About the “Somatic” in Massage Therapy

‘Somatic’ is an adjective that is defined as “relating to the body as distinct from the mind” – however, the body and mind are a cohesive mechanism through which your life force flows that offers a precision healing path for emotional and well as physical impairments.   As much as massage therapy is a physical manipulation of the body, this article, taken from  https://balancedrockbodyworks.com/massage-therapy-and-emotional-release/ offers a refresher in the ancient knowledge that physical pain is also intimately linked to emotional distress. [...]

Can Massage Therapy Support Your Digestive System?

The digestive system is responsible for providing nutrients to the body via the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. When you ingest that delicious meal that you have been salivating over, your digestive system including the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines breaks down that food into usable nutrients. It also eliminates waste from the body.   Short and long-term Issues with digestion such as bacteria in food, infection, stress, certain medications, or chronic medical conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, and IBS, constipation, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Massage after knee surgery? How It Can Help Your Healing

“The effects of massage therapy on pain, swelling and range of motion after total knee replacement surgery was examined in 2015 research published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science. (https://www.amtamassage.org/publications/massage-therapy-journal/massage-orthopedic-pathologies/ ) The study found that massage is a comparable alternative to physical therapy to manage knee edema early in postoperative recovery.” Itmight seem counterintuitive to think about massage after knee replacementsurgery when the pain of recovery can sometimes be greater than the pain that originally sent you for the procedure! The process of knee replacement involves cutting into muscles around [...]