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Beyond Touch: The Emotional Tools used by Massage Therapists

There are many aspects to Massage Therapy as a profession. We’ve discussed the code of ethics for massage therapists; obviously there are physiological aspects to massage therapy, which reduce pain and reduce inflammation and increase circulation. There are also mental and intellectual tools that generate strategies for dealing with people who have varying stages of dementia.

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What’s the difference between prayer and meditation?

Prayer and meditation have similarities and differences; some say they’re interchangeable.  After all, there’s often a fine line between them, and in some cases that line becomes very blurry.
But first, let’s consider the similarities between prayer and meditation:  Both involve reflection; both involve stillness; both help self control; and both help to control stress in our lives or our reactions to stress.

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What is it like to get a Massage in Denver?

If you’ve never received a professional Massage before, you probably have questions: How do we go about this? What’s going to happen? I would be glad to demystify that for you.Your first step would be to fill out a health history form, also called an intake. Mine looks like this, it’s two sided, it’s comprehensive and it’s confidential, which is a term I don’t use lightly. This form is protected by privacy laws. That means that nobody else gets to see it, unless I am compelled by a court of law, like if I were under a subpoena; or if you signed a release to allow me to share it with another health care professional, like your doctor. Generally speaking, the more information I have, the more I can help you.

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Massage therapy for Joggers

The weather in the Denver area is generally sunny and pleasant, and many people like to get out and enjoy the weather.
Some choose to do this on bicycles, or with hiking, or with water sports, and others choose jogging. What does jogging do to the body?
The most obvious part of the body effected by jogging would be the legs, or what is medically called the lower extremities, so it’s very easy to focus there, but there are other parts of the body effected as well.

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Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Massage Therapy in Denver

Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Syndrome actually have quite a bit in common. This often leads to difficulty in diagnosis, which is why you should always consult a doctor.

Both conditions often involve slurred speech patterns, which makes it difficult to understand what the patient is saying.
They also both involve tremors in the muscles and involuntary, spastic movements of the limbs. This often includes numbness in the limbs, which in the legs or lower extremities translates to a sense of unsteadiness or a lack of balance. This is why people with either condition often end up in a wheelchair. Both conditions lead to problems with the elimination system of the body, so these people often have problems with their bowels and/or bladders. And both conditions often lead to a sense of depression.

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Massage and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, which means it’s the body attacking itself.
Nerve cells, especially the ones in the brain, have an extension coming off of them which sends neurotransmitters to another nerve cell. That’s how they communicate. That extension is generally insulated with a substance called “myelin.” If the body attacks the myelin, corrodes it, or eliminates it altogether, it’s like removing the insulation around an electrical wire, and it makes the nervous system go haywire.
Early symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis often involve vision problems.
There’s a pain in the eyes, blurry vision; an inability to see bright colors, so colors appear dull. Also sometimes these people experience dysesthesia, which is a numbness or tingling, or a feeling like an electric shock being sent into the extremities.

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What is “Whiplash?”

“Whiplash” is a layman’s term that’s currently being used to refer to just about any neck injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
To really understand the mechanism of this injury and what it does to the body, we have to consider the proper medical term. The proper medical term for “whiplash” is “hyperextension hyper flexion cervical spine strain.” What does all that mean?

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How can Massage Therapy help bicyclists in Denver?

Let’s think about the position in which a bicyclist finds themself. They find themselves hunched over, it stretches out the back, it can be very hard on the back, the chest muscles are kinked up, holding the arms forward, muscles like pectoralis major, pectoralis minor. Now look what’s going on with my head. If I’m looking up to see the road, it kinks up the suboccipitals at the base of the skull.
As far as the lower body is concerned, the legs are of course pedaling. Pushing down on the pedals requires certain muscles, most notably the hamstrings, and of course the quadriceps to lift the leg for the next pedal. People who race pull the pedal stroke through the entire revolution. So they tend to really develop muscles that are below the knee, most notably soles and gastrocnemius, and they have special pedals to accommodate that.

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What should I say to my friend who’s been abused in Denver?

There’s a lot of trauma in the world these days, and a lot of abuse. 1 out of every 4 women and 1 in every 6 men have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, which means you probably know somebody who has been abused. How should you handle it if they confide in you? There are constructive ways to handle this and non-constructive ways to handle this. We’ll go over both of these categories in this video.
First, here are the things you should say and do for your friend. Watch your body language. Don’t fold your arms in front of you; don’t close off to your friend. Keep your body language open and stay calm, no matter how horrific your friend’s story may be. It’s best if you can at least appear calm; that’s going to serve your friend.

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