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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]