Archive for the ‘Therapeutic Massage’ Category

Money Back Guarantee

Did you know that we offer a money back guarantee to all of our new clients?  We are so confident that you will like our work that we’re willing to say, “If you don’t like it, you won’t be charged.”  You’ll pay nothing.  It’s as simple as that!

So, give us a call. . . .  What do you have to lose?

 

“Francois is the best!”

“Frank was an excellent massage therapist.  I have had many massages and prefer deep tissue, he was perfect.  I have felt other massage therapists were almost following a book and did things in such an ordered manner but Frank knew what he was doing and honestly it was the best massage I have ever had.”

~ Renee W.

 

Five Reasons You Have Tight Hamstrings

On his blog, Eric Cressey writes:

“There might not be a more obnoxious and stubborn athletic injury than the hamstrings strain.  When it is really bad, it can bother you when you’re simply walking or sitting on it.  Then, when a hamstrings strain finally feels like it’s getting better, you build up to near your top speed with sprinting – and it starts barking at you again.  In other words, a pulled hamstrings is like a crazy, unpredictable mother-in-law; just when you think you’ve finally won her over, she brings you back down to Earth and reminds you how much more she liked your wife’s old boyfriend.

However, not all hamstrings pain cases are true strains; more commonly, they present as a feeling of “tight hamstrings.”  If one is going to effective prevent this discomfort, rehabilitate it, or train around it, it’s important to realize what is causing the hamstrings tightness in the first place.”

Why might we have tight hamstrings?

1. Protective Tension of the Hamstrings

2. Neural Tension

3. Truly Tight Hamstrings

4. Previous Hamstrings Strain

5. Acute Hamstrings Strain or Tendinosis

Learn about the five reasons on Cressey’s blog at http://www.ericcressey.com/5-reasons-tight-hamstrin

 

Saluting Our Veterans: Never Give Up!

So often we are told “this is the way it is and you will just have to learn to live with it” whatever “it” may be. Do we give up and give in to the despair? Or do we find hope by seeing those things that often seemed impossible turn out to be very possible indeed. Perhaps they are right some of the time. But sometimes, opportunities for growth and change are there and we just need someone who believes that life can get better. Watch this powerful story that will change your day!

This Memorial Day weekend we honor those who have died in service for this country by honoring those who are still living with the wounds of war and military service. On Saturday, June 9th, we will offer manual therapy service to our wounded warriors for FREE! Please call us in advance to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one.

They have paid their dues in more ways than we can imagine. We ask only one thing of them: that they not lose their hope in themselves, in their families, in this country, in this world and most importantly in the infinite healing Love of our Creator.

May you come to know this healing love intimately and may it fill you so much that you can no longer contain it. May it spill forth into the world, touching everyone you encounter!

 

Minding Your Mitochondria

At TEDx Iowa City, Dr. Terry Wahls speaks of her own experience with multiple sclerosis (MS) and how she overcame this “incurable” disease.

We are reminded of the words of Hippocrates in 400BC, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Those words are just as true now as they were then . . . . perhaps even moreso.

 

Fibromyalgia Sufferers Find Relief

More and more people who struggle with fibromyalgia on a daily basis are finding relief from massage and other manual therapies.  The article, Bodywork for Fibromyalgia: Alternative Therapies Soothe the Pain” by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, was featured in the May/June 2009 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine, a publication of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals organization.

If you or someone you love is searching for alternative treatments to ease the pain of fibromyalgia, please take a few minutes to call François Minani, LMT.  He has a heart for fibromyalgia and is specially trained in working with those who are dealing with condition.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390 or fminani2008@gmail.com.  He can help!

What do you have to lose. . . .  except the pain?

Read the article at http://ammatn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/fibromyalgia_abmp_2009.pdf

 

Dangerous Bill in TN Legislature

Bill Would Change Administrative Oversight of Tennessee State Massage Board

Sections 11 and 12 of House Bill 2387 and Senate Bill 2249, if passed, would move the Massage Licensure Board from Tennessee Department of Health to the Tennessee Department of Commerce.  On page 5 of the bill, Sections 11 and 12 would relocate Title 63-18, which is the Massage Licensure Act of 1995, from the Department of Health Related Boards (DHRB) to the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI).

The Department of Health Related Boards currently oversees all health professions while the Department of Commerce and Insurance oversees other professional licensing programs such as: electricians, plumbers, and real estate agents.

Massage therapy is a health profession. The current administrative oversight of DHRB has worked since the state first began licensing massage therapists; there is no reason to change what is working. The massage licensure board is self-funded from license fees so the proposed move would not save tax dollars, streamline state government, or reduce duplication of efforts. In fact, a change in administrative oversight would require an application and process shift to conform to a new department. There has been no reason given as to why the sponsors of this bill feel an oversight change is even needed.

Therapeutic massage is a health profession—not a trade—and massage therapists are health care providers.  Since 1995, our profession has been striving continually—and successfully—for recognition within the medical community.  Many massage therapists now work in healthcare environments, i.e. offices of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists.  Many are employed in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.  Furthermore, the massage profession should continue to be regulated within the Health Department in order to best protect the public from unsafe massage therapists.

