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What Can Cupping Therapy Do For You?

Inflammation and pain go hand in hand in the physical body and are often the result of chronic muscle stress from such bad habits as poor posture, or repetitive movements such as slumping over a computer everyday or spending extended time holding a phone between your ear and your shoulder.  Swelling at the site of pain can be immobilizing and uncomfortable and can actually increase the tension of muscles, which intensifies the cycle. Enter the ancient Chinese therapy of Cupping… Cupping [...]

Why Healthy Workouts Include Massage

Whether you are an athlete in training for an event, you are dedicated to a daily fitness regimen, or you are just starting to embrace the health benefits of regular exercise, the after-effects of a strenuous workout can be painful and sometimes debilitating. Who hasn’t hobbled through the day after a particularly challenging physical routine at the gym or after a long run outdoors? What happens to your body when you exercise?  Overall, when you exercise intensely, the muscles, tendons, and [...]

Is Chronic Pain Taking Away Your Enjoyment in Life? Try Deep Tissue Massage

  Have you been putting up with chronic muscular pain? Are you simply adapting to what hurts in your body rather than doing something about it? As you move through life, your body finds ways to deal with physical dysfunction. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time? You may begin to experience swelling or discomfort in your legs or aching in your shoulders.  Typing at a computer all day?  Maybe your neck is stiff or your wrists and hands [...]

Massage Therapy for Your Feet = Health for Your Whole Body

Your body is a well-coordinated and precisely balanced mechanism. It is designed to work as a whole, singular unit in cooperation with numerous inner systems. Each of the body’s systems functions in an inter-dependent way with all other systems. In a healthy body structure, fascia, muscles, joints, nerves, arteries and organs all work together to maintain the body’s integrity. For example: the heart needs the brain to regulate its operation; the musculoskeletal system depends on nourishment from the digestive system [...]

Health and Vitality through Massage

Invest in your health today or your sickness tomorrow ~ unknown   It used to be that massage was perceived as a pampered indulgence – something you did when you were on vacation or a treat you allowed yourself occasionally.  But today, massage therapy has evolved. Its popularity has revealed just how vital regular visits to a massage therapist are for your physical well-being as well as your mental and emotional resilience.   How Important is Relaxation? One of the prime benefits of [...]

Your Nervous System and Massage – Creating Peace and Well-Being

  The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself ~ unknown   The nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells in the body that includes two main branches (the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)) working synergistically to monitor and coordinate the proper functions of internal organs and maintain homeostasis in the body. The CNS is the processing centre for the nervous system.  Its two main components, the spinal cord [...]

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

What Is Trigger Point Therapy? Trigger points might well be considered the hot spots of muscle pain. Existing as small, hard nodules, they produce pain completely out of proportion to their actual size, especially if they are sitting right on top of a nerve. Trigger points will often radiate pain out from their point of origin to cause discomfort at a spot separated from the actual trigger point. Trigger points can actually be felt during massage and pressure on them [...]

Massage and Migraines / Headaches

Although headaches can range from slightly irritating right up to headaches that feel as though your skull was bursting open, they all have one thing in common – we want them to go away as quickly as possible and stay away. When you get a headache, it’s not the brain itself that hurts; it will be the structures surrounding the brain that are actually the source of pain. Headaches are considered to fall into two basic categories – primary [...]

Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

Similar, but more comprehensive than a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage allows the massage therapist to reach more completely into the muscles and connective tissues to provide relief from chronic conditions. There should be little or no pain involved in receiving a deep tissue massage, but the client should be aware that you will ‘feel’ this type of massage to a greater degree than you will a more conventional massage. Relief for Sore Muscles and Much, Much More Undoubtedly most people [...]

Aromatherapy and Its Benefits

Although the human sense of smell is hardly as developed as it is in many animals, we still respond favourably or unfavourably to different odours. Just smelling a fragrant flower can help to elevate our mood and clear our minds momentarily of care and worry. Aromatherapy is based on the connection between what we smell and the reactions that our mind and body produce. While aromatherapy is still considered to be a non-conventional approach to medicine, recent studies have [...]

Massage and Sports

Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. Unfortunately, many people believe aches and pains are an inevitable consequence to activity. But massage can actually reduce or eliminate what may appear to be exercise-induced pain. It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health program. Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables [...]

Why Should Everyone Get a Regular Massage?

