25 Reasons To Get A Massage

Massage & Cupping

The attached promotional YouTube video is from a LasVegas news program and includes explanations and illustrations of therapeutic & sports massage therapy techniques.

The techniques demonstrated are standard therapeutic techniques available here at Ommani.  This particular video does an excellent job of demonstrating and explaining the value of “cupping.”   Many people are unfamiliar with cupping therapy and think it is something new and maybe a little weird.  But, truth is that cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks, the Ebers Papyrus, from ancient Egypt describes the use of cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

As demonstrated in the video, cupping puts opposite pressure on the body when compared to massage; instead of pushing the muscle, there’s a pulling action.  It is used for pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and general well-being. It is often part of a deep-tissue massage. 

Take the time to view this YouTube link and then schedule your next massage.  If you want to try the benefits of cupping, please ask and I’ll be happy to include the cups as part of your massage session.

September 2019 Tammy Winkelman, RN, LMT, sees patients at The Ommani Center on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays (and by special appointment on some Saturdays). Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule or ask to speak to Tammy about massage and how it may work for you.

5 Things to Remember After Receiving A Massage

After receiving a massage therapy session, there are important items clients should do to ensure their results last longer.

1. Do homework assigned by therapist. Stretching, strengthening, movement-based exercises, and muscle aid are homework items which may be assigned by massage therapists. The purpose of assigning homework is to present self-care means so clients will witness massage efforts become more effective with longer lasting health gains.

2. Remain active. Staying mobile encourages continuous blood circulation, thereby feeding tissues at a healthy rate.

3. Increase intake of fluids. Ensure proper intake of fluids, especially water, to keep circulation efforts strong within the body. Avoid drinks with high sugar or caffeine content as these drinks prove harmful and dehydrating in the long run. Also, do not drink alcohol after a massage.

4. Check in daily on any changes and shifts within your body. As body awareness heightens, you will become sensitive to the effects of massage upon your body. Be sure to take note of physical changes witnessed and felt so you can inform your therapist prior to the next session. A therapist needs to know how the physical body is responding to massage efforts, as every person may experience different results from touch.

5. Be aware of mental and emotional changes. Massage efforts also impact the mental and emotional aspects of self-care. A client may recognize greater clarity and productivity of thought after massage sessions. Also, emotions may be easier to manage after massage sessions. If mental and/or emotional health are challenged, know that a conversation is welcomed with the massage therapist to acknowledge how touch affects one’s psyche and feelings.

It’s important to remember, for best and long lasting massage therapy results, open communication is key between therapist and client.

June 2019 Tammy Winkelman, RN, LMT, sees patients at The Ommani Center on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment or to speak to Tammy about massage and how it may work for you.

Benefits of Massage

  1. It Is Relaxing – When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy has been shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body. This enables the body to enter a recovery mode. Moreover, this form of therapy also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.
  2. It Reduces Stress – Not only can massage therapy help with stress relief, but regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of time can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and stimulate individuals on physical as well as emotional levels.
  3. It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure – Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. In fact, some long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. Moreover, it can also reduce cortisol levels within the body. Furthermore, consistent massage sessions can also reduce trigger sources for anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression
  4. It Promotes Muscle Relaxation – The purpose of massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole. Massage also promotes circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. In turn, this increased activity to the affected sites reduces stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, as well as increases flexibility to help reduce pain. Moreover, massage releases endorphins (pain-killing hormones), which boost the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. These hormones assist the body in many ways–physically as well as emotionally. Case in point, they promote healing, pain management, and feelings of euphoria, as well as help to calm the nerves.
  5. It Can Help Improve Circulation – The long-term benefits of massage therapy are not to be underestimated. Improved circulation is part of a snowball effect that occurs in the body as a result of receiving regular massage therapy on a consistent basis. This is because proper circulation brings damaged, stiff, and tense muscles the rich blood supply they need to promote healing.

Massage also promotes improved circulation via the use of hands-on pressure, which moves the blood through the damaged and congested areas of the body. In turn, the release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow into tissues. Furthermore, the squeezing, twisting and pulling action of the massage technique also removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues. As a result, this action improves lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles. In turn, this results in lower blood pressure levels and improved overall body function.

