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The first research that looked at the positive effects of massage for preterm babies was conducted back in 1964. Since that time, dozens of studies have confirmed massage is a great complementary technique for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For mothers whose babies are born preterm, there is perhaps nothing more stressful than watching, hoping and waiting for the day they can finally take their baby home. Research shows it is not uncommon for parents to experience high psychological stress, including feelings of helplessness, if their baby is born preterm. continue reading
A massage is generally thought of as a relaxing and pleasurable experience. And anybody who has experienced the euphoria of a really good massage, you know that you get off the table feeling completely at peace with the world and incandescently happy. Your massage therapist reminds you to take it easy for the rest of the day and drink plenty of water. And while you may hear the words, you may not take the words to heart and then you go on about your day as normal. Then something happens as you sleep that night. When you wake up the next morning, your muscles are sore and you start to wonder if your massage therapist jacked something up. continue reading
Circadian rhythms, also known as your internal clock, operate on a 24 hour cycle and influence everything that your body goes through on a daily basis. From optimal digestion to sleep, circadian rhythms play a crucial role. The circadian rhythms are regulated by a group of nerves known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which is located in the hypothalamus of the brain. This nucleus of nerves responds to environmental cues like sunlight and darkness. This triggers the release of hormones that regulate everything from body temperature to metabolism. continue reading
For many people, the winter months are more difficult to get through than other times of the year. With shorter days, less sunlight, colder temperatures, inclement weather and less social interaction, people tend to become depressed as the season of winter approaches. Just like our wild cousins, winter is often a time of hibernation and rejuvenation. But there are ways to combat the winter blues.
One of the best things anybody can do for themselves during the winter months is to get a massage. There are many benefits to regular massage and here are just a few reasons why you should consider booking a session this winter. continue reading
By: Kim M. Filkins, L.Ac.
There are many different types of massage. And each type has a specific purpose and benefits that are unique. While every massage can be relaxing and relieve pain and tension in the body, some of the forms of massage go even deeper than that. Lymphatic drainage massage is one example of a specialized massage technique that can benefit almost everybody. continue reading