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Massage Therapy As a Treatment for Sciatica

Massage therapy can provide tremendous relief for most any complaint that is musculo-skeletal in nature. And because massage therapy is a natural medicine, it has benefits beyond the obvious; indeed, massage can help you with improving your immune system and even relieving you of feelings of depression! One of the best ways that massage helps with your musculo-skeletal system, however, is by helping to treat sciatica. Sciatica is essentially a term for any pain that affects your lower back, hip, and leg. Usually the pain only affects one leg or the other, and may not even be felt in your back but just one of your legs alone. The reason it is called 'sciatica' is that the pain appears to radiate along the pathway of your sciatic nerve, which starts in the lumbar and sacral regions of your spinal cord. The nerve (actually a bundle of five separate nerves in the beginning) then exits from this region (aka the lumbosacral area), passes behind your hip joint, and runs down the back of your thigh, where it splits again into now only two separate nerves: the peroneal nerve (which travels down the outside of your lower leg to the top of your foot) and the tibial nerve (which passes through your calf muscle and into your heel and sole of your foot). Therefore, sciatic pain can travel quite a distance, affecting in addition to your lower back, a large part or portions thereof, your leg.

The causes of sciatica generally include spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis (where your spinal cord is compressed for a number of possible reasons), piriformis muscle infection, pregnancy, or other issues such as a tumor or trauma of some kind. Before seeking natural therapy, be sure to have your doctor rule out anything that might require surgery or extreme medical intervention. Where your doctor can find no reason for your pain or offer any distinct medical treatment other than medication and exercise, massage therapy may work as an excellent adjunct.

Massage therapy works in a number of ways to affect relief of your sciatica pain. For example, when you're being massaged, something called the relaxation response occurs, wherey your nervous system involuntarily returns to normal. This is basically the opposite of the fight-or-flight response, where your body responds to stress by elevating your blood pressure and increasing your heart rate. Another way massage therapy helps you is improving your circulation and lymph drainage, so helping your body eliminate toxins that have been building up in your tissues. In addition, your nerve construction will improve, as nerves have an easier time growing and functioning in well-conditioned muscle.

When you combine the benefits of massage therapy with the pain and discomfort of sciatica, excellent results can be achieved. Sometimes it takes more than one session to fully treat all of your pain, but if you're willing to do the right exercise and take the advice of your properly trained, registered massage therapist, you'll find the relief that you've been looking at for.

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What Are the Key Benefits of Massage?

Massage in the past was thought of as a nice relaxing way to spend the day at a spa resort but is now becoming an increasingly important part of training among athletes of all levels and in all sports (even horse get massages!).

History of Massage

The history of massage can be traced back to as early as 2700 BC and even in early in China. Ayurveda medicine has been recorded as using it for its healing properties in 1800BC and is linked with yoga and Buddhism to give what we know today as Thai massage. Medical texts dating back to 500BC from Persia, Egypt and Japan have all written about the healing powers and properties of massage. In 1813 Professor PehrHenrik Ling developed techniques he used upon himself to help with his exercise and recovery from the exercise. After studying anatomy and physiology, he created a system of maneuvers that were not particularly welcomed at first, only when Ling became a member of the Swedish General Medical Association were his methods recognized. Long after Ling's death, Dutch physicist Johan Georg Mezger uncoiled Ling's work he had down with a close college who had introduced him to martial arts. Mezger then came up with a set of maneuvers known today in the massage world as effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement; this system he called 'Swedish Massage'.

Types of Massage

These days there are many types and methods of massage as well as Swedish (or Classical) massage; deep tissue, soft tissue, hot stone, Indian head, remedial and sports massage and trigger point to name a few. Each will have varying methods but the basic four moves remain the starting point of many treatments, with specific functions.

• Effleurage -long, gliding strokes; good for warm muscles
• Petrissage – lifting and kneading muscles
• Friction – firm, deep, circular rubbing movements
• Tapotement – brisk tapping or percussive movements

Massage is basically applying pressure onto soft tissues. How and where on the body it is done depends upon the type of massage required. Swedish massage and Hot stone massage are more full body, cleansing and relaxing types massage; sports, remedial, deep tissue and myofascial release massage area, treatment or injury specific.

