PERINEAL MASSAGE

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

Perineal massage is a massage technique used to stretch and prepare the skin of the perineum, (the skin between the vagina and anus) for birth. By preparing the perineal tissues for the stretching encountered in birthing, there is less likelihood that they will tear. Women who practice perineal massage on a daily basis for 10 minutes tend to experience less of the stinging sensation that occurs during crowning. Additionally, women who do this massage technique familiarize themselves with the stretching sensations that will occur during birth. … Read More

Massage Videos

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

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 Therapy

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 Therapy

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

Planning Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

Posted January 04, 2012 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

Breaking down your New Year’s weight loss resolution into small, manageable tasks you can work on every day is the best road to success. … Read More

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Behavior-oriented interventions can help overweight adults achieve meaningful weight loss, suggests findings of an Archives of Internal Medicine systematic review. As an alternative therapy, using acupuncture for weight loss, when combined in a comprehensive weight loss program involving diet modification and exercise, has been shown to have positive effects. … Read More

Treating Pain With Hypnosis

Posted November 18, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

Many people recognize the benefits of using hypnosis to lose weight, stop smoking or to manage stress. However, few have benefited from treating pain with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness in which thoughts and feelings are relaxed and more easily distracted from painful or negative ones. … Read More

Massage for Pain: Musculoskeletal Issues

Posted September 23, 2011 by Emmanuel Rodriguez, LMT & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

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

Vitamin D For Disease Prevention

Posted September 06, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Uncategorized, Holistic Medicine

Diet can be responsible for a lack of the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D deficiencies can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of cancer and osteoporosis. Researchers from London’s Kingston University have developed a new, highly accurate blood test that can detect associations between diet and low levels of vitamin D. This enables them, and other healthcare professionals to access the levels of, and use, vitamin D for disease prevention in their clients. With the new test, developed by Declan Naughton and colleagues, the different forms of vitamin D the body absorbs from diet and sunlight, known as vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 respectively, can be individually distinguished from closely related compounds. “Many people know that the main source of vitamin D is from exposure to sunlight because humans produce a type of vitamin D naturally from the action of sun on the skin,” says Naughton. “But what’s perhaps less well known is that another type of the vitamin can be found in foods. Our new test can measure all the forms of vitamin D, and potentially help us to understand what is causing the deficiency. Perhaps people just need more sun, or maybe they should be looking more closely at their diet too.” … Read More

Treating Arthritis With Alternative Medicine

Frankincense, an age old herbal remedy, may effectively treat arthritis, which only serves as another success story in treating arthritis with alternative medicine. Cardiff University scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help manage symptoms of the condition. In addition to frankincense, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been found to be effective at alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. … Read More

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