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Why MassageWorks?

You have options. There are several places you could choose to give your business to in Los Gatos or the San Jose Bay Area. So what makes us special? Glad you asked!

Massage Works is just that; we do what works for your body. Our staff is expert at meeting with you, listening to your needs and then deciding on a massage therapy which blends several modalities of body therapy into every session to give you the massage your body needs.

Massage Works is to massage what an experienced mechanic is to your vehicle; we know how to repair the damage and make your body hum again.
We specialize in helping athletes prevent and recover from injuries, people suffering from chronic stress, honing in on areas causing tightness and eliminating muscle based pain. You come to us not because you need to relax, but because you want to do what’s best for your body, whether it’s preparing for optimal physical performance, recovering after a big race, performing your best in training, working a productive 40+ hour week or keeping up with small children.
If you want to prevent and heal injuries to the muscles and tendons, Massage Works is for you. If you want to alleviate chronic pain, increase your range of motion, stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids and break down adhesions, we have the massage therapy you need.
Whether you’re a world class Olympic athlete or a weekend jogger, Massage Works can help you increase your muscle flexibility, reduce your level of fatigue, improve your endurance and help keep your body in top shape.

Studies from the American College of Sports Medicine have shown that athletes who use massage therapy, either before or after exercise, noticeably reduce muscle soreness and help protect their bodies from injury.

At Massage Works, we have seen that regular massage is the best addition to an intensive training regime, and our skilled massage therapists will be with you at every step of the way to find the style and functional massage that best suits you.

Massage is so much more than just relaxation. Our techniques will help you to raise the levels of oxygen in your blood stream, decrease harmful muscle toxins, reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase your white blood cell count to give your immune system a boost.

With our blend of deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure, stretching, sports massage and  eleaseology, we’re confident you will feel the benefits of professional massage after even just one session.
Benefits of Massage
  • Increases circulation, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs.
  • Stimulates the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is incorporated in treatment for chronic illnesses, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
  • Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort associated with lower back pain.
  • Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping.
  • Increases joint flexibility.
  • Reduces recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent risk of muscle strain.
  • Reduces post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduces and realigns scar tissue after healing has occurred.
source: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Increase Happiness with These 5 Techniques

I think living a happy life is a worthwhile pursuit in this life. The powerful thing is we can do things to boost our happiness every day!

Horace Friess

It is important to consciously incorporate activities that increase our happiness. Though I am a big fan of doing special play days too to really give yourself a break from life and play. For me this might be going to the beach or to go the the amusement park and ride roller-coasters or going dancing.

Try a few of these and let me know how you feel:

  1. Stop complaining, it is amazing how much we get used to complaining about things… which is really a useless use of our time and energy. The only time it’s good to complain is if you are speaking to someone who can do something about the problem. There is a great book “Complaint Free World” if you are interested into diving into why it makes us unhappy to complain.
  2. Exercise, yes exercise is good for everything. But there is a good boost in mood even by walking for 20 minutes. I like a quick HIIT workout. Enough to break a sweat makes me feel best and definitely seems to elevate my mood for the whole day! You have probably heard of the runners high this is from the endophins released during exercise which happens even with shorter exercise (you don’t have to run marathons). Endorphins are our feel good neurotransmitter released from the brain. Studies have even started to show that exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants which is great statement for how much it can improve mood and increase happiness.
  3. Practice and Attitude of Gratitude: This is the alternate to no complaining when you focus on being grateful for the way life is now it greatly increases happiness. Even the things that often go un-noticed like getting out of bed in the morning, a beautiful meal, having a roof over us, clean water to drink and the people in our lives.  The research on gratitude shows how it will elevate our attitudes.  In a study where participants wrote about either something they were grateful for or irritated about they found very positive results for the thankful group. After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.
  4. Meditate: Sorry I’m know if you aren’t already someone who meditates this can seem difficult or like a waste of time. But the research on meditation states that like exercise it pretty much helps every aspect of life. I have been meditating regularly this year, almost every day. It starts my day off in a great way with feeling grounded and focused. I do utilize apps to meditate sometimes just the insight meditation timer sometimes a guided meditation like headspace. Finding a good meditation teacher is a good idea as well, check local yoga studios or meetup. Give it a try for awhile and see if you notice a difference in your life. You know what the Zen proverb says: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.
  5. Massage: you would have been surprised if I didn’t say massage. But getting a massage lowers stress and anxiety and also releases endorphins. This is a great infographic on how massage increases happiness.is-happiness-just-a-massage-away_52d6c9d322124
Tina Deane

Tina Deane

Tina Deane owner of Massage Works Los Gatos has been helping clients get relief from pain since 2001.She believes balance is the key to a happy life! Thank you for reading our blog we hope you enjoy the information!

