Massage Therapy Is One Of The Best Ways To Manage Stress, Relieve Anxiety And Manage Depression. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Is An Effective Method For Releasing Acute And Chronic Pain.
Our Approach Combines Massage And Neuromuscular Therapy For Powerful And Long Lasting Results!
Massage is one of the oldest natural healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, Massage Therapy incorporates both traditional and scientific methodologies designed to enhance body function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability and promote relaxation and well-being.
Massage Therapists manipulate both superficial and deep muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints and other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels and organs including the gastrointestinal and reproductive organs i.e. In treating constipation, fertility, breast health, etc.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): An Answer To Pain
Neuromuscular Therapy is an integrative system of bodywork designed to incorporate neurologic responses in muscle and connective tissue. It is designed to reduce musculoskeletal pain and restore balance between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. NMT can provide fast, long-lasting relief from pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy Is Based On Six Physiological Factors
that May Cause or Itensifie Pain In The Body. Those Factors Are:
Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, resulting in a lack of oxygen & nutrition to cells and an accumulation of waste products Ischemic tissues are sensitive to touch or locally painful.
Trigger Points occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of trigger points, the cause of serious pain may often be far from the actual site of the pain. This, in turn, inhibits proper blood flow, which causes ischemia an often leads to more pain and discomfort.
Nerve Compression or Nerve Entrapment: Compression is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain.
Postural Distortion or muscular contraction occurs when there is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting from movement of the body off its normal planes. When the body tries to compensate in an effort maintain structural balance, muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain result.
Nutritional Considerations are important in the treatment of pain as certain nutrients are stimulating to the nervous system and may play a role in chronic pain.
Emotional Wellbeing/Stress Management - There is a link between our mental health/stress levels and chronic physical pain.
Massage Therapy + NMT Offers Many Important Health Benefits!
Mental & Emotional Benefits
For Physical and Medical Conditions
The Benefits of Frequent Massage
Massage therapy helps to relieve pain, manage stress, enhance wellness and positively affect medical conditions. Now research tells us those benefits increase significantly with regular frequent massage visits. A new Emory University Study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows there are sustained, cumulative beneficial effects of repeated massage therapy...
The Emory study is part of a growing body of research that shows a link between many forms of touch—from massage to hand-holding—and improved health. Dr. Tiffany Field, Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine believes massage to be in the same category with proper diet and exercise as something that helps maintain overall health.
Dr. James Dillard of Columbia University states,"Like exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly... even a monthly treatment can help maintain general health."
The body is a sacred garment:
it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
and it should be treated with honour.
Not until we experience it is it more that just words.
After we experience it, there is no need for words.
Massage Has A Positive Impact On Every Body System.
Here Are A Few Of The Ways Massage Affects Us:
The Skeletal System
Bone is affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced. As the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.
The Muscular System
Some massage movements relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramp. Massage also makes muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest.
The Nervous System
Soothing massage can provide relief from nervous irritability and stress-related conditions such as insomnia and tension headaches. When used energetically to stimulate, massage may relieve lethargy and fatigue.
The Circulatory System
Massage can improve the flow of blood, which can help poor circulation. This is especially useful for anyone who is immobile.
The Lymphatic System
Gentle massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps clear the body of a build-up of waste products. The relaxing effect of the massage can relieve stress, which in turn can boost the immune system.
The Respiratory System
As you become more relaxed during a massage, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy. Physiotherapists use cupping movements over the base of the lungs to relieve chest congestion.
The Digestive System
Massage aids relaxation and therefore can help to increase the movement of food and waste products through the digestive system. This relaxation can have a balancing effect on the digestive system.
The Urinary System
Waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they may be filtered out and eliminated.
The Female Reproductive System
Menstrual problems such as period pains and PMS can be alleviated by the relaxing effects of massage, as can menopausal symptoms.
Safe, caring touch is essential for optimum physical and emotional health!
Therapeutic massage can be a vital part of living a healthier, happier, pain free life.
I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process any time and anywhere.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D
Trauma Bodywork Offers Safe, Gentle Touch
For The Body, Mind & Spirit
Trauma Bodywork uses gentle, nurturing touch, holding, energy bodywork and other modalities with the intent to assist in the healing of physical, mental or emotional trauma. In the comfort and safety of the massage treatment room and the use of safe, skillful touch, there can be a letting go of the pain and trauma of the past.