Tired, Sore & Stressed out? Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don’t realise exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation! With so many alternative health treatments available it’s little wonder people get confused about where to go when they’re not feeling the best. But, while new [...]

How Facial Massage Can Relieve Sinus Congestion

Within your facial structure, there is a complex, asymmetrical network of open cavities that are known as sinuses.  The mucous lined sinus areas are connected to the nasal cavity and to each other through small passages called osteomeatal complex.  With the help of gravity, they drain into the nose through these connections. Sinuses are located on either side of the nose and behind your cheekbones (maxillary); above your eyebrows in your forehead (frontal); between your eyes (ethmoidal); and behind your [...]

Abdominal Massage Therapy for Improved Digestion and So Much More…

Did you know that the practice of abdominal massage promotes both a physical as well as psychological sense of well-being in your life? Like any other form of massage, it delivers a deep sense of relaxation and freedom from stress but it offers other specific health benefits too. Toxicity from poor eating habits, stressful living, lack of regular exercise can affect the proper functioning of the gut and can compromise the healthy operation of your immune system, nervous system, hormonal [...]

How Therapeutic Massage Can Help Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the lumbar spine at the lower back, moves through the buttocks and branches out to extend down both legs to the feet.  It is responsible for sensations experienced in the lower back, hips, legs, outside of the knee, upper foot as well as the heels and soles of the feet.  When the sciatic nerve is inflamed or becomes irritated (sciatica), it can cause throbbing, burning pain, [...]

Iliotibial Band Syndrome and the Role of Massage In Healing It

Iliotibial band syndrome is the name given to an injury that causes pain and tenderness along the outside of the thigh and knee or just above the knee joint. If you engage in activities such as running, cycling, hiking or long distance walking that involve repeated flexion and extension of the knee, you could be at risk. What exactly is the Iliotibial (IT) Band? Your IT band is a thick band of connective tissues that sources from the fascia in the [...]

MyoFascial Release with Massage – Why It’s Important

  Fascia is our biggest sensory organ, our organ of awareness– our internal ocean. ~ Tom Myers   What is Fascia? Fascia is the system of slippery, white-colored connective tissue that exists throughout the body and surrounds every muscle, organ, and nerve. Its purpose is to provide protection to the inner physical body from external trauma. It is also a structural support for muscles and bones to help them function through a wide range of motion including sitting, running, jumping and changing positions (from [...]

The Surprising Connection Between Hip Flexors and Your Health

  Hip flexors are the engine through which our bodies move ~ Mike Westerdal You may know that the hips are the prime link between the upper and lower body. They are intimately connected to all body movement.  But did you realise that the muscles (hip flexors) within the hip structure are a vital component of your overall health and well-being?   What are hip flexors? The hip flexors are made up of a group of muscles that extend from one hip bone to [...]

How Massage Can Improve the Pain of Shin Splints

If you are a runner or have drastically changed the intensity of your workouts recently, you might experience the painful condition known as Shin Splints.  Medically known as ‘medial tibial stress syndrome’, it is a condition that refers to pain experienced along the tibia or shinbone at the front of the lower leg.   Are you at risk?  Shin splints develop as a result of repeated stress on the bones, muscles and joints that run from the knee to the ankle. This [...]

Chronic Constipation – Can Massage Provide Relief?

Abdominal massage has been referred to as the “key to unlocking stubborn pain”, and many unrecognizable restrictions that cause and help constipation are often held in this area. ~  massage-education.com Whether it is abdomen distension, tenderness and achiness or simply a feeling of discomfort, the effects of constipation can intrude on your ability to fully participate in activities. It is one of the most common medical issues and it can be supported with massage. The medical profession defines constipation as having [...]

Suffering From Frozen Shoulder? Massage Can Help!

Your shoulder provides strength, flexibility and a wide range of motion that allows such everyday tasks as lifting, reaching, pulling, and pushing. It is one of the largest joints in the body. It is also one of the most vulnerable sites for injury and damage due to its complex structure and the necessity for looseness within the area so that fluid motion can occur.   The Shoulder’s Physiology The shoulder system is a network of ligament, cartilage, bones and tendons that provide [...]

Massage and Its Effect on Poor Circulation

If you have ever noticed swelling in your legs or feet, experienced painful leg cramps or have felt cold or numb in your fingers or toes, poor circulation might be to blame. Meet Your Circulatory System The circulatory system is actually made up of three sub-systems – the heart (cardiovascular), lungs (pulmonary), and the ventricles, arteries and veins (systemic) that act as the delivery system to the body.  It is responsible for the flow of blood and lymph throughout the body. [...]

