How Long Can Corona Virus Live on Surfaces?

How long germs live on surfaces depends on the specific pathogen, whether it’s a bacteria or a virus, and the nature of the surface it’s on. Researchers are only beginning to understand how long the Corona Virus can survive on surfaces.

A recent study shows COVID-19 can remain viable on hard surfaces like plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours, and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. But it does not survive for that long on other surfaces. In the study, the virus remained viable on copper for only four hours.

Not much research has been conducted yet on the new and aggressive Corona Virus. It is known that its infectivity decreases over time, and it is most likely to infect someone immediately after it is expelled from the infected person’s nose or mouth.

The most likely surfaces to spread droplets of infected mucus are high-touch surfaces like handkerchiefs and tissues, faucets and door handles, toilet seats and flush handles, phones, mobile devices and TV remotes.

The CDC thus far has no documented cases of anyone getting sick with Corona from an infected surface. Infection is much more likely to occur through direct contact with respiratory droplets from someone coughing or sneezing nearby.

How Often Should You Disinfect Surfaces in Your Home?

There’s no rule about how often to disinfect surfaces in the home, or when it’s safe to stop disinfecting after someone recovers from an illness. Simply use common sense to focus on disinfecting high-contact areas and high-orona touch items, especially when someone is coming down with a bug, is actively sick, or recovering from an illness.

It’s still not clear for how long people continue to shed Corona Virus after they no longer show symptoms. Because it spreads so rapidly, it’s quite likely that others in the household will become infected if one person gets sick. So be over-cautious and hyper-vigilant when it comes to disinfecting surfaces in your home. Better safe than sorry!

Dr. Elizabeth Scott, professor of microbiology at Simmons University, Boston, says, “Always follow disinfection guidelines for common touch surfaces and food contact surfaces. And not just when someone in your home is sick. In the current situation, keep it up until the epidemic has come to an end.”


Grocery Shopping During Corona Virus

There are more questions than answers these days when it comes to grocery shopping and the Corona virus. So we asked the experts for the most current information about what’s safe. Here are the most frequently asked questions:

Is it safe to go to the grocery store?

Is it safe to order grocery delivery?

Is it safe to handle bags from the store?

Is it safe to handle groceries and bags from the store?

Do I need to disinfect cans, bags and boxes?

Can the virus life on fresh produce

What is the best way to wash fresh produce?

Does heating/cooking food kill the virus?

Does freezing kill the virus? (Hint: Labs preserve virus samples by freezing!)

Is it safe to get produce from the farmers’ market?

Is it ok to avoid fresh produce now, just to be on the safe side?

Should I buy pre-packaged produce?

Is it safe to eat prepared food from the deli counter?

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NOTE: Information on the Covid-19 situation is changing by the day, and sometimes hourly. This information was current on March 18, 2020. Things may have changed by the time you read this. We will update this post as we learn more, or you can visit the FDA website.

Achy and Exhausted 24/7?

Maybe You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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In recognition of March as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month, we share information on the benefits of massage therapy for this exhausting condition.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a distinct collection of signs and symptoms that affect multiple systems in the body. It varies in severity from mildly limiting to completely debilitating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officially named this condition in 1988, purposely keeping the name general to include all patients with the wide variety of symptoms that characterize this condition.

The central defining symptom of CFS is extreme fatigue/exhaustion that is not relieved by rest. It may be accompanied by swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, slight fever, muscle and joint pain, headaches, excessive pain after mild exertion, short-term memory loss, inability to concentrate, and/or depression, in addition to non-restorative sleep.

Other symptoms of CFS are prolific and may include: digestive disturbances, chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, morning muscle stiffness, and others. There is much crossover between CFS, fibromyalgia, lupus and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as psycho-emotional problems relating to living with chronic pain.

Primary CFS treatment consists of making lifestyle choices that support optimum wellness and immune function: stress management, moderate dietary choices, gentle exercise and adequate sleep. Many CFS patients are hypersensitive to medications, and often find that a lower dosage is adequate.

