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Yoga For Beginners
20 Minute Home Yoga Workout!
Adriene welcomes you to hop on the mat and start building the foundation of your own yoga practice with this 20 minute home workout video! Enjoy, stay mindful and find what feels good.
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There are several basic types of yoga: Giyana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga. Their goal is the same, but their approaches are different. Each type of yoga focuses primarily on one aspect of the human personality.
The practice of separate branches of yoga in our lives is known as integral yoga which creates harmony between body, mind, and emotions and stimulates the expression of creativity and the creative potential of people in everyday life.
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Did you know that more than three million adults visit an acupuncturist annually, according to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine? Acupuncture was first introduced to Western Medicine in the 1600s and today, more than 3,000 U.S. physicians integrate the therapy into their clinical practices.
Aside from being recognized by the World Health Organization as a practice that has the ability to treat over 40 different common issues including gastrointestinal disorders, joint and nervous systems, chronic pain, circulatory disorders, anxiety, depression and more, here are the top ten reasons to try Acupuncture today!
1) Acupuncturists view each person holistically and individually.
No two people are alike. Every cell in that person’s body is interconnected to others and is functioning as part of an integrated whole. In other words, acupuncture treats the whole person, not just parts and pieces. The root causes of a symptom that two people are experiencing may be completely different. During the initial exam, a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding overall health and symptoms, lifestyle choices, exercise, nutrition, career paths, and other life factors. All aspects of the patient are considered when putting together an effective treatment plan.
2) Acupuncture helps to re-awaken and energize the self-healing capacity of the body.
An acupuncturist treats more than symptoms and signs. Acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have led to the problem or disease. Research shows that acupuncture triggers the body’s own mechanisms for manufacturing and releasing its own pain relieving chemicals. These chemicals are endorphins and dopamines, opioid-like compounds that produce the feeling of well-being and reduce pain. The body knows the exact dose that is needed at the right time. It is like a perfect pharmacy that can produce any “medication” needed for healing without any unwanted side effects!
3) Acupuncture is an effective preventative medicine with no negative side-effects, only positive ones.
Acupuncture is a completely natural therapy and works directly with the body’s natural processes, not against them. No drugs are ever used. Invasive procedures and drug therapies used in Western treatment may produce undesirable side effects and accumulated toxicity in the body. Acupuncture does not have these side effects. In fact, feeling great is the most commonly reported result.
4) Acupuncture helps to support and strengthen the immune system.
The immune system works throughout our body to prevent and fight illnesses. Our digestive tract, skin, and lymphatic system are three important parts of the immune system. The immune system can be weakened at times by disease and/or certain treatments and medications. Lifestyle contributors such as poor diet, stress, and poor self care can also negatively impact the immune system. The goal of acupuncture is to find and treat the underlying imbalances that are affecting the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), our vital energy or power, and the immune system by addressing the root causes. Acupuncture can help you regain balance and improve your overall health.
5) Acupuncture effectively assists with recovery from drug, alcohol and smoking addictions.
With the help of acupuncture, recovery from drug, alcohol and smoking addictions can be made easier. Stress, anxiety and depression are some of the largest stumbling blocks in quitting addictive habits and behaviors. Acupuncture is successful at calming and relaxing the mind, reducing anxiety and alleviating depressive feelings.
6) Acupuncture is recognized by well-known and leading national and international health organizations*.
The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization are among those organizations who recognize that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of over 50 western medical diseases, disorders and symptoms including pain, infertility, allergies, depression/anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more.
7) Acupuncture is safe and painless.
When practiced by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is safe. In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified acupuncture needles as medical instruments, assuring their safety and effectiveness. The needles are one-time use only and are sterile and do not carry any risk of infection. Acupuncture needles are about ten times smaller in size than an average hypodermic needle, approximately the size of a cat’s whisker, and they are very flexible. They don’t hurt in the way that hypodermic needles do, however a slight sensation may be experienced as the acupuncture needle is inserted.
8) Acupuncture treatment is an excellent stress-relief therapy.
