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Whats Your Plan for 2018

Posted by leah@theramed-massage.com on January 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year!


I hope that you had a wonderful 2017 and are excited about an even better 2018! I want to take a moment to talk about New Year resolutions and how they always fail because they are not based in measurable attainable thought. They are just listed or stated and then off into life you go! Right? Every January, most people have Health somewhere at the top of their list to improve. One of the most left out parts of the health equation is self care.


What is the self care that I am addressing today? It is the part least considered when one ponders “self care.” Usually, it is thought of diet, working out, sleeping more, and work less hours take a longer vacation, etc. These are great and most are important. However; What about stress, muscle tension and even physical aches and pains? What do you do to manage these areas? Do you do anything at all?


Did you know that by addressing stress, tension and nagging physical pain you will naturally begin to get more energy, sleep more restfully and have fewer headaches? Take a moment to check in with yourself:


• Do you wake up in the morning sore or stiff?

• Does your low back ache throughout the day or while sitting long periods of time?

• Do you feel stress and tension even pain in your mid back, neck and shoulders?

• How frequently do you get headaches and how long do they last? How Severe?

• Do you grind your teeth or clinch your jaw?

• Do your hips get tight and achy?


If you experience any of these symptoms, I can help you! I have 5 openings this month for a free consultation. We will discuss your physical issues, daily activities, work and anything else that may be attributing to your discomfort. Consultations are about 30 minutes.


These 5 openings are for those whom are serious about making a commitment to self care. If you know someone whom has been looking for solutions to their discomfort or pain – Please share this! Let’s make 2018 about being pain free!


These openings will fill quickly!

Please Call (480) 553–2598 or Emailto: leah@theramed-massage.com


Introduction - What is a Muscle Knot?

Posted by leah@theramed-massage.com on May 6, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

As a deep tissue myofascial therapist, I am asked often “what is a knot?” I have to say, I have not always answered well or with clarity as I have struggled to explain the phenomenon with ease and in terms one can understand on the fly. I decided to write an article to better articulate the answer.


This is my first ever written article, so I hope I do well in being interesting as well as informative. Before I get started into the topic, I would like to take time to express my gratitude to each and every one of you that have entrusted me to help you feel better; to heal, to de-stress, and to get back to activities you had stopped doing as a result of your physical discomfort. For whatever the reason that brought you to Thera-Med Massage; I am grateful! I truly love my work and I am always the most happy when I have been an active part of helping a client meet their health goals.


There are many parts of the whole in terms of health goals and massage is just one part. It is however; not just luxury; there are real health benefits and attributes that impact not just the body, but our mental, emotional and spiritual parts of self. When we work together here at Thera-Med Massage, the whole is acknowledged, not just a part and that is one of the many aspects of my approach that separate Thera-Med Massage from the rest. This is not a practice of gimmicks and sale pitches; it is a practice of care, compassion and full intention of health and healing. It is the goal to have affordable treatment plans and packages so that the desired result of your goal here is met.


Without further a due, let’s get into the conversation of muscle knots.


What are knots in the muscle?


Knots in the muscle or fascial tissue are irritated or hypertonic (over tight) spots. They are tense muscle fibers. Knots are also known as trigger points or tender points. The difference between the trigger/tender points are as follows:


 A trigger point is active in pain and most often radiating pain usually quite intense. Some examples of how they feel are sharp, stabbing, aching, throbbing or intense aching. Often times a client reports “that is the spot” or “that’s it.”

 A tender point is often a hidden and subtle. Often one does not realize there is pain until the area is pushed on or pressed on and that activates a tenderness or dull ache. Often a client comments “wow, I didn’t even know I hurt there.”


Knots can develop anywhere in the body, however; there are some common places. Here are the most common areas knots are noticed or reported:


 Neck

 Shoulders

 Low back

 IT Bands (Lateral Quads)

 Calves

 Glutes (buttocks)


What causes knots?


There are many factors and often more than one factor is the cause. Here are the general factors:


 Injuries from overuse, heavy lifting and/or repetitive motions

 Direct injury such as a break, strain, tear, twist or strain

 Tension from mental and emotional stress

 Poor posture

 Prolonged sitting or bed rest


There are many different factors and causes; I just wanted to outline the common ones. Sometimes, there are injuries that need to be medically addressed by a physician before Massage Therapy of any kind can really be maximized. Side note: There are also conditions that one is born with or develop due to heritage. I just want to acknowledge that, but it is a completely different conversation.


How does one rid themselves of muscle knots?


Here are some common approaches:


At Home


 Stretch

 Exercise (cardio, yoga, meditation..etc)

 Eat healthy

 Live in a bubble (just kidding!)


Professional Assistance


 Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Myofascial Release/Trigger Point Massage

 Therapeutic Stretching

 Acupuncture

 Dry needling

 Physical Therapy


I honestly do not believe that anyone can be fully free of tension or muscle knots, have perfect posture or be in perfect atonement within body. We are always in motion and against gravity! Now, I do believe that the state of physical being can be controlled by choice and action. It is important that we all strive for balance in work, health, exercise and relaxation time. There are so many ways for us to do so. Massage has been viewed as being a luxury for so long, it really is not. It is an important part of taking care of self – self care.


Healthcare in the USA has changed so much and has so much going on in and around it, that many are seeking more holistic natural ways of addressing illness and physical pain. Massage Therapy is one that is climbing the charts of being greatly beneficial in reducing physical pain, easing tension and it is often reported a clearer happier state of mind accompanies regular massage.


With this all said, I have adapted pricing to be more pleasing to the budget. I offer $10 off for new clients and have permanent special rates for our Service Men & Women of our Military past and present, as well as our civil service men and women of the Police and Fire Departments.