Massage therapy is  helpful for CFS patients in the following ways:

Pain relief

Improved sleep

Lower anxiety levels

Cleanses blood and tissues

Increases endorphin production (“happy” hormones)

Decreases cortisol production (stress hormones)

Relieves depression

Stimulates circulation when exercise may exacerbate pain.

The caring support of the therapist, combined with skilled touch, has the potential to make CFS less isolating for patients suffering from this debilitating syndrome.

Give us a call to learn more about info and SPECIAL OFFERS THIS MONTH for CFS patients.

Pacific Massage Services: 808.885.4459.

Massage Therapy for Heart Health

Massage Therapy for Heart Health

Image result for february heart health monthIn recognition of February as American Heart Month, we feature the benefits of massage therapy for cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association reported that about 18 million people in the United States have heart disease.

Chronic stress – a common problem in our stressful modern society – is a proven major contributor to cardiovascular disease. It increases the likelihood of developing or worsening heart problems. Stress speeds up the heartbeat, increases breathing rate and causes blood vessels to narrow in diameter.

A regular and consistent massage regimen can reduce the risks associated with stress. Studies have shown that consistent massage helps reduce the risk of heart attack. Massage therapy relaxes contracted muscles and assists the veins in moving blood through the circulatory system, thus reducing strain on the heart. Research also reveals that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation.

A pilot study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center showed that inpatient massage treatments performed after heart bypass surgery reduced pain levels, decreased the frequency and severity of muscle spasms and improved sleep.

Before receiving massage therapy for a heart condition, first consult your primary care physician or your cardiologist. If your doctor advises that massage may help you, find a massage therapist who meets the licensing requirements in your state. If you live in a state that does not require licensing, choose a therapist who is nationally certified or is a member of a massage therapy professional association, such as AMTA or ABMP.

Regardless of your age, size, gender or health, massage therapy performed by a qualified therapist can improve your heart health by reducing the effects of stress on the body, promoting relaxation of body and mind, and enhancing your overall well-being.

Give us a call to discover how massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and pleasurable approach to helping the cardiovascular system feel better and function better!


Massage Therapy Helps Manage Diabetes

Massage Therapy Helps Manage Diabetes

Image result for massage for diabetesIn recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, we explore the benefits of massage therapy for this prevalent, life-threatening disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, one out of every 11 people currently has diabetes. But what is more worrisome, is that one in four people do not know they have it!

Diabetes comes in two forms:

Type I, which is not preventable and in which the body does not produce enough insulin.

Type II, which is preventable and in which the body cannot process insulin correctly.

The 5 key benefits of massage therapy for the diabetic client are:

  1. Increased circulation tends to encourage cellular intake of glucose and improve insulin utilization. This benefit is expected; however, a diabetic client should check glucose levels an hour or two after receiving a massage to witness how his glucose levels have been altered.
  2. Relaxation is a great benefit to the diabetic client. The physical and mental stresses of having chronic disease may take a toll upon the entire body, yet calming the nervous system can bring ease to the client, allowing her body to better restore harmonic organ balance.
  3. Increased mobility and enhanced tissue elasticity. Both of these effects will allow the client to avoid a sedentary lifestyle that often sets in upon depression associated with his condition.
  4. Friction and scar removal techniques over chronic injection sites can relieve pain and dysfunction associated with these regions. Chronic buildup of scar tissue can thicken tissue to an extent that severely limits mobility. Relieving these regions will restore mobility even further.
  5. May help restore nerve functionality and sensation. A lack of nerve functionality brings a host of other concerns for allopathic practitioners; therefore, improving sensation will help a client remain on a proper clinical course of treatment.

Increasing circulation, relaxation, positive myofascial effects, relieving scar tissue at injection sites and diminishing the effects of neuropathy are all positive benefits to the diabetic client that will assist this individual in living a normal, healthy life.

From Massage Magazine, 2015. Information presented in this article is not intended to replace advice from a medical professional.


The Benefits of Breast Massage

The Benefits of Breast Massage

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s feature shares how massage can improve the quality of breast health.

