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Painless Mobility Goes Through Your Hip Flexors

Virtually every movement your body makes goes through the hips. Hip flexors are the engine through which our bodies move. They control balance, our ability to sit, stand, twist, reach, bend, walk and step. And when the hip flexors tighten it can lead to a host of problems, even in seemingly healthy and active individuals. Tight or locked hip flexors can contribute to your hip-related sports injuries or hip-related health issues such as: lower back pain and hip pain. damaged and injured tissues. Poor [...]

The Value of Stretching in Massage Therapy

Overused muscles can put physical stress on the body causing chronic tightness and soreness of those muscles as well as of joints. The cycle of joint and muscle dysfunction and pain can feed on itself causing further muscle and joint tightness, restricted motion and discomfort. With repetitive movements such as reaching, lifting, running, exercising, playing sports, etc., the cycle of tightness and pain can ramp up and cause debilitating restrictions in the free flow of movement in the body. Perhaps [...]

Chronic Neck Pain and How Massage Can Help

Here is a statistic to leave you awestruck:  It is estimated that worldwide, 6.6 billion people own smartphones – that is 83% of the global population!  Considering that on average, the time spent each day hunched over your phone or a computer screen is somewhere around three or more hours – every day! – it is no wonder that neck pain issues (sometimes known as ‘tech neck’) is a growing problem for the vast majority of planetary humans!    When we [...]

Time for a Reboot? Get a Massage

Without even being aware of it, our deadlines, work and home demands and even our socializing can take over our lives and fill every nook and cranny of our time schedule. As we strive to keep up with our obligations, the stress and tension can begin to translate into debilitating symptoms that we might ignore and just push through. However, those lower back pains, achy shoulders, sore necks and stiff joints can get progressively more frequent and persistent until [...]

Soft Tissue Strains and How Massage Can Help Heal Them

Soft tissue injuries occur in muscles, tendons and/or ligaments and represent the most common kind of musculoskeletal damage anywhere on the body. It might happen as a sports injury or from repetitive actions that can cause pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and bruising at the site of the injury.  If these are ignored without some treatment, they can lead to more serious issues. Massage therapy is the kind of treatment that provides relief from pain and can also [...]

Why Massage Therapy Supports Stress Relief

It is no secret that massage therapy promotes a sense of deep relaxation and wellbeing. Sometimes we give ourselves the gift of one but it is easy to overlook the health benefits of regular treatments. Maybe it is time to move massage from the ‘luxury’ column to the ‘necessary’ column of self-care? Regular massage can effectively reduce stress and anxiety, something of which there is no shortage these days!  The physiological markers for this treatment of stress and anxiety lies in [...]

Physiotherapy? Massage Therapy? What to Choose for Healing

When pain and discomfort inevitably invade your busy life, what is the most efficient way to manage it? Sometimes the solution to getting you back on track is as simple as taking over-the-counter pain medication and getting a good night’s sleep. However, that is not always the case because your injury or chronic pain may need a professional to assess and support your healing. Physiotherapy and remedial massage therapy are two of the most popular options that offer expert assistance, [...]

Release of Chronic Stress with Massage

With the Holiday Season upon us, it cannot be emphasized too much how stress can impact your everyday wellbeing. A consistent sense of feeling pressured and overwhelmed over a long period of time can result in aches, pains, chronic disease, insomnia, weakness, less socialization and scattered thinking to mention a few side effects. What Is Stress? Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction known as “fight or flight” [...]

Inflammation – How Massage Can Help

Inflammation is not a bad word if you consider that it is actually a healing response of the body when an injury, toxic or allergic reaction or infection occurs. It is the mechanism which protects the body internally, stops further damage and ultimately activates the processes necessary to repair the injured area.   The Mechanics of Inflammation The process of inflammation is both complex and interesting and involves endogenous (internally sourced) cellular activities, the work of inflammatory mediators and other regulatory chemicals. [...]

Health Benefits of Massage – How It Is Good For You!

There are many reasons why people seek out massage. Whether you are an office worker who is stressed from working overtime or you are an athlete recovering from a sports injury, massage is a perfect way to release multiple physical and emotional stressors in the body. Every massage has its own way of providing relaxation and supporting healing. Here are some of the more significant benefits that a trip to your remedial massage therapist can deliver to you:   Touch and [...]