We, together with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Tennessee Massage Therapy Association (TMTA), massage therapists and healthcare professionals statewide, are opposed to this section of HB 2387.  We encourage other healthcare professionals, our clients and patients to contact the sponsor of the bill and their representatives to voice opposition to Sections 11 and 12 of HB 2387. Contact them by email or phone or both.

The sponsor of HB 2387 is Representative Gerald McCormick, he can be reached at 615-741-2548 or rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov.

The bill has been referred to the Government Operations committeeRep. Jim Cobb serves as chair, Rep. Barrett Rich is vice-chair, and Rep. Tony Shipley is committee secretary.  Committee members also include Representatives Barbara Cooper, Craig Fitzhugh, Steve Hall, Julia Hurley, Mike Kernell, Debra Maggart, Judd Matheny, Gerald McCormick, & Mike Turner.  The committee can be reached at 615-741-4866.

The same bill on the Senate side of the General Assembly is SB 2249, sponsored by Senator Norris and Senator Bell.

Senator Mark Norris, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1967

Senator Mike Bell, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1946

Find your state legislator by going to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

Read the Senate bill here:  http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB2249.pdf or the House bill here:  http://www.abmp.com/downloads/2012_TN_HB2387.pdf.

To find your legislators contact info, go to:    http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/districtmaps/

 

Valentine’s Specials by François

The following offers are available for gift certificates for sessions with François purchased before February 14th. Call François directly at 423-863-0390.

Buy One Get One 1/2 Price

Purchase a second gift certificate for half price when you buy one of equal value.

Buy 5 Gift Certificates Get One Free

Receive an additional free gift certificate of equal value to the ones purchased when you buy five.

Special Bonus:

The $25 consultation fee is waived for all Gift Certificates purchased before February 14th.

(Gift certificates purchased for new clients usually include the $25 consultation fee.  We spend between 30 and 45 minutes in consultation and assessment in addition to the hands-on time.  We do this so that we may better focus in on the primary causes of pain or discomfort to make the session more effective and the results longer lasting.)

 

Fibromyalgia Pain Decreases After Massage Therapy

The April 2002 issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Volume 8 – Issue 2 – pp 72-76) reports that massage therapy has been observed to be helpful in some patients with fibromyalgia.

This study was designed by Dr. Tiffany Field and others to examine the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation therapy on sleep, substance P, and pain in fibromyalgia patients. Twenty-four adult fibromyalgia patients were assigned randomly to a massage therapy or relaxation therapy group. They received 30-minute treatments twice weekly for 5 weeks. Both groups showed a decrease in anxiety and depressed mood immediately after the first and last therapy sessions. However, across the course of the study, only the massage therapy group reported an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements. In addition, substance P levels decreased, and the patients’ physicians assigned lower disease and pain ratings and rated fewer tender points in the massage therapy group.

François Minani has a passion for working with people dealing with fibromyalgia pain.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390.

 

AMMA Welcomes New Therapist: François Minani

Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, François Minani, his seven children and one grandchild spent a year and a half as refugees in the neighboring country of Burundi before being offered asylum by the United States Government. Their sponsor, First Broad United Methodist Church, helped them to feel at home in Kingsport and enabled them to settle into the community. The younger children headed off to school while François and the older ones went to work and to college.

At home in Rwanda, François had obtained a master’s degree in biology from the National University of Rwanda and had worked as a high school biology teacher and later as education officer for the Mountain Gorrilas Project. Not being used to the physically demanding jobs that he took on in Kingsport, François developed very serious upper back pain due to overuse and repetitive strain. It reached the point in which he stopped working and received intensive care at a rehabilitation center for four months before returning to work. He later developed severe lower back pain. For five years, he vainly tried everything from painkiller medicines and back support belts to a chiropractor. A friend and co-worker then referred him to a chiropractor working with a massage therapist. At every session François received therapeutic massage before being seen by the chiropractor. After only two months of intensive therapy his pain was gone forever! Having experienced dramatic results from this type of care, François decided he wanted to go to massage school so that he too would be able to help others feel better in this way.

With his strong background in science, thousands of hours of hands-on experience and several years of hard work at the Durham, NC Massage Envy location, François is ready to give back to Kingsport and the Tri-Cities area as a whole. We are pleased that François has chosen to join us. He specializes in working with expectant mothers and people dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression, as well as upper body pain and stiffness and the modality of cranial sacral therapy. He also gives wonderful Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports and Hot Stones massages.

In his spare time, François enjoys walking by the river in his neighborhood, landscaping and vegetable gardening, playing with his grandchildren and spending time with his new bride, Benie.

François offers sessions at AMMA on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Reserve a session with him now before his schedule fills up! He is also offering an introductory rate for a limited time. To speak with him or to arrange an appointment, contact the Appalachian Medical Massage Associates office at 423-288-2662 or call François directly at 423-863-0390.