MASSAGE & BODYWORK
What is Massage & Bodywork? Intentional manipulation of the body’s soft tissues for therapeutic effect - yet encompasses much more. Touch heals on physical, emotional, mental & spiritual levels. Alternative Healing Massage & Bodywork – Did you know that you can use massage & bodywork for healing? Learn more about healing through massage & bodywork with our body healing massage articles at All Things Healing. Visit us online today!

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by James Schreiber

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system...

 

Editor's Note: Author, James Schreiber, who suffered from Candida albicans, writes of the hidden benefits of human touch.

 

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Editor's Note: A very nice video about a calming massage for dogs.

 

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by David Pratt, LMT, BA

You know you need to get away.

Work, family, the hectic schedules and constant “to do” lists. You’re ready to trade it all for a temporary “do nothing” list ...

 

Author's Note: There are several key questions that will help you design the best getaway or retreat possible. This article helps guide you to the perfect experience for you, and reveals the transformative effect of adding massage therapy and yoga to your final decision.

 

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by David Pratt, LMT, BA

“...It is very important to understand there is no disease process which cannot be made more likely - or more serious ...

 

Author's Note: Most people seem to know that reducing stress results in feeling better. That's a bit of a "no-brainer," but did it ever occur to you that our reactions to stress can cause and perpetuate a whole slew of diseases and illnesses?

 

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by Brian Critchley

As a massage therapist I often ask new clients about their prior massage history. The response I get most often from clients is, "I love getting massages, but I don't get them as often as I'd like." We have become conditioned to scheduling regular physical checkups, dental visits, and time for physical activity and exercise. However, many people still have difficulty finding time in their schedules for regular massage sessions...

 

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by Suzanne Getz, LMT, RPP, BCST

Here is a way you can do some cross fiber massage on yourself, on your back muscles with little effort and practically for free.  First find 2 tennis balls and used ones are acceptable; second, find a sock that has a sturdy cuff at least 3 inches long.  Put both tennis balls in the sock and tie it off as close to the tennis balls as you can...


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Looking for a way to massage your back muscles at home?  Let this author tell you how to do that with one sock and two tennis balls!

 

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by Ion Doaga

When I go for a massage I have two main goals. First is to get out of knots or alleviate pain in particular areas of my body and second is to enjoy a pleasant and relaxing treatment.

Deep tissue massage offers both of these benefits, though it’s not always the case...

 

 

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by David Pratt, LMT, BA

So, you’ve probably heard about carpal tunnel syndrome, but what about the thoracic outlet? Do you know where that is? Have you ever heard of thoracic outlet syndrome...

 

Author's Note: Do you have pain, tingling or numbness from your shoulder and down into your arm? It could be thoracic outlet syndrome. Massage therapy focused on releasing tension and lengthening specific muscles can reduce pressure on nerves and diminish symptoms. Clients can be taught self-care, which may include stretching or releases that rely on isometrics to return the body to balance.

 

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Editor's Note: Sometimes I can relax my whole body simply be relaxing my hands!  Follow along with this well-made video showing you how to massage and relax your own hands.

 

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by Magnus Hjerpe

What is a trigger point? Well, it is a painful point in a muscle. It often feels like a small sausage or poorly cooked spaghetti surrounded by softer muscle tissue.

If it is really irritated, you can often feel pain radiating over a larger area when you press the point...

 

 

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by David Pratt, LMT, BA

I was in a friend’s garden and had just picked two white turnips. As I stood up, I noticed how much force there was in this action, how roughly I had grabbed and snapped the second turnip, and how my mind was not with the activity of my body at all...

 

Author's Note: Breema is an art that is dear to my heart because it helps bring harmony into every area of my life. When I work with this art's principles, even something as simple as picking a turnip can be a source of nourishment and balance and reminds me that I am not separate from all of Existence. The amazing thing is, Breema is also a beautiful, flowing bodywork treatment that's received fully-clothed on a comfortably padded surface.

 

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by David Burrows, BA, CMP, CHTP, RMT

Reiki is a Japanese term which translates as “Universal Life Force Healing.” Reiki was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui. Many versions of the origins of Reiki have been told. Historians are not definitive on Usui’s life or the origins of Reiki. What follows here is the version of the story of Reiki as it was told to me by one of my Reiki teachers...

 

 

 

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The Need for Compassionate Touch

by Ann Catlin

The need for compassionate care of our elders is growing. In the United States, people 85 years and older make up the fastest growing segment of our population. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, by 2030 there will be 71.5 million adults over age 65 in the United States. Many elders are affected by debilitating illness or injury and require the assistance of a care setting to help manage their everyday lives.

 

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