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For the month of June, take 20% off of any Young Living essential oil order. This is a steal!

 

Call or text (970) 286-0033 or email marissa@uptmassage.com for prices and to place an order.

 

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In the month of June, get any order of Massage Blocks for 15% off.

 

Twin Block Pro: $44.95 $38.21

Back Kit Pro: $52.95  $45.01

Block Set Pro: $41.95 $35.66

Complete Set Pro: $124.95  $106.21

 

Young Living with Oola

Dr. Dave and Dr. Troy are two chiropractors who wrote a book called ” Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World” and focus on establishing balance between the 7 necessary Fs in life: Fitness, Finance, Family, Friends, Fun, Field, and Faith. Establishing this balance takes a lot of work, dedication, and constant reevaluation of the status quo. This book goes through each one and helps you evaluate where you are strong and where you need work. It helps you recognize detrimental thought forms and limiting beliefs, as well as teach you tangible lessons to really help you.
So what does this have to to with Young Living and essential oils? Well, these great guys have been working with Young Living and have created a collection, called the Infused 7, which are special blends designed to help you in each of these areas. The Infused 7 include the oils for Fitness, Finance, Family, FriendsFun, Field, and Faith.
Each of the oils contain different oils. I could talk about each one individually, but then you’d be reading for a very long time about each oil blend. So I will leave it with: Get balanced in your life; find your Oola.
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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a bodywork technique used primarily to asses and correct postural distortions within the body and retrain the muscles on correct alignment and movement patterns. This type of therapy is utilised by massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and osteopaths to correct postural distortions and bring relief of chronic pain for clients.
A neuromuscular massage as performed by a Licensed Massage Therapist varies in depth of pressure, passive and active movement (client moving the muscle or therapist), and what other modalities are used in conjunction with NMT (neuromuscular therapy). Each school of massage has their own way of teaching NMT; however, every therapist should know the basics of NMT and how it can benefit their client.
Neuromuscular therapy can also be described as a deep tissue technique because it works through the layers of muscle and fascia (a thixotropic connective tissue that wraps around muscles, individual muscle fibres and layers between muscle and skin) to bring deep relief to chronically tight or taught muscles.
While the basic Swedish style massage focuses on relaxation and flow, a neuromuscular massage will feel deeper and include focus on muscles that can contribute to a postural distortion rather than just the muscles that are in pain. If a client presents with rounded shoulders and just wants work on their understandably painful back and rhomboids, a neuromuscular therapist will also suggest working on the front to the body to relieve the tension on the back of their body.
In the case of a rounded forward posture, contributing muscles can include pectorals,coracobrachialis, diaphragm, iliopsoas, and the scalene/ scm neck muscles. All of these muscles contract and tighten down on the front of the body during daily activities of sitting, typing, carrying, reaching, driving etc. to give a chronically rounded posture and thus cause pain between the shoulders, neck, and mid to low back. It is a Licensed Massage Therapist’s job to understand this relationship between the front and back of the body and take a holistic approach in their clients care rather than treating them as separate entities.
A relaxation massage is a wonderful thing to receive but if you are suffering from a chronic issue or you can never seem to get relief from your painful shoulders, back, neck etc. then think about asking your Licensed Massage Therapist to add in some neuromuscular techniques to correct these issues and bring your posture back into alignment.

