September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
Contraindication is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. There are local contraindications—things like a small wound—that shouldn’t be massaged directly, but that don’t mean you can’t still get a perfectly good massage on other parts of your body. Then there are general contraindications, or situations in which you shouldn’t get a massage at all. Contraindications can be an illness like the flu, a treatment or medication like a strong blood thinner, or even something environmental, like a bedbug infestation at home.
But there’s another kind of contraindication that also seems to make the rounds on a regular basis: ...
February 24, 2018 @ 8:16 AM
Dry skin brushing originates back centuries in part of Ayurveda's traditional medicines (which includes meditation and yoga). It is just as the name implies--brushing your dry skin. No water, no oil, no lotion. You use a natural bristle brush and brush in sections towards the heart.
How Does It Work? Here is an excellent excerpt from Rich Travis from "Thyroid Nation"
Your skin is an organ of elimination, just like your kidneys, liver and colon. It’s the largest organ of your body and it’s estimated that one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. Dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this .........
February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 AM
Everyone wants a massage, but sometimes making it in to see your favorite massage therapist (hi there!) just isn’t feasible. It’s in those unexpected and inconvenient moments that knowing how to give your partner a pretty great massage yourself can make the difference between a rotten day and a better one. But of course, this hinges on one thing: do you know how to give a good massage? Giving an at-home massage is not that hard. Here are my favorite tips:
Use firm pressure, but not hard.
People get confused about pressure in two opposite ways. If your partner is smaller than you, you may have a tendency to use very light pressure. This is okay to a point (you probably won’t hurt anyone), but can be a little frustrating.........
January 1, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Our legs do a lot for us. We use them all day, every day. Like other parts of our body they can get tired, overused, sore, and in need of some care.
Our legs take us where we want to go. They let us walk around to do what we need to do - even if it’s just to grab a snack from the kitchen.
Some jobs are physical and involve being on your feet a lot. If lifting and moving things are involved you use your legs to lift and haul them around. Job responsibilities can have repetitive actions than can overwork your muscles.
Other jobs are not very physical and involve a lot of sitting. Long periods of time with your legs in the same position causes your leg muscles to shorten, so when you do stand and walk your legs feel tight......
October 23, 2016 @ 2:36 AM
A tension headache often feels like there is a tight band around your head, squeezing tighter and tighter around your temples. You may also experience pain in your scalp or neck. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, which may be triggered by responses to stress, depression, anxiety, or injury.
Here is some self massage tips to help alleviate that pain...
- Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
- Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, .........
February 18, 2015 @ 7:45 PM
Many clients wonder, “Should I talk during treatment?”
Our answer: Do what you find comfortable, and we will follow suit.
Our goal is to ensure your comfort during treatment, which allows us to provide the most effective massage. All our RMTs are skilled at what they do, and can adapt to each individual they see. If you need to talk, we can listen. If you want to remain silent, our lips are sealed. Need a little mix of both? We can do that too! Never hesitate to let your RMT know what works best for you, and what you need that day, as it may change each appointment.
Need help deciding what might work for you? We’ve highlighted some positives about both talking and remaining silent during a massage treatment.
February 14, 2015 @ 5:25 AM
Adolescence is a unique stage of life. In between childhood and adulthood, teens go through massive changes on both a physiological and a psychological level. Naturally, this means that teens also have unique health and wellness issues. While nothing replaces regular physical exams with a physician and an active lifestyle, massage therapy can be a valuable component of a teen’s health and wellness. Here are three different issues often occurring during adolescence that massage has been shown to help:
Poor body image and eating disorders.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 3% of American teens suffer from an eating disorder, and the majority of them go untreated. Depression, social pressures ...
November 24, 2014 @ 10:59 AM
Happy holidays! Happy 'getting stressed out, trying to do too many things and please everyone' season. Oh, wait--that's not promising.
Maybe this is the year to mix it up a little and make the holidays a little easier.
Sometimes gingerbread men will be missing a limb. The tree may have a bald spot. The kugel may not taste exactly like your Grandma's. Know what? None of it matters. Decide what's truly important to you over the holidays and focus on that.
Once you drop the desire for Norman Rockwell levels of perfection, it gets much easier to ask for help and delegate tasks.
Kids can sign the names and .........
October 1, 2014 @ 11:00 PM
Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults in a given year. Anxiety is described as a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension often with no clear justification. Most people experience symptoms of anxiety at one time or another, but for those with a disorder, normal daily life is often interrupted and limited
A few common anxiety disorders are panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social phobia (Social Anxiety), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While there are varying symptoms with each, many physiological responses overlap with the different disorders. Many people are able to function with symptoms while others are unable cope with them.
Some disorders manifest with physical symptoms like.........
September 8, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
(excerpted from Massage Therapy Today, 8/29/14)
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage therapy that is used to realign the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues—addressing and resolving the underlying problems that can lead to chronic pain and stiffness. It differs from regular massage treatments; in that it addresses deeper, more rooted issues in the muscles and ligaments, and allows treatments to be more vigorous, successful and long-lasting.
When a person experiences ongoing stiffness, tension, or sustained injury to their muscles, tendons and ligaments, these form a band of rigid inflexible tissues called adhesions (known colloquially as “knots”). While most adhesions are relatively minor, ...