A Practice For Deeper Calm

We offer this simple practice to help you find the calm that comes from relaxing mind and body. To start, lay down on your couch or floor with a blanket covering you so you are warm and comfortable. Take several slow deep breaths with long…

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Breathe Deeply Into Your Body

Breathe deeply into your body. Expand your consciousness. Join your body’s fluid spinal wave motion. Meet the longing of your cells and tissues to expand, release, and be wet with your very own innate body wisdom. Breathe deeply into your body. Lengthening, releasing, and melting…

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Breathing: A Doorway To Healing

Our breath is more than a mechanical event. It is a literal and metaphorical doorway to healing. In each breath we change density and re-form, never in exactly the same way. This offers a great opportunity each of the approximately 12 times a minute that…

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Connect With Beauty

Celebrate Your Miraculous Body

As 2020 comes to a close, we invite you to take a few moments to celebrate, with gratitude …. ~ the miracle of your body that, despite whatever weaknesses or limitations, serves you and allows you to sense the wonders of the world ~ the…

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Cultivate Gratitude Daily

As massage therapists, we get a first hand experience of the stress in the daily lives of our clients. Whether it be from difficult external circumstances or negative states of mind, the damaging effects of stress on the body-mind take a toll on your health,…

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Cultivating More Calmness

For most of us, it's hard to feel a sense of calm throughout our day. Stress and anxiety seem a normal part of our modern way of life. Here are suggestions to help create peace more of the time. They're most effective when practiced regularly.…

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Drink More Water!

Drink More Water!

About 60% of the human body is made of water and staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do. Here are some benefits of water and ways to increase your intake: • Feeling tired is one of the first signs of…

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Exercise Benefits Your Brain

Cerebral Cardio: Aerobic exercise is associated with increased gray matter volume in the brain’s cortex, where memory networks are housed, says J. Carson Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Physical activity can also help protect the…

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Massage Benefits Exercise

Exercise Promotes A Healthy Brain

Rarely do neuroscientists, psychologists, and physicians agree equivocally on anything. But they agree on this: Exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain. ‘The latest research shows the cognitive decline is not inevitable,’ says Laura L. Cartensen, Director of the Stanford Center…

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Fascinating Facts About Your Skin

Skin is the human body’s largest organ. The average skin, when stretched out, is 2 square meters and accounts for 15% of our body weight. Skin is the ultimate barrier and protector against harm the outside world can do to our body, protecting us from…

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Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep?

It’s well known that lack of adequate sleep can profoundly affect health and longevity. It can negatively impact the cardiovascular system, metabolism and blood sugar, cognition and learning, lead to anxiety and depression, lower performance and creativity, and increase your risk of accidents. It disrupts…

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Joint Pain And Stiffness

Got Noisy Joints?

Sometimes you move like a well-oiled machine, and other times your body creaks like a rusty ten-speed, writes Stacey Collino in the August issue of Oprah Magazine. The body sounds and sensations we sometimes hear and feel are known as crepitus according to Joel Press,…

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Gratitude Boosts Resilience and Well-Being

The more we practice finding something to be grateful for each day, the more it changes our way of seeing and being. A gratitude practice can help open our heart to all of life and boost our happiness, resilience, and sense of well-being. It can…

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Habits That Support Emotional Wellness

Many habits that support good physical health also support mental and emotional wellness. With a wide range of benefits, these simple self-care tips can help you stress less, lift your mood, and build resilience. Move your body to lift your mood ~ Besides supporting physical…

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Joy and Gratitude for Health

We begin to be grateful for what is, and if we live long enough and deep enough and authentically enough, gratitude becomes a way of life. ~ Mark Nepo Choose friends who are joyous people. See these people frequently and you will find your spirits…

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Loving Yourself and Loving Others

Science is showing that our happiness and longevity are closely linked to how loved and connected we feel. Love nourishes us like nothing else, through the experience of feeling seen, accepted and valued. Our capacity for love and connection with others is rooted in self-love…

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Make Room for Contentment

"Contentment if a paradox," writes yoga teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, for Yoga Journal. "If we seek it, it evades us….It is like a shy cat that hides under the bed. If we try to catch it, we never will. But if we sit still and…

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Make Time for Quietude

As the days become shorter and the dark becomes longer, Fall is an auspicious time to turn inward to honor quiet times of inner listening and being still within our bodies. At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto we support and encourage these precious living processes…

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Relaxation And Rest

Making Time To Rest

We work very hard in our lives. Often we don’t get adequate sleep. And rarely do we make time to rest during our demanding day. Just as athletes know that they need recovery time after a strenuous workout, those with stressful lifestyles also need recovery…

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Fluid Mobility

Mind-Body Practices Reduce Inflammation

In a new paper published in Frontiers in Immunology, British researchers analyzed the findings from 18 previously published studies on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, qi gong, and tai chi. Together, the authors say, the studies show that these mind-body practices appear to suppress…

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Mindfulness And Massage Can Make You Healthier

An explosion of research over the past two decades indicates that mindfulness meditation can physically change the brain and body in astonishing ways. Studies suggest it can make you happier, less stressed, even kinder to others. It can help you change your eating habits, and…

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More On Improving Your Posture

