Massage, Bodywork, Health and Fitness

A Funny and Possibly True Massage Story

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Scour the internet long enough and you’ll find a plethora of massage related horror stories from both sides, the clients and ourselves. We like to think we run a pretty tight and fun ship around here, but it’s always fun to imagine some of the wackier things that happen when life starts to resemble a romantic comedy or an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Here’s a story we found amusing, courtesy of these fine folks:

The Fly

When I first started my massage career I was definitely a “green, not knowing what I’m doing” massage therapist.  In fact, I only did a style called Swedish Massage.  I had no passion with this style and quickly became bored with my new career in the massage industry.  I’m glad that’s not the case anymore as I’ve changed my massage modality over time.

Anyway, it was in my first 8 months of my new massage career when this happened.  A client called me up and asked if I could come to her house to give her a massage.  She had been in a bad car accident about a month ago.  During the accident she had hit her head on the steering wheel, side window, top of the roof, and against the back window of her small pick up truck.  It wasn’t pretty and she was out of commission for a while, having a hard time walking around, sleeping, cleaning up, and anything else any normal human being does on a given day.

So, as I walked into her house I could see that there were flies swarming around some food in her kitchen.  The food had obviously been there for a while and needed to be taken outside.  In hindsight, I should have been a gentleman, taking it outside for her, but I blame the lack of gentlemanly quality on my “green, insecure with massage” self.  Truly, at that time in my life I was nervous every time I gave a massage.

She had me set up the table in the only area of her small house that could fit a table – in the living room that was adjoined by the kitchen.  In other words, next to the swarming flies.  It didn’t bother me that I was next to the flies as I knew this was a wonderful woman having a hard time doing anything in life after the accident.  She could barely hold her head up.

After I set up the table, I went into her bedroom, away from view, so she could get on the table and under the covers.  After she was fully covered I entered the room and gave her a full body massage.  As I ended on her neck, I did one of the most green, novice like massage therapist things: I was bored and I took my focus completely off of her and onto a certain fly.  My eyes followed the fly as it zig zagged above us, directly in between the massage table and the ceiling.  I became so fixated with that fly that I started noticing the patterns that the fly was creating.  It would go left, sudden turn right, up, sudden turn left, down, etc., etc., etc.  In my boredom I wondered if this was some type of special message the fly was conveying to me, “Massage her suprahyoid!” it was saying, or, “Massage left, sudden massage right, massage up, sudden massage left, massage down, etc., etc., etc…”

In my fascination with the fly, I noticed it was getting closer and closer to me.  I also noticed my head was following it along with my eyes.  My head would zig this way and zag that way.  I looked down for a moment at my client and saw that she was fast asleep as I held her occiput in my hands.  It was my attempt at a relaxing and finishing stroke.  As I looked up, the fly had come even closer.  It seemed to be only a foot from my face.  And then, it happened.

In a matter of what seemed to be a second, and what also seemed to be a slowing down of time coupled with a thousand seconds, the fly did a dive toward my chin and then straight up into my nose.  My reaction was the worst reaction possible.  Without thinking, I pushed that fly right out of my nose with a sneeze.  A sneeze that landed, in my embarrassment, right on the face of my client.

I saw the look on her face and wiped her off as fast as I could.

The moral of the story?

Always trust a fly to give you excellent advice when giving a massage.  A fly, when flying above you, reminds you to be present with your client.  If you don’t, he’ll fly right up your nose as a reminder.

It’s a moral that I, to this day, live up to.  I’m “almost” always present with my clients.  The moment I’m not, I imagine a fly wanting to do a quick inspection of my nose, me sneezing on my client, and the look on my client’s face.  That brings me back to the moment.

Be present with your clients.

Want a Massage or NEED a Massage?

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 4.28.13 PMYes, we are in the business of giving people massages whenever it is that they want one. We love what we do and we’re glad to accommodate as best we can whenever we can! But it’s not all about your desire or want of a massage. Sometimes the body just needs the kind of relief that only a trained professional can offer. Here’s an impassioned outline of some the reasons it might actually be necessary for you to treat yourself in the very near future:

Whether it’s a back rub from your partner or a hand massage during a manicure, a good rubdown can be a total godsend. But it doesn’t just feel nice: Research suggests (and experts agree) that getting massaged can actually benefit your health.

