Studies have revealed that weekly massage has many benefits. I know from personal experience weekly massage makes you feel great! Here are 10 reasons to get a weekly massage. Contact North Woods Massage Therapy to set up your next massage appointment.

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5 Reasons to GET a Holiday Massage

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (186247)

Five Reasons to Get a Holiday Session Massage

1. Stress: For a lot of people the holiday season is the most stressful time of year. You shopping list is extra-long! Your extend family and in-laws are in town! So much to do and so little time! Take 60 minutes and let us release your stress. Massage will release those stress fighting hormones while you forget about your to do list.

2. Weather: “Baby its cold outside!” The temperatures are down, your muscles are tight. Achy backs, hips, and knees are speaking to you. North Woods Massage Therapy will warm up those joints and muscle to help relieve your pain.

3. You’ve doing too much: It’s a busy time of year. Cleaning the house, carrying boxes, putting up lights and decorations, ect. Your body isn’t used to standing all day making cookies. Massage therapy will get kinks out and can help your body recover faster.

4. Snow Shoveling: It may not have hit yet but even a fit person is likely to get sore from shoveling. Be aware of your body and practice the best mechanics you can. Then allow a massage therapist to take care of your body.

5. It’s not a luxury: Massage is an effective treatment for many medical conditions. It help decreases pains. Massage also may prevent further injury and dysfunction. Make your holiday massage appointment now!



10 Health Benefits of a Weekly Massage

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (19802)

10 Health Benefits of a Weekly Massage

Therapeutic massage feels great, but it also provided benefits to any life style. There have been several medical studies and clinical trials conducted to show the positive results from this alternative treatment. If you would like to improve your mental and physical health, here are 10 reasons to have a weekly massage.

1. Reduces Stress

According to the May Clinic, massage reduces the levels of adrenaline and cortisol. They are the stress chemicals your body produces when you are under stress. This reduction last for several days after the session.


2. Balanced Moods

If you moods vary by any degree from day to day, regular massage treatments can help balance your emotions. Once your stress hormones are reduced and those feel good endorphins are increased, you’ll feel more at peace with yourself and the world.


3. Eases Depression and Anxiety

Many studies indicate massage could relieve anxiety and depression. The change in the body chemistry provides benefits. As massage decreases cortisol, it increases your serotonin and dopamine levels at the same time. These chemicals are thought to play a major role in both depression and anxiety.


4. Helps Improve Sleep

Tossing and turning. It’s difficult to feel good physically, mentally or emotionally when you’re not sleeping. Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions, especially combined with aromatherapy, can improve your sleep.

5. Massage is a Painkiller

A study showed neuroscientists compared brain activity of people receiving massage and found it activated the same part of the brain that is activated by opioid painkillers like codeine. So if you’re having a few aches and pains, just point them out and I would be happy to work on the area.


6. Boosts Your Immunity

Massage changes our bloods compost for the better. In a 45 minute Swedish massage studies showed the recipients had a higher level of blood protein that helps and protects the body from thinks like tumors and viral infections.

7. Eases, Reduces, and Prevents Headaches (including Migraines)


Headaches are caused by a lot of things, a major cause is tension in the neck that restricts blood flow to the brain. A study suggested two 30 minute massage per week could reduce the severity and frequency among chronic headache suffers.


8. Reduces Muscle Soreness


Weather it is from being a weekend warrior, hitting the gym a little harder than normal or the everyday life of typing and texting, a study advised weekly massage will reduce muscle soreness and pain that can interfere with your everyday life.


9. Improves Flexibility


According to a study published in International Journal of Neuroscience two 30 minute weekly massages can improve back flexibility and relieve pain associated with lower back stiffness.


10. Helps YOU Get to Know Your BODY


Massage will help you discover tight and sore places you may not notice when moving. The self-awareness will allow you to stretch more and work differently to allow healing to the sure spots. This may even help you side-step injuries.



Massage helps Postmenopausal Women

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (4051)


Massage has Positive Benefits for Postmenopausal Women


Massage effects the body as a whole.  It causes the body to return to homeostasis by increasing blood flow, circulation, and increasing lymphatic flow.  Massage also impacts connective tissue and muscles. (Fritz, 2013)

There was a pilot study done in February of 2011 to measure the benefits of massage on the effects of postmenopausal symptoms.  Some of the common symptom of postmenopausal women that were measured are “vasomotor instability, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, depression and insomnia (Oliveria, Hachul, Tufik, & Lia, 2011).” 

The study advised that its subjects that received a one – hour sessions of massage twice a week over a period of sixteen weeks saw a decrease in their symptoms.  (Oliveria, Hachul, Tufik, & Lia, 2011)



Fritz, S. (2013). Mosby's Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massgae. China: Elservier.

Oliveria, D., Hachul, H., Tufik, S., & Lia, B. (2011, Feb). Effect of massage in postmenpausal women with insommia - a pilot study. Retrieved from NCBI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3059875/


Never had a massage before! Here is what you can expect

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (51387)

Never had a massage before…here is what you can expect.

If you’ve never had a massage before you’re probably wondering what will happen. You have several questions about what to expect and what will happen during your massage session.

Massage therapist have offices in many places. They range from fitness centers, health clubs, or gym to a spa or resort, to a chiropractor’s office or a wellness center. North Woods Massage Therapy, LLC is located within Bartel Chiropractic and Wellness.

Please arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early for your first appointment. The reason why is because there is a client intake form for you to fill out. All the information gathered on the form is to help the massage therapist maximize the benefits of your massage session. Don’t worry massage therapist are bound by HIPPAA, so all your information is keep confidential. Be honest on the form there can be reasons a massage cannot be given.

After the intake form is done, your massage therapist will review it and ask you few more in-depth questions. For example, “Does the pain in your neck travel down your back?” These questions are also to make the most of your time on the massage table.

The massage therapist will then show you a room were the massage will be conducted. Most of the time there will be relaxing music playing and dim lights. They will step out so you can get undressed to your comfort level and get under the sheets on the massage table. What is get undressed to your comfort level? It’s the level of clothing you feel comfortable taking off for the massage. Please keep in mind that you will be covered by the sheet or draping at all time and the only exposed area will be what the massage therapist is working on.

Now keep in mind once you are on the table you have done just about everything that you need to do for the next 60 minutes. It’s time for you to take deep breaths, let go of the stress and relax.

The massage therapist will knock and enter the room to start the massage. During the massage the therapist will check in and ask you how the pressure is. Answer honestly if it painful and or uncomfortable let them know.

There may be a point in the massage when you will also be asked to roll over. The therapist will hold the sheets in place and you can move over.

When the massage session is over the therapist will step out and allow you to get dressed. Make sure you get up slowly. Massage releases chemicals in your body that can cause you to feel wonderful and relaxed but sometimes a little light headed. And don’t forget to set up your next appointment.