When NOT to Massage As practicing massage therapists with many years of experience we have had our share of success stories working with our clients. As educators we strongly believe that keeping boundaries around the limitations of massage therapy is important. There are times that professionals and amateurs alike take on situations that should be…Details
Massage has been around for as long as we have. It is instinctual to rub an area of soreness to help it feel better. So using your hands and fingers to manipulate your tissues can help a lot. Most of us can reach all over our body save our mid and upper back. We can use tools to get to those places or have someone address those areas for us. Getting older does not have to mean getting stiffer.
Massaging your body is free and cost effective in the long run.
If you choose to have your only body last for an entire lifetime in good operating condition you must maintain it. Massage therapy is a part of regular routine maintenance.
Everyone knows that maintaining your car or other machinery prolongs its useful life. Our body is no different. While we routinely change the oil in our car every 3000 miles or when recommended, we will put many more miles on our body and perform no routine maintenance.
Why wait for a breakdown before taking action?
In order to enjoy a good quality of life it is important to maintain the health of your joints and muscles as well as your organ systems (heart, lungs, brain, etc.) Research has shown that muscle mass tends to diminish as we age as does bone density. Weight bearing exercise will maintain muscle mass and bone density. Stretching and other flexibility practices keep the muscles limber and promote joint health. Massage therapy also maintains joint flexibility and muscle health by enhancing blood circulation, nutrition delivery and waste removal.
Stretching & Massage Adding some stretches to the massages you share with your family at home is an easy way to make the massage sessions more effective. It also adds variety and interest to the massage. We taught our massage students several different approaches to applying stretches. The two that make sense for the average…Details
Raindrop® Technique The Raindrop Technique® is a unique practice based on methods that have been used for centuries to rejuvenate the body and mind. The Raindrop Technique helps bring balance and harmony to the body by combining targeted massage and distinctive energy approaches. It also includes pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to create an atmosphere of…Details
Looking to Buy a Massage Table? Most people make use of the floor, couch or bed when sharing massage at home. This is a good idea for the occassional massage exchange. Investing in a good massage table makes sense if you are in the habit of sharing massage work in your family. The strain…Details
Keys to Giving (or Getting) a GREAT Massage Having taught massage for many years and professionally practiced massage for more years than we taught we know the benfits a good massage can impart. There are some key points we like to emphasize in order to make the massage experience as therapeutic as possible. Start with these…Details
Trigger Points – Part 3 …An example of complex patterns You were out walking one day, mis-stepped, and twisted your ankle by accident. You limped along until you got back home and put some ice on it and took an aspirin or two. The ankle hurt for a few days but you had work to…Details
Trigger Points – Part 2 So, what’s so bad about having a trigger point or two? Trigger points can cause all sorts of mayhem in the body. In Part 1 we mentioned pain in muscles and joints; headaches, too. But did you know they can cause tooth pain? Trigger points in the masseter and temporalis…Details
Trigger Points – Part 4 …can live with ‘em, prefer to live without ‘em. SO, now that you have a better idea of what a trigger point is, how you get them and what kinds of problems they cause…How do you get rid of them? Prevention beats cure any time so lets start there. Obviously there…Details
Trigger Points – Part 1 The “gift” that keeps on giving Have a nagging ache that seems to come and go? Or won’t go away? You can feel fine for weeks, even months and then BAM!, the pain returns with a vengeance. You take a couple of aspirin or ibuprofen, rest it and it feels…Details