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Healing Sore Muscles With Massage – How It Works

02 Oct 2012

You'll get little argument that for sore muscles, massage just plain feels great, and it seems to help in restoring injured muscles.  But until recently there hasn't been much information out there on how it works as both pain relief and to aid in muscle recovery.  But a blog post earlier this year in The New York Times Health site gives a good understanding of some of the basics.  Most bodywork professionals as well as athletes claim it works, but knowing why can be helpful.Researchers working with volunteers experimented with massage on injured muscles, taking biopsies at various stages and evaluating the progress of ...

Massage Therapy Studies Are Big News These Days: National Public Radio, LA Times & New York Times Cover Results

09 Aug 2012

Studies are done on massage on an ongoing basis; it’s easy to read the results and know the findings. Why? Because massage therapists, bodywork professionals, and therapeutic massage therapists know that massage they perform does make differences in the lives of their clients. What is amazing is that while studies are often cited in the massage magazines, they rarely get the type of high-level coverage they have this year in general-interest major media.One study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center showed results from just one massage. It documented changes in white blood cell activity as well as neurotransmitter, and hormonal secretions. They ...

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage for Clients and Massage Therapists

09 Aug 2012

The benefits of various massage techniques are extensive:  it dilates superficial blood vessels, increases the rate of blood and lymph flow, reduces muscle spasms and muscle soreness, and accelerates physical repair. Specific benefits are being attributed to deep tissue massage.  Some of those benefits include:Temporary compression of tissue, facilitating an increase in blood flow to areas that previously had a low blood supply.Improvement of joints range of movement, especially when stretching techniques are included.Treatment of trigger points.Increased blood flow to an area prior to other treatment.Decrease of tone in muscles and assists in the treatment of cramping.Addressing issues of muscle imbalance by lengthening targeted muscles.Stretching of muscle and ...

Take Care of Yourself First So You’re Able To Take Care of Your Clients

08 Aug 2012

Injuries can happen with massage therapists, because it’s a job that requires stamina, physical flexibility, and mental work.  As the area's leading massage school,  we've learned that self-care is a key ingredient in having a long career as a massage therapist or bodywork professional. You need to pay attention to your nutrition and hydration and make sure you get enough exercise and sleep. Being reasonable about your work and how you schedule your day will make a difference; don’t over-book or over-work - your body needs time to rest. Ensure that massage is part of your own wellness routine. Also, ...

Creative Elbow Work: Save Your Wrists! – August 5th 1pm to 5pm

19 Jun 2012

The repetitive motions massage therapists use with their hands daily over and over are a requirement of the profession. However, it can put you at risk for possible injuries. Ensure your health by learning the proper ways to use your elbows and forearms to save your wrists and thumbs. Elbows and forearms can also provide that deep pressure that facilitates the release of tension in clients. Using your elbows and forearms can help lessen the possibility of injuries like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. CREATIVE ELBOW WORK: SAVE YOUR WRISTS! - August 5th 1pm to 5pm. Register by July 27th ...

Massage Lessens Arthritis Pain & Anxiety; Improves Mood & Grip Strength Over 4 Weeks

18 Jun 2012

It’s estimated that arthritis is a condition that affects 1 in every 5 Americans. It is one of the most chronic and common diseases more than 35% or 17 million of Americans deal with it on a daily basis. In addition, they have some limitations in their day to day activities. One of the most common types of arthritis is found in people's wrists or hands.A study was conducted with 22 adults aged 20 to 65 years of age who complained of their wrist and or hand arthritis. They were randomly assigned to either a massage therapy group or a ...

Ouch! Sprains and Strains, What to do? Massage Helps!

18 Jun 2012

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? What can we learn from how they happen?A sprain occurs when there is a tearing of a ligament (the connective tissue that links bones together at the joint). The most common sprains are in the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist. Strains are tears in the muscle tissue. They occur most often in the muscles that support the calf, groin, shoulder, and thigh. Both sprains and strains can be severe and need weeks of rehabilitation. Usually they are minor injuries that are the result of sports, exercise, and other physical activity. ...

Average Emergency Room Wait Time is 3 Hrs!. Why Wait! Take First Aid Class Saturday, May 5 • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm • Register by Apr 27

18 Jun 2012

The average emergency room waiting time is now over three hours. High demand and life-threatening illnesses are taking a toll on receiving emergency care.  If it's been awhile you haven’t taken a First Aid class it might be time to refresh your training or take it for the first time. In just four hours in this class you will learn valuable skills that can help to save the lives of your loved ones and yourself. Plus it may keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care saving you time and money.If you have the emergency tips handout or ...

Learn Massage Basics For Your Family & Friends: Saturday, June 9 • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Register TODAY!

07 Jun 2012

Many people like to get and give massages for relaxation, recreation, health improvement, stress reduction and the list goes on. If you'd like to learn the basics of massage sign up for this course. In this one-day course you’ll learn basic massage techniques. When you complete this class at the end of the day you’ll know the proper massage therapist techniques for massing the head, body, arms, and legs.We could also call this class “Family and Friends Massage” because we get so many people who just enjoy giving and getting massages and want to know the proper way to give a therapeutic ...

Registration Deadline for Dr. Kaneko’s workshop is Friday, May 25th!

07 May 2012

 You don't want to miss this! Dr. Kaneko returns to CenterPoint!  It's not often you have an opportunity to study with a Master. He played an essential role in introducing holistic health and Shiatsu massage to the Western world, and developed the  style of Shiatsu massage called Shiatsu Anma. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. DoAnn Kaneko back to CenterPoint. Dr. Kaneko is the founder of Shiatsu Anma, and is the inspiration behind CenterPoint's Shiatsu Therapy program. It is a great honor to have him share with CenterPoint's students and graduates his immense wisdom and teachings. Register ...