Along with treating physical and emotional symptoms and signs associated with stress, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) addresses the root cause(s) of the problem. Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised. With acupuncture and TCM, the practitioner’s job is to support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected and depleted by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.
9) Acupuncture is an affordable alternative.
Compared to some expensive Western medical therapies, treatments and medications, acupuncture is affordable and effective and it may help you avoid further medical expenses and complications down the road when it is used as a primary treatment plan or an adjunct therapy. Acupuncture can also help you make lifestyle changes and prevent future illness.
10) Acupuncture works!
Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat millions of people over the past 3,000 years. It is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment to help many become well and stay well. As the old adage goes, “there is nothing to fear, but fear itself”! Acupuncture works and this safe, natural, drug-free way of whole body healing is worth a try!
Call the Center for Massage Therapy at 303-777-1151 to schedule your Acupuncture Treatment with our Licensed Acupuncturist Kalin Davidov and find out the benefits for yourself!
What is a Swedish Massage?
A Swedish massage is relaxing massage. When deciding on a Swedish massage, you should ask yourself, “Am I looking for stress relief and relaxation or do I have a specific pain problem that I want worked on?” In that case you probably want to get a medical massage.
Per Henrik Ling, a Swede who immigrated to France, is credited with the development of Swedish massage; this is why the names for the strokes are in the French language instead of Swedish. For example effleurage (sliding or gliding) and petrissage (kneading).
Swedish Massage Therapy Techniques For Back Pain and Relaxation
The specific techniques used in Swedish massage involve the application of long gliding strokes, friction, and kneading and tapping movements on the soft tissues of the body.
Swedish Massage Benefits
There are many benefits to a Swedish massage, which is why is it really popular. Swedish massage comes with benefits for both your physical body and for your emotional well-being.
Swedish massage is very helpful in managing stress, initiating the autonomic nervous system relaxation response and improving circulation.
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Joint pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains
- Sports injuries
Everyone Deserves a Great Massage!
Swedish Massage at the Center for Neuromuscular Therapy in Denver, Colorado.
What Is a Neuromuscular Massage?
When a muscle is strained from injury or overuse, toxins are released into soft tissue causing swelling, soreness, and decreased circulation.
This may cause compression of the nerve endings resulting in painful spasms. Over time, scar tissue develops increasing pain and decreasing muscle strength and flexibility.
Our therapists at the Center for Neuromuscular Massage Therapy are trained to identify trigger points that may be the actual area of injury and a source or your pain.
Using the hands, our therapists apply techniques that release the spasm and balance muscle tone in the injured area.
Our therapists are trained to identify trigger points that may be the actual area of injury and a source or your pain. Using the hands, our therapists apply techniques that release the spasm and balance muscle tone in the injured area.
Scar tissue is gently loosened and the soft tissue released to prevent further injury. Circulation is restored, increasing the flow of healing nutrients to the injured tissue.
You experience increased strength, flexibility, and heightened body awareness. As your body becomes more responsive, your confidence soars and you feel a sense of well-being and renewed vitality.
How Does Nutrition Affect Your Physical, Mental and Social Health?
Our diets have changed dramatically over the last century, and the impact of industrialization on our food supply has had devastating consequences for our health. The detrimental effects of highly processed foods on physical health are well recognized, but far less attention has been paid to their consequences for mental health and well-being.
The Body: Eating a healthy diet enables easy body movements. A poor diet with unhealthy food choices can make each movement a major effort filled with stress, strain and pain.
The Mind: Food supplies the source of power for your brain as well as your body, and has a direct relationship to mental and emotional health and stability.
Learning and memory, illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease benefit from a healthy, reduced-calorie diet that includes a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon.
Eating and Relationships: Eating a healthy, balanced diet prevents weight gain, lowers your risk for diet-related illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression, and gives you the energy to have a full and rewarding social life.
How Does Your Diet Affect Depression?
One of the best natural remedies for depression is good nutrition. Surprised? Learn how a healthy diet can improve your state of mind!
