July 29, 2010

Massage for Sunburn Healing

Whether you live along the Sunbelt or practice massage therapy in the northern states, clients may come in at almost any time of the year with sunburn. In the summer, it might be after spending too much time at the beach or in the backyard. In the winter months, it could be from skiing or from a holiday spent in a sunny climate. Learn how to help your clients cope with the effects of too much sun exposure.

If you have a private practice, a sunburned client might return from vacation for his or her regular, weekly massage. If you work at a resort or on a cruise ship, your client may have a one-time visit and want a massage as part of the amenities the ship has to offer. In either case, the same precautions apply. Find out how to offer relief from the pain and discomfort of sunburn, as well as some natural remedies you can safely recommend.

July 22, 2010

Depression Nearly Doubles Risk of Dementia; Can Massage Help?

Numerous studies have shown that massage therapy, especially when combined with aromatherapy, lessens depression. A new study shows that having depression may nearly double a person's risk of developing dementia later in life.

For the new study, researchers examined data on 949 people with an average age of 79 from the Framingham Heart Study. At the start of the study, participants were free of dementia and were tested for depressive symptoms based on questions about general depression, sleep complaints, social relationships and other factors. A total of 125 people, or 13 percent, were classified as having depression at the start of the study, according to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology.

July 16, 2010

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na (tuina) - Chinese Bodywork Massage Therapy

Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina (Tui Na) uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina (Tui Na) seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.

July 15, 2010

Research on Knee Surgery Suggests Massage Therapy Could Be Valid Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

Whether massage clients have had knee surgery or not, receiving massage could help reduce the effects of osteoarthritis.

Knee osteoarthritis is a common public health problem affecting more than nine million Americans, according to a press release from the Radiological Society of North America, and it typically develops gradually over several years. Knee osteoarthritis symptoms can include pain, stiffness, swelling and reduction in knee mobility.

Massage therapy has been shown, in research reported by MASSAGE Magazine in 2007, to reduce pain and stiffness in people with knee osteoarthritis, while also improving range of motion and functionality.

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July 07, 2010

Things people say...

"The more you massage your thinking the more capable I believe you are of expanding how you go about things and learning."
~ Siobhan Davies

July 02, 2010

Monthly Essentials: July

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The Essential Oil of Geranium is extracted through steam distillation of stem and leaves of Geranium plant, bearing scientific name Pelargonium Odorantissimum. The main components of this oil are Alpha Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Menthone, Linalool, Geranyl Acetate, Citronellol, Geraniol and Geranyl Butyrate.
The Essential Oil of Geranium has a lot to offer in terms of health. We can benefit from the following properties of Geranium Oil.