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Welcome to the home of Massage Timeout! topics and articles. Here you will find a wealth of information about massage, medical and sports massage, pain management, personal and nutritional products, and much more.

Come back often to see what Barbara Gardner Ferrero, LMT, NMT, and the other professional massage therapists at Massage Timeout are up to.

Massage Timeout! is located in Central Florida and provides medical and sports massage in Winter Park, Orlando, and Lake Mary, Florida.

Be sure to visit us at www.massagetimeout.com.

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Pain Management Tips

Girl suffering from back pain at a laptop

  • Much neck and shoulder pain is the result of holding a “forward head posture” for long periods of time.

  • Keeping your ears over your shoulders provides the most efficient way for the upper trapezius and neck muscles to support your head and relieve the stress that typically comes from hours at a desk working on a computer. Picture your head over your shoulders as a golf ball balanced on a tee.

  • Hands held on the computer mouse and working on the keyboard also contribute to shoulder pain and even hand numbness. Support your arms while working rather than maintaining a position with your elbows dangling in mid-air. Slide your mouse behind the monitor to fully support your arm, or use arm rests on a desk chair to relax shoulders during work. Always drop your hands to your lap between hand use or while just reading the screen. Take frequent small breaks. Standing up is also very helpful, and you might consider a standing work station.

  • Telephone headsets are an important tool to relieve the stress of holding a phone up to your ear. Most businesses are happy to supply them if you just do the legwork of finding the right one and getting it ordered. If you have to pay for it yourself, it is still worth the money for the relief you will feel. Do it today.

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Getting Started with Massage

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Q: What should I wear for a massage appointment?

A: The massage room is private, and you will undress and be draped under clean sheets throughout your massage. Your appointment time will include changing time, and leaving jewelry at home will speed that process. For full body massage, most clients remove all clothing, although some decide to remain in their underpants (thongs are perfect). Whatever you prefer is fine. You will always be covered during your massage. For a limited area such as hamstrings, very short, loose jogging shorts are good.

Q: What types of massage do you practice?

A: We specialize in medical, sports and deep tissue therapy. Each therapist has experience and training in various modalities. Visit the bio of your therapist to understand more about his or her training. Multiple disciplines provide us with various techniques that we can use as needed. For example in prenatal massage deep tissue is not employed and we use cushions for side-lying positions. If this is your first massage, it is likely to be less deep than if we have worked with you for some time. There are no cookie-cutter massages: We adjust how we treat you based on what you need.

Q: Do you offer spa treatments?

A: This is a clinical setting, so there are no spa treatments. The massage room is right next to the physical therapy workout areas, and you may hear the background noises of the gym through the door. The relaxation music and dim lights allow many clients to fall asleep. I can suggest other places for you to find wonderful treatments such as stone massage, ashiatsu, Thai massage, body scrubs, etc. Feel free to ask for recommendations.

Q: Why do you recommend that I drink water after massage?

A: During the gliding strokes of a massage, metabolic waste from your cells will be forced into your lymphatic system. To encourage flushing them out, water is essential, especially after long periods without massage.

Q: Do people ever get sore after massage?

A: This may happen after a spasm or tight area has relaxed and blood flow is returned to normal. Consider a tight muscle as being like a clenched fist which allows the circulation to return after relaxing. Drinking plenty of water and using ice the night after your massage can reduce soreness the next day. Use a frozen gel pack in a pillowcase for twenty minutes. A relaxation massage should not require ice.

Q: How often should I get a massage?

A: This answer depends on you. If you are in acute pain, we may see you 2 to 3 times a week. It is our goal to lessen the number of visits you need. Once your pain is under control, we can stretch the time between visits to suit how you are feeling. We have clients who find they need massage weekly or bi-weekly, and many come monthly. Notice the time when you start thinking, “I need another massage,” and then plan around your needs by scheduling before you leave the office. Over time, we may be able to spread the time out. On the other hand, if there is too much time between visits, we can lose the running benefits of the latest visit.

Q: Should I tip?

A: Tips are always appreciated. However, it is not necessary, and no one should feel obligated.

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