Benefits of Massage

Whatever the type of massage you get, there are numerous benefits to having them.
• Feels good, supports levels general well being
• Increases endorphin levels (bodies natural painkiller)
• Treatment of soft tissues and injuries
• Helps decrease heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels which are linked with stress
• Increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
• Relieving muscle tension and stiffness
• Faster healing of strained muscles, ligaments, tendons, bruises and DOMS
• Reduces pain and swelling and muscle spasms
• Stops, reduces and can remove painful scar tissue
• Increases range of movement

The relaxing benefits of massage have found to allow people to have better moods, sleeping patterns and handle stressful situations better as well improving their health. Increased blood circulation helps with poor circulatory problems and increases vascular health. Recovery times are reduced through better circulation and promote increases healing over areas of scars.

Sports Benefits

Massage has become an increased part of pre and post-training regime for amateur and professionals alike. As a warm-up method massage helps to increase blood flow, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, warming them and preparing them for exercise. As a cool-down method massage again increases blood flow, this time to help remove the build up of toxins from within the muscles. Recent research has shown deep muscle massage after a workout can cause muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria; these turn important nutrients into energy used within the body. The increased number and size of mitochondria is related to massage after exercise; without post workout massage, there was no change to the mitochondria numbers or size. An increase in mitochondria improves endurance and performance, as they are the main power sources for the body, an increased number means an increase rate at which the muscles utilize oxygen. Relieving muscle tension, spasms, DOMS and removal of scar tissue as well as increase blood flow allows the athlete to have quicker recovery times and greater ability to train harder.

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Should I Tip My Massage Therapist?

Ahhh, thee ole tipping question. People want to know, nobody wants to be the CHEAP guy, that does not tip.

But first the story

I ordered a gluten free pizza the other day, and the chap came up to the 23rd floor. He had the “I am barely getting through my day” look, on his face. He handed me my bill and pizza, I took my pizza and wave him a $ 20 tip.

His eyes lit up like Christmas

I presumed that most folks were not very generous with him, and when I see the cost of gas these days, I leap out of my skin. I can not even imagine how low his hourly wage is.

Let me ask you something, is it custom to tip $ 20 for a $ 10 pizza ? No, it is not, but I did anyway because I thought beyond myself. I put myself in his world, imagined what a normal day might be like for him.

If you get a massage at a spa, or hotel, a 15% to 20% tip is standard if you were pleased with the services.

On the other hand, there are no real ground rules or norms when it comes to massage in a medical setting. Some massage therapists say tipping is not appropriate in a medical or clinical setting.

I work in a rehab center and I get tips, I work in a clinic and I get tips. I do not work in a spa, where it is expected.

I will throw in some insider secrets to help you decide:

  • Most RMT's are on a 60/40 split percentage with the clinic they work at. The RMT receives 60%. So even though you may pay $ 80 for a one hour massage the RMT receives $ 45.
  • In a lot of day spas, RMT's are grossly underpaid, in a spa they may only be making $ 22 per maRMTssage. I have friends that work in spas, so I know.
  • The same for rehab centers, most rehab centers pay out a max of $ 30 per 1 hour massage to their RMT.

As you can see the businesses are pocketing the majority of the money that you pay. RMT's do not even get a whiff of the money.

Here are some questions to help you:

1.) How would you feel if the situation were reversed?

2.) Would you like to receive a tip? If so how much?

3.) How would you feel if someone did not give you a penny?

4.) How would you feel if someone was extraordinarily generous with you?

That's your answer in a nutshell. If you tip, it will make our day, it will light up our lives. It's that little extra that we do not expect.

Tipping well improves relationships, because it makes the other feel special and important. Next time they will want to do more for you.

If you get a discount massage, then definitely tip because the therapist is working on you for half their normal rate.

If you get benefits and everything is essentially free, then why not? Why not make someone's day.

I tip well because I know the value of appreciation, I know that it will make a difference in that people life, so I do it.

