Holiday gift shopping? Thinking of your own wishlist? Gift certificates are available, and are a wonderful gift to give OR to receive! From 30 mins to 90 mins, and $57 to $138, respectively. These are an easy and always welcome gift, and make great stocking stuffers.
A few people have commented that the times that show that I am available for, change once they have selected the length of time of their massage. This is due to the fact that they system automatically builds in a 15 minute break for me at the end of your treatment. So once the length has been chosen it will then grey out the treatment time leaving only the start time available. For example, you see that I am available from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. (these are in black). You click on a 60 minute massage treatment and suddenly I’m only available from 4:00 until 5:15 (the rest is now in grey). You can’t book an hour at 5:30 because it would not allow me the 15 mins I need to complete payment transactions and to get the room ready for the next client. Therefore 5:15 p.m. becomes the latest time available.
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
Kneaded Touch is running a food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank, starting now until just before the Christmas Holidays. There will be prizes for the top 3 donations that bear the most weight to them. Leave your name in the bag and email just in case we don’t have it and you will be contacted if you are one of the winners. So bring in your non-perishable foods and help us reach over 100 pounds!
389 Danforth Ave.
Danforth Ave. is the small street between Richmond Rd. and Byron Ave. that runs behind Mountain Equipment Co-op. Street parking is available on Danforth for 3 hours, in the MEC parking lot for $1.00 and up the sides streets on south side of Byron Ave. Parking is not available in the driveway for clients…sorry!
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday 1:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tips – The “backside” of things
I once had a friend who had seen a massage therapist, say to me, “I told them I had low back pain and they worked my butt. Is this normal?” My response? Absolutely!
The pelvis and low back are intricately intertwined to offer movement at the waist and hips, provide stability of the joints within those movements and to transfer the load of weight-bearing from the legs into the spine. And as with any process in our body, it seeks to do it with balance and evenness. And this requires strength in the backside; our gluteal muscles or our butt to most.
Without the stabilizing action of our gluteus medius and minimus (more toward the outside of what we think of as our hips), the smaller muscles in our spine have to work harder to keep us aligned. Without the strength of gluteus maximus we start recruiting our hamstrings and/or the erector spinea (again, some of the smaller muscles in the back) to help extend our leg with walking, running and evening moving from a seated to standing position.
More often that not, there is no discomfort or specific pain that is felt in the gluteals. It is generally felt as stiffness, achiness, or a band of tightness across the low back. It is not until the area is massaged that knots and trigger points may be found that are associated with the weaker and less conditioned musculature. It is with a quick strength test that a therapist can determine how much the gluteals are contributing to low back pain. Which also means that the corresponding treatment will focus not only on the low back muscles to relieve tension but also the backside to help create better balance in the tissue. From there, the return of strength and stabilization is in the exercises for clients to do to help take some of the load off the poor back!
Here is an exercise that can not only tell you whether there is some weakness in the pelvic stabilizers, but also offer the remedy:
– lie on one side, head supported, shoulders, hips and ankles in one line.
– Bring the top leg back about 15-20 degrees, and lift it no more than 12” off the ground.
– Keep your hips from tilting forward or back too much. Hold for 10 secs and see if you can do this 10 times.
– If you start to shake, cramp or feel discomfort in the side of your butt in the first 2 or 3 repetitions, then there is possible muscle weakness that could be contributing to low back soreness.
Now use this assessment as an exercise and work your way up to being able to complete 10 for 10 seconds! It won’t happen overnight. Just do what you can until there is that telltale sign of muscle fatigue (in this case, it might feel slightly painful or that it’s about to cramp) then switch sides. Try to do this once a day.