Massage Improves Circulation

So you’ve had a rough week at your office and you’re wanting to treat yourself to some well deserved rest and relaxation. You’ve been feeling tense and tight so you decide that the perfect way to unwind is to treat yourself with was a massage. Even though you might think that is just a good way to kick back and relax, massage actually comes with a ton of medically proven health benefits, one of which is improved circulation in your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. When you get a massage, your circulation is improved due to swedish manipulation of soft tissue and chemical released as part of your body’s response to relaxation.

To understand the benefits of massage, you first have to know a little bit about your circulatory system. Your system consists of two parts, the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems.

These two systems work together to detoxify the body. As nutrient-rich blood travels away from your heart through capillaries, in adjacent tissue cells, nutrients and wastes are exchanged. Fluid taken from the blood, or lymph, transports waste to your lymph nodes where they filter wastes and return fluid to your bloodstream. When your circulatory systems isn't working properly, your blood flow is has trouble and your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood. This can cause health problems such as heart attack, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, muscle pain, dementia, diabetes, the flu and cirrhosis, just to name a few.

Massage stimulates the flow of blood and lymph vessels, thus enhancing circulation. Think of a tube of toothpaste: when you apply pressure to the tube, toothpaste flows out of the tube more easily. The same principle applies to your blood and lymph flow when you get a massage. Now,we'll take a look at five types of massage that improve circulation.

Leg massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph and even can prevent varicose veins. To relieve congestion in your legs, a massage therapist will stroke upward from the ankle toward the lymph nodes located at the back of the knee and groin. She will massage the leg's larger muscles around the thighs to stimulate the lymphatic system. More gentle pressure will be applied around bony areas such as the shins and knees. If your legs are puffy or swollen, don't worry. Your professional massage therapist will be sure to use just the right amount of gentle pressure to relieve your discomfort. Many people suffer from poor circulation in their legs and feet. A leg massage can help cure that.

Deep tissue massage releases tension in muscles by applying slow strokes, direct pressure and friction across the grain of muscles. When you go in for a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will stroke your body to detect stiff or painful areas and determine the texture of the deep layers of your muscle. He or she then will work those areas will specific hand positions and strokes to provide you with the most relief. When you receive a deep tissue massage, cellular debris and toxins in the body are released, thus strengthening your immune system. This type of massage improves circulation by increasing oxygen flow throughout your body. In particular, deep tissue massage improves circulation to the feet

Swedish massage relaxes muscles by applying pressure to deep muscle and bones. The therapist will rub your body tissue in the same direction as the flow of blood to the heart which will aid in improving your circulation. The lymph system relies on muscle action rather than the pressure of blood being pumped to carry fluids back to the heart, so the extra assistance of a Swedish massage will provide your muscles with some relief. It also will improve circulation by speeding the return of blood and lymph from your extremities. Although the chief goal of Swedish massage is to improve circulation and speed up the return of lymph and blood, it also helps to remove metabolic waste from your circulatory system and can shorten recovery time for muscular strain by flushing the muscle of lactic and uric acids.

Pfrimmer deep muscle therapy massage is designed to correct restricted muscles in order to improve circulation. Therese C. Pfrimmer developed this massage technique after she became partially paralyzed while working in a laundry service. By giving herself a unique deep muscle massage, she was able to reverse her paralysis, and she devoted the rest of her life to studying and teaching others her technique.

Tight muscles prevent good blood circulation and lymphatic fluid, and the Pfrimmer deep muscle massage works to relieve the restriction of circulatory flow in your entire body. Think about a kink in a garden hose: When the flow of water is restricted, you can't properly water your plants and nurture your garden. The same goes with your body. When you have this all-over deep muscle massage, your entrapped nerves will be relieved, lymphatic fluid will be brought toward muscle cells, toxins will be moved out and muscles that may have been restricting circulation will be softened.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage specifically developed to improve circulation. Drs. Emil and Estrid Vodder discovered this type of massage in the 1930s while they were treating patients with immune disorders. They noticed that many patients with chronic colds had swollen lymph nodes, and they decided to study the lymph system, a part of the body which the medical field knew little about, in more depth. The Vodders' efforts made them pioneers in the medical field.

