December 21, 2015

A Winter Break!

It's always good to practice what you preach! That being said, Mending Hands Massage Therapy will be closed for sessions from December 24th, 2015 -  January 10th,  2016. I will be checking and replying to e-mails during this time, but all voicemails will be returned after January 10th.

For any questions or to secure a future session - please contact

Online Gift Certificates available Here:

Services Here:

Availability reference calendar Here:

If you are in need of a session during this time -  I would be more then happy to recommend my office mate and fellow Massage Therapist,  Sarah of Sarabella’s Massage! She is both very talented and kind! 

December 07, 2015

Give the Gift of Relaxation!

Just in time to take the stress out of your Holiday shopping - Mending Hands has Gift Certificates available for purchase online! 

Whether you want to get all of your gifting done while cozied up to your morning coffee or you remembered that special person who could use a massage the night before the big event - you can give the gift of relaxation at your convenience! 

Online Gift Certificates here:

You can review the Mending Hands list of Services here:

October 31, 2015

The holidays are coming!

Believe it or not - the Holiday Season is coming in the blink of an eye! Here in Sarasota, it also means we will be seeing many wonderful winter visitors. Welcome back, Snow Birds!

A few reminders for the Mending Hands Massage Therapy community as we enter the last few months of the year! 

Give the Gift of Relaxation this Holiday Season:
Gift Certificates are available Online HERE:
Please take a few moments to read the details before purchasing.

A Winter Break: 
Mending Hands will be taking a break to rejuvenate!  The office will be closed for appointments from 12/24/15 to 1/4/16. I will still be reachable by e-mail at if you would like to be in touch to book an upcoming session! 

Future Sessions: 
Speaking of booking ahead! During high season I am fortunate to be booked up about a month in advance. It’s a good idea to secure a future session AND I can add you to my cancellation wait list to let you know if anything opens up before then!

View my current availability reference calendar HERE:   
You can use the arrows in the upper left corner of the calendar to scroll ahead. 

If you see any sessions that would work well for you, please contact and we can secure your spot! 

October 02, 2015

Mending Hands is Moving!

It is with much excitement and a grateful heart that I announce Mending Hands Massage Therapy is Moving!

I have been given the opportunity to open my own office and will now be seeing clients at the Bee Ridge Wellness Studios! As of October 4, 2015 Mending Hands will be located in the:

Bee Ridge Wellness Studios
2344 Bee Ridge Road
Suite 112D
Sarasota, FL 34239

The new office is located at the corner of Bee Ridge and Shade, less than two miles from the South Osprey location. Click here for Directions:

There is plenty of parking in the back and the entrance to the office is through the center courtyard.

Thank you for all your support and I look forward to welcoming you to my new home!

~ Melissa

I will be sure to include the new address with any appointment reminders over the coming months. If this change affects any upcoming appointments, please contact me at

July 14, 2015

Take a Deep Breath

"For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. The “Relaxation Response” was discovered and coined by AIS Founding Trustee and Fellow, Dr. Herbert Benson  . The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).

When eliciting the relaxation response:
• Your metabolism decreases
• Your heart beats slower and your muscles relax
• Your breathing becomes slower
• Your blood pressure decreases
• Your levels of nitric oxide are increased

At AIS we are often asked, “What is the best way to relive my stress and relax?” Our typical answer includes an explanation that just as the definition of stress is different for everyone, so are “the best” stress reduction techniques. However, there is one “Super Stress Buster” that evokes the relaxation response that we widely recommend as useful for everyone- even kids. Can you guess what it is? BREATHING! That is right, simply breathing. It is free and can be practiced anywhere- I bet you are even breathing right now! The key, of course, is focused breathing.

The relaxation response is not lying on the couch or sleeping but a mentally active process that leaves the body relaxed, calm, and focused." FULL article here:

June 25, 2015

Pamper Your Paws!

Mending Hands Massage Therapy is on a mission to support the Humane Society of Sarasota County AND give a special gift to clients who are doing the same! 

Any client who gives a financial or charitable goods donation to the HSSC will receive an added Peppermint Foot Scrub and Cooling Peppermint Lotion Foot Massage to their already relaxing session!*

Let Mending Hands Pamper Your Paws while you help little furry ones!

Items needed include: 

  • Puppy Pads
  • Wet Dog & Cat Food
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Pill Pockets
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Foaming Window Cleaner
  • Fabuloso Cleaner
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Dawn Dish Soap

You can also keep in the loop on what HSSC needs by following them on Facebook HERE.

E-mail to secure your next session:

*Must mention this promotion before your scheduled session and provide receipt of donation. One donation receipt equals a one time add-on. Cannot be combined with any other discount or freebie. All services are by appointment only. Offer valid thru September, 2015.

May 30, 2015

What is a Muscle Cramp?

"A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. If you've ever been awakened in the night or stopped in your tracks by a sudden charley horse, you know that muscle cramps can cause excruciating pain. Though generally harmless, muscle cramps can make it temporarily impossible to use the affected muscle.

