Q&A with Poa Studio’s Registered Massage Therapist Susan Barsanti
'Tis the season for aches and pains! While cold weather can trigger everything from dry, itchy skin to migraines to muscle strains, massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems.
Poa's lovely RMT Susan Barsanti sat down to answer some commonly asked questions about massage therapy for us to share with you.
How do massage treatments benefit people who exercise regularly?
Massage performed by an RMT, helps maintain muscle tonicity and promote muscle
integrity. A muscle is strongest in its neutral position. If a muscle is
contracted (strained), it doesn’t have the capacity to contract more.
Conversely if a muscle is over stretched it has been brought to a point where
it is weak and can’t contract properly. Through various massage techniques we
are able to bring a muscle back to its neutral position and therefore back to
its optimal state.
What do RMTs most commonly treat?
The scope of what a RMT treats can be vast. Some of the most common
things I see are people who need recovery from muscular injury; usually
exercise induced. Other things that I see frequently are strains from
computer overuse; including low back strain, neck and shoulder pain; sometimes
resulting in chronic headaches. The last group of people that I’m
seeing more increasing numbers are people who suffer from depression and
anxiety. With adults being squeezed into the sandwich generation, people are
finding it hard to manage a career, family life, and have the ability to help
care for their aging loved ones. Massage allows people to refresh from
their mental and physical ailments, enabling them to cope with daily life.
We know it’s been a busy year, so remember to treat yourself to that well-deserved massage if your benefits expire on December 31st!
Susan is available Wednesdays from 10am-3:45pm and Thursdays 10am-6pm.