My Experiment Being Bulletproof

This only makes sense if you are familiar with Dave Asprey and the Bulletproof Exec.

I had heard of him and his bulletproof coffee but really got to know his philosophy via his podcast; Bulletproof Radio. I am a bit of a podcast addict and love his information and his guests. And I love the intention of eating and supplementing for optimal mitochondria function which Dave is fanatical about.

But let me back up I had first heard of bulletproof coffee I think on facebook and swore I would never drink a coffee with butter in it. Imagine the calories and fat, ahhh! Though really it is probably about the same calories or maybe even less then the average grande frappa-something and definitely less sugar which is a great thing.

But after listening to Bulletproof radio for awhile I had to learn more. So I read the Bulletproof Diet which breaks down the research about why putting butter and coconut oil in you coffee might be a good idea.

It seems when you eat the right amount of fat and less carbohydrates you burn fat as fuel this is called ketosis. It turns out the brain loves ketones for energy, hmmmm who knew?  Let me say that again it teaches the body to go into fat burning mode, well awesome!

I have pretty much tried every other crazy health diet and trend, why not this one? It’s a little more difficult for me to get into I spent my formative years in the heart of the low fat belief system. I have eaten more then my share of Snackwell cookies (remember those, yuck). But if that is the problem and why the whole country is getting sicker and sicker maybe more fat is a good idea. So I’m in!

Today was day 1… and I got my wonderful husband to try it also! Bless that man he is up to try any weird concoction I make him!

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We each had 2 cups of Bulletproof coffee to start our day today. That would be a total of 16 oz. coffee, 2 Tbs. Butter and 2 tsp. Bulletproof MCT oil each. You blend the drink in the vitamix and it does come out creamy and tasty! We both liked it and I dare say we both felt a surge of energy and focus this morning. And for me I feel it has lasted throughout a busy day of leading a meeting, having lunch with colleagues and seeing clients in the afternoon. It’s 8:30pm and I am still going strong writing this when I should probably be headed home. Now this could be a placebo effect so we’ll give it a awhile and see how it goes. So far I like it and am looking forward to Bulletproof coffee again tomorrow.

It actually tastes very good!

It actually tastes very good!

Tina Deane

Tina Deane

Tina Deane owner of Massage Works Los Gatos has been helping clients get relief from pain since 2001.

Massage Therapy Improves Blood Pressure

Massage May Produce Durable Change in Blood Pressure

I have seen many clients improve from a variety of health conditions with regular massage so this research is not surprising. And it is great to see the improvements last days after a bodywork session.

New research indicates massage therapy may have a durable, positive effect on blood pressure, according to an abstract on www.pubmed.gov.

Massage improves high blood pressure

Massage improves high blood pressure

The study looked at two groups of women: One group received Swedish massage for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week for 10 total sessions. The other group of women relaxed, but did not receive massage.

All the participants’ blood pressure was measured before and after each session and again 72 hours after the last massage or relaxation session.

The mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the women who received massage was significantly lower compared with the non-massage group, both right after the sessions and also 72 hours later.”Findings of the study indicated that massage therapy was a safe, effective, applicable and cost-effective intervention in controlling [blood pressure] of the pre-hypertension women, and it can be used in the health care centers and even at home,” the investigators noted.

“Durability of effect of massage therapy on blood pressure” was conducted by investigators in the Department of Adult Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

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Massage Works Los Gatos offers massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage as part of a healthy lifestyle to live with positive energy and vitality. Our skilled massage therapists help you get relief from problems such as headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain and sciatica.

Standing Desks

The rise of the standing desk, is a wonderful trend to see happen! It is incredibly beneficial to your health to stand more then sit every day.

I have had many many clients switch to a standing desk. Some use it exclusively and have ditched their chairs and some switch back and forth between standing and sitting, there is an app to tell you when to stand or sit too.

I have heard so many great testimonials about how great and more energetic people feel when standing more during the day I am anxious to get a standing desk at home to use when I am on the computer there!

I read the book “Get Up Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It” by Dr. James Levine

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I have to admit I listened to the audio book while driving which made me feel very guilty but since I stand most of my day I got over it! The information on the health benefits of standing more. We are living in a way our bodies were not meant to be used. We are meant to move not go from the car to the desk to the car to the couch. And as an added bonus you burn more calories standing then sitting. Even a 10 minute standing break every hour will be hugely beneficial for anyone!

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Just like sitting proper ergonomics are very important while standing! Here is a great diagram from an article 10 reasons why you should switch to a standing desk.