Image result for breast healthBreast massage is an effective means to maintain health of the breasts. According to the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines, breast massage is the act of slowly kneading and stroking the breasts, using varying amounts of mild to moderate pressure in gentle lifting and compressive movements. It can be done as self-massage or with help from a partner or therapist. While the primary purpose is to clear the lymphatic system of toxins that can disrupt health, breast massage also has cosmetic and therapeutic uses.

Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of breast massage:

Therapeutic Benefits

Breast massage is also beneficial for breast pain. Whether the pain is caused by surgery, pregnancy, milk production, mastitis, cysts, or an unknown cause, a soft, gentle massage can be therapeutic and soothing. According to the, “Simply rubbing an area can have a demonstrable analgesic effect.” Massage eases soreness in the tissues, reduces pain and swelling in the breasts, and relaxes tightness or tension in the ligaments. Breast massage is particularly useful in soothing the pain associated with breast scarring from infection or surgery .

Health Benefits

There are also health benefits associated with using breast massage as a dependable means of flushing out toxins from the body’s lymphatic system. Toxic buildup from poor circulation is believed to increase the risk of cancer. Stimulating drainage of the breasts’ lymphatic and blood circulation eliminates harmful waste products and allows nutrient-rich blood to flow to the breast tissue.

Prevention Benefits

As nice as it is to have a healthy, attractive bust line, there are more serious issues to consider than appearance. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there were 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,170 deaths from breast cancer in 2009., with these numbers increasing each year. It is important to become familiar with the shape and feel of normal breast tissue in order to detect any abnormalities that may develop over time. Early detection could be life-saving!

Appearance Benefits

Massage is useful in maintaining breast shape and to prevent sagging. According to the, breast massage stimulates circulation, which is necessary for keeping breast tissue healthy. Massage also helps break up benign cysts, strengthens the muscle tissue of the chest, builds resiliency in the ligaments and firms the skin. With regular massage, the breasts will remain firmer for longer and less likely to sag. The result is a more attractive bust line.

Regular breast massage, together with monthly self-exams, is a good way to check the breasts for changes or irregularities. With breast cancer being one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, it is crucial to take care of this important aspect of health.

Every woman who visits us for therapeutic massage during the month of October may receive a complimentary lesson in self-massage for breast health!

October is Massage Therapy Month!

October is Massage Therapy Month!

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates recommended the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.

As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

INJURY. Were you injured at home, at work or in a car accident? Whether your pain is from a recent injury or you’ve had that nagging ache for a while, massage therapy can give you relief and comfort!

HEADACHES. Do you miss out on work and play because of frequent or severe headaches? Our targeted approach treats migraine and tension headaches with great results!

INSOMNIA. Does insomnia keep you from feeling and functioning your best? Regular massage can put an end to those sleepless nights so you are more energetic and more effective!

SURGERY. If you have soreness, stiffness or poor scar healing after surgery, our post-op massage series can accelerate healing, relieve pain and minimize scarring!

STRESS. Anxiety, depression or stress got you down? Massage therapy is proven to balance endorphin and cortisol production to boost your mood and brighten your outlook on life!

JOINT PAIN. Do have pain in your muscles or joints? Our special techniques can alleviate pain from fatigue, repetitive use, over-exertion, arthritis and more!

CHRONIC CONDITION. Does a chronic fatigue condition such as fibromyalgia limit your activities and reduce your enjoyment of life? Our soothing, energizing massage relieves pain!.

PREGNANCY. The childbearing year is filled with joy, anticipation, aches and pains! Relieve the discomforts of pregnancy while lying face down on our special our special pregnancy massage table!

Massage is beneficial for many discomforts from a variety of conditions. CALL US TODAY to learn whether massage therapy is right for you! For the entire month of October, we offer SPECIAL PRICING for our Fall program – Tune-In and Tune-Up with Massage! 808.885.4459.

September is Addiction Recovery Month!

September is Addiction Recovery Month!

Image result for september recovery monthSeptember is Addiction Recovery Month, designated to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders and celebrate people in recovery. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.

In the early stages of recovery from addiction, patients often experience an uncomfortable gap between their mind and body. The mind knows it shouldn’t use the substance, while the body craves it. Therapeutic massage can bridge that gap, and is a powerful adjunct treatment in the addiction recovery process.

