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A Year in the Books

This month marks the first successful year of my massage therapy practice. I wouldn’t be here without the wonderful support of all my clients and the people at BalanceDiet Billings.

Two weeks before I graduated from Health Works Institute I decided to no longer work at the spa in Big Sky. Working there over the past 2 years was such a wonderful time spent with the owner Jacque and all the therapists and estheticians, but there was something calling me back to Billings, MT where I am from.

When the original location in a salon fell through, I was relieved because I knew my practice wasn’t the type to be in that particular location. I had training in clinical massage therapy and the luxurious type of massage (a lot of Swedish) wasn’t what I wanted to do.  So,  I replied to a craigslist ad at BalanceDiet, a women’s weight loss facility, and after the interview I knew this is exactly where my practice could grow.

Since graduating I’ve received certification as an Integrative Reflexologist. This is something my grandmother taught herself and practiced many years of her life and I watched growing up. To now offer reflexology to clients is rewarding on so many levels. I have’t decided what continuing education I will pursue this coming year, so if you know of a modality or training you’d like to see me offer please comment below!

What I love the most about my practice over the year is the wonderful variety of people I meet and help. Their needs are all so different and I constantly reference my text books, the internet and latest massage research for new or forgotten techniques to help them with their pain.

What I like the least about my practice over the year, and a new client told me this the other day “It’s so hard to get in to see you.” Now, I understand there is a compliment below the surface of that statement, but when someone is experiencing discomfort and pain in that moment and it takes 3-4 days to get in to see me the compliment goes from sweet to salty real fast.

 

Alex Stenger is a licensed Massage Therapist practicing inside BalanceDiet Billings.

Website: billingsmassage.amtamembers.com 

Contact: Office (406) 652-9142 Cell (406) 780-0535

Facebook: facebook.com/billingsmassage/

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Restorative Yoga @ BalanceDiet Billings

Yoga is one of my favorite complementary forms of exercise I love to suggest to massage clients. What I like most about yoga is that it offers many different styles just like massage offers different modalities. Like Swedish, Deep Tissue or Trigger Point yoga has Vinyasa, Flow or Restorative (and much more) so you’re sure to find a perfect fit for you!

Recently, BalanceDiet Billings began offering yoga videos for members to try together or alone in their fitness room through The Yoga Collective. A website with a library of yoga videos for every level of yogi to try.

I recently fell in love with restorative yoga through a client who came to me describing shoulder pain that was causing her to lose sleep and back off using weights in the upper body. She explained how she wasn’t able to do yoga either, which she was really enjoying.

After her massage treatment and some relief I offered to dig around in The Yoga Collective for some videos that don’t require your body to feel the deepest stretch with each pose. That’s when I found Gentle Yoga (20 minutes) and Relax and Restore (30 minutes) which left me feeling like I did yoga and had a massage all at the same time!

I began with GY and finished with RR yoga for a total of 50 minutes. I found I could take my time and stay longer in a certain pose if needed. The RR poses offered enough of a stretch to release muscle groups but supported my body the whole time through the use of blocks and multiple blankets. The perfect way to self massage the body!

This type of yoga is great for those who have difficulty with balance (check out Sierra’s Balance class on Tuesday), shoulder impingement, hip displacement or low weight bearing on any area of the spine. If you’re a beginner at yoga this is a great way to ease into level 1+ videos.

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Yoga accessories: blocks, blankets, straps.

Check out BalanceDiet Billing’s Group fitness class schedule here to see the other classes they have to offer.

Please, let me know if you try out these yoga videos and what you think! Both videos have been added to favorites for quick and easy access. Stop by to see me in the massage room if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment!

Alex Stenger is a licensed Massage Therapist practicing inside BalanceDiet Billings.

Contact or booking: Office: (406) 652-9142 Cell:(406) 780-0535

Website: billingsmassage.amtamembers.com

Facebook: facebook.com/billingsmassage/

 

Sleep and Massage

A very common question I ask before or during a massage is how did you sleep last night? The all too common answer is not very well followed by I couldn’t stop thinking about work, my partner snores, the animals are bed hogs, etc.

When life gets in the way of our sleep habits there can be big consequences to our overall health. One of the biggest consequences for women who struggle with weight loss is when our sleep deprived body releases the hormone ghrellin which increases our appetite.  

So how can massage therapy help us sleep better and possibly manage hunger? Because massage has been found to directly increase the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin, the client experiences improved sleep.

There are many types of massage that can help including these:

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports
  • Trigger Point
  • Reflexology

Skip the pills and sleep better knowing there are alternative and complementary methods of medicine like massage to get more restoration and rejuvenation through the night.

 

Alex Stenger is a licensed Massage Therapist practicing inside BalanceDiet Billings.

Website: billingsmassage.amtamembers.com 

Contact: Office (406) 652-9142 Cell (406) 780-0535

Facebook: facebook.com/embodimentmassage/