Health&Fitness Talk

Supporting Healthy Life Styles

Massage and Migraines

When migraines hit they can be a debilitating condition. Some get them once in a blue moon, others once a month and for a few unfortunate souls it’s a daily event. There is a lot we still don’t fully understand about Migraines such as their underlying causes, triggers and mechanisms…

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The Facts on Massaging Away Cellulite

The desire to get rid of cellulite has spawned over the last few decades a multi-billion dollar industry around the world. Massage therapy has also been caught up in this trend with many therapists out there selling the idea that massage can help get rid of this bane on the thighs femininity…

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Massage and Fibromyalgia – Part of a solution but not a cure

Over a decade ago I had a client come see me for a massage. During the health history she mentioned that she had been diagnosed with a condition called Fibromyalgia. I had never heard of this condition and was unsure how to help her within the context of massage therapy. She said that she had been seeing a massage therapist for some time but she had retired from the profession and decided to get an appointment with me…

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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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The Spiritual Healing of Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian Massage

As with so many styles of massage around the world, Lomi-Lomi evolved from traditional medicine practiced in the Hawaiian Islands. Centuries ago, perhaps even millennia, Polynesian settlers to the islands brought with them their collective cultural wisdom …

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Massage and Pregnancy

Most massage therapists start out their careers with a certain idea of what they expect their clientele base to be composed of, but most of the time they are in for some unexpected twists and turns. When I started practicing, my vision of my clientele was mostly working with athletes. I hadn’t really thought about dealing with pathologies or older clients or pregnant women…

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My First Client’s First Healing Touch

Years ago when I was still a massage student, I had an evening job as a security guard that allowed me, between performing my duties, to read and study. I worked in an office building whose major tenant was a local child protection services office. One of the areas …

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Massaging Giancarlo – Massage and End of Life Care

She told me that her father was terminally ill with cancer and was considering getting him massage to make his last days more comfortable. It was clearly a very emotional period for her and I was careful to be as kind and considerate as possible…

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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 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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