* Call or Write Us Today
Total Health Fx / Joe & Kathi Fox
23830 Tonnet Circle
Romoland CA 92585
Toll-free 800-557-6821 / Local 951-677-8822
* Send Us an Email: Contact@TotalHealthFx.com
*Subscribe to Our Newsletter >>
Total Health Fx Services
Total Health Fx Social Media
- View and Register for Instant Updates !
Total Health Fx Tag Cloudalternatives prevention remedy anxiety depression effectiveness of massage therapy evidence-based research exercise-induced muscle damage Fat Food Matters Forks Over Knives gluten-free healthy eating healthy living household products from natural sources improved sleep inflammation inner health inner wealth low back pain massage massage as medicine massage research information massage therapy Massage Therapy Research natural skincare natural wholistic health practitioner nausea oncology massage pain reduction plant-based natural remedies relaxation Sick & Nearly Dead simple whole foods diet southern california massage therapist sports injuries stress temporomandibular joint dysfunction Tendinopathy The Gerson Miracle therapeutic massage total health total health massage vegan vegetarian nutrition whole foods and remedies wholistic natural healthcare
Category Archives: Massage and Fx-ercise
Total Health Massage FAQs
Top Ten+ Most Frequently Asked Questions
- What exactly is a massage? What is a therapeutic massage? What is massage therapy?
- Who is the Total Health Massage Therapist?
- Why should I get a massage? What are the benefits?
- Are there times when massage is not recommended?
- Where do I go for a massage?
- What happens during my first appointment?
- Do I need to get undressed for a massage?
- When do I get undressed? Do I get undressed with the massage therapist in the room?
- What should I expect during the session?
- What should I wear when I get a massage?
- How long is a massage session?
What exactly is a massage? What is a therapeutic massage? What is massage therapy?
Massage, also referred to as therapeutic massage or massage therapy, is defined as the manual manipulation of soft body tissue, such as connective tissue, muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments with the intent being an enhancement of health and well-being. States and organizations that have governing authority over massage therapists all have similar definitions in describing massage therapy.
There are many techniques and modalities in massage therapy, which may address specific conditions or symptoms. For the most part they consist of routines using a combination of stroking, kneading, tapping, friction and/or vibrating to improve muscle tone, restore flexibility of joints, enhance blood and lymph circulation, as well as help with relaxation and stress reduction. A wide range of pressure is practiced in the Total Health Massage; our experienced Therapist works closely with you to determine the appropriate level for each area of your body with just the right amount of touch to help the body let go of its localized areas of tension.
Depending on the modality or technique used, the Total Health Massage may consist of deep or light pressure and may be stimulating or sedating. Certain modalities such as sports massage use techniques with the intention of enhancing athletic performance or alleviating sports related injuries, while others such as geriatric massage, prenatal massage or infant massage have techniques appropriate for a specific population.
The Total Health Massage therapist is Joe Fox, licensed and certified in a wide variety of therapeutic massage styles as well as other wholistic and natural health disciplines, in practice since 1978. Joe believes in Nature’s power to heal with natural remedies, and that your health is in your own hands and Joe can be your guide to heal yourself. He works with a wide range of people of different ages and “occupations” and uses his Total Health Therapeutic Massage in a wholistic fashion for prevention, remedy, relief of stress and pain, and for personal and professional development.
Joe sees that the tensions in the body may be the result of everyday or compounded stress, overworking of the tissues from sports, play, work, or injury. The body may need to be taught how to become well and how to let go of its ingrained physical habits and contributing mental and emotional tendencies. For this reason the Total Health Massage is best done regularly and preferably before you think you need it. Of course, if you do really need it right now Total Health Massage is the natural remedy. We always recommend you try a Total Health Massage at our introductory rates to see how it benefits you.
- Massage and other forms of bodywork can help to reduce muscular tension, which results in less pain.
- Massage improves blood and lymph circulation.
- Massage helps to lower blood pressure.
- Massage increases joint flexibility and improves posture.
- Massage helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels and improves concentration.
- Massage promotes quicker healing of injured muscles.
- Massage helps to reduce muscle tightness.
- Massage lessens depression.
- Massage reduces spasms and cramps.
- Massage relieves generalized or chronic pain.
- In some cases, massage reduces or eliminates the need for medication.
- Massage enhances immunity.
- Massage improves quality of sleep.
- Massage boosts your personal and professional development.
An experienced Massage therapist will know how to work with the following situations, but, of course the choice is entirely up to you, if…
- If you have had recent surgery.
- If you have open sores.
- If you are experiencing acute pain.
