massage therapy

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated


Drinking water is especially important after a massage.

One of the questions I always ask clients if they are tight and sore is if they are drinking enough water. And no, coffee does not count, it is actually a diuretic. Sweet tea? Sorry, doesn’t count! The rule of thumb for daily water intake is to drink half your body weight in ounces, even more if you are physically active or in a warm climate.

Massage increases circulation and eases tight muscles and adhesions. The metabolic waste that has been hanging out in your system then gets released and travels to your kidneys. Drinking water will assist the kidneys and other internal organs to effectively eliminate the waste, allowing your body soak in the full benefits of your therapeutic bodywork session.

Our muscles are almost 80 percent water. If they become dehydrated, they turn into something like ropey beef jerky, and cannot properly perform their job. Water not only hydrates the muscles, it also lubricates joints, regulates body temperature, maintains blood pressure, boosts skin health and appearance, improves brain function, and aids the digestive system.

Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, brain fog, muscle cramps, dry skin, and weakness. How do you know if you need to drink more water? Look at your pee! If it is a light yellow, you should be good to go. Anything that is darker than that or has an odor means you should go drink some water. And although this may sound obvious, if you are thirsty, you are dehydrated.

Here are some easy tips to help you stay hydrated:

  1. Drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning. That will help your system rehydrate after a night of sleep, boost your metabolism, and get things moving.

  2. Infuse your water with fruit or herbs. If one of the reasons you don’t drink water is because you think it tastes boring, try infusing it with some cucumber and mint, pineapple and cilantro, or a little lemon or lime. It will spruce up the taste and you will soon be craving more!

  3. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Invest in a great water bottle to take with you to work, in the car, or for after your workout. Stop buying the single serving plastic water bottles at the grocery store and use a reusable, BPA free water bottle. This will help you save money and time, as well as looking out for the planet!

  4. Eat water-rich foods.  Add foods like cucumber, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon, zucchini, celery, and greens to your diet. They are healthy and hydrating!

  5. Try other hydrating alternatives. Sparkling water, seltzers, and herbal teas are a great option to switch it up a little bit.

Benefits of CBD Massage


Take your massage to the next level of relaxation with CBD oil.

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is the latest buzz in health and wellness for good reason. Massage on it’s own is incredibly soothing and therapeutic. Adding CBD oils to the mix will not only put you into an even deeper state of relaxation, it will also help relieve muscle pain, tension, and inflammation.

Cannabidiol is one of over 80 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Unlike it’s cousin THC, it does not possess any psychoactive properties. Studies have shown that CBD oils possess many medicinal properties including reducing nausea, relieving pain, combatting depression, suppressing seizures, easing fibromyalgia symptoms, and helping combat inflammation and free-radical damage. It works with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, which is important in a wide variety of biological processes, including maintaining homeostasis, metabolism, and healthy immune functions.

CBD oil enhances a massage in many ways. It is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory which helps with muscle and joint tension, chronic pain, and discomfort. It sedates the nervous system, making you feel incredibly relaxed, and allowing you to get sound, restful sleep. It accelerates muscle recovery and the healing process of injured connective tissue, making it an essential part of a well-rounded athletic regimen.

Big Sky Bodywork offers CBD oil massage enhancements for an extra $10. Our yummy custom blended CBD oil is created by Kit’s Apothecary in Astoria, Oregon and contains hemp CBD infused organic olive oil, magnesium oil, and lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint essential oils. To schedule a CBD massage, click “book now”. See you soon!

Why Cupping Is So Amazing


Cupping is an incredible healing technique that has been around for thousands of years.

Many acupuncturists use this therapeutic technique in their practice, and more and more bodyworkers, physical therapists, and athletic trainers are using it as a tool in their arsenal. It is one of my favorite things to incorporate into a massage, it is pretty much magic!

Cupping is an ancient 3000 year old healing tradition that originated in China. It was recommended by Hippocrates, found in ancient Egyptian texts, and has been used in the healing and medical communities of Middle Eastern, European and Asian cultures for centuries.

Cups can be made of glass, silicone, bamboo or plastic. (Or horn back in the day!) The cups create a vacuum by suctioning out air, which pulls the skin, fascia, and superficial muscle layer up into the cup. Cups can be left in place for up to 10 minutes, or glided across the body. Think of it almost as an inverse massage.

It is incredibly effective at releasing stubborn muscle adhesions and energy blockages. It releases toxins and stagnant blood, and encourages lymph, blood, and energy flow. It also aids in muscle recovery, inflammation, and is super relaxing!

Cupping can help with many other health issues. It assists in clearing lung congestion when you have a cold, and aids in relieving asthma. It can also help ease certain digestive issues by sedating the nervous system, and helps to relieve migraines. Cupping may leave little marks that look like an octopus gave you a hug. Not to worry, though, they only last up to a couple of days!

There are some contraindications for cupping. You do not want to do it if you have a severe illness or a hemorrhagic disease, slipped discs, extreme skin conditions, or broken bones. Pregnant ladies should avoid cupping on their lower abdomen and lumbosacral region.

If you are ready to jump into the amazing world of cupping, you can schedule an appointment by clicking “Book Now”. See you soon!