Thank you for the privilege to serve you!!


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Wow! 5 years in practice!

Posted by leah@theramed-massage.com on Comments comments (0)



Wow! 5 years in practice!


I started my practice just about straight out of school. My dream is to help people heal their body and connect their body with their mind and spirit "Talk Touch Therapy" has always been the words that encompassed my vision. My heart song is to create the space for self exploration, healing and transformation especially for those whom suffer from Domestic PTSD.


Though I have not fully enveloped my dream, I have been successful in facilitating pain reduction and functional improvement with many clients over the years. This has been an incredible journey and I wouldn't change any failure or success that I have had a long the way!


To further my dive into my dream I am developing a program where I can be an even greater stand for my clients whom seek a deeper level of transformation in their lives. I am thinking it will be called "Transformative Touch - Connecting the body mind and spirit" through guided conversation and massage therapy practice. It is heart centered work for those that seek a greater personal knowingness and presence in the world. So Stay Tuned!!




Freedom from Pain is Possible with Commitment and Action

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn


Continuity of Care - Frequency of Treatment

Posted by leah@theramed-massage.com on Comments comments (0)

Why do massage therapists regularly recommend a schedule of treatment or treatment plan, even for clients whom do not have any serious injury or surgical recovery? Let’s take a moment to explore the benefits of massage short term and long term.


If you have never had an injury or pain, you are quite lucky! However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a reason for regular massage. I mean like a real reason. If you fall into this category and you feel pretty good having a massage once a month is a great benefit:



  • to unwind
  • increase circulation
  • reduce stress.
  • By addressing these small underlying parts of your being, you are improving your mental emotional clarity, sleep, and immune system!



If you have had an injury, then you likely have or have experienced pain and/or functional restriction. When you get hurt in your young life, the common theme is to shake it off and keep on going. Usually those injuries don’t fully go away; they wreak havoc in the body because the body is amazing! It will adjust and compensate without any conscious thought. There is an old saying “everything you do to your body will come back and remind you in your 40’s.” I have to say – that’s no lie! Then there are the more serious injuries, to which you cannot ignore where you do go to the doctor, get a bone set, get some stitches, or maybe even have to have to have a surgery. In these cases, you get some pain medication, muscle relaxers and some type of therapy prescribed. Often times, you are able to return to feeling good and being able to enjoy your life as you love – that is great! Other times, there are lingering issues that prevent you living life fully as you enjoy.



  • So what do you do?
  • Do you just suck it up and believe that is as good as it gets?
  • Do you go out on the search for “the cure?”
  • What can you do?
  • What are you willing to do?



Various types of Massage and other modalities are how you can deal with lingering pain, functional issues.



  • Deep tissue works well with breaking up scar tissue, fascial adhesions and loosening tight muscles.
  • Myofascial Release is directly focused on fascial adhesions “melting tissue”
  • Active Myofascial Therapy where the client is actively engaged in the treatment.
  • Trigger Point Therapy reducing or eliminating radiating pain
  • Stretch Therapy improve mobility and flexibility



There are many different type of modalities and approaches. There is no one size fits all. Generally there are a few different phases in which to treatment plan for a client. When considering you have to determine client lifestyle and goals. We have acute, sub acute and chronic all which have a different protocol.



  • Acute – Sudden onset of Pain and/or loss of motion; Wake up in the morning unable to turn your head
  • Sub Acute – Pain and/or loss of motion continues to linger 3-5 days
  • Chronic – Pain and/or loss of motion continues to linger or interfere with daily living for an extended amount of time



Based on the reason for these three categories will determine the course of action measured in short term, midterm and long term goals. There is a method to what we do as massage therapist. Massage can be for relaxation and it can be in treatment form and is not a luxury. Our practice is holistic and serves great purpose and yields great results when application of modalities and intention are set.

I, myself, here at TheraMed-Massage, HTTM, LLC, take many factors into consideration. I want to help people feel good in their lives. I am interested in helping individuals in their healing journey. 


Accepting Insurance

Posted by leah@theramed-massage.com on Comments comments (0)

June 2018


Hey! It has once again been a while since Thera-Med has had some news! I am continually working on being consistent. It is important to me to not over correspond and to keep continued interactions with my clients as well as get the attention of potential new clients! My goal is always to provide superior service for my client/patient base with meaningful content as well as providing what the latest and greatest happenings are here at Thera-Med Massage, HTTM, LLC!


I had learned at the beginning of the year that American Specialty Health  is credentialing and contracting directly with Massage Therapists to help more of their customers get more holistic in their health care approach. I inquired and did the necessary things to become eligible to contract. It is a bit of a process, but as of June 1, 2018 I am officially a participating provider under their Alternative health plan American Specialty Health (ASH). Again, ASH, contracts with many insurances; what that means is that I can bill insurance based on coverage and benefits to which I can verify eligibility.   

Another exciting moment of clarity is I can accept payment via HSA/FSA Health Savings Account/Flexible Spending Account. Where do you start to find out if you are covered under your Health savings? First, call your plan and find out if Massage services can be considered. Second, make an appointment with your doctor to obtain a prescription for the reason. It has to be headaches, sciatica, and injury – a treatable medical condition, not just I want a massage to relax. If you want more information about this process, please call, text or email me and I will help you.

Other coverage that is based solely case by case are those of auto accidents and personal injury. Based on insurance coverage, I can bill both of these types of cases directly. It is possible to accept attorney lien, however; that is by a case by case basis only.


I have wanted to work within this spectrum since I had started my own practice. I am excited to now be able to do so!




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