Young Living with some Basics

I just want to talk about some of the oils that I use in my everyday life, and why.
Stress Away. Who doesn’t have stress? This calming blend uplifts as well as calms. It’s a mix of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender, and it really invites peace and tranquility. I put it on my shoulders, as I often feel stress there before anywhere else.
Patchouli relaxes and decreases inflammation. It can clarify thoughts and help you discard insecurities. It can also be used as a dietary aid. I put it on my collar bones, just a little bit.
Valor is one of my all-time favorites! The blend empowers and encourages while keeping you feeling grounded. I put it on my feet to keep me grounded, or on my throat when I feel like I need extra help communicating.
Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint are my bread an butter. If I had to choose only 3 oils, these 3 would be it! Lavender is calming and helps with cuts, scrapes, and bruises; lemon is super detoxifying; peppermint helps with soreness, headaches, and more. I’ll put a drop of lemon and peppermint in hot water if I’m having a stomach ache. I’ll put a drop of lavender on my joints when they are achy or over my heart if I’m getting anxious.
If you had to only choose one oil, it would be Thieves. This combination of oils got its name because during the dreaded plague, spice traders would dip their bandanas in a combination similar to this and wrap their faces with it to prevent getting the plague while they broke into houses that had been boarded up because of infected people and steal their valuables. These thieves would not get sick! Young Living has a whole line of Thieves products. I use the oil as a dietary supplement if I’m getting sick or the spray in my throat if I’m getting sick. I use the toothpaste and the mouthwash. I also have the household cleaner you can use for stoves, countertops, and my husband has even used it to clean his car tires! The possibilities are endless.
Young Living also has a line of supplements, products, and recently launched a line called Vitality, which is specifically designed for dietary and cooking use.

Find a Licensed Massage Therapist

We are proud of each of us being a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Colorado. Why? What are the benefits of seeing a Licensed Massage Therapist?
Not every state regulates the Massage Therapy profession. Each state also has different requirements for someone to get licensed as a Massage Therapist. Many states require a certain amount of continuing education in order to renew a license. The state of Colorado requires 500 hours of education and for an individual to take the MBLEx, the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.
The MBLEx is a standardized test that challenges each aspiring Massage Therapist on their knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Psychology, Client Assessment and Treatment, Massage Modalities, Ethics, Boundaries, and Guidelines for Professional Practice. This is a huge exam that most Massage Therapists have stressed over for months before taking it. In order to take the exam, you have to show proof that you’ve attended an accredited school for Therapeutic Massage and that your education meets the state requirements.
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We only employ Licensed Massage Therapists at Under Pressure Therapeutics for many reasons. Having the state licensure ensures that each Licensed Massage Therapist has received a certifiable education with appropriate hands-on training. Each Licensed Massage Therapist has not only dedicated a minimum of 500 hours to learning about the history, application, and contraindications of massage treatments, but has also taken a rigorous test proving the knowledge learned, understands the ethical and professional practices of a Licensed Massage Therapist, and is committed to continuing their individual education on Therapeutic Massage, Ethics, and different bodywork modalities to deliver the most comprehensive and thorough massage treatment for the individual need.
That’s a lot of technical jargon for why we employ Licensed Massage Therapists! Simply put: A Licensed Massage Therapist takes their career as a Massage Therapist seriously. We don’t let people just lie down and let us hurt them–each technique we use has a purpose to help you reach whatever goal you have in mind for your massage. We are professional. We are educated. We are dedicated.
Working with chronic pain, injury and surgery recovery, and other issues require us to know what we need to do. We cannot have someone working for us who doesn’t know how to massage someone with hardware in their neck or back, someone with fibromyalgia, or an adrenaline junkie who has had so many injuries it’s surprising that that person is still alive! With each injury or surgery, each massage is different, and we have to employ Licensed Massage Therapists who know how to handle those different aspects of the field.
We truly take pride in what we do and we really love what we do. That’s why we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage. We aren’t your cucumbers-on-the-eyes day spa; we are Under Pressure Therapeutics, Fort Collins’ Deep Tissue Massage Clinic.
Find out more about your Licensed Massage Therapist on our Meet the Team page. If you’d like, you can also find your Licensed Massage Therapist on the state website.

