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Cold Temperatures Bring on Achy Muscles

Published in For the Health of It, Massage Author: Amanda Schmitz, Certified Massage Therapist, Lifestyle Health

The colder temperature brings with it a host of common ailments including sore bodies. Decreased activity may be the culprit — not just the low thermometer reading!

As we hibernate indoors, our muscles don’t have the chance to “stretch out” from our workdays the way they do in the more active, warmer months. When we sit at a desk and/or in front of a computer all day, most of the muscles on the front of our bodies are in a shortened state. Without proper stretches, movement or massage, they can start to bother us or even cause pain.

At Lifestyle Health, we can help you stretch out! Did you know that a lot of lower back pain is caused by shortened hip flexors (due to sitting for long periods), or that increased headaches could be caused by tight shoulders? Let us help you maintain your health. Our massage therapists will help you get the bounce back in your step with a plan utilizing therapies specific to your need and demonstrating self-care techniques and recommend stretches.

Have you ever had a bad massage?

While I was in massage school, our first assignment was to experience a deep tissue massage. Without much previous experience with massage, I jumped with excitement all the way to the massage table! I left there without feeling any of the prior excitement. I would almost go as far as to say I was in pain. I felt dehydrated, a little dizzy and my body ached. The point of the assignment was to teach us a lesson.

A lot of patients come in for a massage without previous experience. At most massage clinics, clients choose their type of massage at the payment counter. If they come in and pay for a deep tissue massage, therapists give an all-over deep tissue massage. Most people do not need (or want) deep tissue all over the body.

Fortunately, massages at Lifestyle Health are not “cookie cutter!” You pay for your desired length of time. One of our trained massage therapists will design a massage suited specifically for you by listening to your needs. Our massage therapists utilize muscular therapies, such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, myofascial release and trigger point release techniques — just to name a few! Each has the potential to use all these techniques with the pressure level that you desire — at no extra charge!

Come to Lifestyle Health and try a 45-, 60-, 90- or 120-minute massage. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 320-534-3096 or!