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Hoboken Health: Trigger Point Therapy {at Health in Hands}

by Jennifer Tripucka
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When it comes to massages, I like to get one at least once per month. That may sound like a lot, but I work a minimum of 10-12 hours per day {at my FT job and then after work for Hoboken Girl into the late hours of the evening}, and my back/shoulders/neck definitely suffer. While seemingly superficial and excessive, massages are great for circulation, posture, and overall body health.

But, here’s the thing. I’ve had plenty of masseuses who just didn’t use good pressure — either too soft or… yeah, mostly too soft… it’s kind of hard to go “too hard” on my back. There’s something to be said for a relaxing massage, but also one that gets out the knots — which can be hard to come by. So when I heard about Health in Hands Trigger-Point Therapy massage sessions in Hoboken, I was excited to try it out. Leyla Azizova, the owner, invited me in — and now I’m forever hooked on trigger point therapy. Here’s how it went {and a little bit about what trigger-point therapy is!}:


^Leyla’s handy dandy machinery that shows where trigger points most commonly occur. 


Basically, trigger points are focal areas of spasm and inflammation in skeletal muscle {aka KNOTS — yes, I had to google it!}. The rhomboid and trapezius back muscles, located in the upper back and shoulder areas, are a common site of trigger points. In addition to the upper spine, trigger points can also occur in the low back or less commonly in the extremities.

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When I arrived at Health in Hands {located at 1321 Washington Street}, I was excited to see that it was right across from Acupuncture Atelier on the second floor! That uptown corner spot is definitely gaining steam in the health and wellness sector, and for good reason — Sara and Leyla are health rockstars. Health in Hands is clean, tidy, and perfect for a serious, no major frills massage situation.


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Before we began, I was asked about my massage history as well as pain history. That gave a bit of background and then a way for Leyla to plan what she’d be targeting. Throughout the massage, Leyla informed me on the area she was working on — asking how it felt on a scale of 1-10, if the pressure was traveling up or down, and other important techniques during trigger-point therapy. She will definitely share where your issues/knots are, and then at the end of the massage, she shared different stretches you could do at home. The most amazing part about the massage was that I came in with a major stress headache, and at the end of it, it was gone. KID YOU NOT! Usually, my head feels better, but it’s not actually “cured.” It was honestly incredible — but makes total sense since she know exactly the spots that are connected with each other that create the pain in your body {headache trigger points being right between where your neck meets your head in the back}.


Although trigger-point therapy is her marquee service at Health in Hands — as it treats a variety of ailments ranging from muscle soreness to fibromyalgia — other techniques are offered. Besides trigger-point therapy, there are Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages — as well as sports massages. Leyla actually mentioned that she has several NFL and NBA clients in the area, so you know it’s amazing/totes worth the money if the athletes are doing it for relief. Don’t let her size fool you — she’s a petite woman with hands {and elbows!} of an angel — sure to get into every nook and cranny that needs attention on your body.

As far as pricing, Health in Hands charges $120 for 60 minutes and $170 for 90 minutes. For the work she does {and trust me, I’ve had a ton of massages}, those prices are totally reasonable {I’ve actually been back twice since my original massage and am considering buying her massage pack because she’s just THAT good}. It’s like physical therapy — but more effective. At the end of my massage, Leyla gave me a hot towel to use on my face and neck — a nice touch/calming way to wake up from a deeply relaxed state. We then sat down and she showed me some of the spots on my body that are giving me the most trouble {see above photo^}, and then we went over some exercises to loosen up those spots.

Besides being super skilled at what she does, Leyla is also one of the nicest people I’ve met in a while. She’s warm, welcoming, and made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I would recommend Leyla to anyone {but I’m kind of nervous about sharing this uptown secret with you all…I want her all to my {back’s} self!}. To book Leyla, you can do it online here.

Have you been to Health in Hands {or tried trigger point therapy}? What did you think?

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