Massage Therapy Center Blog

Every Breath You Take

deep breathing

Feel like you haven’t taken a deep breath in eons? You probably haven’t, says Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist, who teaches people to breathe for stress relief, and is the author of Breathe: 14 Days to Oxygenating, Recharging, and Fueling Your Body and Brain.

We tend to breathe from our chest, which gives us access to only the very top of our lungs, Vranich says. We should b…

Why Good Posture is Important

good posture

Poor posture is one of the more common causes of injury or pain that massage therapists see in their professional practice. Massage therapists who specialize in bodywork for injury treatment will tell you that Mom was right—we need to stand up straight!

Most people think this means tensing your back to heave your chest ‘in and up,’ and pulling your head back into your chest. This is not…

What is Shiatsu Bodywork?

Shiatsu Bodywork

Shiatsu Acupressure is an ancient Japanese bodywork system that uses hand, knuckle, palm, elbow, and foot pressure on specific points located along energy pathways called meridians, in order to promote the free flow of ki energy, the circulating life force. Oriental medicine maintains that disease occurs because of stagnation or blockage in the flow of ki energy. Shiatsu uses pressur…

Michael Congress, Advanced Therapist

Michael Congress, Advanced Therapist

Michael has over 20 years of massage experience. He is a graduate of Just For Your Health College of Massage and has over 1,000 hours of professional therapeutic massage in different modalities including Swedish, Clinical Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Geriatric, Prenatal, and Specific Injury Oriented Massage. He has worked with physicians,…

My Attention Touches Me, Touches You

Sensing skin, fascia, muscles, fluids,
molecules, and the space in between.
Different pressures, tones,
textures, images, colors, micromovements.
Slipping and sliding, connecting, communicating.
Transforming river of awareness.
Feeling into layers of body
until I am complete in inner spacious space,
where the stars are miles away from each other.
Feeling my whole body through my…

Unwinding The Belly

lymphatic drainage

The main muscle of breathing, the diaphragm, works differently than the other muscles of the body. It lies on a lateral surface under the rib cage, and during a proper inhale it moves down, increasing the pressure in the abdomen and massaging the viscera. The increase in pressure below the diaphragm creates a vacuum in the lung cavities. Air rushes in from the outside to fill this void. When t…

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