February 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

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This year, commemorate Valentine’s Day the way it was originally intended-as a celebration of love.  A gift of wellness is an amazing way to show love. 

Who doesn’t need to recharge and renew their body to keep up with the frantic pace of everyday life?  Often, the simplest gifts can empower the people we love to carve out a little time to nurture and care for themselves.  Think of all your friends and family who mean the world to you.

What better way to show the special people in your life how much they are appreciated by you than with some much-needed pampering and a well-deserved massage. It’s so easy for you to give a gift of massage to promote overall wellness.

We’ve added Valentine Specials to our menu of services to add relaxation to your life or as a gift for someone special.  Purchase these treatments by February 15, 2013 to receive the discounted prices. (See menu below.)

For your convenience,  purchase an Instant Gift Certificate here now  by clicking  on the link or call us at 843-723-7005. We are always here to assist you.

Warmly,

 

Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

310 Broad Street, Suite 8

Charleston, SC  29401

843-723-7005

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Aroma-Therapeutic Journey

Tantalize your senses with an unforgettable one hour massage using a blend of therapeutic aromatherapy essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate stress. You’ll be irresistibly scented, nurtured and uplifted.

Limited Time Special: $60.00 – A $75.00 Value

For Only $60.00!

 

Romance For Couples

Dissolve the day’s stress and renew your relationship with this relaxing and uplifting one hour massage in the same room side by side with two massage therapists. You’ll leave walking in step, hand in hand after you experience this romantic treatment together.

Limited Time Special: $130.00 – A $160.00 Value for Only $130.00!

 

*Special Promotion Rules:
Valentine Specials must be purchased by midnight, February 15,
2013. Limit 4 per household.  Gift Certificates expire one year
from date of purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers
or specials.

 

September 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

Boosting Your Immunity For The Change Of Season

 Lymph draining therapy, practiced throughtout Europe for decades, is a well-documented bodywork method of stimulating the lymph system to activate fluid circulation, detoxify, rejuvenate, and strengthen the body’s natural defenses. It is a highly specialized technique using precise, complex hand movements to encourage the draining of lymph fluids.

lymph drainage 

Using slow, gentle stokes with a rhythmic pumping action, the therapist follows the lymph pathways throughout the body to move the flow of lymph and accelerate detoxification. In comparison, normal massage techniques are much too forceful to allow drainage in the tissues and may hinder transport.

 The therapy has been successfully used to alleviate conditions such as swelling (edemas) of many origins and chronic pain, as well as to detoxify and regenerate body tissues. It is also effective for stimulating the immune system to improve chronic infections and inflammation such as sinusitis, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies. Lymph drainage therapy is also beneficial for pre-surgery to prevent edema and speed the recovery process.

 Almost everyone can benefit from lymph drainage. It is a great treatment to boost energy and immunity especially at the change of seasons. We recommend receiving a lymph drainage treatment every 2 – 3 months for maintenance and more often in times of illness or need.

Call us to find out more about lymph drainage therapy and to schedule your appointment.

Reference:

Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy, Dr. Bruno Chikly

 

Ouch! Pain In The Neck?neck pain

Neck problems have become a part of everyday life due to the overuse of computers, poor posture, improper fitness training, sitting for prolonged periods of time in one position, tight muscles, arthritis, upper spine and disc problems.

Sitting in front of your office computer can weaken important muscles, leading to chronic back pain and other health problems. If you are working on a computer, make sure you take multiple breaks so that you can move your head, do some neck exercises, and change positions. This is really important to maintain neck flexibility. People with neck problems should avoid movements that hyperextend the neck. This can aggravate neck problems that can further cause impingement of the neck arteries that supply blood to the brain.

Make sure your workstation is comfortable. You should have an ergonomic chair that has good back support and neck support. Your viewing distance should be 12 – 28 inches from the computer screen to prevent straining your neck muscles to see what you are typing. The top of your computer screen should be at or slightly below eye level when you are sitting comfortably. For most people the most comfortable neck position is when their normal line of sight is about 15 – 20 degrees below horizontal. The angle of your computer screen should be 10 – 20 degrees. The height of the keyboard should be 23 – 28 inches from the floor surface. Your thighs should be horizontal.

work station 

Also avoid fast or jerky neck movements, sitting with your head too far forward, lying down on the sofa or bed with your head propped up high on the pillow, and head circles.