Lindsay Tietz, RMT, Homeopath

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Massage Therapy for Upper Back Pain

Massage therapy has become a well-accepted health care profession for a variety of conditions, some of which may surprise you, eg sleep issues. And most frequently, massage is thought for musculo-skeletal problems – very commonly upper back pain. Your upper back (and mid-back) are actually your thoracic spine, which is quite different from your cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). Your thoracic spine is the strongest and most stable of these three portions of your spine, helping with posture and also protecting your heart and lungs. The muscles of your upper back include the deltoid, teres major, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis (all of which act on your shoulder joint), and the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, erector spinae and rhomboids muscles (which will also help with arm movement, but are located on your back). Any one or a variety of these muscles may be injured and / or inflamed, and so may be the source of your upper back pain.

There is usually little risk of serious injury to the thoracic part of your spell, but for various reasons you can still experience great discomfort here. Massage can usually help since this type of pain is often caused by overuse, muscle strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments that support your spinal. Other common causes of pain in your upper back include poor posture, herniated disc, arthritis, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain. Massage can help with these causes as well, although with a herniated disc special care is taken re. placing you in treatment, to ensure that undue pressure is not placed on the bulging disc.

One way that massage can help relieve you of your upper back pain is by improving circulation to the muscles in the local area. This improved blood flow helps bring necessary nutrients to your muscle tissues, and also helps carry away some of the debris caused by inflammation. Inflammation often occurs with physical activity or soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains.

Another way massage helps your upper back is to decrease tension in your muscles. By decreasing muscle tension, your flexibility increases and so does the pain you're feeling in your tight muscles. Sometimes an initial treatment to a sore upper back is not enough to entirely cure you of your pain, but the decreed tension enables you to get back to your normal daily routine.

A third way massage can help is through endorphin release. Endorphins are the chemicals released naturally by your brain (eg serotonin) that lower stress levels and help you relax. By doing this, these chemicals help to reduce your pain, an especially useful fact if the pain you're experiencing has been going on for some time.

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Massage Therapists Feel Your Pain

How can massage help with pain? Many of my clients initially come for a massage because they are dealing with a part of their body that hurts. They instinctively know that massaging the area will make it feel better and speed the healing process. Either they have tried themselves or had a friend try without getting the pain to go away.

What does your pain feel like to me? Hot, hard and tender are often the words I use. Is the area hot to the touch relative to the surrounding area? Heat indications inflammation. Sometimes the area will be swollen and reddish in addition to being hot. Swollen tissue suggests that the body recognizes the area is injured and floods it with fluids to provide an internal splint. Or the tissue itself can be damaged and fluid is pooling. As the amount of fluid increases in the area, the fluid puts pressure on the surrounding nerves causing them to register more pain. Ice and gentle pumping of the tissue can tie this pain

The area can feel hard to the touch. Hardness comes in all shapes and sizes. The entire area can be hard, again another indicator of inflammation. The muscles can also respond to an injury by clamping down and guarding the area. Particular bands within the muscle may be hard. Often when people talk about knots in a muscle, this is what they are describing. The muscle has lost some or all of its flexibility. Over time the hardness restricts the flow of blood into and out of the area. When this happens the circulatory system can not bring in oxygen and nutrients or remove cellular waste. As a result, the tissue becomes more painful. Massaging the area and stretching the tissue can restore the circulation, improve the suppleness of the tissue and reduce the pain.

Or the hard areas may be much smaller, pea size or even less. These may indicate trigger points. Pressure to these spots will cause pain in other areas of the body alone just that spot. Trigger points are even less widely understood and require special skill to address. I have helped clients experience dramatic results with trigger point work.

Finally, is it tender to the touch? Tender can refer to the response from the client. Does it cause you to wince? Tender can also refer to the tissue itself. Does the tissue in the area feel weak, having less structure? Often this is caused by tissue in other areas pulling and putting a strain on the area. For instance, pain between the shoulder blades is often caused by overly tight pectoral muscles in the front. Working to loosen these muscles relieves the pain in the back.

