Category: Massage

 
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Working Trigger Points

Whether trigger points even exist is still a matter of some controversy. Proponents on both sides will argue and reach no definite conclusion. To explore working them, will require a slight detour into some simple muscle physiology. Muscles work when a set of protein molecules composing them ‘overlap’ by being electro-chemically stimulated. These long chains … Read More

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Neck and Shoulder Massage in Simple Steps

It used to be that mailmen and athletes were the two major professions that suffered neck and shoulder aches. Nowadays, with virtually everyone using a computer for long hours every day, the problem can affect anyone. Fortunately, a partial solution can be provided with a few simple, easy to learn techniques. To get the full … Read More

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Massage for Pregnant Men

Certainly, human males can’t get pregnant. (Not yet anyway.) But couples often say ‘We are pregnant’ when announcing their joyous news to friends and loved ones. So, sometimes, it’s helpful for the man to consider himself as expecting also. One of the things his mate may be expecting, besides a child, is a good massage. … Read More

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How To Give A Back Massage

There’s a good reason massage therapists charge what they do. They’ve undergone intensive, long-term training that involves learning anatomy and physiology. They’ve practiced for months or longer, hours per day, to develop the understanding and the skills to detect body problems. They’ve learned a demanding trade. But sometimes dedicated amateurs can emulate their skill to … Read More

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Fascia Work

Among the many health benefits of massage is one that will surprise the novice: the ability to manipulate fascia. Fascia are body components located between the skin and the underlying muscle. It’s here that inflammation and injuries can produce damage that can be encouraged to heal by a good massage. The fascia form a system … Read More

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Aromatherapy and Massage

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other plant extracts as part of a therapeutic session. As with much in the massage therapy world, aromatherapy has its adherents and its critics. While the claims of curing disease are overstated, aromatherapy does have some unquestionable benefits. There’s no doubt that certain scents help provide a … Read More

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Thai Massage

Originating in India over 2,500 years ago, this healing art spread to Siam (ancient Thailand) with the spread of Buddhism. Once performed by monks as part of elaborate healing rituals, it formed one part of traditional Thai medicine. The complete practice includes nutritional counseling, often recommending dietary changes. It also entails using herbs, both consumed … Read More

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Swedish Massage

Swedish is the most common style practiced among massage therapists. The modern form was developed in Sweden around the beginning of the 19th century, though the origin is disputed. Many attribute the usual techniques to Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish gymnastics instructor who developed the style for athletes. Others give credit to a Dutch-born physician … Read More

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Sports Massage Techniques

Sports massage may appear to be the latest ‘hot’ thing, but in fact it’s been practiced for thousands of years. The ancient Spartans, enemies of the Athenians in Greece over 2,500 years ago, regularly applied massage techniques to optimize their warriors’ effectiveness. Many of the techniques used then would be familiar today, since they are … Read More

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Japanese Shiatsu Massage

Though the roots of Shiatsu massage go back centuries, the practice first became widely popular around the beginning of the 20th century. Then in 1940, the Shiatsu style of massage got a big boost with the founding of the Japan Shiatsu College. Shiatsu differs from traditional Western (typically Swedish) massage in its emphasis on focused … Read More