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Palo Santo (Sacred Wood Tree) Essential Oil is a natural purifier and promotes deep immunity, especially during cold and flu season. It is a perfect additive to massage oil and has many benefits including immune boosting, promotion of healthy inflammatory response in the joints and muscles and skiing regeneration. It is also calming and grounding. Consider requesting it in your next warm oil massage to reduce stress and enhance spirituality.
If you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms (such as jaw stiffness, pain, soreness, clicking, and popping), you may want to consider massage therapy. Studies have tested massage’s effects on TMJ pain and have shown that receiving work on the lateral pterygoid muscle (involved in opening the jaw) helps ease pain, reduce joint clicking, and allows better mouth-opening. Acupuncture and biofeedback therapy also show to be promising treatments for TMJ issues.
“The Consequences of Stress… Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations. Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.The incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular “doses.” Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami, is known for her massage research, along with colleague Tiffany Field. Together, they and other researchers have done outstanding work proving the value of massage. While their studies have shown we can benefit from massage even in small doses (15 minutes of chair massage or a half-hour table session), Hernandez-Reif says they know from their research that receiving bodywork 2-3 times a week is highly beneficial. And if we lived in a fantasy world, Hernandez-Reif has the answer. “I feel a daily massage is optimal.”It’s undoubtedly a wonderful thing when your therapist begins unwinding those stress-tightened muscles, and your day’s troubles begin to fade away. But it’s the cherry on top to know this “medicine” only gets better with frequency.”
This excerpt is taken from an article written by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. To read more about the benefits of massage, go to http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php?article_id=468
Having a proper functioning lymphatic system is necessary for our body to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify tissues, remove toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. Lymph vessels rely on the muscles to contract and cause lymph to flow. Lymph circulation can become hindered or stopped and lymph fluid stagnant due to surgery, fatigue, stress, and aging.
Lymphatic massage is designed to attain and help sustain proper functioning of the lymphatic system. It involves gentle use of pressure to aid in the recirculation of body fluids and may help with:
- ~Reduction in swelling
- ~Detoxification of the body
- ~Regeneration of tissue
- ~Relief of inflammation
- ~Immune system stimulation
- ~Relief of chronic pain
- ~Deep relaxation
Sports massage is a type of deep Swedish massage that aims at increasing circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluids. Sports massage also focuses on breaking up adhesions and increasing joint range of motion.
When would you get a sports massage?
- *Before a sports event to stimulate circulation and prepare for the event
- *After a sports event to help normalize tissues and reduce inflammation
- *During training to assist the athlete with training and avoiding injury
- *At any time to aid in rehabilitating an injury
Always check in with your massage therapist so they know your needs and expectations for the massage.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Chronic muscle tension and / or injury can result in adhesions, which are bands of painful tissue. This tissue can be inflamed causing pain, limited movement and blocked circulation. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that can help to realign and release deeper layers of connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense areas such as the back, neck, or shoulders or hips.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
This type of massage can cause some discomfort during the session. However, the client should stay in touch with the massage therapist and discuss any treatment that is outside the range of tolerance.
Possible Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
- Alleviate muscle tension
- Increase in joint mobility
- Alleviate postural deviations
- Speed recovery of injuries
- Eliminate repetitive strain issues
Most diseases, whether resulting from allergy, infection or toxicity, cause edema or swelling of the smallest blood vessels. This swelling reduces blood flow and therefore the rate at which oxygen dissolved in the blood stream can reach the tissues. As the reduction in tissue oxygenation continues, all body functions are compromised and a person feels fatigued, the characteristic symptom reported by most sick people. Oxygen deprivation also causes mental fogginess and loss of mental sharpness. These signs and symptoms are not surprising when you realize that the organ systems of the body that use the most oxygen are the muscles, skeletal system, heart, and brain.
If you’d like to come in and try our exercise with oxygen therapy, we will put you on a stair climber or exercise bike and have you exercise for 20 minutes while breathing oxygen enriched air through a mask. You might want to try it before a massage or colonic session. Book your appointment at www.livingartswellness.com today!
Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) is Powerful
Exercise while you breathe higher concentrations of oxygen. Right now, you are breathing approx. 21% O2. During exercise, breathing higher oxygen levels provides an immediate increase in strength, endurance, and energy. Burn more calories in the same 15, 20 or 30 minute workout!
EWOT is Well-Being
In addition to this surge of power during exercise, EWOT increases blood plasma oxygen levels. Increasing your oxygen levels can offer amazing metabolism & immune function improvement. Most diseases thrive in low oxygen environments. The healthful benefits of EWOT include higher oxygen levels to all parts of the body. Keep the body highly oxygenated and reduce the risk of many diseases.
EWOT is Anti-Aging
Aging involves loosing the ability to carry oxygen to all tissues of the body. EWOT provides anti-aging benefits through increasing oxygen carrying capacity.
EWOT is for Everyone
EWOT does not require a prescription. No oxygen tanks to pay for each month. All you need is an oxygen generator which takes room air and removes the nitrogen, providing up to 95% pure oxygen. Simply wear the oxygen delivery system to enrich the air you breath during exercise. Healthful benefits of EWOT can be achieved with just three simple 15 minute aerobic workouts per week.
What type of massage do I need ?
Have you ever wondered just what to ask for when scheduling a massage therapy session?
Here are some descriptions of common massage techniques:
Swedish massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints and can be relaxing or energizing . Swedish massage may also help after an injury.
The four common strokes of Swedish massage are:
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
- Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
- Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand
Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Trigger points are painful points located within taut bands of muscle, hypertonicity, and are treated primarily with the application of sustained, usually static pressure. These points can create pain locally and in a referred pattern. For example, a trigger point in the muscles of the cervical region might refer pain into the shoulder, arm or head.
Through the softening of trigger points, NMT aims to reduce chronic, referred pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body and generally focuses on a particular region such as the back or shoulders. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscle. ligament, tendon and fascia. Though less rhythmic than Swedish massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries and strains.
At Living Arts Wellness, we often use a combination of techniques (Integrative Massage), designing a specific session for your specific needs.
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These are just a few of the benefits of massage and bodywork reported by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork…
Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
- Relieving back pain
- Boosting immune system
- Reducing anxiety
- Lowering blood pressure
- Treating migraines
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Easing post-operative pain
- Alleviating side effects of cancer**