25 09, 2017

Fascia and why it Matters- By: Amy Presley, LMT Director of Massage- NutriFormance

September 25th, 2017|Fitness Articles, Massage|Comments Off on Fascia and why it Matters- By: Amy Presley, LMT Director of Massage- NutriFormance

Fascia is a spider web-like connective tissue. Much like bones and muscles, fascia keeps the integrity of your body’s structure. Fascia is does not have a starting or stopping point, but it flows continuously throughout the body. Unlike all other connective tissue fascia permeates everything. Fascia is involved in holding together your organs, nerve bundles, and even connects your skin to muscles.

Fascia is made mostly of collagen which gives it resilience and freedom to move and change.  When your body experiences a trauma your fascia adapts to give support to the areas in need. Fascia tends to run in lines, think I.T. band. Fascia also binds in a saran wrap like way, think peritoneum, which is deep to your abdominals holding your intestines together.

The question is why does it matter?

The short answer is without it you would fall apart!

In a massage therapist’s world, another school of thought is you can alter the fascia holding your entire body together if you know what direction to it needs to be pulled. Ultimately you can make changes in the neck by pulling on your big toe! If fascia moves to protect your body from the trauma it experiences, then can you release years of chronic pain by stretching the fascia that has been affected?

Research on facia is very limited but if you are one of the many people who have been given pain relief through myofascial work, Rolfing, core care bodywork, and limited other massage techniques then the answer is with a doubt, yes!

19 01, 2017

The Art of Relaxation

January 19th, 2017|Fitness Articles, Massage|Comments Off on The Art of Relaxation

Written by: Jaclyn Mosley

Stress is a commonly used word that can be applied to everyone’s life. By definition it is a state of mental or emotional strain.  Though, it is not always considered by the health industry to be bad.  In small, controlled amounts, stress is good.  It can support mental function and increase reaction time.  Unfortunately, modern society has far surpassed allowing the small controlled amounts of “good” stress.  People are now facing daily stress at a very dangerous level.

Not having the chance to “catch up” can lead to illness and secondary effects such as poor performance at work or in sports. And now, more diseases, such as cancer have been directly related to stress and lifestyle.  It is clear, that now more than ever, you owe it to yourself to take some time for you.

For many, relaxation massage has become a big part their lives. Adding time to relax into a busy, often frantic routine has become vital to maintain a level of health and wellbeing.   Be it either work, sports or family; stress is consistently targeting society today. It is important to add into the week or month a scheduled time to allow the body and mind to relax.

Similar to a car, a body needs to be maintained if you want it to take you from place to place throughout your day with no slowdowns or breakdowns. Allowing time to recharge and relax is essential to a body’s wellbeing.

Relaxation massage will:

  • Protect the health of your heart
  • Decrease the risk of illness and cold
  • Improve memory
  • Decrease feelings of depression
  • Increase mental clarity

Relaxation massage is not a luxury. It is a necessity.  If you are suffering from poor sleep, ongoing illness like colds, lack of memory or concentration, you may well gain some clear benefits from relaxation massage on a regular basis.

Do it today. Make time for you.  Reinvest in your life with a relaxation massage.

5 02, 2014

Is Massage Better Than Meds?

February 5th, 2014|Massage|Comments Off on Is Massage Better Than Meds?

Over the years, as a therapist, I have seen many clients go in and out my doors. Each client with a specific condition, problem, or maybe just high stress causing other issues. Some clients would get an overall experience of “feeling better”. However, the large majority of clients who were receiving massage at regular intervals not only got immediate pain relief but when they did get pain, the pain would be less intense. Eventually, for the vast majority of the clients, the pain would go away. So, I decided to do a bit of research to find out just about how true this was. Were my clients really no longer taking medications to control their pain and simply doing massage? If so where was this magic of mine coming from? Here were a few things I came across just from just a few of the many links I had. For further research on massage therapy and its benefits see AMTA or ABMP

Studies have shown:
– Regular massage on cancer patients had significant decrease of anxiety on cancer patients
– Migraine headaches had a significant decrease that were muscle related
– Different types of back pain along with corrective exercise almost completely diminished the pain
– It was more significant to receive an Acupressure Massage from a therapist with experience than to receive a general Swedish Massage

Therese Ippolito L.M.T, Director of Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork at NutriFormance


8 10, 2013

Is She For Real?