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Massage Works Los Gatos offers massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage as part of a healthy lifestyle to live with positive energy and vitality. Our skilled massage therapists help you get relief from problems such as headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain and sciatica.

Can Massage Help You Live Longer

One of the nicest things clients say to me is, “when I win the lottery I will get a massage every day” which is often followed by the comment of “I bet that would make you live longer”.

So I thought I’d look into it. Now I don’t think daily massage is a real possibility for most but what about regular massages? We have all heard that stress contributes to many diseases and massage can decrease stress and anxiety. Stress is one of the most prevalent, but preventable causes of health problems in modern society.  De-stressing is not only a great way to feel better; it also helps you live longer.  If you’ve ever had a massage, you already know how relaxed it makes you feel.  With relaxed muscles, decreased pain, improved circulation, your body lets go of all the daily stress you’ve been holding on to. 

Massage also Decreases blood pressure. There was a study conducted that showed that a simple, short touch can immediately cause a drop in blood pressure.  Combine this with the improved circulation, relaxed muscles, and decreased anxiety and you get a great way to keep your blood pressure low.  You should be careful if you have low pressure to begin with; make sure to get up slowly and take it easy after a massage. source fitwatch

That’s on the physiological side… but what about something you can’t necessarily feel immediately, your genes?

Here are 2 ways massage after exercise effects your genes:

Dr. Tarnopolsky told me that the researchers found two very interesting differences in the muscles that had been massaged…

  • A gene pathway that causes muscle inflammation was “dialed down” in these muscles both immediately after the massage and 2.5 hours after the massage. (Specific genes can be present in our tissues but not always active.) Dr. Tarnopolsky said that this is helpful knowledge because muscle inflammation is a contributor to delayed-onset muscle soreness, so it confirms biologically what we’ve always believed through anecdotal observation—a post-exercise massage can help relieve muscle soreness.
  • Conversely, another sort of gene was “turned on” by the massage—this is a gene that increases the activity of mitochondria in muscle cells. You probably know that mitochondria are considered the “power packs” of our muscles for their role in creating usable energy. Now, it’s true that better mitochondrial functioning has been shown by other studies to help decrease insulin resistance (a key risk factor for type 2 diabetes) and obesity and even to slow aging. When I asked Dr. Tarnopolsky about whether or not it’s a stretch to link post-exercise massage to these benefits, he said that it’s not unreasonable—there is a potential connection, and future research will need to be done to confirm it. source

Any natural treatment that helps reduce inflammation and mitochondria to function better is definitely a good thing after exercise or any time!

I have heard that Bob Hope had a massage every day and he lived to 100 years old. Though he also was a comedian and laughed a lot I’m sure so the best perscription must be to laugh more and get more massage!

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Massage Works Los Gatos offers massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage as part of a healthy lifestyle to live with positive energy and vitality. Our skilled massage therapists help you get relief from problems such as headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain and sciatica.

Foam Roll Between Massages

You don’t need to be a Pro Athlete to treat your body like one. Using a foam roller on a regular basis can help relieve many tight muscle problems. I recommend that all my clients use a foam roller between massages to maintain the relaxation gained in the muscles during massage.

This is the simplest description of how to foam roll I’ve ever seen! My favorites are the IT Band and lats. Thank you to physicaltherapyweb for such a great infographic!

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Things That Really Make Me Wonder…

I was in Whole Foods the other day. And I am a Whole Foods fan don’t get me wrong. But along with the fresh squeezed juices I saw this.

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Really, a sprig of mint and some lemon in your water for $3.99?????

You could buy the raw ingredients for that price and put it in your water bottle for a whole week! It might get really expensive if you buy a cucumber too. Spa water is very good for you, very alkalizing and gives the water some flavor if you need to switch it up.

It’s quite a waste of plastic water bottle too as if we need more plastic bottle waste!

Tina Deane

Tina Deane

Tina Deane, Owner, Massage Works Los Gatos, known for her magic hands and for her healthy tips and knowledge.

Why Drink Water After Your Massage

Here is a great article about why we need to drink water after a massage. What it doesn’t mention is that we are all usually slightly dehydrated so an extra glass of water is healthy. It is also a great idea to up your water the day of your massage so that your tissues are hydrated and supple so the muscles and tendons move more easily with massage therapy (just not too much right before, no one likes to have to jump off the table to pee half way through the session).

Drink more water

Drink more water

The Scientist: Michele Naumann Carlstrom, licensed massage therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The Answer: If you’ve ever gotten a massage, whether at a spa, a sports medicine facility, or a kiosk at the airport, chances are that your masseuse instructed you to drink a lot of water when you got home (or wherever your travels may have taken you). The reasons for this are twofold.

