Massage Mechanics Blog
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Massage Mechanics Blog! Here you’ll find tips and tricks to promote your personal wellness as well as information about massage therapy including answers to all your burning questions. New posts will be available every-other Wednesday for your reading pleasure.
Everyone at Ypsilanti’s favorite massage therapy clinic, Massage Mechanics
NEW! October Blog:
Get into the “Spirit” this Halloween!
Halloween is a particularly spiritually-charged time of the year. Don’t panic - Emily’s got some words of wisdom to set you down the path to clarity.
Macabre Medicine to Fuel Your Nightmares
Sure, bodywork can be considered “alternative medicine”. To jump into the Halloween mood, we wrote a piece about some really, really... “Alternative” medical practices throughout history. Beware! Creepy stuff ahead!
The Two-Way Street of Massage
Are you an *active* participant in your massage sessions? We don’t mean you have to move around or do any cool dance moves, but there are ways you can improve your experience with some action on your part. Check out this week’s blog to learn all about it!
What’s the deal with CBD?
CBD! It’s everywhere! We asked some questions, found some answers, and wrote a li’l piece about how we’ve found it most effective, and how it can improve your massage experience.
The Spiritual Summer Come-down
The end of summer sliding into fall is a time of transition. We sat down with Emily, our resident spiritualist, and she helped us shed some light on what to expect, and how to emotionally and mentally prepare for the coming season.
“To tip, or not to tip? That is the question..”
Talkin’ tips and gratuity shouldn’t rob you of your post-massage “zen”. We wrote a little schpeal of our personal stance on tipping in relationship with the Massage Mechanics philosophy of accessibility, so you can lay back, relax and totally curve the awkward money-talk. We love you!
“The Rest-Stop Slide.”
Going somewhere…?? Road trips are the best. Feeling sore from sitting in a car for hours and hours isn’t the best. Treat your pit-stops like a stretch-stop! We even wrote you a li’l guide. You can thank us later.
All Back Pain and No Gardening Makes Jack a Dull Boy.
Playing in the dirt isn’t just fun for kids. Gardening can be a very therapeutic hobby! Today’s blog has a few tricks to avoid the aches and pains that go hand-in-hand with all the pulling, bending, and lifting that comes with yard work.
Battling the Stress-Monster.
The long-awaited second half of our series about stress and stress management is available to read on our blog! This week we’re breaking down different ways to manage stress, both in creating new habits for yourself, and relieving stress that already exists.
Stress: the “why” and “how” of the most annoying side-effect of existing.
I’m stressed out, you’re stressed out, everybody’s stressed out. It’s frustrating, but it’s become this weird expected side effect of LIVING these days. Take a gander at our newest blog, the first half of a duo of pieces breaking down the ins and outs of stress and stress management. Curious about what stress is, and it’s very real physical and mental impact on you and your body? We’ve gotchu covered, friend.
Migraines? Skip the Tylenol. We have a better idea.
April showers bring May’s headaches and perhaps more debilitating migraines. Noggin pain can be pretty common with rapid changes in temperature. Massage therapy can help in migraine relief and prevention, didn’t you know? Check out this week's blog for more information!
“Masseuse is CANCELLED.
Masseuse or Massage Therapist? Definitely not “to-may-to, to-mah-to”. There’s a weird history and legal spiderweb in the history of the word “masseuse” and this week’s blog talks a little about it as well as why the term is… Cancelled.
This just in: Your Massage Therapist is NOT laughing at you.
It’s embarrassing to realize you forgot your wallet at home while you’re in the check-out line at the store. It’s embarrassing to accidentally send that text you meant to send to your friend to your boss. Your body is nothing to be embarrassed about. We wrote about overcoming embarrassment during a massage on our blog!
It’s hard to defrost that long-winter funk. Seasonal affective disorder or just general cold weather hibernation habits can make it hard to get going again when the weather breaks. Take a look at this week’s blog for some springtime inspiration!
Toxins Schmoxins, a Debunking
Toxins “schmoxins”. Yeah, they’re real. No, massage does not “flush them out”. This week on the blog we went serious business Mythbusters on the concept. Give it a glance - knowledge is power!
Alcohol & Massage: Enjoy Responsibly
We like booze, we like massages (duh), but they don’t like each other. On the blog this week we have our Massage Therapists Against Hungover Bodywork PSA. As we head into St. Patrick’s Day week, it’s a message everyone might be able to benefit from.
Massage Mechanics VS The Self-Care Industry
Yeah, we know “adulting is hard”, and frankly, it’s not fair. We’re on a mission to break the stigma that taking care of yourself by means of self-care has to be a luxury. On the blog this week we’re talking about how burnout is real, and we’ve adapted to be as accommodating as possible for the sake of our client’s physical and mental health.
You Can’t “Cheat” on Your Massage Therapist
You wanna know a secret? You can’t “cheat” on your Massage Therapist. They WANT you to see other therapists! Our latest blog talks about some benefits from seeing different therapists and experiencing different types of massage. We promise you won’t hurt their feelings!
Appreciation Affirmations: Using Kindness as Self-Care
It’s one thing to be thankful, but mastering the art of sincere appreciations can lighten your mental and emotional load. Hop over to our latest blog post to read examples of how expressing appreciation can be a subtle but powerful form of self-care.
Post-Massage Workout Dos and Don’ts
Regular massage work to accompany a gym routine can do awesome things for your training! Did you know there’s an ideal rest period after receiving a massage or bodywork? Our latest blog goes over the “dos and don’ts” of working out after a massage. Knowledge is power!
Making the most of your RESOLUTIONS
My New Years Resolution is to actually keep up with my New Years Resolution. Meeting your New Year Goals can be easier than you think! Our latest blog is all about making the most of your own resolutions!
Going Toe-to-Toe with Wintertime “Scrunch” Pain
Cold outside - cold inside. Winter weather can lead to winter stiffness, especially in your neck and shoulders. Check out our latest blog for simple stretches and ways to keep your muscles and bones warm this winter, and keep the seasonal soreness at bay.
Massage FAQ you might be too shy to ask
No such thing as stupid questions, right? If you’re thinking about booking a massage for the first time, you might have some... Awkward questions… That’s alright because we went ahead and answered some of the questions you might be too shy to ask. Check out our latest blog post where we’ve compiled some First Time Massage FAQs.
Staying Well During the Holiday Season
Holidays are mandatory, misery is optional. Take a gander at our newest blog post where we hash out some tricks to keeping the holiday crazies at a minimum.
Five Ways Massage Therapy Can Melt Your Winter Blues
Take the time to learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how a visit to your local massage therapist can decrease the symptoms of SAD, and help keep your Winter on track.