- If you have an active inflammation, such as with rheumatoid arthritis.
- If you have an active bacterial or viral infection.
- If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
- When you are drunk, taking mind-altering drugs or otherwise impaired.
- If you have untreated, high blood pressure.
- If in doubt, check with your primary care physician first, but, of course, the choice is entirely up to you.
Your appointment should be made with a licensed and certified massage therapist, educated at a reputable massage school. Our very experienced Total Health Massage Therapist is licensed and certified in many natural health disciplines, and began his career in 1978. Total Health Massage is offered primarily in your home or workplace throughout SoCal or in the Total Health Studio, if you prefer. Our fees are reasonable and are based on the distance to your location. Our massage therapist brings the massage table to your home or office and sets up in a comfortable space; the Total Health Studio is in a quiet natural setting in SW Riverside County.
During the course of your Total Health Massage, the Therapist will have questions about your general health, diet and exercise habits, medications you are taking, recent surgeries and any ailments or limitations you may have. You may be asked about your activity levels, what type of work you do and your reason for scheduling a massage. As an ongoing client, our Therapist will want to know about all medications as well as herbal and nutritional supplements you are taking.
For some types of massage, such as traditional Swedish massage which uses vegetable oil, you would need to get undressed. Some people choose to leave on certain articles of clothing such as underwear or socks, at your discretion. For other modalities, such as pressure-point, sports or chair massage, you remain fully clothed. However, before the massage, the Total Health Massage Therapist should advise you regarding this matter and instruct you to only disrobe to your own level of comfort.
Legal regulations require the client to be covered with draping (for those modalities requiring you to undress), with a sheet or large towel, except for the body part being treated. So even though you are undressed, you are covered during the massage session.
Our massage therapist will bring you into the treatment area and then leave the room, closing the door and allowing you to get undressed in private. Once you are undressed you should get onto the massage table and cover yourself with the towel or sheet provided. If this is your first massage, our Therapist will provide you with instructions, such as whether you should lie face down or face up on the table.
It depends on the type of massage you will receive. Our massage therapist will discuss this with you. The massage therapist should ask about your expectations and health information to decide the best form of treatment.
- If you choose a traditional Swedish massage, you will be asked to go into the treatment room, disrobe to your own comfort level, lay on a padded massage table and cover yourself with a sheet or towel. Depending on what your needs are, the massage may include the use of broad, flowing strokes on the arms, hands, legs, feet, back and shoulders. State laws forbid the massaging or touching of private areas.
- If you are receiving pressure point or sports massage, you will be asked to wear comfortable clothing. The session may consist of appropriate pressure tense areas of the body as well as gentle stretches.
- The massage therapist will use his or her body, including fingers, hands or forearms, for a seamless flow of acupressure manipulations as well as helping you learn stretches and poses you can do on your own.
- Each form of bodywork may have its own instruction, which should be explained in full by your massage therapist.
- A massage therapist should ask for feedback with regard to your comfort level during the massage.
- A massage should never hurt or produce any bruising.
- Whether your Total Health Massage is Swedish or Acupressure, it will generally include your neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet. It may or may not include your face, and may include the abdomen with your permission. The massage will not include your private areas.
It is important to wear comfortable clothing when you go to get a massage.
- For a Swedish massage you will need to get undressed to the level of your own comfort. This is done with the massage therapist out of the room. He or she will instruct you to cover yourself with the provided sheet or towel for modesty.
- If you are receiving a massage using acupressure techniques, most likely you will be keeping your clothing on. Wear something loose and comfortable, preferably made from natural fabrics like cotton, and that have some give to allow for assisted stretching.
If you are unsure as to what type of clothing to wear for the specific technique your massage therapist will be using, ask before you go to the appointment
A massage session can be as short as 10 or 15 minutes for a mini- or demo-massage (given to multiple clients), or as long as an hour or so for the full body massage. In the Total Health Studio or for multiple clients in the same outcall location you may opt for a half-hour session. Depending on the condition of your body and your responses to the treatment , a one-hour appointment may be anywhere from 50-70 minutes of actual massage.
Allow at least 15 minutes before and after your appointment to relax, and for undressing/dressing. Being rushed afterwards may reduce some of the positive results of your massage session. The OutCall Total Health Massage is the ultimate way to receive your massage for this very reason.
Total Health Massage Partners with Hands for Heroes™
Hands for Heroes™, Hands for Healing
Joe Fox of Total Health Massage is pleased to partner with Hands for Heroes™ to provide veterans healthcare, veterans benefits, and veterans services. Total Health Massage utilizes therapeutic hands for healing as medical massage for healing physical pain and healing trauma.
