Enter Our First Anniversary Giveaway!

We Did It!

April marks Oswego Massage Therapy’s First Anniversary and I want to thank you for your patronage, feedback, and thoughtful reviews!

With expanded hours, 7 days/week service, and state of the art equipment, the newly renovated facility is now more comfortable and accommodating than ever before so I hope you come see it soon.

Celebrate this Month With Me:

Simply book a new 60, 90, or 120 Minute Session during the month of April and be automatically entered to WIN A FREE SESSION!  I will be drawing winners on Facebook Live Sunday, April 30th at 6:30PM, so be sure to *Like* our FaceBook page below!

 

During the live broadcast, I will be giving away the following:

  • 1-60 Minute FREE Session
  • 1-90 Minute FREE Session
  • 1-120 Minute FREE Session

Your name will be automatically entered into this drawing simply by scheduling a new session between now and April 30, 2017.

I'm grateful for the privilege of serving you this past year and I look forward to seeing you soon!  Again, thank you for becoming a client of Oswego Massage Therapy.

Sincerely,

Chawn Crawley, LMT

Drawing Rules:

-Does not apply to 30 minute sessions, previously purchased Gift Certificates or existing Series Sessions currently on account.

-Clients currently booked in April have already been added for this drawing.

-FREE Sessions cannot be broken down into multiple sessions or added to other services.

-Free sessions expire December 31, 2017.

Holiday Savings is Happening Now!

Oswego Massage Therapy

has come a long way in a fairly short period of time and I'm happy to be able to celebrate the holidays with my clients.  Everyone has been incredibly supportive over the past several months as the practice has grown, expanded, and improved.  As is the nature of the massage business, it's fundamentally important for me to provide clients with ways to RELAX-as opposed to stressing over purchases and rushing after "limited time offers".  As a result, I've prepared several incredible ways to save a lot of money, get the services you really want, and have the freedom to do it in your time!  In other words, I've created great offers and made sure they run for an entire month leading up to Christmas!

Scroll below and look over the different offers that might appeal to you:


GIFT CERTIFICATES

Single Gift Certificates can be purchased for 15% of the normal session price.  2-Session Package Certificates are available at 25% OFF!  Simply scroll through the list of options and select which one suits your needs.

NOTE: If you are purchasing 2 or more Gift Certificates but need to split different services or recipients, just call the office at 315.806.7587 for a custom order.


Christmas Specials:

 

Gift Certificates also available for these Specials

 

"Stress Stopper"  $70.  60-Minutes.

This is a 60-Min. Swedish massage that also incorporates the incredibly relaxing Raindrop Treatment to the torso.  The Raindrop Treatment is popular for good reason: it reaches levels of relaxation that is hard to beat by most other methods; especially when it's incorporated with massage therapy.  If you're curious about Raindrop or just need to blow off a large amount of stress, this $70 Special cannot be beat.

"Perfect Relaxation"  $89  90-Minutes.

This session combines a 60-Minute Therapeutic Massage with Oswego Massage Therapy's "Winter Foot Care" session.  If there is one session that might top Raindrop Therapy in terms of relaxation, this is probably it.  Winter Foot Care is a client favorite already and when combined with a full-body massage, clients are already referring to it as the "Perfect Session" and the "Perfect Gift".  Winter Foot Care begins with an exfoliating foot scrub and hot rinse.  Next, a full reflexology massage is given before your feet are wrapped in steaming towels.  Peppermint Essential Oil is applied as a finishing touch.


Series Savings

A lot of clients come back pretty regularly and as a result, it made sense to create "Series" packages to allow for some savings.  You can purchase a Series in increments of 3, 5, and 10 Sessions all while saving between 5-15%.  This way, whenever you realize you need to get in, there's already a prepaid session on your account.

From now until Christmas, I've made this even better!

3-Session Series Purchases (5% Savings) will also grant you 1 FREE single session Gift Certificate for a session of equal length.  Essentially, you're getting a 4th free session with the option to gift to someone if you wish :)

5-Session Series Purchases (10% Savings) will also grant you 2 FREE single session Gift Certificates for sessions of equal length.  The 5-Session series seems to be the most popular and this offer allows you to take care of yourself and be a hero at the same time.

Purchasing is simple!  Click the Book Online button and select the "Special Offers" tab.  Then choose your Series and complete the sale.  For the Gift Certificates associated with the Series purchases, I will contact you the same day to make arrangements for customization.