Here are some general suggestions for improving your posture. And why good posture is important. You can talk with your professional therapist at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto for more in-depth input that fits your unique situation. Driving Sit with your back firmly against the…

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Our Inner Clock Needs Regular Sleep

Three scientists earned a Nobel Prize last month for their research that helped discover the clocks running in every cell in our bodies. ‘With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day,’ the Nobel Prize committee wrote…

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Our Safety Precautions

Updated August 2, 2021 Rest assured that all preventive measures are actively being taken to ensure your safety at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto. Anyone with current symptoms or recent exposure to a person with diagnosed Covid-19 should please stay home. Masks are required for…

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Powerful Tools To Support Your Health

At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, we help you move into deeper states of relaxation that are optimal for healing both body and mind. We offer two powerful tools you can also use to help you calm your stress response—to support better sleep, immunity, and…

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Powering Down Our Brain

Why do we spend roughly 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed, blinking far more often than is actually necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated? Scientists have found that the human brain uses that tiny moment of shut-eye to power down. The…

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Practice Kindness For Better Health

Practice Kindness for Better Health

Kindness gives us healthier hearts. It also strengthens our immune system, reduces aches and pains, makes us happier, and boosts energy and strength in elderly people. Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth, which produces oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body.…

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Stress And Body Mindfulness

Reduce Stress With Body Mindfulness

Mindfulness of the body—noticing our physical sensations—can be a useful tool for stress management and greater resilience. In a research study, participants who noticed their physical state sooner were able to reign in the stress response before it escalated. This is because it’s much easier…

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Reduce Stress with Deep Breathing

The breathing cycle happens about 720 times per hour, more than 17,000 times a day – without us ever even thinking about it! The biological wonder of a breath is easy to take for granted, and yet it is the most basic miracle of life.…

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Rejuvenate with Legs-up-the-Wall

Legs-up-the-wall is an easy restorative yoga pose that can be a source of rest and invigoration. It benefits your whole body, not just feet and legs. You can do it for just 5 minutes, or longer. If you practice deep breathing in the pose, you'll receive…

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Safety Measures at Massage Therapy Center

Please rest assured that all preventive measures are actively being taken to ensure your safety at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto during this time of flu and coronavirus. All staff members thoroughly wash their hands and use Virucidal hand sanitizer before and after each session.…

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Simple Ways To Ease Stress

Stress and anxiety reduce our happiness and ability to enjoy our lives and loved ones. They also contribute to many types of afflictions of the body/mind. Here are simple and enjoyable ways to calm your stress response: Breathing. Simple and easy, deep breathing reduces stress…

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Stand And Sit Up Straight

Stand and Sit Up Straight

A good reason not to slouch: poor posture actually accelerates the aging process according to Alice Chen, a psychiatrist at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. It lowers lung capacity, interferes with digestion, and puts abnormal pressure on the spine. Here's how to give yourself…

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Start Now

Start now. Find the time. Get your rhythm. Work hard. Recover. Bounce back. Regularly. Stay present. Be mindful. Be amazed. Get Massage! Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto

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Staying Connected and Open-Hearted

It is the small things in life that open the heart ~ the laugh of a child, the beauty of a flower, the touch of a hand, a simple kindness. In the simplicity of the moment true peace arrives. And when it does, the heart…

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Ways To Reduce Your Stress

Stress Medicine

Stress is accepted as part of our modern lifestyle. We shrug it off thinking it won’t impact our health, using unhealthy coping strategies to keep pushing on. But to stay healthy, the body-mind needs quiet time, to recover after stressful events and reduce the impact…

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The Body Knows

  The body knows things a long time before the mind catches up. ~ Sue Monk Kidd Our high quality therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto will give you the best bodywork sessions to shore up your circulatory and immune systems, keeping you strong…

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The World’s Music

I would have my ears filled with the world’s music. Let me hear all sounds of life and living. ~ Maya Angelou At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, our professional therapists are dedicated to being present moment-by-moment as the continuous creation of dialogue happens in…

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Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Getting enough quality sleep (7–8 hours) is essential for health, brain function, and overall performance. If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are some good sleep habits that can help: Go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time…

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Tips for Holiday Eating

The holiday season is filled with joy, and it’s also filled with food. Many people tend to over-indulge during this time, snacking on foods packed with sugars and drenched in salt, and this often leads to a little bulge around the middle. Overeating and putting on weight…

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What’s Your Body Telling You?

Developing mindful listening to your body is a powerful self-care step that can improve your life. Your body speaks to you, warning you when things are out of balance. When you learn to hear these quieter distress signals, you can notice more quickly that you…

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Good Posture

Why Good Posture Is Important

Poor posture is one of the more common causes of injury or pain that we massage therapists see in our professional practice. If you use poor body mechanics in your daily activities, your body will not have proper alignment, and the joints and muscles lose…

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Wiring A Happier Brain

While the brain has evolved to focus attention on negative stimuli to keep us safe, we now know that the brain is continually changing its structure, and we can nurture and build a more positive and happy brain. Rewiring our brain toward happiness is based…

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You are a Continuous Creation

At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, our professional therapists are dedicated to being present moment-by-moment to encourage the continuous creation that happens in concert with all healing possibilities. Creativity reigns!

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