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It’s Your Health: Volume Three, Issue One

Trouble sleeping - we can help!

Try Thai Massage Thai Massage is relatively new to modern spas, but it was actually developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand as a healing modality 2,500 years ago. Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing. Thai massage takes place on a futon mat on the floor, and you wear loose fitting clothing.

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Insomnia is a common condition in which people have difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep.

morning and weakest in the evening. Eating at this time will cause gas, bloating and indigestion, making it difficult for one to fall asleep easily.

It is listed by the World Health Organization as a condition which has been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Acupuncture, which actually treats the person, not the disease, helps to balance the body’s energy, strengthening weak areas and moving energy where it’s stuck.

Whatever the cause, insomnia or poor quality of sleep can affect every aspect of yor life. Lack of sleep affects your concentration, appetite, energy levels, immune system, and your endurance.

Insomnia can have many causes; figuring out the cause is an important part of diagnosis and treatment. For instance, pain can cause insomnia because the person is not able to get into a comfortable position for sleeping and the pain wakes them up. In that case acupuncturists treat the pain. Eating late at night is a common cause of insomnia. When people stop eating after 7 pm, sleep often comes much more easily and is more peaceful. According to the Chinese Clock, digestion is the strongest in the

Metis Clinics Acupuncturists take a detailed history to give a complete picture of the patient as a whole. This is what makes acupuncture so personal and effective: there is no fixed solution for a condition, but many options to help patients improve. Each time a patient comes in, they are re-evaluated, and each treatment is specifically selected. We rarely just work on one symptom alone; the whole person is being addressed and treated. Metis Clinics 7110 SW Fir Loop, Suite 210 Portland OR 97223 www.metisclinics.com 503.819.2904


About Thai Massage Some people say Thai massage is a little like doing yoga without any effort, because the therapist will push your body into various positions without any work on your part.

Repetitive Strain Injury Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and drug- free health care system that can provide immediate

repetitive strain injury (RSI) etcetera. Warning signs of RSI conditions have many varied symptoms. The following may indicate the onset of an RSI. •

neck, shoulders, upper back,

relief and long lasting benefits for Repetitive Strain Injury. Acupuncture also complements people utilizing physical therapy to recover from an injury.

Recurring pain or soreness in wrists or hands.

Tingling, numbness, coldness or loss of sensation.

Loss of grip strength, lack of endurance, weakness, fatigue.

Muscles in the arms and shoulders feel hard and wiry when palpated.

Thai massage is done with all your clothes on, so some people recommend it if you feel uncomfortable with nudity during a Swedish massage .

Pain or numbness while lying in bed.

Symptoms may be caused by Repetitive strain injury is an injury

The therapist literally uses his or her whole body, including her feet, to move your body into various positions during Thai massage.

of the musculoskeletal and nervous

Thai massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is therapeutic in nature and should not be confused with sensual massage.

sustained or awkward positions.

systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces), or

Many issues are caused by occupational overuse. They include carpal tunnel syndrome, housemaid’s knee or peripatellar (around the

apparently unrelated areas for example hand numbness may be caused by a nerve being pinched near the shoulder or knee pain felt at the base of the knee cap may be coming from the lower anterior part of the lower thigh. You can find more information about acupuncture and how we help each condition on our website, at www. metisclinics.com under articles.

knee) bursitis, tennis elbow, and

Metis Clinics 7110 SW Fir Loop, Suite 210 Portland OR 97223 www.metisclinics.com 503.819.2904


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