Palmdale Health Centre

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Swedish massage

In the classical treatment this gentle technique of long strokes, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and kneading movements are used to release muscle tensions, remove the pain and improve blood circulation. Rubbing between bones and strokes generally are performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It also just simply feels good.

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit: Swedish massage techniques include:

Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
Passive and Active Movements: Bending and stretching.

 

What is myofascial release?

Lets understand the word "myofascial" first. The word 'my' means 'muscle'. The word 'fascia' means the 'band' or 'connective soft tissue' that supports your entire body. If you could see connective tissue beneath your skin you would observe that it is fibrous, densely woven, continuously connects and surrounds our internal organs, permeates the entire body from head to toe, and has characteristics that provide cushioning and support to our complete body.

Time, injury, wear and tear, poor posture, stress and other factors can cause this connective tissue to manifest tension, restrictions and imbalance within our bodies. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that works to 'release' and rebalance our muscle and connective soft tissue system.

How is the fascia treated?

Your trained therapist will first observe your posture and discuss any pains or physical conditions that cause you discomfort or restrict movements. Skill and knowledgebase allows your practitioner to feel, observe and sense where varied degrees of pressure, stretching, kneading and palpitation will help eliminate pain and restore range of motion. To use an analogy, imagine your fascia system is a damp linen sweater that is laid out for drying. You might 'stretch’ and reshape the sweater fabric to condition its shape and conformity to its proper appearance. In a like manner, your Myofascial Release specialist will use skilled 'stretch' and 'release' technique as well as other techniques to condition your myofascial system.

What conditions might warrant Myofascial Release Therapy?

General discomfort, chronic pain, sporting injuries, headache, back pain, whiplash injury, general injury, muscle spasms, restriction of motion, poor posture and specific ailments related to everyday living such as carpal tunnel and neurological dysfunction. Myofascial restrictions can be manipulated to restore range of motion and alleviate pain.

What is the process?

You and your therapist will discuss relevant information including any discomforts you have such as pain, injuries, disorders and similar matters. Problems are noted and treatment begins. The goal is to provide safe and effective treatment that encourages your body to restore, realign and balance your myofascial system.

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We invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Myofascial Release -
Stretch... Hold... Release... Restore Range of Motion

 

What is Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

Shiatsu is a Japanese term, which means finger pressure. Subsequently, the Shiatsu practitioner uses finger, thumbs and palm of hand to apply pressure to specific points on the surface of the clients' body. The expected outcome is to prevent or cure illness by invigorating the body's natural powers of recuperation.

Shiatsu is a bodywork therapy that has spawned a number of derivative therapies in healing. The body's natural healing abilities are aided through the appropriate usage of specifically designed Shiatsu discipline pressure techniques to specific areas of the body.

Shiatsu massage can significantly improve health by relieving stress. By calming and appropriately stimulating the nervous system as well as the immune system, therapy can reduce tension, insomnia, digestive upsets, back pain, headaches and reproductive essentials. Shiatsu therapy is valuable in promoting overall health.

In Shiatsu, bare hands are utilized, clothing is normal, as pressure points are activated and treated as opposed to treatments that require oils or powders. Long-term treatment has led to postural as well as behavioural correction of imbalance.

In Japan, Shiatsu therapy is fully integrated into the healthcare system. On a worldwide basis, Shiatsu therapy has become exceedingly popular. The founder if Shiatsu therapy is Tokujiro Namikoshi Sensei. He was born November 3rd, 1905 in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku Island, Japan. His experiences as a child led to the development of this mainstream Japanese Massage technique. His life story is a wonderful chronicle of devotion to preventing and curing illness. We invite you to experience this invigoration of the body's natural healing abilities by visiting our Appointment Book to book a session with us.

Shiatsu - Sensitive Trained Finger Technique... Japan... Mainstream Health...

 

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep Tissue Massage is a general term covering a range of strategies that deal with assisted muscle release at a deeper level. Other systems that include deep tissue massage are Rolfing, Soma bodywork and Sports Massage.