“Hands for Heroes™ is a nationwide organization of caring healthcare professionals who have donated their time and skills to provide therapeutic bodywork and medical massage for our Nation’s Veterans Healthcare.
“Joe Fox, Licensed Massage Therapist, of Total Health Fx has joined with Hands for Heroes™ to provide therapeutic bodywork and medical massage at no fee basis for their initial treatment to our Veterans Healthcare and will provide a predetermined number of bodywork sessions each month to help Veterans in dealing with the stress encountered while on duty, as well as physical complaints common to our service men and woman.
A “Hands for Heroes Partner™, as a healthcare professional makes a significant contribution to the healing of our service men and women and their families. Hands for Heroes™ founders encourages you to support Joe Fox of Total Health Massage in his therapeutic practice healing our returning service men and women.”
Veterans seeking veterans healthcare from Joe Fox of Total Health Massage in the Southern California area may contact him directly or by commenting below; all communications are confidential.
Total Health Massage Gift Certificates
Total Health Massage Gift Certificates are the ideal way to show care and appreciation for family, friend, co-worker/employee for any occasion. We appreciate your trust in us in purchasing a Total Health Massage Gift Certificate and price them at our introductory rate as we do for all of our new clients in their first month of service. All Total Health Massages are done on an out call basis to home or workplace, with the exception of the Southwest Riverside area which has the additional option of in-studio massage. View photos of the Total Health Massage. They will love the Total Health benefits of massage.
Introductory Rates Available for Gift Certificates in All Our Service Areas
use the following to purchase Gift Certificates or Introductory Massage Appointments:
SouthWest Riverside County
$60/hr. [wp_cart:Total Health Massage Gift Certificate-SW R'side:price:60.00:shipping:1.00:end]
San Diego/Orange/Inland Empire
$70/hr. [wp_cart:Total Health Massage Gift Certificate-SD/OC/IE:price:70.00:shipping:1.00:end]
Los Angeles County
$80/hr. [wp_cart:Total Health Massage Gift Certificate-LA:price:80.00:shipping:1.00:end]
Massage Therapy is ranked as one of the most commonly used complementary
and alternative medicine practices for its effectiveness. This report has been prepared by the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, based on research world-wide. The research includes systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, comparative studies, case-series/studies and cross-sectional studies covering a variety of massage therapy modalities. Musculoskeletal, oncology combined with palliative care, pediatrics, sports, neurology, obstetrics, surgery, geriatrics, mental health and physiology represented the most common populations studied.
General Conclusions of the Effectiveness of Massage Therapy
- Seven studies were in unison concluding that massage therapy for subacute and chronic low back pain to be more effective than placebo.
- Six systematic reviews consistently found acupressure effective for the management of nausea and vomiting.
- Multiple studies provided good evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy in managing anxiety, stress and promoting relaxation.
- Positive outcomes reported following massage therapy include pain reduction, better quality of life, improved sleep and function as well as reduced depressive symptoms.
- Studies into the benefits of massage therapy for maternal and infant care reported a reduction in infant distress, significant newborn growth and development, improved mother-infant interaction and reduced symptoms of post-natal depression.
- The breadth of participant subgroups included in this review demonstrated the versatility of massage therapy. Due to the direct soft-tissue manipulation of massage, it was not surprising that the most active research domains included musculoskeletal, neurological and sports-related conditions.
- The numbers of cases with known adverse events associated with massage therapy compared with its widespread practice were very few. In fact the numbers were deemed too small to be statistically meaningful in estimating risk.
Read the extensive Summary of Evidence-Based Research of
Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine
By ANDREA PETERSEN,
the following article appeared in Wall Street Journal,
- HEALTH & WELLNESS
- March 13, 2012
While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.
Is massage just for pampering or does it have true biological effects? A recent study showed muscles rebounded better if massaged after exercising to exhaustion. Andrea Petersen on Lunch Break has details on Lunch Break.
The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.
New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.
There’s been a surge of scientific interest in massage. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently spending $2.7 million on massage research, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds massage research, held its first scientific conference in 2005. The third conference will be in Boston next year.
The research is being driven, in part, by massage therapy’s popularity. About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available. Massage was expected to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry in 2011 in the U.S., according to estimates by the American Massage Therapy Association, a nonprofit professional organization.
“There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers,” said Jack Killen, NCCAM’s deputy director.
The massage therapy field hopes that the growing body of research will lead to greater insurance coverage for its treatments. Washington is the only state that requires insurers to cover massage therapy.
