Massage Therapy Center provides a restful refuge where you can experience the healing power of skillful touch, offered by exceptional professional therapists, through a wide variety of clinical bodywork modalities.
Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing practice that works with the human energy bio-field to promote balance throughout the whole system. It accesses the very high vibrational force in all living beings. To tap into the universal energy, or reiki, the practitioner attunes the person’s bio-energy field to accept reiki frequency. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation and can be practiced through loose, comfortable clothing. It is administered with a light touch of the practitioner’s hands on the recipient’s body, in a pattern that enhances the natural self-healing processes.
Reiki accelerates healing of physical injuries, discomforts, and diseases. It often lessens physical pain and emotional stress, and it relieves mental distress and promotes spiritual clarity. Reiki is especially dynamic in the areas of physical well-being and personal growth, and it can be incorporated into a variety of healing arts.
Oxytocin is a naturally occurring chemical produced in the brain when we feel safe, nurtured, and receive caring touch. It acts like a hormone in our bodies to regulate the arousal level of our nervous system. It is also the hormone of attachment, the ‘neural cement’ of all loving bonds.
Because babies are unable to regulate their own nervous system, loving touch and closeness are critical for them to feel safe, calm, and not overwhelmed. The oxytocin that is released during close contact generates a satisfying relaxation and a blissful sense of safety, contentment, and belonging for the infant. It produces the wonderful feeling that ‘all is well.’ And it profoundly shapes their ability to love and trust others. The oxytocin response is key to maintaining healthy relationships throughout life.
For adults, caring touch and closeness provide the same calming of the nervous system and sense of well-being. We need caring touch, warmth, presence, and connection to cause oxytocin to cascade through our bloodstream, to help our nervous system be in the state we naturally like—calm, relaxed, alert, engaged. And to help us feel open and trusting in our close relationships.
That’s why we feel so good after bodywork. At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we know that massage is very beneficial to your health, sense of well-being, and your relationships, too! We encourage to make bodywork a regular part of your self-care.
Looking for seasonal allergy relief? Needles may help. Kathryn Roethel reported in the San Francisco Chronicle that researchers found acupuncture may be an effective treatment for the sneezing, watery eyes, and general misery that strike 40 millions Americans during this time of year.
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers divided 422 patients around the country into three groups. One group received 12 acupuncture treatments in eight weeks. Its participants were told they could take antihistamine to treat allergy symptoms as needed. A second group would also take medications but received an acupuncture placebo – needles inserted randomly rather than in specific acupuncture points. The third group treated allergies with antihistamine only.
After eight weeks, a survey of patients showed that the group that had genuine acupuncture reported the most improved symptoms and the least use of medication. The sham acupuncture patients reported some relief – though not as much as the group with real acupuncture – leading scientists to call for more research into the placebo effect, the natural ability to heal, supported by belief in the treatment being received.
The study pointed out that about 18 percent of allergy sufferers in the US already use acupuncture to ease symptoms or complement other treatments! At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we offer high quality Chinese medicine including Acupuncture treatments by Dr. Susan Cheng, LAc, OMD, a practitioner with a unique educational and training background and over 20 years of experience.
Living in California, we don’t get to experience the full miracle. Our year-round weather is too nice; the Earth does not appear to die sometime around the middle of November, only to resurrect itself in late March. We have flowers in all seasons.
But Spring is nevertheless here, and when we contemplate the atypically green hills and the great blooms of wildflowers covering the slopes and meadows, we can see that even here, we get rebirth.
Everyone’s mood is slightly improved, perhaps more than slightly. People with seasonal affective disorder can now look forward to the better part of the year. Cats and squirrels are running a little nuts in our neighborhoods.
Change is in the air. Do you need a new something? Find a way to get it now. Dissatisfied with your life? Change it. The Earth is in the process of being reborn; surely you can spare a few minutes for your own personal resurrection.
Everything seems new again, which is the whole point of Spring. It’s our annual second chance. It reminds us that life provides all sorts of second chances, and giving up now is the height of folly. You can’t see a way out, but then you couldn’t see the flowers in February.
Spring is nature’s way of saying that there’s always a way out. Spring is a reminder that hoping for a better reality is never out of place. As someone once said, don’t quit five minutes before the miracle.
~ excerpts from Rejoice! For Spring is Upon Us, by Jon Carroll, SF Chronicle
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, renewal is what we do. Treat your 72 trillion body cells to a fresh start this Spring, and see the budding of your consciousness bring growth and expansion into your own body-mind miracle.