You can’t argue with science (and probably wouldn’t want to), so keep these facts in mind the next time you beg someone for a massage or consider splurging on a pro treatment:

1. It’s basically a painkiller — especially when your masseur gets his hands on your bare skin. In one study, when neuroscientists compared brain activity of people undergoing different touch-treatments (e.g., with and without rubber gloves, with and without movement, etc.), bare-handed massages activated the same part of the brain that is activated by opioid painkillers such as codeine.

You don’t need a prescription for massage, so if you feel pain in a particular area, ask someone to press their fingers into the specific pain point (often referred to as a knot, or contracted muscle fibers where blood flow is impaired) for about 10 seconds with sustained, medium pressure. (The inclination is to rub all over, but that isn’t as effective for targeting knots.) Direct pressure should feel a little uncomfortable and exquisitely intense, but not painful, says Patrick Walsh, clinical director atShift Integrative Medicine in New York City, and the New York Giants’ former sports massage therapist.

Meanwhile, take a deep breath and release it. Picture the knot going away. It sounds a little crazy, but Walsh says this helps your brain get those muscles to relax. (Oh, and if you can’t recruit a masseur? Lie on a foam roller, medicine ball, or tennis ball in a way that puts pressure directly on the knot.)

2. It boosts your immunity. Massage doesn’t just get the blood flowing – it actually changes your blood’s composition for the better. After a 45-minute Swedish massage (a technique that involves long strokes, deep kneading, and circular movements to push blood toward the heart), recipients had significantly higher levels of blood proteins that play a major role in protecting the body from tumors, viral infections, and other pathogens, compared to blood samples taken from a control group, according to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

3. It improves your flexibility. If you can’t even fathom contorting yourself into intimate positions like the Arc de Triumph, Erotic Accordion, or Pinwheel, there’s hope: Two 30-minute massages per week can improve your trunk flexibility and relieve pain associated with lower back stiffness, according to a five-week study that was published in International Journal of Neurosciencestudy. Tell your partner — massage is a gift that gives back!

4. It reduces stress. Before a date, interview, or game, it can alleviate the tension in your muscles and your mind, says Dolvett Quince, the lead trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and a massage and wellness consultant for Brookstone. An overwhelming amount of evidence suggests that massage can actually slash most physiological markers of stress. One Korean study found that patients who got hand massages five minutes before cataract surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who went into surgery without any kind of rubdown.

5. It fends off headaches. Lots of things can trigger a headache, but many stem from tension in the neck that restricts blood flow to the brain. Oftentimes, a neck massage can boost blood flow and alleviate the pain, Walsh says. Also, research (including one four-week study in which participants got two 30-minute massages per week) suggests that massage also reduces frequency and severity among chronic headache suffers.

6. It boosts your mood. Is it raining outside? Is it Monday? Is it any other day of the week that makes you miserable? Then you definitely need a massage. Authors of a 2005 review of studies on massage therapy found that, on average, massage increases your levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter linked to happiness) by 28 percent and dopamine (a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, arousal, and reward) by 31 percent. Combined, this boost should pretty much make your day.

7. It reduces muscle soreness — even if you DIY, according to a recent International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy study in which adults did a whole lot of deadlifts (an exercise that seriously exhausts the back of your thighs), then either rested or used a foam-roller to self-massage the hamstrings for 10 minutes. Afterward, the group who foam-rolled reported less of the muscle soreness and pain that can interfere with things like effectively walking out of the gym and driving home without complaint.

8. It warms up your muscles before exercise. Before you stretch, massage can help to loosen the muscles without putting any strain on other soft tissues, Quince says. Try foam-rolling your quads before your next workout: Lie facedown and place the roller just above the knee cap. Let your body sink down and roll up two inches, then down one inch. Continue slowly until you reach your hip. Then turn over and repeat on your back, moving from the waist to the shoulders.

