Massage

Want to tackle your bad posture? Massage can help.

Driving, working on the computer, staring at your cell phone screen. It feels like now more than ever, so many common daily activities all have our bodies hunching over in the same position.

This kind of bad posture can cause back pain, it can negatively affect your digestion and circulation, as well as affect your self esteem. A study from researchers at Columbia and Harvard Universities showed when people stand in so-called “power positions,” basically standing up straight, they felt more powerful and in control. continue reading »

Aromatherapy Massage 101: What is it?

Aromatherapy massage is a version of Swedish massage. A Swedish massage is a gentle, full body massage, but an aromatherapy massage adds in essential oils that can take the massage to new heights.

Aromatherapy massage uses lotions or oils that contain essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. During an aromatherapy massage, you will inhale and absorb the essential oils via the air molecules and your skin. Essential oils are thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body. In some cases, these oils can actually affect the limbic system of the brain that influences the nervous system of the body. continue reading »

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

There are many different types of massage, and each type has a specific purpose and unique benefits. While every massage can be relaxing and relieve pain and tension in the body, some forms of massage go even deeper than that. One such form of massage is lymphatic drainage massage. continue reading »

All About Reflexology

Most people associate the word reflexology with a form of foot massage, but it is so much more than that. Reflexology is defined as the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands and ears. The theory behind this technique is these areas correspond to organs and systems in the body. When pressure is applied to these areas, it is thought to affect the organs and benefit a person’s health. continue reading »

All About Trigger Point Therapy

Ever had pain when you press on a specific area of your body?

It could just be a bruise, or it could be a trigger point. A trigger point is defined as a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that becomes painful when compressed. There are many ways to deal with them, but current fad in alternative medicine is trigger point therapy and it may surprise you.        continue reading »

Massage Therapy for Sports Injuries

In the United States, massage therapy is generally considered a luxury. But the truth is, massage can be used for much more than just relaxation, its health benefits are numerous. Massage therapy can relieve pain, increase energy, improve sleep, encourage healthy digestion and more. continue reading »

Massage Therapy for Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are common, not only in athletes, but also in the everyday person.  A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist or a blow to the body that forces a joint out of place, while a strain can happen from twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon.        continue reading »

5 Surprising Benefits of Massage for Athletes

It is probably not surprising that massage can be beneficial for athletes. Those of us that ask a lot from our physical bodies on a regular basis can benefit from practices, like massage therapy, that support our bodies in staying healthy and performing at their highest level. In this post, we dug a little deeper and came up with five reasons massage is beneficial for athletes that you might not think of or expect. continue reading »

The Importance of Touch

All humans, from babies to adults, depend on physical contact from other humans in order to thrive. For newborns, touch is vital. Studies have shown newborns that receive adequate nutrition but not enough human contact are significantly more likely to grow up with stunted development. As children, the quality of touch we receive impacts our self-esteem and our ability to build lasting relationships with others. And as adults, regular physical contact with others keeps us sane. continue reading »

7 Ways Runners Benefit from Massage

Running is high-impact sport, but if you’re conscious about taking care of your body, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy running into your 70s or 80s. Taking care of your body can mean a variety of things, from nutrition to sleep to mental health. In this blog, we’ll go over the benefits to runners of regular massage. People have said for years that massage feels good, but research is starting to explain why that is. Here are seven reasons runners should consider getting a massage on a regular basis. continue reading »