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Motor Vehicle Accident 

Deep Tissue Massage


April 2, 2019

Many people who are involved in a motor vehicle accident don’t seek massage therapy because they feel like they can’t afford it. Unfortunately, however, sometimes just months later, they begin to develop issues because of the motor vehicle accident. Depending on the severity of the car accident and what was impacted, as well as their age and general physical condition, these symptoms range anywhere from mildly uncomfortable to severe. Some of these symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling down the arms or legs, neck pain or back pain that won’t go away, sleeping difficulties, limited range of motion in the neck or back, tears in tendons or ligaments, herniated, slipped, or bulging disks, shifts or tilts in the hip or shoulder girdle which may later cause other issues, and so much more.

Even if you feel that you weren’t affected that much by a car accident because it was at low speeds or you simply weren’t feeling discomfort at the time, it’s imperative that you seek massage therapy...

March 26, 2019

Since I began doing massage for motor vehicle accident patients, many people have asked me what the difference is. It’s still massage, right? The answer, of course, is yes. But the difference between motor vehicle accident massage and regular massage lies within the treatment protocol followed, where the massage is performed on the body, technique, as well as the intake, outtake, and follow-up.

Yes – both types of patients are receiving bodywork, there is usually some sort of oil or lotion that is used, and all the other standard protocols such as draping, dressing down to one’s comfort level, as well as music and an intake form are followed. However, for a motor vehicle accident massage, the patient will have more paperwork to fill out and we will also spend more time at the beginning of the session to do an initial evaluation – this may take up to thirty minutes depending on the severity of the accident and the patient’s abilities. After the session, we will create a personalized trea...

June 21, 2017

Often times clients message me asking for the specific dates of past appointments as well as their upcoming appointments.  Although I love helping clients with this, I know that many clients would prefer it if they could just do it themselves.  

This article will briefly go over how you can log into your MassageBook account,  access all past and future appointments, as well as book appointments directly from a purchased package.  

  1. If you’re on my website, www.rachaelsummers.com, click on the Services tab at the top. From there, scroll down until you see “Special Offers” with a blue icon to the left, and click on that.  

  2. A yellow bar will come up that says, “Booking a service you previously paid for?  Log into your account.”  Click on the blue, “Log in” button.

  3. That will take you to the MassageBook website, which, if you’ve already created an account through, you can just input your log-in information and go from there.  If you haven’t created an account...

May 2, 2017

Ever since Michael Phelps had those big reddish-purple circular suction marks on his back, the popularity of cupping has increased dramatically.  However, the understanding of what cupping and Gua Sha is, its uses, and contraindications are still not commonly known. 


Cupping has been around for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient China, Greek, and even Egypt, and is known by many different names all around the world.  There is even historical data that supports Hippocrates using cupping as a part of ‘humoral’ medicine.  Past generations used cupping as a way to balance the blood because imbalances led to sickness.  Many instruments were used for cupping, including horns, pottery, bronze, and even bamboo cups.  Uses include: treating cold, heat, and wind invasion, the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, tight connective tissue, scars, and adhesions, chronically tight muscles (deep tissue), and to open the channels in the body. 

There are m...

April 17, 2017

Although I've been practicing massage therapy for nearly 10 years now, it still astounds me to this day when clients do not want their face and scalp massaged, or when they say that other therapists have never massaged their face and scalp.  Now, some people just don't like their face and scalp touched, but many would rather have the time spent elsewhere.  But, in doing so, not only are you missing out on such a wonderful experience, you're also missing some pretty important benefits of face and scalp massage.


Ever wonder how some people have a forehead line?  It's because your face and scalp are covered with muscles.  As we age, we tend to raise our eyebrows more often, creating a line in our forehead where that muscle, the Epicranius Frontalis, is contracted. That muscle shares an attachment site with the Epicranius Occipitalis, which, if you ever get headaches, is usually the culprit.  It wraps around your skull from the top middle to the back of your neck and inse...

February 21, 2017

Pregnancy is a joyous time for the mother and family, but it can also be quite challenging, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Massage Therapy not only helps the soon-to-be mother with physical pain, but also emotionally by helping to regulate hormones such as cortisol, thereby reducing the stress on the baby.  

According to http://americanpregnancy.org/, "Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health....Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and...

February 6, 2017

Massage therapy and other forms of holistic health therapies are all about restoring balance to the individual.  As Ayurvedic therapies become more and more prevalent in American spa culture, it has most people wondering what the heck it is.  Here you'll learn about the three basic types of doshas, and you can follow the link to take a short quiz on what your lifelong dosha is, as well as another quiz to find out what your current dosha is.  

The term Dosha relates to the three types of doshas that circulate throughout the body and govern physiological activity.  The three doshas are:

  • Pitta

  • Vata

  • Kapha

Pitta is fiery and intense.  It’s qualities include: hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, and acidic.  Vata is very delicate.  Vata qualities include: cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, and changeable.  Kapha is content.  Kapha qualities include: heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, oily. 

As stated earlier, there are t...

January 20, 2017

Everybody gets sick, and that includes massage therapists, doctors, and nutritionists, despite their best efforts to keep a cold or the flu at bay.  It happens to everyone. Whether it be due to stress or having a constant influx of sick clients, our immune systems are not impenetrable, and we're not superheros.  

Read the WellandGood article here to learn more!


July 27, 2016

Many clients new to massage or those who haven't experienced one in a while often times ask me which massage they should choose.  The answer depends on many things, including what your goals are, any chronic conditions you may have, whether or not you're pregnant, and so on. 

For now though, let's go over the basic idea behind these three styles of massage - Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Therapeutic.

Swedish massages are generally what I advise clients to experience for their first massage ever.  It's very basic with longer, using light to firm pressure and long flowing strokes.  Swedish massage is the best option if your main goal is relaxation, to feel good, and to still receive the many benefits massage has to offer such as increasing your immune system, increasing serotonin levels, and helping with sleep. 

Deep tissue massages use firm to deep pressure depending on the area being worked, and are more meant for those with chronic conditions looking to ease their symptoms and...

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