Embodiment and Bodywork

sensation and healing

The state of embodiment implies a perception of our physicality as well as a relationship to our sensations outside the realm of thinking. In other words, we are engaged much more in the brain stem rather than the neocortical part of our brain. Embodiment is a form of connectedness — the awareness of how our bodies are related to the rest of our state of being.

Thoughts are only a part of…

Meet Joyce Chizuru-Hanson, Advanced Therapist!

Advanced Therapist

Joyce Chizuru-Hanson, CMT, is a graduate of Body Therapy Center School of Massage and has completed trainings in Swedish Massage, advanced Esalen, Sciaticare, and Hot Stone Massage. Her approach is centered on ‘listening’ carefully, through her hands, to the needs of her client’s body.

She includes Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue work, and Esalen massage to provide nurturing musc…

The Ultimate Stress Therapy — Human Touch

benefits of touch

The reaction our bodies have to stress is an integral part of our anatomy and physiology since it’s nature’s way of protecting us from danger and threat. And once that threat has passed, our body will gradually unwind the stress response with the relaxation response. The problem is, we often don’t give it time to happen.

One of the best ways to help this process is through the power of…

Manipulate Your Mood to Choose Better Food

massage improves mood

Anyone who has downed a pint of ice cream to cope with a breakup has reason to believe that moods influence what we eat. Now a new study offers evidence to back that up, showing that bad moods often lead to bad food choices and vice versa.

People in a series of experiments, were asked to read a happy or sad story, or write about things that made them happy or sad. The participants then wer…

The Breathing Cure

breathing for better sleep and pain relief

It’s long been considered one of the greatest tools for relaxation, but how you inhale and exhale matters even more than you might think.

The average person breathes in and out up to 23,040 times per day, but most of us do so inefficiently, taking short, shallow chest breaths while subconsciously contracting our abs, says Jane Pernotto Ehrman, a behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland…

Reconnecting With Our True Nature

connecting with our true nature with massage

We don’t clear our minds to become better people. It is simply the way we relate to our already existing enlightened state. ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we are well aware of the power of massage and bodywork to help this process of reconnecting with our true nature. A well-nourished, calm nervous system and body tissues, as a result of therapeutic attention…

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