Young Living with Chamomile

Young Living actually has 2 types of chamomile: Roman and German. Both look similar–adorable little white flowers with a bright yellow center. Both have many similar benefits, such as increasing relaxation, calming the nerves and mind, and tasting yummy in teas. Both are anti-inflammatory. Both are a natural anesthetic. Both naturally grow in Utah. Both help with insomnia and skin conditions. Both from the Asteraceae Botanical Family. But there are some slight differences.
Roman Chamomile:
  • Naturally grows in France
  • Anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, and antibacterial
  • Relieves ADHD, anxiety, depression, and restlessness
  • Helps minimize irritability and stabilize mood
  • Helps combat nervousness
German Chamomile:
  • Naturally grows in Idaho, Egypt, and Hungary
  • Powerful antioxidant, anti-tumoral
  • Promotes digestion, liver, and gallbladder health
  • Inhibits lipid peroxidation
  • Used to help treat the liver, arteriosclerosis, nervous tension, arthritis and carpal tunnel
Whether you choose to use Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile, you will not be sorry. Both oils will aid you in bringing an inner zen and peace to your life.
Information was found in Essential Oils Pocket Reference 6th Edition byLife Science Publishers.
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Deep Tissue vs. Swedish Massage

You might have heard we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage; in fact, you might see us because we specialize in deep tissue. However, many people don’t understand the difference between Deep Tissue Massage and a Swedish Massage.

 

Swedish Massage focuses on relaxation. Using 5 different types of strokes, Swedish Massage doesn’t typically use a huge amount of pressure to achieve its goals. It’s only called Swedish Massage in English and Dutch speaking countries and in Hungary; everywhere else, it’s called “classic” massage. The majority of clients who seek a Swedish Massage also want deep pressure. While technically, that would classify the massage as a Deep Tissue Massage, we understand what the client means. We can integrate deeper pressure into a standard massage.

 

A Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manipulating the deeper tissues of the body, specifically the fascia and muscles. Deep Tissue Massage has been proven to be a viable option for many different ailments. Livestrong posted an article about the benefits, including:
  • Reduces Chronic Pain
  • Improves Blood Pressure
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
  • Stress Relief
We specialize in Deep Tissue Massage Therapy at Under Pressure Therapeutics because, while we want to help people relax, our mission is to serve Fort Collins with quality massage therapy services, and we believe the best way to achieve this goal is through deep tissue massage. By giving Deep Tissue Massage, we offer our clients an opportunity to recover from surgeries with breaking up scar tissue, to decrease chronic pain by stretching fascia, and to help athletic training and exercise recovery.
Please note that Deep Tissue Massage does not exclusively mean pain! And you shouldn’t be writhing in pain, either. This is wherecommunicating with your Licensed Massage Therapist is key! When giving a beneficial, therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, we want you at about a 6 or 7 on a pain scale out of 10. We want it to be a little high, but we want you to be able to breathe through it. If you’re not breathing, then you’re not getting benefits–you’re just paying us to torture you. A 6 or 7 is kind of a “hurts so good” kind of pain. If you can breathe through it, great! If you are tensing up the rest of your body to “deal” with the pain, not okay. As a tip: when it hurts, take a big, deep breath in, and see if your Massage Therapist does need to lighten up, or if you can breathe through it. If you immediately start wincing, that is NOT okay!
Deep Tissue Massage is the best option for setting the body on course of recovery for a full, pain-free life. If you noticed, we work within YOUR pain tolerance–a 6 or 7 for one person is another person’s 25, which is another person’s 4. Don’t feel “bad” for telling us it’s too much! Don’t apologize to us if you can’t handle that much pressure! That’s what YOUR body needs! And we work to give you what your body needs!

Young Living with Marjoram

Marjoram is usually that weird spice most people don’t use in their spice rack. But the medicinal properties of this great herb should not be overlooked.
Originally from France and Egypt, Marjoram has been knows as the “herb of happiness” to the Romans and the “joy of themountains” to the Greeks. It soothes muslces and alleviates joint discomfort. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and can lower blood pressure. It can help with digestive issues by promoting peristaltic contractions in your intestines, the contractions that make your digestive system work and break down food. It also helps with coughing. It has been used to help with arthritis, headaches, and infections. And it assists in calming the nerves, which we all need.
You can apply it with a carrier oil to a specific sore muscle or joint, add it to your bath, or diffuse it in your home.
It’s found in Aroma Life, Aroma Siez, Dragon Time, M-Grain, andR.C. Young Living blends.
Information found in Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Sixth Edition
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5 Ways Massage is Like Exercise

 

I know what you’re thinking: Massage is NOTHING like exercise! Exercise makes you sweat, gets your heart rate up, and it’s something a lot of people don’t enjoy doing–at least not nearly as much as getting a massage. And while the obvious differences are true, the two have more in common than you might think.

