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    Tennis Ball Massage for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    Saturday, July 31st, 2010

    As you may know,  we are big fans of the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies. Joe Weir and I were talking about one “humble” but very popular tool for trigger-point self-therapy and for self-massage in general, as is discussed here:

    Tennis Ball Massage for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    You can find a great deal of information on trigger points on that site, btw. Both Joe and I know how useful it is but we were also discussing it’s limitations.

    The thing is most people use a tennis ball on the floor. They roll around on it to target the thighs and glute medius..things like that. While I have done this quite a few times myself there are a few problems/limitations:

    1. If you weigh a lot the tennis ball will collapse.

    So, you can use a lacrosse ball or you can purchase a self-massage ball of some kind, which are available in different degrees of firmness. This could be useful because if you are new too to self-massage something like a lacrosse ball may be too hard for you.

    The website I just linked mentions a “Kong” pet toy as a massage tool. Which may work also but I would think this would be awkward since they are not perfectly round. But whatever the case:


    The History of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

    Friday, July 30th, 2010

    Extraction of essential oil has been used for the purpose of making perfumes and for the benefit that herbal aromas have on an individual’s mood.

    Herbs themselves have been used throughout time to heal, or used symbolically and ritualistically. In fact, many modern medicines originated from herbs. For example, the use of willow bark dates back to 400 B.C. when it was used for fever or inflammatory conditions. The useful ingredient in willow bark is salicin, which was extracted and used to create Bayer aspirin in 1900. The biblical account of wise men baring frankincense and myrrh at the birth of Jesus Christ signifies the importance given to herbs during that time period. It is important, however, to distinguish between the medicinal properties of herbs and the therapeutic qualities of their essential oils.

    The Purpose of Extraction of Essential Oil

    The effect of an herb is the result of all it’s pharmacological components, which interact with one another. The distillation of an essential oil is the extraction of the volatile oil from the herb, separating that oil from other important components of the plant and altering it’s medicinal qualities. At the same time, this extraction also concentrates the oil making it less safe to ingest and more potent than the herb in it’s natural state.


    5 Reasons You Should Have A Post Natal Massage

    Thursday, July 29th, 2010

    Lots of people have thought about getting their pre-pregnancy figure back. Many of them actually acted on that thought. For most it is simply a passing speculation, not really a serious thought, so they just dismiss the idea. Frequently it’s because they don’t know how to start. Other times it’s because it’s a big unknown. In other cases they drop taking that approach simply because they think that they can’t get it done.

    Wait a moment! Are those really valid reasons? Was the positive side included? Was that balanced? The negatives were covered okay, but what about the positives? Maybe we should take a more balanced approach.

    There are actually 5 reasons why one should have a post natal massage which should maybe be examined.

    First, post natal massages provide relaxation for the exhausted body after child birth. I completely understand your objection regarding this. I agree that that’s a very valid objection, but please consider, the tiredness of pregnancy and the subsequent child labour. And moreover, one should consider the aches on shoulders and neck from carrying and feeding the baby after childbirth


    Which Massage Oil is Best?

    Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

    Have you ever had a massage that left your skin so greasy, you felt like you’d just climbed out of an oil slick? It’s not a pleasant feeling, especially when you have to put on your clothes afterwards.

    The amount of massage oil used makes a difference, but so does the type of massage oil used. There are many different massage oils available. Some feel more greasy, go rancid faster, or are more likely to irritate skin or cause allergic reactions.

    Some commercial massage oil blends contain cheaper massage oils as the primary oil and include smaller amounts of the better oils. But there are also plenty of great blended massage oils available—this list of massage oils can help you decipher the ingredient list and choose the best massage oil for you.