Can Massage Relieve Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve, also know the ischiiatic nerve, is a major player in the functioning of lower extremities. It is the largest nerve in the body that runs from the bottom of the spine through the buttocks and down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve connects the nervous system to the skin and muscles of the leg and back of the thigh. It is responsible for the control of the muscles in the back of the knee, [...]

How Massage Can Help Heal A Groin Pull

New Years resolutions and summer outdoors activities can be the perfect storm for injury as you get more active and try to live up to the promises you make to yourself to ‘get in shape’. If you haven’t been keeping up with exercise over the winter, jogging, playing basketball, hiking or riding your bike may result in a struggle for your body to meet the sudden and intense demands placed on it to perform. Such issues as a pulled [...]

The Role of Skin In Massage

Anyone who has experienced massage knows how healing, relaxing and calming it can be. The main reason for this is the interaction that takes place between a skilled therapist’s touch and the client’s skin.  While this seems like a fairly simple process to understand, there is a complex and invisible communication between your skin and brain that allows you to experience the many benefits that you do from massage.   The Skin Human skin forms part of the body’s integumentary system, which [...]

Why Does Your Heel Hurt?

If you are experiencing: pain in your heel that seems to be slowly getting worse, discomfort in the arch of your foot tenderness in your heel that is more predominant in the morning or your heel is swollen …you may be dealing with Plantar Faciitis. This is a very common heel issue that results from excessive stretching of the soft wide band of tissue (plantar fascia) and tendon that runs from the heel bone, across the arch of the foot and connects into the forefoot. [...]

Massage Support for Hamstring Injuries

Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply an active individual, you can thank your multi-tasking hamstrings for your ability to kick, jump, run, sprint, climb and execute sudden stop and start motions like those that are part of playing basketball or football. The hamstrings are a group of three large muscles (the semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris) located in the back of your thigh that attach to the sitting bones (ischium) and stretch across the back of [...]

Can Massage Improve Brain Function?

Brain health is a primary focus of well-being. Your brain chemistry and function improve as you learn a new language, take up a new activity, stay socially engaged or when you commit to new experiences on a daily basis. Another significant way to maintain brain health is through regular physical activity. Here are two ways that exercise supports optimal cognitive function: Besides helping the body maintain good health, physical exercise is also known to increase the size of the brain’s hippocampus, [...]

Massage Therapy to Heal Scar Tissue

Each day as we walk, run, sit, bend, lift or rest, our body’s complex web of fascia, ligaments and tendons work synergistically to help those movements occur. Strung in perfect balance and function throughout our structure, these connective tissues stretch, tighten and hold as needed when we engage our daily activities.  Ideally movement is smooth and painless but injury, surgery and other damage can cause disruptions to this inner network inhibiting motion and causing discomfort. Such constrictions are the [...]

How Massage Can Energise You

Hidden within the relaxation effects of massage is also an opportunity for an energy boost. While massage is usually associated with relaxation and calm, there are a number of subtle ways it helps stimulate energy and optimises body functions to help pull you through those winter days of gray and chill.  A little extra energy can be a grateful gift during times of the year when there is less sun and colder temperatures.   Energy-Giving Benefits of Massage Better sleep – Lack [...]

Help from Massage in Healing Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis or its more common name, ‘Tennis Elbow’ is a painful and debilitating condition which makes it difficult to do the simplest of things – hold a pen, shake hands, turn a steering wheel, open a door or carry a suitcase. The injury originally earned its name by afflicting several famous tennis players but it affects more than this segment of the population. The discomfort and tenderness of tennis elbow that begins in the elbow and can radiate into [...]

Massage and The Oxytocin Connection

Those feelings of bonding and connection you get when you make love, hug a friend, breathe deeply, walk in nature or pet your cat? They are generated because of the release of Oxytocin, often called the ‘love hormone’. Oxytocin originates in the brain’s hypothalamus and is secreted into the bloodstream by the pituitary. It is a neurotransmitter that affects numerous psychological and physiological responses in the body’s nervous system. Oxytocin also works with an opposing hormone, vasopressin (part of stimulation [...]

