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This is where I will be writing articles on things that are massage and essential oil related. It may be an article about what a specific essential oil is used for or the properties of the oil, or it may be about the benefits of massage or some massage related topic. I hope you enjoy reading about my interests.

By atouchofhealt5958, Mar 11 2019 09:38PM

Massage has been around for a very long time and enjoyed by a huge amount of people, but there are always new things to learn. Here are a few things that you might not realize about you favorite massage therapy!

1. Bob Hope got a massage every day and lived to be 100

If that isn't a reason to get your next massage session in your planner right away, I don't know what is!

2. The longest ever 'massage chain' involved 1600 people.

A massage chain is defined as three or more people arranged in a line with each person giving the next in line a massage. The longest massage chain ever recorded was 1,600 people long at an event organized by The Philippine Association of Licensed Massage Therapists (Philippines) in Boracay, Malay Aklan, Philippines, on May 16, 2014. The chain went along the beach in Boracay.

3. The most people to be massaged at once is 641.

This feat was achieved by the Department of Health Service Support Ministry of Public Health (Thailand), which was started by Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

4. Only blind and visually impaired people can practice massage in South Korea.

According to law makers in South Korea's constitutional court, professional massage services should only be carried out by blind people because they generally have fewer career choices. If you're caught massaging when you're not visually impaired, you could end up getting five years in prison or heafty fines.

5. Julius Caesar was a massage fan.

In 100-44 BC Julius Caesar enjoyed massage therapy on a daily basis to relieve his neuralgia and epileptic seizures. It didn't make him any nicer, mind you.

6. The Eruopean Patent Office lists lists nearly 45,000 patented massage appliances and devices.

And - the world's first electric massage chair was invented in 1950. The inventor was a man with a fragile, sickly daughter - he just wanted to be able to get her the benefits of a massage whenever she needed it.

7. "Massage as a word, has been around officially since the 15th Century.

Although it didn't mean the same as it does now. The earliest recorded use of the word "massage" according to the English lanquage was around 1450, when it meant "the action of saying Mass". It took on the modern meaning in 1866, and the words "masseur" and "masseuse" were added in 1876 and 1879 respectively.

8. Almost one in five Americans has had a massage in the past year

According to AMTA's 2017 Consumer Survey, an average of 19% of adult Americans has had at least one massage between July 2016 and July 2017. More than one in three of us (33%) has had a massage in the previous five years -let's get that figure up!

9. Snake massage is actually a THING.

Snake massage started to appear online in 2013. People still try it...it involves washing the snakes, then laying back and letting them slither around, which supposedly feels good and gives an excellent facial.

In th Philipppines, the snakes are fed TEN chickens before they get to work, just to stop them doing what snakes do naturallly...er, no thanks.

10. Sedish massage isn't actually Swedish!

"Swedish" massage techniques are often credited to Swedish fencing instructor Per Henrik Ling. In fact, it was a Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger who developed the treatment as we know it, and he also gave all the strokes the names they have held on to this day. Effleurage, for the smooth gliding strokes; petrissage for squeezing, rolling and kneading; and tapotement, the rhythmic tapping.

By atouchofhealt5958, Jan 2 2019 03:48PM

Although they are two separate disciplines, both needing a lot of training, there are many similarities between chiropractic and massage, and they work really well when you use them in combination.

If you're feeling pain or discomfort, you could have an underlying problem with your spinal alignment, or tension in your muscles that's impacting on your nerve function. Chiropractic is really helpful for dealing with functional issues like these, but if you've been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can sometimes find that your body stubbornly resists the adjustments a chiropractor makes, which can result in frustration and even pain.

If you're finding chiropractic hard going, you could benefit from massage to help relieve some of the tension and tightness your body is holding onto, allowing the chiropractor to do their work much more effectively.

If you're experiencing problems with stiffness in your spine and there's a build-up of tension in the muscles supporting and surrounding it, trying to adjust the spine without working on the muscle tightness can pull on the spinal joints. This can make them even stiffer and means that it's quite likely your pain will return, even if the chiropractic relieves it initially.

More Than One Kind of Stress Relief

If your feel like you're under physical and/ or mental stress on a regular basis, massage can be really helpful to you. It's great for maintenance, getting rid of a build-up of tension in your body before it causes any damage that needs help from another professional.

