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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is designed for pregnant women and they can receive it at any time during their pregnancy. The pregnancy massage therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto have had specific training in this field. The client receives the massage in a side position, with pillows and bolsters provided for support and comfort. Treatment consists of specific features of Swedish massage, joint…

Meet Paul Ornelas, Advanced Therapist

Paul is a 2007 graduate of National Holistic Institute and has been working at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto since 2016. He believes that bodywork supports, encourages, and reminds us of the ease that is our natural state. He seeks mind-body harmony through a combination of Swedish, myofascial release, clinical deep tissue, and trigger point modalities. He also provides sports massage and…

Exercise Promotes A Healthy Brain

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Rarely do neuroscientists, psychologists, and physicians agree equivocally on anything. But they agree on this: Exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain. ‘The latest research shows the cognitive decline is not inevitable,’ says Laura L. Cartensen, Director of the Stanford Center of longevity, and author of A Long Bright Future. Yes, brain volume shrinks slightly. But the brain…

Reduce Stress with Deep Breathing

The breathing cycle happens about 720 times per hour, more than 17,000 times a day – without us ever even thinking about it! The biological wonder of a breath is easy to take for granted, and yet it is the most basic miracle of life.

When you take deep slow breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less…

Calming Your Hypertension

Did you know that high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major contributor to heart disease? It also contributes to:

Memory Loss: Hypertension can cause blood vessels to narrow or rupture, leading to stroke. But it has subtle neurological effects, too, like mild cognitive impairment, including short-term memory lapses.

Blurred Vision: High blood pressure can…

Clinical Deep Tissue Massage

This week Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto’s blog 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…

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