Thursday, April 30, 2015




The Benefits of Chinese Cupping Therapy




When the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine comes up, most people think of acupuncture. However, there is another lesser-known TCM treatment known as cupping therapy. This therapy is gaining in popularity and can relieve a host of health problems.


Cupping therapy involves applying small cups or jars to the skin and suctioning it away from the body. This type of massage goes as far back as 1400 BC when the ancient Egyptians used it to treat fever, vertigo, a menstrual imbalance, poor appetite, pain, and a number of additional ailments.

Today, cupping is still good for all sorts of health problems, making it an excellent alternative to drugs and surgery for many people. The cups are made of glass, bamboo, silicon or plastic.

A practitioner will create suction in the cups by applying rubbing alcohol to a cottom swab, and briefly putting it into the cup to rid the oxygen and then quickly puts it onto the body and suction is created. The air inside the cup contracts creating a natural suction. The cups are placed on the skin and moved across it in a gliding motion, or they are kept isolated and gently lifted.

Cupping can be combined with massage or acupuncture. Some of the conditions cupping is used for are back pain, neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and so much more.  Check out my cupping website to see if cupping can help you.   http://www.cuppingportland.com/

 For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com



Dori White, LMT Since 1998
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015



Hot Stone Massage Therapy




Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. Professional massage therapists also incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits.

The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Benefits of Hot Stone Therapy
  • Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
  • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
  • Reduces chronic stress and tension
  • Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
  • Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
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Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cupping goes Deeper

On a deeper therapeutic level, Cupping is very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, chronic headache, fibromyalgia and neuralgia. Contracted, congested muscle tissue will soften quickly with only a few minutes of Negative Pressure Massage Cupping.


Used on the back, the larger cups will mimic the rolling action of myofascial release without discomfort to the client. The variety of movements can be long and draining, circular and vibrational for stimulation and for areas of stubborn knots and rigid tissue. The skin will redden with strong pressure, indicating that the circulation has been brought to the surface.

Application of liniments, analgesics, tinctures, hydrosols and essential oils immediately post treatment will facilitate absorption of the product deeper into the tissue. The increased blood supply to the local muscles and skin will bring nourishment and stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems to carry away stagnation and toxins.

Another benefit of negative pressure is that it really feels great, and is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out, yet does not add to it. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. Clients are surprised at how relaxed, warm and light they feel – hours... sometimes even days afterwards.


For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com 

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
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Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Myofascial Release

Fascia is a tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures in the human body. Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy for pain and immobility. It includes the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions.

 

This therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Myofascial release is used to facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.

First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating the area of fascial tension myofascial release is begun. This is accomplished by gentle pressure that is applied in the direction of the restriction, and repeated in different areas in many directions when necessary.

Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches. Myofascial release is an effective treatment for pain relief.

For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassage Therapy.com  




Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
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Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
www.cuppingportland.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Cupping-Portland/1483422865259570

Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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https://www.facebook.com/PortlandWellnessProfessionals

This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Cupping

 

Recently, a client reported a trip to her doctor for pain in the bottom of her foot. She described it as feeling like her foot was ripping apart during the first few steps out of bed in the morning. During the day it seemed to get a bit better but never totally gone. She had a list of other symptoms and wanted to do whatever she could to get rid of the pain. Her doctor diagnosed her with Plantar Fasciitis and told her he could give her an injection. She cringed at the idea and decided to seek some alternative therapy for her pain.

We decided to treat her bilaterally with leg and calf massage, pedi cupping, reflexology and making sure that all of her foot bones and muscles were addressed. After the treatment we discussed some homework options and she was happy to walk out of my office with a frozen golf ball.

After that first treatment, she reported good improvement in both foot pain and leg muscle tightness. Both had decreased and she was able to get out of bed and walk almost normally. After a second treatment the following week she reported having no pain at all in her feet or legs. She was also able to walk normally in the morning and had no pain in her feet at the end of the day either. She was also excited to report that she could stand on her toes with no discomfort. I believe that since cupping is so effective at removing inflammation, that it was key in treating her Plantar Fasciitis.


Historically Cupping on the feet has been a difficult prospect. But with the continued development of modern cupping equipment, negative pressure treatments on the feet has become a favorite throughout the health community and the public. 

For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
www.facebook.com/DoriWhiteMassageTherapy

Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
www.cuppingportland.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Cupping-Portland/1483422865259570

Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
http://www.portlandwellnessprofessionals.com
https://www.facebook.com/PortlandWellnessProfessionals

This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Swedish Massage


When people think of getting a massage, usually "Swedish Massage" is what they typically think of.  This is because it is one of the oldest and most used forms of massage therapy.  It is the best known type massage. One of the goals of Swedish massage is to relax the body. To do this the muscles are rubbed in long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Besides relaxation, Swedish Massage is very good for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing toxins, improving circulation and flexibility, and easing tension. 



