Trigger Point Self-Care
It is possible and worthwhile to treat your own trigger points. The Ther-a-Cane and Backbuddy are two commercial products designed to treat trigger points. You can also use a tennis (or other slightly soft) ball, or your hands. Experiment to find what’s most comfortable for you, and use the resources listed below to learn effective, safe techniques. Foam rollers can help relieve trigger points, but are often not specific enough for full relief.
How Massage Relieves Stress
Most people have heard that massage relieves the symptoms of stress - but how? First, let’s define stress. A stressor is a situation orevent which upsets your balance and triggers a biochemical reaction called the“flight or fight” or stress response. The stress response helps you either flee from a stressor or stand up and fight. Signs of the stress response include increased perspiration, muscle tension, and heart rate; rapid and shallow breathing, rerouting of blood away from internal organs resulting in slowed digestion.
Massage for Aching Hands
Many of us have hands and arms that ache. Pain has numerous causes, including:
In short, NO! Absolutely not! Many massage therapists have a question on their intake form that asks if you want to avoid specific areas during the massage. Some women check pectoral muscles (aka pecs) because they worry that it involves breast massage, and they don’t see the benefit of massage to these muscles.
Fascia (pronounced fash´e-ah) is the new "in thing" in massage and training. And for good reason! For many years, fascia was largely ignored by reseachers focused on muscles, organs, and other tissue. Recent research has revealed the powerful role fascia plays in movement, neuromuscular communication, and the structure of the body.
Many clients come to us with recurring headaches, pain and tighness in their jaws, or "stiff necks". We offer massage specifically designed to address these issues. During your session, your therapist will focus on your head, face, and neck with techniques designed to relieve tension and reduce pain in these areas.
Just let us know you're coming in for help with head, neck, or jaw pain when you schedule!
Bodywork for Winter Sports
How to Turn off Your Brain
Well, not exactly all the way off. But we want to provide a few tips to calm down a busy brain so you can relax during your massage.
Many of us have been on the massage table, hoping for a soothing experience, but those wheels in our head keep turning. We're thinking about our grocery list, worrying about work tasks, or perhaps replaying conversations in our minds. Try these tips to refocus on your body and the present moment.
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