9. It helps you get to know your body — and its limits. Self-massage, in particular, can help you discover sore and tight areas in places you wouldn’t necessarily notice during regular movement, Quince says. When you’re self-aware, you can stretch more or work out different areas to allow any sore spots to heal. This can help you sidestep injuries that can ultimately mess with your mobility and overall wellness.

10. It makes exercise feel easier. Yes, you read that right. If you go into a workout with soreness, your tight muscles create resistance that makes your limbs feel heavier. “It’s like a net holding you down,” Walsh says. Massage can release the tension, so grab a foam roller and get to it until the skin covering the sore area looks rosy pink — a sign that blood is flowing there.

11. It may help put you to sleep. No more counting sheep. (As if anyone ever does that.) One small study found that a 20-minute facial massage can reduce blood pressure and increase sleepiness pretty much immediately. Researchers also tested foot massage: The treatments reduced blood pressure, just not as much as facial massage — a fact you can easily omit the next time you ask your partner for a late-night foot rub.

12. It can alleviate morning stiffness. Most people tend to sleep in a way that strains the muscles in the neck. (If you sometimes wake up with a stiff neck, you’re probably sleeping wrong.) After the damage is done, an a.m. neck rub can help get the blood flowing, loosen up those muscles, and ultimately make mornings less painful, Walsh says.

13. It can hold you over when you’re going through a dry spell. Professional massages shouldn’t be sexual, but respectful massage therapist who provides hands-on human contact on demand provides at least one of the ingredients found in formal physical relationships: oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and orgasm. In a 2012 study, participants had significantly higher circulating levels of oxytocin in their blood after a 15-minute massage than they did before the treatment. So despite obvious boundaries, professional massages can be very fulfilling, satisfying, and sustaining, Walsh says.

14. It alleviates strain from typing and texting. If you spend most of your days on a keyboard or texting up a storm, your forearms (home to the muscles that control your hands) could probably benefit from some TLC — especially if the muscles feel tight and ropey, which is a sign that blood flow isn’t ideal. For a fast fix, grab one forearm with your thumb underneath the arm. Dig your finger pads into tight muscles in your forearm (like a claw), and rake your fingers back and forth to separate and spread the muscle fibers. This technique also feels amazing on your hamstrings: Sit on the edge of a chair and place your palms on the outsides of your thighs with your fingers underneath your legs. Apply pressure with your fingertips, and drag them back and forth across your hamstrings.

15. It improves your circulation to help you relax. Your body constantly pumps blood to and from the heart to carry oxygen to your tissues and sweep away cellular waste products. It’s tough work. According to Walsh, Swedish massage is designed to push blood from your limbs toward your heart to make things a little easier. This gives your muscles a chance to relax, so you feel refreshed when your massage is over — kind of like you just took a nap. (But obviously better.)


Tips For Better Sleep

If you don’t have good sleeping habits chances are you are not living an optimally healthy lifestyle. The pressures of the day seem to flood into the night all at once, often when you are doing your best to shut your eyes and try to hit the “re-do” button. Instead of resorting to sleeping pills or things like the adorably named zzzQuil, instead try putting the computer and the iPad down. Shawnti Rockwell goes into further detail here:

During the longer days of summer, it can be difficult to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Those extended hours of daylight can keep us awake and disrupt sleep—but the light from all the electronic devices in our lives can also share the blame.

How light affects your brain

Light exposure helps regulate your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle. Prior to widespread use of artificial lighting, our sleep and wake times were naturally regulated by sunlight. Now, with artificial light in almost universal use in the U.S., our sleep patterns have become more independent of the sun.

Artificial light at night, particularly the blue light emitted from electronics, can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to effects that range from poor sleep to a possible tie with increased risk of obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, according to Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine.

Darkness = better sleep

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Creating a light-free environment at night is the first step to getting a good night’s sleep. Put up heavy curtains over your bedroom windows and cover any cracks in doors and windows that let light through to ensure your room is as dark as possible. The darker the room, the less your sleep will be disrupted. Another benefit is if you have created a light-free environment, morning light will not wake you up before you are ready.