Neuromuscular massage techniques are employed to detect muscle tissues that have become distressed. Effective manipulation of stiff or painful musculature using specific hand positions, strokes and specifically developed techniques, bring about relief from muscle tensions and increase flexibility. Treatment for low back and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, headaches, knees and neck are amongst the common complaints that Deep Tissue specialists treat.

Micro scarring is caused by injuries and often surgery. This ailment is commonly benefited from this type of therapy. Often the treatment and pressure begins gently and can gradually escalate to points of temporary discomfort. Treatment ranges from generally therapeutic to corrective in nature. Deep tissue massage can cause an increase in muscle strength and length appreciably and rapidly.

Deep Tissue Massage therapy usually involves warming the skin and superficial soft tissue of your body prior to the therapist using greater pressure to access the deeper connected tissue underneath.

Plan to determine the type of bodywork best suited to your needs by visiting our Appointment Book to book a session with us.

Deep Tissue Massage - Correct Posture... Release Chronic Muscle Tensions...

Why You Receive Prenatal Massage

The expanding popularity of prenatal massage is a result of the modern tendency to increase levels of well-being, education and opportunity. Your growing and changing shape is one of nature's most incredible occurrences. Knowledgeable pregnancy massage therapists can help you gain the most from this specialized treatment.

Importantly, the prenatal period can be a very stressful physical and emotional time for a mother-to-be. Proper management of stress itself is of great consequence. Clearly documented evidence exists to suggest that very high levels of stress may increase the probability of pre-term labor and lower birth weight of the newborn.

Prenatal massage by a professional offers numerous benefits including but not limited to:

Creates a positive environment of wonderful relaxation and soothing stress relief
Promotes proper postural maintenance to ease physical stress
Provides relief from musculoskeletal strain, aches and pains, muscle spasms and cramps
Increases circulation of the blood & lymph
Reduces edema and blood pressure through promoting better blood circulation.
Increases blood and lymph circulation for increased toxins elimination and immune system funtioning.
Affords welcome release from chronic tension in the neck, shoulders, lower back, abdomen and thighs
Eases childbirth by preparing the muscles used in childbirth
Actively aids in reducing fluid retention, swelling in hands and feet, headaches and sinus problems as well as digestive irregularities.
Helps you to sleep better while reducing fatigue and discomfort caused by physical and emotional stresses. Energy levels and mental alertness increase.

Why is Back Pain so Prevalent?

As your pregnancy advances, several common conditions usually occur.

You will gain weight. Weight gain is normal and good for your baby, however, it can sorely stress your back muscles.
The structures that support your pelvic organs will become more pliant due to hormonal changes, which are naturally intended to prepare your body to give birth. You may experience considerable discomfort in either side of your back as a result.
At the same time, your body's centre of gravity is shifting forward. Your natural tendency is to adjust your posture and the way you move about in everyday activity. Back strain is often the result of this natural change in posture.
As your body adjusts to the tremendous physical and emotional changes taking place in your routine, everyday tasks can lead to incorrect lifting or awkward muscle stretches, which can themselves, become minor injuries and part of back, neck and shoulder pain.

The Prenatal Massage Process

As in most massage therapy, you will fill out a medical history form complete with disclosure of any conditions or complications, which have arisen in the past or as a result of the pregnancy. Together, you and the therapist will execute a treatment strategy that will effectively deal with the conditions you request relief from or help with. This could include exercises you can perform while at home. Your treatment plan will vary according to which trimester you are in.

In general, your pregnancy massage will involve sitting in a slightly reclined position or lying comfortably on your side; the use of pillows to increases your relaxation and comfort and sometimes, special equipment including a reclining chair that allows you to move comfortably from side to side. Our goal is always to customize your therapy to conditions you wish to alleviate or promote.

The type and amount of clothing you wear during massage is your personal choice. Your comfort is paramount. Your body will always be draped or covered other than only that part being gently massaged at the moment. Be comfortable-relax-and enjoy!

