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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 [...]