Shut down devices

Melatonin is a primary regulator of circadian rhythm; when it is released it tells the body to prepare for sleep. All light suppresses melatonin production, but blue light from certain electronics suppresses it the most, thereby preventing your body from receiving the signal that it is time to go to sleep, according to a 2015 study in Journal of Biological Rhythms. Blue light is beneficial during the day as it stimulates us to be awake and attentive, but negative at night for those very same reasons.

You should turn off or remove from your room devices that emit light—computers, smartphones, light-up alarm clocks, tablets and televisions. (E-book reading devices may be less of an issue as they emit little or no blue light. That being said, all light can be disruptive, so some people can tolerate their light and some cannot.) Eliminating sources of blue light one to two hours before bed is an essential step to allowing your body to begin to prepare for sleep.

Instituting a no-screen-time rule an hour or two before you want to go to bed is an important step toward promoting better sleep. If you must be on your computer right before bedtime, use a program like f.lux, which will reduce the blue light emitted from your screen.

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How Massage Can Lower Your Blood Pressue

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Many of us suffer from high blood pressure and don’t even know it. There are many ways to ameliorate high blood pressure, but one that is not very highly publicized is massage. Check out the following courtesy of Live Strong:

High blood pressure raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. To help control blood pressure, it is important to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, including quitting smoking, eating a diet low in fat, salt and cholesterol and getting regular exercise. Finding ways to manage stress is also important, and complementary therapies such as massage may help. The first step is to speak with a health-care provider to make sure that massage is safe, based on personal health.


Blood pressure measures the force that blood places against the blood vessel walls as it is pumped through the body. It is recorded as a fraction, and the top number, or systolic pressure, measures the force created as the heart pumps. The bottom number, or diastolic pressure, measures the force created when the heart is between beats. If the arteries become hard or narrow due to plaque buildup, the blood will have to squeeze through a smaller area, which will create more force against the blood vessel walls. If the body retains fluid due to too much salt intake or an underlying disease, this extra fluid can also increase the pressure inside the arteries. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, once blood pressure reaches more than 120/80 mmHg, steps need to be taken to lower it.


Massage can involve many types of hands-on techniques that press, rub, squeeze and stretch the muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues in the body. Massage can be deep or gentle. Getting a massage can lead to feelings of being cared for and taking charge of your health. Massage is relaxing to receive and can lower stress levels. For some patients, as stress levels go down, so does blood pressure, according to In addition, massage can help to improve circulation, which may reduce any swelling or edema that is occurring alongside the high blood pressure. While much more research is needed to understand how massage effects blood pressure, it appears to help some patients when used as part of an overall plan.

5 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Health

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It’s probably a given that we here at Massage Works would try to convince you that massages are a positive force in this world! They feel good, but more importantly than just that aspect, is how much a simple massage done by a trained professional can improve your health, dramatically sometimes! Here are our friends from Down Under (Australia!) to tell you some of the benefits to your health that you can use to put yourself on the path to a better you, simply by taking the leap at Massage Works Los Gatos!

1. Reduces Tension in the Muscles

Muscle tension can result not only from intense exercise but also from poor posture while sitting at work and the general stress that can occur in daily life. A good massage therapist can lessen the tension in your muscles that is the result of the tension in your life, improving not only the feel of your muscles but also of your mood.

2. Eases Muscle Pain

A tough workout can leave your muscles feeling tight and achy, but reaching for that bottle of pain medication is unnecessary when the services of a skilled massage therapist are on hand. Massaging strained, taxed muscles is a natural, safe method of reducing the discomfort that can be caused by one set of reps too many with the dumbbells or one mile too far on the treadmill.

3. Enhances Circulation

While massaging muscles themselves can make the body feel better, massage therapy in general can also improve circulation all over the body. The better a person’s circulation, the less likely that that person is going to suffer from general fatigue, muscle aches, and fluid buildup in the extremities.

4. Improves Sleep Quality

Stress can mess with a body’s chemistry, interfering with a person’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. Receiving massage therapy can reduce the amount of stress hormones that are present in the body, thereby allowing people to get more high-quality rest than they would be able to achieve if the stress built up in their minds were not addressed.