 Here are some quick exercise suggestions: 

  • Turn head slowly left to right
  • Empire State Building Watch - slowly look up and down
  • Shoulder Blade Squeeze – pull shoulder blades together and hold and repeat
  • Head tilts – tilt head from left to right
  • Shrug shoulders and make circles backwards
     

For many individuals with cervical strains and other musculoskeletal conditions of the neck, it may be necessary to seek help for relief of neck pain with massage in conjunction with exercise. A massage therapist experienced and specializing in clinical cervical massage, stretching, and exercise is essential for pain relief, rebalance, and strengthening of your body. 

Note: Always follow your physician’s advice.

For more information about clinical massage, exercise therapy and improvement of posture, call  

Bill Baurley, LMT, PAS, CFT

 Nationally Board Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Certified Fitness Trainer

Postural Alignment Specialist – Certified by Egoscue University  

843-723-7005

References:

Exercise Therapy by Karl G. Knopf, EdD – International Sports Sciences Association 

OSHA Ergonomic Solutions

 

 

Strengthen Your Time Management Muscle

 
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one – Mark Twain

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.

 Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. To help you get started, here are some steps to streamline your days at work and at home. Try the first one or two that jump out at you:

  • Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  • Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  • Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  • Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  • Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks.
  • Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  • If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
  • Ask for help and delegate.
  • In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper. Leave work with a clear head and a clean desk.
  • Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished.

 Also take a look at the two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a task seems too daunting, too large or too complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you may need to ask the larger questions, “Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?”

As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life.

 

For more information about time management, healthy eating and living, call

Jacquelyn Baurley, CHC, AADP – Board Certified

 Certified Health Coach

Nutrition & Lifestyle Educator 

843-723-7005  

Reference: Institute for Integrative Nutrition

 

Why Should You Care About Pesticides?

The growing concensus amoung scientists is that small doses of presticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially fetal development and early childhood. Scientist now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powereful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.
  
The Environmental Working Group research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen ™ Plus 2 list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily.
 
EWG Shopper’s Guide 2012
 dirty dozen plus 2
 
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically enten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate presticides.  Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin.  The best approach; eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.
 
Reference:
Environmental Working Group - 2012 Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides In Produce – Eighth Edition
http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

 

We are here to help you choose the most appropriate treatment or program for your particular needs and interests. 

 

Call 843-723-7005 now to speak with us to help you get started and take the first step to a healthy and vibrant life.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill & Jacquelyn Baurley

Owners
Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

www.charleston-massage.com

 

 

In This Issue:

 

Massage & Bodywork:

Boosting Your Immunity for The Change of Season – Lymph Drainage Therapy

 

Functional Fitness:

Ouch! Pain in the neck?

 

Integrative Nutrition: 

Strengthen Your Time Management Muscle

 

Why Should You Care About Pesticides?

 

Did you know we specialize in treating chronic pain and injuries?

The majority of massage therapists are great, but very few have the thousands of hours of hands on experience, advanced training certifications for treating chronic pain and injuries, and effective successful treatments we can offer you. 

 

Call Charleston Therapeutic Massage at 843-723-7005 for more information or an appointment. 

 

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August 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

Traveling Can Be A Pain, Literally!heavy baggage

Long car rides, cramped airline seats, and lousy hotel beds can make you feel miserable while on that long awaited vacation. Being in a seated position for hours upon hours, improper position of the head, unlevel seated position, no lumbar support, dragging and lifting that overweight luggage, and too much physical activity can wreak havoc on your back, neck, spine, shoulders, hips, and legs. No one wants to be on vacation or return from vacation in pain!

There are lots of ways to prevent traveling pain. Here are a few tips:

1. Stretch as often as your trip allows. Stretching prevents muscles from tightening and causing pain. Get up and stretch as often as you can. If you’re stuck in a seated position try these three exercises:

  • Seated Scapular Contractions: Sit up straight on the edge of your seat. Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead and hip width apart. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back and hold throughout the exercise. Squeeze and release your shoulder blades together – back and down NOT up and down. Do 10 repetitions.
  •  Seated Knee Pillow Squeezes: Sit on the edge of your seat with your feet pointed straight ahead. Place a pillow between your knees. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back and hold this position throught the exercise. Squeeze and release the pillow with your knees. Do 20 repetitions.
  • Seated Isolated Hip Flexor Lifts: Sit up straight on the edge of your seat. Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead and hip width apart. Let your arms hang down at your sides. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back. Lift one foot about 3 inches off the floor and then lower. Use your front hip muscles to generate the movement. Maintain the arch in your back, keeping your hips rolled forward throughout the exercise. Switch sides and repeat. Do 20 repetitions.