This soothing, gentle and rhythmic massage accelerates lymphatic fluid. When you receive this massage, the masseuse will gently stretch your skin the direction of lymph flow to improve circulation. Manual lymphatic drainage is an important tool in the treatment of lymphedema and other lymphatic and circulatory disorders.

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Why Pay More?

Yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a massage. After a long and hectic week, I purchased a 60 minute massage as a gift with a discounted rate of $30.

I was looking forward to receiving a very relaxed and rejuvenating massage by a knowledgeable and experienced Massage Therapist.

What I ended up receiving was practically a beating, uncomfortable and sore, I arrived to the shop which ended up being a nail salon with a make shift and uncomfortable massage table in what looked like a “broom” closet.  The old adage of getting what you pay for could not be truer with massage therapy.

I was told to remove my upper clothes but when I had asked them if I should take off more, as is normally customary during 60 minute, full body massage, the two therapist who roomed me stood there staring at me like I was speaking a foreign language.

After a minute, they said, yes of course, I also asked for a sheet because all they had on the table was towels, for her client to feel comfortable, I didn’t feel comfortable with just towels but the therapist grunted and gave me a sheet, as if it was a bothersome.

As I got ready and laid down on the very hard table, the “therapist” came back in and began to play music that was being constantly interrupted by commercials.

She proceeded to firmly punch down my back, pressing really hard on my shoulder blades and pinching my muscles. I started to fidget and ask her not to do so much percussion (punching) as it began hurting and was uncomfortable. However, she just kept doing it, ignoring my request and punching me even harder.

I really tried to relax and enjoy my massage but alas, no chance to relax was given to me and I was happy when it ended.

I am constantly asked, “Why don’t you charge more than $45 for your wonderful massages?” Let me tell you the story behind my decision to lower my prices.

Like many experienced therapist, I began charging $60 for a one hour massage. When I got contracted with Kaiser as one of their providers and I was told that I was supposed to charge $45 per 60 minute session.

One day I began to realize that if I’m willing to pay $45 for a massage, why not just charge my clients $45, during these tough financial times, I was right!

Some people think that if you’re not willing to pay $60-$90 for a professional massage, then you might not being getting a better quality of service. I find that great quality and great prices should be what my customers’ experience.

With my 1000+ hours and 30 years of experience, 400 hours of schooling and loving hands, I believe that I can give you the wonderful service and awesome massage, at a price that won’t break your wallet.

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6 Surprising Benefits Of Massage

Original Post: Viral Newsfeed Stories on 03/10/15

Good news! Experts explain the reasons you can stop making excuses for why you deserve a rub down.

Minimize migraine headaches

You might want to try going for a massage if you experience migraine headaches constantly. According to research at the University of Auckland, people who went for massage therapy for several weeks reported having better sleep quality and lesser migraine headaches after.

 Minimize pain from exercises or workouts

According to a study by Buck Institue for Research on Aging, it was shown that massage therapy could help muscles with inflammation. Inflammation occurs post-exercise/workouts and is what causes the muscle aches and pains. For people who regularly hit the gym, a massage therapy may be what you need.

 Promotes youthful skin

During a massage session, blood flow is increased due to the pressing and kneading that occur. This increased blood flow keeps your face radiant and has a glowing effect. According to Women's Health, massages causes toxins to shift out of the cell, allowing nutrients back into the cell. This causes the skin to look radiant and healthy.

 Help to overcome PMS

According to a study done by Touch Research Institute and University of Miami Medical School, having massage sessions regularly reduced PMS symptoms for women aged 19-45.

 Reliefs chronic pain

Massage can help to relief chronic pain sufferers such as fibromyalgia, degenerative joins, arthritis and disc problems. Even after a couple of massage sessions, the pain relief can be quite evident.

