January 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

If a person feels threatened, the body will reorganize its priorities to maintain homeostasis. Resources are moved from one area to another in order to better cope with the stress. These changes include:

• Reduction of digestion and elimination
• Lowering of immune function
• Release of neurotransmitters, producing heightened awareness
• Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
• Less energy going towards cell production and repair
• Hormonal shifts, such as an increased production of adrenalin and cortisol

If these changes are short term and end after the perceived threat has passed, the body will return to normal. If these changes persist well beyond the danger, the body will start to break down and react in ways that are counterproductive to good health, including:

• Abnormal sleep patterns (too much or too little sleep)
• Eating disorders
• Headaches
• Cardiovascular problems
• Digestive problems
• Muscular aches and pains
• Immune system disorders
• Hormonal disorders
• Skin problems

One of the best strategies for your health is to erase stress. Over the past 20 to 30 years the area of stress management has become of great concern. Stress management and the use of healthy lifestyle choices to relieve it have grown together.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

Massage Therapy: Regular massages reduce the production of stress hormones, increases blood and lymph circulation and promotes the elimination of toxins that accumulate in the body. It can reverse the negative cycle of pain in your joints and muscles allowing you to experience a new level of vitality and well-being.

Fitness Training: Fitness Training can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries, rebuild and restore your posture, relieve pain, increase flexibility, strengthen and reshape your body.

Health Coaching: Health Coaching provides guidance and support for issues related to health, nutrition and lifestyle. It’s about more than just your diet, it is about creating the quality of life you want by making sustainable changes in your diet, exercise routine, relationships, daily practice and career. It’s about improving your eating habits, achieving weight loss naturally, increasing your energy, shifting behaviors and beliefs that block your success, and increasing your overall vitality and happiness.

Our professionals work together as a team to help you reach your personal goals.

You may think you’re alone, but you’re not. At Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness we are committed to empowering you by offering our healthy lifestyle choices that will effectively meet your needs and goals in a simple and easy process.

We invite you to come experience what we have to offer. For more information, or an appointment, 843-723-7005.

Ask how you can receive a FREE initial health discovery session.

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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