Massage Facts and Fibromyalgia

Credit: Ryan Weisgerber (Creative Commons)

Credit: Ryan Weisgerber (Creative Commons)

Fibromyalgia is one of the most misunderstood diseases by the public and I feel that anything I write about it needs to respect those suffering from it with real-world facts, citations, and detailed explanations.  This disease hits home on both professional and personal levels and it's become part of Oswego Massage Therapy's mission statement to aid in relief from it's symptoms.

Massage Therapy Can Help.  FACT.

 I make every effort to keep my posts science-based and factual; sticking to the hands-on aspects of my work and leaving the more holistic, energy-based aspects to others who are better suited to that than I.  That said, this article offers a wealth of information that makes an extremely strong case for massage therapy serving not just as a form of "alternative treatment", but as a highly effective strategy on the front line in the fight against Fibromyalgia.

What Fibromyalgia Is:

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
— http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243

The Mayo Clinic goes on to state that Fibromyalgia has no cure but that medications, exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction are the key methods used to manage the condition.

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CREDIT VAXZINE / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

What It Does To You:

1.  Widespread Pain.  You just hurt "everywhere", with a dull-ache dominating a majority of your body.
2.  Headaches.  Most people describe them as "massive" headaches that tend to be powerful enough to disrupt nearly every aspect of one's day, often even making it difficult to go to work.
3.  Fibro-Fog.  "Cognitive Difficulties" are also recognized as an affect of Fibromyalgia, often making it difficult to focus and concentrate on even the most basic tasks.
4.  Depression.  In my opinion, the worst symptom on the list because once the depression takes hold in a sufferer, the hope and the willingness to take steps to fight the disease diminish, leaving a person accepting a life of pain that is devoid of the ability to simply "enjoy life".
5. Chronic Fatigue.  You wake up tired.  You spend a great deal of your days struggling to put one foot in front of the other.  The sleep you do get is usually poor in quality and often interrupted.

Why Massage?  (From the Experts)

Daniel Clauw, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan is on record as stating that opioids and narcotics are ineffective in the treatment of Fibromyalgia but goes on to state:

The majority of patients with fibromyalgia can see improvement in their symptoms and lead normal lives with the right medications and extensive use of non-drug therapies.
— http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150518/Fibromyalgia-now-considered-as-a-lifelong-central-nervous-system-disorder.aspx

When I read "Non-Drug Therapies", massage therapy is the first thing that comes to my mind in terms of examples.  In an online article about Fibromyalgia posted by Everyday Health,  Rhonda Crockett, licensed massage therapist at the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine in Columbus, states the following: “Massage therapy is the most widely used type of complementary and alternative medicine in hospitals because it reduces stress, helps relieve pain, decreases feelings of anxiety, and increases general overall well-being — all of which are great for people with fibromyalgia”.

Treatment Massage Helps

Credit: Flickr user Jlhopgood (Creative Commons)

Credit: Flickr user Jlhopgood (Creative Commons)

While we're all anxiously waiting for medical research to come up with a treatment that would just make Fibromyalgia "go away", we have to focus on the tools we have available now and understand how they help.

In all the research I did for this post, the issue that kept coming up for me is the "triggering" of the flares that make Fibromyalgia so difficult.  Over and over, Stress & Anxiety keep getting cited by the most respected medical communities in the world as major triggers with depression rapidly following as a result.  Here is my list of what massage can do to reduce those triggers:

1.  Relaxing Atmosphere.  In nearly every massage facility you will visit, you can expect to find an atmosphere created by the therapist to be warm, calming, and relaxing in it's very nature.  The time you spend simply being in a treatment room is worlds away from your stressful office,  excited children, or hectic schedule.  The session alone is a scheduled reprieve from the busy life that robs us of a healthy perspective on stress management.

2.  Circulatory Benefits.  Invariably, when stress and anxiety increase, the body's circulatory system shows immediate changes as a result.  Likewise, therapeutic techniques designed to increase and enhance circulation are going to provide the body a chance to improve the circulation.  It's not 100% factual to state that "increased circulation reduces stress", to be clear.  What is does mean is that massage therapy will directly confront the symptom of negatively-impacted blood circulation as it relates to being stress-induced.

