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Why is abdominal massage beneficial?

Benefits of Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massage enhances elimination of toxins by stimulating lymph flow and digestive elimination. It relieves low back tension caused by muscular or fascial restrictions in the abdomen. It can help ease menstrual discomfort. Abdominal massage is great for breaking up scar tissue from abdominal surgeries such as hysterectomies, C-sections, appendectomies and tummy tucks. Abdominal massage also stimulates the production of neurotransmitters in the brain (endorphins & serotonin) which stimulate the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenals which cause secretions of the hormones FSH, TSH and adrenaline.

Lymphatic Drainage Movement

Lymphatic Drainage Movement

By Brittney Hughes
 LMT LA#6846

Hello my name is Brittney Hughes, I'm a massage therapist Licensed in the state of Louisiana.

I've been practicing for almost four years now and continue to fall in love with my job. I work in a chiropractic office but do massage sessions on the side as well.

One of the types of massage I've taken classes in is Lymphatic Drainage Movement.  This massage technique is such a powerful tool to use in overall healthcare.

Plantar Fasciitis

Disclaimer-All information in this blog is for educational purposes. I do not diagnose or treat diseases. All information provided is designed to compliment your health care regimen. 

As a massage therapist, it is not uncommon for me to see several people a week that suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis? It is inflammation of the plantar aponeurosis.
I can here you now,"Okay. What the hell is that!"

First, lets look at the definitions offered in Mosby's Medical Dictionary -

Continuing Education at AMTA Convention

George Kousaleos and his wife Patty did a wonderful job this year at the AMTA convention in Baton Rouge. George taut a very informative class on Myofascial Therapy for the back, chest, neck and head. I recommend this class to any massage therapist looking for continuing education classes. I was able to experience the techniques in class. The techniques are very slow in pace and work deeper and deeper starting with broad tool (palms and forearm) to more specific (elbows and knuckles). My back and shoulders felt wonderful and I was able to move deeper into some of my yoga poses due to the increased range of motion.

Self massage for the neck

1. Reach around and grasp the base of your neck, squeezing it with
your hand. Move up your neck to your hairline, squeezing and
releasing as you go. Repeat as many times as the strength in your              
        arms and hands will comfortably allow.

2. In this move, stretch ONLY to a comfortable stretch. Use one hand to
help stretch your neck forward slowly as you exhale. Inhale and
return to start.

Self massage for low back pain.

If you have discomfort in your low back, buttocks, or hamstrings, try these.
1. Lie on your side on the floor with your knees bent. Reach your hand
as far up your spine as you can and stroke with your thumb along the
sides of the spine down to your tailbone.
2. Still lying on your side, press points on your buttocks from your low
back to thigh. Press with your fist, knuckles, or thumbs. Hold each
point for several seconds, then release.
3. Sit or lie on a tennis ball or a soft “practice” golf ball. If the tennis

Therapeutic strategies for treating low back pain...

1.Treat the whole body- all soft tissue is interconnected through multiple layers of fascia that surround and support the body.
2.Massage therapy is most effective when delivered in a progressive series of sessions that gradually works deeper tissues with less sensitivity.
3.The massage therapist must go slowly in order to nurture the parasympathetic reflexes of the autonomic nervous system. So be prepared to book an hour to hour and a half massage for adequate treatment time.
4. Be prepared to do some homework between massage sessions (exercise, stretches, self massage).

Blogging for Massage & Yoga?

Iam so excited to offer this blog. I am new to this, so give me a while to get the bugs worked out. I would like this forum to offer wellness and motivational information and tips. I look forward to sharing with you and hearing your feedback.


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