Physically, there are signs you can look out for that might mean you're under spinal stress, and if you notice any of them you probably need to book an appointment with the chiropractor too. Spinal stiffness will be painful, but can also lead to pain in your arm, tingling or numbness in your shoulders and even sciatica. If these symptoms are troubling you, see a chiropractor before they get any worse.

Chiropractic and massage therapy work really well together when you have soft tissue tightness and spinal dysfunction at the same time. They don't just correct the functional problem that's causing the pain or symptoms but also help to relax the muscles and soft tissues so that any work carried out by the chiropractor is more effective and the effects last for longer.

Massage and Chiropractic for Injuries

Using the two together is really helpful after an accident or sporting injury, even the aches and pains that you might get from DIY or gardening. Injuries treated with massage and chiropractic can often heal faster because the two treatments help to stimulate blood flow, boosting your body's natural energy to heal.

Chiropractic and massage therapy are also, importantly, natural, drug free, hands on therapies and they don't have to be restricted just to after injury or when you're in pain. It can be beneficial to have a session of chiropractic or a regular massge just to maintain your muscular and spinal health and stop problems from occurring in the first place.

By atouchofhealt5958, Dec 7 2018 05:13PM

If you are not extremely busy in today's society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have a lasting negative effects on your health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity.

We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a momet and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

Stillness

Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in a big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment

Being in the moment has become a cliche; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quieting your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish, focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 3 2018 06:49PM

A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they've overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.

Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you're one of the 31 million Americans who suffer with back pain at some point in their life, you'll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain - which is pain that's lasted more than three months and less than six - it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing thigs you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.

The vicious pain cycle

If you can no longer exercise pain free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pain meds contain painkillers opioids like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.

What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn't have the side effects. Research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medicaion and any other advice from your healthcare supplier can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your back pain and start to live a more active life.

How massage can help beat back pain

A massage session doesn't just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too. The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.

The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.

If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different - book that massage session now.

By atouchofhealt5958, Oct 2 2018 07:01PM

Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there's so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage?

Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!

Stress

It's no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress level. It works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your quality of sleep, and by reducing your stress levels. It is also believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease. In 2008, the journal of Psyco-oncology published a study which came to the conclusion "...a significant reduction in cortisol (the main stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.

Lower Back Pain

This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at work, so no wonder many employers are drafting in massage therapists to help. Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause a lot of lower back problems, as can simply getting older. Get your massage therapist on the case and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.

Sports Inuries

Fitmess and sport are great for your health but they can sometimes lead to injuries and overworked muscles. A regular massage can help to heal any wear and tear on your muscles and tendons, and can also hlep you manage the pain from a chronic or acute sports injury. Having well looked after muscles may also help prevent future injuries- one more reason to book those regular sessions.

Joint Stiffness

Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. Research published in 2013 in the Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practive journal said that people with rheumatoid arthritis reported some relief from pain and stiffness after four once-a-week moderate pressure massages, topped up with self-massage at home in between treatments. Massage can also help with your range of motion and flexibility, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.

Circulation

There are a whole range of health problems that can be cused by bad circulation, so it figures that boosting your circulation will be a bonus for your whole body. Regular massage helps to get the blood moving, getting essentail nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs much faster. The squeezing and pulling actions involved in a good massage also help to flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph. (the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph - the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.

Migraine Symptoms

Nobody really knows what causes migraines, and there isn't a cure, but if you're a migraine sufferer you'll be pleased to hear that studies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks, and lessen the severity of the symptoms. So migrains, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.

Skin Cancer

Of course, I wouldn't tell you that massage cures cancer; it can't. But in some cases your massage therapist can notice abnormalities in your skin that you can't see or just haven't picked up on, and alert you to them. Regular massage can also be good for your skin as it gets the circulation going and the nourishing oils used in a treatment help to keep skin feeling soft.

Allergies

A massage helps to stimulate lymph flow around your body, which boosts your immune system and can help to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Sometimes a therapist might be able to tell just from your lymph nodes if you are an allergy sufferer as they can feel tender or swollen.

Did any of those surprise you? Of course, you don't need to make an excuse for wanting a massage, but if you are dealing with any of these health issues, it's ood to know that your regular massage habit is helping.

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