Archive for June, 2012

Acupoints can help with Insomnia

Posted on June 30th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Is the lack of sleep making your days less productive and your mood less appealing? Try massage therapy coupled with self administered acupoints.  Massage therapy helps decrease stress hormones and balance the central nervous system. These are two areas that are nearly always out of whack when you’re suffering long periods of sleeplessness.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) holds that if yin and yang are in harmony, one’s sleep is normal. Sleeping problems are related to the state of protective qi, as well as internal harmony of the body. Under normal circumstances, the body’s protective qi flows along the yang meridians in the daytime which enables the organs to function actively and thus remain awake. On the other hand, protective qi flows along the yin meridians at night, thus the body becomes inactive and needs to sleep. When the internal harmony is disturbed, the stability of Shen (spirit) inside the heart is affected and insomnia will then occur.

Okay, so now you know you are sleep deprived. What can you do? You can start off scheduling a full body session to help jump start your restful sleep. Next right before bed you can try these easy to do and remember acupoints. Here are some really simple acupoints that you can do while in bed:

*Thumb-knead the inner sides of the eyebrows 30 times
*Rub the hands together to get them warm, then put them over the closed eyes for 30 seconds; slightly rub the eyeballs, 10 times or more

Cranial Sacral: healing powers for cancer patients

Posted on June 23rd, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

This video was shot minutes before the treatment. Cranial Sacral therapy followed by a Reflexology treatment. Both are gentle modalities for those that traditional bodywork is a contraindication. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ5cJ2h-fXQ

Eliminate Knee Pain with Massage Therapy

Posted on June 23rd, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

It would be safe to say that approximately 50% of my clients complain about some type of knee pain, whether it’s a quick on set or chronic pain. Knee pain is one of the most common complaints among the U.S. population, accounting for more than 11 million visits to physicians each year. The knee is the largest joint in the body, and its structural complexity makes it one of the most vulnerable areas for injury. Some discomfort may go away on it’s own if brought on by sudden increase of strain to the joints, but more serious and persistent pain can be eased by regular massage therapy. While massage therapy is not a substitute for medical care, massage therapy can help in coping with joint pain without taking pain medication.

There are various causes of knee pain. Some common reasons include arthritis, Bursitis, kneecap dislocation, illiotibial (IT) band syndrome, infection, anterior cruciate ligament injury, tendinitis, torn cartilage, torn ligament (ACL tear), strains and sprains. Weight plays a significant role in the onset of knee pain. The knee is a weight-bearing joint, and it is estimated that for every 10 pounds of excess weight we carry, the knee experiences an added 60 lbs of pressure. Other less severe causes of leg pain include inflammation of the tissues or issues with the alignment of your spine. You could be experiencing leg pain due to pre-existing conditions in your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves or skin. Only a doctor will be able to consult with you and figure out which diagnosis is most accurate for you.

Massage therapy that is performed regularly on the hips, back and legs can help to correct knee misalignment by lengthening associated muscles and improving posture. Massage therapy supports lymph drainage, which carries toxins from the area and reduces the swelling associated with fluid build up. If the knee has been injured, massaging the quadriceps and hamstrings will reduce the amount of pressure placed on the knee, which will aid in the recovery process.

Studies conducted on the efficacy of massage therapy have concluded that it can help to increase range of motion and reduce pain. The data suggest that massage therapy improved circulation around the knee joint and alleviated pain and tenderness. Regular massage therapy (twice weekly, one hour sessions) also increased patients’ muscle tone and range of motion, which are both key factors in pain reduction.

Using massage therapy can reduce the need for prescription pain-killers and corticosteroid injections; which have undesirable side affects, eliminating the need for invasive surgery.

Body Sense digital magazine- Summer 2012

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Courtesy of ABMP (American Bodywork & Massage Professionals) enjoy this Summer edition of Body Sense magazine. Happy Summer!

Body Sense – Summer 2012

Massage for Sunburn Healing

Posted on June 8th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks
This is helpful information about sunburn prevention, natural remedies when you are sunburn and massage therapy techniques to ease sunburn discomfort.

Massage for Sunburn Healing

Finger Touch Massage, LLC
4705 Harford Road, Baltimore 21214
(240) 593-2530
http://fingertouchmassage.massagetherapy.com

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