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Getting to Know Your Massage Therapist

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | June 20, 2016

Most people who opt for a career in massage therapy do so because they want a career that allows them to offer a meaningful service to people that has a hands-on approach to it. Massage therapy offers an opportunity for people to enter into a profession that allows them to express caring and concern for others that is both personally and professionally satisfying. How one becomes a massage therapist There are certain steps that al…

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Basic Yoga Poses

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | May 25, 2016

Yoga helps us find peace within ourselves. American spiritual teacher and activist, Peace Pilgrim, said that when we find peace within ourselves we can easily live in peace and harmony with others. The mindfulness that is a part of the practice of yoga helps us stay in and appreciate the present moment. Basic yoga poses, or asanas, that help us find that inner peace Finding that inner peace can come with a variety of yoga…

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Embarrassing Massage Moments

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | May 19, 2016

Massage therapy involves being touched by, in many cases, a stranger, often of the opposite gender. This can have surprising effects on some people. Then, if you add in all the things that can happen when our bodies relax during a massage and there can be many embarrassing moments for recipients of a massage. How to overcome things that make you want to run out of the massage room Massage therapists are used to these…

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Thinking about Getting a Thai Massage?

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | May 12, 2016

There are many different types of massages. One of the lesser known types is the Thai massage, also called the Thai Yoga massage. It is so named because it is part massage and part yoga, and has also been defined as doing yoga with all the work removed. Thai massage is an ancient system of healing that combines assisted yoga postures, acupressure, and Indian Ayurvedic precepts. It was originally developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, an…

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The Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | May 5, 2016

A deep tissue massage differs from a regular massage in that its emphasis goes beyond mere relaxation and attempts to realign deeper layers of muscles. Deep tissue massage addresses chronic pain, muscles in spasm, stiff neck, pain in the lower back, tightness of leg muscle, and shoulder soreness. What deep tissue massage does Deep tissue massage uses some of the massage strokes of traditional massage, but they are adapted to have a slower movement, deeper…

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Massage Tools to Use in Between Massages

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | April 28, 2016

When a massage therapist is not handy or you cannot get a much needed appointment with your favorite massage therapist, there are tools you can use to help your body move better. While nothing will take the place of a great massage, these tools can help in the interim. Massage tools you can use until you see the massage therapist There are a wide variety of massage tools available: 1. One of the strangest looking…

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Research Confirms the Benefits of Massage Therapy

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | April 5, 2016

Ask anyone who regularly gets a massage and he or she can tell you how wonderful massages are and how much healthier they feel after getting them. Within the past few years, there have also been research studies that validate the positive benefits of massage therapy. Massage therapy research conclusions The American Massage Therapy Association lists the following research initiatives that have documented the benefits of massage therapy: 1. Massage Therapy’s benefit to the recipient’s…

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3 Really Good Reasons to Get a Massage

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | March 31, 2016

Many people get a massage because it feels good to do it. Massage therapy as a medical modality goes back thousands of years, with the first records being found in China and Egypt. The first written description of massage therapy was in a Chinese textbook written in 2700 BCE. Egyptian tomb inscriptions and paintings from 2500 BCE show massage therapy as part of the Egyptians’ medical offerings. We get massages for a wide variety of…

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Yogic Breathing Enhances Life

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | March 2, 2016

The name for yogic breathing is pranayama, and it is the science of breath control. In yoga, the breath can be controlled for various health and spirituality benefits. We breathe from the day we are born until the day we breathe our last breath. Yet our breathing is often shallow, and we draw a minimal amount of air into our chests using the intercostal muscles rather than our diaphragms. Reasons for shallow breathing One of…

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Using Massage Therapy to Help with Shoulder Pain

By Balanced Rock Bodyworks | February 29, 2016

Shoulders are so very useful. They help us lift, throw, push, hug, paint, catch, and a multitude of other things. When they are injured, they can cause us an incredible amount of pain, discomfort, and loss of range of motion. Shoulder pain is so common for some folks that it seems like a necessary part of life. Common shoulder injuries Shoulder injuries occur most frequently during sports activities, work-related movements, falls, or home improvement projects.…

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