How Massage Therapy Can Keep Your Cells Healthy Part 3 of 4

Increased Oxygenation     Oxygen circulates to the cells of the body through the bloodstream. When it reaches the cells, there is a release of toxins and waste as the oxygen molecules flow into the space that the toxins have left behind. When circulation is optimum, oxygen’s many supportive properties help assure the body is energized, properly respirated and that the many cellular functions occur as designed. A massage encourages and increases oxygenation throughout the body because it boosts blood circulation.   Why does [...]

How Massage Therapy Can Keep Your Cells Healthy Part 2 of 4

How Massage Therapy Can Keep Your Cells Healthy Part 2 of 4 Increased Lymphatic Drainage   “Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. The human body is composed of trillions of cells. They provide structure for the body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions.” ~ ghr.nlm.nih.gov   Last month, we discussed the healing benefits that massage therapy can bring to damaged cells by encouraging the exchange of nutrients and clearing of toxins. This month, we get a little [...]

How Massage Can Keep Your Cells Stay Healthy Part 1 of 4

How Massage Can Keep Your Cells Stay Healthy Part 1 of 4 Cellular Exchange   “Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. The human body is composed of trillions of cells. They provide structure for the body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions.” ~ ghr.nlm.nih.gov   At the bottom of your body’s internal ‘food chain’ lie your cells. They are the workhorses of your system and although they are tiny, they are mighty and are a vital link [...]

Can Massage Make You Stronger?

  If you are an exercise junkie, then massage can play a significant role in post-workout rehabilitation as well as contribute to the prevention of future injury. The question is, can massage actually make your muscles stronger?   Massage can help directly repair muscles in these ways: Mobilises toxicity – The long stroking movements of massage helps to efficiently move fluid throughout the body’s circulatory system. Increased pressure is created at the front of a massage stroke. The resulting suction on the backside [...]

Spinal Alignment, Massage Therapy and Your Health

The spinal cord is a long tube-like structure, which extends from the brain, runs the length of the back and terminates in the lumbar region. It is housed in the protective bony vertebral column that consists of 33 circular bones or vertebrae that we commonly refer to as the spine. Besides protection for the spinal cord, the spine also allows the body to be upright and contributes to its shape and structure in conjunction with the ribs, pelvis and muscles [...]

Cooling the Pain of Morton’s Neuroma with Massage

  A New Year usually means a surge toward action and movement in pursuit of stated goals. It’s a fresh page where you can write a fresh chapter of your life and act on!  However, what happens if that ability to freely move is hindered by foot pain?  Not a fun way to ‘hobble’ into the New Year, right?   Morton’s Neuroma A particularly common painful foot condition that can literally stop you in your tracks is called Morton’s Neuroma.  A neuroma refers [...]

Improve Your Wellbeing: How Massage Affects The Endocrine System

Your body is a brilliant, finely tuned mechanism that comes highly equipped to respond to whatever your life activities and experiences can throw at it. For example, if there is a signal of danger from the brain, the adrenals will secrete cortisol into the body to activate the fight or flight response so you can stay safe. Or if you need fuel, the body knows how to call up certain hormones to convert the calories you ingest into energy [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What Can Cupping Therapy Do For You?

Inflammation and pain go hand in hand in the physical body and are often the result of chronic muscle stress from such bad habits as poor posture, or repetitive movements such as slumping over a computer everyday or spending extended time holding a phone between your ear and your shoulder.  Swelling at the site of pain can be immobilizing and uncomfortable and can actually increase the tension of muscles, which intensifies the cycle. Enter the ancient Chinese therapy of Cupping… Cupping [...]