Welcome to New Massage Therapist Cejae!

cejaeWe’d like to welcome Cejae Escudero to the Pro Fitness Network Team! Cejae is a proud Certified Massage Therapist who graduated from the National Holistic Institute in Studio City and completed an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy program. Integrating a variety of modalities such as Deep Tissue, Trigger Points, Myofascial Release, and Swedish combined with Energy work, she customizes each session to her client’s needs. Call for your appointment with Cejae today! (626) 799-7243


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How Do Different Styles of Massage Benefit You?

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The word massage conjures up different thoughts for different people.

All massage can be therapeutic to your body, when it is in a healthy state, while certain techniques may be more applicable, if you are suffering from a specific injury or pain.

Perhaps, it seems some techniques are more popular than others, but it really comes down to what you as an individual need for you.  It is so much more important to discover what style for what need will actually help you.

Length of time, whether they use lotions or oils, stones, aromatherapy or other tools, depends on what you are looking for in your experience.

For this post, we will start with the most well-known and common massage therapy: Swedish massage.

This type of massage involves using oil or lotion accompanied by  soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layer of muscles. It might also be combined with movement of the joints. Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing, by relieving muscle tension. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. It can be somewhat helpful after an injury.

The four common strokes of Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: is to skim or move lightly on, it is used to relax soft tissue. It warms up the muscles, before deeper work is done.
  • Petrissage: is used to knead and apply pressure with massage movements, to squeeze, wring, and roll, to compress deeper muscles. Movement is slow and rhythmic; the fingers and thumb are usually doing the movements, although sometimes other tools are used. It follows effleurage.
  • Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, it helps with blood flow and breaks down scar tissue. The purpose is to maintain the mobility within the soft tissue structures of ligament, tendon, and muscle; it is deep and must be applied transversely–across muscle fibers.
  • Tapotement: This may be executed by one of the five styles, which include:
    • Cupping, which make your hand into a cup to gently tap the affected region.
    • Beating is using a closed fist, which lightly hits the area.
    • Tapping uses just the fingertips.
    • Slapping using the fingers only to gently slap the muscles.
    • Hacking, is using the edge of the hand on pinky finger side.

Tapotement is generally used to “wake up” the nervous system; it can also be a stimulating stroke, which releases lymphatic build up in the back.

For a relaxing massage, especially if you do not get massages often, this is one where it is not too deep in the tissue work, so a Swedish massage can be the right choice.

Check out our next post on another massage technique: Myofascial Release. If you are interested in learning more about our current massage offerings, please email carina@profitnessnetwork.com


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Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog post.

I know you’re here to learn more about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! I can help you to reach your goals.10302045_10153052327218648_3491970537823673509_n

I’ve been involved in fitness, since I came here when I was twenty, as a nanny from Sweden. I discovered aerobics and fell in love! We did not have anything like this back home, so when I moved back to Sweden I opened up an aerobics studio.

To me fitness is a part of having a whole life!

I ended up moving back to the United States in January of 1991, with my husband, who owned a fitness studio. A few months after I arrived, my life changed in an instant! I was hit by a car while walking across the street; I suffered a broken neck among other injuries. I was fortunate in that I did recover, but it took two long years of physical therapy, working out and massage to feel like my old self.

Did I just say massage and working out helped in recovering from my accident? YES!!!

It took about a few months for my fractures to heal, but I still suffered from a constant headache and tension after the accident. Massages saved my life! I worked out and had regular massages, which relieved and released the pain I was in. My accident taught me a lot about the human body and how to heal from injuries, which is why I work with so many people who have been through traumatic physical experiences! I can help them!

Once I was physically able, I started working with my ex-husband. We opened up another studio in Pasadena in 1993 and I am still in the same location 23 years later! I am so fortunate, as to have had clients who have been with me that long, and new ones joining me on a regular basis.

I have kept this business going, because it is my passion, even after the birth of my twin daughters in 1997. I love what I do and fitness is not just my job, but my lifestyle. You can see me out hiking and running the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, several times a week, or riding my bike, walking or doing yoga.

My philosophy is that you must keep surprising the muscles and stay consistently working out. It’s definitely not about overdoing it in one session, but to work out consistently 3-4 times a week. Most of my clients come in to see me for semi-private training twice a week and do some other form of exercise to supplement.

Have you tried semi-personal training?

It’s an opportunity to receive your own training program, while in the company and support of a few other people. It’s a great way to be fit, get more competitive with yourself and make new friends too. It is a great way to train, rather than having one on one sessions with a trainer, and for a fraction of the price.

I also have six massage therapists, and a Pilates studio, because I know what a difference it makes in overall health and well being.

My keys that I offer to well being and total fitness are to have a sustainable program for the long run meaning:

  • No one is going to the ER for overdoing it!
  • This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix!
  • It takes a commitment—something to stick with and see results!
  • To lose weight, maintain fitness it takes a combination of eating right, cardio and resistance training—there’s no shortcut!

Injury free is the way to go! Stay consistent and steady, it wins the race!

Please call me, so I can learn more about your goals and if you have injuries or any other obstacles to fitness. I will then have you come in for an in-person consultation. 626.799.7243.

In fitness and health,

Carina


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Massage and Fitness Recovery

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Whether you are an exercise addict or just beginning a fitness routine from a sedentary lifestyle, everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage.  This is because we all use our bodies in repetitive ways, such as sitting at the computer for long periods of time or driving.  Both your fitness routine and your daily repetitive behaviors cause soreness, tension, and even strain in your muscles.

The ability of massage to assist in muscular recovery can be astounding.  Relief from tension, greater range of motion, a greater mind-body connection, and an overall sense of relief and relaxation are just a few of the feel-good benefits of massage.

Recover Like an Athlete

Sports massage, also known as manual therapy, has been popular among professional athletes for decades.  If you want to train like an athlete massage should definitely be included in your fitness regimen.  Regular massage can improve your overall fitness level by enhancing flexibility, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, preventing injuries, and relieving stressed muscles from intense workouts.

MFR Recovery Therapy

Our massage therapists at Pro Fitness Network specialize in a form of therapeutic massage called Myofascial Release (MFR).  One of the most relevant massage techniques for sports recovery, MFR works to resolve strain patterns, eliminate pain, and restore motion by releasing the restrictions in our fascia, or connective tissue.

Through regular therapeutic massage with fitness specific techniques such as MFR you can experience faster recovery, a greater connection to your muscles, and improve your fitness level.

Call the Pro Fitness Network today at (626) 799-7243 and schedule your next massage for fitness recovery. First session is $10 off – new clients only.


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Meet Vanessa our new Acupucnturist!

Vanessa Ferandell received her Master’s degree from Emperor’s College in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Herbology in 2008. Vanessa is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist. She has been licensed for ten years in massage therapy with a specialization in Myofascial Release since 2002. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California Polytechnic University of Pomona in 2001.

Attending Acupuncture school and being trained in various massage techniques was essential to Vanessa’s integrated approach in delivering healing arts to patients. Some of her focuses are in pain management, gastro intestinal issues, sleeping disorders, and women’s health. She also facilitates the body’s natural healing with Chinese herbal formulas and massage.


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Massage

Come in and receive 10% off of your first Therapeutic Massage!

What is Myofascial Release?

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce muscle or sinew related pain.  Myofascial Release applies gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial (muscle/sinew) connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.


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