First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That’s why many people have to pee right after a massage. (Naumann Carlstrom says some of her clients can’t get up from the table fast enough.) You have to replenish all that lost water – by drinking more.

Then there’s the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced by muscles in the course of everyday function. When your muscles are tight or you’ve got a major knot, it constricts circulation in those areas, inhibiting the body’s ability to flush out this waste. And, since tight muscles are probably what prompted you to make a massage appointment in the first place, chances are you’ve got some compromised circulation happening. Massage relaxes the tension, releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing nitrogenous metabolic waste to dump into the system. Drinking provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate the newly liberated waste. So, once again, it comes back to pee.

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Massage Works Los Gatos offers massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage as part of a healthy lifestyle to live with positive energy and vitality. Our skilled massage therapists help you get relief from problems such as headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain and sciatica.

Help for the Hammies

We’ve had a few clients in the past few months that have very tight hamstrings, which can lead to low back, knee, or hip problems. There are many stretches out there, but not all of them get to the root of the problem. As always, one of our favorite ways to address this problem, off the massage table, is yoga.

Uttanasana is a posture that not only stretches the hamstrings, but releases the tension at the root of the body where the ligaments of hamstrings attach, and releases the connective tissue, along the back side of the body, that run through the hamstrings.

When we look at the hamtrings (biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus) and the associated ligaments in this picture, we will see that they attach at the bottom of the pelvis, the sacrum, and the bones around the knee.   So if the hamstrings themselves are tight they will be pulling on all of these areas, causing possible structural misalignment, tension, and/or pain.

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In order to address any muscle group to affect deep change we must always also address the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle fiber. From the point of view of the connective tissues in the hamstrings, we can see that the fascial (connective tissue) line that runs through the hamstrings also run along the whole back side of the body from the head to the bottom of the feet.  So we use a pose that releases that fascial line as well as releasing the muscles themselves. As Dr. Brian Abelson put it “Bottom Line: You can try treating a hamstring injury with all the right techniques (ART,Graston, Massage etc.) and find that you still have not resolved a chronic problem you need to consider, and treat, the fascial interconnections.”

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Uttanasana is great for stretching and releasing the hamstrings and the fascia of the back body. Not only does it release the hamstrings, but also the hips, calves, neck, and shoulders. In addition to those benefits, this posture can increase circulation to the brain, pituitary, and thyroid glands. To take it to the next level, we throw in the variation of the “hip tip” to release muscles and fascia around the tailbone, the root of the body and spine.

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Direction for Uttanasana

  • We begin this posture in a standing position, with feet directly underneath the hips, toes pointed forward or slightly pigeon toed.
  • Fold forward at the hips with hands, arms, and head hanging heavy towards the floor. You can nod your head yes and no to relax the neck to make sure the head is hanging heavy. It’s important for the head to hang heavy, because the weight of the head is what lengthens the spine and the connective tissue of the back body.
  • For a deeper variation the arms can be crossed by grabbing your elbows so the weight of the arms pulls the body deeper into the posture. Or if the hands do not reach the floor, you can rest them on a block or chair. The posture can be held for 2-3 mins
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    Directions for Uttanasana with a Hip Tip

  • Begin in Uttanasana with the hands supported on the floor, a block or a chair.
  • Straighten your right leg and bend the left knee, leaning into the head of the right thigh. Keep both feet completely flat on the floor, with toes glued down to the floor. If it is too intense, take bend out of the knee, or make the support for the hands taller so that you are propped up higher.
  • Linger there for 90 seconds taking long, full deep breaths into the lower abdomen, then switch sides. It’s important not to stay longer than 90 seconds per side, because releasing to deeply may cause pain the following day.
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    This posture can be done daily, before or after working out. For the alternate version with the hip tip, best to only do twice per day so as to avoid relapse (where the body works to maintain homeostasis by tightening and closing the area opened through the postures, thus causing pain in the area). We hope you and your hamstrings enjoy!

    Mikyö Martin
    CMT, CYT​ and Certified Emotional Freedom Practitioner

    QRA Practitioner and Ayurvedic Intern
    Detox and Diet and Lifestyle Consulting
    Sweet Life Natural Health
     
    Mikyö Martin is a certified massage and yoga therapist, and uses Quantum Reflex Analysis, Emotional Freedom Sessions, and the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in her practice.  She focuses on natural detoxification, nutrition, and removing mental, emotional, and physical blockages so that you can experience greater levels of health and joy.