Restorative Massage Therapy

The restorative massage therapy session I had Wednesday afternoon felt fantastic. He set his things up right here in my living room.

First Darren talked to me about my injuries and had me describe my pain. He asked me what I was having difficulty in doing.

He then focused on the areas that need to be rehabilitated, such as my ankle and lower back.

After the massage on Wednesday afternoon, I slept quite well that night and only woke up once. But I never had to reach for the Biofreeze I keekp next to my bed.

I typically have to rub Biofreeze on my back and sometimes my ankle after so many hours so I can find relief and go back to sleep.

Restorative Massage:

After looking it up, I found that restorative massage is a blend of relaxation massage and modified deep tissue and stretching.

The focus seems to be to restore balance to the entire body.

Massage increases blood flow and speeds up the delivery of nutrients our body needs to function properly. Not having proper blood flow causes pain and delays recovery.

Restorative therapy is designed to improve mobility, making walking, repositioning, standing up, sitting down, and transferring from one place to the next easier.

This type of massage uses slow, flowing strokes that calm the nervous system and eases tension in the muscles.

In essence, restorative massage is a more customized experience.

Steve’s Experience:

Steve has been seeing Darren for six months now. He told me that getting a restorative massage every other week has helped him tremendously.

Darren’s wife, his partner in both marriage and business, works with aromatherapy massage, reflexology, and Reiki. I’ll have to ask about that.

Steve told me that his late wife enjoyed Reiki.

He and I, as next door neighbors, now share a housekeeper, a mobile vet, and a massage therapist.

I made another appointment with Darren for two weeks from now.

Between Greg and Darren, I should be in good hands.

I haven’t been able to sew anything yet because of the pain in my hands. The cold weather we’ve been experiencing isn’t helping.

So I’m waiting until it gets just a little warmer in the hope that I can move my fingers better.

I think I’ll ask Darren to work on my hands while he’s at it.



  1. There is nothing better than a good massage. I’m so glad you are feeling some relief and healing from it.

  2. I’m so glad you loved your massage. I have been receiving acupuncture for my shoulder and knee, but am done with those appointments so next month will go for a massage.

    I am certified in Reiki 1 and will be taking Reiki 2 later this year. I go to Reiki shares through a Reiki Master where we all take turns giving and receiving Reiki treatment. It’s wonderful and relaxing.

  3. Wonderful news Brenda…anything that helps that is not taken internally or involves being cut on, is just awesome!!

  4. I have a homedics wax bath for my hands like manicurists use. Sure helps the stiffness and you reheat the wax in it each time. I use to go for hand and arms massage. Should start them again so I hope you pursue it too. I keep stitching along even when my hands start cramp up as I just wait a minute, rub them, then resume as it’s my joy.
    Glad to hear word of mouth is still the best form of advertising. Steve told you and now you can tell others of the wonderful service you have received.

  5. I am so glad to hear that your massage was comforting to you:-) There are some restorative yoga poses that might also be a good addition to a restorative massage therapy regime. Yin yoga poses may also help – Yin targets the connective tissues in the body. Some of the Yin and Restorative yoga poses can be done from your bed before sleeping or when you wake up. There are many free YouTube videos out there if you want to try a few. Google Yin Yoga from bed or Restorative Yoga from bed.

  6. The massage sounds wonderful. I am so glad that it is helping you. A friend used to go for massages really just because her work insurance paid for it, but she was surprised at how good it made her feel.

    1. I was torn between trying to save money after paying taxes, and/or getting another massage. But it’s no fun when you hurt all the time. I’m having a little pain today, but I did quite a bit around here yesterday, so that’s probably the reason.

      1. Brenda,
        For your hands have you thought about heat therapy to help with pain and stiffness? You can get one of those wax baths that manicurist’s use. They aren’t expensive and you can reuse the wax since you will be the only one doing it. Many people use it first thing in the morning and it help them most of the day. There are also heated mittens you can use.

  7. I’m glad your massage experience went so well, Brenda. As I was reading I thought about using some sort of massage therapy on your hands and then you mentioned it. I think it’s worth asking Darren about it.
    You’ve found a wonderful friend in Steve. Yay!!!
    I’m right smack in the middle of prepping several handwork type projects. I enjoy hand applique, embroidery and x-stitch. I have done English Paper Piecing in the past but it’s been more than a year. It’s time to get involved in that again. I’d love to hand piece a project but I’m ‘stuck’ in my own mind. LOL
    Have a wonderful day!

  8. Oh I’m so happy to hear that massage made a difference for you. How wonderful. Know you must be relieved to find something like that which helps. The painting with the red vases is very pretty. Is that a new arrangement?

    1. Yes, I’ve had the red vases for a few years now. Just never seem to know where to put them. So I put them there with the painting.

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