How to Perform a Self Massage at Home

Due in large part to the lack of social connectivity during the pandemic, nearly three times more Americans — a whopping 25% overall — are experiencing symptoms of depression. In general, limited in-person contact boosts stress levels, while loneliness increases the risk of high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, a weakened immune system and several other health problems. In a pandemic, these issues are compounded even more.

“We are people who need people,” says Adriane Kruer, a Los Angeles-based psychologist. “We’re all kind of in a heightened trauma state. It’s really key for us to notice that and take excellent care of ourselves.”

Many people used to accomplish that by hitting a spa to get a massage, which not only relaxes the body, but can also ease anxiety while providing receivers a sense they’re being cared for and connected with. 

Kruer advocates for massage in these trying times, saying, “Anything that

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Beavercreek cracks down on sex trafficking with new massage parlor law

Springboro passed an ordinance like this in 2016. Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff said this legislation has eliminated any suspicious spas.

“This legislation is very effective,” Kruithoff said. “This has gone really well. We haven’t had any issues since passing it. It gives the city an enforcement mechanism that is cleaner that having an undercover officer go in.”

With the new Beavercreek legislation, the city can investigate any massage business that doesn’t renew its license or comply with other stipulations.

Virginia Brembeck, who works for the Women’s Centers of Ohio, said her organization often sees the victims in these sex trafficking situations if they get pregnant.

“Legislation like this is absolutely imperative,” Brembeck said. “This will help take a bite out of the problem, but this is bigger than Beavercreek. It’s bigger than Ohio.”

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Clydesdale horse becomes sleepy as he enjoys a head massage [Video]

Sampson is a magnificent Clydesdale horse who loves being petted and massaged. He is a noble and massive beast who has a gentle nature and sensitive personality. He enjoys quiet interaction with people and will stand and accept attention for as long as it is offered.

Having worked hard on a farm in his former life, he is enjoying a second chapter now, at a beautiful farm called the Mane Intent. This farm provides visitors with many benefits, one of which is emotional therapy. Part of Sampson’s new life involves interacting with first responders and victims of trauma to help them connect and find a way through their challenges.

For Sampson, life here is an easy and peaceful one. He has friends in his herd and he lives in what a horse would describe as a little piece of paradise.

It is not surprising that people who come here are

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Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation. Research by psychologists at the University of Konstanz observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only ten minutes of receiving a massage. Even ten minutes of simple rest increased relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage. The findings, reported on 8 September 2020 in the journal Scientific Reports, provide the first indication that short-term treatments can robustly reduce stress on a psychological and physiological level by boosting the body’s principal engine for relaxation – the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

Stress is known to have negative consequences for health and disease. However, our bodies have an inbuilt regenerative system, the PNS, to ward off stress during times of threat. Launching a relaxation response is thus key to protecting our health and restoring balance in our body. Massage has been used to improve

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Massage table designed by Woodland Park therapist wins national recognition | Pikes Peak Courier

Designer of the Keeler Massage Table, Lyla Keeler of Woodland Park has been inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame at the World Massage Festival.

Keeler, a licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner, exhibited the table for the first time at the February vendors’ festival in Seattle.

The honor was unexpected. “I about fell over,” she said.

As well, the table’s unique construction, with indentations on the sides and in the front, drew mention in Massage Magazine in the October and August issues.

“The table is ergonomic and I can tell if the client has an anterior or posterior pelvic twist,” she said.

Another benefit: “I have more energy at the end of the day,” Keeler said.

The key to massage efficiency is the table indentations, which reduce the pressure on the wrists and shoulders for the therapist as well as the client, she said. “I can decrease injuries

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Massage therapy studio moves from Catasauqua to Allentown’s West End

A two-year-old massage therapy business is making moves in Lehigh County.

a house that is parked on the side of a building: Jackie’s Hands, a two-year-old massage therapy business, on Aug. 1 moved from 767 Front St. in Catasauqua to a larger studio at 2030 Tilghman St., Suite 106, in Allentown’s West End.

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Jackie’s Hands, a two-year-old massage therapy business, on Aug. 1 moved from 767 Front St. in Catasauqua to a larger studio at 2030 Tilghman St., Suite 106, in Allentown’s West End.

Jackie’s Hands, offering relaxing, invigorating and therapeutic massages, on Aug. 1 moved from 767 Front St. in Catasauqua to a larger studio space at 2030 Tilghman St., Suite 106, in Allentown’s West End.

“I am offering all of the same services, just in a larger space,” owner Jackie Cardenales said.

Cardenales, of Whitehall Township, is a licensed massage therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

She works with a wide variety of clients, treating conditions such as headaches, neck tension and pain affecting the lower back, shoulders and hips.

Modalities include deep tissue and Swedish massage, myofascial release,

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6 Surprising Benefits of Massage Therapy

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1. It can counteract all that sitting you do

“Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress,” says Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist, kinesiologist and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy in Toronto. “More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.” But desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.

And considering the benefits of massage therapy a quite unexpected, luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting. This means you can keep your desk job as long, as you schedule a regular massage.

(Related: 5 Strength-Training Moves for Your Best-Ever Posture)

2. It eases muscle pain

Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. “Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it

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Casper City Council forms group to create massage therapist licensing ordinance

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Casper City Council members want to hear from massage therapists on how to license the profession.

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They’ve decided to create a group, chaired by Councilman Steve Cathey, Ward III, to determine what a licensing ordinance should look like. The group will include massage therapists who practice in Casper.

Though the city and state don’t currently license the industry, massage therapists said they want it as it brings legitimacy to the profession and protects the client.

“Say someone comes in after a car accident and their neck is injured, you don’t want to go into someone who is not professional and not licensed and have them manipulate that neck. They could potentially make whatever injury it is worse,” massage therapist Savannah Wilkinson said.

She said a licensing requirement would also recognize the year of schooling she went through

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Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Chronic, Non-malignant Pain: A Review

Abstract and Introduction

Previous reviews of massage therapy for chronic, non-malignant pain have focused on discrete pain conditions. This article aims to provide a broad overview of the literature on the effectiveness of massage for a variety of chronic, non-malignant pain complaints to identify gaps in the research and to inform future clinical trials. Computerized databases were searched for relevant studies including prior reviews and primary trials of massage therapy for chronic, non-malignant pain. Existing research provides fairly robust support for the analgesic effects of massage for non-specific low back pain, but only moderate support for such effects on shoulder pain and headache pain. There is only modest, preliminary support for massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia, mixed chronic pain conditions, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Thus, research to date provides varying levels of evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for different chronic pain conditions. Future studies should

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