Archive for September, 2012

Massage in the Media

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

As I vacationed in The Bahamas, I had the opportunity to catch up on my leisure reading. One magazine I managed to pack is the Massage Magazine. This is a quote from written on July 22, 2011.

“Americans are flocking to Alternative Therapy. Most Americans believe that prescription medications are the most effective treatments for many common illnesses, but a Consumer Reports survey of more than 45,000 people finds that three-fourths of us are turning to alternative therapies like yoga and acupuncture.

The new report says 38million adults make more than 300 million visits per year to acupuncturist, chiropractors, massage therapist, and other practitioners of alternative and complementary techniques. Chiropractic, deep-tissue massage, and mind-body practices like yoga dominated the list of alternative treatments that respondents said were helpful for back pain, neck pain, and the aches of osteoarthritis.”

The Wonderful World of Essential Oils

Posted on September 21st, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used as a healing method. Certain cultures today use them for spiritual temples and medicinal purposes. However, our society has forgotten the power of these medicines and instead opt to use the products of chemical companies. I will give us some credit, interest is growing as more peoples consciousness is shifting to a more organic/chemical free life.

I use essential oils at home and at my studio. It’s not unusual to see a collection of essential oils in a massage treatment room. For me, I’d actually find it alarming if I went to a therapist and I don’t see or smell essential oils. Naturally, I understand if the therapy room is bright. Essential oils should be stored in a cool dark area to preserve the essence.

In massage therapy, essential oils are a wonderful way to greatly enhance the quality of the treatment. Application of specific oils to various areas of the body brings balance and harmony while fostering a truly holistic wellness experience.

Here are some commonly used oils and techniques for self-massage:

Face: Place a few drops of LAVENDER oils onto your hands and rub them together. Lightly cup your face in your hands; the warmth of your hands and aroma of the oils will aid in relaxation.

Jaw: Rub 1–2 drops of TENSION TAMER oil into the soft spot just below your ear lobe to release tension.

Sinus Congestion: Use EUCALYPTUS oil and place a few drops on your finger tip and rub above your lip.

For more ways to learn how to incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle visit:

101 Ways to Use Essential Oils

Easy Essential Oil Use Chart

Hot Stone Massage..ahhhh

Posted on September 14th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

This weeks blog is about hot stone massage. Because I’m receiving many more requests for the service, I believed it definitely warranted a discussion.

Hot stone massage is a warming treatment. It promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement and movement of smooth, water-heated basalt stones at key points on the body.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. It also recharges energy levels. The heat from the smooth therapeutic stones penetrate deep into the muscle, which then gives us therapist access to deeper muscle layers.

The basalt stones (stones that are known for their energy properties and retained heat) are water heated at a temperature ranging from 120 – 130 degree Fahrenheit, however a trained therapist will acclimate your body to the temperature before leaving stones on your body.

• Muscle and back Pains
• Arthritis
• Stress, Anxiety
• Circulatory problems
• Insomnia
• Depression
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try!

Cupping Technique

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by Kim

What is Cupping?

When we think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we often think of Acupuncture, Acupressure and using healing herbs as natural remedies. Cupping is rooted in TCM. It is a practice that traditionally uses glass cups and fire or heat to create a vacuum seal on specific areas of the body. Cupping does not cause pain, but can cause a pinching/pulling sensation. It will, most likely, cause the recipient to have some circular bruising on the areas the cups are applied.

Why is Cupping used?

Traditionally cupping is used to improve the Chi, or energy flow, throughout the body. The bruising that is caused by the cupping is thought to be elements of negative energy and other impurities coming to the surface and exiting the body. In TCM, the cups are placed along the meridians, or traditional energy lines. Maintaining a healthy energy flow is thought to enhance a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

What can Cupping do for you?

In massage therapy, cupping is often used in in conjunction with other therapeutic massage techniques. It has been found that cupping helps relieve chronic pain, improves Range of Motion, loosens tight and restricted muscles and promotes relaxation. Cupping loosens muscles by creating an increase of blood flow to the area the cups are applied. This excess of blood flow helps to loosen tissues, which, in turn, increases movement and flexibility.

Similar to other massage techniques, cupping can be extremely relaxing. The cups do not have to remain stationary. The therapist may choose to move the cups around the body. This will have a feeling similar to relaxation massage strokes. Even thought the goal of a session with cupping will be to target specific problem areas, it can have a positive impact on your general health and give you a wonderful sense of relaxation.

Interested in trying a cupping treatment? Call us or book your treatment online today by choosing from our add-on section. Both Kim Eggert and Shari’ Parks are available to perform a cupping treatment.

Cupping?? What’s That??

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Today I had training in a new modality…cupping. Having had cupping service provided to me, I’m excited to have the knowledge to now provide this service to my clients.

Massage Cupping is a bodywork technique adapted from traditional Chinese fire cupping, which uses suction and negative pressure to loosen and release muscles and draw out toxins, but without the fire. Massage Cupping uses cups made of soft rubber or plastic. They are suctioned onto the skin so the tissue and fascia are drawn up inside. Pretty cool huh?

What a Massage Therapist does is determine the extra tight muscles (or fascia) and places the cups usually along the length of stiff area. It sounds soo simple to be soo effective, but trust me within a short amount of time during your session you will feel the difference.

Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Polishing Your Intuition

Posted on September 3rd, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Welcome September!

This month’s Massage Therapy article was originally posted in 2010, but is still very relative and what better time to reflect on intuition. We all have heard of that ‘gut’ feeling. That’s when your inner voice tells you something and you either pay attention to it or ignore it. This article teaches us ways to tap into that voice of higher soul wisdom, to heighten our consciousness.

Let’s make an effort to be more aware this month. Especially, as we settle into shorter days and cooler months ahead. Will you join me on this journey?

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