Therapeutic Massage works on the body’s nervous system to counteract the body’s response to stress. It relaxes muscle tension and allows the heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation to return to normal. Massage has been shown to be useful in treatment of arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, muscle spasm, stress disorders, depression, TMJ, Fibromyalgia, headaches, injury, and much more. By receiving Therapeutic Massage regularly, a person can experience the cumulative effects of reduced muscle tension, increased vitality, and improved ability to achieve a calm state of mind.
The origins of therapeutic massage are rooted in the common instinctual response to hold and rub a hurt or pain. It is found in all cultures as an integral part of health care and maintenance. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered massage of prime importance in any health regime. Galen and the Romans also greatly prized the healing benefits of massage. With the re-emergence of holistic health theories and therapies, therapeutic massage is experiencing a renaissance and is regaining its rightful place among health care practitioners.
In Sports massage, the techniques are designed to benefit muscles by warming and softening tissues, realigning muscle fibers, helping to heal scar tissue and flushing toxins from specific muscles.
A regular massage may relax you and make you feel great, but it won’t specifically benefit the muscles or body parts that you’ve stressed in your workout.
Those practicing Timberlake Method Somatic Release treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction by using the body’s built-in release mechanisms. While all massage procedures can be beneficial when properly applied, the clinical massage therapist uses very specific procedures most likely to benefit your specific dysfunctions.
Massage therapists trained in clinical massage can use a variety of body work procedures appropriate to the person/condition being treated. Most of these procedures will involve releasing the body from a dysfunctional holding pattern that has developed as the result of the client’s accommodating to a recent or old injury or misuse.
Essential Oils are the essence of every plant, its heart and its soul! They are the pure unadulterated steam distillations and expressions of flowers, fruits, leaves, woods, roots, and grasses. Some have called essential oils the soul, or life-blood of plants. They are the concentrate of aromatic compounds found within plants.
Most essential oils are volatile (they quickly evaporate), this is where their extraordinary abilities stem from. Their fine molecules are passed readily into the bloodstream.
They have been used for centuries in perfumes, medicines, foods, cosmetics and to enhance spiritual ceremonies. Now we use them in many of the same ways; as “lemon” disinfectants, in healing ointments, peppermint in toothpaste, mixed into food flavourings, perfumes, deodorants, soaps, salves, and in the finest botanical body and hair care items.
Essential oils are made from the roots, wood, foliage, fruit, and flowers of a variety of different plants.
By using steam distillation, expression, expeller pressing, and cold pressing to extract the essential oils.
Nearly every country in the world has native plants that we get essential oils from. Many oils are named in part by their original location. Virginia Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Siberian Fir Needle, etc..
Over the past two centuries most essential oils have become commodities (like corn, coal, oil, gold, etc..). Many countries now strive to produce the best or the largest quantities of what they now consider a valuable natural resource. And all countries are in competition to be the leading supplier of the different essential oils.