Massage Therapy for the Benefit of Treating Children with ADHD

Massage Therapy for Treating Children with ADHD

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This condition, found in children and adolescents, affects their impulse control, over-activity and attention problems. When children and adolescents have ADHD, they normally go to their family pediatricians, physicians, child psychiatrists, psychologists and pediatric neurologists. Rarely are they told to seek holistic forms of therapy to manage their ADHD.   Massage therapy has been found effective in a most recent study. ADHD adolescents who took ten massage treatment classes for two weeks rated themselves as more content than those in comparison who participated in recreation therapy. Spectators rated the massage therapy effects as..


Massage Therapy at Home

massage therapy at home

In home massages have so many benefits. One being, convenience!   When you receive an in-home massage, you don’t have to worry about driving home or getting stuck in traffic. An in-home massage enables you to really prolong your relaxation. You can schedule the appointment right before retiring for the evening. Or, you can plan a warm bath or other relaxation ritual before and after your massage.   With an in-home massage, a deeper sense of relaxation is induced. Relaxation requires focusing your attention within and withdrawing it from your five senses and the external world. When you travel to..


Cancer and Massage: Healing after Mastectomy

Breast Cancer and Massage therapy

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, and is the second-leading cause of death in women. Each year, more than 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. With these sobering statistics, the likelihood of encountering a client with breast cancer also increases.   The concern that increasing circulation via massage will cause the spread of cancer is unfounded. Cancer can spread with little or no activity, such as sleeping, breathing, eating, walking, etc. Therefore, there is every reason to believe that gentle, light or compassionate touch can be administered safely and effectively, provided that..


Deep Tissue Massage for Everyone

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

No Pain, No Gain? No way! Deep Tissue Massage for Everyone   Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is oftentimes recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch.   However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer. The belief that deep pressure equals pain is a myth; however, the..


Sports Massage

Man taking Sports Massage therapy

Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity — especially strenuous — muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.   One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as..


Just a Stone’s Throw Away: The Art of Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage therapy

2,000 years ago was one of the earliest documented history of the use of heated stones for healing in China. Stones were also used for healing work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt, and India. These traditions included laying stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, using stones for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and for ceremonial uses such as sweat lodges and medicine wheels.   Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have a long-recorded history of many forms of massage and bodywork. The Roman Empire, which dates from 27 B.C...


Modern Day Ailments: Part 2

Repetitive-Stress-Syndrome

Repetitive Stress Syndrome (RSI):   Popularly called “Blackberry Thumb”, or “teen texting tendonitis,” this Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) occurs because these devices rely almost solely on the use of your thumbs for typing. Any device that relies on the thumbs for typing can cause this type of injury because the thumbs simply weren’t designed for such use. Additionally, there are also other stress injuries reported: wrist, forearm, shoulder, upper back and neck, as a result of constant texting.   The medical term for overuse of the thumbs when using electronic devices is: de Quervain’s tendonitis. Symptoms of de Quervain’s include:..


Modern Day Ailments: Part 1

Modern-Day-Ailments

The evolution of Text Neck and ways that Massage Therapy can help:   The widespread use of an increasing variety of technology: touch screen pads/tablets, laptops, smartphones—has detonated a cache of related conditions, from tight necks and sore backs to painful thumbs and increased stress. Anyone who has spent much time on a computer, cellphone, tablet or other advanced electronic device has surely experienced the discomfort of poor body mechanics and repetitive straining. These problems are not limited to the neck, as more and more people seek relief from shoulder, arms, wrists, hands, low-back and hip pain. Massage therapy can..


Massage Therapy Certification: Why It’s Important

Massage-Therapy-Certification

Massage therapy is a practice of holistic and physical health, and as an industry has come to realize the importance of being certified, licensed and accredited. Perhaps the most important of these is the certification process.   It only seems logical that the paying client or patient has a right to know that their massage therapist has the qualifications needed to practice safely and effectively. This certification also ensures the general safety, health and well-being of the client and promotes a certain level of professional standard.   Massage therapy certification nationally is a relatively new regulation process for the professional..


Chair Massage in the Workplace

Chair-Massage-in-the-Workplace

Many of the benefits of chair massage are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa, but in the comfort and convenience of a workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage clinic or spa, and is a fraction of the cost. Plus chair massage makes massage therapy accessible to those within an organization who are uncomfortable getting undressed and would otherwise never experience massage without it.   Chair massage is typically performed in 15-20 minutes time frames where the recipient is fully clothed and the Massage Therapist is utilizing techniques such..