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May 15, 2019

Massage benefits veterans through an increased mind-body awareness, increased parasympathetic nervous activity, and pain management.

March 1, 2019

Massage therapy is a treatment approach which is growing in demand and popularity. It was once considered an alternative or fringe approach, but it is now becoming much more mainstream. More importantly, now that massage therapy is considered a mainstream treatment option, many insurance companies provide coverage for treatment sessions. This form of therapy involves hands-on techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, as well as many other benefits. The body’s soft tissue areas include the muscles, tendons, connective tissue, etc. If someone is tense and in need of a release, or they have been injured and have extensive muscle and/or nerve tissue damage that plagues their body, massage therapy might be worth exploring. Here are some benefits of massage therapy.

1. It Is Relaxing – When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormon...

January 27, 2018

The origins of cupping are diverse, images and detailed  accounts of their use have been found in Egypt, China, and Greece. The original “cups” were made of animal horns and later of pottery and glass. Cupping has changed over the centuries and has expanded in its application. We now have rubber and silicone cups that provide a wide range of uses, including massage.  

Cupping is thought to be one of the best deep tissue massage available.  It has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissue, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries.  Cupping helps soften long standing muscle tightness and adhesion's by breaking up the multiple layers of fascia and bringing blood flow back into ischemic tissue. This method can help with treatment of chronic injuries, which respond to treatment but come back. It also unblocks meridians and stagnant energy and returns balance to the...

April 20, 2017

Spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit. The world is alive with buds and blooms, and sweet fragrances fill the air. Just as the outside world is being reborn, so are our bodies.  Spring is the ideal time for cleaning and clearing, not just our homes and yards, but our bodies as well. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) Five Element Theory, spring represents the wood element (the five elements of TCM are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). The principles of the Five Elements describe the flow of energy or “Qi” within the body. They state that all change within the body and the world at large occurs in five distinct stages with spring being the time for wood energy, and regulation of the liver and gallbladder.

Springtime energies stimulate the liver and gallbladder to cleanse the blood and internal organs of impurities. These impurities may be due to processed, fatty or undigested foods, enzyme deficiency, or environmental toxins such as...

August 23, 2016

Massage has been practiced throughout recorded history and has been an important part of pregnancy and childbearing for millennia.Pregnancy and birth are a sacred journey, one that creates a miraculous environment for awareness and healing. As a massage therapist, there is nothing quite like working with a mother and her unborn child. The beauty of pregnancy and the energy of new life in the womb gives rise to a deep reverence for the journey the mother and child are on together.

Historically, pregnancy and childbirth were seen to by midwives, healers, birth attendants and family members. Massage was an important tool in assessing the mothers well-being, the position of the unborn child and managing stress and pain before, during and after the birth. With the rise of modern medicine and a more clinical birthing environments we have lost some of these beneficial practices. Prenatal massage is making a comeback through the rise of birthing centers and the resurgence of midwifery and doula...

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