Comprehensive treatment is the key to successful recovery. In Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, Joni Kosakoski, BSN, RN, CARN, advocates the integration of massage therapy into drug and alcohol treatment. In her article “Massage: Hands Down, a Treatment for Addiction,” Kosakoski gives a concise analysis of massage’s benefits for this population and its place in addiction treatment.

Integrating massage into a treatment program is advantageous in all stages of overcoming addiction: withdrawal, detoxification and abstinence. Researcher Norman S. Miller notes that medical management of alcohol and drug withdrawal during detoxification often is not sufficient to produce sustained abstinence from recurrent use.

The Touch Research Institute-Univ. of Miami, has documented the physiological effects of massage. Some of their findings are related to massage’s ability to reduce cortisol levels. Several studies document the ability of massage to decrease anxiety, depression, agitation and cravings.

Dopamine is well-documented as being significantly involved in addiction. Dopamine levels are lower than average during drug withdrawal and early recovery, until brain chemistry normalizes. In 1998, the Touch Research Institute published findings that a regular massage regimen increases dopamine levels. The fact that massage therapy stimulates dopamine production and decreases cortisol levels makes it highly effective in a standard detox program.

Massage treatment reduces the tendency to relapse. The 1989 edition of General Pharmacology reported that massage therapy increased beta-endorphins in the blood by 16 percent. Drugs and alcohol decrease production of endorphins. While the neurochemistry regains normal balance, this is the recovering addict’s most likely time to relapse. Massage is crucial after initial detox, as it effectively helps the patient get through this most vulnerable phase of recovery.

Image result for massage FOR ADDICTIONThis can be a powerful – even life-changing – experience for clients, as it helps them feel good while remaining drug-free, enhancing their recovery on 4 levels:

– Physical level. The enhanced circulation from massage also helps during detox. Invigoration of blood and lymphatic flow promotes an efficient exchange of oxygen and nutrients into the body’s tissues, and the removal of toxins and metabolic waste products. Kosakoski says: “All systems of the body function more efficiently with improved circulation and a reduction in tension of the soft tissues and musculature…”

– Mental level. As toxins leave the cells, thinking becomes clearer and decision-making is improved, helping those in recovery more easily recognize the downside of addiction, making the transition easier from abuse to sobriety.

– Emotional level. Learning to identify and manage the feelings and situations that trigger drug or alcohol use is a critical part of the recovery process. Regular massage sessions can aid the client’s awareness of the stressors that trigger drug use. Being conscious of these patterns is a step toward recognizing and healthfully addressing emotions associated with cravings. Emotional release can commonly occur with massage, providing a safe, non-threatening way to manage stress and emotions without the aid of drugs or alcohol.

– Spiritual level. The deep relaxation from massage can provide a still inner place for patients to become aware of their spiritual needs. Recovering addicts have reported a new appreciation of life when they can simultaneously be present, feel good and be substance-free. Kosakoski explains, “To allow oneself to surrender to the practitioner’s hands – to breathe fully and easily, to acknowledge and receive the gifts of nurturing, surrender and relaxation… is an invaluable addition to the newly recovering person’s repertoire of relapse-prevention skills.”

Massage has the unique ability to affect all levels of our being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As a valuable component when integrated into addiction treatment massage helps recovering addicts succeed in their recovery.

Pacific Massage Services staff is trained and experienced in the treatment of addiction recovery. Give us a call for info or appointments: 808.885.4459

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

September is Healthy Aging Month!

“The use of touch may be the most important way to communicate to aged persons that they are still important as human beings.”  – Ashley Montague. Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin.

Image result for september is healthy aging monthSeptember is Healthy Aging Month®, is an annual observance that focuses attention on the issues of aging.

Simple, gentle touch can stimulate aging minds and bodies, and it can help minimize discomfort in the elderly years.

Touch therapies are ancient healing modalities which became lost in the maze of modern medical technology. Recently there is a revival of massage as a complementary therapy in caregiving for the elderly. Age-appropriate, gentle massage is effective in providing comfort care and in enhancing quality of life.

