Do You Need to Unplug and Recharge?


Massage is a supportive therapy, assisting our bodies to ignite the rest and digest response of our nervous system. Most of us are “plugged in”, 24-7. Life is busy, fast and demanding. We are always trying to do more and as a result, deplete our energy tanks.

Even one massage per month can help to reduce the amount of stress hormones our bodies release. This can help to reduce anxiety, pain, headaches, fatigue and muscle soreness, as well as improve sleep. Regular massage helps to calm the nervous system, lift your mood, and give your body TRUE relaxation.

Other ways to honor your body and gain true relaxation include stepping away from your devices and your to-do lists, even for a few hours a week. Begin to journal or spend 30 minutes enjoying time outside. Visit a spa or float center. Take time to practice meditation/mindfulness. Whatever it is that you do, do it with the intention of becoming more present in daily life. Stress and pain from chronic illness’ and injuries can also benefit from massage, as it supports the stress reducing hormones to activate and relieve the body and mind from the stress of daily symptoms. Chronic issues like joint pain, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, as well as soft tissue and sports injuries can all benefit. Research has even shown that massage helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate, leading you to a healthier heart. With the end of the year approaching, we begin to think about our 2019 goals and resolutions. A startling 90% of us will not follow through on those resolutions. Part of that is due to daily stress which can make it hard for people to control their behavior. The Mayo Clinic has linked stress to overeating, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use and social withdrawal. Keeping your stress in check is a great way to meet your 2019 goals. Whether you’re working to be healthier, or trying to stay in shape, massage is a powerful tool to help you reach your goals.

At A2 Physical Therapy, our therapists are trained in both clinical and wellness massage therapy, which is often covered by insurance. We offer a range of styles, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, and more. If you would like to learn more about our massage therapy offerings, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 253-844-4137

"My wife was trying to get me to go to A2 after she was enjoying the classes. I am busy and wanted to go but always had an excuse. Well one she pre-paid for me to go. Time for me to face my fears about why I hadn’t been going because now I am going. First, I was in ok shape active just not work out shape plus what if I couldn’t beat my wife or the other women in class? What if I passed out?

As Saturday approached my fears rose and my brain searched for an excuse. Yet when I arrived at the class what I found was nothing like I was fearing, quite the opposite. Everyone is focused on their own pace. While being motivating Kristi is not forceful but positive and supportive, coaching each person at their ability.

It has not been a month of one day a week, my body has reacted by toning up, my six pack is back. My wife was mad and happy at the same time. I have been seeing a chiropractor for maintenance and recently my body is firming up and I do not feel the aches and pains of getting older. Was I sore after the first workout? Yes for a few days I was sore, but each week the soreness would decrease. After a month I am not sore but stiff the next day, feeling stronger each workout.

Thank you, A2 Physical Therapy and Kristi, for the good music and for pushing us without pressuring us."

− Mike

"Last Sunday I played full court basketball for the first time in 15 years. I will qualify the contest by saying it happened on a court just out of the back door of an elder care center. The teams consisted of a 7 year old, an d8 year old, a young woman in flip-flops (I played in sandals), a woman who proudly stated she was 55 years old (I retorted with my age of 65), and a couple of other young guys that really played well. I ran the court, I played defense, blocked shots, made shots (missed a lot), got lots of rebounds, and talked a lot of smack while playing with a group of people a lot younger than me. I even made a behind the back-twisting fall-away shot, then fell and tumbled on the court. I jumped up and continued to play, and we played for about 45 minutes.
I attribute my ability to play this game that I love so much again to the excellent training receive from Kristy who is a trainer at A2 Physical Therapy. I have worked out and trained since I was very young. I played high school basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I spent 20 years in the Army with all the training requirements associated with that occupation. I played on community and city leagues, and I have trained with weights for many years. The training program Kristy has devised for me at A2 is rigorous, thorough, diverse, fun, challenging, and focused. She prepares workout plans that are age and fitness level appropriate. My work out now is so much different then it was when I first started. She both trains me individually and as a couple. I run, jump, stretch, lift, balance, squat, push, pull, and every other movement you can imagine. I look forward to going to my workout every time. Kristy is completely in charge of every workout. I am retired, and my training at A2 allows me to fill the need to accomplish something positive every day I work out. I am doing physical activity with ease that I would not have thought I would be able be able to accomplish at the age of 65 such as hiking on Mt Rainer and running 4 days per week. Kristy and A2 have really changed my life…"

− William

"My name is Irvin Markham. I am a member of A2 Physical Therapy and Fitness. I have been a member of several gyms but never had a personal trainer. With no schedule or workout plan, I would always eventually quit. My wife suggested to go see her personal trainer Kristi Cruz. What a difference the experience has made in helping me get the most out of my workouts. Kristi has not only helped me get 71 year old body back in shape physically, but mentally as well. She has put me on a set schedule and encourages me to do all the things I need to do to stay healthy. I cannot thank Kristi and the entire staff at A2 for all of the support they have shown me."

− Irvin