Elsewhere, private insurers generally provide very limited coverage for massage. WellPoint, for example, doesn’t include massage as a standard benefit in most of its plans, but employers can purchase alternative medicine coverage as an add on, said spokeswoman Kristin E. Binns. Aetna doesn’t cover massage therapy as a standard benefit but offers members discounts on massage visits with practitioners who are part of an affiliated network of alternative medicine providers. Providers such as chiropractors or physical therapists, whose visits are often covered, sometimes use massage as part of their treatment.
Massage therapists charge an average of about $59 for a one-hour session, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Treatments at posh urban spas, however, can easily cost at least three times that amount.
Most of the research is being done on Swedish massage, the most widely-available type of massage in the U.S. It is a full-body massage, often using oil or lotion, that includes a variety of strokes, including “effleurage” (gliding movements over the skin), “petrissage” (kneading pressure) and “tapotement” (rhythmic tapping).
- A full-body massage boosted immune function and lowered heart rate and blood pressure in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation treatment, a 2009 study of 30 participants found.
- Children given 20-minute massages by their parents every night for five weeks plus standard asthma treatment had significantly improved lung function compared with those in standard care, a 2011 study of 60 children found.
- A 10-minute massage upped mitochondria production, and reduced proteins associated with inflammation in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion, a small study last month found.
Another common type of massage, so-called deep tissue, tends to be more targeted to problem muscles and includes techniques such as acupressure, trigger-point work (which focuses on little knots of muscle) and “deep transverse friction” where the therapist moves back and forth over muscle fibers to break up scar tissue.
Massage is already widely used to treat osteoarthritis, for which other treatments have concerning side effects. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006 showed that full-body Swedish massage greatly improved symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients who had massages twice weekly for four weeks and once a week for an additional four weeks had less pain and stiffness and better range of motion than those who didn’t get massages. They were also able to walk a 50-foot path more quickly.
“If [massage] works then it should become part of the conventionally recommended interventions for this condition and if it doesn’t work we should let [patients] know so they don’t waste their time and money,” says Adam Perlman, the lead author of the study and the executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C.
Scientists are also studying massage in healthy people.
In a small study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine last month, a 10-minute massage promoted muscle recovery after exercise. In the study, 11 young men exercised to exhaustion and then received a massage in one leg. Muscle biopsies were taken in both quad muscles before exercise, after the massage and 2½ hours later.
The short massage boosted the production of mitochondria, the energy factory of the cell, among other effects. “We’ve shown this is something that has a biological effect,” says Mark Tarnopolsky, a co-author of the study and a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario.
A 2010 study with 53 participants comparing the effects of one 45-minute Swedish massage to light touch, found that people who got a massage had a large decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that normally increases with stress and aggressive behavior, and slightly lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their blood after the session. There was also a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions.
Mark Hyman Rapaport, the lead author of the study and the chairman of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, says he began studying massage because, “My wife liked massages and I wasn’t quite sure why. I thought of it as an extravagance, a luxury for only people who are very rich and who pamper themselves.” Now, Dr. Rapaport says he gets a massage at least once a month. His group is now studying massage as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder.
Knead to Know Tips
• How can you make sure you get a good massage? Most states regulate massage and require therapists to be licensed. This usually requires a minimum number of hours of training and an exam. There is also national certification. Members of the American Massage Therapy Association must have 500 hours of training.
• Ask how many massages a therapist gives a day—and make sure you’re not the 10th or even the seventh. ‘It takes a lot of physical exertion to deliver a therapeutic massage,’ says Ken Morris, spa director at Canyon Ranch, a health resort in Tucson, Ariz. Canyon Ranch limits its therapists to six massages in a day.
Write to Andrea Petersen at email@example.com
A version of this article appeared Mar. 13, 2012, on page D1 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine.
Therapeutic Stability Ball Exercises
Exercising with Therapeutic Stability Balls provides tremendous benefits for the musculo-skeletal system of the body. the key benefits are abdominal strengthening, proper posture and allignment, core stability, muscle strength and endurance, and stretching. Therapeutic stability balls can be used as both exercise or as a “chair” of sorts to assure proper posture during the workday. Below is an article by Boston-based Fitness “Trainer Mike” Medeiros, in which he elaborates about therapeutic stability ball Exercises. Links for therapeutic stability balls, book and dvd and online video have been inserted.
Today’s fitness world there are many pieces of equipment that can be used to help you reach your health and fitness goals. It seems there is a new piece of equipment coming out weekly that will “guarantee” results. If you want a tried and true piece of equipment that has shown to get results, then look no further than the stability ball. Performing stability ball exercises may be what you are missing!
