Massage Cupping Therapy

If you watched the last Summer Olympics, you may have noticed odd circles on the bodies of some of the athletes.  You may have also seen them in photographs of certain Hollywood stars.  Wondering what they could be?  Those temporary marks are the result of Massage Cupping Therapy, an ancient Chinese medicine technique that can relieve chronic pain.  This work combines massage movements and negative pressure created by a suction device on the skin. Massage Cupping uses plastic cups and a vacuum pistol to pull up the skin and underlying tissue.  The cups are moved over the skin by gently pulling up on the cup and gliding, shaking or rotating it to stretch muscles and connective tissue.  The cups can also be left in a stationary position to support soft tissue release.  (These stationary cups are what can sometimes leave a circular discoloration on the body.)

The use of negative pressure, rather than tissue compression can create great results, as the suction reaches deeply into the soft tissue to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them.  The vacuum technique “separates”  tissue layers, enabling water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue. It is becoming evident that separation of fused, congested soft tissue and increase in tissue function can be a catalyst for change in many current health conditions.

There are many potential benefits to receiving massage cupping as part of your treatment.  It can provide relief from pain and inflammation caused by injury or chronic conditions. Massage cupping provides deep work and release with less discomfort than traditional deep tissue work. It also stretches muscles and connective tissue in a way that deep tissue massage cannot. Another possible benefit of this type of work is that it can loosen adhesions and reduce the appearances of scars.  This is great news for women who have had C-sections or surgery that has created a scar that they would like to be less noticeable.    

Sometimes during the application and first few minutes of cupping therapy, you may experience an increase of sensation and discomfort… this is normal.  The increased sensation should  lessen after a few minutes.  It is important to communicate with your therapist if you experience a ‘pinching’ sensation or excessive physical discomfort, as this is a sign for the cup to be loosened a bit.  

There is the possibility of discoloration or rash that can occur during this type of therapy.  Since it is not caused by trauma to the tissue, it is not bruising or tissue damage, but a normal response to the release and of stagnation and toxins from your body.  This discoloration or rash is temporary & will dissipate within a few hours up to as long as a week in some cases, depending on how you treat your body after your session. For 24 hours after receiving cupping, you should avoid hot showers, baths, saunas, hot tubs and aggressive exercise, and aggressive exfoliation. Exposure to hot or cold conditions can produce undesired effects. It is wise to avoid excess caffeine and alcohol and consume plenty of clean drinking water.

For more information, check out http://www.cuppingtherapy.org/

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Stress Management…The Perfect Gift

During the holidays, we are always looking for ways we can show our loved ones how much we care.  Sometimes it is really challenging to find the perfect gift for someone.

One of the best ways you can show them you care is by gifting something that will benefit their health and well-being. A gift certificate for a massage is the perfect way to show the women in your life that they matter to you.

A massage gift certificate can help with stress reduction, increase relaxation, improve sleep, and even assist in pain management.  What a great gift!

During the month of December, Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering 10% off all gift certificates.  Checkout our gift certificate page.

Small Business Saturday

Support the little people!

Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday.

Small, local businesses often get overlooked during the holiday season, because they don’t have the advertising budget of the big chains.  Do your best to support your friendly neighborhood businesses!

Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering 15% off of all online gift certificate purchases from 12:00 midnight Friday 11/29 to Midnight on Saturday, 11/30.  Gift certificates can be purchase at http://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

Gift certificates can only be purchased online that day, as Linda will be at Cirque de Vol Studio promoting Meganesence, an aromatherapy line she recently started (25% of all sales go to a young boy whose mother Megan passed away last year)

Do all your holiday shopping locally and help support independent and creative business owners! Cirque de Vol is just the place to help you do that! They are hosting a Local Vendor Fair from 2-6pm. Come shop and check out deals from local artists and innovators who have a great product, skill, craft or service that they would love to share with the community.

For more information on the Vendor Fair, go to http://cirquedevol.com/classes/smallbusinesssaturday

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Somewhat Healthy Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Oh. My. Goodness.

I found a recipe online for flourless cookies, and they are fabulous!  They are really easy to make, and fast, so it’s a quick fix to a craving for sweet. And they’re pretty healthy, too!  (Garbanzo beans and nut butter….protein!  They also provide some iron and potassium.  I can justify anything.)

yum

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups canned Garbanzo Beans~~ rinse & pat dry (I used one of the aseptic 13.4 oz container found at Whole Foods)
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (generous) Cashew Butter (the recipe called for peanut butter, but I don’t eat peanuts, and made it with my favorite substitute.  I think it’s best to use the natural stuff…not the nut butters that have added  sugars and other somewhat questionable ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup Honey (go local!)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 cup chocolate bits (I love chocolate.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup, but I doubled, because I can.  I also used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao, because the darker the better. Dark chocolate has been shown to improve cardiovascular health.  Another justification.)

