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suffering-from-depression-massage-can-helpMassage therapy is known for its excellent soothing capabilities, but did you know it is actually known to improve mental health? According to researchers with the American Massage Therapy Association, regular massage therapy has been linked to reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, military veterans, and nurses with highly stressful jobs. While pain relief and relaxation seem to be fairly obvious benefits of massage, what is it that makes massage therapy so effective when dealing with mental health? The science is actually pretty interesting.

Massage vs. Depression

 

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The beginning of a new year is always filled with countless resolutions, but how many of them will actually last until the end of the year? We’d like to suggest one New Year’s resolution that, with a little practice, can stick with you for not only this year but many years to come. This New Year, resolve to greatly reduce – or even eliminate – stress from your life! We’ve come up with five easy ways to cultivate a stress-free lifestyle for 2014.

Combat stress with exercise and a good night’s sleep.

Afternoon Power NapStress is often amplified by poor health or a lack of energy. In addition to the obvious benefits of exercise, researchers at the American Psychological Association have discovered that exercise also improves your body’s ability to handle stress. Maintaining a regular exercise routine, whether you take a quick walk around the park or spend two hours lifting weights at the gym, is a great way to control your stress level.

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Massage therapy is well known for its ability to provide lasting stress relief, but what should you do when you are stressed out and don’t have time for that lengthy massage? Next time you find yourself struggling with stress, try one of these quick, stress-relieving techniques.

Control your breath to control your stress.

When stressed, your body tends to take quicker, shallower breaths. This in turn triggers your body’s fight or flight response. The easiest way to gain control of your stress level is to control your breathing. Either of the following breathing techniques can be used to lower stress levels in minutes. Try them both to determine which works best for you!

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Give the gift of massage!If you are still struggling to find that perfect present for your loved one, consider giving a massage gift certificate. While massages are great at any time of the year, they are especially welcome in the winter, when cold weather (not to mention shoveling snow) causes extra stiffness in the body’s joints and muscles. At this time of the year, a massage gift certificate is perfect for just about anyone! Here are three reasons why:

1.     When you give a massage gift certificate, you are giving wellness.

Massage therapy has numerous benefits. By giving your loved one a massage gift certificate, you are essentially granting him or her the opportunity to gain better range of motion, improve sleep patterns, gain clearer thinking, and relieve tension! Can that sweater you were considering do all that? Probably not!

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Many people seek pain relief through massage, but is there any time when it is appropriate for a massage to be painful? You’ve seen those clips in movies where the star winces through an intense massage. Maybe you’ve experienced an uncomfortable or painful massage yourself. In reality, there is no reason to endure a painful massage.

Understand your pain thresholds.

Your massage should relieve pain, not cause it.While your massage therapist will pay attention to subtle cues from your body – tension in your fingers, tightening around the eyes, etc. – it is important that you understand your own pain thresholds so you can properly communicate your needs to the therapist and get the most out of your massage. It is helpful to evaluate your pain levels on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a light touch and 10 being unbearable pain.

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Massage for Arthritis Pain ReliefIf you suffer from arthritis, have you ever considered massage therapy as a treatment to help manage and relieve your pain? Arthritis is a very common, very painful condition. According to a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 22% of adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. Arthritis is also recognized as one of the leading causes of disability in our country, and it is also linked with a host of other issues, both physical and psychological. Treatments for arthritis range from medication to weight loss, but what many don’t know is that regular massage therapy can provide pain relief for sufferers of arthritis.

 

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As we head into the holiday season, one of the busiest times of the year, don’t forget to take a moment and care for yourself. While there is plenty of fun to be had in the next few months, the holidays can also be a time of serious mental and physical strain. We’ve come up with a few easy ways to keep your body and mind fit for the holiday season.

1. Know your limits.

And don’t cross them. Especially during the holidays, many of us feel pressured to commit to things we don’t have the time or energy for. Listen to your body, and know when to say no.

