Integrative Health Blog

Massage: Help for Cellulite, the Ordinary Girl’s Arch-nemesis

Posted by on Mon, Aug 03, 2015

If you’re like most women, you have cellulite. Believe it or not, over 90% of women have cellulite at some point in their life. Every year you make a vow to eliminate it once and for all! But then, spring comes, you try on your bathing suit and there it is again... mocking you.

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Tags: massage, i-lipo

Try Orthopedic Massage to "Address the Pain You Can't Explain"

Posted by on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Robert White LMT

Some people choose to handle musculoskeletal pain on a managerial level. While frequent visits to the doctor’s office, medications, and sometimes intermittent periods of rest may help, this need to constantly address the pain can easily reduce one's quality of life. We view ourselves as individuals, and believe in some strange way that our physical experiences around pain are exclusive to us. Our pain is a result of how we use our body, and is an indicator that we are out of harmony.

Get the right type of massage

Alternatively, massage and body work can support the reduction of pain, or reduce the propensity of chronic pain which can occur over time. With over 600 modalities of massage and body work available to the public, it is best to know what type of massage will effectively handle those common aches and pains we collectively experience. Orthopedic massage (OM) is a progressive manual therapy that applies a non-impact, low force, soft tissue manipulation that is appropriate to address that pain you can’t explain. Orthopedic massage focuses on the body as one dynamic organism, and the practitioner connects with the source, rather than the cause of the pain.

Where is the pain coming from?

A practitioner who is trained in orthopedic massage will first perform an orthopedic assessment. During the assessment, the skilled practitioner can determine which tissue is effected, and if the pain is localized or referred. This information will better guide the orthopedic massage  practitioner in creating a treatment plan that may focus on specific muscle tissue, and/or surrounding structures.

Some common pain conditions that Orthopedic Massage addresses:

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Tags: pain, massage

Herbal Teas for Respiratory Health

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Krista Merwede LMT

     It seems to be an especially brutal flu season this year.  Deep, bronchial coughs echo through the aisles of the grocery store, Snuffaluffagus is answering the phone at the bank and sneezes flutter over cubicle walls with hot zone wings.  If you or one of your beloveds is suffering from respiratory congestion it is a good time to start thinking of a steaming mug of medicinal tea, ideally full of honey and steeped with love.  While there are plenty of great teas on the market - Breathe Easy or Throat Coast by Traditional Medicinals are personal favorites - being ill is an opportunity to better get to know individual herbs and also take a small, comfortable step towards making your own natural home remedies.   Safety is always the number-one concern, so please research your herbs before use to make sure they do not conflict with any current medication or doctor's orders.

     In this blog we will discuss several herbs that you can purchase locally and infuse at home.  An infusion is a different word for steeping, or boiling water and letting a teabag sit in the water for ten minutes to allow the herbal chemicals to release out into the water. Another thing to consider is taste; do not hesitate if you need to add something for flavor such as chamomile or peppermint to make the brew more acceptable to your palate.

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Tags: natural remedies, herbals, holistic health, massage

Herbal Techniques for Promoting Dental Health

Posted by on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Krista Merwede LMT

     Most of us have experienced the cleansing of a salt water rinse after a dental appointment or during times of mouth pain.  The gentle swishing of the water and the abrasiveness of the salt cleanse and promote healing.  This being said, there are many different herbs that you can add to your salt water-rinse to take it to another level and address the more individual challenge may be having.  A good time for a salt water rinse is 3 to 5 minutes, but if you have a bit more time on your hands you may want to consider the technique of oil pulling.

Oil Pulling

     Both an Ayervedic technique and traditional Western folk medicine, the technique known as oil pulling is an effective way to promote general dental health or respond to challenges in the mouth and throat.  It is also known to be a good tool for supporting asthma and diabetes mellitus.  It involves swishing oil or a herb-infused oil (about 1 Tablespoon), in the mouth for 5-10 minutes with the intention of addressing the deep mucous membranes. Just swish it all around your mouth, then spit it out.  Aim to increase the time swishing as you get used to it, up to 20 minutes. Dr. McClure offers that the shower is an ideal setting for this procedure.  Consider oil pulling with an empty stomach and follow with a salt water rinse.

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Tags: herbals, holistic health, integrative health, dental health, massage

Why I Can Give 10 Massages a Day

Posted by on Wed, Sep 04, 2013

Krista Merwede LMT

One of the most common questions one gets asked as a massage therapist is "Do your hands hurt when you give massage?" 

The answer is surprising to many and offers a deep insight on the importance of heightening body awareness during repetitive movements.

Body Mechanics -Working with the Body

The short answer is no, the hands do not ache after a long day of doing massage.  The reason behind this is a concept called body mechanics, or moving to body as a whole.  Even though it is my hands that are facilitating the touch, both the pressure and the motion come from my legs, back and hips.  I stand in a certain optimal stance, keep my back aligned with my arms and allow my gaze to relax on the horizon.  This maintains my own structural integrity and allows the intensity of the pressure to originate in my core and not in the limb or digits themselves, therefore distributing the force more evenly throughout my body.

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Tags: massage

What Does the Lymphatic System Do?

Posted by on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Robert Johnson D.M.D.

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Tags: immune system, detoxification, lymphatic drainage, massage

Its not how deep you can go in a massage, its how you get there

Posted by on Tue, Sep 11, 2012

Krista Merwede LMT

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Tags: neck pain, stress, massage

Boldy Go and Sit at Your Desk Pain Free

Posted by on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Krista Merwede LMT

Patterns in the musculature of the body are defined by the movements that we do every day.  If we are spending 40 hours a weeks at a desk it is understandable that not just that the body will be affected, but that it will develop specific lines of tension.  The most common places for the desk worker to experience pain are in the back of the neck and around the shoulder blades.  Many patients come into the treatment room greatly concerned that there is something wrong with them because of the intensity of the symptoms.  This article will draw your attention to why the pain develops in these places and techniques that can be adapted to support the body's healthy structure. 
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Tags: neck pain, stress, massage

Massage and the Mind-Body Connection

Posted by on Mon, Apr 02, 2012

Wendy Groomes MT

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Tags: mind-body, massage