Linda Hemmes, Licensed Therapeutic Massage Practitioner

The goal is tor provide my clients with the finest massage therapy and bodywork services available anywhere in Western Pennsylvania.

As most of my clients know, I have closed my practice during the Covid-19 crisis. As soon as it is possible, I will reopen and be in touch with all who have had their appointments canceled during this time. For your convenience, I will make CBD products available during this time. You only need to call, text or message me and we can make arrangements for contactless delivery. In the meantime, stay safe - stay well.

Linda Hemmes, Licensed Therapeutic Massage Practitioner

Massage gift certificates are a wonderful way to say "I love you"! Available NOW!

Massage gift certificates are a wonderful way to say "I love you"! Available NOW!

Gift Certificates for your Valentine are now available. Call me at 724-954-4976 or Foundation Chiropractic (my office location) at 724-548-8158. for information. Nothing is better than the gift of health.

5 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Health

Massage therapy can play an important role in your health regimen. See what the research says about massage for health and wellness.

1. Reduce stress - The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
2. Get better sleep - Research indicates that massage can improve sleep in those with lower back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, pain and other health conditions.
3. Boost mental health and wellness - Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain - Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.
5. Increase range of motion - Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.

[01/07/20]   I have been a practicing massage therapist for nearly 30 years. Recently, I read an article about massage offered by the Mayo Clinic. It is a very good read.

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
Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. 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.
Benefits of massage
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative 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.

Risks of massage
Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
Burns or healing wounds
Deep vein thrombosis
Fractures
Severe osteoporosis
Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.

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?
What's the cost, and is it covered by health insurance?
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.

Happy New Year! Massage is a great resolution for your healthier 2020!

Gift certificates are available through Christmas Eve by calling 724-954-4976. The perfect gift of wellness

4 Reasons Getting A Massage Is Good For Your Mental Health
Massage is a very effective way to de-stress, unwind, and relax after a long day. It’s also great for your physical health, since it helps relax muscles, release tension, improve circulation, and more.
Thanks to a massage, you’ll have greater flexibility and range of motion and you will be able to maintain that if you get massage therapy regularly.
In turn, this can help you stay limber and avoid injuries. However, what you might not realize is how important massage therapy is for your mental health.
1. It relieves depression and anxiety.
Depression and anxiety are tough to handle and affects 67 percent of all Canadians. This has a negative impact on your life and can be hard to treat.
The good news, however, is that studies show that massage therapy can decrease such symptoms. Researchers in Taiwan reviewed 17 studies finding that massage benefits those suffering from depression and leads to a reduction in its symptoms.
Furthermore, researchers in Japan found that massage activates the sympathetic nervous system, which reduces anxiety and improves mood. So, if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, a massage can be the way to go.
2. It lowers anxiety and stress.
Massage therapy activates neurotransmitters in your body, which can lower your stress hormones and decrease anxiety. In fact, researchers have found a 30 percent increase in dopamine and serotonin levels in those who undergo massage.
If you’re struggling with anxiety or stress, then taking time out to get a massage may be exactly what you need — not only emotionally, but physically — to lower your stress. Schedule an appointment with your local massage therapist to find relief.
3. It helps with emotions related to ongoing illness.
A lot of people with a chronic illness feel helpless and aren’t sure where to turn. This can lead to anxiety, stress, and anger. Massage therapy has been shown to alleviate these symptoms in people with serious illnesses.
Moreover, people who receive massage had less anxiety, stress, and anger than a control group. They also had less of a neurotransmitter linked to depression.
However, make sure to see a medical professional in order to ensure massage therapy is appropriate for your health issues. For instance, those with blood clots should not receive a massage.
4. It helps with symptoms of PTSD.
Veterans who come home from war with PTSD symptoms have trouble adjusting to life back home. Thus, massage therapy can be part of a comprehensive program that helps them learn to relax again and get the healthy sleep they need.
Furthermore, massage therapy has been shown to help veterans reduce pain, irritability, tension, worry, and anxiety. As part of a comprehensive transition program, massage therapy can make a big difference in the lives of those with PTSD.

[11/22/19]   I love my work. I had a sweet 88 year old with very limited range of motion in his left arm and neck. One hour of therapy later, he was moving normally and feeling great! Each session has a wonderful reward for my heart.

Water - a critical component in good health!

I am pleased to announce that I am offering 2 well tested and excellent CBD product lines - Nature's Best CBD and John's Omni CBD. Tested by many of my clients, these products have proven to be safe and effective. Don't waste your money on products you hope will work!

These are the 10 most common benefits reported from massage therapy:
1. Reduce Stress
2. Improve Circulation
3. Reduce Pain
4. Eliminate Toxins
5. Improve Flexibility
6. Improve Sleep
7. Enhance Immunity
8. Reduce Fatigue
9. Alleviate Depression and Anxiety
10. Reduce post-surgery and post-injury swelling

I am very excited to announce that I will be offering excellent (and proven) CBD oils and topicals. Our products include Omni Oils and Nature's Best CBD. Please stop by! Prices can't be beat - except by inferior products! Why mess with the rest, when you can have the best!

