Health&Fitness Talk

Supporting Healthy Life Styles

Easing Injury Through Massage

A few years ago I had a new client (I’ll call her Karen) come in that was in considerable pain due to tendinitis in both elbows. She told me during our initial interview that she was an avid kayaker but could no longer participate in her favorite pastime. She had gone to see her doctor who prescribed the standard fare – anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications …

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Soothe Sciatica Away with Massage

One very common condition that I would encounter often in my massage therapy practice is Sciatica. Sciatica is nerve pain that is usually felt in the lower back, hip and towards the rear of the leg down to the calf in the more severe cases. There are two classes of Sciatica, True Sciatica and False Sciatica…

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Massaging the Elderly

Growing old is not always easy especially after the age of retirement. As many of the baby boomers head into their twilight years they will meet with very specific challenges that can impact their quality of life. The first is financial since they most likely won’t or cannot work any longer…

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The Esalen Approach

Esalen massage was developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California. The institute was founded by Micheal Murphy and Dick Price in 1962. The main objective was to re-examine commonly accepted thoughts and theories in the …

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The Healing Happiness of Hot Stone Massage

As with the origins of any massage technique it is hard to pin down exactly where a practice originated first. For thousands of years, indigenous populations of several civilizations and continents incorporated stones of all sorts in their rituals related to …

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In love with massage therapy, or massage therapist?

The massage therapist/client relationship is a very intimate one, even more than the doctor/patient one in most cases. There is partial nudity and prolonged touch which can sometimes bring about some confusing feelings and emotions from a client and occasionally the massage therapist as well…

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The healing power of Shiatsu

Today in the Western world there is a movement promoting the return of a preventative approach to health rather than a reactionary one that relies heavily on pharmacologically based Western or Modern Medicine. Massage has been one of the complementary approaches to health that has …

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The Roots Of Reflexology

The origins of reflexology date back to the earliest of civilizations. Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan texts and charts, thousands of years old, depict various methods of acupressure massage on the soles of feet. There are even Native American oral traditions that speak of massaging feet, hands and …

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Massage myths and misconceptions

During my 15 year career as a massage therapist I have come across many myths and misconceptions about massage in general. In this article I wanted to share with my readers 3 of the most common ones and try to give them my perspective as a bodyworker…

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Swedish Massage

If you go to Sweden today and ask for a Swedish massage, you might still get a funny look from the local practitioners. Indeed most Swedes have no idea that one of the most common massages practiced on the planet is named after their homeland…

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