 Reduces cancer side effects

According to research in Boston, cancer patients that got massage therapy reported reduced pain, better sleep quality and overall improved life quality. This includes less intense symptoms like stress, nausea, fatigue and depression.

Exercises to Help Your Back

Published by Kaiser Permanente, no date given

Stretching Exercises                           

Pelvic tilt

This exercise gently moves the spine and stretches the lower back muscles. Start by trying 1-5 repetitions and gradually progress as tolerated to 10 repetitions.

  • ·         Lie on your back, tucking in your abdomen so that your pelvis rocks and your lower          back moves towards the floor.
  • ·         Move your pelvis in the other direction so that your back moves away from the                  floor.
  • ·         Count: 1 as your bring your back toward the floor, 2 to neutral, 3 back away from               the floor, and 4 to neutral.


Hamstring stretch

This exercise stretches the muscles in the back of your thigh. These muscles allow you to bend your legs.

  • ·         Lie on your back, keeping a natural curve in your back.
  • ·         Wrap a towel around one thigh just above the knee.
  • ·         Hold the ends of the towel in both hands.
  • ·         Using the towel, pull your thigh toward your chest.
  • ·         Keeping your thigh in this position, slowly straighten out your leg.

·         Feel the stretch in the back of your thigh and leg. Hold without bouncing for 20 to 40 seconds; then switch sides.

Single knee to chest

This exercise stretches the muscles in the back and will help keep your back flexible.

  • ·         Lie on your back and bring one toward your chest.
  • ·         Hold onto the knee with both hands.
  • ·         Slowly bring the knee closer to your chest.
  • ·         Feel the stretch in your buttocks or your back. Hold without bouncing 20 to 40                  seconds; then switch sides.

Hip flexor stretch

This exercise stretches the muscles in the front of your hip. The exercise can help you avoid “swayback”, caused by tight hip muscles.

  • ·         Position yourself with one foot in the front and the other foot in the back about 1 to          2 feet.
  • ·         Perform a pelvic tilt by tucking your abdomen in and the squeezing your buttocks             together.
  • ·         Holding the pelvic tilt, bring your trunk upright and move your trunk toward the                 wall.
  • ·         Feel the stretch in the front of the thigh that is positioned behind you. Hold without          bouncing for 20 to 40 seconds; then switch sides.

Hip rotator stretch

This exercise stretches the muscles around your hip. Strong hip muscles allow you to squat down and lift better with your legs.

  • ·         Lie on your back with your knees bent. Lift one leg and place and ankle on the                    opposite knee.
  • ·         With both hands, grasp the thigh behind the knee of the leg that is not crossed.                 Gently pull your leg toward your chest. Feel the stretch in the buttock of the                       crossed leg.
  • ·         Hold without bouncing 20 to 40 seconds; then switch sides.
  • ·         If it is difficult for you to hold your thigh, place a rolled towel behind your knee and          both ends of the towel to pull your leg toward your chest.


Consult with your physical therapist or doctor if you experience an increase in your symptoms with recommended exercises or if you develop new symptoms of numbness, tingling or a spread of the pain. This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult your doctor.


Sometimes, one day is just not enough to show the ones we love most our care and compassion.

They might be someone who we married, supports us, or just simple things like cooking and cleaning. And sometimes, just saying “have a great day and I love you” when you leave for work can showcase how much they truly care.









Yelp Reviewers Give us 5 Stars !

I'm always excited to see patients leave my office smiling. I call them patients because for the last 30 years I have truly focused on healing some of their most problematic pain areas. It's great to see that so many of my patients who come to see me leave here feeling relieved, energized and ready to take on the world now that their pain has subsided. Check our latest Yelp Review where we were given another 5 star rating! 

December 29, 2014, 5 Star Review:

"I've recently started having some soreness in the neck.  It's probably due to a change in jobs and the much longer commute that goes with it.  I've heard from a few friends that a massage might alleviate the tension and the soreness.

