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October 10, 2019

Massage therapy has been shown to have few serious risks provided it is performed by a properly trained therapist and appropriate cautions are followed.  

Avoid massage all together if the following are present and until they are resolved:

  • significant fever

  • severe unstable hypertension

  • systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold and flu

  • acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention

  • blood clots

Avoid massage on the affected area for the following conditions:

  • Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

  • aneurism

  • local contagious or irritable skin conditions

  • open sores or wounds

  • recent surgery

  • recent burn

  • varicosities

  • malignancy

General cautions for massage include:

  • Although massage therapy appears to be generally safe for cancer patients, they should consult their oncologist before having a massage that involves deep or intense pressure. Any di...

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...

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...

July 11, 2016

The Meditative Mind

Meditate verb. to think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

The mind is like a river, it is always flowing and coursing with thought. We often fall into the river of thought and get swept away, surfacing at some point down-stream, and wondering how we got there. Meditation allows us to sit on the banks of the river of thought and observe it, without attachment, without getting swept away. Meditation is a means of training the mind to stay present, to acknowledge the thoughts as they come and allowing them to go without following them into the rapids. In meditation we sit. Yes, just sit, we do not “do” anything.

This may sound like a superb waste of time, how and why would we want to just “sit”? Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits. Meditation engages the parasympathetic nervous system and activates the “relaxation response”. This is a term coined...

June 27, 2016

We, as a society, have become accustomed to stress as a part of daily life. How often do we respond to inquiries on our mental status with “I’m just so busy” or “I’m stressed out”? Over scheduling and a general sense that "the busier we are the better", have become our way of life. Would we be any less productive or responsible if we weren’t stressed? Would our lives be less meaningful if we took time to stop and smell the roses or made time for daily reflection? I think not, in fact the opposite is true.

Stress is the leading cause of disease in America with up to 75% of all doctor visits being due to stress related illnesses. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. Stress is literally killing us.

Over the next few weeks we will explore different options for stress relief, and how to cope with the demands of the day. Ascension Wel...

May 18, 2016

 

We live in a world of constant stimulation. On any given day we are bombarded with cell phones, email, facebook, twitter, traffic, billboards, television, (bad) news, not to mention most of us have calendars packed full of events requiring our attention.  All of these stimulate our central nervous system and can activate a stress response in our body.  Stress creates a cascade of chemical reactions in the body releasing substances such as epinephrine and cortisol. Prolonged stress causes damage to the body systems and results in decreased immune function, sluggish digestion and is the cause of many diseases of both body and mind.

The problem is clear, so what are people doing about it? More importantly what are you doing about it? Self care is the answer; we must balance the stress in our lives with its natural opposite, relaxation. Relaxation shouldn't just be that 2 weeks a year when you’re on vacation lounging in a hammock reading your favorite book and sipping a margarita, it...

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