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What is Massage Therapy?

How are Essential Oils used in Massage Therapy?

What does holistic mean?

What is CBD and how does it work?

How does Essential Therapeutic Healing differ from the standard massage therapist?

What Is Massage Therapy?

 

  For centuries, massage therapy was used not just to soothe physical ailments. Throughout history, it has been used to treat ailments, physical stress, and aid with overall well-being and health. Today, it continues to be a popular treatment for correcting long-term health problems and illnesses. It can also be used as a complementary therapy along with other treatments. Today, there are several unique forms of massages to select from. It can help release stuck emotions that can be the cause of physical pain and chronic problems. It has other benefits that release the amino acids that can be used to combat the pain.(1) 

  "Massage therapy involves manipulating the muscles by kneading, rubbing, pressing, or patting different muscle groups. Massage therapists use their hands and massage oils to work through various groups of muscles. Some massage therapists will also include aromatherapy oils and tranquil music to help create a peaceful and deeply relaxing experience.

 

  There are many different kinds of massage offered by massage therapists. Depending on the style, massages often vary in pressure and muscle group focus.

Studies have supported the safety and effectiveness of utilizing massage therapy for stress, anxiety, and depression.

   Massage therapy... is often used to treat muscle pain, injury, and stiffness.  Massage therapy has more recently been used for the treatment of mental and emotional problems, including stress, anxiety, and depression.  Also considered a relaxation technique, massage therapy may be able to help reduce tension and elicit feelings of calm and deep relaxation.

 

  Additionally, massage may be able to curb feelings of fear and anxiety, plus assist in managing other panic disorder symptoms.

- Katharina Star, PhD

 

How are Essential Oils used in Massage Therapy?

A trained massage therapist will use deep tissue massage techniques to release trigger points and relax tired, overworked muscles, providing pain relief. Essential oils are added to the massage oil and applied topically, and/or diffused in the air. During the massage, the potent, healing essential oil molecules pass right through the blood/brain barrier, having profound effects on the mind and body. Essential oils are excellent for reducing stress, improving focus and mental clarity, calming irritability and improving insomnia. When combined with massage, essential oils can be extremely effective to relieve stress and anxiety.

 

Here are some lesser known benefits of essential oil massage:

  • Calm sore muscles and help heal sports injuries

  • Reduce inflammation and increase flexibility

  • Relieve back pain

  • Lessen arthritis and joint pain

  • Loosen muscle stiffness and reduce cramping

  • Boost circulation

  • Relieve stress and anxiety

  • Help manage depression

  • Moisturize and nourish the skin

  • Reduce stretch marks and heal scars

  • Alleviate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

  • Promote relaxation and alleviate insomnia

  • PMS symptoms (2)

 

How does Essential Therapeutic Healing differ from the standard massage therapist?

“Massage therapy can improve a person’s emotional health by reducing stress and stress hormones; by increasing serotonin and thereby reducing depression and pain; and by enhancing immune function and thereby reducing bacterial and viral illnesses,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Fla.

Massage therapy is helpful for trauma victims. “Aside from physical pain, victims of trauma, past or present, will often hold memories of such events in their muscle tissues. By receiving massage from a trained professional, one can get back in touch with their body and be able to access the held emotions,” says Kristen Sykora, LMT, owner of Harmony Healthcare Associates and Hands Down Physical Arts, Inc. in Wantagh, NY (3)

 

What does holistic mean?

Holistic massage is a well-known treatment that not only focuses on tense muscles as a physical result of stress, but it also takes into account a client’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  It is an ancient method of healing that stimulates the blood circulation and clears the lymphatic drainage system which assists in releasing toxins from the body.  By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only one’s physical but also emotional, spiritual and mental well-being. 

Holistic Massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole.  This massage technique has been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India. The term “holistic” derives from the ancient Greek word “holos,” which means “whole.”  By definition, Holistic Massage treats the whole body as a single entity, and is specifically tailored to each client.  Holistic Massage is one of the choice treatments that clients need the most in today’s demanding lifestyle.  It is an essential treatment and an equally necessary skill every therapist should acquire.

A sound knowledge of human Anatomy and Physiology is a fundamental requirement and acts as the cornerstone of providing a beneficial massage to clients.  As a Massage Therapist, you need to have an understanding of how the body works.  Anatomy refers to the structures of the body and the relationship between them.  Physiology refers to the study of the function of each body part.  The more you learn about these two principles and how they interact in the body, the more proficient you will become in Massage Therapy. (4)

 

What is CBD and how does it work?

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many compounds inside the hemp and cannabis plants. These compounds belong to molecules called phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids determine the type of effect on the body. When certain cannabinoids, like THC, or group of cannabinoids bind to specialized CB1 and CB2 receptors; the cell tirggers notifying there is a change in cell activity.

Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not directly signal these special receptors, instead it has an indirect effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD stimulates the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids which sends signals to activate those receptors to do their job naturally. CB1 receptors are in the nervous system, glands, organs and connective tissue. CB2 receptors have an effect on the immune system and your functioning health.

The natural cannabinoids within your body work with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and body as a whole. Your body needs cannabinoids when endocannabinoid deficient just like when you take vitamin D for bone strength. This is because our body needs the right balance of cannabinoids to keep your nervous system and body in good health.

Many describe CBD as being like THC, just without the psychoactive effects. Although this is true, CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. This means when a disease starts to take over your body it will create an imbalance within a body system. The CBD then works to get those systems to balance back to where they should be; healthy, working condition.

Research shows CBD has helped people who have:

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Acne

  • Epilepsy

  • Arthritis

  • Chronic Pain

  • Inflammation

  • Lyme Disease

  • Addiction

  • Insomnia

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • PTSD

  • Many more

Although CBD is in the marijuana plant, Infinite CBD uses pure hemp-derived CBD isolate that contains minimal amounts of THC. Our CBD is straight from an industrial hemp farm that produces pure and clean, testing above 99 percent, CBD isolate.

The cannabinoids attach to specific receptors to provide effects to the: hippocampus for memory and learning, cerebral cortex for decision making and emotional behavior, cerebellum for motor control and coordination, putamen for movement and learning, hypothalamus for body temperature and appetite, and amygdala for emotions.

Research shows that CBD binds enzymes to provide anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory and pain relief on other receptors like; vanilloid, adenosine and serotonin that target pain, inflammation, movement and cognition.

In conclusion, the vanilloid receptor also known as TRPV1 regulates inflammation, body temperature and pain perception when bound with CBD. These receptors detect a large range of temperatures. This is the same receptor that is triggered when you eat a habanero pepper or something with spice.

Will CBD infused pain relief cream show in a drug test?

 

The CBD cream will not show up in any testing because it is topical and does not enter the bloodstream.

 

What are Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are based on a rule of nature called "Law of Similars" - it differs from traditional medicine in that it supports the symptoms, rather than suppress them.  For example, if you had a runny nose, traditional medicine would prescribe something that would stop your nose from running (eliminating the symptom, but not the cause).  Homeopathic remedies would encourage the symptom by introducing micro-doses of the cause of the runny nose, which strengthens your immune system and allows your body to heal naturally.  "Like heals Like", meaning that if your runny nose was caused by, for example, an allergy to animal fur, introducing micro-doses of the allergens in animal fur will encourage your body to heal from this allergy. 

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