2. Pack a pillow.  Use a neck pillow or rolled up blanket to support your neck. Do the same behind your lower back to support the lumbar spine.

If you are staying at a hotel, you may find the hotel pillows are too big. Ideally you want to keep your neck in a neutral position while sleeping – aligned with your spine, not bent forward. Bring your favorite pillow from home or improvise your own pillow using a towel from the bathroom and folding it to look like a wedge shaped cervical pillow – the thicker part of the wedge goes under your neck while the thinner part goes under your head.

3. Lighten your load.  Most of us are traveling with more than we need. Using luggage with wheels makes it easier to manage but when you are wheeling your bags and other items from your car to the airport check in counter or down long airport halls, this can become a potential hazard.

4. Stay hydrated.  Be sure to drink water when flying. Being in the compressed air of the cabin can dehydrate you. Joint pain is one symptom of a lack of sufficient water in the human body. If you’re not a big water drinker you can meet some of your daily needs by eating fruits, especially watermelon, and foods like mixed green salads, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, cottage cheese, green beans and tomato sauce.

5. Get a massage.  Massage therapy can be used as prevention before, during and after travel. Take care of potential problem areas before they become a vacation buster. You may find you need to unwind after your vacation due to the transition of getting back to your daily routine of work, family and everyday stress.

 

Can A Postural Assessment Help You Become Pain Free?

by Bill Baurley, LMT, CFT, PAS
Pain Relief Specialist
 
When a person is suffering from pain, focusing attention on the muscles involved may offer relief. A practitioner may be able to help with massage and other bodywork techniques, but what may be missed is that the moment the client moves off the treatment table, gravity exerts force on the load bearing joints and pulls the body back into dysfunction and the problems return.

When a client is lying down on a table this gives the practitioner some information. To obtain a full picture of all structural abnormalities, it is important to analyze the client’s total structure standing, lying down and moving. Your posture from all sides – the front, the back and the side – should all line up, both vertically and horizontally. If your posture is out of whack, you’re probably feeling it – in your knees, your back, hips, shoulders, and neck.

Pete Egoscue, author of six books, including the best selling books, Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain, and more recently, Pain Free Living, developed a posture therapy method based on the understanding the body requires a healthy alignment of parts – from the head, to the shoulders, to the pelvis, to the knees, on down to the ankles and feet. If one shoulder rests higher than the other, something is wrong. The difference between Egoscue and other therapies is there are no drugs, surgery or cracking.  

Understanding what is happening in the body to cause it to be out of position and what muscles are controlling that position will help the practitioner develop a sequence of exercises that return the body to get back into the proper alignment.

 

 

Trainers run into a lot of clients who have developed knee or back pain and don’t really know why.  If you start training with weights and other exercises, you may become stronger with the same painful condition, and in some cases, the training can aggravate it.  This eventually may lead you to stop training. This doesn’t have to be the end of your training days, you may just need to straighten and then strengthen. 

The first thing an Egoscue therapist does is assess posture, examine the walk, and watch how the client performs a range of motions to pinpoint the problem areas. Then a custom tailored physical fitness program is created that includes stretches and static strengthening exercises all aimed at correcting those postural deficiencies to get the body back into proper alignment and pain free.

For more information about postural assessment and corrective exercises with Bill Baurley, Nationally Board Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Certified Fitness Trainer, PAS (Postural Alignment Specialist – Certified by Egoscue University), please call Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness at 843-723-7005.  

Source:  The Egoscue Method
 
 
 

green drinkNaturally Energize and Transform Yourself

by Jacquelyn Baurley, CHC, AADP -Board Certified
Certified Health Coach, Nutrition  & Lifestyle Educator
 
Do you want a fast, nutritious, delicious energizing meal that won’t wreck your diet? Whole real foods are a delicious and healthy way to jump start your day and your weight loss program. What could be more fresh than tossing a few raw super whole foods into your blender and enjoying a great tasting smoothie. Customizing your smoothie with super foods you enjoy and right for your body will leave you feeling energized and vibrant transforming your health from the inside to the outside.

 Virtually every health authority recommends that we get 6 – 8 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Smoothies are an excellent way to guarantee that we reach our daily target.

