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Pregnancy Massage: Touch for the Mom-To-Be

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Pregnancy Massage: Touch for the Mom-To-Be
by Associate Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Pregnancy is nine transformative months full of excitement, planning, and peering at the awesome unfolding of life. But this transformation also brings inevitable side effects.

But you don't have to suffer in silence. The gentle, noninvasive approach of pregnancy massage can ease your discomfort, help you prepare for labor, give you the emotional support of a caring practitioner, and bring back a sense of body-mind integration, putting you into a state of relaxation and calm acceptance of your continually evolving physical form.

According to Lynne Daize, with the National Association of Pregnancy Massage Therapy, training for this specialty includes learning specific techniques for each trimester, as well as those required for labor and postpartum massage. A certified pregnancy massage therapist is well-acquainted with the physical and hormonal effects of pregnancy and has the skills to c…

7 Exercises To Maximize Hand, Wrist, And Forearm Strength by Dr. Levi Harrison

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7 Exercises To Maximize Hand, Wrist, And 
Forearm Strength    by Dr. Levi Harrison

It is extremely important not to neglect working your forearms during your exercise routines.The hands, wrists, and forearms should be prioritized while warming up and while working out. Below, I will review and demonstrate several stretches and essential exercises that will allow you to build strong and symmetric forearms.

The Benefits of Forearm and Wrist Exercises
1) Flex and extend all fingers, while making a complete fist for 30 seconds. Next, open and close your fingers do 2 sets of each for a total of a minute.

2) Flex your wrist and hold in maximum flex for 30 seconds with the elbow straight but not locked.
3) Extend your wrist with the elbow straight for 30 seconds. Do 2 sets for a total of 2 minutes. These initial three stretching exercises will prepare you for the more complex and more intense weight-bearing exercises to optimize muscular development and the strength of the forearm.
4) Seated …

Check Out Chair Massage: You Deserve a Break in Your Busy Day by Cathy Ulrich

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Check Out Chair Massage: You Deserve a Break in Your Busy Day  by Cathy Ulrich
Ever been curious about the chair massage area at the mall? Or wondered why your company offers massages in the conference room on certain days? Does it seem strange people want to get massages in an odd-looking chair during a busy workday? Well, maybe they're on to something. In fact, a small investment in a chair massage session can lead to a significant pay-off.
Chair massage--also called seated or on-site massage--provides a host of benefits, including reducing stress, improving mental clarity, and enhancing work performance. And the time investment is minimal: short five-, ten- or fifteen-minute sessions can often do the trick.
In a study done at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, researchers found that when participants got a fifteen-minute chair massage just twice a week, their anxiety levels were lower, their brain waves proved they were more relaxed and alert, and their s…

Upcoming Office Move

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Upcoming Office Move  Our lease at Rosecrans Place finishes up at the end of February. The decision has been made to move to a new site at South Bay Park, San Diego. No disruptions to appointments or scheduling is expected. The new office iis located at 1465  Morena Blvd, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92110. The new location provides numerous amenities and upgrades and ease of access. There will be designated customer parking, direct access from the Interstate 5 Tecolate/Sea World Drive On/Off Ramp and the Interstate5/8 Interchange; this dramatically reduces choke points to the wellness center. Suite upgrades include : showers, restroom, dry sauna, couples massage, hot stone therapy and group movement therapy. The Move is expected to be completed by February 21st. More to follow along with pics of the new offices.

Holding Headaches at Bay: Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches by Cathy Ulrich

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Holding Headaches at Bay Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches by Cathy Ulrich "Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned headaches.

"Well, yes," she said. "I've always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts." Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as often as 2-3 times a week and typically treated them with ibuprofen.

Like many Americans, Cindy suffers from chronic, frequent headaches. Her neck pain finally prompted her to seek help, but she was so used to the headaches, she thought they were something she simply had to live with. What Cindy didn't understand was that frequent headaches are not normal and, with a little proactive planning, there is something that can be done to manage and even prevent them.


Types of Headaches Headaches come in many varieties. Following is a short list of the most…

The Importance of Proper Posture: Correct Alignment Leads to Better Health by Hope Bentley

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The Importance of Proper Posture Correct Alignment Leads to Better Health Hope Bentley Talk of good posture often generates images of women walking in a circle with books balanced on their heads or soldiers standing at attention. But good posture does not have to be rigid or ridiculous. In fact, far from ridiculous, it may be the key to good health.

According to Patrick Wroblewski, a Boulder, Colorado-based structural integration practitioner, "Good posture is a dynamic, working awareness of how gravity is coming down through the body." In other words, just as the body moves and changes throughout the day, so should posture. 

Wroblewski explains that many people come in to his practice with complaints of lower back pain, and stiff necks and shoulders, most of which have a direct correlation to poor posture. If a person sits hunched in front of a computer screen all day, it's likely the head hovers towards the screen, the lower back has collapsed and the tail bone is suppo…

Back Pain and Massage: How Bodywork Can Help by Karrie Osborn

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Back Pain and Massage How Bodywork Can Help Karrie Osborn Whether it's a pulled muscle from yoga class or an afternoon basketball game, or a long-term pain caused by injury, most of us will come to know the beast that is called back pain. In fact, when it comes to low-back pain specifically, researchers say that 70-85 percent of the population will experience it at some point in their lives. 


Causes of PainExperts say the cause of back pain can be the result of several factors. High on the list is stress. When our body is stressed, we literally begin to pull inward: the shoulders roll forward and move up to the ears, the neck disappears, and the back tightens in the new posture. "It's an armoring effect," says Angie Parris-Raney, a Denver-based massage therapist who specializes in deep-tissue massage and sports therapy. "That protective mode, with the muscles in flex, can even result in visceral problems," she says, where the pain also affects internal orga…