Swedish massage uses soft, long, kneading strokes as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes. This is done on the topmost  layers of muscles. This is combined with movement of the joints to relieve muscle tension.Swedish Massage can be relaxing and energizing. It often helps after an injury.

A study was done by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine that was published in the New York Times. Volunteers that received a 45-minute Swedish massage had a significant decrease in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. There was also an increase in the number of lymphocytes, (white blood cells) that are part of the immune system.

The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesion's, decreased muscle pain, and more freedom of movement and improved circulation which may speed healing after any activity, trauma or motor vehicle injury occurs as it is excellent in reducing swelling.

For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com 

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
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Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Allergies?  Sinus troubles?  Nasal congestion?
Facial cupping to the rescue

 

One of the world’s oldest natural therapies can be applied to the face to combat the painful and irritating symptoms of allergies, sinus infections ,nasal congestion and sinus pressure.   Facial Cupping can open breathing pathways to help with a variety of challenges  such as.

·         Seasonal Allergies
·         Sinus Infections
·         Frequent colds with nasal symptoms
·         Sinusitis
·         Air Pollution ,  toxins, paint, fuel exhaust
·         Dust sensitivities
·         Nasal Inflammation
·         Post nasal drip due to allergies

Facial cupping is cupping therapy applied directly to the face. I use very small cups over the nasal and sinus areas. Cups are gently and evenly applied and a specific protocol is used to mobilize and flush the entire sinus area. Unlike cupping on other areas of the body, facial cupping are applied more gently and are kept moving about gently as opposed to sitting stationary in any one area.

Sinuses and nasal passages sit close to the skin, therefore,  not much pressure is needed to achieve great results. While receiving cupping, clients often describe the immediate feeling of open sinuses and deeper breathing.

 If your nasal and sinus passages are irritated, inflamed or plugged, you may experience extra mucus production after your cupping session. You may cough or spit frequently for a few hours after the treatment. This is good! Your body is trying to clear out the trapped airways so it can function better, so you can breathe easier!


 Cupping therapy can be intensely therapeutic. To feel your best before and after your facial cupping therapy, drink plenty of pure water.  In severe cases sometimes it is helpful to have a steam shower prior to your treatment..

 For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com 

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
www.facebook.com/DoriWhiteMassageTherapy

Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
www.cuppingportland.com
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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
http://www.portlandwellnessprofessionals.com
https://www.facebook.com/PortlandWellnessProfessionals

This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Motor Vehicle Injury



Have you been in a car accident? Do you have an auto injury? In Oregon your auto insurance will cover your massage therapy for up to a year weather it was your fault or not.  In Oregon your insurance will cover your expenses from a complimentary alternative health care practitioner.

Massage therapy is good for auto related injuries such as whiplash, neck and back injuries, tendon damage, muscle spasms, myofascial pain, headache, migraines and insomnia, stress and much more.

Medical massage is a specific protocol used when massage is part of the overall treatment of medical problems stemming from trauma to the body such as a motor vehicle injury. Often this type of massage is done under the referal of a physician.  It addresses working on the specifically affected area(s) from the accident or trauma. Your therapist will do an intake with each session to insure that you get the appropriate treatment for your particular type of injury. Your massage may include advanced myofascial techniques, deep tissue techniques, cupping therapy, stretching, hydrotherapy (hot and cold packs) on the affected muscles and joints.

 For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com

Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
www.facebook.com/DoriWhiteMassageTherapy

Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
www.cuppingportland.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Cupping-Portland/1483422865259570

Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
http://www.portlandwellnessprofessionals.com
https://www.facebook.com/PortlandWellnessProfessionals

This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 2, 2015



Facial Cupping Face Lift

Women in Asia, Russia and Europe have been utilizing these remarkable negative pressure facial cupping exercises for rejuvenation and maintenance for generations.  They wouldn't dream of having purple circles all over their faces.

Protocols  for facial cupping use the small cups to vacuum and lift the facial tissue, mimicking the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. It is a manual method that replicates the effects of equipment currently in use in most of the top aesthetic establishments but is much more gentle than some of the machines.  Facial cupping is done in a manner that is comfortable, effective and no, don't worry, when done correctly it won't leave your face full of purple circles.
The benefits include increased local circulation of the skin, increased nutrients brought to the epidermis, and enhanced absorption of facial topical lotions, creams oils and other products used for facial health. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness.
  
Lines and  wrinkles will plump whereas scar tissue will soften from the negative pressure, making it an exceptionally powerful and surprisingly relaxing enhancement to advanced facial treatments.  The cups are small and only light suction is used on the face,  taking great care to use gentle gliding strokes ensures you don't end up with "cup kisses" (purple circles)

The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders.

 For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com



Dori White, LMT Since 1998
www.doriwhitemassagetherapy.com
www.facebook.com/DoriWhiteMassageTherapy

Dori White - Founder & Owner of Cupping Portland
www.cuppingportland.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Cupping-Portland/1483422865259570

Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
http://www.portlandwellnessprofessionals.com
https://www.facebook.com/PortlandWellnessProfessionals

This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com