Massage Therapy Center Blog

What is Clinical Deep Tissue Massage?

This week Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto features Clinical Deep Tissue Massage, in order to clarify the unique benefits offered through this modality.

Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on the fascia—t…

Meet Lara Berthiaume, Advanced Therapist

Lara Berthiaume, CMT, has been a professional massage therapist since 1999 and has worked at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto since 2000. Says Lara, “I have always known that I wanted to be a professional masseuse—to me, it is such spiritually rewarding work and keeps me in touch with myself, as well as the human spirit.” Besides her basic training in Swedish massage, she has studied…

Constrictions of the Heart and Mind

chronic tension

The constrictions of the heart and mind
cannot be measured like so many pounds of pressure—
they simply are there to be worked with,
to help us find our way to our true nature.
~ Phillip Moffitt
As our days become shorter and the dark becomes longer, Fall is an auspicious time to slow down and turn inward to honor the quiet times of deep listening and being still within our bodies. At…

Stillness, Movement, and Space

Stillness is the state from which all other states arise. It is always present and overlaid by movement, since body and all its cells are always in quiet motion. We are 70% water, and water is paradoxically still and moving at the same — a relationship that is dynamic, vibrant, and life-affirming.

Space, and its resulting still-movement paradox, helps compose internal body spaces such as…

The Chemistry of Respiration

The respiratory center does its work based on the acid-alkaline balance of the blood. For optimal health, the blood must remain slightly alkaline. When the body’s chemical activity increases because of physical effort, emotional stress, or sensory stimulation, more carbon dioxide and acids are produced. This increases the acidity of the blood. To counteract this increase and maintain…

What is Sports Massage?

sports injury

Sports Massage is a specialized form of Swedish Massage that we offer at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto. It focuses on enhancing athletic performance and facilitating post-event recovery, and it especially benefits professional and amateur athletes, exercise enthusiasts, dancers, and performers.

Sports massage practitioners work on the whole body and also pay particular attention to thos…

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