October 8th, 2013|Massage|Comments Off on Is She For Real?

We all have done it. We do background checks on people we do not know, we ask people and find out reputations on great Doctors in the area, and we look up and research pricing on getting the best deal for our money. So, do you do the same when looking for a good Massage Therapist?

For years, Massage Therapists were known for providing relaxation benefits. Very few people used to be able to afford massages and there were not that many Massage Therapists to choose from. Now, you can find a massage therapist just about any time of the day, and not for an expensive rate. So, how do you know that your therapist has properly been trained?

If you have been a massage guru like my-self, you have been to many different places around the country and vacation almost always calls for at least one day of spa treatments. Did you happen to notice that depending on the state you are visiting, the massage seems so different?

Each state has a different set of guidelines as to what they require. Some states don’t require any training at all! Missouri requires 500 standard hours and the same with Illinois, but Missouri allows students right out of school to work for up to 1 full year without taking their state boards to prove they know their material well enough not to hurt others. Illinois on the other hand does not allow you to work in the Massage Therapy field at all without taking your boards.

Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself as the client. As a client, you can always request to see a copy of their Massage Therapy license which should have a picture attached to it. It is state law to have these in office. If the Massage Therapist has not taken their state boards yet, it will say “provisional” at the top. If they have taken their state boards, it will not say anything other than their name.

If you know the therapists name before the massage takes place, then you can visit you can also search for your doctor on this site too!

Therese Ippolito: NutriFormance Massage Therapy Director.


12 09, 2013

Enough is Enough

September 12th, 2013|Massage|7 Comments

Have you ever gone to get a massage and the therapist tells you that you need 1.5 hour massages twice a week and you had to ask yourself “ Is this person joking? “ I don’t have time to be getting 1.5 hour massages every week.”

There is a big controversy out in the massage therapy field regarding the length of time and length of the massage necessary to accomplish certain results for the client. If you have ever worked out with a trainer, you might have heard a similar speech about how often and how long to work out for changing body shape and how often to maintain your current health status. Massage therapy and personal trainers have one very important characteristic in common. When you work with either one or both us we are both trying to change the structure of your muscles to work for you rather than against you. You will get the best results when doing both together; however, in order to accomplish this, you must know what rules to follow.

Each day, when using your muscles, weather you are in a gym or taking a leisurely stroll in your local mall, your muscles are at work. Your core muscles and your spinal muscles are hard at work to try and keep your body upright, while your respiratory muscles are working hard to bring in oxygen and release carbon dioxide out of your system. Typically your trainer will train the opposing muscle groups being used on the regular basis to make sure your body stabilizes itself correctly. The massage therapist in return will work on the current muscles being used to make sure you get a better work out with your trainer.
So here are some common rules when you ask yourself when enough is enough? The following is a 1 hour length. If there are the same concerns with multiple areas, you might want to consider adding on a half hour.

  1. 1x/ month -You are currently happy with your general health and lifestyle. You body’s main concern would be to keep circulation up and decrease toxin build up.
  2. 2x/month (every other week) -Your body is in relatively good shape. There is an area or two that gets sore every once in a while, your career is very high stress, or your body takes heavy impacts daily.
  3. 4x/month (1x per week)- Your body is in relatively good shape but after a long week of work. You feel sore all over. Sometimes you lose range of motion, you get headaches semi regularly. You seem to get tingling in arms or legs for no reason regularly.
  4. 8x/month (2x/week) High stress, high adrenaline, emotional conditions, regular body pains, conditions such as arthritis, gastritis, and leg cramps, or heavy loss of range of motion.
  5. 3x/week is for anything excessive, post – surgical (after 6 weeks), complete loss of range of motion, daily aches and pains that seem to not be going away to the point you are getting used to having pain. Regular headaches, jaw pain, high stress with lack of sleep accompanied with it. Postural back pain that bothers you daily.

