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relaxation

Ways to Support Heart Health

The latest science offers some simple and surprising things you can do to keep your heart going strong.

Watch work stress ~ People in high-stress jobs may be at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. If you’re in a stressful work situation, be sure to make time for activities that can ease the negative impact of your stress: yoga, exercise, meditation, mindful breathing, and massage ar…

Connect With All Around You

connect with beauty

When you look at a beautiful sunrise or sunset,
lovely light on the water,
or a flower dancing with the wind —
at that moment
you get truly connected with the world
and true happiness is unfolded in your heart.
~ Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurveda expert
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we help your nervous system move into the state it naturally likes—calm, relaxed, alert, and engaged, to…

Create A Nourishing Morning

When I wake in the morning, my mind slowly gathers, and I begin to move, the early morning light just starting to seep in. I have a glass of water, start the coffee, and begin my meditation. Afterwards I enjoy a good book, the quiet, and then I write. This is my nourishing morning, and I get an inordinate amount of pleasure from it. It wasn’t always this way. I used to wake later, rush throug…

A Peaceful Pause

Take a moment to look closely at these Spring flowers—the details, the color, the vibrancy. Then notice, at the same time, what you perceive in your body as you are being touched by this beauty. Is there a small movement inside you that helps you expand and relate differently to yourself? As you resume what you were doing, what shift do you notice in your perception?
If all the working,…

Oxytocin and Caring Touch

caring touch creates well-being

Oxytocin is a naturally occurring chemical produced in the brain when we feel safe, nurtured, and receive caring touch. It acts like a hormone in our bodies to regulate the arousal level of our nervous system. It is also the hormone of attachment, the ‘neural cement’ of all loving bonds.

Because babies are unable to regulate their own nervous system, loving touch and closeness are critical for…

What is Neuromassage?

Neuromassage Bodywork

Neuromassage incorporates deep yet gentle techniques for correcting unhealthy chronic tension patterns and structural imbalances. Developed by Langdon Roberts, M.A., CMT, this work combines current theories of neuroscience with therapeutic bodywork to ‘teach’ the client’s nervous system how to achieve and maintain the physiology of relaxation. It is used to re-educate and encourage t…

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