Long periods of exercise or physical labor, particularly in hot weather, may lead to muscle cramps. Some medications and certain medical conditions also may cause muscle cramps. You can usually treat muscle cramps at home with self-care measures." Full Article Here:

April 16, 2015

Massage Therapy Improves Circulation, Alleviates Muscle Soreness!

Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The study, reported online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.

Improved circulation and relief of muscle soreness are common claims made for massage's benefits, but no studies have substantiated such claims, even though massage therapy is increasingly used as an adjunct to traditional medical interventions, said Shane Phillips, UIC associate professor of physical therapy and principal investigator on the study.

"Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but based on minimal data," said Nina Cherie Franklin, UIC postdoctoral fellow in physical therapy and first author of the study. "It also suggests the value of massage outside of the context of exercise."

The researchers had set out to see if massage would improve systemic circulation and reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Healthy sedentary adults were asked to exercise their legs to soreness using a standard leg press machine. Half of the exercisers received leg massages, using conventional Swedish massage techniques, after the exercise. Participants rated their muscle soreness on a scale from 1 to 10.

As expected, both exercise groups experienced soreness immediately after exercise. The exercise-and-massage group reported no continuing soreness 90 minutes after massage therapy. The exercise-only group reported lasting soreness 24 hours after exercise.
Exercise-induced muscle injury has been shown to reduce blood flow. In this study, brachial artery flow mediated dilation (FMD) -- a standard metric of general vascular health, measured in the upper arm -- was taken by ultrasound at 90 minutes, 24, 48 and 72 hours after exercise.

For the exercise-and massage-group, FMD indicated improved blood flow at all time points, with improvement tapering off after 72 hours. As expected, the exercise-only group showed reduced blood flow after 90 minutes and 24 and 48 hours, with a return to normal levels at 72 hours.

"We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way," said Franklin. "This is not just blood flow speeds -- this is actually a vascular response."
Because vascular function was changed at a distance from both the site of injury and the massage, the finding suggests a "systemic rather than just a local response," she said.
"The big surprise was the massage-only control group, who showed virtually identical levels of improvement in circulation as the exercise and massage group," said Phillips.
"The circulatory response was sustained for a number of days, which suggests that massage may be protective," said Phillips.

For people with limited mobility or those with impaired vascular function, further research may show that regular massage offers significant benefits, the authors say.

Article HERE:

March 26, 2015

A Happy Anniversary!

Mending Hands Massage Therapy is celebrating an Anniversary this April!

As a Thank You to my clients for making this past year absolutely fantastic -  those receiving a massage in April will receive a deliciously wonderful French Lavender Sachet, complete with Thank You charm!*

Place this aromatic gift wherever you wish to add the calming scent of lavender: your car, linen closet, clothing drawer, luggage or better yet - under your pillow!

Thank you for being a beautiful part of the Mending Hands practice!

*One sachet per person, while supplies last. 

March 01, 2015

Massage for Your Health: Massage & Sleep

Massage and Sleep from the Massage Therapy Journal

Sleep is an important aspect of health and well-being. Though there doesn’t seem to be any magic number concerning the amount of sleep people require, getting too little is associated with a number of medical conditions, and can negatively impact a person’s overall health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Notably, insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important implications for their management and outcome.”

Some Recent Research: Low Back Pain and Fatigue
Some recent research is helping shed light on how massage therapy can be used to help people who have difficulty sleeping. One study of how massage therapy can benefit people with lower back pain and sleep disturbances found that the massage therapy group experienced less pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance when compared to the group using only relaxation therapy.

This study comprised 30 adults with low back pain with a duration of at least six months. Randomly assigned to either massage therapy or relaxation therapy, each group had 30-minute sessions, twice a week for five weeks. On the first and last day of the five-week study, participants completed questionnaires and were assessed for range of motion. Along with the benefits for depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance, the massage therapy group also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance.

A 2010 study investigated the effects of massage therapy for sleep quality on patients who had coronary artery bypass graft surgery. The study evaluated whether massage therapy would be effective in improving sleep quality in patients.

The 40 participants of the study were randomly assigned to a control group or massage therapy group following discharge from the intensive care unit. For three nights, the massage therapy group received massage while the control group did not. The patients were evaluated the following morning using a visual analogue scale for pain in the chest, back and shoulders, as well as fatigue and sleep.

Interestingly, pain in the chest, shoulders and back decreased significantly for both groups from day one to day three. The participants in the massage therapy group, however, had fewer complaints of fatigue on day one and day two, as well as reporting more effective sleep during all three days.

Article Here:

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January 22, 2015

Taking a Break to Rejuvenate

It's always good to practice what you preach! That being said, Mending Hands Massage Therapy will be closed from February 19th  - 28th,  2015. If you know you want a session before that time, or would like to secure a session following the break - let's get it scheduled now! 

Please contact

Availability reference calendar here:

All appointment requests made between February 19th  - 28th will be addressed in the order in which they are received. Therefore, it might be a good idea to send along a few options that would work for you -  to ensure we get you on the schedule for your massage!