Trauma Bodywork Offers Exceptional Healing Support
For People Affected By Or Working Through Issues Including:
With The Releasing Of Trauma And Pain, We Can More Fully
Embrace Life In The Present, And Experience The Love
And Beauty Of Living In The Moment
Trauma Bodywork Integrates Various Techniques Including:
Trauma Bodywork Can Be Used To Access And Release Energy
Associated With Stress And Trauma
In his book Waking the Tiger, author Peter Levine explains why humans are often frozen in trauma, unlike animals who cope daily with the unpredictability of nature.
Both animals and humans react to stressors by preparing to fight, flee, or freeze but animals disperse this "stress energy" in the fighting or fleeing and by "shaking it off" after the freezing. The animal does not hold onto the traumatic event. In contrast, humans tend to hold the tensed energy of the trauma in our bodies where it can manifest into physical and emotional distress.
There is good news, however, as demonstrated by our animal friends! According to Levine, "psychological wounds are reversible and that healing comes when the physical and mental letting go occurs."
Trauma Bodywork can be used to access and release energy associated with stress and trauma, thus addressing a variety of life issues including current physical and emotional challenges, past trauma, addictions, feeling stuck in life and/or our body.
Signs & Symptoms Of Depression
According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, "If you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms interfere with work or family activities, consult with your doctor for a thorough evaluation."
About Energy Work
Energy Work uses gentle, meditative touch, holding and subtle movements to convey healing and restore balance to the body. The Energy therapist seeks to channel positive, healing energy to the receiver and works to balance energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.
Energy Work is accomplished through a simple laying-on-of hands and is facilitated in a meditative state of care and healing. The therapist becomes a conduit of universal healing energy to the client, subtly sensing, assessing and reacting to the movement, flow and release of energy in the client.
There are seven main chakras that occur along the midline of the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
Each chakra corresponds to and influences various aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual being.
People Experience Energy Work In Different Ways
Using Energy Work,
The Therapist Seeks To:
The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word Cakra, meaning wheel or circle. In Hindu and other belief systems, a chakra is a wheel-like spinning vortex that whirls in a circular motion and is a center of life force or "vital" energy in the body. The concept of Chakras is essential to Yoga theory and many healing modalities.
There are seven main chakras that occur along the midline of the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra corresponds to and influences various aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual being.
When chakras are blocked or are flowing too freely, an energetic imbalance is created that can affect all areas of life. When the chakras are in balance, the body radiates health and we enjoy a deep sense of peace.
The Benefits Of
Trying to get pregnant can be a stressful experience, especially for people who are having difficulties. Stress can lead to even more difficulties, making it more difficult to conceive.
One of the great benefits of Fertility Massage is that it allows for the reduction of stress, helping the body to feel more at ease to conceive.
Fertility Massage is useful in decreasing scar tissue in reproductive organs, pelimagevic adhesions and tubal obstructions, while increasing the function of the reproductive organs and promoting general wellness and relaxation. It is used to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts and other medical conditions that may cause low fertility in women.
Fertility Massage is beneficial to digestive health, helping to increase intestinal function and the assimilation of nutrients, also important fertility concerns.
Fertility massage helps a tilted (displaced) uterus; one that is compressed by impacted intestines or is suffering from lack of circulation caused by:
Can I Get A Fertility Massage
Any Time Of The Month?
No. Fertility massage should only be performed during the Follicular phase after your period ends and before ovulation begins. Fertility Massage should not be done during your period or during the luteal phase post ovulation (See Chart Below) Obviously, Fertility Massage should not be performed if you are pregnant.
The Menstrual Cycle Has Four Phases:
Menstrual – day 1-5
Follicular – day 1-13
Ovulation – day 14
Luteal – day 15-28
What Can I Expect In A
Fertility Massage Session?
Fertility Massage Combines Elements Of Several Massage & Bodywork Techniques Including:
Fertility Massage is a non-invasive, relaxing and enjoyable experience. While abdominal treatment is the focus of fertility treatment, full body stress relief and general relaxation is equally important. Stress & pain-reducing massage techniques are performed in every treatment.
