Tag: Therapeutic massages in Santa Barbara

Manual lymphatic drainage massage

Manual lymphatic drainage massage

Most people are familiar with the body’s vessel system that carries blood to and from the tissues, but few understand there is another equally vital system of vessels that removes cell wastes, proteins, excess fluid, viruses, and bacteria. The lymph system picks up fluids and waste products from the spaces between the cells and then filters and cleans them.

Like the roots of a tree, the lymph system starts as tiny vessels–only a single-cell wide–that eventually branch into larger and larger tubes that carry these fluids back to the bloodstream. This network of delicate vessels and lymph nodes is the primary structure of the immune system. The lymph nodes act as check points along the pathways of the vessels. They filter the fluid (called lymph) and serve as the home for lymphocytes–little Pac Man-like cells that attack and destroy foreign bacteria and viruses and even abnormal cells, like cancer cells.

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Deep Tissue Massage and Pain

Deep Tissue Massage and Pain

Deep tissue massage is a massage that is designed to get into the connective tissue of the body, rather than just the surface muscles. As a massage therapist when I perform deep tissue I use a variety of techniques to deeply penetrate the muscles and fascia, loosening them and releasing tension. Most clients have a more intense experience with a deep tissue massage, but also feel that it is more beneficial because it addresses deep-seated muscle pains. Deep tissue is beneficial when undertaken on a regular basis so that I can work together with the client to correct long term problems, relax the body, and prevent injury.

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The Most Famous Accupressure Point: What Does It, LI #4 Large Intestine point #4, really do?

The Most Famous Accupressure Point: What Does It, LI #4 Large Intestine point #4, really do?

Yes, that point, Large Intestine point #4, is great for headaches, as well as a number of other ailments, many of which strike athletes in particular.

First and foremost, let’s locate the point accurately. The actual anatomic description of location reads as follows, “On the dorsum of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side.”

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Cupping for Athletes

Cupping for Athletes

Throughout history, there have been many eastern and western forms of medicine that have come and gone. Some have survived the test of time. Others have been considered to be more “trendy” while other techniques are meant to repeat themselves over time.

Today, myofascial decompression, better known as cupping, has made a return to western society, especially in physical therapy and athletic training room settings. 

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Massage for the AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, Stress Relief

Massage for the AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, Stress, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca. The human nervous system has two major divisions, the voluntary and the autonomic systems.  The voluntary system is concerned mainly with movement and sensation.  It consists of a motor and sensory nerves, among many others.

The autonomic system mainly controls functions over which we have less conscious control.  These include the digestion of food, blood pressure, and heart rate.  Its nerves leave the spine and connect to all the major organs and glands, either inhibiting or stimulating their activity.

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Massage for Bicep Tendon Arm Shoulder Injuries, Tears and Repair of:

Massage for Bicep Tendon Arm Shoulder Injuries, Tears and Repair of:

Biceps tendonitis, also called bicipital tendonitis, is inflammation of the tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the shoulder or forearm. The tendon most commonly irritated is the one that attaches the top of the biceps muscle to the shoulder, so it is this injury that we will discuss here. Massage for Bi-Cep Tendon Arm Shoulder Injuries, Tears, and Repair.

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