We are now accepting acupuncture appointments!
— Find Your Balance —
We’re thrilled to announce that Tess Bradley has joined Balanced You Studios as our newest acupuncturist.
Tess Bradley, L.Ac.—Tess is a licensed acupuncturist in Tennessee and a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist holding a Diplomat status with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Tess earned her Master’s Diploma from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. She uses a combination of classical style acupuncture, cupping, dietary and lifestyle counseling, and herbal formulas to tap into the body’s innate wisdom and treat symptoms from their root causes. Tess treats a diverse spectrum of conditions, but enjoys focusing on women’s, digestive, and emotional health issues.
See her full bio here.
To schedule an acupuncture session with Tess, call our appointment line – 865-888-5342.
Rebekah Knause, L.Ac., LMT, RYT
Rebekah Knause, L.Ac., LMT, RYT is a licensed acupuncturist offering clients acupuncture therapy via her ability to listen with compassion and determine a treatment path that provides results. She graduated from Jung Tao School of Chinese Medicine and offers acupuncture appointments at Balanced You Studios on at 6712 Kingston Pike in Bearden. See Rebekah’s full bio here.
To schedule an acupuncture session with Rebekah, call 865-888-5342.
Want to see acupuncture in action? Rebekah recently met with Knoxville Weekend to talk about how acupuncture works and what it can treat! Click here for the full story!
To our wonderful clients,
We are now booking acupuncture appointments! Call the appointment line (865) 888-5342 to schedule an appointment with Rebekah Knause, L.Ac, LMT, RYT or Tess Bradley, L.Ac. Rebekah and Tess are eager to share the health benefits of acupuncture with the Knoxville community.
There are now three highly-trained, certified massage therapists that can provide various styles of massage at Balanced You. Our specialty is Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, a technique that uses the feet to apply pressure and massage instead of the hands. As well as being an incredibly deep and relaxing massage, Ashiatsu offers healthier ergonomics for the therapists.
Rebekah’s goal, along with her staff of therapists, is to provide a holistic way to teach and facilitate balance within themselves and continue to promote that balance to the community of Knoxville.
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Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits
Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. See if it’s right for you.
If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.
What is massage?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
- Ashiatsu massage. This technique involves literally walking on your back and has been performed by Buddhist monks for centuries.
Benefits of massage
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.
What you can expect during a massage
You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.
Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.
A massage session may last from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.
Finding a massage therapist
Ask your doctor or someone else you trust for a recommendation. Most states regulate massage therapists through licensing, registration or certification requirements.
Don’t be afraid to ask a potential massage therapist such questions as:
- Are you licensed, certified or registered?
- What is your training and experience?
- How many massage therapy sessions do you think I’ll need?
The take-home message about massage
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or how to engage in massage with a partner at home.
Call Balanced You to schedule your appointment: (865) 888-5342