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Alexis Talks Massage Therapy

Why massage is an integral part of your health care—

Massage is one of the oldest forms of healing in history. For thousands of years practitioners have been facilitating relief through hands on healing. Physiologically speaking massage assists optimal function of the human body’s main systems. Although relaxation is a very powerful aspect of receiving massage, it is just scratching the surface of the health benefits massage provides. 

Massage and the Circulatory System: Perhaps massage’s strongest effect is on the circulatory system and cardiovascular health. Through soft tissue manipulation, massage brings fresh blood to the body delivering fresh oxygen and nutrients while also flushing out toxins and metabolic waste. A healthy circulatory system helps the body regulate temperature and counterbalances the effects of prolonged sitting and standing.

Massage and the Musculoskeletal System: Massage alleviates pain and muscular tension. Part of this, yes, is affected due to the fresh circulation that massage brings to the body, but massage also breaks up muscular adhesions (knots) through applied pressure. Muscular function and recovery is improved by increased nutrient supply and decreased metabolic waste accumulation. Through passive range of motion techniques massage also increases and maintains healthy joint range of motion. All of this aids in recovery from injury and manages pain and muscular tension.

Massage and the Nervous System: Through the comforting, calming and rhythmic nature of massage, massage activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and calm) and deactivates the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) therefore bringing balance to the Autonomic Nervous System in the body. Massage decreases stress and increases Vagus Nerve activity promoting the body’s healing phase. This also enhances the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the body. Simply put, massage helps you chill out, enhances mood, and stimulates the senses.

Massage and the Lymphatic System: The Lymphatic System is a fundamental component of the immune system and is comprised of lymph, lymph nodes and lymph vessels that carry fluid and waste throughout the body to ward off bacteria, infection and sickness. Massage assists the lymphatic system through reducing inflammation, swelling and sinus congestion, and promoting drainage of fluid and waste in the direction of lymphatic flow. Flush. It. Out. 

Massage and the Integumentary System: The Integumentary System houses the largest organ in your body, your skin! We love the skin you’re in, and massage is a great way to nourish your integumentary system. Massage moisturizes the skin, helps break up scar tissue, enhances tissue recovery and improves skin texture and tone.

At Bada our LMBTs integrate their extensive massage education and experience to specify each session to your individual wants and needs. We truly consider it an honor to be a part of facilitating health and healing in your life. Personally, giving and receiving massage has changed my life for the better and I see it in big and small ways every day. Whether you are new to massage or are a regular receiver of bodywork, we look forward to welcoming you into our space. Restore. Relieve. Relax.

 Take care of yourselves,

Alexis Dunn

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist

Team Bada 

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Jen's Take

The conversation around health and wellness shouldn’t focus solely on mental and physical well being. It’s so much bigger and more connected. So businesses in this industry have a responsibility to address their environmental, social, and economic impacts.

So what about Bada Bastu, your new favorite hang out? Well, no one is perfect, and we certainly don’t claim to be, but we’re trying. Let’s spare the greenwashing schtick, I want to be honest with you about what we’re doing, where we’re going, and where we fall short.

The Environment:

I for one, love it. Don’t believe me, check my transcripts. But the cold hard truth is that spas use a lot of resources. We have a cold pool that holds over 400 gallons of water, 5 showers, heated furniture and a sauna with 2, 12 kilowatt electric heaters. That’s a lot of power and water. Adding solar energy to our building is in the cards, shooting for 2020 which will offset that consumption, but there isn’t a date set in stone.

In the meantime, we look for ways everyday to be a little more sustainable. All of our shower heads are low flow to reduce water use. There is no single use plastic in our facility, only compostables, which are picked up weekly and processed at a local, commercial composting facility. We have small cotton hand towels in the bathrooms to avoid paper towel waste or electric hand dryers, and all of our cleaning products are organic. Our landscaping is cared for by Clean Air Lawn Care. This company uses organic treatments and clean solar powered equipment to keep Bada Bastu neat and tidy without dumping harmful chemicals into the ground or emitting noxious gas fumes into the atmosphere.

I know these practices may seem like just a drop in the bucket when you think of the crisis at hand with rising global temperatures and trash islands floating out in the ocean. However, we believe that if every business and household made these same changes, the impact would be huge. Hopefully we can set an example for what’s possible and eventually for what will be expected from all of us in the near future.

Social Development:

We support and promote companies with similar core values, who use business as a means for good. Our shower products both come from Certified B Corporation companies, EO Products and Dr. Bronners. For those who aren’t familiar with B Corp standards, I’ll give you the highlights. They believe that you should conduct business with regards to people and place, not just profits. That business should not only do no harm, but benefit everyone by reducing inequalities, creating jobs, and working towards a healthier environment. The transparency and accountability required to become a Certified B Corporation isn’t a walk in the park, but these companies are committed to ethical business practices, and we aim to do the same.

Our Local Community and Economy:

I’m sure you’ve noticed that Asheville is going through a little bit of a growth spurt. Every road is under construction, housing projects are popping up all over, and there’s a new brewery every week. As a local business, we benefit from a strong local economy, so it’s in our best interest to contribute to it. Within the first month of operation, we became Certified Living Wage. Providing employment opportunities in the community that allows individuals to keep up with a competitive housing market is something we’re very proud of. Along with unlimited access to the bathhouse, our team also has the option of monthly massage or a gym membership. We believe that healthy social activities foster good relationships and encourage healthier habits outside of Bada Bastu.

We also offer a reduced rate on bathhouse visits to locals to make hot cold therapy more accessible to everyone, and have recently initiated a Corporate Wellness Program. This allows local businesses an opportunity to provide a wellness package to their employees at a lower cost. We believe that investing in the local workforce is one of the most effective ways to create a happier, healthier, more productive community.

As we continue to grow and expand, we’re looking for opportunities to give more, not take. It’s only been a few months, and so much has changed. Our operating systems, hours, prices, staffing, hopes, dreams, basement space, I could go on and on. However, the constant has been our commitment to do right by our team, community, and planet and we plan to keep that promise.

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