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Massage therapy for pain

What are the benefits of therapeutic massage? Most massage techniques are designed to promote pain relief, stress reduction, and improved movement in daily living.  Therapeutic massage has been shown to improve joint flexibility, relieve lower-back pain, and stimulate the release of endorphins. It can also be used to treat and prevent the following conditions: 
ArthritisSports injuries, work-related injuries and repetitive strain injuries (carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis)Anxiety, depression, tension and stressWalking or running-related painPoor posture and suboptimal use of the body in movement What are the various massage techniques?Reiki: Involves light touch, and is designed to work with the body’s energy.Craniosacral therapy: Involves only five grams of pressure, and influences the central nervous system.Deep tissue massage: Uses intense pressure and targets the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. Rolfing and myofascial release: Involves more…

Healthy Eating = A Longer, Happier, Life

1. Increase productivity Like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. When it comes to your job, working more efficiently can help you earn more, since high achievers are usually first in line for promotions and raises. Nessel says her clients frequently experience increased focus shortly after improving their diets. How much can eating healthy help? One 2012 study published by Population Health Management found that eating an unhealthy diet puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Another study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that an unhealthy diet represented the highest risk for low productivity out of 19 possible risk factors, including lack of exercise, chronic pain and financial instability. 2. Save money on life insurance Health insurance premiums cannot be based on health factors, since everyone is required to have health coverage. However, life insurance rates are largely based on age and health.  If you’re shopping fo…

Merry and Bright

Happy Holidays! I hope you all are enjoying this merry, happy time; spending evenings with family and friends, exchanging gifts, cooking, wrapping presents, and decorating our Christmas Trees.
We also have to remember that this time can be very stressful, depressing, and anxiety filled for many people, sometimes people who are very close to us. This is the season of love and giving. Remember that when someone says that this may not be their favorite time of year. When someone doesn't want to decorate or cook or wrap presents, they have a history just like you and theirs may not be filled with as many warm and happy memories. 
The best gift you can give this year is the gift of self love. The gift of a Massage is one of the best presents you can give to yourself or the people you love the most. Many people think that getting a massage is a pampering treat you should give yourself once in a blue moon, but I'm here to tell you otherwise. Getting a massage at least once a month will…

Essential Oils: Cloves Edition

Cloves - Benefits, Risks, and How to Properly Use Them
Originating in Indonesia, cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. Their name comes from the Latin word clavus, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail. People have used cloves in cooking and traditional medicine for many years, but it is only recently that scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits.

The benefits of cloves
1. THEY CAN HELP REGULATE YOUR HUNGER LEVELS Cloves are kind of magic because they can play a role in keeping your stomach from growling between meals. “For a spice, cloves have an impressive amount of fiber—a nutrient that can help regulate your hunger levels,” says nutritionist Amy Gorin, RDN. “One teaspoon of cloves alone provides close to a gram of fiber.” 2. THEY CAN KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS IN CHECK Anyone who’s watching their blood-sugar levels will be happy…

Essential Oils: Marigold Edition

You’ve likely seen brightly orange-colored marigolds in flower or vegetable gardens many times before, but did you know that certain species of marigold flowers actually have many impressive health benefits as well? A particular species of marigold flower, Calendula officinalis (commonly just called calendula or “pot marigold”), is used to make healing herbal ointments, teas, tinctures and topical treatments that have been in existence for almost 1,000 years.
Botanical research shows that calendula marigolds contain many active constituents, including various antioxidants and volatile oils. These are responsible for the flowers’ bright color and strong smell; ability to repel certain fungi, pests and insects; and also its capability of improving blood flow and controlling inflammation. (3) Due to their antioxidant properties, uses for marigolds include:
1. Homemade Skin Treatment Ointment can be used to soothe sunburns, warts, bites, acne and ulcerations, in addition to healing wounds, dry…

Essential Oils: Sandalwood Edition

In bothAyurvedic andtraditional Chinese medicine, sandalwood oil is believed to be beneficial in treating both physical and mental disorders, including anxiety, bronchitis, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, gallbladder problems, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia, liver problems, low libido, sore throat, and urinary tract infections.
In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil or absorbing it through the skin is thought to transmit messages to parts of the brain involved in controlling emotions, known as thelimbic system. These messages are believed to affect both an emotional and physiological response. (By way of example, the reduction of stress typically translates to a reduction in blood pressure.)

The health benefits of sandalwood essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrizant, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative, an…

Different Types of Massage 101

Different Types of MassageThere are many different types of massage. Wether you're looking for a relaxing spa-like massage or you have specific aches and pains that you're looking to relive, you can find the right type for you here at Jupiter Massage & Pilates. Not only do we have a team of highly trained and experienced therapists, our therapists are also capable of many different types of massage. What type of massage is right for you? Below are three of the most popular massages that we offer here at Jupiter Massage & Pilates. 

Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your first time or you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start.  The Swedish body massage is the combination of many different  techniques rolled into one session. During this therapy session the therapist will work with the soft tissues and muscles in the body to help restore balance and health.The end re…