  1. It Can Help Improve Posture – Many Americans experience back, neck, and muscle pain from a variety of sources. However, the primary cause of this pain results from poor posture. In fact, chronic back pain, which is the number one reason for missed work days and the second most common cause of disability, is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and/or sitting. Moreover, being overweight, poor posture, and repetitive or overuse movements can also contribute to the strain on the back and other potential problem areas. As a result, the added strain often causes spasms, pain, and tense muscles in the hips, glutes, back, neck, and legs.

CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release

CranioSacral Therapy affects the layer of connective tissue under the skin, known as the fascia (pronounced “fasha”). Think of a body stocking under the skin that stretches from the head to the tailbone. Fascia also surrounds every muscle, bone, organ, nerve, and blood vessel. It protects the entire body and moves nutrients into the cells and carries toxins away.

An injury, stress or even exercise can cause a restriction in the fascia, resulting in waves of additional dysfunction in the surrounding fascia. A therapist gently manipulates this tissue, releasing the restriction and relieving the pain or stiffness.

Myofascial Release (MFR) is often used with CranioSacral Therapy. MFR is gentle stretching of the tissue to release tension and allow better movement of the “body stocking.”

The CranioSacral system extends from the occiput (back of head), down the spine to the coccyx (tailbone) and is comprised of three layers of membranes. These membranes are constantly bathed in fluid. This fluid is known as the cerebrospinal fluid. It pulsates throughout the body and influences the movement of the skull bones and the connective tissue (fascia).

When a trauma occurs in one area of the fascia it will be felt in other parts of the body. This is because of the web-like nature of the fascial net. It is impossible to influence one area without also influencing others.

An injury, the traumas of daily life, exercise, and more can all result in simple restrictions of the fascia. Left untreated, these restrictions build up and result in ill-health.

“If we stop moving one part, or all, of the body then the fascia starts to dehydrate, solidify, and constrict. This spot becomes like a dam for the energy, the information, and the signals. We lose awareness in that part of the body and healthy function.” ∼Erin Bourne, Bachelor of Exercise Science

YouTube Link to info about the fascia:  https://youtu.be/zPLE5TE61ZE

February 2019 Tammy Winkelman, RN, LMT, sees patients at The Ommani Center on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment or to speak to Tammy about CST and how it may work for you.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

By Tammy, Winkelman, RN, LMT

I am happy to report I have just completed the first level of CranioSacral therapy training and am ready to see patients using this amazing technique.  CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, following research studies that began in 1975 at Michigan State University where he worked as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.  Personally, I find that CST is a natural extension to my training as a nurse and massage therapist.

CST is a gentle, manual therapy that seeks to locate and remove restrictions throughout the complete physiological body system.  The restrictions are released through light touch (pressure likened to the weight of a nickel), time, energy, and intention. There is a rhythm in the body called the craniosacral rhythm, which is separate and distinct from the breathing rate and the heart rate.  The therapist can feel for this rhythm by gently placing their hands on the client’s body while they are fully clothed lying on the massage table. The therapist is feeling for “lack” or “restrictions “of this rhythm and then places attention/treats those areas. CST focuses on treating the source of the problem rather than just the symptom.  

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is also used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Here’s a brief list of the types of medical conditions for which CST is beneficial:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Colic
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems

In addition, CST helps to alleviate the aches, pains and strains of life; improving coping mechanisms to allow for better management of daily stressors.  It can also enhance the body’s ability for self-care which can produce profound, positive changes.

I encourage you to view this YouTube clip from the UK, where CST is considered part of routine medical care.  The clip is 5 minutes in length > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-mLstQUKQ0&feature=youtu.be

Through the Upledger Institute, I am registered to continue my training with two more courses (in Florida and Michigan), all of which are required to become fully certified in this therapy.  Until then, I am eager to be of service to our patients with basic CST. I’m offering special discounts on CST for the months of August & September, see the included notice.

Craniosacral Therapy


Available August through September

Tammy Winkelman, RN, LMT, is offering a discount for up to 3-60 minute CranioSacral therapy sessions scheduled during the months of August & September

CST 60 min price $65-Discounted to $40

Make your appointment now at the front desk or

call at 262.695.5311