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Massage therapy and cancer: rest and restore

Cancer has a way of taking over your life. From the first inkling that something isn’t right to diagnosis to the long journey that includes digesting masses of information and embarking on a treatment plan, cancer becomes a full-time, very stressful job.  Massage therapy can be integrated into the your cancer care,     providing a time to rest and restore.

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Does your stomach rumble during a massage?

Stomach rumblings during a massage.   There is no better sound to be heard . Whether your treatment goals are to treat an injury, manage headaches or decrease stress, relaxation is an integral part of massage. As the nervous system calms and muscles unclench, blood flow improves and compression on nerves lessens. Even your organs respond to massage. The rest and digest part of relaxation means that the gastrointestinal tract functions with greater ease. The rumblings emanating from your belly are a sure sign that your body is giving up its vigilance and entering a more restful state. Think of the rumblings as thunderous applause for the care you are taking of your body. Enjoy your massage! relax Focus Massage Therapy/563 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa/www.focusmassagetherapy.ca

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Massage for the masses

Massage therapy is no longer limited to an hour of pampering in a spa. The therapy part of massage has come a long way, evolving to address many physical problems that come with activity, inactivity and changes to the body as it moves through the life cycle. Children and teenagers are increasingly turning to massage therapy to manage the effects of competitive sports, long hours with hand held devices and increasing levels of anxiety and depression. Treatment focused massage can address all of these issues by lowering muscle tension while easing the body and mind into a more tranquil state. Adults seeking massage therapy do so for a wide variety of reasons. Computer athletes often suffer from sore necks, aching lower backs and fatigued forearm muscles characteristic of long hours in front of a computer. Bodies adapt to habitual postures and need some assistance to loosen up. Active adults benefit…