Smoothies help you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables and fruits. This is important because many people have impaired digestion limiting the body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients. Blending vegetables and fruits will help to “pre-digest” them for you so you will receive most of the nutrients.

There’s no reason to be concerned with your ability to make a smoothie or if you will like it. No matter what degree of experience you’ve had with raw whole foods or smoothies, you will find it’s easy to consume an optimal amount of vegetables and fruits if you decide this is something YOU can and want to do. 

To make a tasty smoothie, you need to consider what you’re going to put in it. Be careful not to go overboard with fruits as for some people fruits can cause disturbances in blood sugar creating an imbalance. Only you know what it’s going to take to push your limits. Blending your own smoothie will help you to avoid the high sugar and processed smoothies offered at stores. 

Have fun making your smoothie and gradually add new foods.  Don’t be afraid to add greens; they are the closest thing to a multi-vitamin that you can eat with plenty of healthy energy boosting polyphenols. Eating fresh greens in a salad is not your only option to incorporate greens into your diet. Many of my clients tell me they dislike the taste and smell of greens. If you are not a fan of greens, try spinach in your smoothie. It has a mild taste that you won’t taste when mixed with the sweetness of fruits. I like to combine spinach with blueberries or banana. Dark leafy greens like kale blended with banana tastes exactly like a banana smoothie. Honestly, you can’t taste the greens!

 Be creative and find your favorite combination. It’s best to rotate your greens and fruits to get the nutritional variety your body needs. A few super foods such as chia, hemp, coconut oil, almond butter, avocado, goji berries, nuts, and seeds can be added to help regulate hormones and provide healthy fats and proteins. I like to add cilantro because it has been shown to be a highly effective and natural solution to ridding the body of heavy metals.

In case you’ve never made a smoothie before, start with just two ingredients: ripe bananas and fresh spinach (or Romaine or leaf lettuce). Put your banana in the blender, add a bit of water and blend until they are combined. Then add a really large handful (or two) of spinach and poke it down into the mixture and continue blending. Blend long enough that it’s not chunky.

Helpful Blending Tip:

If you don’t have a 3 horsepower blender, here are some tips for blending smoothies in a household blender:

  • Start with the softest ingredients first.
  • Add just enough water to make ingredients blend well
  • Add one handful of greens at a time. Poke down and mix in the greens first on slow speed. Once they’ve been sucked down, use a higher speed.
  • Sometimes adding a little bit of water at the bottom and some ice on top of the greens can help.  

When you’re ready to get a little more creative, gradually add more raw foods. Here’s a few of my favorite smoothie recipies:

 Recipe # 1:

            1 apple (cut up & cored)

            2 large handfuls of spinach

            1/2 medium cucumber (cut up)

            1 rib of celery (cut up)

            1/2 tsp of fresh ginger root (peeled)

            1/2 cup parsley or cilantro

            Juice of 1/2 lemon

            5 ice cubes (optional)

            Add water as needed until desired consistency

    Recipe # 2:

            1/2 cup parsley or cilantro

            4 large kale leaves (center ribs removed) or 2 large handfuls of spinach

            1 cup frozen organic blueberries

            1/2 banana

            1 tsp. raw ground flax or chia seeds

            1 – 2 scoops raw hemp protein

            1 tsp. coconut oil

            1/4 avocado

            1 cup of water, or unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk

            5 – 6 ice cubes

            Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add more liquid if too thick.

 Recipe #3: (This is based on a whole food approach to healing and cleansing the body of heavy   metals – Smoothie Formulas by Jeff Primack)

            Blend:

            1½ cup distilled water

            5 nodes of cilantro with stems

            8 organic strawberries

            1 organic cucumber with skin

            1 fuji apple w/skin (& seeds if using a 3 horsepower blender)

            1″ slice ginger root

            1/2 lime w/pith (& seeds if using a 3 horsepower blender)

 

 
 

 

We understand how overwhelming the process of learning new information can be. Even if it makes sense it is a huge undertaking to transform a lifestyle. We would like to support your intentions of being healthy and happy.  We are here to help you choose the most appropriate treatment or program for your particular needs and interests. 

 

Call 843-723-7005 now to speak with us to help you get started and take the first step to a healthy and vibrant life.