3.  Relaxing Muscles (I.E. Reducing Tension).  Fibromyalgia is all about pain; ask anyone suffering from it.  Pain causes muscles to contract.  Massage is among the most direct methods available to relax a muscle that's stuck in a contracted state.  While there isn't hard science out there that massage directly reduces the pain of Fibromyalgia, there is no argument that it reduces the tension.

4.  Being Understood.  One of the worst parts of Fibromyalgia is being so misunderstood in social circles.  People suffering from this are constantly being told "It's all in your head".  That ignorant notion seems to be our society's go-to response for everything we don't fully understand scientifically.  I would argue that there is no more well-equipped profession that takes a hands-on approach to wellness than Massage Therapy in terms of simply approaching it's clients from an understanding perspective.  We get you.  We are NOT counselors and we must never be expected to serve as such, but we do work in a field that has struggled for ages to be accepted in some medical circles.  If anything, we know what it's like to be misunderstood and we as massage therapists are accustomed to approaching wellness (and disorders) with a very open mind.

In summary, the way massage therapy manages to help Fibromyalgia isn't by directly affecting the illness.  It's by "indirectly" affecting it.  The innate (and medically accepted) benefits of massage address Fibromyalgia's many major symptoms.  While we all await a cure for Fibromyalgia, it's nice to know that there are solid methods out there to reduce the symptoms and possibly slow down the frequency of the things that trigger it's flares. 

If you are concerned that you may have Fibromyalgia, please consult your physician.  If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be sure to check out the National Fibromyalgia Association and the American Chronic Pain Association to learn more about how to manage and treat your condition.

 

5 Conditions Massage Therapy Can Help

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When people find themselves in pain from overdoing an activity, experiencing extreme stress, or waking up with a bad back, Massage Therapy is one of the first solutions that come to mind.
There are a number of other situations, however, when Massage Therapy can do a great deal to help and unfortunately is often overlooked.
Let's take a look at just a few of the common ailments that you may not have known are very responsive to Massage Therapy.

Tension Headaches

  Tension headaches can be caused by all sorts of situations including prolonged stress, anxiety, poor sleep, and emotional trauma.
During most tension headaches, what's happening in the body is that the muscles in your jaw, neck, and even scalp are remaining in a constant state of contraction.
    Addressing it:  Swedish massage is well known for it's ability to reduce stress and likewise, anxiety.  Techniques are also used to focus on relaxing the neck, jaw, and scalp muscles; thus getting them out of that state of contraction.  The result is an incredible sense of relief that is often experienced right away.  The final aspect that's worth noting is that most believe massage therapy encourages the body to release large amounts of Serotonin.  Serotonin is one of our body's magical substances that promotes good sleep.

Whiplash

  Car accident victims can invariably tell you all about whiplash and more importantly, how much pain it causes.  
Essentially, muscles that extend from the neck to the mid-back become hyperextended during the impact.  It can be a long road to recovery if the plan is just to give this condition time and expect it to heal itself from rest.  One thing worth pointing out is that whiplash isn't always from a car accident.  Any sudden stop of the body during forward momentum can produce some degree of whiplash.
    Addressing it:  Massage Therapy has a lot of tools that can be brought to bear when addressing whiplash.  In addition to therapies making use of heat or ice, the massage itself is very capable of aiding in restoring the muscle's pliability; helping the muscle function correctly again.  And of course, any muscle that has been exposed to the types of trauma produced from whiplash will be aided by a positive increase in circulation to the area.  Massage is all about improving circulation.

Diabetes

  Diabetes is a result of severe problems with the pancreas and it's ability to manage insulin-producing cells the body needs.  Diabetics struggle daily on many fronts and experience a wide range of effects from this disease.
    Addressing it:  Massage Therapy again uses it's incredibly positive affects to circulation to aid in maintaining the body.  Diabetes does a great deal to make circulation a problem and massage is one way to help manage that.  Additionally, massage therapy helps joints a great deal, too.

Depression

  Different from the effects of prolonged stress, depression tends to be it's own ugly problem.  It can also come about as the result of such stress and chronic pain.  Regardless of "how" depression occurs, the person suffering it is left with a feeling of hopelessness and despair.
    Addressing it: Massage Therapy should be considered part of a comprehensive treatment plan that might include counseling and a medical physician.  But for it's part, Massage helps tackle the darkness of depression by simply by lending it's uplifting qualities and it's stress reduction advantages.  There is some data that suggests Massage reduces Cortisol levels in the body.  Cortisol builds up when a person is under great stress and it's one of the things in the body we want to have very little of.  Between lowering Cortisol and increasing Serotonin, there is a strong case for at least trying massage therapy in an effort to combat depression.

