". . . it only makes sense
that those aches and pains you see your massage therapist for might
disappear faster, stay away longer, or even go away altogether with more
frequent visits. Stress might never reach those physiologically
detrimental levels where the immune system is suppressed or the nervous
system is sent into an alarm state if you are able to receive
stress-relieving bodywork with some consistency. Not only would your body
benefit by regularly unleashing its aches and pains instead of adapting to
them, but your mind would have time to wash away the stresses of a life
lived in overdrive. Both are critical pieces for living well.
Experts say the body and mind can learn to live more calmly, more
efficiently, and more healthfully, when frequent massage shows the way.
That makes for a healthier whole, allowing us to continue to live life at
its fullest, even as we deal with each new stress or challenge. "
Read More at Massage Therapy.com . . .
According to Benny Vaughn, sports massage expert and owner of Athletic
Therapy Center in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the benefits of consistent and
regular massage therapy is better flexibility. "This happens because
regular and structured touch stimulus enhances the nervous system's
sensory and spatial processing capacity," he says. "That is, the person
becomes more aware of their body's movement in space and becomes more
aware of tightness or pain long before it reaches a critical point of
Quite simply, frequent massage puts you more in tune with your body. "The
consistency of massage therapy over time creates a cumulative stress
reduction effect," Vaughn says. "The person becomes acutely aware of
stress within their body long before it can create stress-driven damage."
He says the consistency of receiving regular massage therapy has the
potential to create the cumulative effect of feeling well and feeling
better. "Ultimately when one feels good, our whole being follows suit on
all other levels--i.e., decision-making is better, processing life events
is better, and being happy is easier when you are not in pain or feeling
'heavy' or 'tight.'"
Williams says she's certain people's lives would be changed if they could
schedule massage and bodywork more frequently. "I encourage clients to
commit to getting massage once a week for a month and then evaluate the
results they get," she says. "I guarantee they will become massage
enthusiasts for life."
Read More at Massage Therapy.com . . .
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is
stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and
externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing
this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues.
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers
and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the
body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and
recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ, the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins, amino acids that work as the body's natural
- Relieve migraine pain.
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Benefits of Lymphatic Massage -Discover
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Quote from October 8, 2010 issue of
Massages many benefits
Nearly 9 percent of Americans get at least one
massage every year, and they're probably healthier for it. A new study
suggests that massage not only relaxes the body, but also boosts the
immune system and prompts beneficial hormonal changes. Researchers at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles subjected volunteers to what
was perhaps the most pleasant experiment ever devised: Half received 45 minutes of deep-tissue Swedish massage,
while the rest received light-touch massage for the same period.
single massage session induced marked physiological changes. Blood and
saliva samples from the Swedish group registered lower levels of cortisol, a hormone elevated by stress, and arginine vasopression, a
hormone that can elevate cortisol; they also showed a rise in
lymphocytes, white blood cells that aid the immune response. The
light-massage recipients showed a greater increase in the "love hormone"
oxytocin and greater drop in a different hormone that prompts the
release of cortisol. Despite the popularity of massage, psychiatrist
and study author Mark Hymman Rapaort tells the New York Times, "there
hasn't been much physiological proof of the body's heightened immune
response following massage until now."
"The medical and recreational application of massage
extends many years into the past. Ideally for many patients
suffering from malignant mesothelioma, fibromyalgia, or a number of
other pain-inducing problems, massage offers a natural, supplemental
treatment to alleviate pain. Aside from having no side effects, this
practice encourages harmony of the mind and body to holistically
improve any person in pain.
Mesothelioma and Massage Therapy
Those victimized by the pain of mesothelioma, a form of cancer
caused by asbestos exposure, are ideal candidates for
treatment. Many authorities in rehabilitation and medicine describe
massage as a form of
alternative medicine. While it is not a cure by itself, strong
evidence suggests it assists more
conventional cancer treatments..."
Quote and photo courtesy of
Mesothelioma Resource Online
trials for aromatherapy have shown that essential oils may be
a supplemental treatment to reduce pain, nausea, anxiety, stress and
depression. Some people have reported that inhaling ginger, peppermint
and cardamom oil vapors help to relieve the nausea that is caused by
chemotherapy. Lavender oil has been
known to help relieve anxiety, insomnia and muscle tension. In one
clinical trial, black pepper extract was successfully used to reduce the
craving for tobacco while improving the overall mood of the participant.
Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, or other cancers and illnesses,
might consider an
alternative therapy such as
aromatherapy in accordance with their
The added benefit of subtle
earth energy resonance and the naturally gentle stress and pain relief
comfort of the artful application of Warm and Cool, Gem and Mineral
Stones in Massage (Geo-Thermal Therapy) used along with
Aromatherapy while employing the principles and practice of
Myo-Fascial Release has proven to be a
most powerful treatment reported by some to:
- Improve Circulation and
oxygenation of blood and lymphatic systems
- Improve Respiration
Soothe the Nervous System and Increase sensations of
- Ease Muscular Aches, Sprains
- Relieve Inflammation
- Enhance Deep
- Stone "energy"
work has also been reported to be a sublime Stress Reducer that enhances
natural intuitive feelings creating a sense of
With more than
20 years of massage experience, Bunny Sings Wolf, with heart, hands, and
a lifetime of personally collected wind and water smoothed treatment
stones "walks" this ancient modality practiced by more than 7
generations of Dakota-Lakota (Sioux) "medicine" practitioners to benefit
today's health conscious generations who visit the sacred Black Hills.
The wellness nurturing benefits of gem
and mineral Stone Nation is enhanced by warming them to create gently
penetrating heat that invites the fascia to untangle and smooth and
muscles relax with ease while the stones seem to have a unique way of
drawing tension, stress or pain from the body.
Application of well positioned
refreshing cool stones reduces inflammation, swelling, especially
beneficial for stress, injury.
Without need of
obtrusive (and potentially damaging) manipulation, the thoughtful,
intuitive combination of pressure, warmth, weight and/or coolness, along
with the resident energies from selected gem stones creates a subtle yet very powerful
The stress relief,
nurturing and healing properties provided through Geo-Thermal Therapy
treatments are now sought after, and embraced by clients and health
professionals at exclusive spas, treatment centers and resorts around
the globe, but nowhere is it more powerfully experienced than here in
its home place as practiced for generations in Paha Sapa (the Black
With the resurgence of
this now highly respected professional practice of Geo-Thermal Therapy
by those who humbly "walk" the stones (the St8neWalkers), Inyan Oyate
(Stone Nation) has reclaimed its rightful honorable place to again
So that you may rest at ease and relax into your
Geo-Thermal Therapy treatment with complete confidence and comfort,
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