5. Relieves Stress

The presence of stress in an individual’s life can cause numerous health problems, many of which stem from elevated levels of certain hormones within the body that activate a person’s fight-or-flight instincts. Too much stress can cause a person to change physically, emotionally, and behaviorally, but a good massage can go a long way towards bringing a person’s body chemistry back into balance.

6. Improves Joint Mobility

Humans live more sedentary lifestyles than they used to in years past, which often leads to the joints stiffening up from both age and lack of use. Massage therapy can stimulate the body to produce natural lubricants for the joints and can help keep the body in good working condition in terms of flexibility and fluidity.

7. Speeds Healing of Soft Tissue Injuries

The road to recovery from a muscle injury can be long and arduous, but massage therapy can improve a person’s healing rate and can decrease the amount of time that a muscle takes to heal after an injury. Massages can be used in tandem with traditional physical therapy methods to improve blood flow, decrease joint swelling, and loosen scar tissue on the muscles.

8. Stimulates Movement of Lymphatic Fluid

Lymphatic fluids take metabolic waste away from the body’s organs and muscles, decreasing blood pressure while improving the body’s ability to function. A good massage can help the lymphatic fluids dispose of waste, leading to increased circulation and lower blood pressure.

9. Improves Mental Alertness

While gaining increased mental awareness from an activity that is supposed to relax a person may seem counter-intuitive, massages can lead to a person having a clearer mind and lower stress levels. Since fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep can all lead to decreased mental functioning, a good massage can help the mind work better by virtue of getting rid of those negative barriers to good mental health and sharp decision-making skills.

10. Boosts Immune Function

Since elevated stress and fatigue levels can decrease the effectiveness of the body’s immune system, relieving those symptoms via massage can improve the functionality of the body’s built-in defense system.  Massage therapy can also lead to elevated levels of multiple types of cells that can increase the body’s ability to fight off disease and infection.

On top of all of these benefits, massages simply leave people feeling great. The combination of releasing stress from the body and experiencing human contact make massages a simple and pleasant solution to dealing with tension and the daily grind. In this age where people often experience feelings of isolation and separation, the emotions that one may feel after letting another person soothe their troubles away can be profound and healthy.


Advice for a Career in Massage Therapy!

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Ever thought about becoming a massage therapist or otherwise involved in the massage industry? We here at Massage Works in Los Gatos endorse your dream!  It’s not the simplest thing in the world but if you’ve got talent and a fire inside then you owe it to yourself to pursue your dream! Here is a list (not comprehensive, but a good start) that will help you focus your energies and get an idea of what exactly it is you need to do to chase down the dream!

  1. Figure out if your heart’s in the right place. You might be good with your hands, but are you also patient and empathetic? Massage therapists need to be concerned about other people’s holistic wellbeing. Receiving a massage is a very intimate experience. A good massage therapist respects that the art of massage is both physical and emotional.
  2. Learn about the art of massage. A great way to learn more about the massage arts is to talk with a massage therapist, and get a massage yourself. Ask plenty of questions about what the profession entails, and start thinking about what type of massage therapist you want to be.

    • Do some research. Look online for information about different types of massage, or check out massage books at your local library. You can learn a lot about massage therapy just by reading about it.
    • Practice on friends. Start getting a feel for what your “bedside manner” should be like, and how a typical session should go.
  3. Consider specializing. There are many specialties in massage therapy and most massage therapists concentrate on one or more of these, especially when starting out. Different types of massage are used to different ends; some are geared toward healing muscles, some toward easing stress, and others toward helping with specific physical ailments. While you can, and probably will, learn more than one massage style, it’s a good idea to think about what you’re most interested in so that you can be sure to get appropriate training. Here are a few different types of massage to look into:

Part 2 of 3: Getting Licensed and Certified

  1. Research your jurisdiction’s licensing requirements. Before you start training, it’s a good idea to make sure that you understand how to satisfy your jurisdiction’s licensing requirements so you’ll know what kind of training will qualify you to be licensed.