Massage therapy is well-known for its ability to reduce muscle tension, relieve pain, increase circulation and induce the relaxation response. Research has shown that massage stimulates endorphin production (the “natural high” hormone), boosts the immune system and enhances healing after injury or surgery.

 A skilled massage therapist who is trained in working with the elderly can notice and report subtle changes in the physical body, a crucial factor in preventing potential life-threatening conditions.

Image result for massage seniorMassage decreases pain, even if pain is the symptom of a broader problem. So while massage doesn’t cure osteoarthritis, for example, it can decrease the symptoms and significantly reduce pain, keep the joints more mobile, stimulate synovial fluid, and enhance blood/lymph circulation to affected areas.

Massage also benefits skin health. It stimulates cell growth in the skin layers, prevents pressure sores, and improves skin hydration and elasticity.

Caring touch is a powerful acknowledgment to the individual that, regardless of the condition of the physical body, he or she is still a part of the human race,is still cared for, and still has value as a whole human being. This is healing in its true and deepest sense.

Pacific Massage Services staff members are trained and experienced in massage therapy for the physical needs of mature age. Give us a call for info , consultation or appointment!


Massage for Golfers! Got Kinks from the Links?

Massage for Golfers! Got Kinks from the Links? 

Image result for national golf monthAugust is National Golf Month! Tell all the golfers you know about our Golfer’s Advantage Treatments, with exclusive offers and special prices on services and gift certificates for the entire month of August!

As one of the most popular sports in the world, golf has about 30 million people in the game worldwide, and 13 million in the US. Once considered a “mind game,” with much attention on strategy and mental focus, golfers are coming to understand the body’s vital role in playing their best game.

Golfers need a well-developed upper body as well as general strength, endurance and fitness. Injuries can arise from weak muscles, exacerbated by poor technique, unbalanced posture and repetitive movement.

Many professional golfers recommend regular massage treatments to help prevent little aches from becoming a big pain in the you-know-what.

Whether a big-bucks pro, a seasoned amateur or a hopeful novice, there are some common ailments among golfers.

Because golf is a one-sided activity, the body’s musculature is used in an unbalanced way. This results in more strain on one side of the body, depending on right- or left-side dominance, posture, technique and other variable factors. A therapeutic massage, given by a therapist trained in golf injuries, can correct this imbalance by assessing and treating the affected areas and educating the golfer in stretching and exercises customized for their individual situation.

The most frequently-occurring golf injury is “golfer’s elbow,” clinically known as medial epicondylitis. It affects a golfer’s swing, as well as causing severe pain with elbow, wrist and hand movements. Treating golfer’s elbow should be in the repertoire of any good massage therapist who specializes in golf injuries.

Other significant problem areas are shoulders and hips, where repetitive strain, inflammation, swelling and pain can develop. Left untreated, this type of injury can worsen to the point of affecting a golfer’s game – or taking him out of the game entirely!

The feet, ankles, legs, gluteals and back all affect the stability, power and precision of the golfer’s stance and swing. The goal of golf massage is to signal the brain to relax contracted muscles, stimulate blood and lymph to prevent soreness, soothe inflammation, relieve pain and prevent injury.

There is a difference in the type of injuries suffered by amateur and professional golfers. Amateurs are more prone to muscle strain, golfer’s elbow, calf and hip issues. Pro players’ primary problem is pelvic imbalance.

What should a player expect from a specialized golfer’s massage? A typical treatment is a 60-90 minute deep tissue treatment targeting the golfer’s particular problem, as well as assessing and treating legs, hips, low back and shoulders. Extra attention is focused on the dominant arm to treat or prevent golfer’s elbow.

When should a golfer receive massage? This depends on a golfer’s individual situation. Massage prior to playing is recommended in the case of tight muscles and restricted movement. Treatment after a game helps prevent pain, stiffness and injury.

Says golf pro John Fischer, “The reason most people play golf is for the relaxation is offers. It’s a wonderful stress-reducer, provides plenty of exercise in a beautiful setting and it’s just plain fun!”

Of course, golfers want to play their best and enjoy their favorite game as painlessly as possible. That’s where massage therapy enters the game! And some therapists even use golf balls to do part of the treatment!