Stress is an inevitable part of life, but people experience it in different ways. Whether through a chemical imbalance or through simply not knowing the skills to decrease and deal with stress in a healthy way, people suffer with various mental and physical symptoms related to this high level of stress. What many people may not know is that regular massage therapy can be a tremendous help in dealing with anxiety and depression and there are specific massage techniques used with great success. continue reading
According to the Mayo Clinic, a tension headache is defined as “a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in your head that’s often described as feeling a tight band around your head.” Treatments vary wildly from over-the-counter medications to simply finding a work/life balance that allows you to develop healthy habits. One of the best ways to address tension headaches is to make regular appointments with your massage therapist. continue reading
Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) have only increased in recent years, especially with the prevalence of cell phone elbow, texting thumb, and tech neck. These newer conditions can be added to tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulders, and other issues impacting the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. If you suffer from any of these conditions, massage is a great treatment option to help get you back to pain-free living. continue reading
It has been far too long since you have seen your massage therapist. And to say 2020 was a stressful year is a drastic understatement. We could all use an hour or two with a skillful therapist to work out all the stress, tension, and muscle kinks from the last year. continue reading
In a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports in September 2020, researchers confirmed that the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s fight or flight response, is physically and psychologically regenerative and is especially activated through massage therapy.
While we have all thought massage encourages relaxation and that relaxing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, these researchers set out to scientifically prove it. continue reading
A staggering number of Americans experience chronic low back pain at some point in their lives, and then spend billions of dollars a year trying to relieve that discomfort.
If you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic, you’ve probably spent your fair share of time trying to figure out how to set up an office space that doesn’t wreak havoc on your lower spine. And if you’re someone who works on your feet all day, perhaps you’ve experienced some form of low back pain throughout your career. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. continue reading
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The first research that looked at the positive effects of massage for preterm babies was conducted back in 1964. Since that time, dozens of studies have confirmed massage is a great complementary technique for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For mothers whose babies are born preterm, there is perhaps nothing more stressful than watching, hoping and waiting for the day they can finally take their baby home. Research shows it is not uncommon for parents to experience high psychological stress, including feelings of helplessness, if their baby is born preterm. continue reading
A massage is generally thought of as a relaxing and pleasurable experience. And anybody who has experienced the euphoria of a really good massage, you know that you get off the table feeling completely at peace with the world and incandescently happy. Your massage therapist reminds you to take it easy for the rest of the day and drink plenty of water. And while you may hear the words, you may not take the words to heart and then you go on about your day as normal. Then something happens as you sleep that night. When you wake up the next morning, your muscles are sore and you start to wonder if your massage therapist jacked something up. continue reading
Circadian rhythms, also known as your internal clock, operate on a 24 hour cycle and influence everything that your body goes through on a daily basis. From optimal digestion to sleep, circadian rhythms play a crucial role. The circadian rhythms are regulated by a group of nerves known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which is located in the hypothalamus of the brain. This nucleus of nerves responds to environmental cues like sunlight and darkness. This triggers the release of hormones that regulate everything from body temperature to metabolism. continue reading
For many people, the winter months are more difficult to get through than other times of the year. With shorter days, less sunlight, colder temperatures, inclement weather and less social interaction, people tend to become depressed as the season of winter approaches. Just like our wild cousins, winter is often a time of hibernation and rejuvenation. But there are ways to combat the winter blues.
One of the best things anybody can do for themselves during the winter months is to get a massage. There are many benefits to regular massage and here are just a few reasons why you should consider booking a session this winter. continue reading