    • In the U.S. most states have some form of licensing, so check with your state’s licensing board to get more information. Keep in mind that even if your state does not have licensing requirements, your city or county may.
    • Some jurisdictions require licensing for some types of massage but not for others.
  2. Find a suitable training program. There are plenty of massage schools out there. You may have seen their ads or even received advertising materials for some of them. Keep in mind that these schools are businesses that are trying to make money, so be sure to check out all their claims carefully. Look for a program that leads to certification and which satisfies your jurisdiction’s licensing requirements, which may include accreditation.

    • Most massage schools teach basic Swedish massage and allow you to choose other specialties in addition to that. Look for a school that caters to any specialties you are most interested in.
    • You can research schools online, or you can ask massage therapists what schools they went to and what they thought of their experiences.
    • You’ll also want to consider your budget. Massage schools can be quite expensive, with tuition ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands. Most schools offer some kind of financial assistance, including federal student loans.
    Complete your training program. In the U.S., many states require at least 500-600 hours of training, so you can expect to spend at least that much time in the classroom and practicing. You can find a range of course lengths. How long it takes you to complete the program will depend on how many classes you take at one time; how quickly you complete your “practice” massages, and what your specialty is. Depending on the program you take, you will graduate either with certification in a certain specialty or with a degree.
  3. Consider Getting certified. Not all jurisdictions require certification, but becoming board certified can open a lot of doors for you. In the U.S. the National Certification Board of Massage Therapy administers an exam-based certification program. National Certification is not really needed unless it is required by your state for licensing.
  4. Get licensed. As mentioned before, you may need to become licensed in your jurisdiction. Your school should be able to assist you in understanding the licensing requirements and obtaining your license. National Certification is required by some states in the U.S., while others do not require it, and others require their own professional licensing exam.

    • Many states are now accepting another exam offered by the Federation of Massage State Boards, which could lead to National Certification becoming obsolete.
    • If you plan to start your own business, you will also most likely need to also get a business license from your state or municipality before you can practice.


The History of Massage

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Ever wondered about the history of massage? It’s fascinating!

The history of massage and the evolution of human touch are intertwined with human history. Since prehistoric time, touch has been an integral part of the primate social system, initially as an element of grooming behavior. During the long transition from primate grooming behavior to human contact systems, touch took on other social characteristics. As human beings evolved to develop organized civilizations, touch was transformed into a variety of behavioral modes and touch methods. Touch became more complex, eventually becoming structured manual art therapies. But before touch was formalized it was first a part of social interactions — between friends, between mother and child — as well as simply basic healing of one’s self and others.

Massage has been a part of a larger human context in nearly every culture on Earth. It has been an integral part of a number of aspects of human activity, including religious and healing rituals; healing arts such as midwifery, medicine, nursing hydrotherapy; athletics, exercise and movement therapy; barbering, bonesetting, spas and the pleasurable pursuits of sensuality; and in many cultures, daily family life.

Massage was not advocated nor practiced as a singular therapeutic tool until modern times. The shaman rubbing evil spirits out of the body, the deaconess applying her hands to inspire the healing power of the Holy Spirit, the midwife soothing a mother from the pains of childbirth, the mother rubbing her child to bond and pamper, the trainer in preparation of an athlete before and after sporting pursuits, the nurse applying a healing balm in battle at the bath or the spa, the doctor treating an injury with a liniment or mechanical remedy, the woman applying healing and soothing creams to her skin for beauty and health, a couple stroking each other as part of the ritual of sexual behavior, and any person touching another simply for feeling good and getting relaxed —massage was a part of the repertoire of each of these activities before it broke free in the late 19th century. It remains a complement to them all even though it is now recognized as a stand-alone therapeutic tool.

Golden Age of Massage
One author in the massage trade asserts that the period from 1880 to 1910 was the golden age of massage in America. It is my contention that the golden age of massage in America and around the world was the last 30 years of the 20th century. Although massage is as old as humankind, massage began to emerge as an independent and widely used therapeutic modality in the 1950s and 1960s, fully coming into its own in the 1980s and 1990s. During those decades, massage was more widely accepted, recognized, used, developed, marketed and organized than at any other period in its long history. And, it continues to develop into the new millennium.