Again, pain is a complex issue. Massage is a great way to address the issue. The more your therapist knows about pain and the clearer your communication back and forth, the better the output.

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Massage Between Pain Threshold And Pain Tolerance

As someone who helps people in pain, I have learned a few things about it. First of all, many people have an overly simplistic view of pain. It is either there, or it is not. We may use diagrams and pain scales, but pain tends to be more complex. It is important to know where it hurts, and also how much it hurts. But it is also important to know when the pain begins and how quickly it becomes intolerable. In general we talk about two different aspects of pain.

A person's pain threshold is the point when nerve stimulation goes from informative to painful. During a massage you may say to yourself, 'I can feel you touching my arm. I can feel your pressure increasing. Now your pressure has increased to the point that it hurts. ' We have just crossed your pain threshold. The pain threshold for some people is low. This is often the case when someone has been in chronic pain for a long time. Almost any pressure, even the pressure of clothing is painful. Others have a hard time feeling pain before they are in danger of serious harm. As with most things, there is a wide range and the vast majority of people are somewhere in between.

In massage, sometimes we need to cross this threshold in order to address an issue and affect a change. It is important to have a clear understanding and open communication once the threshold is reached. Massaging the area will stretch the muscle, decrease the inflammation and increase circulation, extremely relieving the pain. But for the moment, the pressure will add to the pain. Gradual pressure allows us to find the therapeutic balance often described as the 'hurts so good' zone.

Pain tolerance refers to how much pain a person can feel before they just can not take anymore. If the pain threshold is when you first feel pain, pain tolerance is the upper limit. If we apply too much pressure too quickly we reach that limit and the muscles will tighten up to guard the area.

Some people have a very high tolerance to pain. They can withstand a great deal of nerve stimulation before it becomes unbearable. For others, their tolerance is low. Each person is different and their tolerance can change from day to day or from one area to another.

Going back to those who are dealing with chronic pain issues, often they have a low pain threshold and a high level of pain tolerance. As a result, they are often feeling pain but they also end far more pain than the average person.

For others, the distance between their threshold and their tolerance is very small. It is an all or nothing experience. Some may feel awkward, or that they should be able to take more, but pain is pain. It does not matter if these two limits are narrow or wide, high or low. What matters is clear and open communication between yourself and your therapist to know where these limits are.

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Get A Massage Early And Often

I think that it is safe to say that professional massage has reached mainstream status. As of last year's statistics, 37% of people in the United States have received a professional massage. The real question to ask is not whether you should get one, but what one can do for you?

When you think of getting a massage, the last thing that should be on your mind is stress. In fact it should be just the opposite. 45% of people who received a massage did so specifically to reduce stress in their life. People sometimes get the idea that massage is self indulgent or only for the wealthy to relieve their perceived stress and tension. Yet, with stress at epidemic proportions in today's lifestyle, this therapy is either self indulgent nor just the domain of the rich and famous. Look over your life and chances are you will see times that are more stressful than others. Maybe you have end of month reports to get out. Do the holidays stress you out? Are there times when your hormones make life miserable? Massage can be a great way to head these off.

30% of those who got a massage did so to rehab a physical injury. Many of these were referred by their doctor. Both traditional and alternative medical practitioners know that massage therapists are well skilled in relieving pain and restoring flexibility. When first starting out, it is often good to have a massage once a week. This frequency allows the tissue to change and improve without overworking the area. Typically the sooner a muscle issue is addressed the quicker this improvement will occur. Putting it off can limit improvement and or lengthen the time it takes to achieve. As changes occurs the frequency can decrease.

More than just rehab, massage can also support your sports activity levels. 66% of massage clients also cared for muscle stiffness and soreness. It is a fine line between performing at your optimum level and pushing just a bit beyond. Instead of laying off after a particularly challenging training session, massage can allow you to maintain that higher level and see faster improvement. Generally massage as you prepare for an event works best on a weekly or every other week timing. The harder the training the closer together the massages should be.

