January 20, 2014
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National Oatmeal Month!

Our Raleigh massage team is dedicated to helping you lead a healthier, more well balanced life. In addition to regular massages, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you are as healthy as possible.

Raleigh Massage: It’s National Oatmeal Month!

One of those things is oatmeal; eating it as well as using it for skin care!  We are saving the skin care benefits for our next post, today we will focus on eating oatmeal.

Since it’s national oatmeal month, we only thought it fitting to talk about the benefits of eating oatmeal and how it can lead to a healthier lifestyle!

 Low Calorie

One cup of oatmeal has only 130 calories! In addition, it keeps you fuller longer than cereals that have twice the calories if not more! Even better, you won’t have as many unhealthy cravings throughout the day when you start your morning with a cup of oatmeal!

High in Protein Fiber; Low in Fat  

Win. Win. Win. This alone should be reason enough to start your day with a cup of oatmeal!

Blood Sugar Stabilizer 

The combination of high fiber and complex carbs that oatmeal packs helps to slow the conversion of whole foods to simple sugars.  What does this mean? The combo helps the body to use glucose and insulin secretion properly; hence, lessened blood sugar issues!

Removes Bad Cholesterol

Beta-glucan, a unique type of fiber found in oatmeal actually benefits cholesterol. It removes the bad cholesterol and helps maintain the good cholesterol.

For more information regarding the benefits of oatmeal be sure to check back with us in our next post! Also, don’t forget that regular massage sessions with your massage therapist can really help reduce the risk of heart disease, stress, and other negative health issues.

To make your appoitnemt for your next Raleigh massage, contact The Virtuous Touch!

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January 15, 2014
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Massage After Delivery

Prenatal Massage in Raleigh: Relax with a massage session before or after childbirth!

Prenatal massage in Raleigh is a great way to take a break from the uncomfortableness that being with child can bring. For a look at all the benefits of massage during the weeks prior to delivery, visit previous posts here and here.

There are also benefits to getting a massage soon after your baby is born as well.   According to babycenter.com, a massage after delivery “helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis. Plus, it can give a new mom some time to relax and possibly a chance for some much-needed quiet time and sleep. Depending on the conditions during the delivery, some women feel “up to” a massage a week or so after delivery, while for others it may be beneficial to wait 6 weeks or more. Check with your doctor to determine the best time to receive a massage following your delivery. In addition to helping the mother, massage is also very beneficial to the baby as well. Infant Massage can promote bonding; help alleviate colic and fussiness, while contributing to the baby’s overall health. Ask us about our Infant Massage instruction available to parents.”

Raleigh massage therapy is a great alternative to medications that you can’t always take while you’re pregnant or have just given birth. Aches, pains, and discomforts often go uncared for, because most women don’t realize that a massage can help. Alleviate pain, stress, and discomfort is important to our well-being. It’s essential to address those issues and relieve them.

If you’re thinking about getting a prenatal massage or a Raleigh massage after birth, be sure to contact our massage therapist to talk more about it. You can also visit our appointment page to make an appointment, right there on our website. We also offer a mobile prenatal massage in Raleigh for those that don’t want to bother with driving across town to get their massage!

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January 10, 2014
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Is a Prenatal Massage Right For You?

Are you pregnant and stressed? Have you thought about getting a prenatal massage in Raleigh? If so, you’ve come to the right place! If you haven’t thought about it, now is the time to!

A prenatal massage in Raleigh could help alleviate all the stress and pain you could be experiencing while pregnant!

In our last post we offered a great deal of benefits for getting a massage while pregnant. Many women are worried that a Raleigh massage might not be the best thing to get while with child. Though it’s usually safe, it’s always a great idea to get an approval from your doctor. In fact, most massage therapists require you to have written consent from your doctor.

According to babycenter.com, “While receiving a pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side using specially designed bolsters and pillows to allow the therapist access to your back. Likewise, more specially designed pillows are used to position you in a semi-reclined position so you can receive work on your belly and anything else that you would normally have massaged if lying flat. No matter the position, you will always remain properly draped except for the area being massaged.”