As technological society advances, the need for human contact also grows, and massage continues to respond to that need. Massage is increasingly applied in more and diverse venues. Introduction of the massage chair in the 1980s gave new meaning to the phrase “have table, will travel.” The publicity surrounding the use of massage in sports had a dramatic impact on the popularity of massage. Massage also became further integrated into other forms of therapy, education and spiritual endeavors. Massage schools dramatically increased in quality and numbers. Professional associations and publications proliferated, generating exciting and meaningful avenues of networking, information dissemination and political and cultural involvement never before seen in the field. Regulation of the massage field increased, helping the business and ethics of massage to become more evident. All of these factors helped to alter significantly the public perception of massage, and the image of massage often connected to prostitution is fading into the background. The field of massage has moved from the fringes of many other human activities to become a world unto its own over the course of a few decades — the golden age of massage.

More Places and Spaces
Perhaps the most significant change during this period has been the diversity of places where massage can now be found and the applications of its healing techniques to a growing variety of human conditions. Through most of the 20th century, the most prevalent place in which massage was offered was in the home. However, in the last few decades the venues for massage have expanded rapidly. Innovative and often bold entrepreneurial ventures, aided by portable massage tables and chairs, moved massage from closed rooms to the office place of corporate America, sports arenas everywhere, hospitals, birthing rooms, spas, hospices, hotels, airports, health clubs, shopping malls, and even out onto the streets of American cities. Massage has been an official emergency relief effort in most of the great natural and man-made catastrophes for nearly two decades. In the 1970s, massage provided in one’s home constituted nearly 70 percent of all massage being done, whereas at the end of the century in-home massage practice constituted only about 45 percent of all types of practices with that figure continuing to decline as more opportunity is opened up by massage entrepreneurs and an accepting public and private sector.

This is not to say that massage has emerged into a golden age completely on its own. The human potential movement of the 1960s and 1970s brought more awareness to the use of massage as a tool for relaxation and human connection. Alternative and complementary medical practice was revived during this same time, particularly during the 1980s and early 1990s with the release of studies showing Americans are spending billions of dollars on these types of therapies, and massage is third on the list. This revelation primed the complementary and alternative medical pump that continues to bring more and more attention to massage as a primary healthcare modality that cannot be overlooked. Unprecedented attention is now being given to massage research and its efficacy in relation to other therapies.

Unique in its Healing Qualities
Massage has survived and continues to evolve because it is the most fundamental means of giving care, affection and aid between human beings. Its healing qualities differ from those of other modalities because massage confers its benefits through the character and healing intention of those who give and receive it. The true value of massage comes from the intrinsic, inherent need of humans to have contact with one another.

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Feeling Better With Massage Works

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People aren’t generally unwilling to get a massage, but sometimes you just need that extra push to commit to it. Here are some benefits that we here at Massage Works can produce for you. Shelley Frost explains:

Massage involves the rubbing and manipulating of muscles, tendons, skin and ligaments. Massage has moved beyond the walls of your favorite spa to medical settings, such as clinics and hospitals. A full body massage offers multiple benefits, both physically and psychologically. Consult a physician before having a massage if you have medical conditions, such as cancer, fractures, blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or if you are pregnant.

Reduced Stress, Anxiety and Depression

A massage reduces stress levels in most people. Massage may also help manage or reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. While no studies prove that massage reduces depression symptoms, some people with depression feel that their symptoms decrease after massage. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals reports that massage offers other benefits for your well-being, such as better sleep, increased energy, better concentration and less fatigue.

Pain and Stiffness Relief

A full body massage can relieve pain and stiffness in the body according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The full body massage may release endorphins, which act as a pain reliever. Massage sometimes helps relieve migraine pain. Muscles that are tired, overused or otherwise sore are able to relax and soften through the massage. A massage may help an athlete’s sore muscles after a hard workout or benefit a sports injury.

