Thursday, November 30, 2017


If you haven't been in yet, here's a sneak peek on what is going on in our office this holiday season. Our team has done an amazing job of decorating and coming up with some awesome holiday promotions for all of you. From wreaths to ornaments to adorable gift with purchases, Massage La Mesa is ready for the season!

Not only is our clinic decorated like a holiday wonderland, there are exclusive in-store promotions available for our awesome community. Beginning at just $99, all of these packages include gift with purchases, deluxe gift wrapping, and a card to make gift giving easy this year. You won't want to miss these great deals for yourself and your gift list. Packages can be split up or given to one person. There are also add-ons that are only available with the purchase of one of our holiday packages. These add-ons include our Peppermint Foot Scrub, Lavender Paraffin Hand Treatment, and Deep Muscle Therapy. Don't forget to check your list twice and find out who needs a massage!

Don't want to buy a holiday package?
That's okay! We have stocking stuffers for $10 or less! These stocking stuffers are great for everyone's stocking (and your budget, too).

This year we have everything you need to make all of your holiday preparations easy as pie. We know that the holidays can be difficult and busy, but it is important to remember your own self-care. Whether it is through massage, or even just making sure you are drinking enough water throughout your festivities, the greatest gift you can give to yourself is the gift of self-care. 

Stop by and grab a gift card package, get a massage, or even just to say hello. Read more about in-store packages by clicking HERE.

We wish every one of you the best this holiday season and cannot wait to see you soon!! 

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Monday, November 27, 2017


This holiday season we will be offering some of our best deals yet. These are something you will not want to miss out on. We are making gift giving EASY this year. You can read all about our wonderful package options by clicking here.

For these great holiday packages, we will be offering a choice of add-on. These add-ons include Peppermint Foot Scrub, Lavender Paraffin Hand Treatment, and Deep Muscle Therapy. Here is the break down of what each of these great add-ons are and their benefit.

Peppermint Foot Scrub-
An invigorating combination of peppermint sugar scrub and cream. While increasing circulation, the sugar scrub exfoliates the skin and removes dead and dry skin. The cream then softens and heals
damaged areas of the feet.

Lavender Paraffin Hand Treatment-
This paraffin wax delivers fast, temporary relief from joint aches and pain associated with overuse and arthritis. Applied expertly onto the hands and wrists, the warm wax eases tension and reduce inflammation. This leaves the hands feeling soft and moisturized.

Deep Muscle Therapy-
This massage session uses warming CryoDerm Heat to delve deep into tight and tense muscles. After the CryoDerm penetrates deep into the muscles, BioFreeze is used to cool and ease any inflammation, swelling or pain. The combination of the two products work with skillfully applied massage for an ultimately effective deep muscle therapeutic session. 

We are so excited about our holiday packages, and we hope you are, too! Don't miss out on these perfect gifts for the holidays.

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Monday, November 20, 2017


At some point in everyone's life, they have heard of tendons and ligaments. Whether it is a friend complaining of a torn tendon or your massage therapist telling you that your ligaments are tight around a specific body part. Either way, these two terms are commonly used but, also, commonly misunderstood. 

What are ligaments? Well, ligaments are fibrous connective tissue that connects bone to bone, according to Live Strong. When the connection is made, it creates a joint. This thick tissue allows for many simple and complex movements to happen throughout the body. The ligaments are able to help preform so many different functions because they come in many different shapes and sizes, which benefit the stability and strength of the joint. It is possible to over-stretch or tear a ligament when there is too much force on the ligament. This is commonly known as a sprain, which is usually indicated by swelling and redness at the joint. 

Tendons, although similar, are very different in their purpose. Tendons connect bone to muscle rather than bone to bone, according to MedLine Plus. Tendons also help with the movement of the bones through the transmission of force from the muscle to the bone. Tendons also differ in size and shape, which allows the tendons to help with range of motion and to resist outside pressures. When these outside pressures are more than what the tendon can handle, there is a high chance for injury. These injuries include stretching or tearing the tendon and can happen abruptly or over time. One generally can tell when they have injured their tendon by the inflammation around the area. 

Although these two are very different, there are some major similarities, which often cause the confusion of the two. Both tendons and ligaments are made of fibrous connective tissue. Tendons and ligaments are very important connectors for our body, which allow us to move properly. The final important similarity of the two is that they help with the overall stability and strength of our body. 

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Monday, November 13, 2017


Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
Being a massage therapist or a massage client, it can sometimes hard to distinguish when a pain or a symptom is just that or part of a more complex condition. Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) are two conditions where this is often the case. When clients with PMR and/or GCA receive regular massage without medical treatment, often the client will feel a worsening of symptoms or a halt of response to massage, meaning that they are not getting worse, but their symptoms are definitely not getting any better. In the case of PMR and GCA, simple shoulder and hip pain can turn into blindness, stroke, or aneurysm if gone untreated. In today's blog, you will learn about what PMR and GCA are, who is at risk, and signs and symptoms of the conditions.

What Are They?
Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a very scary and complicated sounding name. If you break it down, it means "many muscle pains and nonspecific joint pain." Giant Cell Arteritis is the inflammation of the abnormally large white blood cells. There cells can be found in the affected medium or large arteries' lining. It is often found in the temporal artery, but it also may be found in other arteries as well. Both of these conditions are autoimmune problems, which means that the body is attacking itself. The reason that we are discussing these seemingly separate conditions together is because these two are very closely related. It is very common that a person suffering from one of these conditions is suffering rom the other one as well. According to MedScape, "Approximately 15% of patients with PMR develop giant cell arteritis (GCA), and 40-50% of patients with GCA have associated PMR." Although there have been numerous studies regarding these two conditions and how they relate, there has been no conclusive evidence as to why these two conditions are so closely linked. Some researchers have proposed that PMR and GCA are part of a continuum. This being that PMR is the mild end and GCA is the severe end and patients can fall anywhere on that continuum. However, a person can experience both conditions at the same time, one without the other, or even in the reverse order; the continuum is proposed link of the two conditions.

Who is at Risk?
There are a few factors that increase the likelihood of a person having PMR and/or GCA, such as age, race, and gender. It is very rare that a person under the age of 50 experiences either of these conditions and most people experience these conditions over the age of 70. Caucasians are significantly more likely to have PMR or GCA than any other race, and females are also more likely to have PMR or GCA than males. With all of this being said, PMR and GCA can happen to any one of any age, and it is important to know the signs and symptoms of these potentially life-threatening conditions.

Signs and Symptoms
The most significant symptom of these conditions is pain. Pain centered around the hips and shoulders, along with headaches is a huge indicator of the conditions. Other symptoms include unexplained fever, cough, and sore throat, swelling, jaw pain, trouble getting up in the morning, weight loss, and depression. Another huge sign for massage therapists is if the client is not responding well to massage and either gets worse or stays the same for a long period of time. If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, please consult your doctor before continuing massage.

The good news about PMR and GCA is that they are both easily treatable by steroid anti-inflammatory medication. Massage is a great way to complement the treatment once some relief has been seen in the patient. Massage is not recommended without the approval of a physician first when a client is suffering from PMR and GCA.

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