Tag: MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage Therapy and Oncology

Oncology Massage

By Dani Eagan, Massage Therapist
Worcester Fitness • Email Dani 

Over 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone. Chances are cancer has effected you or someone you love.
Oncology Massage is tailored and unique to every individual based on many factors including but not limited to their treatment and their symptoms.

worcester-fitness-cancer-treatments
Over 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

1.5 Million New Cases

A trained Oncology Massage Therapist will complete an assessment to your individual treatment plan. This will include a full health history including your cancer history, treatments and symptoms. We will also discuss any and all goals you may have. Session goals as well as long term treatment goals. Goals can consist of anything from scar tissue and increased range of motion to something as simple as relaxation and general pain relief. Goals can be changed at anytime. Even with goals and constant treatment limitations and modifications may be life long. A part of this process is finding your new normal and to going from there. Due to contraindications and treatments you want to make sure that you are seeing an Oncology Certified Massage Therapist.

worcester-fitness-massage-blog
We will also discuss any and all goals you may have. Session goals as well as long term treatment goals.

Oncology Massage

The majority of Oncology Massage is meant to be comfort oriented focusing on relaxation and pain relief. the other side of that may be more therapeutic and include techniques that can help with your rehabilitation. Regardless of what stage you are in Oncology Massage has proven to increase quality of life and your over all wellbeing.
A 2014 study showed that 100% of patients who received a 1 hour relaxation massage 3 times a week for 7 weeks experienced: Stress reduction, Increased comfort, relaxation and quality of life. As well as Decreased fatigue and nausea.

worcester-fitness-massage-oncology
There are many forms of cancer. Oncology Massage helps with Physical, Psychological and emotional relief, not only for patients but caregivers as well.

Relief

Oncology Massage has been proven to provide help with many ailments, including but not limited to: Anxiety, depression, Pain, Nausea, fatigue, healing, peripheral neuropathy, immune system support, symptom relief, as well as physical, psychological and emotional side effects from the cancer as well as the treatments.
There are many forms of cancer. Oncology Massage helps with Physical, Psychological and emotional relief, not only for patients but caregivers as well.

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!

Is more exercise the answer?

By Steve Dozois, Licensed Massage Therapist
Worcester Fitness Massage
 
This time of year a lot of us have renewed dedication to health and fitness goals.  We make our way to the gym or do our own workout routines more frequently and try to eat a little better.  For others, this is almost a "rest" time as their training season is getting ready to start.
 

Worcester Fitness January Blog
This time of year a lot of us have renewed dedication to health and fitness goals.
Photo Credit - Kill the Ball Media

Consequences of Activity

What happens to your body when you increase your physical activity or try a new fitness routine?  If you're doing it right, you will be sore for a day or two, because you are increasing the load on your muscles and activating other muscle groups that aren't used to the work.    So, then what?  If you have goals of really improving your fitness and performance, you can't afford to rest.  There is also research to suggest that the best thing for sore muscles is more exercise! 

However, there is a fine line to walk.

Worcester Fitness Massage Therapy Injury Prevention
The danger of not recovering properly is that at some point, your form will begin to breakdown.
Photo Credit-Big Stock

Form is the thing!

The danger of not recovering properly is that at some point, your form will begin to breakdown.  That could be your running, swimming, cycling, squat, or any other movement form.  When your form falls apart, that's when injuries can occur.  When your form is off your body starts recruiting other muscles to do the motion, and when pushed too hard those muscles may cave with the added and unusual work load, creating pain.
 

Worcester Fitness Massage Therapist Steve Dozois
Visit a qualified massage therapist who understands your activities and goals.
Photo Credit- Kill the Ball Media

Take Care!

So, how do you keep pushing yourself without getting injured?  You need to take care of your muscles, tendons, and joints.  Think of it like brushing your teeth.  To have proper teeth and mouth health, it is recommended to brush your teeth 2-3 times per day and visit your dentist every six months.  There are many ways to maintain your muscles and connective tissue.  Some of the most effective are various stretching activities, foam rolling, or self myofacial release, and of course visiting a qualified massage therapist who understands your activities and goals.
 

Just Ask

Want to learn more about how to maintain your muscles at home or at the gym?  Ask one of our personal trainers or massage therapists, and we'll show you some great, efficient techniques!
 

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.