 

Sincerely,

Bill & Jacquelyn Baurley

Owners

Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

www.charleston-massage.com

 

July 17th, 2012 | No Comments »

Shoulder Pain

People with shoulder dysfunctions and injuries suffer constant pain, interrupted sleep and loss of range of motion. Postural strains often create an imbalance in the shoulder muscles making you prone to injury.  Postural strains can be caused by frequent computer use, driving and carrying a heavy bag. Shoulder tendonitis or shoulder bursitis refer to the condition that causes inflammation around the shoulder joint. This inflammation begins when there is an injury to the structure.  The longer there is inflammation present the worse the pain gets. As time goes on the shoulder will become stiff and more painful.

How To Treat Shoulder/Joint Pain

Shoulder pain relief can encompass several different approaches. Initially you need to address the source of the pain. Is your shoulder pain from tendonitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, muscle tears, cartilage tears, instability or muscle imbalance?  If you have already been evaluated by your doctor and you are not experiencing the relief you want then you may want to explore therapeutic massage and corrective exercises.

Researchers at Auburn Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, Australia, found that soft-tissue massage improved range of motion, reduced pain and improved function in people with shoulder pain.

A study conducted to investigate the effects of soft tissue massage on range of motion, reported pain, and reported function in patients with shoulder pain. The results of this study showed massage significantly reduced pain and improved range of motion for abduction, flexion and hand-behind back. (Van den Dolder, P.A., & Roberts, D.L. (2003). A trial into the effectiveness of soft tissue massage in the treatment of shoulder pain. )

Corrective exercises, ice and pain relieving lotions can be part of your self-care routine. Rest, ice and pain relieving lotions are some effective methods in helping relieve shoulder pain. Look for a lotion with at least one pain-relieving ingredient, such as Arnica, wintergreen, menthol, or a Chinese herbal blend.  A full posture analysis can determine muscular imbalances and dysfunction. After your imbalance is determined a customized program of corrective exercises can be designed to improve your posture, function and balance.

Preventing Injury

The top three causes for shoulder pain are poor posture, weak muscles and engaging in an intense sport on an occasional basis. Doing so without stretching, corrective posture exercises, warming up before engaging in sports activities and strengthening your muscles can cause strains, sprains and tightness.  

At Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness, we work with clients who are struggling with pain. We help them by significantly relieving pain and inflammation with therapeutic massage, corrective posture and fitness exercises, and healthy lifestyle coaching. Give us a call at 843-723-7005 for more information.

November 26th, 2011 | No Comments »

Holiday Specials

Relax, we understand exactly how you feel! The holidays are hectic and we have the perfect solution to make it easy on you.  It’s one way to put a little calm back into your holidays.

We’ve put together your FAVORITE Charleston Therapeutic Massage services as Holiday Specials for a limited time. You can trust us to fulfill all of your gift expectations. Since 1992, Charleston Therapeutic Massage has provided restorative massage therapy, bodywork treatments and wellness programs. Each session is customized to support you and your loved ones to live an energized and passionate life to the fullest. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff of extensively trained professionals (minimum of 5 years experience) will assist you and your loved ones to enjoy an exceptional gift of relaxation, pain relief and vibrant health.

 

 1 Hour Relaxing Swedish Massage Holiday Special! 

It’s the perfect, thoughtful gift of relaxation and wellness.

$65.00 value for only $55.00!

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1 Hour Stress-Buster Massage Holiday Special!

We’ve created a one hour Stress-Buster Massage focusing on your neck, back and shoulders with Muscle Relief Aromatherapy included to make you feel fantastic. This special is always a hit! 

$90.00 value for only $65.00!

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Please give us a call at 843-723-7005 for more information, to purchase a gift certificate by phone, or to schedule an appointment. Purchase Instant Gift Certificates online and instantly send gifts to the special people in your life. Just personalize an Instant Gift Certificate, and then email or print and you are done. It will make every recipient smile and embrace the joys of massage and health.

Holiday Specials must be purchased by December 3, 2011.

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July 30th, 2011 | No Comments »

(NaturalNews)

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system. During a massage session, massage therapists use their hands and fingers to press and manipulate your skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The strokes gently move your blood, oxygen and lymph to various tissues and organs in a way that normally doesn’t happen in the bodies of most people. As a result, the person who is receiving the massage experiences a level of physical and mental renewal that is hard to surpass.

Hidden Health Benefits of Human Touch

Today, numerous well respected studies indicate that massage therapy doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you. Take a look at the health benefits below and discover the power of human touch:

Stress & anxiety relief

Muscle relaxation

Blood pressure control

Better circulation

Pain reduction

Enhanced cancer treatment

Improved quality of sleep

But there’s more – a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that individuals who undergo massage therapy experience measurable improvements in their immune response.