Fibromyalgia

  I'm going to be adding a post dedicated to this ridiculously difficult, frustrating, and life-altering disease.  For now, I'll simply highlight it like the others and let you consider it.  Fibromyalgia causes terrible all-over-body pain in varying degrees and at varying intervals.  Much is not fully understood about Fibromyalgia in the medical community and therefore, there is relatively little out there that is known to help fight it.
    Addressing it:  At a minimum, and this is partly because there will be a full article posted shortly, people suffering from Fibromyalgia spend much of their days in some level of above-normal pain.  Pain invariably causes blood pressure to rise and muscles to contract.  It's just the body's response to it all.  Again, while not a magic pill, Massage Therapy when applied during non-flare periods can make strides to reduce the abnormally high blood pressure and return contracted muscles to a relaxed state.  Given the very limited pharmaceutical options and lack of an overall understanding of Fibromyalgia, it's good ol' Massage that still offers tangible benefits to the person suffering.

This list could have included a great many other conditions; all still within the realm of massage therapy in terms of getting some degree of relief.  I chose these as they happen to also be the top-5 conditions Oswego Massage Therapy has seen during new client intakes over the past two months.  If any of these conditions are important to you personally, contact your massage therapist and discuss the many treatment options that are available.

July Special: Buy 1, Get 1 FREE !!!

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After opening in mid-April, Oswego Massage Therapy has been incredibly well-received and I've been able to provide services to far more people than I could have imagined!

During that time, I've implemented a number of features, services, and packages that clients have asked for such as, Online Booking, Online Gift Certificate Sales, Discounted Series Packages, and an incredible referral program that rewards existing clients with a FREE 60-Minute Massage for every 3 referrals.

The most requested thing that people have asked for over the past 30 days has been more available hours to choose from when booking.  I'm pleased to announce that I've expanded hours to fully accommodate clients and will now be accepting appointments Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturdays, 10am-7pm!

JULY OFFER: BUY 1, GET 1!!!

I want to welcome New Clients and thank all my existing clients with a chance to experience the service Oswego Massage Therapy provides not once, but twice this summer and I'm confident that you will experience the most personalized massage therapy service available in Oswego, NY.

From now till July 31, Book any session 60-Minutes or greater and you automatically receive an additional FREE Massage of equal length!  It's that simple.

*Your free session is not transferable and must be scheduled within 30 days of your first appointment.  This offer does not combine with other discounts and does not apply to series packages.  Gift Certificate purchases made during the time of this sale are eligible for this offer but must be scheduled and redeemed according to the rules of the July Special Offer.  Limit one Buy 1, Get 1 Offer per Client.

 

No-Fault Insurance Coverage!

Medical Massage is an excellent resource when dealing with the repercussions of a vehicle accident.  If someone you know has been involved in an accident, make sure they know that Oswego Massage Therapy processes these claims with insurance providers!

 

Trigger Points-The Best Massage Therapy Can Offer?

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After years of experience as a client followed by over a year of studying the benefits specific to Trigger Point Therapy, I'm convinced it is the #1 most beneficial form of immediate pain relief offered in Massage Therapy.  

Of course, that statement is only my opinion and a lot of other Massage Therapists might disagree based on their own experience.  Having said that, I've been looking through the notes on every client I've seen and it's clear that at least in my facility, Trigger Point Release has been responsible for the vast majority of clients being able to get off the table with an immediate sense of relief from pain in a specific area of the body as well as having a considerable increase in range of motion.

What is a Trigger Point?

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The Mayo Clinic gives this basic description: "tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse".  A "Knot", as most people would say.  When I describe Trigger Points to clients, I tend to go into a little more detail if they're unfamiliar with the term.  If you imagine your "Traps" (the muscles you use when you shrug your shoulders), most of us have had an instance when we do something that causes that big knot to form after we've overdone some activity.  When we shrug our shoulders for a second, the entire muscles contracts.  That Trigger Point that causes the pain is a result of part of that muscle remaining contracted long after we've stopped shrugging our shoulders.  Because of this constant contraction, the entire muscle begins to function poorly during our normal activities and this is when the pain, stiffness, and lack of motion take over.

Trigger Points are located in many areas of the body and are not just in our shoulders.  Often times, they are not even painful enough for us to think about them even though they are causing us to move about with less range of motion.  Pain or not, they can be a problem.