If you’re still worried about getting a massage while pregnant, contact your doctor and make an appointment to sit down with him and discuss whether or not it’s right for you. There are several reasons that preclude a pregnant woman from receiving a massage. Your doctor can list those reasons and conditions and help you decide about the massage session.

If you’re ready to make an appointment for your first prenatal massage in Raleigh , be sure to contact The Virtuous Touch! Our Raleigh massage therapist will help you relax and de-stress during one of the most physically challenging times in your life!

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January 1, 2014
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Benefits of a Prenatal Massage in Raleigh

Prenatal massages in Raleigh can be wonderful for both you and your baby. Pregnancy can bring about stress, pain, and uncomfortableness that can actually effect your baby’s health. Thankfully, prenatal massage can help with all of those things, as well as a whole host of others!

Below, you’ll find a great deal of benefits that come from getting a prenatal massage in Raleigh!

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system.
  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Lessens sciatic pain
  • Increases oxygen in the blood, sometimes on up to 10-15% after a massage.
  • Increases blood and lymph flow which can help increase the elimination of toxins through the circulatory and lymphatic systems, this can also help with fatigue
  • Helps with relaxation, which in turn can decrease insomnia
  • Helps relieve anxiety or depression
  • Helps increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.
  • Eases stress mothers often feel after the birth
  • Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the lower back & neck, calf cramps, it also helps with tension and tightening that can be experienced throughout the body
  • Can be used during the birth as well as after, making both experiences easier and more comfortable
  • Stimulating blood flow (may prevent anemia)
  • Stimulates lymphatic system (may help prevent/reduce edema)
  • Relieving aches and pains
  • Relieve headaches
  • Release physical and emotional tension
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Learn relaxation skills
  • Increase muscle tone and flexibility (alleviating muscle cramps and spasms)
  • Alleviate ligament pain
  • Alleviate backaches and leg cramps
  • Enhance sleep

Those of us that are pregnant or have been pregnant know that anything to relieve the stress, pain, and uncomfortable issues is a blessing! If you’re ready to make a prenatal massage appointment, go ahead and contact our Raleigh massage therapist. Our mobile massage allows us to come to you so you don’t even have to leave your home! How great is that?!

Also, be sure to check back with us in our next post. We will talk more about prenatal massage in Raleigh and how getting an approval from your doctor first is important!

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December 30, 2013
by The Virtuous Touch Massage
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Prenatal Massage

A Prenatal Massage in Raleigh Can Brighten Your Day!

Raleigh massage for pregnant women can help with many issues that come along with a typical pregnancy. Low back pain, chronic headaches, and joint pain can be alleviated with a prenatal massage. It can also decrease stress, help with relaxation and help you cope with any discomfort you might have during pregnancy.

Pregnancy changes our center of gravity. It causes stress in your neck, back, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, causing your pelvic joints to become less stable. It changes your posture and pulls the pelvis forward.

According to babycenter.com, “A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. She’ll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.”

As with most prenatal massage in Raleigh, you find yourself lying face down on a massage table. Pregnancy makes lying face down very uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are ways around this. Special Raleigh massage tables with hollowed out places for the belly, special pillows, and wedge pillows are available to help alleviate the discomfort.

Taking with your Raleigh massage therapist can help with the prenatal massage session. Let the therapist know when positions are uncomfortable or cause too much pain. Together, you and the therapist can come up with a way to ensure a great position for your prenatal massage.

As always, it’s important to talk with your doctor before you schedule a prenatal massage. Most massage therapists need clearance from your doctor or midwife before scheduling a session. It’s important to find out ahead of time so that you can get the written consent from your doctor to bring to your appointment.

Prenatal massage in Raleigh is great way to treat yourself during one of the most difficult times in your life. Though it’s worth all the pain and discomfort, pregnancy isn’t always a walk in the park. You deserve a treat that will brighten your day! If you’d like to talk with our Raleigh massage therapist or schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us! We will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.  We will also come to you for your massage session. Our therapist offers mobile massage for your convenience!

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