Can Massage Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

While stress is most notable as an emotional response to overwhelm, the body can become physically stressed from habitual movements repeated over extended periods of time. Stress in this context can cause: swelling, distortion and breakdown in the soft tissue that cushions the bones and tendons; tightness in muscles that leads to constricted circulation and the loss of the muscles’ ability to return to a natural resting state. The resulting disorder called Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) can impair body movement and cause [...]

Rotator Cuff Injuries and Massage Relief

When you use your computer, turn a screwdriver, lift your luggage, throw a ball, pull a box down from a shelf, or even just brush your teeth, your rotator cuff is instrumental in allowing these actions. The rotator cuff is the collection of muscles, ligaments and tendons in the shoulder joint that enables movements such as pushing, pulling, lifting, reaching and twisting.  Reduced range of motion, weakness or pain in performing any of these tasks can signify injury, damage or [...]

Sports Massage for Soft Tissue Injuries

A detail image of a female leg being massaged. “Soft tissue” is the collective term commonly used to refer to the “softer” materials of the external parts of the body that exclude bones and joints. Your body is made up of 70% soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and nerves that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs. The body’s soft tissues are particularly susceptible to injury that can result in anything from minor to very serious depending on [...]

Can Massage Help Your Migraine?

Migraine headaches are one of the most common disorders affecting approximately one billion people worldwide. A migraine is characterized by debilitating moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head (usually on one side), and can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, smells, sound, as well as visual disturbances called an ‘aura’. These symptoms can worsen with any exertion and are sometimes preceded by neurologic signs such as seeing flashes of light or noticing blind spots in vision [...]

Massage to Relieve Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. Out of 291 conditions studied, neck pain is ranked 4th highest in terms of disability according to an Australian study, Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study.  Additional global research ranks neck pain as a significant impairment that affects quality of life and well-being. The neck is the main thoroughfare for muscles, blood vessels and major arteries, nerves, bones and cartilage to support vital brain, respiratory, and nerve [...]

Massage for Children and Infants

Touch therapy triggers many physiological changes that help infants and children grow and develop. ~ Tiffany Field, PhD. Touch is one of the first senses to develop in utero through the growth of skin that contains millions of sensory fibers of this first organ of the body. It is the first thing we experience when we are born and thus it is a vital communication that signals safety and survival. Studies have proven that child or infant massage is a positive [...]

Massage and Acute Care

“Touch is often the most neglected or assaulted sense of the hospitalized patient” ~ Barb White, MS, LMT   Massage is making its way to prominence in the medical mainstream. As a touch modality, massage is no longer on the sidelines of healing. It is becoming the 21st century balance to the technology side of the health-care environment. Its plays a vital, supportive role in the well-being of hospital patients in intensive care units, cancer wards, delivery rooms and psychiatric wards as well [...]

How Massage Benefits The Aging Process

“…While integrating massage therapy into a health and wellness plan is useful for all ages, it holds particular value in the growing elder population.” ~ Nancy M. Porambo, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Statistics are showing that global life expectancy is increasing. A recent study by the United Nations indicated that worldwide population of persons over 60 years old represented 11.7% in 2013. This figure is projected to reach 21% within the next 30 years. Those persons [...]

Massage and Improved Breathing

Normal breathing involves the synergistic movement of the upper and lower rib cage and the abdomen as well as the pivotal involvement of the diaphragm muscles. Your breath plays a major role in your health and well-being. The body’s respiratory system functions with the support of the many muscles in the upper part of the body. In order to experience balanced and complete breathing, it is vital that these muscles, especially those around the abdomen and ribs are relaxed and [...]

How Massage Can Improve Posture

“Our necks and backs hurt, and poor posture is the No. 1 culprit,” says Janice Novak, M.S., author of the book, Posture, Get it Straight! Poor posture is one of the signature physical patterns that reflect our lifestyle and our stress. While it can be an inherited disability, it most often is the result of developed bad habits in daily living. Today, you are asked to adapt to a world that operates against the natural tendencies of good posture in your [...]

Sports Massage and Mobility

Our body’s mobility is a result of the synergistic interactions of a complex system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and brain signals that work together to initiate movement. The integrity and strength of our mobility is a primary consideration in our overall health and well-being and it can be impaired by injury or disease. This is particularly true for athletes. Whether you are a professional or amateur, injuries do happen that can interrupt muscle function, cause pain and diminish [...]