The Abdomen & Pelvis Are The Primary Areas Of Focus
A typical session may begin with myofascial release and energy bodywork to the abdomen, Specific techniques including Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang are applied to the abdomen. Following the abdominal treatment any remaining areas of the body are treated with massage and bodywork depending on the individual needs of each client.
You leave the Massage session feeling relaxed,
refreshed, invigorated... and accomplished!
Massage Is Beneficial At All Stages Of Your Pregnancy And Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For You And Your Baby!
Pregnancy is a time when expectant moms experience unique physical and emotional changes that occur as a result of increased weight, changing posture and adjusting hormone levels. As a result of these changes, discomforts including muscular tension, headaches, backaches, neck and shoulder aches may arise.
Prenatal Massage Offers Important Benefits For Mom And Baby
Research conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine shows that prenatal massage reduces stress hormones in the body, improves mood and sleep patterns, and reduces anxiety and back pain.
Studies also show that women who receive regular massage during pregnancy have lower rates of premature birth and fewer obstetrical problems. Their babies have a lower rate of postnatal complications.
More Benefits Of Prenatal Massage
The Massage Room Is A Welcoming Retreat
From The Stresses Of Everyday Life. It Is A Place
Of Total Relaxation For The Body And The Mind.
The massage experience is a time of reflection, meditation and renewal, allowing the mind to rest as the body is soothed. For expectant moms, this time of rest and rejuvenation spent in massage may provide benefits that extend through pregnancy and beyond. The physical, mental and emotional benefits of massage during pregnancy are significant.
Prenatal Massage Is Safe And Effective Throughout Your Pregnancy!
Start Massage Early In Pregnancy For Maximum Benefits
In most cases, massage can be experienced throughout the entire nine-month pregnancy term, including the first trimester. If health related complications do exist, we require a written okay from your physician or midwife and, in most cases, the massage routine is simply modified to address the issue. Occasionally, complications of pregnancy do contraindicate massage. If you are experiencing complications during pregnancy, discuss your condition with your doctor or midwife first.
If Contraindications For Massage Do Exist...
If your condition is such that you cannot receive massage during pregnancy, you can still experience many of the same benefits with Energy Bodywork! There are no contraindications for energetic bodywork therapies.
Click Here to Read More About Prenatal Energy Work.
Breast Massage in Pregnancy, Nursing and Weaning...
An Option You May Wish to Consider
Breast Massage can be a wonderful addition to prenatal care and a source of support while nursing and weaning. The benefits of breast massage in the childbearing years include:
Scheduling A Prenatal + Breast Massage
In case you are wondering... Breast Massage procedures include clearing lymph in tissues surrounding the breasts. Only 12 - 15 minutes are devoted to the actual breasts.
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Alan Jordan, LMT, NCTMB
Certified Prenatal Therapist
In 1999, I participated in a research training workshop at the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
I participated in all 3 studies by interviewing pregnant women, recording movements of unborn children via ultrasound and performing the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale test on premature babies.
For me, the highlight of the workshop was massaging Elena M., who only a few weeks earlier was born at the University of Miami weighing less than 1 pound!
The day I "scrubbed up" and put my hands in the incubator to massage Elena, she weighed less than 2 pounds. As I touched and stroked her tiny body, chills ran through my own! I felt that I was experiencing the essence of creation itself.
Massaging Elena was a truly phenomenal moment of my life. The TRI experience confirmed my commitment to working with pregnant women and the new life within.
Energy Work Helps Achieve Whole Body Relaxation,
Energy Work Removes Subtle Blockages, Allowing Energy To Move & Helping Pregnant Moms Cope With Their Changing Bodies.
A Recent Study At Hartford Hospital Showed That
Reiki(Energy Work) During Pregnancy:
Energy Work is gentle, calming and relaxing, benefiting both the mother & unborn child. Energy Work helps to boost the immune system, release toxins from the body, calms the mind and emotions and helps to restore harmony and balance to the mother-to-be.
Prenatal Energy Work Uses Safe, Gentle Meditative Touch to Convey Universal Healing Energy And Bring Balance To The Subtle Energy Systems Of The Body. Prenatal Energy Work Is Safe During All Stages Of Pregnancy And In All States Of Heath.
Benefits Of Prenatal Energy Work
Pregnancy Is A Wonderful Time To De-Stress.
Take Time-Out For You & Your Baby
& Enjoy The Benefits Of Energy Work.
