Massage FAQ

Neck Pain and Massage

Proven to be effective for neck pain, massage therapy is based on the fact that the soft tissues respond to touch. Myofascial (soft tissue) pain is where most pain conditions originate. Trigger points are hypersensitive points in muscles, which radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body, can be the root cause of many conditions.Muscles not only move joints, they stabilize them, and...

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What Is Reiki?

A type of energy bodywork, reiki (pronounced ray-key) relies on the ancient belief in the life force energy, referred to as chi, that flows through all things. This life force runs throughout pathways in the body called meridians, nourishing organs and cells and supporting vital functions. When this energy is disrupted by negative thoughts, feelings or actions, illness and disease result. A reiki...

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What Kind of Pillow Should I Buy?

Did you know a six year-old pillow can contain up to 10%-25% of its weight in dust mites? This extra weight includes both living and dead mites as well as their excrement. Ew! How old is YOUR pillow? Before rushing off to replace (or set fire to*) your questionable pillows, let’s take a minute to discuss how important finding the right pillow is. We spend approximately one third of our...

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Stretching for Elite Desk Athletes

A wonderful friend of mine, Dr. Stefan Black DC, once called me an “Elite Desk Athlete” as he surmised the damage my daily habits have done. Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m not only a massage therapist, I’m a huge geek that spends a lot of time on the computer. All that time on the computer really adds up as wear and tear on the body. In order to keep going, I...

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Massage Research – Evidence Based Practice

For over 4,000 years, massage has been a vitally important tool in the effort to ease pain and promote wellness. Despite well documented case studies lauding the benefits of therapeutic massage, there are still a few skeptics that consider the ancient practice an “elective” healthcare option. There is a nationwide effort to encourage massage therapy professionals to build an Evidence Based...

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What is Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT)?

Myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT) is a type of bodywork with roots in the principles of osteopathy and structural integration.  MAT is used to relieve chronic pain and to help correct postural abnormalities. MAT techniques are integrated into other massage techniques during your sessions. Structural integration and osteopathy both rely heavily on the manipulation of the muscles, fascia, and...

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