Craniosacral Therapy: An Introduction

Craniosacral Therapy is becoming a popular type of alternative therapy for pain and dysfunction, but a lot of people don’t know what to expect for their first appointment. This approach is something I’ve always been fascinated in and would like to introduce to my massage practice. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting on some of the common questions I’ve heard.

What is the Craniosacral System?

What does a typical Craniosacral session look like?

Why is the pressure so light?

How long will it take for my problem to be healed?

If you would like to talk about Craniosacral Therapy, or if you would like to schedule a massage appointment, I’m ready to schedule with you! See you soon! – Rob

Benefits of Massage

It may not come as a surprise that many people today still view self-care activities like massage therapy as a type of indulgence reserved only for special occasions, or because a family member bought them a gift certificate last year that’s about to expire. Chances are that most haven’t been given the opportunity to learn all the positive benefits massage has not only on the body, but also what it can do for them in their daily lives. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples about how massage has been scientifically proven to enrich a person’s life…

Healthier Skin

One of the immediate benefits to any type of massage is how soft and healthy the skin feels afterwards. During a massage, your therapist will use an oil, lotion, or cream to warm up and work with your body. Humans are also social creatures who rely more on physical contact more than most people would realize. Massage can actually lift a person’s spirit and has been proven to reduce anxiety etc. As we approach winter, there will be many cases of cold, dry skin, so it’s the perfect time to hop on a heated massage table and get moisturized!

Assisting in Athletic Routine

A lot of athletes have massage leading up to events and after events. With that said, not running professionally doesn’t mean you aren’t an athlete as well! Exercising every day can take a toll on your body if you aren’t taking proper care of it, and massage can help promote circulation and help relieve sore or tired muscles, which leads to my last point…

Pain Relief

Pain Relief is what most people probably associate massage with. Almost everyone lives with some sort of pain that interferes with daily life. I like to believe people don’t have to live their lives in pain. Massage comes into play, by reducing the body’s pain response given by the nervous system. Sometimes the body will confuse harmless signals as intense, chronic pain, and will unnecessarily cause agony for the person. Massage can help reduce this pain response, by relaxing your body from the surface skin all the way down to the nervous system.

I would love to help you see these benefits firsthand or to discuss other benefits that you might be able to achieve! Schedule a massage with me today and together we can help you feel more comfortable in your body.

Raindrop therapy – What is this?????

Raindrop therapy is a technique of gently dripping (like raindrops)  high graded essential oils along the spin.  The technique was developed by D. Gary Young, aromatologist and well-known expert on the art and science of aromatherapy.

The chosen oils are softly worked into the nuscles of the back dispersing the oils along the nerve pathways.  The oils work in the body for a week or more.

The oils used in Raindrop Therapy are Valor, Thyme, Oregano, Cypress, Wintergreen,  Basil, Peppermint,, Marjoram, Aroma Siez, and Ortho Ease.

All of these oils have specific benefits and working together benefit the body in many ways.

Here is a list of the oils I use during Raindrop therapy along with a little information about each oil.

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VALOR

Valor is the first and most important oil used in this technique.  This combination of oils  balances the electrical enegies within the body.  Valor helps create an internal environment where structural alignment can occur.

THYME

This oil has been used for its ability to support the immune system by attacking bacteria, fungus, infection, or virus that could be present.  This oil may help with fatigue and bringing back energy after fighting an illness.

Common primary uses have been for Aging, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, Bronchitis, colds, croup, hair loss, psoriasis, etc.

Thymes properties are Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Ant-infectious, Anti-imflammatory, Antimicrobial, Anti-parasitic, Antiviral, Cartdio-tonic, Neuro-tonic, and Utero-tonic.

French medicinal uses: Anthrax, asthma, bronchitis, colitis (invedtious), cystitis, dermatitis, dyspepsia, fatigue (general), psoriasis, sciatica, and tuberculosis.

Body systems affected are the immune system, muscles, and bones.

OREGANO.

French medicinal uses have been for Asthma, Bronchitis, mental disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, rheumatism (chronic), and Whooping Cough.

Oreganos properties are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitifc, antiseptic to the respiratory system, antiviral, and immune-stimulant.

This oil is a “hot” oil and may cause skin irritation.  Use with caution.  You can use it directly to the skin, but if the skin begins to redden, dilute with oil, not water.

CYPRESS

This oil is used for its antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, and diuretic properties.  Additionall it may be used as a decongestant for the circulatory and lymphatic system..

 

I use young living essential oils on a daily basis with massage, my facials and self care.  I trust their origin, distilling process, and quality.  I have personally been to one of the companys farms and witnessed the distilling process.

My training includes instruction by D. Gary Young in the technique and his class in aromatherapy.  I feel very fortunate to have had this training before his death this year.  His expertise will live on in his memory.

Rhonda Beckman

Always check with your doctor before using essential oils.  Oils are not a replacement for medical care.

Swedish massage helps with Anxiety disorders (GAD)

Forty-five minutes of Swedish massage twice a week for six weeks, reduced the effects of GAD. A study done by the Massage Therapy Foundation showed a reduction in Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale scores after the twelve treatments.

I found this information in the Massage Today publication, 01.2018

RESOURCE

  • Rapaport MH, et, al. “Acute Swedish Massatge Monotherapy Successfully Remediates Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Proff-of-Concept, Randomized Controlled Study.” J Clin Psychiatry, July 2016;77(7):883-91.

The theory of Knots

What exactly are these irritating bumps in our bodies that are so sore at times? They are known as myofascial trigger points, also known as, abnormal areas in the muscle.

I’ve been getting lots of questions about what exactly are these things and how do they form, so for those of you who have asked, I hope this give you a better understanding.

When a muscle contracts continuously, it creates a spasm. And that is how the knot is formed. Activities that cause these buggers to come out are simple things that we don’t realize we do every day. Here are some examples: holding the phone between your shoulder and ear for long periods of time, sitting in a chair with little to no back support, lifting things improperly (how many of us do that?), and bending over a table for a long period of time.

Interesting huh? So, if we watch these things that I just listed, then we can help prevent those knots from occurring.

A few things listed as acute trauma are not controlled though with our awareness. Those are if we fall, have an automobile accident, or a sports injury.

The best way to take care of knots is massage. And seeking out those other therapies as well is great.

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http://www.livestrong.com/article/191476-what-causes-muscles-to-knot-up-or-be-sore/