Massage Used in Relief of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression mother with her child

It is not at all unusual for most new mothers to experience mood disorders after the birth of their child. The dramatic shift in hormones, the labor and birth, and general fatigue all contribute to fleeting feelings of sadness. As many as two-thirds of new mothers worldwide experience postpartum blues, also known as "baby blues." The onset generally occurs at about day three and the duration of these transient feelings of sadness is about a week or two. The blues are characterized by weeping, insomnia, fatigue, moodiness, and anxiety but is self-limiting. With some rest, support, sunshine, and compassion, these..


Massage and the Cancer Patient

a cancer patient smiling in nature

For years, massage and bodywork was contraindicated for cancer patients. Massage schools, mostly fearing that bodywork could spread cancer, largely taught their students to avoid working with cancer patients. The notion is still pervasive in the bodywork community. But as the field of massage therapy matures, its knowledge base expands, and the notion that massage is contraindicated for cancer patients is changing. There are still hurdles to overcome. How massage therapy fits into traditional insurance or managed care coverage is a gray area. And old attitudes about contraindication die hard.   Massage and bodywork are increasingly important weapons in the..


Massage During End of Life Care

hospice care massage therapy

In recent years, people have been speaking out more about death and about compassionate care for the dying. At the same time, the ancient healing modality of massage has been recollected and recognized as a viable resource in palliative care, as well as in health care. Hospice has evolved into a care program that attempts to provide for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of those approaching death. Hospice care has become a strong force in the search for a more unified approach to death that combines medical technology with compassionate care of the whole person.   The basic..


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:..