Welcome to a new level of therapy and service at
Breezeway Yoga and Balanced You Studios

Find Your Balance

To all my wonderful clients,

I want to start this letter by saying thank you!!! These last 6 years of intense study and all the ups and downs that have happened through this journey, have at times been extremely challenging and, at the same time, incredibly rewarding. Thank you to my clients for sticking with me, for being flexible with scheduling, as well as being receptive to trying new therapies.

There are lots of changes on the horizon! As most everyone knows, I will be graduating from Jung Tao School of Chinese Medicine in August and will become a licensed acupuncture practitioner. I am finishing my education at Jung Tao and studying like crazy to pass my board exams so that I can receive my license to practice this amazing medicine as soon as possible. My projected graduation date is, at this point, (I am at the mercy of the licensing process) October or November. Patty Dougherty, co-owner of Balanced You Studios, and I have had multiple conversations on how to make this transition from massage to acupuncture as seamless and productive as possible. We have decided that it would be good for me to move my practice to the Breezeway Yoga Studio for the next year or two, as we prepare to launch our comprehensive Wellness Center. That is our hope and dream – to bring yoga, massage and acupuncture to our community.

On Monday, September 3rd, I will be full-time at the Breezeway location. At that time, our staff will offer massage appointments at the BalancedYou location. My hours could change a little, as I work around yoga classes in the studio. The acupuncture schedule will be announced later as we work on the logistics.

Starting September 1st, there will be price changes as well. My rates for massage will be $100 for a one hour massage and $150 for a 90-minute massage. I believe this is an appropriate increase to the level of experience and the services I provide. I will no longer be offering massage packages, but we will be incorporating packages when I add acupuncture to the practice. We are very excited on how we can incorporate the acupuncture, massage, yoga, and qigong practice, for complete healing of your body.

I also have been diligently training two very talented massage therapists. Prices for their services are increasing slightly.

30 min- $50  •  1 hour-$80   •   90-minute- $110

Our therapists have been trained in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, therapeutic understanding of the body and possible injuries, proper gait training, along with exercises and nutritional expertise.

I am so thankful for you and your dedication to your health. We are continually striving to be your primary wellness destination when you think of your health and wellbeing. Our promise to you is to be the absolute best we can be through ongoing training that allows us to provide you the highest quality self-care and to help you achieve the healthiest version of yourself.

Any questions or concerns are welcome. Please give me a call or talk to me when I see you at your next appointment.

Sincerely,
Rebekah

Rebekah Knause, LMT, RYT  •  (865) 888-5342  •  balancedyoustudios@gmail.com


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.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

 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:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • 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 Studios to schedule your appointment: (865) 888-5342

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