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After 30+ years of being in the Hand & Body Lotion, Massage Oils & Lotions, and the Cosmetic Industry. I realized that there wasn't a good place for people to get the proper information, news, and articles about the massage industry. Whether it be making massage products, proper techniques of massage, which oils go with what essential oils, etc... After navigating the internet for the last 10 years I noticed a small amount of websites trying to do this with little effect.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Mechanism for Weight Gain Among Massaged Preterm Babies

Following up on a groundbreaking study showing that premature newborns who are massaged gain more weight than non-massaged preemies, the researchers at Touch Research Institutes (TRI) at the University of Miami Medical School now have a good idea why.
In the study "Vagal activity, gastric motility, and weight gain in massaged preterm neonates," published in July in The Journal of Pediatrics, the TRI team revisited a 1986 study that first revealed that massage therapy facilitates weight gain among preterm infants. Additional studies have yielded the same result. This time, researchers wanted to find out why. They set out to test whether moderate-pressure massage stimulates vagal activity, leading to more efficient food absorption through increased gastric motility and the release of food-absorption hormones, such as insulin.
In the study, which was conducted through the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 48 hospitalized preterm infants were randomly placed into a control group, a massage-therapy group, or a sham massage-therapy group. The massage-therapy group received three 15-minute periods of massage per day for five days. First the infant lay prone, and was stroked with moderate pressure for five one-minute segments: from the top of head to the neck and then back again; from the neck across the shoulders; from the upper back to the waist and back again; from the thigh to the foot and back on both legs; and from the shoulder to the hand and back again on both arms. In a supine position, both of the infant’s legs and arms were extended and flexed.
The sham group received the same protocol, except light pressure was used during the massage strokes.
Measurements taken during the study included mean weight gain and calories consumed per day, heart rate, automatic nervous system function and gastric motility. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to assess equivalence across groups and for group differences in weight gain, calorie consumption and days until discharge. Group (control vs. massage vs. sham) by time (pre/during/post) ANOVAs were conducted on vagal and sympathetic activity and gastric motility measures. Pearson’s correlation analysis was used to assess the relationships between weight gain, vagal activity and gastric motility.
Data analysis revealed that weight gain was significantly related to changes in vagal tone during the massage, and changes in gastric motility after the massage. The massaged preterm infants gained 27-percent more weight than infants in the control group, even though they did not consume more calories. Their vagal activity peaked during the massage and remained higher than baseline through the 15-minute post-stimulation period.
The moderate-massage-therapy group also exhibited 21-percent greater weight gain than the sham massage group. This latter group did not exhibit a significant change in vagal activity or gastric motility during the treatment or post-treatment phases of the study. "These moderate- versus light-pressure massage therapy findings suggest the involvement of pressure receptors and/or baroreceptors," the study authors noted.
"The change in vagal activity elicited by massage therapy was significantly related to weight gain during the 5-day treatment period. This suggests that neonates who demonstrated increased vagal activity during massage are more likely to benefit from massage therapy," they concluded.
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Saturday, October 14, 2006

About Prenatal Massage

I personally feel a wonderful positive energy as a massage therapist when working with pregnant women. I have several children myself and I just love the whole process! When I’m massaging an expecting mom, it’s almost like giving a massage simultaneously to two people – I just can’t describe the joy I feel.When a woman is pregnant, she is often uncomfortable, with low back and other pains. Her obstetrician will tell her this is normal. However, a good pre-natal massage can alleviate the pain she is feeling, improve her mood and mental attitude, and thus help the baby by having a happier mom.
An expectant mom will feel lighter, with increased capability to maintain good posture after a massage, which is essential in pregnancy. Prenatal massage is especially beneficial for improved circulation and removal of toxins from the body, which is especially helpful for expectant moms. Of course, I tell everyone to drink lots of water after a massage to help remove the toxins dislodged from the body during the massage.
As massage therapists, we have special ways to treat pregnant women. In the second trimester, we might bolster her and have her lay on her tummy comfortably. Later in the pregnancy, we might utilize a position where she lays on her side. We can easily provide soothing massage strokes to her back using this position. An expecting mom needs lots of attention on her back, especially her lower back. During a pre-natal massage, I spend a lot of time in this area. Her neck and shoulders are also a focus, as stress is commonly found there. I focus on her legs, using centripetal strokes toward the heart to reduce blood pooling common in the legs of pregnant women. I do a full body massage for expecting moms, which includes the head/scalp, feet, hands, and face. Gentleness is key while in areas like the shoulders and lower back, I am able to provide a deep enough stroke to address the pain the patient might be feeling due to temporary additional weight during pregnancy.I normally don’t massage women in their first trimester of pregnancy without the permission of their obstetrician. After the first trimester, and after the baby is born, massage is extremely beneficial.
After the baby is born, every new mom is under all kinds of stress – sleep deprivation, a complete change in her life, and physical stress due to caring for the newborn. New moms need special pampering and comfort. I really enjoy working with new moms to help them adjust to the physical and emotional demands of their babies with all the love they can give. By comforting them and making them feel physically better, I feel that I am doing a wonderful service for the whole family.
A lactating new mom once asked me after the massage, because of released toxins, if her breast milk was safe for the baby. Good question, but yes, no new toxins were introduced that were not already there.
It’s not an easy task, bringing this new generation into this world. Anything we can do as massage therapists to enhance the pregnancy and post-partum to alleviate discomforts is an honor!
About the author:Denise Conlon, one of the licensed massage therapists at Aegean Skin and Massage Therapies in Boca Raton. Denise worked as a Doula for five years, and is certified in infant massage. The word "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Take your time choosing the right massage school

The holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the circulatory, body-the muscular, skeletal, elimination, endocrine, respiratory, lymphatic, emotional, mental digestive, and nervous systems is called Body massage.An expert?s massage with aromatic massage oil does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin. The massage oil penetrates into the skin working on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. The massage oils reach beneath the deep layers of the skin and possibly stimulate the affected organs for instant relief. Massage oils thus stimulate blood circulation and assist the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system) thereby improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.Massage oils like Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil and Sweet Almond oil are very light on the skin as they soak quickly leaving the skin soft, nourished and moisturized with out any greasy feeling. Massage oils can be categorized as the following to serve four different purposes: ENERGIZINGEnergizing Massage Oils boost your spirits and energy as well as relax your muscles. Most Energizing Massage Oil contains peppermint, lemon, rosemary, spearmint and tangerine as essential oils. RELAXINGRelaxation Massage Oils is beneficial at the time of stress, muscle cramps and tension. They make your body muscles relaxed and releases tension. The Relaxing Massage Oil blend generally contains ylang, clary sage, bergamot essential oils, and lavender. SPORTSSports massage oils relieve you from spasms, muscle cramps, tension and reactivate your muscles to face the challenge once again. Sports Massage Oil mostly contains lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and ginger essential oils. SENUSOUSThe Sensuous Massage Oils are for those intimate moments; to make your partner go wild for you. These types of massage oils contain sandalwood, patchouli and rose essential oils. Massage oils thus in general help us to:
1. Relaxing.2. Soothing.3. Healing.4. Releasing tension, stiffness, cramps and pain.6. Improving breathing.7. Improving circulation.8. Enhancing well-being.
Tip: It is important that you do not go out in the sun for at least 8 hours after using any of the massage oils as you may get skin irritation if exposed to sun. Body massage is not prescribed for pregnant women or children under the age of 3. It is always advisable that you undergo allergy test prior to using body massage oil for safety purposes.
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