About Trigger Point Therapy:

Trigger Point Therapy is a set of techniques that allows a Massage Therapist to locate and apply pressure to these areas in a specific way, causing them to "release" partially or entirely.  It's a simple, manual technique and it's not even terribly time consuming.  I have many clients who book 30 minute sessions simply to have these areas routinely worked on and in nearly every case, they report great relief by the time they are walking out the door!

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What Trigger Point Therapy is Knot:

Work with Trigger Points is not a form of Energy Work and while meditation might certainly help a client relax during the work, it is not an essential aspect.  

Also, Trigger Point work is not terrifically painful.  First time clients for this are always a little nervous at the start; expecting it to be very painful before the relief begins.  This work does not have to be very painful and this has much to do with the Massage Therapist's ability to work delicately.  Granted, there are different schools of thought on this and some therapists do believe in working with a heavy hand.  Personally, I prefer to operate well within the client's pain tolerance-even if it were to require a second session to fully help.  In Massage Therapy, allowing excessive amounts of pain simply overloads the nervous system and makes the whole body tense up.   It's counterproductive, in my opinion.

Why It's a Winner:

Trigger Point Release Techniques are fast, reliable, consistent, and highly beneficial for responding to situations where a client has developed that classic "knot" following an activity.  Holding a phone against your shoulder for too long, turning the wrong way while getting out of bed, and walking to your car with a child on one hip are routine ways I see these this problem develop.  

Massage Therapy often struggles to compete with many alternatives for pain relief simply because it tends to be a time consuming commitment for the client.  When people think "Massage", they generally think of an hour of relaxation and often this doesn't suit busy people.  My point is that once we have an idea of which areas are involved, the simple process of providing relief to them can be done in mere minutes!  When I look through the notes from my sessions, those "knots" (Trigger Points) are a predominant factor in visits, and when I perform work on Trigger Points, clients report the most relief as compared to every other technique I commonly use.

I'd encourage anyone who reads this to ask your Massage Therapist about working on Trigger Points when seeking relief from specific pain.  It may not be the answer "every time", but I'm finding it's the answer the "most times".

Arthritis & Weather

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Here's a pretty good article on arthritis and how it relates to weather. Research shows changes in barometric pressure affect the pressure in our joints. It doesn't "cause" arthritis, but for those of us who have it, it sure does make the symptoms worse!

The Centers for Disease Control believes approximately 50 Million people suffer from arthritis on some level with women developing symptoms at a higher rate than men.

The good news is, there are ways to reduce the impact it has on our day and Massage Therapy is one of them!  While direct massage to joints is NOT a recommended approach during a flare-up, light, Swedish Techniques applied to the surrounding muscle tissue can go a long way toward getting those muscles into a more relaxed state.  With more relaxed muscle tissue, you have a bit less outside pressure affecting the joint.

Massage Therapy isn't going to cure arthritis (nothing else does, either) but there's enough anecdotal evidence out there to suggest it's a very valid way to help manage the symptoms.

Quick Tip: If you have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (as opposed to Rheumatoid Arthritis) get off the heat during flare-ups and use cold packs instead.  Your joint is already inflamed and adding heat (expansion) is going to add to the inflammation.

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/arthritis-weather#7

 

 

Oswego Massage Therapy-Grand Opening!

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"A Treatment-Based Approach"

As a new member of Oswego's community of small businesses, I'm incredibly pleased to announce that Oswego Massage Therapy is officially open and taking new clients!

Oswego Massage Therapy welcomes all clients suffering from the pain, discomfort, and immobility associated with a host of events such as common injuries, motor vehicle accidents, chronic disorders, sports activities, and the normal 'wear & tear' of everyday life.

In addition to being insurance-friendly, I offer clients a host of other conveniences including:
•Online Booking
•Detailed Treatment Records
•Handicap Accessibility
•Flexible Hours
•Discounted package rates for multiple treatment sessions.
•Gift Certificates

If you, a friend, or loved one are interested in taking advantage of the many benefits offered through a treatment-based approach to massage, contact me today!

To celebrate Oswego Massage Therapy's Grand Opening, ALL new clients will receive 15% off their first appointment for a limited time!

Thank you for supporting my business and please share this with your friends!

Sincerely,

Chawn Crawley, LMT

Chawn Crawley, LMT

Chawn Crawley, LMT