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If you suffer from deep or chronic pain, hot stone massage techniques might be just the thing to grant you relief.  A hot stone massage incorporates heated stones into a traditional Swedish massage.  If you’d like to learn more about the actual hot stone massage technique, you can read about it in our blog post, found here.  Today we will look at the reasons why hot stone massage therapy is such an effective form of pain management.

Hot Stone Massage – Taking That Extra Step

As with any massage technique, hot stone massage focuses on relaxing the body’s muscles and tissues.  The heated stones, however, push this technique to the next level.  As the hot stones rest on a sheet laid across the body, they cause the blood vessels to dilate, creating a deeper sense of relaxation.  The heat from the stones penetrates deep into the muscles, causing them to loosen and relax.  While this state of relaxation can be achieved through other massage techniques, the use of hot stones can speed up the process.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but many people don’t know one of the most serious complications that come along with breast cancer treatment: lymphedema.  While at least 3 million Americans suffer from lymphedema, there is one massage technique that combats this complication: lymph drainage massage.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the swelling of fluids (lymph) in the body’s tissues.  Usually, lymphedema only occurs in one arm or leg, but it can be present in multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, head, and neck.

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In our last post, we went over the basic history and principles of reflexology.  One of the greatest things about reflexology is that its practice can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.  If you are new to the practice of reflexology, try these simple techniques and let us know what you think!

Reflexology for Mood

With all the rain we’ve received in the last few days, many of us could use a quick pick-me-up.  If you are looking for a simple way to boost your mood, try the following: gently massage your thumbs, focusing on the center of your thumbprint.  If you find your thumbs to be slightly sensitive, don’t worry.  This is normal.  Just proceed gently and the sensitivity will gradually fade.  Using reflexology on your thumbs in this way will stimulate your hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which will in turn boost your mood.

Reflexology for Tension and Pain

Did a long day at the office or a late-night study session leave a crick in your neck, back or shoulders?  Try these tips:

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Reflexology ChartReflexology has grown in popularity over the last few years, but what is it, exactly?  Perhaps you’ve seen those socks or gloves with the printed diagrams on the bottom, or maybe you’ve seen a reflexology chart online.  These diagrams and charts can be very confusing, but they don’t need to be!

Reflexology is a massage technique that focuses on the hands and feet.  Reflexology is based on the theory that specific areas on your hands and feet correspond with other areas on your body.  For example, your big toe corresponds with your head, so rubbing it could help relieve symptoms of a headache.  Unlike most forms of massage, reflexology targets and works through nerve endings, not muscles and tissues.

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In recent years, research studies have unearthed the many benefits of massage therapy as a supplemental treatment for cancer patients. These benefits are both physical and psychological. Some benefits cancer patients receiving massage therapy may experience include:

  • Reduced nausea symptoms
  • Reduced pain levels
  • Reduced fatigue levels
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress
  • An improvement in mood
  • A greater sense of relaxation
  • An improved quality of life

Massage: Creating a Sense of Normalcy

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b2ap3_thumbnail_posture.jpgAs you read this, take a moment to consider your posture.  How are you are seated?  Chances are, your shoulders are slouched, you are leaning to one side, your feet aren’t flat on the floor, or all of the above.  It’s ok!  We are all guilty of poor posture every now and then.

The negative effects of poor posture are many.  Consider the following:

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Did you know that on-site chair massages in the workplace can be a huge stress reducer for your employees and coworkers? In our last post, Stress Relief in the Office we discussed several methods of stress relief when massage was not an option. Today, I want to explore the benefits of on-site office massage therapy.

Some facts about stress in the workplace:

 

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For many of us, it can be difficult to go out and get a massage right when we need it most: the middle of the work day.  Desk jobs are often the source of physical and mental stress for many of our clients.  Today, we’d like to share a few tips to relieve stress while at work each day.

