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Swedish Massage and Foot Reflexology by Tatyana Vdov After last month’s article, a few people made comments about how I look like a “quack” with all the modalities listed in my ad. Well, I can only thank those people, as I now have the intro for this months’ article. (Honestly, I had no clue how to start it.) Growing up in a holistically oriented family, massage therapy was the #1 thing for aches and pains. At thirteen, I knew that I wanted to be a massage therapist “when I grew up.” Seventeen found me enrolled in YTI Career Institute in Mechanicsburg, and a year later, diploma in hand, I was on the roll. However, my education did not stop with the grandiose presentation of the diploma. The desire to excel at what I do, drove me to take classes in modalities that I felt would benefit my clients.

While in school, I thought of massage therapy as a wonderful, exciting career, after, I realized that it became my passion and my life. Hence, the list of all the modalities, and I will write about two more.

Swedish Massage, or Classic Massage, originated in the 19th

century. It was the work of Pehr Ling of Sweden and Johann Mezger. Swedish massage is probably what most people imagine when they hear ‘spa,’ ‘relaxation,’ and ‘massage.’ Swedish massage focuses solely on relaxation. (No digging out of knots.) Medium pressure, broad strokes and continuous movement used in Swedish massage help improve circulation, promote the release of neurochemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body’s natural pain killers, reduce muscle tension and improve quality of sleep. If you want to relax and forget that you even have knots, Swedish Massage is probably what you are looking for. Foot Reflexology is the one modality that gives the feet the

attention they deserve. We use our feet every day, all day. Besides that, many people wear shoes that range from mildly uncomfortable to ‘I have blisters on my feet from those damn things.’ Unfortunately, at the end of the day, most people won’t look twice at their feet. (Unless of course they have blisters.) Feet are not only important for our ability to walk, but they also play a major role in the health of our whole body. In ancient Egypt and China, it was and still is believed that the

feet have the map of the whole body. Every organ, every joint and muscle group has a reflex point on the sole of the foot. Eastern philosophy suggests that the reflex points on the feet are connected to the correlating

areas of the body through meridians or ‘energy pathways’ that run like an intricate web through our bodies. If an organ, for example, the liver, is functioning poorly, we can help it regain optimal function by working on the reflex point on the foot that corresponds to the liver. There is also a scientific approach to the whole reflexology thing. According to the Reflexology Association of America (RAA), each foot has about 7,200 nerve endings. Each of these nerve endings are connected to an organ, joint, tendon, ligament or muscle. By working on the feet, we activate and/or stimulate the nerves in the feet, which in turn create a certain reaction in the area of the body which is connected to that particular nerve ending. Foot reflexology was shown to increase circulation, relieve tension not only in the feet, but throughout the whole body. In my opinion, foot reflexology is one of the few modalities that fits everyone, and probably one that everyone needs! Mother’s Day is coming up, and I hear massage gift certificates come in really handy! Stop in to get a gift certificate and check out my new location! Hope to see you soon and remember to drink plenty of water! ~Tatyana Vdov a

Tanya's Massage Therapy Modalities: Ashiatsu Cupping Prenatal Deep Tissue Swedish Massage Foot Reflexology Raindrop Therapy Russian Clinical Massage How you treat your body today, is how it will serve you tomorrow! Call to schedule an appointment:

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May 2014 the valley new online  
May 2014 the valley new online  

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