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Related Massage Therapy - Postpartum Massage

It is time for your body to heal itself, restore most organs and musculature to pre-pregnancy status and recover from the birth process in general. Almost universally practiced and accepted in most cultures in the world, is the practice of massage to aid in post pregnancy recovery and relaxation. Postpartum massage therapy benefits may include:

Wonderful relief from aches, pains and muscle soreness
Helps shrink the uterus and speed recovery through abdominal massage
Soothing comfort and clearing of unhealthy tensions, stress and symptoms of postpartum blues
Provides a 'quiet time' with healing hands specifically trained to relax and invigorate your recovery process
Instruction on appropriate exercises designed to return your body to pre-pregnancy condition.

Questions?

We invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

About trigger point therapy
What is it?

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique first developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the USA in the 1940's. Trigger Point therapy involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.

Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. Muscle knots are an example of this phenomenon.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points refer to the areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain. Active points will often refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger point's only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are likely to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion.

Trigger points are different from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages of the body's energy pathways. Trigger points are physical phenomena that can be felt by touching.

What Causes Trigger Points?

Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture, or overexertion.

What is the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy?

The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles to perform pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced. Range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.

Interestingly, the pain caused by trigger points is an especially significant cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace. Trigger point therapy and other massage technique are often performed together within a treatment. Specialists in trigger point therapy can help you improve your natural ability to maintain an active lifestyle.

 

What is Sports massage?

Typically, sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote healing of specific complaints. Trained in Sports Massage, the Massage Therapist performs massage techniques based upon knowledge of anatomy, physiology and related massage therapy knowledgebase's relevant to human sports performance. It would be hard to imagine a professional team or program anywhere that does not employ the services of a qualified sports massage therapist.

However, one does not need to have a serious physical complaint to greatly benefit from sports massage. To the contrary, it is now more common for athletes of all ages and level of play to seek the services of a trained sports massage therapist. There are typically five time periods when sports massage is appropriate:

Pre-event
Inter-event
Post event
Rehabilitation
Maintenance

Specific sports are known to habitually affect particular muscles or groups of muscles, tendons and ligaments that are used excessively. By concentrating on the specific muscle groups most used in a given sport, a massage therapist can help an athlete increase mobility, range of motion, oxygen supply, blood flow and help maintain higher performance.

How is Sports Massage Different?

A trained Sports Massage differs from Relaxation Massage such as Swedish Massage because the client's relaxation is not the primary objective. Accordingly, the sports massage therapist may employ a number of massage modalities including Swedish Massage strokes, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Deep-Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Hydrotherapy and others.

What Does the Process Involve?

As in most massage therapy you will fill out a medical history form complete with disclosure of any conditions or complications that have arisen as a result of sporting activities or other causes. Together, you and your therapist will discuss your sports activity agenda and what you wish to get out of your massage therapy. An effective treatment plan will be devised that deals effectively with your condition. The frequency of your visits will vary according to your needs. Your therapist may also recommend specific exercises to be performed at home.

Sports Massage - Injury Prevention... Healing... Improving... Energizing...

 

What is Cupping Massage?

Cupping originated thousands of years ago, and is one of the oldest forms of manual therapy (I’m not going to take you through its history - the internet is your library if you’re interested!). By placing a glass or a plastic cup onto the skin, the therapist creates a vacuum in the cup which draws the skin, muscle, and fascia up into the cup. This vacuum can be created with either a hand suction pump or a burning cotton wool ball. The latter is becoming less common in modern therapy due to the relative lack of control on the suction.

In Western medicine, Cupping is used as a direct clinical application. The therapist notes an area of restriction and applies the suction directly onto it to affect change. This is different to traditional Eastern methods which rely on affecting change in the line of meridians or “Qi” throughout the body. Used in conjunction with other massage treatments, Cupping is a useful tool to add into the treatment mix as it provides a different sensation and effectiveness, and thereby improving the overall results.

Cupping is used in the treatment of many types of muscle tensions, including common ailments such as neck pain, shoulder pain, tight trapezius, lower back pain, spinal congestion, and plantar fasciitis.