One of the most telling statistics is satisfaction. Of the people who have had massages, 75% were very satisfied (8 or higher on a scale of 1-10). It is no surprise then that 70% of people get massages to maintain the benefits they have already discovered. Relaxation and restoration are great reasons for getting a massage. Schedule a monthly massage to keep your improved posture, you good health and as an encouragement to strive towards your next health goal. You will be in very good company!

For more statistics on massage check out Massage Client Metrics .

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Spa Retreats and the Benefits They Offer

The number of people battling with weight issues has risen doubling the number of those interested in losing weight. Weight loss is not something that happens overnight and yet, there are tons of 'quick weight loss' programs in the market. Such quick fixes may sound inviting and worth trying out, but they can be dangerous. The best thing is to follow healthy routines and regimes in order to lose weight. One way through which you can achieve healthy weight loss is by going to spa retreats.

These retreats are perfect for the simple reason they give you the chance to spend time with highly qualified professionals and they can help you achieve your weight loss goals without much trouble. These professionals develop specialized programs for the purpose of ensuring you enjoy sustainable and healthy weight loss. A large number of the spas available now offer spa retreats for weight loss. This is in response to the increasing demand of the same. There are a couple of things included in the spa retreat package and this may include, accommodation which is offered through hotels associated with the selected, tailor made fitness facilities, a fitness facility, a fitness facility, sauna and pool.

In addition to this, during your stay in the spa, you also get to enjoy different types of spa treatments that are weight loss focused and the best nutritional meals that take you a step closer to achieving your weight loss goals. Upon arrival at the retreat, a physical assessment needs to be carried out in order to ensure you get the most from your stay there. A professional health consultant will be assigned to attend to you. They will analyze you by prodding, poking and making you stand on a weighing scale. They will use the information they get to calculate your mass body index, fat and distribution of the same in your body. In addition to this, they will also determine the resting metabolic rate.

A dietitian will also be assigned to attend to your needs and they often take the opportunity to discuss what your goals are. They help ensure you set some realistic goals as well. From there, they will be responsible for reviewing the type of food you eat, when and if it is ideal for you. You will be required to tell the dietitian about your eating habits so they can draw up a plan that is perfect for your weight loss goals. It is extremely important that you be extremely honest when disclosing this information if you intend to benefit from the same.

Spa retreats also have a doctor who is responsible for checking your health condition and ensuring that the treatment offered at the spa does not affect your health. As part of the retreat, you will also get to work with a personal trainer. For those with low fitness levels, the professionals focus on balance and flexibility. In addition to this, you will be required to join fitness classes. There will be other services offered which are geared towards helping you with weight loss and ensuring you enjoy overall good health.

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How Chinese Cupping Can Transform the Results You Experience With Massage Therapy

What is cupping?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a glass cup is applied to the skin and used to draw and hold skin and exquisite muscles inside the cup. Cupping is applied over meridian and acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain. It is most commonly used over the back but is effective through the body eg on the thighs (releasing trigger points, particularly good on the IT band), calves, hips (around the hip joint and over the piriformis for an effective release that is less painful than deep tissue massage) and in the treatment of tennis elbow. It is the most effective deep tissue massage you can get, but without the discomfort.

Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. It removes stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi (energy) can flow freely. Cupping can be used to release rigid soft tissue, stimulate lymphatic drainage, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue while promoting blood flow and aid deep tissue repair.

Cupping has a sedating effect on the nervous system, and many people find it remarkably relaxing. Many people report that muscle tension and tenderness continues to improve many hours after the session is completed.

The Cupping Process

Cups are left in place for between five to fifteen minutes and the skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. Some temporary bruising on the skin is to be expected as part of the therapeutic benefits of the procedure – these lasts for several days and these marks can be helpful in diagnosing what is going on benefit the surface of the skin. Red circles can be indicative of inflammation whereas stagnated blood areas will be purple in color. These marks would be expected to lessen after several treatment sessions as the undering issues are addressed.

Benefits of cupping are cumulative and lasting results are usually seen after a number of sessions. Cupping has a sedative effect on the nervous system and clients often report feeling very relaxed after their treatment, with pain and tension continuing to ease over the next day or two. Clients are encouraged to increase their water intake during this time to help flush out the toxins that have been released from deep in the tissue.