How Facial Massage Can Relieve Sinus Congestion

Within your facial structure, there is a complex, asymmetrical network of open cavities that are known as sinuses.  The mucous lined sinus areas are connected to the nasal cavity and to each other through small passages called osteomeatal complex.  With the help of gravity, they drain into the nose through these connections. Sinuses are located on either side of the nose and behind your cheekbones (maxillary); above your eyebrows in your forehead (frontal); between your eyes (ethmoidal); and behind your nasal cavity [...]

Can Massage Promote Better Sleep?

“Every day we have new scientific connections about sleep and [its connection to] every aspect of our health, from obesity and hypertension to heart disease, cancer, every aspect of our emotional intelligence and mood.” ~Arianna Huffington Scientific sleep studies have discovered that, next to pain, sleep deprivation is one of the prime issues that affect our well-being. What Causes Sleep Deprivation? Any number of issues can be at the heart of your inability to experience vital, restorative sleep. Stress and worry about [...]

MASSAGE FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH

The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism that is responsible for preventing infections and disease. It is a complex system of antibodies, white blood cells, chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy bacteria and viruses when such threats to the body are present. The immune system also includes tonsils, thymus, spleen, bone marrow and the lymphatic system as part of its defense network. Symptoms of a Compromised Immune System  When your immunity is not operating at full capacity, there are [...]

Low Back Pain and Massage

One of the most common sites for injury is the lower back. It can become the source of pain, referred pain and chronic pain in an estimated 80% of adults. If not treated, it can lead to loss or dysfunction of motor skills, balance issues, inflammation and general degradation of well-being. Each low back injury has its own signature pattern of pain and referred pain that can be identified and often successfully treated with massage therapy. Studies have shown that [...]

How to Get the Most out of your Massage 

  Massage therapy is more than just a pretty face in the line-up of self-care protocols available to us all today.  It is a powerful modality for your health that harmonizes and brings consciousness, flow and communication between your mind, body and heart. It makes sense, then, that you would want to optimize this connection with every massage you experience so you can generate healing wherever it is needed in your being.  Getting the most out of your massage session requires [...]

Essential Oils and Massage – The Perfect Duo

Essential oils are the ideal partner for massage therapy. When used during a treatment, these plant oils provide a significant boost from nature to help alleviate stress, detox your body, deal with chronic pain issues, support post surgical healing and deliver a powerful means to achieve an enhanced sense of well-being and vitality. What are Essential Oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent liquids that are distilled from the fruit, leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other components of a [...]

Is It Normal to Experience Some Soreness After a Massage Treatment?

You probably feel right on top of the world after your massage – relaxed, calm, and with your muscles feeling better than they ever have. So, much to your surprise and dismay, the next morning you wake up feeling like you’ve been beaten up. Not only are your muscles sore and your body stiff, but you actually feel like you’re coming down with the flu. Don’t panic; this is an almost universal side effect of getting a therapeutic massage. Oh, [...]

Why Some Areas Hurt More than Others During a Massage Treatment

You may have scheduled your massage treatment for a number of reasons: perhaps you just want to experience relaxation after a stressful day, you might have a sports injury that requires attention, or you are preparing for an event and want your muscles at peak condition. However, you may well find that your body is responding to the massage with varying levels of pain. The type of massage you receive will also have relevance as regards pain levels. Swedish massage [...]

Why Everyone Would Benefit from a Regular Massage

Although massage has been practiced for thousands of years, it is not until fairly recently that the general public has become aware of its many benefits. While those with muscular aches and pains often sought out a massage therapist to help them, it has now become apparent that the regular use of massage can promote both physical and mental health for everyone. Massage is not a luxury; it might almost be considered a necessary part of everyone’s lifestyle. Dealing with [...]

What Are the Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

While pregnancy is a wonderful time as the expectant mother thinks about the upcoming birth, there is also no denying that being pregnant also means being uncomfortable in one way or another. Increasing size can often challenge the fittest of mothers-to-be, but many have found relief from some of pregnancies side effects through massage. Massage is now considered to be a wonderful way to help make the mother more comfortable, even in the third trimester, and also make delivery easier. [...]

Learn More about the Different Types of Cupping Therapy

Although cupping is generally associated with Chinese medicine, cupping was practiced in Ancient Egypt and Greece, and also in Medieval Europe. Cupping was first mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus – a medical text from Egypt that dates from over 3,000 years ago. The current interest in cupping is related to the attention in the West now being paid to traditional Chinese medical practices. Cupping involves using small containers to produce a slight vacuum when placed against the skin. The vacuum [...]

