experienced in Kinesiotaping, Orthopedic Massage, Prenatal Massage, as well as Oncology Massage. Her massage technique is deeper, and very effective!

Dani is available for appointments at Worcester Fitness on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 1:30pm and every other Sunday 9am-5pm.

Welcome to Worcester Fitness Nation Dani!

Changing Direction

Written by Roland J. Hamelin
Editors note- Worcester Fitness will be launching it's brand new Massage Therapy Department led by Steve Dozois on January 1, 2017.

 
What do you do when you are really good at something, extremely successful as a result and seen as someone with unlimited potential within your industry?
 
If you're Steve Dozois, you decide that you should be doing something completely different.
 
So you do it.

Worcester Fitness Massage Therapist Steve Dozois
Steve Dozois made a big transition in his life to become a successful Massage Therapist.

Looking for changes

Steve started his professional life by spending ten-years learning and mastering the highly competitive world of business-to-business sales as an account representative for a global office supply corporation. The harder Steve worked, the more successful he became.
 
But something was missing.
 
With the economic upheaval of late 2008 and 2009, the office supply industry (along with most others) hit a brick wall. Steve was adapting but the personal satisfaction was gone.
 
He knew it was time for a change...and a big one at that.
 
He looked for a way to transition away from sales goals and budgets and into a field that would allow him to help people feel better, be healthier and relieve stress.
 

Steve specializes in helping athletes and non-athletes alike get the most out of their muscles.

Time to reflect

Steve has been certified and licensed for Massage Therapy in Massachusetts since 2009 with a primary focus on overall health and wellness, and an interest in Sports Massage. After tearing his ACL in 2011, having surgery to reconstruct it, and subsequently going through physical therapy, he had a renewed interest in Sports Massage and massage for injury rehabilitation.
 
"I became a massage therapist  to help people enjoy day to day life more without worrying about injuries." says Steve,  Through my practice, I've dedicated myself to providing the best care for pain relief as well as overall health and wellness."
 

Sport Injury and Sports Recovery Research and Development
After tearing his ACL in 2011, Steve had a
renewed interest in Sports Massage and massage for injury rehabilitation.

Ergonomics

Deep Tissue and Sports Massage are Steve's specialties. His Goal- to help relieve you of every day aches and pains while working specific muscles for your athletic training so you experience improved performance and proper recovery.
 
"Aches and pains associated with working in today's offices has been a specialty of mine after spending eight years in the office interiors industry." says Steve, "I spent the majority of my time in the industry focusing on office ergonomics."
 
Steve states that his experience with office ergonomics gave him a unique understanding of how people work at their desk, how they SHOULD work at their desk, what their common complaints are, and how to address them.
 
Steve also works with many marathoners and triathletes in the area to help them reach their peak performance.