In early pregnancy, Energy Work can reduce many of the common discomforts such as exhaustion and nausea, ease stress, and promote relaxation. Throughout pregnancy, Energy Work provids relief as the mother’s body grows and changes, and can address issues such as lower back pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, and insomnia.
On a mental and emotional level, Energy Work can ease anxiety and fear in a woman who is unsure of herself and her body as childbirth approaches or who worries about motherhood. Relieved of some of the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, the expectant mom will sleep more soundly and feel more relaxed, positive and connected with her baby.
The stress from childbirth and time spent caring for your newborn may be hard on your body. Postnatal massage gives you nurturing and emotional support to help you gain back your lost energy and also helps the body return to its condition before pregnancy.
Postnatal massage can help you to feel like yourself again in a short time. Not only will your muscular aches and pains disappear more quickly, your calm mental state is restored.
Benefits of Postnatal Massage
Why Breast Massage?
Lymphatic Breast Massage assists in promoting healthy breast tissue. Breast Massage helps to reduce fibroids and cysts, relieves the pain and discomfort associated with PMS or compression from bras.
This work helps to relieve pain and tension from stress in the muscles of the chest wall and assists in healthy tissue regeneration and scar reduction following surgery.
Women often seek breast massage for relief from pain and tenderness or for treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
Many women are interested in pro-active preventative breast health care, or feel that breasts are a natural part of their body that should not be ignored.
Breast Massage is a logical proactive step for healthy breast care.
Health Benefits Of Breast Massage
About Pre and Postnatal
Breast Massage can be a wonderful addition to prenatal care, especially in the first trimester when breast tenderness is most pronounced. Breast Massage also provides a source of support while preparing to breastfeed and while nursing or weaning.
The Benefits Of Breast Massage During Pregnancy, Lactation & Weaning Include:
Breast Massage Experience
Breast Massage is always performed with professionalism, dignity and respect. As a specific treatment, breast massage includes some massage on the upper back, ribs, neck and abdomen and is a 45 minute session. Breast massage may also be incorporated into a full massage massage, bodywork or prenatal massage session using the 105 minute session option.
Breast Massage Is Never Automatically Included
In Any Massage Therapy Or Bodywork Session
Before Proceeding With Lymphatic Breast Massage
The Following Steps Occur:
When working with breast tissue, you have the options of being undraped, undraping one breast at a time or full draping. No draping is generally the best option as it allows for a full visual inspection of breast variances that may need to be addressed, allows for more complete work and avoids possible nipple chafing as breasts move under the sheet.
Most women who were concerned about awkwardness before having undraped breast massage, report that any reservations disappeared when the treatment began. However, you always are welcome to choose partial or complete draping if you wish. As with any massage procedure, you may change your mind at anytime!
After The Session
After receiving breast massage, most women report feeling lighter and less restricted in the chest and that they are able to breath more fully. Decreased pain and lessened menstrual cycle related discomfort are often reported. An overall feeling of good health, a sense of freedom, lessened fullness and other benefits are typically reported.
Breast Massage Is Empowering!
Breast Massage is empowering and can help you maintain the health of your breasts, increase relaxation and create a general sense of well being. If administered professionally.
Breast Massage helps to improve circulation and health while providing a sense of holism and wellness as a part of your regular massage treatment. Your massage therapist can also be a helpful part of your breast screening routine
Alan Jordan, LMT, NCTMB
Trained In & Taught Lymphatic Breast Massage
Alan Jordan has performed breast massage and taught breast massage classes at massage therapy schools and for continuing education classes since 1998.
Alan studied Lymphatic Breast Care with Dr. Bruno Chickley, MD and Breast Massage with Debra Curties, R.M.T., author of Breast Massage and Executive Director of the Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto, Ontario. He studied Massage for Breast Health with Susanrachel Condon at the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City.
A Short History Of Breast Massage
In The United States
In the U.S., interest in breast massage grew dramatically after Debra Curties, a Registered Massage Therapist in Canada and past president of the American Massage Therapy Association Council of schools wrote the book Breast Massage in 1999.
Debra understood the health benefits of breast massage and made it her mission to educate the massage therapy, bodywork, allied health and medical communities about this work.
You might expect Lymphatic Breast Massage to be more readily available at more clinical and medically oriented massage practices but today even some day spas, including Elizabeth Arden Red Door Door Spas, are now offering some type of breast massage therapy.
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