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Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

What does chronic pain look like to you?

Could it be that recurring migraine that has plagued you for months? Perhaps an achy joint that only flares up occasionally? What about that tense shoulder that you’ve grown so accustomed to that it has become your new normal?

Pain shows up in a lot of ways and we are amazingly well-adapted at just ignoring it and pushing through. In fact, most of the time, that is what we feel is expected of us. Self-care, as a practice, is often set aside. It shouldn’t be! You know your body better than anyone else. You have the ability to put consistent treatment first and be rid of your chronic pain for good. (more…)

Thai Massage FAQs

Thai Massage FAQs

Thai massage is a dynamic approach of working through the layers of the body to increase movement and decrease pain. Your Thai massage therapist may use a variety of tools and techniques during any given session such as compressions, stretches, point work, Thai scraping, Thai fire cupping, percussion, scarves, balms and liniments. (more…)

Lomi Lomi – The Beautiful, Hawaiian Healing Massage You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Lomi Lomi – The Beautiful, Hawaiian Healing Massage You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

It may surprise you how many different styles of massage there are. From the commonly practiced and clinical Swedish deep tissue massage to the deeply spiritual Reiki healing, you can discover a new subtlety to the art depending on where you are in the world.

Lomi lomi is not a new form of massage but you may have never heard of it before. That’s probably because this ancient massage work didn’t find it’s way into massage schools until the 1970’s. Prior to that, Lomi Lomi was passed down along Hawaiian families as a sacred practice to keep native families strong and healthy.

Like many other forms of spiritual healing, Lomi Lomi focuses on the person as a whole and uses similar techniques to other massage modalities. However, this powerful form of healing has a style all its own. (more…)

What is cupping?

What is cupping?

To put it simply, cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that targets areas of inflammation to reduce pain. But I’m sure you’re wondering: how does it work and why does it leave such weird marks on the body? (more…)

What is Traditional Thai Massage?

What is Traditional Thai Massage?

Usually, when I walk into my Thai Medicine teacher’s house for class, the first thing that arouses my senses is the smell of herbs. Herbal compresses steaming, ready for use softening through layers of bound up tissue; jars upon jars of dried herbs on shelves around the room, ready to be made into infusions, salves, balms, liniments, poultices and applied to the body in need. Thai traditional medicine is herbal medicine. (more…)