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Kristin Churchill, LMT is Conveniently Located at:
Bay Street Wellness
2430 South Bay St • Eustis, FL 32726


Can a massage beat the winter blues?

winter massageAside from the commonly known benefits of soothing sore muscles, improving blood circulation and pain relief, massage has other, less widely known mental and emotional health benefits as well!

When you are always plagued with anxiety or depression (the winter blues), the stress hormone cortisol builds up in your body. Cortisol raises your blood pressure and lowers your immune system. 

Massage therapy works to combat these issues by increasing the flow of good hormones like serotonin and dopamine to your brain, causing instant relief from symptoms of depression and sadness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - otherwise known as seasonal depression or the winter blues, is often triggered by the shift from summer and fall, to winter. Decreased sunlight in the winter, combined with increased time spent indoors triggers SAD in many people and significantly reduces its sufferer’s quality of life.

Massage therapy tackles these issues head-on by:

  • Reducing depression and anxiety 
  • Decreasing heart rate 
  • Reducing systolic blood pressure
  • Reducing diastolic blood pressure
  • Lowering stress hormones
  • Improving mental health

While releasing the structural collapse associated with depression, you will also be releasing the breath process which will allow depressed clients to energize their system and have more energy. This additional energy will enable them to take part in their lives and move out of depression.


Massage Rids Body of Toxins

massage toxinsWhen it comes to seeing or hearing the word ‘toxin,' most people associate it with doing a cleanse; cleansing your body of toxins, detoxing your body, etc. But what most people don’t realize is that there are other ways to rid your body of toxins without having to drink a chunky green juice or any other odd tasting liquids. In fact, some methods of detoxing your body can be downright relaxing if done correctly! Massage therapy is a great way to rid your body of toxins in the skin and feel much better almost immediately.

According to the Pain Education Institute, there has been sufficient research to back up that massage helps release toxins from the body. It works just like a massage works, from insert to origin, massaging the muscles and helping break free any toxins riddled intense, sore muscles. The most important benefit from a massage is to increase blood flow in specific areas; this helps wake up the circulatory system and recognize if there is anything wrong in the way, it’s time for it to move. After a deep massage, it is highly advised to drink plenty of water to help flush those now loose toxins out of your body for good.

A perfect addition to any massage session is the use of oils. Natural oils derived from plants can hold healing properties and aid in the elimination of toxins from the body during the massage. It also leaves the skin feeling hydrated and looking smooth, even with a possible glow.

Massage therapy is a perfect way to rid the body of nasty toxins, but keep in mind it may not be for everyone. As stated before, massage increases blood flow, and if a potential patient has any blood circulation issues, a massage could be a fatal mistake. Otherwise, there are many different styles of massage available to cleanse and detox the body and come out feeling relaxed, refreshed, and renewed!



Why a massage is beneficial between workouts!

back pain massageWe all have experienced aching muscles after working out, especially if it has been a while since we hit the gym. The pain is enough to make you want to throw in the towel and never workout again. But we know to get the results we are looking for we must persevere and work through the pain. However, you don't need to suffer as much as you think, as long as you treat yourself to a regular massage between workouts. 

Getting a massage after an enduring time at the gym can help our muscles recover faster and greatly reduces the pain we often feel right after a rigorous routine. A massage after exercising not only improves circulation but also helps to remove lactic acid and other waste products built up in the muscles.

A post workout massage also improves our bodies’ flexibility by loosening and stretching tendons and muscles. Having great flexibility helps avoid injury and ensures a better work out every time. 

We all know working out not only improves our bodies physically but it can also have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing as well. The same goes for a massage, the better you treat your body the better you will feel mentally. 

A massage can be added to your over physical fitness routine to help you stay fit the best way possible. If you would like to schedule a massage with Kristin call today! 



Can a massage help chronic pain sufferers?

chronic pain reliefWhile chronic pain comes from many sources, the two most common conditions behind chronic pain are arthritis and fibromyalgia. Thankfully, massage therapy positively impacts both. 

Massage therapy improves the quality of life for chronic pain sufferers by improving mood and providing pain management. A toolbox of strategies for pain relief is essential to sufferers and massage is a powerful tool for both mind and body relaxation. For Fibromyalgia, massage reduces stiffness and improves physical function and range of motion. For those with arthritis, pain is lessoned, and functionality is improved. 

There are some of benefits to massage for the management of chronic pain, including:

  • Increased serotonin - the body’s natural pain reliever
  • Naturally deepened sleep - resulting in less pain
  • Increased range of motion
  • Lowered anxiety and improved mood

Massage Therapist and Chiropractor

Nicole Stevens

chiropractor eustisFinding a perfect match can be hard, but sometimes all you need is an adjustment, which is why I decided to move my office to a chiropractor’s office! (Get it…adjustment…chiropractor, ah you’ll laugh later.) Making this move seemed like an ideal situation that would provide my clients with even more accessibility to relief from body aches and pains.

During the massage, the therapist goes from insertion to origin. What this means is that the muscles are being massaged from the outside in, stopping at the origin which is the skeletal structure underneath the muscle. As a massage therapist, I am only trained to get right to that origin point, and that’s it. Here’s where the new move comes to my client’s advantage!

Chiropractors work with the skeletal structure, past the point of origin for a massage therapist. After the massageconstructed, a client could  needfor more intense therapy. At this point, the chiropractor can step in and adjust the client’s skeletal system into more comfortable condition.

Think of it as a one-stop-shop for your body’s everyday aches and pains. Keeping up with routine massage therapy as well as a chiropractic visit can result in many health benefits alongside relaxation of the muscles and bones.

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