Yogis need massage and massage therapists and bodyworkers need yoga. The two arts are sisters. Therapists’ knowledge of yoga informs their creativity as bodyworkers, while their knowledge of body mechanics enhances their own yoga practice and teaching. For their yoga-practicing clients, an MT can sweep away the tension remaining after a yoga session, thereby facilitating the transformative nature of yoga. This makes “tuned-in” bodywork not only complementary, but also the perfect partner to focused, transformative yoga.
Most of us know that meditation is an opportunity to slow down and take a few deep breaths. But, with young kids, how do you find meditation time? Encourage your children to meditate with you. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, meditation can benefit children by promoting a sense of “well-being, calmness, relaxation, [and] improved sleep.”1
Yoga and its sister science ayurveda are based on keeping the body’s energy balanced and flowing. They value massage as an integral part of supporting that energy and maintaining overall well-being.
When Thai massage came on the American scene some twenty years ago, it seemed strange and daunting to many massage therapists. Its floor work and use of yoga-like stretches introduced an unfamiliar way to work with clients. Now after several years of practicing and teaching Thai massage, I have seen a number of myths take hold in the massage community in relation to what this modality is all about. The following explores some of the most common misperceptions.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) was developed out of a vision of empowering people to make fundamental changes in their lives by learning to listen to their inner voices—voices that sometimes get drowned out in the din of modern life or ignored as we rush through our days. As we ignore this internal dialogue, it may become louder, manifesting as increased stress, chronic pain, depression, or anxiety.
As Baby Boomers are turning fifty at the rate of one every nine seconds, many are finding yoga a refreshing form of exercise that replaces joint-jarring activities like running and extreme sports. What could be more natural than incorporating yoga’s gentle ways into a facial fitness program? The Yoga Facelift gives you more tools to enhance the professional work you are already performing on clients.
Yoga and bodywork, in their complete expression, are similar fields of practice and self-study. They support one another as learning experiences and as healing systems. Both share a common foundation that focuses on the body and the breath in order to deeply understand the physiological and psychological aspects of our form and the energy systems that support it.
Yoga alleviates mild depression in adolescents and young adults, according to a recent study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Twenty-eight college students, ages 18 to 29, who were mildly depressed but had not undergone any treatment, were divided into a yoga treatment group and a wait-list control group. None had previous yoga experience. The yoga subjects attended a 1-hour Iyengar yoga class twice a week for five consecutive weeks.
It’s well-documented that massage contributes significantly to your health and well-being. By itself, massage relaxes, increases circulation, eases anxiety, and expedites recovery from injury.
Yoga reduces fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition affecting one in 1,000, according to a recent study published in Neurology. Experts have long known that regular exercise eases weariness associated with MS, but this was the first controlled study measuring the effects of yoga, which proved to have the same results.