Originating in China in 1978, TDP, or “Tèdìng diàncíbō pǔ” (特定电磁波谱), Lamps or “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamps first developed as a result of studies conducted on the workers that worked in a rural black clay plant. Researchers were surprised to note that despite treacherous work conditions, the employees remained healthy and rarely fell sick. The scientists discovered the clay contained 33 minerals that happen to correspond with 33 essential minerals in the human body. They also discovered that the far infrared light emitted by the kiln contained special healing properties when combined with the unique mineral composition of the clay. When this mineral rich clay is sufficiently heated, it radiates far-infrared energy exactly like the human body.
How do you take care of yourself in between sessions? Of course, we all have probably used tennis balls, foam rollers, and exercise balls to alleviate a tight spot in a pinch. Now there is a complete system that is designed to address your acute and long-term needs and injuries at home right away when you need it most.
Deep Recovery™ is a whole body approach with whole body deep tissue massage tools designed to be used methodically and specifically with sustained pressure to release myofascial trigger points, muscle tension, headaches, jaw pain, and more.
While we all should know that massage should be avoided during an acute injury stage of 48-72 hours, there are many reasons that you may want to seek an alternative type of therapy or see a specialist for other conditions following that time period. Contraindication, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable, such as massage therapy in this case. Contraindications for massage could be categorized into General, Local, or Medical types.
Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 24-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.
Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water Elements are each associated with a particular season, climatic condition, Zang (Yin organ) and partner Fu (Yang organ), color, taste, synergic feeling and extreme emotion in Five Element Theory. The Five Element Theory believes that the seasons and climatic conditions influence the related organs and their corresponding meridians. Interesting to note, strong likes or dislikes of a season, color, taste or emotion suggest imbalance in the related organ meridians. The season associated with Autumn is Metal. "Autumn is the time of harvesting, a reaping of the fruits of the rest of the year, a time to prepare for protection from the winter." Leaves change into vibrant colors and fall to the earth, symbolizing a cycle within ourselves when we begin to conserve and store nourishment within our bodies, approaching our own "harvest, perfection, and completion."
"The three months of Fall are called the period of tranquility of one's conduct; soul and spirit
should be gathered together in order to make the breath of Fall tranquil;
all of this is the method for the protection of one's harvest."
I am always astounded by the amount of massage therapists that do not address the sternocleidomastoid, known as SCM for short, muscle in the neck. The SCM is one of the largest and most superficial cervical muscles and it divides the neck into anatomical anterior and posterior triangles. Responsible for flexing and rotating the head, it is named by the anatomical origin and insertion points, being Sterno- (refers to the sternum), Cleido- (the clavicle, or collarbone), and -Mastoid (the mastoid process, a bony knob behind the ear).
When this muscle is really tight and produces "active" trigger points, which are irritable localized spots of exquisite tenderness that refer pain, the SCM can cause moderate symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, ear pain, postural imbalance, jaw and sinus pain, teeth hypersensitivity, stiff neck, chronic cough, and sore throat.
Energy Medicine Bodywork is a powerful, yet gentle, alternative medicine technique that removes energy blockages, promotes healing and relaxation, and provides new vitality. Energy medicine is part of a broad branch of alternative medicine based on the pseudo-scientific belief that practitioners can direct or modulate energy and can have a positive effect. This method may be performed hands-on, hands-off, and distant. Many forms of therapy exist in the energy medicine realm, including but not exclusive to energy healing, spiritual healing, reiki, qigong, acupressure, chakra and meridian therapy.
"In a few decades science has gone from a conviction that there is no such thing as energy fields
in and around the human body to an absolute certainty that they exist."
-Dr. James L. Oschman, PhD
The basic difference between acupuncture and acupressure is that acupuncture uses needles and acupressure uses finger pressure. Acupuncture is generally more effective when treating acute conditions and internal organ diseases. Jin Shin Do®, on the other hand, uses the same acupoints, yet may be more effective treating muscular tension and emotional distress.
“Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” In a Jin Shin Do® (JSD) session, the acupressurist never loses contact with the client. Therefore, the experience of acupressure could be translated as a more "in the body" experience where you are engaged with your acupressurist throughout the session, even simply on a subconscious level. Constant contact with the client evokes a feeling of being safe, nurtured, and supported.
As a practitioner working in the field of Specific Injury since 2010, certain therapeutic massage techniques have been found to help speed the process of recovery. Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 48-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.
The four cardinal signs of inflammation are known as redness, swelling, local heat, and swelling. During this time, massage would be contraindicated as an effective technique while the body's own immune response is stimulated and begins its job of healing.
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