- Integrated Body Therapies
Christine A. Ruppert, LMT5712 Stillwell Road
Rockville, MD 20851
Recognizing the greater need for mental health services of all kinds, especially in the wake of Covid and the lockdowns, has become of paramount importance in the last couple of years. And many people are looking for drug-free alternatives to improve mental health. Massage therapy is a great option to improve not only mental health but other physical health concerns as well. Here are just four benefits of how massage therapy can help improve mental health. continue reading
According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure, which consists of two numbers: systolic (or the top number which describes the maximum pressure happening with each contraction of the heart) and diastolic (the bottom number which describes the lowest pressure happening when the heart is in between beats). 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
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
There are many benefits to getting a massage, reducing stress being one of them! With all of the hype around holiday-planning, visiting relatives and using your mental energy to socialize with more people that you’re likely used to, gifting yourself a massage this holiday season can help you get through to the end of the year with ease! continue reading
Massage can be an amazing tool for relieving nausea, and here are a few ways that massage can help with nausea.
Self-massage is a great way to relieve digestive irritations, cramps, morning sickness, stress-related nausea and more. Many people hold their stress in their abdomen which can lead to nausea, general queasiness, and perhaps even vomiting. By gently massaging the abdomen, nausea can be greatly reduced. The motion of the massage is important when being performed on the abdomen – generally clockwise.
Abdominal massage is especially helpful when there is digestive upset. Using a clockwise motion, and beginning at the lower left portion of the belly, gradually work up toward the ribs, then from left to right across the body, and finally downward toward the lower right side of the large intestine. This follows the natural path of the gastrointestinal tract and helps with peristalsis of the stomach and intestines. You can also find relief from nausea by massaging in the middle of the abdomen in a counter-clockwise direction. continue reading
As summer weather comes to a crawl and the feeling of fall becomes more prominent, it’s important to allow our bodies to relax and recover from the hype of summer activities. For most, summer is the most active of all seasons because children aren’t in school, family vacations are more frequent (YEAH!), and the warm weather and longer days allow us to be outside more. With the busyness of our lives, it’s not uncommon for people to feel exhausted by the time autumn rolls around as our lives and routines fall back into place. continue reading
In the United States, 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. Headaches can be debilitating and career ending. Chronic headaches create added stress at work, at home and in everyday life. Massage can be a very important tool for relieving chronic headaches. It can be used proactively to prevent headaches and also retroactively to help relieve a headache that is already in full swing. Let’s look at some ways that massage can help with headaches. continue reading
The American Massage Therapy Association took a survey recently to find out why people get massage. What they found was that 72 percent of those surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage was because it was medically advised, or to relieve stress. And growing research supports the premise that massage is very effective therapy in this regard, and there are numerous other health benefits to be had as well. Depending on what is needed, a massage can help relieve pain, improve posture, reduce stress and relax muscles.
Here are five reasons why EVERYBODY needs to get a massage: continue reading
How do you know if you need a massage? What tell-tale signs will your body or mind exhibit to let you know it is time to schedule a massage therapy appointment? Believe it or not, there are some key indicators most people commonly experience before they head into a massage therapy appointment. If you experience any of these signs, chances are you are ready to schedule a massage therapy appointment today. continue reading