Shiatsu: Energy Balancing for Health and Wellness
For more than a decade, interest in physical and mental wellness has been growing steadily. The popularity of Shiatsu massage has increased along with this trend because of its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve overall health. Shiatsu, a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure,” is a whole body approach to restoring the energy balance.
Shiatsu is based on pressure points similar to the points used in acupuncture or reflexology. It is performed using the fingers although certain devices may also be employed as an aid. Shiatsu works on the theory that the human body has energy centers that are interconnected by energy channels, or meridians. continue reading
Studies Show Massage is Good for Relieving Depression and Anxiety
Massage is an ancient technique for helping people to overcome physical and psychological health problems. Massage in an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine, and in the United States is a part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is helpful for promoting healing in a range of conditions, from physical injuries to emotional stress. Recent studies have shown how massage is good for depression and anxiety.
Depression and Anxiety
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that approximately 10% of Americans suffer from some form of depression in a given year, while 18% suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. These disorders may coexist and often go untreated. Depression and anxiety can interfere with an individual’s ability to fully engage socially, and increases the risk of unemployment. They can lower the body’s defenses and make people more susceptible to diseases. continue reading
The Seven Best Types of Stretching
Evaluating the various types of stretching can be difficult. Fortunately I’ve got a list to help you identify the seven best types of stretching to incorporate with your massages.
Understanding and knowing the difference between each stretching technique we help you decide which will suit your specific needs. continue reading
How Swedish Massage Effects Hormone and Immune Function
Most of us experience times when we seem much less tolerant to illness and generally just feel run down. We all know that a healthy lifestyle including a nutritious diet, exercise, plenty of sleep and a decrease in stress play an important part to wellness. However, research is also beginning to show massage is a positive factor in staying healthy. continue reading
Did You Know That Massage Can Be Helpful For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The National Center for Health Statistics reports that around 260,000 surgeries are performed each year for carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) means the median nerve that runs through your arm and wrist into the hand is compressed in an area of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. It causes inflammation of the nerve and symptoms are felt as a gradual onset of burning, tingling (especially in the thumb and first two fingers), and the symptoms are usually worse at night. Pain may radiate as far up as the shoulder area. Commonly there will be a sensation of swelling in the fingers, and grip strength is decreased. CTS seems to be related to anatomy of the wrist, various health issues and repetitive jobs requiring use of the hand and fingers. continue reading