Mark Rapaport, M.D., and his colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center followed 53 healthy adults who were divided into two groups: The participants received either 45 minutes of Swedish massage or the same amount of time of light touch massage, which is much milder and served mainly as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. After examining their blood samples, the scientists found that people in the Swedish massage group experienced a decrease in cortisol and a significant increase in lymphocytes, cells that keep our immune system strong.

“More research is ahead of us but it appears that a single massage may deliver a measurable benefit,” Rapaport said in a news release.

Massage is far more potent therapy than most people realize. In fact, it can (and should) replace analgesics as a treatment for tension headaches. As it turns out, it takes only a 30-minute massage on cervical trigger points to boost autonomic nervous system regulation and alleviate the symptoms. Patients also report an improvement in their psychological and physiological state, which goes hand in hand with the reduction in stress and anxiety associated with such a disturbing condition.

Stress and lack of rest have devastating effects on our health, fitness and beauty. Don’t be afraid to find yourself a good massage therapist and get some healing on a regular basis. When you’re taking care of your skin and what’s beneath it, you are taking care of your whole world.

Source: www.naturalnews.com

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by: James Schreiber

December 17th, 2009 | No Comments »

What is Massage Therapy? 

Massage Therapy is the treatment of disorders of the human body by the systematic external application of touch, stroking, friction, vibration, percussion, kneading, stretching, compression, and passive joint movements. 

 What Does Massage Therapy Feel Like?

There are over 80 different individual types and techniques of Massage Therapy. For this reason it is hard to predict exactly what you will feel as any one of them is being applied. Some techniques use less pressure than the weight of a hand, while others press intensely into certain points to release muscles. Discuss with your therapist what techniques they intend to use for your specific health concerns and what they should feel like being applied. During the course of the treatment you should tell your therapist what you feel and your comfort level with the sensations. Such as if a certain technique or level of pressure causes you pain; you will need to inform the therapist so they can address it.

 What Diseases or Ailments Can Massage Therapy Treat?

Different techniques of Massage Therapy are used to address different ailments/diseases:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as sinus pressure can be relieved through trigger point release, congestive chest symptoms can be relieved through tapotement;
  • Neurological and muscular disorders, such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, tennis elbow, low back pain, frozen shoulder, and pain associated with osteoarthritis, tendonitis, menstrual symptoms; can all be addressed through Cranio-Sacral Release, Swedish massage, Myo-Fascial Release and a variety of other techniques;
  • Digestive disorders, such as constipation can be relieved through abdominal techniques;
  • Post-Operative discomfort and Lymphedema can also be addressed with Lymphatic Drainage

Massage Therapy is very assistive in resolving physical problems related to stress and emotional conditions.

Are There Overall Health Benefits From Massage Therapy?

  • Increases joint range of motion and strength
  • Increases blood and lymph function
  • Facilitates response and ability to tolerate medical procedures and other related therapies
  • Reduces pain, depression, stress, and apprehension
  • Reduces muscle tension/soreness and helps restore muscle tone caused by prolonged bed rest, stress, and anxiety

 

Resource: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

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October 7th, 2009 | No Comments »

Boosting Our Immunity  

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a highly specialized technique using precise and complex hand movements to encourage the draining of lymph fluids. Using slow and gentle strokes with a rhythmic pumping action, the therapist follows the lymph pathways throughout the body to move the flow of lymph fluids and accelerate detoxification.  In comparison, normal massage techniques are much too forceful to allow drainage in the tissues and may hinder transport.

Practiced throughout Europe for decades, lymphatic drainage is a well documented method of stimulating the lymph system to activate fluid circulation, detoxify, rejuvenate and strengthen the body’s natural defenses.  The therapy has been successfully used to alleviate conditions such as swelling (edemas) of many origins and chronic pain, as well as to detoxify and regenerate body tissues.

It is also effective for stimulating the immune system to improve chronic infections and inflammation such as sinusitis, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is also beneficial for people scheduled for surgery to prevent swelling and speed the post-surgery recovery process.

Almost everyone can benefit from lymphatic drainage. It is a great treatment to boost energy and immunity, especially during the change of seasons.  Our lymphatic system can become blocked, causing fluids and toxins to build up, making us more susceptible to colds and viruses.  Our therapists recommend receiving a lymphatic drainage treatment every 2 – 3 months for maintenance and more often in times of illness or need.

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