Combine all ingredients except for chocolate in a blender (or food processor) until smooth.  Mix in chocolate bits.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and glop by large spoonful onto cookie sheet.  They don’t really spread or get bigger. ) The recipe says to wet your hands and form them into 1-1/2″ balls, but I’m a lazy baker and choose natural shapes instead.) Press down slightly if you so choose.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Try not to devour all of them in one sitting.  I dare ya!

 

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Electronics Recycling in Raleigh!

Metamorphic Massage for Women cares about the environment.  We want to share with you a wonderful service that started recently in Raleigh.

Anything With A Plug is located at 1515 Capital Blvd in Raleigh.  They recycle…well… anything with a plug! (With the exception of projection-style televisions).

So if you’ve got any old electronics laying around, and can’t find a place to donate them to, you can  drop it off…or they’ll even pick it up! Computers, kitchen appliances, printers & copiers, stereos, all types of cords and cables (!!), CRT monitors & televisions, game consoles, batteries, and cell phones…their parts  are all being saved from the landfill!

And if you’re concerned about  sensitive financial and personal data on old computers or phones, no worries…they erase all lingering data with a powerful electromagnet  before disassembling the device, so your personal information isn’t in jeopardy.

How awesome is that?!?!?

Check out their website at http://www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.com/

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Family Fun…Hoop Jam…Drumming and Hula Hooping!

Every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30, from the beginning of April until it gets really cold in the fall, Hoop Jam happens at Pullen Park in Raleigh.  It truly is fun for the whole family!

If you don’t have one, there are extra hula hoops available, and people willing to show you how to use one.  There’s some great drumming, with extra drums and other hand percussion toys if you want to get into the groove and be part of the rhythm.

Often, there’s even a man with a giant bubble-making wand to delight for children and adults alike!

Even better…the event is FREE!!!!

Enter Pullen Park at the Ashe Avenue entrance.  Hoop Jam is located at the event stage, near the carousel.  For more information, check out the Raleigh Drum Circle on facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/RaleighDrumCircle.

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The Benefits of Regular Massage

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Whether we look at it as pampering, rejuvenating, or therapeutic, massage can be a powerful addition to your healthcare regime.

Experts estimate that over ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.

 
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.

Here are some of the ways you can benefit from regular massage:

  • Relaxes muscles and helps ease stress and tension.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Tones the body keeping it supple by exercising and stretching weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Helps flush out wastes from the body.
  • Stimulates and tones the skin.
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Reduces fatigue and improves sleep.
  • Decreases inflammation, swelling and pain in joints, & increases joint flexibility.
  • Decreases anxiety and depression.
  • Reduces chronic pain, including migraine pain.
  • Contributes to healthy Blood Pressure levels.
  • Enhancse immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Release endorphins, which act as natural pain regulators, increase feelings of euphoria, and regulates appetite.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Makes you feel good!

Remember:  just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

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Raleigh Mother’s Day Gift Idea

It’s Mother’s Day, and its time to show the mothers in your life just how much you appreciate them! What better way than to give them agift certificate for a massage!

At Metamorphic Massage For Women, we are offering Gift Certificates for a special Mother’s Day Package. Choose a 60- or 90- minute session, which includes a hot stone add-on, and berries and chocolates after the session. This offer is not availabe for prenatal massage, as hot stones are not available for prenatal sessions.

Mom will surely love you for this special gift! Gift certificates are available at http://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

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Reach your Goals with a Holistic Health Coach

Have you set health goals, and are struggling to make the steps to a healthier, happier you?  How about working with a Holistic Health Coach!

Valerie Waters is a graduate of  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which  focuses on overall wellness…not only nutrition, but also work life,  how we are in relationships, and other choices in our life that afect our general well-being.

Contact Valerie today at http://vitalitywithvalerie.net/ for your free initial consultation!

Body Sense Online Issue

There is a fantastic publication put out by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, geared to clients…Body Sense.

The most recent issue can be read online, and is full of wonderful information, including Managing Stress, the beneits of moderate pressure during massage, and more!

You can read it right here: http://cp.revolio.com/issue/50186

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