A Healthy Gut Leads to a Healthy Mind
Overall, be sure you avoid nutritional deficiencies and mental or physical fatigue so you can keep the body balanced and ultimately, feeling your best.
In Ayurveda, many types of foods and herbs are used to bring this crucial balance back, depending on how your body needs it the most. Though each of our bodies are different, there are some foods that work well for us all.
A Healthy Balance – The Mind/Body Nutrition
DId you know our thoughts and feelings about food are just as important as what we put in our mouths?
If you have a healthy relationship with your food, it will have a healthy relationship with you.
Eating while we’re mentally stressed or emotionally wound up usually leads us to eat more. It may cause us to choose poorer-quality foods, and leave us with symptoms of digestive distress. Marc David, of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, Colorad, emphasizes that no food or diet is healthy if we’re stressed when we eat.
Center for Massage Therapy Philosophy
Our distinguished team of massage therapists listens with sensitivity to the needs of our clients and provides caring and comprehensive clinical massage therapy for injury, stress management, nutrition, relaxation, and sports.
I strive to integrate a holistic approach with a very specific treatment, and to expand client’s awareness of their own body, mind, and lifestyle, so they can improve the quality of their lives in the long run. – Elena Paskova
To prevent future injury, we promote body awareness, flexibility, and strength. Come and see why our massage therapy clinic was voted one of the Top 10 Places in Denver to receive a massage by Citysearch – Best of Denver.
I know what is a sick body and what is a very strong and powerful body of an athlete and what is a super pure and clean body of a yogi, and how these affect the mind and awareness and how these can be changed through your diet, lifestyle and specific treatments. – Kalin Davidov
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Give the Gift of a Relaxing Massage This Holiday Season!
A therapeutic massage is the perfect gift for the holidays.
When you give the gift of a massage at the Center for Massage Therapy, you’re giving your special one a personal session of relaxation that reduces stress and pain, elevates mood and a strengthens the immune system.
Give a relaxing massage as a gift certificate, simply click here or call us at 303-777-1151 with your credit card information to order your massage gift certificate. Gift certificates expire 6 months from their date of purchase.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports Massage can…
- Help prevent injuries.
- Relieve pain.
- Relieve swelling.
- Reduce Muscle tension.
- Decrease recovery time.
- Reduce heart rate.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Increase blood circulation.
- and much more.
Sports Massage Techniques
Our massage therapists use a variety of movements and techniques to try to help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning.
Techniques used include: Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic tapping), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger point therapy.
Each sport and athlete uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage addresses these differences while keeping the whole athlete in mind.
Sports massage can help heal you reach peak performance while minimizing the risk of injury.
Call to schedule your Sports Massage at 303-777-1151 now. We also offer gift certificates for the athlete in your life.
The 5 Benefits of Massage Therapy for the Serious Weightlifter
The physical effects of massage therapy can greatly improve a weightlifter’s health and lifestyle by alleviating pain and reducing potential for injury in several ways…
How Athletes Can Benefit from Massage Therapy
Muscle stiffness, soreness, micro-trauma, inflammation, joint disorders, all start to take their toll on our bodies. Massage can be the solution to both the physical and mental strain we endure for our healthy lifestyles…
The Healing Benefits of Sports Massage for Football Players
Football is really a difficult sports activity. Massage benefits football players by flushing and keeping muscles maintained and good shape. These health benefits leads to faster recovery times and increased training.
Sports massage is typically used pre-event, post-event, and for maintenance. Stress and tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Over-exertion and over-use can cause minor injuries and lesions, sports massage techniques are designed to break them down efficiently.
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Research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can also be very beneficial in women’s prenatal care. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
The Benefits of Womb and Breast Massage
Historically women have understood the benefits of massaging the areas over the womb and the breasts… they knew this type of touch had the ability to help them heal and reconnect with their core and divine feminine energy…
Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage
A common symptom during pregnancy is edema (swelling) of the joints. Edema during pregnancy is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage therapy can help stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Another common complaint is sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves.
Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish massage, which aims to relieve tense muscles and improve lymphatic and blood circulation. Swedish massage is recommended because, through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body, it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Pre-Natal Massage Therapist
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. (She’ll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.)
Elena Paskova is a massage specialist in Pre/Post Natal Massage at the Center for Massage Therapy.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga improves your flexibility, builds muscle strength, protects your spine, boosts your immune system and much more. Practicing yoga makes you happier, helps you focus, improves your balance, increases your self-esteem, builds awareness and many more benefits.
The practice of yoga has many health benefits associated with it, so read below to discover even more benefits of incorporating yoga in to your health and fitness program.
8 Minute Yoga For Energy Boost – Vinyasa Flow For Beginners Workout
“Yoga not just entered my life,” he writes, “but now, it is my life.”
The clear progressive stages of transformation through yoga are documented here. as nowhere else. This new sequence unfolds a practical road-map for knowing and practicing the elevation of the seeker’s awareness – from the physical, to the astral, and to finally to the mental levels -and designates observable milestones to determine one’s progress on the path. It marries the philosophy of Yoga with clear “how-to” instruction…
The practice of separate branches of yoga in our lives is known as integral yoga which creates harmony between body, mind, and emotions and stimulates the expression of creativity and the creative potential of people in everyday life.
We strive to make our studio at the Center of Massage Therapy to be a small temple to transmit the principles of integral yoga and making yoga a way of life.
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There are many different styles of Acupuncture that are practiced today. While Acupuncture originated in China approximately 3,000 years ago, the practice spread over the Asian continent and developed its own regional adaptations. Each of these Acupuncture styles differs in their theory and practice.
Master Tung became famous due to his ability to achieve rapid results with few needles. While many of the points used by Master Tung were on acupuncture meridians, they were not the standard points used by most acupuncturists.
Master Tung Style Acupuncture
Master Tung’s Acupuncture was originally a closely guarded oral tradition that was exclusively passed down within the Tung family. Master Tung Ching-Chang broke this tradition and accepted his first disciple outside the family in 1962 in Taipei, Taiwan, over 48 years ago.
Since then, Master Tung’s system has gained a tremendous amount of momentum and popularity. It is currently one of the most sought after and highly esteemed schools of acupuncture, characterized by its simplicity, ease of use, and great clinical efficacy.
Master Tung’s Magic Points with Susan Johnson L.Ac.
Susan Johnson has been studying Chinese Medicine since 1982. She is a well known teacher of Master Tung’s Magic Points, a potent system of acupuncture handed down as a treasured family secret for generations and made public by Master Tung Ching Chang.
Contact The Center for Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to learn about acupuncture and schedule an appointment.
Speak to Kalin Davidov; Neuromuscular Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher.
Myofascial Trigger Point
Among physicians, various specialists might use trigger point therapy. These include physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, family medicine, and orthopedics. Other health professionals, such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and structural integrators use trigger points in their clinical work as well.
Trigger Point Tutorial
Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome – A guide to the unfinished science of muscle pain, with reviews of every theory and self-treatment and therapy option.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is also known as structural integration, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, and other terms. This type of massage focuses on the attachment to the bone at either end of the muscle, as well as treating the muscle belly.
Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Center for Massage Therapy – Our therapists are trained to identify trigger points that may be the actual area of injury and a source or your pain. Using the hands, our massage therapists apply techniques that release the spasm and balance muscle tone in the injured area.
Our Denver massage therapists deliver expert neuromuscular therapy in our Cherry Creek clinic. Call 303-777-1151 for an appointment today!
Clinical Massage vs. Relaxation Massage
Clinical Massage – Treatment Intention : Problem-solution, “fixing” approach. Many assessments and systematic application of clinical massage techniques.
Relaxation Massage – Treatment Intention : Intuitive, nurturing approach. Creative selection of techniques. Can be mellow spa-like atmosphere, meditative, chatty and educational, or lively and invigorating, depending on client or patient needs.
