Clinical Massage in Centerville Ohio

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Muscle Pain Relief for Gardeners

Massage and gardeners; the Perfect Combination!  How many of us seemingly discover “new muscles” after we have completed much needed gardening or yard work?  I know that I have countless times. That’s when I’m glad that being a massage therapist myself, I have lots of massage therapist friends!  Many times I hear people say, “Well, I just kept waiting … Read the rest

Massage in Centerville, OH for the “Sandwich Generation”

Who has a friend that is taking care of a parent or parents, and at the same time, still have children at home? Carol Abaya found herself in that situation with her parents in the early 1990’s and coined the phrase “sandwich generation” to start raising awareness and creating support for those taking care of aging parents.

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Massage in Centerville, Ohio

I’m always contemplating how best to write (an intellectual process) about massage (an experiential process). I’m guessing there are almost as many reasons to enjoy receiving massage as there are people! Did you get over-zealous trimming the shrubs last week, or in the case of one of my clients, two months ago?  Is your body “mature” enough that you … Read the rest

Lymphatic Massage – Definition

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Lymphatic massage is very light massage, is very relaxing and is used to promote healthy flow of lymph, the clear fluid that flows throughout our bodies. The body system responsible for our immunity is lymphatic system.  Since the lymphatic system is the “garbage collector” of our body, this type of massage helps locate any imbalance/blockage … Read the rest

Acupressure -Definition

Acupressure is a modality where the fingers are used to stimulate acupuncture points instead of using needles.  Contacting these points releases muscle tension, promotes circulation of blood, as well as the body’s life force energy (Qi or Chi).  All of this supports the body’s own natural healing abilities.

CranioSacral Therapy – Definition

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The name CranioSacral describes a therapy developed by John E. Upledger, D.O. which involves treatment of the cranial bones, following the cerebrospinal fluid and tissues down through the spine to the sacrum. This is the site of our nervous system. I am using CranioSacral techniques to detect restrictions of the tissues or bones and relieve … Read the rest

Swedish Massage -Definition

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This massage technique is the “bread and Butter” of the massage world.  Who doesn’t enjoy a back rub?  Swedish massage actually includes eight different techniques all of which we are tested on when we take our board exams for Ohio State Licensing.  I mainly use kneading, stroking and passive joint movements when it … Read the rest

Positional Release – Definition

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When I use positional release massage techniques I position the muscle in a slack position to get the optimal release of the muscle with the minimum amount of discomfort. Releasing muscles in spasm doesn’t have to be painful.  Would you try to get a knot out of a shoestring while you were pulling on it?  Probably … Read the rest

What is Acupressure?

One of my favorite massage modalities to bring comfort to my clients is acupressure.  I think the name “acupressure” is actually a misnomer in the English language.  It is not the pressure I use that makes the muscles release, rather, it is the placement of my fingers on specific points on the body.  The points I use are actually … Read the rest