How to find a Chinese Cupping Massage Therapist

If you are interested in exploring the benefits of cupping for yourself you can start by finding a local Chinese Medicine Practitioner, or massage therapist trained to administrator Chinese cupping. I practice at Brighton Bodyworks in Brighton and Hove, a holistic therapy studio which integrates eastern techniques such as Chinese cupping with traditional western methodology to tailor massage treatments with great results.

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The Basics Of Sports Massage Treatment

The large majority of people are not fully conversant with the details of sports massage treatment, and that includes those people who consider themselves as professional athletes. There are plenty of massages that will help to restore muscles back to normal after a lengthy period of usage; however, sports massage treatment is entirely different, and it can take place during an event in order to help the athlete to continue to operate at maximum intensity.

The Role of The Sports Massage Therapist

One of the main reasons why an athlete would want to visit a sports massage therapist is to make sure that their muscles are not going to let them down when they need them the most. More often than not, when competing at the highest levels, the athlete will be in direct competition with other athletes of a high caliber, and this means that they will need to use every competitive edge that they can. This is where sports massage therapy can help; it can help to maintain muscle health during the most intestinal workouts, as well as enabling shorter recovery times between workouts. The amount of training that a top athlete has to go through in order to remain at the top of their game can be very intense, and if the muscles are not looked after properly then all kinds of problems can come.

Post-event or Pre-event Massage?

Sports massage therapy is not only limited to taking place during a sporting event, but it can also reap high rewards if it takes place either before or after an intense workout.

Pre-event massage can have huge benefits to the athlete because it will allow their blood to flow through their veins sooner because their arteries will have been opened up as a result of a massage.

With post-event massage, the goal is to make sure that the muscles retain their flexibility as well as speeding up the recovery of the muscles so that they can go out and train or compete again sooner rather than later. It will eradicate the build up of lactic acid, as well as eliminating the chance of the athlete suffering from sore muscles.

As you can see, there are many benefits to sports massage therapy, and most athletes will see the benefit of this before, during or after an event or training session. This is something that more and more athletes are taking part in as the competition becomes more fierce.

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What Is the Point of Massage? Is a Professional Massage Really For Me?

Most of us know people who are fortunate enough to be able to budget for monthly, bi-monthly, and sometimes even weekly visits to, or in-calls by a massage therapist. Those of us that have experienced the benefits of massage therapy in our lives may be slightly envious. Those that have never experienced the joy of massage, especially after a rough week of work, probably will not understand until they have their first professional massage experience, with a competent massage therapist.

There are many people who participate in amateur and professional athletics that rely on massage therapy for the reduction of back pain and overall body aches caused by over exertion by participation in their relative sports. One of the more common places to see the benefits of massage therapy is during various professional sporting events. You see it in the NBA (National Basketball Association), NFL (National Football League), and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts); when you see athletic trainers and physical therapists who begin to massage the legs, arms, and backs of their athletes before muscle cramps and the pain sets in.

The objectives of having a massage is:

  • To provide a sense of relaxation and increase the overall feeling of well-being
  • Decrease an individual's stress levels from the pressures of the day
  • To relax the mind, and to inspire and encourage a complete receptiveness to relaxation
  • Increase blood flow through the body
  • Decrease tension in the muscles and other parts of the clients body

Massage therapy is accomplished through manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues in certain prescribed ways.

What many people sometimes forget is that a substandard bad massage from a friend can be worse than no massage at all and in some cases cause damage to muscles and the body. Always ensure that any person you hire to massage you is fully and professionally trained; and has the necessary ability to carry out the technique (s) that you require. This does not mean that you should stop from having fun with your relationship partner; and stop using massage oils and other things like your own massage table to have fun and increase the integrity in your relationship.

Many massage techniques have been imported from Europe to the United States because of their obvious benefits. Massage has been around for thousands of years, and the ancient Roman and Greeks were firm believers in the restorative powers of massages. The art of massage has an extremely long history and today's culture is only beginning to fully appreciate the positive and recuperative results of massage that were second nature to ancient cultures.