Neuromassage incorporates deep yet gentle techniques for correcting unhealthy chronic tension patterns and structural imbalances. Developed by Langdon Roberts, M.A., CMT, this work combines current theories of neuroscience with therapeutic bodywork to ‘teach’ the client’s nervous system how to achieve and maintain the physiology of relaxation. It is used to re-educate and encourage the nervous system to allow release rather than to resist it, and focuses on the part of the nervous system responsible for how we experience touch, including pain.
The therapist uses slow and deep pressure, motion, and traction to promote release and to retrain the neuromuscular circuits into a new healthy pattern. What makes neuromassage unique is the pattern, sequence, intent, and application of the strokes as they relate to the neuromuscular connection. Neuromassage is especially helpful for clients with chronic pain or anxiety.
Nestor is a graduate of DeAnza College where he studied massage therapy that included holistic studies in Eastern and Western philosophies. At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, he offers clinical deep tissue massage, myofascial release, neuromassage, sports massage, Swedish massage, and trigger point therapy. He respects each modality as a separate science but likes to incorporate a bit from each into his sessions. Nestor’s intention is to support his clients in a healing experience that reconnects them to deep listening to their body’s needs. His sessions are deeply releasing, relaxing, and restorative.
Nestor played many sports in the past. He now enjoys walking in nature and mountain biking and likes spending time with his family attending theater, sports, and multi-cultural events.
Many people who come to Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto schedule appointments well after they have suffered an injury, because the injury is not healing. But by that time, your body has developed holding patterns and scar tissue in reaction to the injury. These issues can create more work for your massage therapist and can lead to a longer time for your injury to heal.
While this is your body’s natural response during an accident or injury to help protect you from additional physical trauma, it is important to slowly encourage your body to relax and heal so that you won’t continue to develop even more scar tissue and tighter holding patterns, which inhibit complete recovery. Therapeutic bodywork is one of the best ways to help with this process.
It is important when you sustain a serious muscle injury to see your doctor and find out if he or she would not recommend a massage. This is especially important in cases of motor vehicle accidents or serious falls. As long as your medical professional approves, you increase your chance for a more speedy recovery from an acute injury if you can get therapeutic bodywork within 24–72 hours.
Let your massage therapist know if you’ve had any recent injury, when it occurred, and what caused it. Or if you’ve had any past injuries and still have nagging pain. With this information, your therapist can adjust the techniques and pressure they use in the injured area.
The scenery of the ocean, however sublime in vast expanse, seems far less beautiful to us dry-shod animals than that of the land seen only in comparatively small patches; but when we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. ~ John Muir
May your senses delight in the amazing storm of beauty
during this season of renewal. Wishing you a happy, healthy Spring!
~ Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most respected alternative medical treatments in the world. It originated in China over 5,000 years ago and has a proven history of effectiveness. More than eight million Americans have used acupuncture to treat a variety of common health conditions. Acupuncture treatments are holistic and preventive, treating the entire person, not just the part that hurts.
Chinese medicine utilizes acupuncture needles to access and balance a person’s qi or vital energy, by stimulating points along energy paths called meridians. To strengthen your overall health and vitality, an acupuncturist will offer suggestions for lifestyle improvements in diet, supplementation, exercise, sleep, and stress management.
Acupuncture is best known for its ability to successfully treat pain and its causes. In Chinese medicine, pain is viewed as an obstruction of qi energy and blood in meridian energy paths due to injury, muscular tension, inflammation, sprains, or pathogenic invasions of cold and damp. Acupuncture alleviates pain by raising endorphin levels and diminishing the nervous system’s sympathetic response. Also acupuncture decreases inflammation and swelling, relaxes muscles to prevent spasms, and increases energy and blood circulation to the local area.
Dr. Susan Xiuqing Cheng provides high quality Chinese Medicine treatments at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto. She offers acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cupping, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicine. She is a practitioner with a unique educational and training background, with over 20 years of training and experience and has solid knowledge, including the newest therapies and latest developments.
In China, Dr. Cheng trained in various hospitals as an attending physician in inpatient and outpatient departments of neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, general medicine, cardiovascular medicine, as well as acupuncture and physiotherapy. In the U.S. she is certified both by the California State Board as well as by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate of Acupuncture, and a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology—a considerable professional achievement that indicates meeting national standards for excellent competence in both fields.
Dr. Cheng has successfully treated not only pain but also complicated and challenging clinical cases, bringing balance and health to her clients. She has treated severe anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, asthma, Bell’s Palsy, chronic fatigue, insomnia, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Parkinson’s disease, post stroke, side effects of chemotherapy, renal failure, tinnitus, TMJ, irregular menstruation, menopause, PMS, urinary disorders, smoking cessation, detoxification and the rebound symptoms related to withdrawing from unnecessary conventional drugs. Dr. Cheng’s approach to providing health care is proactive, preventative, caring, and compassionate.