Massage Videos

Posted July 27, 2015 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage

Students of massage therapy as well as established massage therapists use instructional massage and bodywork videos. These videos can improve creativity, productivity and heighten energy. Massage videos can focus on various types of massage—including Thai, reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish, and clinical massage.They can also focus on massage techniques such as deep and soft tissue. Whether beginning massage therapy training or already practicing, these videos can assist individuals in becoming more knowledgeable in specialized types and techniques of massage. Extended volume video sets of massage can also provide clear demonstrations of virtually any tissue technique the massage therapist will practice. Live demonstrations on video also enhance learning capabilities beyond what is possible to demonstrate and describe in books alone. Videos can explore general demonstrations of specific massage techniques as well as go into further detail to describe subtleties of working with tissue. Individualized videos as well as sets designed to serve as full supplemental study courses for massage therapy students are available for those wishing to expand their skills. Several massage video resources exist, including general video outlets, computer and electronic stores; massage magazines, and online sources such as Amazon.com. … Read More

What Is Indian Head Massage?

Posted July 27, 2015 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage, massage techniques

Indian head massage (IHM) is a Hindu massage technique, tracing back to the ancient ways of Ayurvedic Indian health care. Used for over 4,000 years to improve overall health, this massage has become more and more prevalent in recent years. It is also known as champissage or shiroabhyanga.  How the IHM works Many European spas and holistic health clinics offer Indian head massage. The practice focuses on the parts of the body that are most prone to tension and stress: scalp face neck arms shoulders upper back  Indian head massage combines techniques to include various massage strokes and acupressure points. Treatment includes kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder areas. The scalp is then massaged, using squeezing, tapping, rubbing or prodding motions. The therapist will also manipulate facial pressure points to relieve sinus pressure, increase alertness and stimulate circulation. A patient's ears may then be pressed and tugged, and their hair tousled. Conditions IHM helps treat Through a variety of massage movements, Indian head massage also restores joint motion and aids in the condition and health of hair resulting in improved hair growth. Indian head massage is used by massage therapists to increase mental clarity and rejuvenate the person receiving the massage. Although treatments include massage of the back, arms, shoulders and neck, head massage and face massage make up the main parts of the treatment. The massage therapist typically performs IHM through the clothes. As the technique is easy to apply over a blouse or shirt, Indian head massage is ideal for people who are modest or for less able bodied such as the elderly people, or those who have arthritis or a disability. Some treatments may include the use of special oils, which are also beneficial to hair growth. Therapeutic and relaxing, Indian head massage is effective in treatment of stress-related ailments like migraines and headaches. It can be performed almost anywhere and requires less time than a body massage treatment, typically lasting about thirty to forty minutes. More benefits of IHM The benefits of Indian head massage include that it helps release of toxins from tense and knotted muscles, and improves oxygen flow to the brain. It also reduces jaw ache, stimulates lymphatic drainage and aids sleep. By stimulating the release of endorphins IHM also aids in reducing stress and anxiety, and alleviating mental tiredness. The treatment is especially effective in relieving tightness around the neck and shoulders. Degree programs at massage therapy school can include Indian head massage as part of the curriculum. Courses may include additional study in the areas of chakra energy and balancing techniques as well as contra-indications and stress management.  Are you looking to study massage therapy in south Florida? Contact the Acupuncture and Massage College, where you can complete a program in less than a year at (305) 595-9500.  … Read More

Back Massagers

Posted July 27, 2015 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage

Health professionals and chiropractors in treating muscle aches and pains use back massagers. Individuals also use them as personal care products for therapeutic massage. There are a variety of back massagers available, ranging from hand-held to full size. Different back massagers also come in heated, nonheated and spa product versions. Both traditional and more modern hand-held product types exist. Designs straight from the Orient include body sticks and tapping balls, known as bongers, which tapped along the body, provide a Shiatsu-type percussion massage. These back massage products stimulate circulation. Levels of massage therapy vary as well, from light touch to intensive muscle treatment for pain relief and increased energy. Some back massagers feature a multi-rotational device that glides along the surface of the body, to contour up and down the spine. … Read More

Tai Chi Improves Muscle Strength And Cardiovascular Health

Experienced practitioners of tai chi, the traditional Chinese mind-body exercise, have improved expansion and contraction of arteries (arterial compliance) and improved knee strength, according to a recent study. … Read More

Massage And Acupuncture For Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease, affecting 27 million Americans. Many people experiencing osteoarthritis choose massage and acupuncture for the treatment of the inflammation, pain and stiffness associated with the condition. … Read More

Massage for Pain: Musculoskeletal Issues

Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem that can be difficult to treat, often causing long-term problems and even disability. It can come in the form of back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and more. Musculoskeletal pain also affects those with fibromyalgia and "tunnel syndromes," which result from nerve compression.  Two effective holistic medicine treatments include mental relaxation and massage for pain, which can also improve overall health, mental energy and muscle pain for those experiencing the disorder. … Read More

Massage Treats Chronic Headache

The psychological and physiological state of individuals experiencing tension headache improves within 24 hours after receiving a 30-minute massage, according to a new University of Granada study. Tension headaches have an increasing rate of incidence among the population. This disorder causes disabling pain and is usually treated with analgesics that relieve symptoms temporarily. One of the main causes of this type of headache is the presence of trigger points. A 30-minute massage on cervical myofascial trigger points focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in the muscles. Trigger point massage improves autonomic nervous system regulation. Massage also enhances your psychological state by reducing the stress and anxiety associated with chronic tension headache. Individuals with chronic headache report a relief from symptoms within 24 hours after a massage. Massage can reduce the pain caused by trigger points, which improves the general physical state. Massage treats a wide range of health conditions. Benefits of massage: • Boosts the immune system. • Reduces stress. • Increases flexibility and range of motion. • Regulates blood pressure. • Reduces pain and stiffness. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers massage therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of acute and chronic headache as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Massage For Heart Health

Massage can reduce stress, increase production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), improve blood circulation, reduce blood pressure, and slow heart rate—all benefits that can contribute to heart health. Massage therapy on a regular basis can reduce occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias, which cause the heart to pump less efficiently, and can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Massage can ease heart strain by improving circulation toward the heart while relaxing contracted muscles. Massage improves circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients in the body by strengthening circulation. The massage practitioner’s manipulation of skin, tendons and muscles, the body’s soft tissues, can have a calming effect on nerves and can reduce stress. Postsurgical massage can aid in reducing pain and muscle spasms. Massage heart health benefits: • Reduces hypertension. • Manages depression and insomnia. • Enhances relaxation. • Treats anxiety. A massage once or twice a week can aid in long-term health maintenance. Some of the immediate physical benefits of massage are regulation of the automatic nervous system activity and stimulation of the lymphatic and hormonal systems, which can contribute to heart health. Register now for summer Massage Therapy program classes offered at Acupuncture & Massage College. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and State Law classes begin July 26. Enrollment in the Massage Therapy program is on a monthly basis. For information about the Massage Therapy program call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

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