What Exactly Are Migraines?
A migraine is marked by moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head, and can be accompanied by nausea as well as sensitivity to light and sounds. In some cases, these painful headaches are preceded or accompanied by a sensory warning sign, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.
Fortunately, management of migraine pain has improved dramatically in the last decade. Although there's still no cure, medications are now much more effective. Additionally, alternative treatments like massage and essential oils have been found to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
What Are The Most Common Causes?
The exact causes of migraines aren’t well understood, there is research that has found that many people have some common triggers, including food allergies, caffeine addiction, environmental stimulation, emotional and physical stress and hormonal imbalance.
Quick Facts About Migraines
How Can Massage Help Manage Migraines?
Massage is a great way to manage stress and relieve tension- two of the main causes of migraine headaches. Research at The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.
RoseBay Medi Spa's professional therapists can provide specific services, designed to reduce symptoms associated with migraines, so you experience lasting relief and peace of mind.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
RoseBay Medi Spa's professional massage therapists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending on the severity of your migraines or tension headaches, your therapist may utilize a Reflexology, Swedish massage, Reflexology, Cold Stone, Migraine Therapy, Aromatherapy or other methods that address your specific needs.
Is There Lasting Relief?
Migraines and other types of headaches are one of the most common complaints seen in the physician's office today. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients with migraines spend at least a half-hour each day doing something either relaxing or that involves the relaxation of muscles. With a Celebrity membership, you can enjoy massages throughout the month at a low price. This is particularly helpful for managing migraines and severe headaches, as you can easily visit our convenient centrally located office (15 minutes from Fort Gordon, Evans, Grovetown, Augusta) prior to, during or after symptoms occur. If you have any pressing concerns, please consult your doctor. If you are experiencing migraines due to an auto accident or personal injury you can see our office for Medical Massage.
The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine
American Massage Therapy Association
What can You Expect During Your Session?
You don't need any special preparation for massage. It is best not to shave right before a session as it is contraindicated for a therapist to work on open cuts, bumps or bruises. Make sure to report any of those issues to your therapist prior to getting massages. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you're hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress. During a Sports Massage you may wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you're comfortable. You are always welcome to leave on socks, underwear, or a bra. Your therapist will discuss the massage with you before the start of the session at which time you can discuss parts of your body you do not want to have worked on i.e.: glutes, abdomen, head, face or feet. You generally lie on a table, either face up or face down into a specially designed pillow and cover yourself with a sheet and or blanket. You can also have a massage while sitting in a massage chair or office chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply. This evaluation may take place before the session has started or while addressing a specific area of concern.
With all of the massages performed here at HoM we decided to share some of our favorite Homemade Spa Recipes! So kick up your feet, shut off the TV and send the kids to the neighbors it's time to soak up the natural ingredients of your own HoM Spa Retreat Day...
Here are some recipes and tips from Michelle Naylor, volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good…Feel Better program:
Begin with a delightful Avocado Facial Mask!
Avocado Facial Mask
Avocados are a natural nutrient booster which make a super moisturizing mask that's nourishing for dry or sun-exposed skin.
You will need:
Add avocado, honey, oil and apple cider vinegar in a blender. We love the Nutrabullet but any blender will do. Blend for 45 - 60 seconds or until mixture is clump-free.
Apply mixture to face and leave on 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with towel.
Mayo-Avocado Hair Pack & Rosemary Tea-Rinse
This treatment is incredibly easy to do and will add shine and moisture to your hair.
You will need:
Add banana, mayonnaise, avocado and olive oil in a blender. Blend for 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture has very little clumps.
Apply mixture directly to damp hair and massage into scalp for 2 to 3 minutes making sure to cover hair from root to tip. Check in a mirror to make sure you have wrapped every inch of your stressed tresses. Cover hair with shower cap or plastic wrap and leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo hair thoroughly.
For Rinse You will need:
Boil water in a saucepan. Add rosemary and apple cider vinegar. Cover and allow to simmer on stove for 15 minutes. Then turn off heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.
Allow your infusion to cool. Refrigerate any unused portions for later use. After shampooing and rinsing hair with warm water, ring hair out. Pour rinse directly onto damp hair and massage your scalp.
You can rinse out Rosemary Tea-Rinse with fresh water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries.
Look at all the health benefits we found in a recent post on AvocadoCentral.com, Why increasing absorption of these nutrients matters: Alpha- and beta-carotene can form Vitamin A in the body, which is important for proper growth. Vitamin A is involved in immune functions, vision and cellular function. Vitamin A also supports cellular growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs! Eating an avocados can contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, to your body!
Special thanks to Catherine Bardey, Secrets of the Spas and Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve with some of the tweaked recipes.
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