Thank you for reading. If you are interested in learning about any other topics, please email

6 08, 2013

Why Do I Get These "Knots"?

August 6th, 2013|Massage|1 Comment

Why do I get these “knots”?

Many of us complain on the daily basis of these awful, sometimes painful, spots we have in our muscles. So, what exactly are those knots and how do I get rid of them? In the massage therapy field, a knot is known as trigger point which is a hyper-irritable spot in the body. Based off where these knots are located, they can refer pain throughout the body.

For instance, after pregnancy, due to the changes in the woman’s body, they develop trigger points on a muscle called the piraformis muscle, which is responsible for turning the hip outward. Due to where this muscle is, it compresses on a nerve called your sciatic nerve, and then that person develops what is called Piraformis Syndrome or Sciatica.

So, when you overuse a muscle, you create these areas of tension within the muscle which if not flushed out and lengthening the muscle correctly through stretching, fluid filled with various toxins gets trapped. When caught in the area of the body for too long and it starts to harden. Try it out. Feel around your body and see if you can feel areas that are harder or softer than others. The softer ones just haven’t been there for as long as others.

Typically if you are getting these Trigger Points regularly then you have created muscle memory within the muscles to overwork no matter how much you stretch. This is how you know it’s time to see a massage therapist. The massage therapist will teach your muscles when to relax and when to contract. This is a great additional add on to a training session with muscle building and your stretching routine!

For more information or to schedule a massage with one of our therapists, please call us at 314-432-6103 or contact Therese Ippolito at


2 10, 2012

Prenatal Massage

October 2nd, 2012|Massage|Comments Off on Prenatal Massage

NutriFormance offers Prenatal Massage.

Nurturing from the outside allows for nurturing within.

Ease common pregnancy complaints with massage by:

  • addressing swelling
  • easing neck and back pain
  • decreasing emotional and physical stress
  • improving circulation

Schedule with Jaclyn or Sue.  Gift certificates are available.

10 09, 2012

FREE Chair Massage This Week!

September 10th, 2012|Events, Massage|Comments Off on FREE Chair Massage This Week!

FREE Chair Massage this week!

Monday, Sept. 10th: 9-10am & 11-Noon

Tuesday, Sept. 11th: 10am-Noon

Thursday, Sept. 13th: 9:30-11am

Do you know about our MASSAGE MEMBERSHIP? Find out how for $50 you can get 2 or more massages a month! Email for details.

Introductory 1-hour massage for $45 *First time clients, in facility only

10 09, 2012

Benefits of Massage

September 10th, 2012|Massage|Comments Off on Benefits of Massage

Experience the benefits of massage with our skilled massage therapists!

From injury prevention to warm up to cool down, massage therapy can benefit every part of an athlete’s training program. Properly administered sports massage can improve your overall athletic readiness and treat specific problems that might be holding you back in your training.

Pain Reduction

Massage promotes the proper healing of scar tissue and provides a soothing effect to any injured areas.

Injury Prevention

During a massage, your muscles will be stretched and your joints will be moved through their proper range of motion. This acts just like a pre-event warm up. The massage ensures that your muscles are in a pliable state and that your joints are warmed up and ready to go. Limber muscles and joints at the start of your event help prevent injury during the physical exertion.

Relaxation and Focus

Sports Injury Clinic reveals that a massage can help you “bring it” to your game or athletic event. A massage decreases stress and increases focus, which can put you in a good psychological state before your event. The brisk movements incorporated into the massage can also leave you with a feeling of invigoration, which you can carry to the event.

Post-Event Recovery

If your muscles are sore and tired after a sports event, Sports Injury Clinic indicates that massage can hasten the healing process. The strokes of massage mimic the normal flow of the lymphatic and circulatory system, which drain wastes from the muscle tissue. Massage can help dissolve waste fluids such as lactic acid and lead to a shorter recovery time.

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