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Increase Confidence and Improve Quality of Life to Leave a Lasting Impression

Laser hair removal is a treatment procedure for removing unwanted hair. Before getting facial laser hair removal, make sure you thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure.

If you are planning on getting this treatment done, you have to limit waxing, plucking and electrolysis. You should also avoid sun exposure as it makes laser hair removal less effective and the chances of complications greatly increase. This procedure is safe, effective and affordable. This is the best way to manage unwanted hair. These treatments are virtually painless.

There are four facial procedures that help restore the vitality quotient of your skin- Restorative, Mini-Corrective, Therapeutic and Gentlemen Facial. You can select the one you feel suits your needs. The Restorative procedure is customized to correct imbalances in complexion through cleansing, skin analysis, mask treatment, specialized serums, extracts and eye creams. For people who have never had a facial should consider the restorative procedure. The Mini-Corrective method is an excellent option as it combines a mini massage and deep cleansing of the skin. The therapeutic method is the preferred choice of people with acne issues. The deep cleansing facials are done with specialized acne products and masks to keep oil production under control. The Gentlemen Facial is for men who want to get cleansing, exfoliating and a hydrating facial.

However, if you are looking out for a change from your hectic daily routine, there is nothing that compares to a good therapeutic massage to reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain. A therapeutic massage can strengthen physical well being, emotional and the overall quality of life. There is no doubt about it, but Massage therapy benefits people of all ages – Men, Women, Children and the elderly. It benefits the ill, stressed and injured; you can not question the strength of a massage in preventing illness and conditions before they develop.

Massage Therapy aids in restoring normal function of the soft tissues in the body (joints and muscles). It also increases circulation to all parts of the body therefore improving the supply of nutrients to the body tissues and promoting elimination of waste products. This therapy improves deep breathing and can help people with Alphysema, Asthma, chronic Bronchitis, and Cystic Fibrosis to name just a few. Massage Therapy reduces muscular tension, which aids in healing from injury or trauma and helps in improving and maintaining proper body posture. Massage helps to conserve muscle tone and flexibility so preventing harmful repetitive strain injuries. Massage Therapy in short alleviates tension and promotes relaxation.

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Learning More About Strength Training

If you have been looking to train for strength for quite some time now then it is clear that you are doing a wise thing, and the main reason for this is that there are a lot of different functional health benefits to strength training on the regular that you could take advantage of. Of course, there is one thing you should know about strength training and it is that it is going to be a life long effort if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and know that you are getting stronger every day. Strength training is a battle and it can take many years for you to develop a very high level of strength, although it is certainly true that if you are starting out from scratch you will gain a lot of strength right away. In any case, one of the major keys to gaining strength and gaining a lot of it is to always remember to go out of your way to apply an extra bit of motivation and effort to each and every one of the work outs that you perform in the gym.

Another key point to remember when you are out there trying to build up a high level of strength is that that is not going to come easily without a proper medical foundation. This is to say that if you are constantly eating unhealthy food it will be very difficult to maintain and build strength than it would be if you always went out of your way to follow a good diet to the letter. While you do not have to go over board and be very strict with your nutrition plan, keeping to healthy foods in general will go a long way towards helping you build up a reasonable amount of strength. This in addition to a work out plan that involves living heavy weights for low reps will help you build both strength and muscle quite quickly.

One thing that a lot of people who know about strength do is work out with very low reps and very long rests between each set, and the main reason they do this is because it takes the body a long time to recover after a very heavy set . When you use heavy weights your body is forced to adapt right away and the way it does this is by making you stronger, so that it will end up being a lot easier for you to lift the same amount of weight in the future.

If you have recently lost a reasonable amount of strength due to something like and injury, then you will definitely want to set some time to learn more about how to build up strength in a short amount of time. There are plenty of training training programs out there and also a lot of sports clinics where you could go to get the right targeted training that you would need for your condition.

