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Hot Stone Massage for National Massage Therapy Awareness Week 2010

Some of the most progressive healers in the world have used stones in their massage work.  They have not used stones as a replacement of the healing hand, but as an adjunct to their traditional massage. Hot stone massage is an ancient form of bodywork using heated stones as extensions of the therapist's hand.  It is a wonderful collection of healing energies between the stones, the massage therapist, and the client.

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Easy Stress Buster...Turn Off Your Phone

I am a talker.  I have friends that live long distance and I do not have a face book page or text messaging.  I find myself on the phone more often than I want to be.  My family is quite over the top with phone calls to one another as well.  Even if these conversations are quick questions or small stories about the day, it can get old having a cell phone on your ear all day.  It gets tiring knowing that you can be present and available at any time to even the best people in your life.  There are days where I make it possible to turn off my phone and "just

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Music for Healing

There is a variety of relaxation music that floats through our space at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing.  We all have different preferences and meaning behind our choice of music for massage. There are some therapists that are not phased by the music at all.  For me, music is a great deal.

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Using Water to Aid in Relaxation

Every night I fall asleep to the relaxation sounds of a thunderstorm.  I have been listening to my thunderstorm CD for at least 15 years now.  It is soothing and peaceful for me. I appreciate the natural sounds of rainfall that we have been experiencing recently in Pittsburgh.  My CD player got a little break:)
 
In appreciation of water, here are some snippets about ways to use water for relaxation.  They come from a book that I like to read named "1001 ways to Relax" by Susannah Marriot.
 

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Breathing Techniques to Calm Adults and Children

When my daughter has a meltdown, or I have a meltdown, or when we have a meltdown together, I have always used breathing as a solution for calming us down.  IT WORKS!  Please do not doubt this technique.  Just give it a shot.  This is for children and adults alike. It is a great distraction for us bot, a distraction away from the moment that we are stressed about, angry at, or just plain frustrated with.  It slows us down and gets us our focus back to a moment of clear thinking.

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