 

The benefits of cupping

Relaxation: suction cups provide a negative pressure on the skin, muscles, and fascia. This is in contrast to the positive pressure of the deep tissue massage, and can be a very relaxing and soothing experience.
 
Promotes blood circulation speeds up muscle recovery. The negative pressure from the suction allows new blood to flow into that area of tissue with several benefits -
1. Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions
2. Begins the healing and regeneration process - the exchange of blood allows the removal of toxins and dead cells
3. Enhances circulation
4. Warms the skin, and softens tissues to regain elasticity
5. Reduces inflammation

What is lymphatic drainage massage?

A massage therapist with appropriate training performs a painless and relaxing, whole-body massage. The entire procedure physically stimulates the lymphatic system to move excessive fluids that are associated with the body's lymphatic system. The movement of lymphatic fluid through lymphatic nodes purifies and detoxifies unhealthy fluid that surrounds our connective tissues.

What body conditions can warrant Lyphatic Drainage Massage?

Certified therapists are often referred patients by medical doctors for treatment of acute and chronic lymphedema, neuromuscular disorders, post-mastectomy pain, fibrosis and other conditions. Sports injuries, sprains, strains, post plastic surgery, sinus and congestion problems, scar tissue reduction and stress are some of the other conditions that can benefit from lymphatic drainage massage.

What functions does the body's lymphatic system perform?

The lymphatic system is composed of assorted size vessels and lymph nodes located throughout the body. There are hundreds of lymph nodes in the body whose function is to filter the lymph fluid. An important part of the body's immune system, lymph fluid contains cells that remove harmful bacteria, viruses and other undesirable substances. The lymphatic fluid system does not have a muscle similar to the heart, which would aid in "pumping" the lymphatic fluid consistently. Therefore, when the lymphatic nodes or vessels become damaged due to surgery, injury or for any other reason, gentle lymphatic drainage massage stimulates the lymphatic fluid flow. Lymph fluid is normally encouraged to flow by the body's natural motion of muscles, organs and other body parts.

Is this massage therapy for me?

Some people have more serious medical reasons to receive this massage therapy, however; others regularly receive lymphatic drainage massage to simply aid in the reduction of minor swelling, congestion, headaches, acne and other conditions. Many people wish to encourage their immune system to function as effectively as possible and choose to receive this relaxing therapy.

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We invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage - 
Relaxing... Gentle... Immune System... Reduce Swelling

 

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive natural healing therapy, which is holistic in nature. Holistic therapy is a general term meaning treatment that is therapy for the individuals' body, mind and spirit. Reflexology treats the whole being on various levels. The principles of Reflexology are grounded in a knowledge base that dates to thousands of years, including ancient Egypt and China.

Essentially, the feet and hands are treated according to a knowledgebase that includes the therapists understanding of how the energy in our bodies moves in 'meridians' or zones.

What can this therapy treatment do for me?

A trained Reflexologist knows that the body's waste products can form deposits on nerve endings, which in turn can block the natural flow of energy to other parts of the body. For example, our feet alone have over seven thousand nerve endings. The manifestation of deposit blockage can lead to pain or functional limitations elsewhere such as the neck or back. The body's natural healing ability is impaired.

Reflexology practioners will provide knowledgeable gentle massage stimulation of nerve endings to increase blood circulation, which leads to elimination of toxins via the lymphatic circulation path. Thus, the body is encouraged to heal itself naturally.

Reduction of stress is achieved due to the deep, satisfying relaxation, which usually occurs during treatment. Our emotions are tied to our body feelings and therefore a state of physical relaxation can produce significant reduction of mental stress.

What is the process?

On your first visit you and your practitioner will discuss what you wish to get out of your therapy. For example, you may discuss relevant information regarding injuries, stress, sleep disorder, illness or disease. Problem areas are noted and treatment begins.

Your treatment is typically one half hour or an hour long depending on what you and the therapist agree upon. Continued dialogue after the first treatment will give your therapist important information on how your body is responding. The goal is to provide safe and effective treatment, which encourages your body to harmonize imbalances and restore the natural healing paths your body requires.

'Reflexology - Body, Mind and Spirit

What is reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.ferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.