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Many Benefits of a Foot Massage During Pregnancy

Many Benefits of a Foot Massage During Pregnancy
You could say the foot is the foundation upon which we stand — literally. When your feet hurt, the rest of the body can be out of sorts. It’s important to take good care of the feet, particularly during pregnancy.The foot has 7,200 nerve endings. During pregnancy every one of those nerve endings are affected by elevated hormone levels and extra weight. As your client approaches her third trimester, swelling from fluid retention is common due to relaxin, a hormone that prepares the pelvic ligaments for childbirth.Foot massage not only helps to reduce edema, but can also increase flexibility and muscle tone and enhance your pregnant client’s sense of well being. Moreover, like many other types of massage, working on the feet can induce relaxation, stress relief and result in more restful sleep.Studies of the Many Benefits of a Foot Massage During PregnancyInternational Journal of Nursing PracticeA 2010 study, “Effect of foot massage...
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Meatless: Get Juicing

Meatless: Get Juicing
Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for.Even if you generally eat healthy and enjoy daily doses of fruits and veggies, juicing helps reduce your digestive system’s workload by skipping the breakdown process—when water and nutrients are extracted from food and fiber is discarded. Instead, the body can focus solely on absorbing the juice’s nutrients.Getting started is easy—just wash and prep your produce, throw it in the juicer, and let the machine work its magic. Most machines can handle the skin on fruits and veggies, but the flavor is often more pleasing sans skin or rind. Toss all prepped ingredients into your juicer, and if you choose to enhance the flavor with ginger, garlic, or other herbs, make sure to only add a small amount at a...
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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy on the Job

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy on the Job
 If you’re like many massage therapists, you spend all day focusing on the fitness and care of your clients. Sometimes your own self-care can slip your mind—especially when it comes to your feet. Tired, sore or swollen feet make a long day feel even longer. Maintain your endurance by following a few simple tips:Check your shoesYou know how important biomechanics are for your clients. Worn-out, unsupportive, ill-fitting shoes are bad for you, too, and can contribute to foot pain and fatigue.Look for shoes with proper arch support, which helps distribute weight evenly when you’re standing all day.Stand firmWhen you’re in a session, plant your feet firmly on the floor and distribute your weight evenly through both feet. Standing on the balls of your feet for prolonged periods of time can aggravate foot pain.How about the floors? Hard floors pose additional challenges to feet and ankles when you’re standing all day. Place a...
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Training to Be a Running Yogi

Training to Be a Running Yogi
 Growing up, I was always a physical kid. I lived in the middle of the woods on a lake in central Minnesota, where the nearest town with more than 1,000 people was 20 miles away. Needless to say, I had to make my own fun, which wasn’t very difficult considering I had ample amounts of nature’s playground to work with.My brother and I would swim and waterski; we would play baseball and volleyball, and ride our bikes around our yard. I also grew up dancing—enjoying many hours of practice each week for more than 14 years. Through all of that activity, though, I never gave any serious thought to running. I dreaded—dreaded—the mile-run in phy-ed class, huffing and puffing all the way around the track.Then, I went to college. I was done dancing and stuffed into a tiny dorm room with a stranger. I decided I would take advantage of my free...
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Neck Curvature Effects in a Car Crash

Neck Curvature Effects in a Car Crash
Unfortunately, many people can relate to having been involved in a car crash or motor vehicle collision (MVC) at some point in their lives. Whether it was a major accident or a minor one, MVC’s are no fun and can cause a variety of minor to serious injuries to those persons in the vehicles.These injuries are commonly and collectively referred to as ‘Whiplash Injuries’. The financial implications of a MVC, as well as interruption of your daily routine due to whiplash are also other major detriments of car crashes that may take years to recover from.With more distracted drivers texting and speaking on their phones, MVC’s are on the rise, making for much more dangerous roadways. While we cannot control other people’s behaviors, we can certainly drive more cautiously and defensively to hopefully avoid being in a car accident.Unfortunately, MVC’s do happen despite our best efforts, so being prepared and having a...
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The Fluidity of Bones

The Fluidity of Bones
To complement the article “Fascia: The Matrix Reloaded,” in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.New studies of the microstructure of bone reveals about 2 percent of bone is fluid; a citrate goo that interfaces between the collagen mesh and the nano-platelets of mineral salts.“Surely, by now we know all about bone,” you might think. Actually, one more crack in the old model of biomechanics has just emerged in a study of bone.We know that our skeleton is mostly calcium salts, the stiff mineral apatite we all associate with bone. We know that each individual bone is held in an envelope of collagen, with the periosteum on the outside, the endosteum on the inside, and a very leathery mesh of collagen—the same tensile fiber that makes up your tendons and ligaments—all the way through even the compact part of bone, to tie into the cartilage at either end.The dried bone you find...
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