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Can Massage Therapy Help You Lose Weight?

In the difficult journey to weight loss, it is worthwhile considering how massage therapy can be an ally. The following article is a great read. Its contents are reproduced in their entirety from: https://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/6-ways-massage-therapy-supports-weight-loss-goals/ (author: Yvonne Zipter, LMT, BCTMB) It may seem too good to be true that massage can help with a weight-loss program. However, there are indeed many ways in which massage therapy can support your exercise and weight-loss goals. Massage is unlikely to have a direct impact on weight loss, [...]

Rules of the Road After A Massage – Keeping that Healing Feeling

You just had a wonderful massage and are feeling relaxed, clear-headed and energized in a good way!  So how do you stretch out the benefits of the massage you just had. Massage is known to have that effect – it Improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure, releases toxins, improves joint flexibility, helps calm aches and pains and can give you a boost of pure bliss and energy. So, now what?  Is this just a fleeting ‘feel good’ moment or can you [...]

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, [...]

Why Healthy Workouts Include Massage

Whether you are an athlete in training for an event, you are dedicated to a daily fitness regimen, or you are just starting to embrace the health benefits of regular exercise, the after-effects of a strenuous workout can be painful and sometimes debilitating. Who hasn’t hobbled through the day after a particularly challenging physical routine at the gym or after a long run outdoors? What happens to your body when you exercise?  Overall, when you exercise intensely, the muscles, tendons, and [...]

Is Chronic Pain Taking Away Your Enjoyment in Life? Try Deep Tissue Massage

  Have you been putting up with chronic muscular pain? Are you simply adapting to what hurts in your body rather than doing something about it? As you move through life, your body finds ways to deal with physical dysfunction. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time? You may begin to experience swelling or discomfort in your legs or aching in your shoulders.  Typing at a computer all day?  Maybe your neck is stiff or your wrists and hands [...]

Massage Therapy for Your Feet = Health for Your Whole Body

Your body is a well-coordinated and precisely balanced mechanism. It is designed to work as a whole, singular unit in cooperation with numerous inner systems. Each of the body’s systems functions in an inter-dependent way with all other systems. In a healthy body structure, fascia, muscles, joints, nerves, arteries and organs all work together to maintain the body’s integrity. For example: the heart needs the brain to regulate its operation; the musculoskeletal system depends on nourishment from the digestive system [...]

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 [...]