After looking for a massage therapist reasonably close to where I live, I narrowed it down to a few different places with good Yelp reviews. I decided to give Celia a try based on the close location and the perfect ratings.  Well, her perfect ratings continue with my review.

First of all, she communicated well with me as I was setting up an appointment. When I showed up, after asking me what area I wanted her to concentrate on, she proceeded with a 30-minute massage.  Although she worked on my shoulders and lower back to some extent, she concentrated heavily on my neck, which is what I wanted. 

She asked me to let her know if I wanted stronger or weaker massage but I didn't have to ask her to adjust since the strength of the massage was just right.  Celia had very strong hands and really worked on getting the knots out.  When she was done, I definitely felt better.  The tension in the neck was gone. 

The office was nothing fancy but was clean and comfortable.  Prices were very reasonable also.  She even offered me a bottle of water as I was leaving.

In addition to being a very nice person, you can tell Celia has a lot of pride in her work and wanted to make sure you were happy with the massage. 

Whenever I feel like I need another massage, I will go back to Celia."

Make sure to check out Celia's Healing Touch on Yelp and leave your own review. Let us know how massage has helped you to become a healthier individual and share your story today: Celia's Healing Touch Yelp

Why Give A Massage For A Christmas Gift?

Have you ever come across that one close friend or family member that you would struggle to think of what to give them as a Christmas gift?

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, Christmas is coming and gift buying is just around the corner.

That one person, who works really hard, possibly having to deal with the daily grind of traffic, commuting, working 8 hours or more, just to do it all over again the next day?  I’m sure that every once in a while, they think to themselves “I need a massage but who and where would I even find the massage therapist that I could trust and know is good at what they do?”

This is your chance to give one or more of your favorite people a truly relaxing and energizing massage and eliminate the feeling of the stress in their neck and between the shoulder blades. If they exercise on a daily basis, the feeling of the soreness in their legs and back can go away, for the incredibly inexpensive price of $45.

When most massage therapist are charging $60 or more for a massage you’re not sure will be good. You know, just how good you feel after receiving a massage from me, gift an hour to them and let them experience it for themselves.

If you know just how good you feel after receiving a massage from me, give an hour if the same feelings to your loved ones and let them experience for themselves for this awesome low price.

How Often Should I Get A Massage?

How often you should get a massage depends on your needs, your budget and your stress levels. Massage has significant health benefits that are best experienced when you get massage regularly.

 Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape, if you can afford it. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.

Once you're feeling good, once a month is probably the minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns and you'll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don't wait too long in an effort to save money.

Make sure you find a good massage therapist that you feel comfortable with and whose style you like. You might even want to have a few different therapists you can call on. They all have their own styles and specialties. Sometimes your body might need a vigorous deep tissue massage and sometimes something gentler, like craniosacral therapy.

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Low Price Massage South San Jose

We’re finally in the last quarter of 2014. For Healing Touch, this means we’re just getting started. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner so we wanted to do something that our clients will love. That’s right, we’ve lowered the price of our full body massage. This means that for a limited time, you can experience a relaxing and healing massage for just $45. You’ll get access to a one hour full body experience with a 30 year veteran masseuse for almost half the price.

We truly believe that everyone should have access to the healing power of massage. By offering a lower and more affordable price, our clients get the same healing experience, only less expensive.

Located near Kaiser Hospital in South San Jose, our door is always open and appointments are booking fast. Make sure visit today, to schedule your appointment directly from our website. Don’t have access to a computer? No problem, simply call 408-802-7740 to book your appointment today.


Unique Tips

I have such awesome clients, not only are they considered clients but they are all considered great friends, my client/friend Tana Hart gave me as a tip,a giant trout from her last fishing trip, I get the coolest tips!

Some of the tips that I have received from my friends have been a dozen eggs from one's chickens, soaps, lotions, body, mist and linen fragranced spray and spices for cooking.The monetary tips is always a welcome delight but receiving something that some one thought of bringing you or making especially for you, is a gift from the HEART!