Increased Circulation

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals states that massage can increase circulation by assisting oxygen and nutrients to reach tissues and organs. A massage may help control blood pressure. While these benefits may offer positive medical benefits, you should continue regular medical care with your health care professional, particularly if you have a medical condition.

Immune System Function

A full body massage may increase your immune system’s functionality according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which assists the immune system protect the body.

Skin Benefits

A full body massage helps remove dead skin cells over the entire body for improved skin tone. The stimulated blood flow benefits the appearance and health of the skin. The massage can also encourage tissue regeneration, which may help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Depending on the kind being used, the massage oil may provide moisturizing and other benefits to the skin.


The Massage Works Promise

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Who are we here at Massage Works? Simple question, simple answer! We are:

  • Professional
  • Effective
  • Conscientious
  • Integrative
  • Customized
When you need a massage that can work out your sore tight muscles Massage Works professional massage therapists are here to customize a massage that will help you feel better. The skilled massage team incorporates a variety of techniques such as deep tissue, acupressure, Swedish, assisted stretching, trigger point, myofascial release, shiatsu, cupping massage and energy work.
Massage Works has been located in Los Gatos since 2001 our award winning massage therapy clinic is here to help you find the right massage to help you.
One Hour Massage A variety of modalities combine to focus on your problem areas and provide relaxation of mind and body. prices $90.00 – $110.00

Ninety Minute Massage~  When you really need to work on a trouble area or injury and thoroughly unwind and relax. prices $120.00 – $150.00

Thirty Minute Massage~ This is most often scheduled for focused work on a problem area such as neck and shoulders only. prices $50.00 – $60.00
Massage With Cupping Therapy~ Silicone suction cups provide negative pressure and glide over the muscle to increase circulation and add intense myofascial release.(75 min.) prices $110.00 – $135.00
Sports Masssage~ The perfect treatment for athletic clients, includes deep tissue, active release, assisted stretching and application of kinesiotape if needed. (75 min.) price $110.00
Massage Works Team
  • Tina Deane, owner of Massage Works has been practicing massage in Los Gatos since 2001. She has a passiono for helping people, especially to get relief from pain. She loves a challenge like when someone has been told they will just have to live with the pain. She is proud to offer a team of highly qualified massage therapists at Massage Works to help many people gain relief from pain and stress. As a true believer in the power of massage to heal the body and improve health her goal is to help as many clients as possible to use massage to feel and function their best not just as a pampering indulgence.
  • Mikyo Martin, has been with Massage Works since 2010 she began her massage career in 2002, taking her natural gift of healing touch to the next level by attnding Healing Hands School of Massage in Sand Diego. Where she studied and was certified in many styles of massage, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Reflexology.
  • Vince Langarica, if you want to be treated like a professional athlete, Vince is your therapist. Vince offers very effective deep tissue massage that is perfect if you have been injured or are training for an event. Vince is trained in a variety of modalities such as deep tissue, myofascial release, assisted stretching, active release and functional bodywork. He has a background in sports from playing football, basketball, etc. and he has coached and helped clients in training for their sports. His experience has ranged from helping hard core weekend athletes to college level players, high school football players and Professional MMA fighters to recover and perform their best.

Additional Information

  • Massage Works offices are conveniently located in downtown Los Gatos near Los Gatos High School. We have an easily accessible parking lot at our office building.
  • When you first come to see your therapist at Massage Works they will have you fill out a brief bit of paperwork then discuss what you would like to accomplish and any problem areas you have to address during your session so your therapist can customize the perfect massage therapy session just for you.
  • If this is your first time getting a massage it is our goal to make you as comfortable as possible. You will be shown to your massage room where you will be given privacy to undress to your comfort level (usually bottom underwear are left on or can be taken off, it’s up to you)then you are under a sheet and blanket to insure your comfort and modesty. If you ever feel uncomfortable, cold or the massage pressure is not right for you do not hesitate to tell your therapist right away.
  • Your therapist always strives to five the most effective session possible and they always provide a full 60 minutes or 90 minutes of hands on massage time. So please ensure you are punctual for your appointment.

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