Now that In8 Massage has, sadly, closed their doors, I am available to my former In8 clients at my private massage practice, located at 253 Arch Street in Kittanning. Hours are available by appointment. Please call at 724-954-4976 or you may call Foundation Chiropractic at 724-548-8158, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM, or Saturday morning until 11:30.

I am sad that my days working with the amazing staff at In8 Massage will come to an end on May 31. I will be accepting my In8 clients at my private office at 253 Arch Street in Kittanning. I will be available Monday through Friday and every other Saturday for your therapeutic massage needs!

Valentine Gift Certificates are only a phone call away! Take care of your love in the best way possible!!

[11/17/18]   Gift certificates are available in any denomination you chose - because we all have someone who deserves a massage!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is the start of another adventure. My new office space at 253 Arch Street is ready to greet massage clients all day tomorrow. Can't wait - just hope I can sleep! Call for your appointment - 724-954-4976!

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[09/06/18]   I have a 3:30 opening on Friday...
Start your weekend feeling awesome!

Linda Hemmes, Licensed Therapeutic Massage Practitioner

Changes are coming on Friday, September 7! Riverwalk Massage will change name and location. We will be "Linda Hemmes - Licensed Therapeutic Massage Practitioner" and we will be sharing office space with Foundation Chiropractic at 253 Arch Street in Kittanning - directly behind the Kittanning Post Office! We are excited for this change and look forward to working with you! Appointments are available by calling 724-954-4976.

[02/16/18]   Massages are available by appointment. It's only fair to my clients that you get devoted time, free of interruptions. 724-954-4976.

[01/04/18]   Just a bit about me and my massage training and experience. I took my first massage courses at Horizons Plus, earning a certificate in February of 1990. Subsequently, I graduated from Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. Over the past 28 years, I have taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in reflexology, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy, hot stone therapy, the SMRT Technique, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, Shiatsu, TMJ therapy, and energy balancing to name but a few modalities in which I am trained.
This Spring, I will be introducing PEMF Therapy for my clients. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is used to reset your cellular being and encourages healing by promoting a healthier you through magnetic field therapy. I will share more information with you in the weeks ahead. It is amazing therapy with incredible result and I am excited to be able to bring this therapy to my clients!

I really do cringe when I see shoppers at a grocery store with a cart full of Coke, Pepsi, Mt. Dew and the like. On many levels, I consider these (unfortunately) popular drinks as a systemic poison. Here are some of the reasons why they are contributors to our nation's poor health:

Ten Reasons to Quit Drinking all Soda - Including Diet!
You Are Depriving Yourself of Essential Nutrients
People who drink sodas instead of healthy beverages (think low-fat milk and pure fruit juice) are less likely to get adequate vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. What's more, soda contains phosphoric acid, which depletes calcium and magnesium—two nutrients help keep your immunity operating at peak efficiency.
Even the Bottles Cause Damage
Plastic soda (and water) bottles contain a toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) that can leach from bottles into soda…into you. Emerging evidence links BPA to myriad maladies, including immune system depression. Public health experts recommend that we protect children from exposure to products containing BPA—especially products they consume or use every day.
It Makes You Gain Weight
Diet soda actually contributes to weight gain. A study of 1,550 people concluded that people who drink diet soda have a 41 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese for every can or bottle they drink per day! Turns out, any sweet taste signals body cells to store fat and carbohydrates, which makes you hungrier. Sweet tastes also promote insulin release, which blocks your body's ability to burn fat. The hard truth: No published study has ever proven that drinking diet soda will help you lose weight.
There Is Way Too Much Sugar
One can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's a lot of sugar! When you feed your body that amount of sugar in liquid form, it makes your blood sugar spike and causes an insulin reaction in your body. Drinking soda regularly can eventually lead to weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistance, and other health problems.
It Contains Phosphoric Acid
Phosphoric acid hinders the body's ability to absorb calcium naturally. Not getting enough calcium can lead to bone softening, osteoporosis, and dental cavities. It also messes with your stomach acid, blocking nutrient absorption and slowing digestion.
It Can Lead to Dehydration
Drinking soda can lead to dehydration because of its high levels of sugar, sodium, and caffeine. Many people will drink soda with a meal instead of water and forget to get their necessary daily intake of water.
Diet Sodas Contain Artificial Sweeteners
Diet soda contains aspartame instead of sugar, and it can actually be more harmful for your body. Reports show that aspartame may be associated with seizures, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emotional disorders, as well as other health problems.
They Contain ZERO nutrients
As if you need another reason to bypass soda, it has absolutely zero nutritional value. There are no positive effects to drinking soda expect that it might taste good.
It Is Damaging to Your Teeth
Drinking soda regularly can cause plaque to build up on your teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Also, when natural bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from the soda, it forms acid. Acid can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Drinking soda regularly can cause plaque to build up on your teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Also, when natural bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from the soda, it forms acid. Acid can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

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