How Is Massage Therapy Different from Physiotherapy?

As both massage therapy and physiotherapy revolve around improving health and wellbeing, it’s not surprising that some confusion has arisen as to the differences between the two. Both require the therapist to manipulate the body in some way, but the practices are not interchangeable, although they can be used in conjunction with one another depending upon circumstances. What Massage Therapy Provides Massage should never be considered the red-haired stepchild of physiotherapy; this practice stands on its own and provides numerous benefits [...]

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated?

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated? Exercising too hard, working too long as a rigorous job, or even motor vehicle accidents can produce trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are small, but extremely painful knots that form in muscle fibres which have been stressed in some way, although in the case of an injury to the muscle the trigger point may be of some distance away from the actual damage. Trigger points differ from ordinary muscle [...]

Massage and Sports Injuries

Massage and Sports Injuries Every single sport, from football to golf to swimming to ping pong, carries with it the potential for injury. Any time you move your body, especially in a way that is somewhat challenging, you increase the possibility that a tendon, muscle, ligament, or joint will be hurt. Pain and injury can interfere not only with your ability to enjoy the sport, but with everyday life as well. Massage therapy can help to lessen or cure many [...]

Massage and Stress

The advances of today’s world have benefited mankind in numerous ways, but modern society is also responsible for a very dangerous condition – stress. It would be a rare person who has not felt rattled and pressured at some time during the day, and for many of us, these incidents are a near constant to our lives. Pressures at work, troubles with family members, and worry over finances can all cause stretched nerves and an overall negative outlook on [...]

What Is Chinese Cupping and How Will It Help Me?

Thousands of years ago, physicians in Ancient China searched for ways to help alleviate pain and illness, and one of the techniques developed was cupping. Cupping involves using a hollow object in which a partial vacuum has been created to draw the flesh up into the object to provide a number of health benefits. Originally, the hollowed out horns of animals were used for the ‘cups’, but glass globes, plastic cylinders, earthenware cups, or sections of bamboo are now used. [...]

Pregnancy Massage

  gravidez_080829_046.photo by Veka de Oliveira via Flickr. licensed under creative commons Pregnancy is one of the best times for a woman to use massage. Although expecting a baby is a joyous time as you wait for the new family member to arrive, pregnancy also puts a number of strains on the body and is also responsible for emotional fluctuations. The use of massage, during every stage of pregnancy and after the baby is delivered is a wonderful way to keep [...]

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger points might well be considered the hot spots of muscle pain. Existing as small, hard nodules, they produce pain completely out of proportion to their actual size, especially if they are sitting right on top of a nerve. Trigger points will often radiate pain out from their point of origin to cause discomfort at a spot separated from the actual trigger point. Trigger points can actually be felt during massage and pressure on them will cause an electric [...]

Massage and Migraines / Headaches

Although headaches can range from slightly irritating right up to headaches that feel as though your skull was bursting open, they all have one thing in common – we want them to go away as quickly as possible and stay away. When you get a headache, it’s not the brain itself that hurts; it will be the structures surrounding the brain that are actually the source of pain. Headaches are considered to fall into two basic categories – primary [...]

Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

Similar, but more comprehensive than a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage allows the massage therapist to reach more completely into the muscles and connective tissues to provide relief from chronic conditions. There should be little or no pain involved in receiving a deep tissue massage, but the client should be aware that you will ‘feel’ this type of massage to a greater degree than you will a more conventional massage. Relief for Sore Muscles and Much, Much More Undoubtedly most people [...]

Aromatherapy and Its Benefits

Although the human sense of smell is hardly as developed as it is in many animals, we still respond favourably or unfavourably to different odours. Just smelling a fragrant flower can help to elevate our mood and clear our minds momentarily of care and worry. Aromatherapy is based on the connection between what we smell and the reactions that our mind and body produce. While aromatherapy is still considered to be a non-conventional approach to medicine, recent studies have [...]

Massage and Sports

Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. Unfortunately, many people believe aches and pains are an inevitable consequence to activity. But massage can actually reduce or eliminate what may appear to be exercise-induced pain. It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health program. Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables [...]

Why Should Everyone Get a Regular Massage?

Tired, Sore & Stressed out? Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don’t realise exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation! With so many alternative health treatments available it’s little wonder people get confused about where to go when they’re not feeling the best. But, while new [...]