What Is a Stability Ball?
This simple large inflatable ball is considered a piece of exercise equipment because you can do just about everything on it. This heavy-duty ball is capable of holding several hundred pounds of weight. The stability ball is comfortable and it provides good support. It is a great tool for trainers as stability ball exercises go with the structure of a clients body.
The stability ball is also known as a Swiss Ball or a physioball.
A great thing about the stability ball is that anyone at any fitness level can use it. The stability ball can be used anywhere and it is easy to bring along when traveling. If you compare the price to other exercise equipment and the types of stability ball exercises that can be performed, it is truly the winner.
The Origin of the Stability Ball
The origin of the stability ball stems from the use in rehabilitation. In the early 1900′s physical therapists used stability balls to address many neurological disorders in their patients.
In the 1960′s an Italian toymaker named Aquilino Cosani, started making and selling the ball. It was known as the ‘Gymnastik’. Cosani started the company called Gymnic and quickly became the major supplier to most rehab centers and programs.
It wasn’t until the 90′s that the stability ball made it to the athletic area as it was used to improve the muscle condition of pro athletes. Stability ball exercises then started to make there way into the fitness world. Presently, fitness professionals and medical specialists will recommend using the stability ball because of the benefits that can be achieved by all.
The Benefits of Using a Stability Ball
The improvement in strength in the lower back and abs are one of the greatest assets of stability ball exercises. Also, there is a major improvement in functional strength, flexibility and balance of the body and can even help with weight loss.
I have some videos of stability ball exercises at the bottom of the post.
1. Better Abs
Great abs is something that is wanted by the majority of people who exercise. Using the ball will target the abdominal region as the core is activated to balance yourself on the ball. b The need to use the core to balance also will make any ab exercise more challenging.
2. Proper Alignment
Having proper balance during training on the ball will use different parts of the body to achieve this. Improving the natural motor reflexes during exercise with dynamic movements occur as many muscles are used. Maintaining balance is one of the biggest challenges using the ball and to do this many muscles that are not usually used are activated. The alignment of the body is improved as you train to get proper balance on the ball.
3. Core Stability
Stability ball exercises help support and stabilize all body movements. The major muscles of the back and abdominals are all exercised when using stability ball exercises. Using the stability ball will work these core muscles which can improve many aspects of everyday life.
4. Muscle Strength and Muscle Endurance
Stability ball exercises can be used to strengthen the muscles of the back which may help prevent any back problems. Also, when using the ball, all the major muscles can be exercised to improve muscle strength and endurance which will give the body better flexibility and stability.
5. Weight Loss
Performing stability ball exercises may help with weight loss as many muscle groups are being used. For example, a dumbbell press on a ball uses many more muscles than you would if you did it on a bench. Your core has to be activated while doing the press on the ball compared to laying on a flat bench in which there is no need for balance.
The stability ball isn’t usually thought of when stretching but it can be a great tool to assist in stretching exercises. Using the ball to stretch can make it more effective as it will contour to the body.
Stability ball exercise videos here: Stability Ball Exercises
Including the stability ball into your exercise routine is one of the most effective pieces of equipment you can use. The benefits of stability ball exercises can assure you better functional strength, flexibility and balance of the body.
Massage Therapy Research Information
- Massage therapy attenuates inflammatory signaling after exercise-induced muscle damage.
- Massage in supportive cancer care.
- Effects of massage therapy and presence of attendant on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during labor.
- Immediate and long-term effects of selected physiotherapy methods in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Deep Friction Massage for the Treatment of Tendinopathy
- Changes in temporomandibular joint dysfunction symptoms following massage therapy
- the effects of massage therapy on lumbar spondylolisthesis.
- Therapeutic effects of traditional Thai massage on pain, muscle tension and anxiety in patients with scapulocostal syndrome
- The influence of various technologies of sports massage on biochemical parameters of the blood
Wall Street Journal
Australian Association of Massage Therapists
Society for Oncology Massage
Myofascial Release Research
Total Health Fx is an Affiliate of Blue Heron Health
- Programs for common Specific Health Issues
- Order directly from the following Health Issue links:
Total Health Fx is an Affiliate of Massage Tools
- Enormous Variety of Therapeutic Massage Products & Tools
- Order directly from the Online Store
|Aromaland Scented Hand & Body Lotion (12 oz.)|
|Aromaland Scented Massage and Body Oil (12 oz.)|
|Thumper Massager – Sport Percussive Massager|
|Sport Percussive Thumper Sport Percussive Massager Thumper massagers are superior massagers. Precission crafted in Canada,…[Read More]|