Why Does Yoga Feel So GOOD?

September 14, 2017 | Yoga

Have you ever noticed that certain stretches feel a little bit like your muscles are being set on fire? Does it confuse you a little bit when your yoga teacher suggests that they’re creating that sensation on purpose?Maybe I can explain.That burning sensation, which yogis refer to as agni (the divine fire that cleanses and purifies) is a little bit like eating spicy food. When you eat spicy food, your mouth sends a signal to your brain saying, “hey, something’s on fire over here. A little help, please?!”Your brain accommodates that request by sending endorphins. You learn that the pain of spicy food is going to be quickly followed by an enjoyable hit of endorphins, so you eat some more spicy food. On purpose.Yoga can work in similar ways. Your muscles stretch, and in the process send that message to your brain. “Hey, look! Fire! Little help?!?” Your brain sends endorphins. In addition to … Continued

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3 Therapeutic Massage Methods for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

August 2, 2017 | Therapeutic Massage

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over five million Americans. It is characterized by intense pain in the joints and muscles, chronic fatigue, and muscle cramps. It can lead to long term issues such as depression, insomnia, and migraines.Massage therapy is an important part in relieving symptoms caused by fibromyalgia.  When working with a client with fibromyalgia, I use a combination of various techniques of body work in order to remove tender points, ease muscle soreness, and increase relaxation.Thai MassageThai massage is gentle assisted stretching of the body. Stretching with the assistance of the body worker can help to gently relax the muscles. It’s also helpful in regaining range of motion and increasing fluid flow throughout the body.

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