Got Anxiety? Depressed? The Mind-Body Connection and How Massage Therapy Can Help

  The Cartesian concepts of duality don’t work anymore. The mind-body connection is irrefutable ~ Dr. Kelly Brogan When you feel sadness, your body reacts with tears. When you feel shame, your face flushes with embarrassment. The reverse is also true. How your physical behavior affects your mood. What you eat, your levels of exercise, how much sleep you get and even how you sit changes your mood and attitude. (Consider how being asked to ‘sit up straight’ is about improving [...]

Deep Tissue Massage – When “Ouch” is a Good Thing and Other Benefits

If chronic pain and discomfort interrupt your life, you may want to consider massage, especially deep tissue massage to address the musculoskeletal issues that could be at the bottom of the problems. Such conditions as strains, sports injuries, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel and even high blood pressure can benefit from deep tissue massage.   Why deep tissue massage? Deep tissue massage has a rehabilitative and therapeutic purpose. As the name implies, deep tissue massage targets the deeper, [...]

Does Aromatherapy Enhance Massage?

Have you ever stopped to inhale the fragrance of a flower and noticed a momentary smile and feeling of calm and peace come over you as you did? The physiological response to scents has been used for thousands of years to provide healing and enhanced wellbeing to human life. This knowledge forms the basis for the practice of Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses unique concentrated extracts (essential oils) that have been distilled from the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]