massage therapy

Katy Bowman biomechanist is at it again with her amazing new book “Move Your DNA”. In this book Katy dives deep into why it is so important to move your body but also truly defines the term movement. She states that a lot of our typical ailments and diseases are actually caused by our own captivity.

People that see me for massage therapy work know that I'm a huge proponent of "maintenance/preventative"soft -tissue work using lacrosse balls, foam rollers, bands, straps etc. Relying on the health of my own forearms, wrists and elbows for my livelihood, I'm always on the lookout for effective tools for self treatment and I've recently come across an especially effective tool for treating the forearm/arm. I purchased this item at full retail for $150.00 based on some reviews I'd read from people I trust.

Many studies on the benefits of massage therapy have been released over the years. There is much evidence for the beneficial effects of massage therapy for improving sleep, reducing pain, improving myofascial quality and function, as well as many other conditions. What many people don't know is that massage can be helpful for the cardiovascular system.

 In my continual quest to learn more and more about the body I recently took a course called Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT™) in Vancouver. It was a 3 day course that presented an amazing new way of looking at the body, how it functions and what to do when dysfunctions arise. Developed by David Wienstock, L.M.T. in collaboration with several peers in 1985, NKT™ addresses the causes of dysfunction in the body, not the symptoms.

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book above for some time now, and am happy to write that it doesn't disappoint. Don't let the tongue-in-cheek title throw you.

As a massage therapist, I am continually looking for ways for people to maintain and further improve the quality of their soft-tissue outside of my treatment room.

Our fledgling world has become an incredibly complex and high-technology driven little sphere in the vast and apparent swirling chaos of the greater universe. We are constantly seeing the fringe of what is possible crashing through the barriers of what was previously considered impossible. God particles. Nano-bots. String Theory. Cadbury's secret. Exciting and complex times we live in. But often the simplest and most elegant solutions to problems are the most impressive.

 

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience for new moms and their little ones. Unfortunately, this can result in aches and pains in their chest, neck, back and shoulders. I see a lot of women in my practice with some level of discomfort in these areas as the primary reason for treatment. While massage therapy is a great way to address these aches and pain, there are also things one can do in their daily life to relieve this tension. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, the information below can be helpful in managing tension throughout the body.

 

During my training at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), my classmates and I were treated to a two week introductory session on Craniosacral therapy. These classes introduced a whole new way of palpating and assessing the health of various tissues such as meninges (dura mater). During this session, two days were allotted to general visceral (internal organ) techniques.

News Flash: Recent Research Shows Massage is Effective!

The title of this blog post is very tongue-in-cheek, to be sure. Until recently, there has been a paucity of information available on the efficacy of massage therapy from a scientifically based perspective. Massage therapists, physios, and chiropractors have long known that massage is an effective form of treatment for soft tissue injuries.

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