14 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

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We got the inside scoop on how to have the best rubdown ever. By Leah Fessler September 30, 2014 It’s no surprise that a massage can seriously soothe your mind and body, and you already know a solid rubdown has impressive health perks, like better blood circulation, amped immunity, anxiety relief, and even improved sleep quality. But beyond the obvious, …

Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage

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 Preliminary Information Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals. The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome. This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and …

Recent Research Provides Evidence of How Massage Therapy Heals

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June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06 | Contributed by Jolie Haun and Derek Austin Why does massage make sore muscles feel better? How does massage promote healing? What are the biological mechanisms of massage therapy? These are questions that clients, patients, practitioners and researchers ask all around the world and have been considered since the days of Hippocrates. Massage is a …

Massage Therapy to Enhance your Rehabilitation

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July 3, 2012 10:00 am by Candice Reimholz As a massage therapist, I am often asked what the difference is between a ‘regular’ massage and a ‘clinical’ or ‘rehab’ massage. This is a great question, especially with the frequency of half-off massage deals that are being offered everyday. The result of these daily deals is that a lot of people …

What Is Holistic Medicine?

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Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of holistic medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life. Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole …

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Does Massage Affect the Immune System Following Exercise?

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Massage Today | January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01 Contributed by April Neufeld, BS, LMT; Beth Barberree, BA, RMT; Derek R. Austin, PT, DPT, MS, BCTMB, CSCS Massage therapy increasingly is integrated into the healthcare plan for individuals suffering from a multitude of conditions. In particular, athletes, and those people supporting the athletes, believe that massage therapy can yield many …

Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine

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By: Andrea Petersen | Updated March 13, 2012 12:01 a.m. ET   While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits. Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast …

How Does Massage Therapy Reduce Stress?

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2014 | By Lori Newell Massage can help relax tight and painful muscles, improve range of motion in the joints, enhance circulation and lower stress levels. Stress is considered a risk factor for many chronic diseases, and can make your symptoms worse. Since there are many different massage therapies available, it may require some trial and …

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Benefits of Massage

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By Editorial Staff Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Fall 2001. Copyright 2001. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.   As you lie on the table under crisp, fresh sheets, hushed music draws you into the moment. The smell of sage fills the air and you hear the gentle sound of massage oil being warmed in your therapist’s …

Massage As Medicine

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By Kirstin Fawcett Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.   Massage therapy is increasingly being embraced as an alternative medical treatment. For more than a decade, Bill Cook has gotten a weekly massage. He isn’t a professional athlete. He didn’t receive a lifetime gift certificate to a spa. Nor is the procedure a mere indulgence, he says – it’s medicinal. …

Treat your feet, Cure your headache?

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Your feet are your base of support…they are your foundation. And when your foundation is not stable, this can severely affect your posture. This kind of instability can lead to various issues in your back, hips, knees, and ankles. Studies reveal that flat feet can be a major cause of severe headaches and even migraines. As a matter of fact, …

What You Need to Know about Tensegrity and the Human Structure

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Biotensegrity is a fairly new approach to learning more about how the human body works. This principle is based on the idea that our bodies are mainly tensegrity structures, and that our bones don’t pass load directly to each other. As such, forces flow through our fascial structures and muscles primarily instead of flowing continuously through the bones. Interestingly, this …

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Top 5 Qualities of a Good Massage

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So, you’ve found yourself in need of a well-deserved massage. You looked up the nearby massages in Toronto or Vancouver and quickly picked a service provider off of a list. You booked an appointment, made your way to the facility, got the massage, and found yourself heading home an hour later. It wasn’t exactly what you expected – the masseuse …