Tag - Massage Theraphy

Why Mobility Matters and How Massage Can Help

  “Mobility is the ability of a joint to move freely through a given range of motion (ROM) without restriction from surrounding tissues. Flexibility is defined as the ability of soft tissues (which include muscles, tendons and ligaments) to lengthen correctly, which allows a joint to move through its optimal ROM” ~ movebybjc.org You probably don’t think too much about the gift of mobility in your life. Most of us hop out of bed in the morning, drive our car to work, and freely [...]

Massage, Touch and Your Emotional Wellbeing

  By nature, we are social beings who need connection with our fellow humans. Healthy touch is one of the most powerful ways to accomplish that. Healthy touch is a basic and vital human need that from our birth is a source for emotional wellbeing in us all.  When caregivers hold and nurture an infant, it provides a sense of safety and creates necessary bonding with others that reverberates throughout life. Touch is so impactful as we grow that it [...]

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

Taking Out the Trash – Removal of Cellular Waste Products     Constant cleansing of the cells of the body is a crucial a biological process for your optimum health. It is as important and necessary as it is for you to keep your home orderly, free of debris and clean.  Without cleanliness in your home, you would surely be buried in your own trash and your living space would be choked with unhealthy, decomposing materials that would invite disease and would [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Your Nervous System and Massage – Creating Peace and Well-Being

  The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself ~ unknown   The nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells in the body that includes two main branches (the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)) working synergistically to monitor and coordinate the proper functions of internal organs and maintain homeostasis in the body. The CNS is the processing centre for the nervous system.  Its two main components, the spinal cord [...]

How Massage Can Improve the Pain of Shin Splints

If you are a runner or have drastically changed the intensity of your workouts recently, you might experience the painful condition known as Shin Splints.  Medically known as ‘medial tibial stress syndrome’, it is a condition that refers to pain experienced along the tibia or shinbone at the front of the lower leg.   Are you at risk?  Shin splints develop as a result of repeated stress on the bones, muscles and joints that run from the knee to the ankle. This [...]