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Auricular Therapy: Relief Could Be All in Your Ears

24 May 2017

Many people are aware of points in the body that can be stimulated or otherwise manipulated to affect one's health. For example, reflexology makes use of areas on the hands or feet. Acupuncture and acupressure work with very specific energy pathway points. One technique even uses areas on the ear: auricular therapy, also known as ear acupuncture. The major benefit of this modality is for pain relief. And since pain is one of the top reasons people seek out the services of a massage therapist, if you're a bodywork professional you may want to consider adding this technique to your ...

What Can Massage Do for My Hay Fever?

22 May 2017

Sniffle, sniffle, cough, cough. Ahh, the sound of springtime allergies. Wipe your eyes, blow your nose, and reach for another tissue. We all look forward to the arrival of the warm days of spring following the cold of winter. But that nice weather brings with it a host of other less-desirable elements: molds and pollen (often referred to as 'hay fever,' though a true hay allergy is just a small subset if this group). Classified as 'environmental allergens,' those bits floating around in the air trigger runny noses, sore and scratchy throats, watery eyes, and congestion. Some even get hives ...

Understanding Autoimmune Diseases and How the Bodywork Therapist May Help

12 May 2017

One of the benefits of massage therapy that's been well researched and documented is the boosting of the body's own defense against disease - the immune system. A well-functioning immune system is vital to good health. Unfortunately, there are many who suffer from such severe impairment of their immune systems that what should be defending their bodies against invaders has actually turned on their own bodies and is the cause rather than the prevention of disease. This includes a wide range of conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis to lupus and possibly even fibromyalgia. Because so many individuals suffer from these conditions ...

Craniosacral Techniques and Healthy Brain/Body Function

10 May 2017

Some bodywork modalities are whole body, while others like reflexology focus on a specific part of the body. One of those more specific modalities is craniosacral therapy (CST).   This technique is performed mostly on the skull, although its effects are intended to extend to various other parts of the body. The underlying premise is that much of the body's condition is affected by the health of the brain and/or the spinal cord. When these areas are under stress, disease and ill health manifest themselves in other parts of the body. The goal therefore of CST is to relieve the stress (particularly that ...

About Our Swedish Massage Foundations Course

08 May 2017

If you're a regular reader of our blog, you know we've been featuring some of our instructors and having them share about the various classes they teach here at our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu school. Our most recent faculty member interviewed was Krisha Crabtree. Krisha teaches several courses here at CenterPoint, and she's also one of our graduates. Most of our students (as well as alumni who return for continuing ed classes) at some point are in one or more of Krisha's classes. In this follow-up post we asked her about a beginning level course, Swedish Massage Foundations.   Interviewer: ...

Your Body Is Telling You It’s Time for a Massage

05 May 2017

Since we talk often about how massage therapy is good for stress relief, how do you know when you've got too much stress? Your body may not be verbal, but it certainly has ways of communicating - if you're listening. Something it can definitely tell you is when you're over-stressed. The signs are there - you just have to be able to identify them.

Signs of Elevated Stress

First of all, know that stress in and of itself is not bad. It is the body's mechanism to cope with hazardous or threatening situations. That fight-or-flight instinctive response is meant to be ...

Cupping: What Does the Research Indicate?

03 May 2017

Because of all the news articles, videos, and photos of athletes and celebrities with cupping marks or undergoing cupping therapy, many people may think it's a new fad in alternative health care. That couldn't be farther from the truth.   Although its popularity is on the rise and it's been getting a lot of media attention in the past few years, it actually is a technique that is centuries old and has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Like most natural health care approaches, it has its detractors as well as those who downplay or deny its benefits. But ...

Spotlight on Our Faculty: An Interview with Massage Instructor Krisha Crabtree

01 May 2017

We figure we've done a good job in providing excellent training at our Minneapolis massage school when one of our graduates returns as a faculty member.  Today's post is a spotlight on one of those students-cum-teachers, Krisha Crabtree. We recently talked with her about her background as well as the some of the courses she teaches at CenterPoint (including Swedish Massage Foundations, for our beginning massage students, and Arm & Hand Massage, a free class open to the public).  In this post we'll learn some things about Krisha, and in an upcoming post she'll talk about her foundational Swedish massage class. ...

More on Massage Therapy and Sexual Wellness

28 Apr 2017

So here's the question many massage therapy clients may have but are embarrassed to ask: Can massage help me have a more satisfying sex life? In our previous post we introduced this topic. (If you haven't ready it yet, click here for the post entitled, "Can Therapeutic Massage Boost Sexual Health?") For many people, the answer is probably yes, although there may be some physical conditions (like diabetes) that have an impact that massage therapy isn't able to address. Also included in this is the possibility that there are side effects from medications, but once again, therapeutic massage can't necessarily alleviate ...

Bodywork Can Be Helpful for Autoimmune Conditions

26 Apr 2017

About 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from some sort of autoimmune disease. That's one in six. So it's likely that massage and shiatsu therapists have (or will have) a number of clients with autoimmune issues. The list is long, and depending on who you listen to, it may include somewhere between 80-120 different conditions. Diseases in this category include: Celiac disease Multiple sclerosis Fibromyalgia Rheumatoid arthritis Type 1 diabetes Peripheral neuropathy Restless leg syndrome Ankylosing spondilitis Health care professionals and experts are not in complete agreement as to classification of a number of diseases as autoimmune; conditions such ...