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Massage and the Wellness Model

Massage

Massage is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, performed using the hands of the therapist, in order to achieve the therapeutic benefits. Massage has been practiced as early in history as 3,000 BC by the Chinese and the Egyptians. Modern Massage is considered to have two major schools of thought and technique, Eastern massage and Western massage.

The Wellness Model

The Wellness Model was developed by Dr. John Travis in the 1970's. According to the Wellness Model, the human body consists of individual systems working together synergistically to provide optimal health to the whole being. Our emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical systems all rely on the function of each other to produce an optimally functioning human being.

The Wellness Model can be described as a continuum along an arrow. The midpoint of the arrow represents the moderate level of well-being experienced by most individuals. At this level of wellness, an individual can function in everyday life without too much difficulty. To the left side of moderate wellness is a gradual decline into signs and symptoms of disease and ultimately ending in premature death. To the right side of moderate wellness is high-level wellness. High-level wellness is achieved by moving beyond the average level of wellness, represented by adequate daily functioning, through the stages of awareness, education, and growth. High-level wellness is achieved largely through self motivation for an expansion of consciousness, expression, and productivity.

The Wellness Model exhibits the potential for growth or decline that exists in all individuals. Health care providers can offer treatments to promote an individual further into the High-level wellness category.

Massage and the Wellness Model

A professional massage therapist will follow the teachings of the Wellness Model by designing an individualized massage that will treat all aspects of the massage client. Dysfunction in the soft tissues of the physical body is palpated through the manual manipulations practiced by the therapeutic massage therapist. Massage manipulations will be used to correct soft tissue adhesion's and to remove the build up of cellular waste products. A result of improved soft tissue function in improvement of the endocrine system.

As the fluids of the body are moved more efficiently and effectively, the hormones of the body are also transported through systems at greater efficiency and effectiveness. This improves both the emotional state of the client as well as the mental state and clarity the client experiences. The improved functioning of the physical, mental, and emotional state of the individual allows the client to continue to progress through the right side of the Wellness Model towards high-level wellness. It is in this path that the client will reach greater spiritual senses as their awareness increases and they begin to experiment with different forms of knowledge and expression. Your massage therapist may also increase your spiritual awareness if they have advanced training in the Eastern modalities of massage therapy.

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Massage Therapy As a Treatment for Diabetes

Because diabetes involves the need for the maintenance of healthy blood glucose levels (ie sugar to be converted into energy in your cells), when you have diabetes you have to follow a certain strict plan for living. This plan includes the use of medication where applicable (usually insulin in some form), with a balanced diet and adequate exercise. If you're diabetic you will also need to refrain from smoking tobacco, and will need to be aware of possible hormonal imbalances (ie thyroid hormones and estrogen) as well.

So where does massage therapy come in? Well, because of the variety of benefits that massage therapy offers, if you have diabetes you can see a number of positive reactions from treatment. A session only once a week can offer some of these excellent benefits:

1. Stress. Massage helps to lower your stress levels, which can affect hormonal imbalances and in turn affect your blood sugar levels. Fluctuating blood sugar levels can put a further strain on your mental capacities, furthering the frustrating stress-blood-sugar-cycle. So massage can help you to lower stress and thereby help you to manage your diabetes. In addition, lowering of stress levels can have a substantial effects on your heart health, which can also be compromised with diabetes.

2. Circulation. Since high blood sugar levels can cause hardening of your arteries, you can gain a lot from increased circulation in addition to improving your heart health. And because your feet are furthest from your heart, it is in your lower legs that massage therapy is most beneficial, especially in regards to wound healing and improving sensation. This is a very positive result of massage, since foot issues can disable you and make life very difficult. Furthermore, increased circulation can help your cells in regards to insulin uptake, an added benefit with diabetes.

3. Connective tissue. Elevated blood sugar levels tend to cause a thickening of the connective tissues in your body, ie those tissues that connect your muscles to your joints and skin. This thickening makes it very difficult to move around with ease. Thus with diabetes, you may experience some pain and reduced mobility, something that massage therapy can help to counteract.

Overall, massage therapy can help immensely if you suffer from diabetes. Although you will still need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, massage can help to balance your blood sugar levels and keep you physically fit.

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