Many yoga teachers come to me to help them with the body discomfort and pain they experience as they advance their practices. As one of them said to me: “Yoga is supposed to be good for the body but I’m finding that yoga injuries are far more frequent than I think they should be…both for myself and my students.”
To this I say: Yes, yoga can be very good for the body, and to derive satisfaction from our yoga practice we need to do some things for the body to make it ready. First of all, we need to watch how our bodies react to what we are doing. But this is not always easy for us to do by ourselves. That is why we need to have a private lesson with a good yoga practitioner who will see if we are moving correctly. And then, even more importantly, we need to have a body tuner who can check our bodies at a deeper level, that is, someone who can go deeper in the body to see what kinds of changes are taking place. And if the body tuner finds something wrong, it may be necessary to slow down the yoga practice.
Massage therapy originated over 5000 years ago as a form of medical treatment for the ailing human body. Tomb paintings in Egypt show people being massaged. In ancient China, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, a book from the year 2700 B.C. recommends massaging the skin and flesh to treat a variety of problems.
Greek physicians used massage and it is said Roman physicians used it to help treat Julius Caesar’s neuralgia. And massage therapy was and still is a valued component of India’s Ayurvedic medicine. Even Hippocrates, recommended it for aiding in the health of the body’s joints.
Later, a French physician, Ambroise Pare, who was the Court’s physician, praised its value and a Swedish doctor, Per Henrik Ling developed what we all know today as the Swedish massage and the Dutchman Johan Georg Mezger defined its basic hand strokes. A popular form of massage, Shiatsu, used today in both East and West was developed by the Japanese.
Massage therapy is increasing in its use for many and varied illnesses and stress related discomforts such as:
- Muscular tension
- Circulation problems
- Anxiety and emotional disorders
- Sports injuries
Massage therapy can be beneficial in maintaining overall health and well being by:
- Helping to improve the functioning of the immune system
- Improving blood flow
- Providing needed relaxation in an over stressed society
- Soothing and releasing tense muscles
- Increasing joint mobility
- Improving skin tone and elasticity
- Decreases anxiety
Body Tuning & Massage Therapy
In the Body Tuning Studio, massage therapy can be requested from one of our licensed massage therapists. But, it is also incorporated into each body tuning session according to the client’s needs. Many body tuning techniques use massage as a foundation in helping to heal an injury or long standing problem. Though, to the client, it may not appear as a traditional form of massage, nevertheless, body tuning promotes healing, relaxation and well-being.
Who should consider massage therapy?
- Those in stressful jobs
- Those who do heavy physical labor
- Health care practitioners
- Mothers, Fathers and All Caregivers
- People who sit too much
- Musicians, Artists, Dancers
- Sports enthusiasts
- Mothers to be
- Those with disabilities
- In short…massage therapy is good for EVERYONE.