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Myofascial Release Bodywork

Myofascial Release Bodywork

This gentle, hands-on form of stretching evaluates and treats the fascial connective tissue system, which can become restricted due to overuse, inactivity, trauma, or infection, often resulting in pain and muscle tension. The function of fascia is varied, but it generally acts as a shock absorber. It creates tissue spaces and plays an important role in support, protection, separation, cellular…

Meet Nestor Vargas, Advanced Therapist

Nestor is a graduate of DeAnza College where he studied massage therapy that included holistic studies in Eastern and Western philosophies. At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, he offers clinical deep tissue massage, myofascial release, neuromassage, sports massage, Swedish massage, and trigger point therapy. He respects each modality as a separate science but likes to incorporate a bit from eac…

The Weight of the World

Under the burden of solitude,
under the burden of dissatisfaction,
the weight of the world
we carry is
~ Allen Ginsberg
The Weight of the World, painting by Et…

Rejuvenate with Legs-up-the-Wall

Legs-up-the-wall is an easy, restorative yoga pose that is an invaluable source of rest and invigoration. It benefits your whole body, not just feet and legs. You can do it for just 5 minutes, or longer, and if you practice deep breathing in the pose, you’ll receive even more benefit. All you need is an empty wall; a bolster, pillow, or 2-3 large towels; and a small towel or eye bag.

Lay on…

More On Improving Your Posture

Here are some general suggestions for improving your posture. And why good posture is important. You can talk with your professional therapist at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto for more in-depth input that fits your unique situation.


Sit with your back firmly against the seat with a small cushion at the lower back to stabilize the spine at its natural curve. The seat should be a…

Reiki Bodywork

Reiki Bodywork

Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing practice that works with the human energy bio-field to promote balance throughout the human system. It accesses the very high vibrational force in all living beings. To tap into the universal energy, or reiki, the practitioner attunes the person’s bio-energy field to accept reiki frequency. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation and can b…

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