 

  1. Frequency and Consistency: If you go to the gym once or twice a year, that’s awesome! That’s better than not going at all! However, if you complain about not meeting your fitness goals and you only exercise once or twice a year, it’s kind of a no-brainer as to how you aren’t reaching those goals. Massage is the same way. If you have back pain, headaches, limited range of motion, and the like, and you only see us “when it’s really bad,” don’t expect us to be able to fix you in one go. The more frequent your bodywork is, the more results you are going to see from it. The American Massage Therapy Association said, “Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.” So if you came in once because you have back pain and you didn’t get the results you were looking for, you need to come back again! Talk to one of our Licensed Massage Therapists to know how often you should be coming and what your goals are.
  2. Lactic Acid: When you workout, your body will releaselactic acid, a naturally occurring substance that your body creates when it has a low oxygen level and breaks down carbohydrates for energy. A knot is built up lactic acid, and a massage will squeeze that build up out of those muscle fibers. This is why you can become sore after a massage, but usually feels more like a workout kind of sore. You get these buildups from overuse or repetitive motions and eventually, those buildups prevent your muscles from contracting the way they should.
  3. Drink Water! With knowing what lactic acid is and how it can affect your body during a massage, it would be ludicrous to think that you could do a strenuous workout and not drink water. So why would you do that after a massage?!? While there have been studies showing that increasing your water intake after a massage doesn’t specifically affect your body as much as we used to think it does, it’s always a good idea to drink more water. It takes a LOT of water to overdose (which is actually a thing–check it out). You’ve been laying there for an hour; it’s good to replenish your water and hydrate your cells.
  4. Metabolism: Much like exercise, massage can boost your metabolism. Please note: Getting frequent massage, while can and does boost your metabolism, is not a viable option for weight loss. You must do so much more than just massage for weight loss. And much like exercise, you need more than just exercise for weight loss. “There is a cumulative improvement in metabolic function. Massage has no known effect on blood pH, oxygen consumption, pulse rate or blood pressure except indirectly as a result of relaxation.” This means that there is an overall benefit, mainly due to the fact that you are actually taking time for yourself and allowing yourself to relax, which initiates more of the digesting and metabolic functions within the body. With our society being so go-go-go, we need some time for ourselves to allow our metabolism to function as best it can and for our parasympathetic nervous system to kick in and decrease our cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase and promote a more restful state.
  5. Listen to your “trainer”! If you’re paying a lot of money for your training sessions with a personal trainer, but you don’t listen to anything they actually say (“Stop drinking soda.” “Eat more leafy greens.” “Make sure you’re exercising 3 times a week.” etc.) then you aren’t going to be making the gains you want. Same with massage. If your Massage Therapist tells you to drink more water, or stretch certain muscles, or something like that, then listen to them! If they want to see you once a week until you’ve made some headway in your back pain, do it! When you work with a Licensed Massage Therapist (which if you see us at Under Pressure Therapeutics, you do) you are working with someone who has the knowledge, skill set, and experience to help you with your pain. Not only are we trained to know how to help the muscles, we actually feel what’s going on in your muscle systems. We can tell if you are wearing your right shoulder high and what muscles are tight and possibly causing that. We analyze your posture. If your Massage Therapist tells you to stretch a certain muscle, do it! It will help.
Sure, massage and exercise are different, but both play a huge role in your overall health and wellness. Both can help with limited range of motion and postural deviations, and both require commitment to see results.