Spring Newsletter- 2012

Registered Massage TherapySarah Nottingham | RMT
Registered Massage Therapist


Welcome!  Thanks for subscribing to my seasonal newsletter, this Spring issue includes information on Thai Massage, Featured Recipes from the Nutrition Corner, Gift Certificates for Mother’s Day, new products available from the office and information on Spring Training.  I invite those who haven’t checked out my new website yet.  It contains updates on information on the clinic, descriptions on various treatment options, hours, info on making appointments and a links page for local businesses.

Now available at the office…

Epsom Salts. Do you follow up your massage treatment with an Epsom salt bath at home?  Frustrated to arrive home only to discover you’ve used up all your Epsom salts?  Not to worry, Sarah now carries individual packages of Epsom Salts for $2.

  Since being an avid outdoor adventure seeker, I ve had a keen interest in this local magazine.  Get Out There highlights news on outdoor recreation, upcoming races and advice on attire and nutrition. Now delivered to the clinic, copies available to take home.

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Thai Massage

After recently returning from Thailand I am excited to introduce Thai Massage as a treatment option.  I completed the Traditional Thai Massage course at Phussapa Thai Massage School in Bangkok.  Since my return many patients have inquired about how it differs and its benefits. 

Thai Massage was originally derived by Yoki Shiwog Gomarabat approximately 2500 years ago from Northern India.   Thai Massage now is widely spread throughout Thailand and is readily available from a multitude of shops, along the beaches and even found on sidewalks.  Prior to becoming a common tourist activity it was originally seen as a spiritual practice and only found in temples and hospitals.  Its origins have derived from many areas including India, China and throughout South East Asia.  Even now within Thailand there are many variations depending on the region.

Thai Massage differs greatly from its Swedish counterpart, which is commonly practiced in North America.  While the benefits of each style are similar, how they are performed are quite different.  Unlike Swedish massage that’s practiced on a massage table using strokes applied with oil or lotion, Thai Massage is performed on a pad lying on the floor with the receiver dressed in comfortable clothing.  The techniques consist mostly of slow, rhythmic compressions along Sen lines (energy lines) followed by a series of stretches.  Thai Massage is commonly referred as “lazy man’s yoga” due to the addition of passive stretches, some of which resembling yoga postures.  A traditional Thai massage involves the entire body but a large percentage of the treatment is performed on the lower limbs.

A common element in Thai Medicine are their beliefs that treatment does not occur only in times of disease and imbalance but also used to facilitate the body’s normal functions and maintain proper health.  An excellent philosophy that exemplifies the necessity to care for one’s body in times of health not just in times of disease and injury.


Spring Training

With the advent of nice weather, most of us are anxious to get back outdoors and resume our activities after months of hibernation.  Spring also launches the beginning of race season, whether it’s one of the numerous running races, duathon, triathlon, adventure races or cycling races this is the time when many increase their training.  Massage Therapy can be an integral component to training whether you’re a novice striving to complete your first 10k or a seasoned competitive Ironman athlete looking to surpass your personal best.

When training it’s important to make attainable goals.  You should never plan for your first race to be a marathon and its always best increase your mileage gradually at small, consistent intervals to prevent over-use injuries.  Know your limits and don’t work through pain.  Pain is the body’s way of indicating something is wrong.  It’s wise to integrate treatment prior to this stage.  Proper nutrition, regular stretching, good body mechanics, proper footwear and regular Massage Therapy can all help prevent injury.  Working on prevention of injuries helps to maintain consistency in training and avoid lapses due to unforeseen injuries.

Massage Therapy is beneficial for a number of training related conditions.  From common sprain/strains, muscle soreness/tightness, joint pain, and to assist with heaviness/sluggishness felt from lactic acid build up.   Specific sport related injuries that are commonly treated include shin splints, iliotibial band friction syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, etc.  Massage outcomes can differ from early training phases to pre event and post event.  To utilize your training season to its fullest make Massage Therapy a regualar component of your training regimen.

Nutrition Corner
A fun collection of healthy recipes including complete meals, snacks, sweets and soups.  The featured recipe for April is Thailand Inspired Pad Thai and spring into May with Sesame Ginger Salmon on Arugula.


Looking for the perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day?  Give the gift of relaxation! Sarah Nottingham, Massage Therapist

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