Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Articles of Interest | 0 comments

From The Wall Street Journal:

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.

Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.

The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.

Continue reading this article on The Wall Street Journal

Massage and Fitness Go Hand in Hand

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Articles of Interest | 0 comments


For those who place a high premium on health, massage and fitness can go hand-in-hand to boost overall well-being. By using both massage and fitness to promote your own health as well as the health of others, you may be able to reach higher levels of wellness. This is because these two fields—massage and fitness—serve to complement one another in a variety of ways.

To better understand the ways in which massage and fitness may work together to promote better health, one might take a closer look at the general goals of both massage and fitness. Beyond the more superficial goals of creating and maintaining a visually appealing body are the core goals of fitness, which may be summed up by saying fitness tends to mean good health. Therefore, any fitness activities one engages in usually are designed to develop and strengthen one’s health.

Broken down into more specific concepts, the goals of fitness could be described as the various benefits of good health. For example, possessing a strong cardiovascular system, capable of sustained endurance, is a common aspect of fitness. By running, jumping rope and taking part in other intense cardiovascular activities, many people seek to pump up their fitness in terms of their hearts and lungs.

Continue reading this article on

Testimonial in the Times-Herald

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Articles of Interest, Testimonial | 0 comments

Article about Relax & Renew by Celeste H. Breitenbach featured in the Times-Herald. (more…)