The right massage can relax the body and improve health
August 15 2013
Massage therapy can lower blood pressure, help prevent colds, enhance skin tone and more, according to an expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Some thoughts on Crossfit
July 10 2013
Summer brings an increase in activity and I have seen several Crossfit practitioners on my massage table in the last month or so. There are lots of opinions out there on this, but I think this post written by a client of mine is thoughtful and articulate and mirrors some of the things I am seeing in my practice.
Benefits of pregnancy/prenatal massage
June 26 2013
In a continuation of our “benefits of massage” series, a few points about the benefits of pregnancy/prenatal massage. Pregnancy is a normal and healthy state of being for a woman’s body, and the benefits of pregnancy massage are not very different from the benefits experienced at times of non-pregnancy.
Benefits of massage - Immune system
June 12 2013
The heart of cold and flu season, public transportation, working in a closed office environment, and stress create the perfect storm for the onset of illness.
Benefits of massage - Stress
June 5 2013
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress -- a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including pain, headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, fatigue, and problems sleeping.
Benefits of Massage - Chronic conditions
May 28 2013
Chronic conditions include, but are not limited to: repetitive strain injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, medial and lateral epicondylitis, tendinitis, etc.), neck and back pain, and tension headaches. Repetitive tasks (such as working on a computer for long periods of time) can cause inflammation of tendons, nerve sheaths and ligaments and damage to soft tissue. Pain, discomfort, or numbness in the forearms, fingers or hands could be signs of a repetitive strain injury.
Massage reduces inflammation after exercise
May 20 2013
After a winter spent mostly indoors, an increase in physical activity and exercise can leave muscles feeling sore and overworked. Now, a new study shows massage therapy can reduce inflammation after exercise, in turn reducing the pain that might accompany a new work out plan.
May 13 2013
I recently took a yoga class on Yogaglo (highly recommended) with one of my favorite instructors on the site, Felicia Tomakso (@feliciatomasko). She was advocating for us to have a good relationship with our body, and to work at the edge. The concept of the edge really resonated with me based on what I see regularly with massage clients.
Coping with jet lag
January 24 2013
Several of my clients travel extensively for work across many time zones. Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng, (a.k.a. Ms. Bond) of Ms. Bond's Breakfast Club, was generous enough to pass along some tips from her good friend and colleague Aline Baly, co-owner of Chateau Coutet, regarding ways to prepare for and manage the symptoms of jet lag. I hope they help you find your footing the next time you travel.
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