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Massage and Improved Breathing

Normal breathing involves the synergistic movement of the upper and lower rib cage and the abdomen as well as the pivotal involvement of the diaphragm muscles. Your breath plays a major role in your health and well-being. The body’s respiratory system functions with the support of the many muscles in the upper part of the body. In order to experience balanced and complete breathing, it is vital that these muscles, especially those around the abdomen and ribs are relaxed and [...]

MASSAGE FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH

The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism that is responsible for preventing infections and disease. It is a complex system of antibodies, white blood cells, chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy bacteria and viruses when such threats to the body are present. The immune system also includes tonsils, thymus, spleen, bone marrow and the lymphatic system as part of its defense network. Symptoms of a Compromised Immune System  When your immunity is not operating at full capacity, there are [...]

Low Back Pain and Massage

One of the most common sites for injury is the lower back. It can become the source of pain, referred pain and chronic pain in an estimated 80% of adults. If not treated, it can lead to loss or dysfunction of motor skills, balance issues, inflammation and general degradation of well-being. Each low back injury has its own signature pattern of pain and referred pain that can be identified and often successfully treated with massage therapy. Studies have shown that [...]

Is It Normal to Experience Some Soreness After a Massage Treatment?

You probably feel right on top of the world after your massage – relaxed, calm, and with your muscles feeling better than they ever have. So, much to your surprise and dismay, the next morning you wake up feeling like you’ve been beaten up. Not only are your muscles sore and your body stiff, but you actually feel like you’re coming down with the flu. Don’t panic; this is an almost universal side effect of getting a therapeutic massage. Oh, [...]

Why Some Areas Hurt More than Others During a Massage Treatment

You may have scheduled your massage treatment for a number of reasons: perhaps you just want to experience relaxation after a stressful day, you might have a sports injury that requires attention, or you are preparing for an event and want your muscles at peak condition. However, you may well find that your body is responding to the massage with varying levels of pain. The type of massage you receive will also have relevance as regards pain levels. Swedish massage [...]

Why Everyone Would Benefit from a Regular Massage

Although massage has been practiced for thousands of years, it is not until fairly recently that the general public has become aware of its many benefits. While those with muscular aches and pains often sought out a massage therapist to help them, it has now become apparent that the regular use of massage can promote both physical and mental health for everyone. Massage is not a luxury; it might almost be considered a necessary part of everyone’s lifestyle. Dealing with [...]

What Are the Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

While pregnancy is a wonderful time as the expectant mother thinks about the upcoming birth, there is also no denying that being pregnant also means being uncomfortable in one way or another. Increasing size can often challenge the fittest of mothers-to-be, but many have found relief from some of pregnancies side effects through massage. Massage is now considered to be a wonderful way to help make the mother more comfortable, even in the third trimester, and also make delivery easier. [...]

How Is Massage Therapy Different from Physiotherapy?

As both massage therapy and physiotherapy revolve around improving health and wellbeing, it’s not surprising that some confusion has arisen as to the differences between the two. Both require the therapist to manipulate the body in some way, but the practices are not interchangeable, although they can be used in conjunction with one another depending upon circumstances. What Massage Therapy Provides Massage should never be considered the red-haired stepchild of physiotherapy; this practice stands on its own and provides numerous benefits [...]

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated?

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated? Exercising too hard, working too long as a rigorous job, or even motor vehicle accidents can produce trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are small, but extremely painful knots that form in muscle fibres which have been stressed in some way, although in the case of an injury to the muscle the trigger point may be of some distance away from the actual damage. Trigger points differ from ordinary muscle [...]

Massage and Sports Injuries

Massage and Sports Injuries Every single sport, from football to golf to swimming to ping pong, carries with it the potential for injury. Any time you move your body, especially in a way that is somewhat challenging, you increase the possibility that a tendon, muscle, ligament, or joint will be hurt. Pain and injury can interfere not only with your ability to enjoy the sport, but with everyday life as well. Massage therapy can help to lessen or cure many [...]