Two other terms often arise in the process of distinguishing between medical massage and wellness massage. I primarily use clinical massage techniques, and approach my work with a clinical intention, in my medical massage practice, but I also take a clinical approach with some of my wellness clients. Similarly, I primarily use relaxation massage techniques in my wellness practice, but sometimes doctors prescribe massage for its relaxation benefits, so I sometimes use it in my medical practice.
View the table to clarify and elaborate on the differences between a medical massage and a wellness massage…
What are the Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy?
Therapeutic massage involves manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress.
It also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
Our Denver therapeutic massage therapists deliver expert medical massages at our Cherry Creek clinic. Call 303-777-1151 for an appointment today!
What is a Medical Massage?
Medical Massage usually addresses some kind of dysfunction. I see quite a few patients who want massage for relief from headaches, neck pain, and TMJ pain. Low back and hip pain massage is also quite common. Some patients come because they have numbness and tingling in their fingers. Others experience no pain, but cannot turn their head or lift their arm. Many have multiple issues.
What are Modalities?
It is important to understand that the type of modality that is practiced, from Swedish to Myofacial Release, from Cranio Sacral to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, or from Trigger Point Therapy to Lymphatic Drainage…
Therapeutic massage increasingly is being prescribed by physicians to complement traditional medical treatment for illness, injury and pain.
Medical massage therapy reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases serotonin and endorphins, enhancing medical treatment.
Also, health insurance companies, realizing the cost savings of massage, are more and more often covering the therapy when it is a prescribed aspect of treatment.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy, Yoga, Acupuncture. Visit us at 3955 East Exposition, Suite 320 ~ Denver, CO 80209.
Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep” is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity.
In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state,
go through the Dreaming state,
and into the Deep Sleep state,
yet remain fully awake.
It prevents stress and stress-related disorders by inducing deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation, by training the mind to remain calm and quiet and by rooting out the repressed desires and thoughts from the deeper realms of the mind.
Kalin Davidov at the Center for Massage Therapy will sometimes use Yoga Nidra in combination with accupuncture thus enhancing its effects.
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Kalin Davidov has been practicing massage therapy for over 12 years. He is nationally certified, licensed in Washington DC and registered in Colorado. He is a certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Thai-Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist.
Kalin became familiar with Ayurvedic massage during his training in Ayurvedic medicine at Tilak Ayurvedic College, Pune, India and with Tuina massage during his current studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Colorado school of Traditional Chinese medicine.
Kalin has a background in professional sports. He has graduated from a sports university in Europe with a major in Physical education and High Sports Performance.
Kalin has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for many years. He studied at Bihar school of yoga, Munger, India.
Kalin earned his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April 2015. This three-year program consists of 2,850 hours of education including over 700 hours of clinical practice.
Kalin’s training includes adjunct therapies such as Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Chinese massage, Cupping, Plum Blossom, Auriculotherapy, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Kalin Davidov is certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in April 2015. This includes certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbology. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado.
Call Kalin at the Center for Massage Therapy at 303-777-1151 to schedule your session.
Stretching, in its most basic form, is a natural and an instinctive activity. Stretching results in a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion.
There are four different types of stretching: ballistic, dynamic, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and static stretching.
By performing slow controlled stretches through full range of motion, a person reduces risk of injury.
5 Stretching Myths
To stretch or not to stretch? That is the age old question. Here’s everything you need to forget about stretching, and everything you should know instead.
Stretching: What To Do and When To Do It
There are several variations of stretches to improve your range of motion. Why? Better range of motion means improved strength, which leads to speed and power.
Stretching exercises and workouts. Learn from experts using this stretching exercise database filled with detailed instructions and video.
The distinguished team of massage therapists at the Center for Massage Therapy listens with sensitivity to your needs and provides caring and comprehensive clinical massage therapy for injury, stress management, relaxation, and sports.
To prevent future injury, we promote body awareness, flexibility, and strength. With the highest esteem, we honor our profession and relationships with our patients and fellow therapists.
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