Drink Water

Keep hydrated while at work.  Drinking water throughout the day will help you maintain focus and relieve stress.  Here’s a tip: if your office has a water cooler, top-off or refill your water bottle each time you walk past it.  Alternatively, set a reminder on your computer to drink some water every half hour or so.

Stretch_at_the_officeWalk Around

Instead of sending that email to your coworker down the hall, take a walk!  Walking around the office at least once an hour will give your mind a break and loosen up any tension in your body.  While you’re walking, be sure to smile!  Not only will your smile be contagious, studies show that smiling is a great way to relieve stress.

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If you are bothered by the smoke of Colorado’s wildfires or your allergies are driving you nuts, a lymph drainage massage may be just the thing for you!  While lymph drainage massage may not be as popular as hot stone or shiatsu massage, it can be just as relaxing and beneficial to your health.  To understand just how a lymph drainage massage can help you, let’s first look at the lymphatic system and its role inside your body.

What does the lymphatic system do?  

 

 

allergys_helped_by_lymph_drainage_massageThe lymphatic system is your body’s mechanism for filtering out all the gunk (like pollen or smoke particles) from your body.  The lymphatic system consists of a series of lymph vessels and lymph nodes.  The lymph vessels cover your entire body and reside just below your skin, while the lymph nodes are located throughout the body.  The vessels transport fluids to the lymph nodes, and the lymph nodes filter out all the particles and organisms that don’t belong in your body, making the lymph system an extremely important part of your immune system.  If you’ve ever gone to the doctor for a sore throat, for example, he or she probably checked your throat lymph nodes to see if they were swollen.  This system is extremely important to your overall health, and a lymph drainage massage can give your system a much-needed boost.

What does lymph drainage massage do for me, exactly?

 Basically, lymph drainage massage helps your lymphatic system circulate more effectively, which makes it able to filter out more of the “stuff” that doesn’t belong in your body.  If

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pre-natal_massageWhile everyone can enjoy the benefits of a good massage, expectant mothers have specific aches and pains that must be addressed. One of the more popular forms of massage therapy offered here at Unlimited Bodywork is known as prenatal massage. Prenatal massage refers to specific massage techniques that are applied to a woman during her pregnancy to reduce both pain and stress.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Studies have shown many great reasons to incorporate massage into a woman’s prenatal care plan. Some of the benefits to prenatal massage include:

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Ifyou follow any professional sport, you have probably heard of sports massage at one time or another. Believe it or not, sports massage isn’t just a modern-day fad. In fact, b2ap3_thumbnail_Softball-players-use-sports-massage_20130523-170252_1.jpgits history reaches all the way back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Gladiators would use both exercise and massage therapy as part of their training regimen. Through the years, sports massage has grown in popularity. Now, most professional sports teams have massage therapists on staff. 


Of course, sports massage is not just for the professional athlete. Regular exercise puts a strain on your body. For example, did you know that it can take up to 72 hours for

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Massage is often thought of as a treat we give ourselves to carry us away from the stress of everyday life. But did you know that massage is also useful as a form of preventative maintenance and can help prevent injuries? As the warmer weather approaches many of us who have been sitting on the couch all winter will want to get outside and play. If you haven’t been stretching regularly one simple move can cause excruciating pain. You know, you’ve probably experienced it already. You go to reach for something or bend over to pick something up and all of a sudden…. Ow!!!!!

Prepare for Spring Activities to Avoid PainAt Unlimited Bodywork, while we offer massage for pure relaxation, we specialize in clinical massage and helping our clients to feel better for the long term not just for an evening. Many of us live day to day with pains that we really don’t need to. For instance, let’s say that you have a pain in your upper back that recurs frequently. You know that it happens often when you are stressed. But, did you also know that how you sit, how you sleep, and how you type on the computer or hold your phone all add to the pain that you have developed? And, did you also know that there are exercises you can do to strengthen and lengthen those muscles so the pain does not recur?

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