Friday, June 26, 2015


Cupping - An Ancient Modality that Brings Results




Cupping is an ancient therapy that has found a place in modern alternative medicine. Cupping is a form of therapy where a vacuum is created in glass, or silicone cups. The cups are then applied to the body in strategic places for the relief of pain.  Folks who have tried it have had incredible results and it can be a pleasurable experience. 

The suction created by the cups is used to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions, increase the blood flow to the tissues, bring toxins to the surface for release and drain excess fluids by mobilizing lymphatic flow. 

In massage cupping the cups are moved around on the surface of the skin to maximize the effect. Often the movement of the cups is in line with the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Cupping is an ancient modality that started with the Chinese and has been a part of TCM for centuries.
There is a wide variety of techniques used with cupping that include lymphatic drainage and deep tissue release. It is often practiced by massage therapists, chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists. 

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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, June 23, 2015

Repetitive Strain Injuries



Repetitive strain injuries are known as cumulative trauma or overuse injuries. Repetitive strain injuries develop from frequently repeated actions, like sitting hunched over a computer or using a mouse for hours on end. Musicians and assembly line workers are especially prone to this. Common disorders are tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow. Frequent contributors to repetitive strain injuries include work station positioning, poor posture, fatigue, lack of muscle tone, arthritis and diabetes.

Therapeutic massage can decrease pain and enhance healing in a number of ways. It reduces painful muscle tension, improve circulation, increases pliability of scar tissue, helps stimulate healthy regeneration of damaged tissues, improves range of motion, and improves posture and joint alignment.

Your massage therapist can draw on a wide variety of techniques to treat your particular problem. He or she will be happy to answer your questions . The therapist may suggest specific exercises or stretches which along massage can be very helpful. Warm or cold applications may be recommended. The therapist may also refer you to a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other health professional for further help.

You may be advised to review your work station to be sure that your equipment suits your physical needs. Ergonomic tools such as wrist and elbow supports, a telephone headset or a new chair may be needed. 

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cupping - A Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine




When one thinks of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they usually think of acupuncture or Chinese Herbs. There is another lesser known modality in TCM known as cupping. One of the earliest documents about cupping is a work called A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies written by a Taoist herbalist named Ge Hong and it dates back to 300 AD.

Cupping is a therapy where small glass cups or bamboo jars are used as suction devices that are placed on the skin.There are several ways suction is created in the cup. One method is swabbing rubbing alcohol into the bottom of the cup, then lighting it. The cup is put against the skin. Flames are never used near the skin. They are merely used to create the suction in the cup.

Once the suction has been formed the cups can be moved across the skin, often called gliding cupping. The suction causes the skin and superficial muscles to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is a lot like an intense massage. For most people this is a very relaxing and relieving sensation. Once the cups are suctioned to the skin they are usually left in place for around ten minutes.

Cupping is often used along with acupuncture or massage. The suction and negative pressure provided by the cups can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system. Cupping can also relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and cellulite. 

 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, June 16, 2015


Massage with Aromatherapy for Stress and Anxiety Relief



In today's technological world we use our eyes and ears to find and absorb information. We do this a lot more than our ancestors did and it takes it's toll on our system. Research also shows that people that are not regularly hugged or stroked by others, like folks in nursing homes, have a higher level of depression. Babies that are not touched regularly have emotional problems. One way to fill these needs is with massage. Aromatherapy combined with the massage can be a very relaxing experience. 

One of the important benefits of aromatherapy massage is that it provides a "time out" from the daily demands of modern life. This can help to relieve mental and emotional burnout and improves one's quality of life. Beautiful fragrances help to enhance this experience and can help improve attention and memory. In some cases it can help to overcome fears and phobias. 

The essential oils used in massage with aromatherapy are good for many things. For example, lemon balm and lemon grass have been scientifically studied and appear to stimulate the immune system and have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Juniper and cypress help to detoxify the body and stimulate circulation. Rosemary and pine help to relax tight muscles. Chamomile and rose help deal with emotional distress. 

The skin offers the largest and most effective way of absorbing the oils into the body. Massage with aromatherapy offers a lot for stress relief. The fragrances add to the experience and enhance it. With the help of these therapies the body can restore and rebalance itself and help to break the vicious cycle of anxiety and depression. 


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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cupping Therapy



Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine where local suction is created on the skin. The suction is created with the use of mechanical devices or cups. These are often made of glass, or bamboo. Practitioners believe that cupping causes the blood to flow in order to promote healing.

Cupping is often thought of as the inverse of massage. Instead of applying pressure to the muscles, the suction pulls the skin, tissue and muscles. Cupping is often combined with massage, though it can be used alone in certain situations.

There are several methods of cupping. The two that are most commonly used in the United States are fixed cupping and moving cupping. In fixed cupping the cups are placed on the appropriate part of the body and left in place. They are not moved. In moving cupping a massage oil is applied and the cups are placed over the areas to be treated and then the therapist slides them around the area. The cups slide easily because of the massage oil that has been applied.

Cupping can bring relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, and muscle aches. It has many benefits like removing toxins, stimulating circulation and moving the lymph. People usually find it to be a pleasant and relaxing experience. 

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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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, June 9, 2015

 Massage with Aromatherapy



Did you know that massage is just what the doctor or chiropractor ordered? Sometimes it is what is necessary to have  healing occur. Scientific research indicates that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels, and reduces recovery time from many medical conditions. Massage can help a wide range of things from allergies to insomnia. 

Massage can be very relaxing and has been used for centuries. In recent times aromatherapy has been paired with massage to make an even greater healing experience. Clinically controlled scientific testing has helped us understand how aromatherapy works.

Massage with the use of essential oils has a double benefit. The scent of the oils is absorbed by the lungs and the oil is also absorbed through the skin to produce a healing experience. Aromatherapy and massage can restore vitality, help muscle aches and pains, ,relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, and women's problems.These  include premenstrual syndrome and menopause symptoms. 

Aromatherapy is a field that is growing in popularity around the world.  Combining aromatherapy with massage is a great way to promote healing and relaxation. Your massage therapist can answer any questions that you have.  

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cupping for everyday people
Have you ever seen a picture of a celebrity or athlete with circular dark markings up and down their back and wondered why? It means they have had a session of cupping therapy. So what is cupping therapy? It looks painful, but in fact it is not and many people actually enjoy it and get relief from it.
Cupping has been around awhile and goes back to ancient Egypt, China and Greece. From there it spread through Africa and Europe and it was even used by the native Americans. China has produced extensive research and currently uses it in their hospitals. The most prevalent use of cupping has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it has been adapted for use with massage and chiropractic therapies. 
Cupping is not just for athletes or celebrities, it is used by people in all walks of life to relieve muscle pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, helps backaches and other things that occur with a stressful lifestyle. 
In ancient times nuts, seashells and gourds were used as suction devices to purge bites, and infections. Ancient practitioners even used it to draw out evil spirits. In today's world the cups are made from glass or plastic. Fire cupping is the form that is usually used. The cup is quickly heated with fire and suction is created when the cup is placed on the skin.  The cups are usually left in place for 10 - 15 minutes. The theory is that negative pressure is created by the suction and stimulates the tissues allowing the flow of blood to loosen up tight muscles, relieve pain and and detoxify.
Massage cupping is very popular and commonly used. The skin is covered with oil so the cups glide over the skin as they are moved around in consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure releases rigid soft tissue, loosens adhesions, drains excess fluid and toxins and brings blood and lymph to the skin and muscles.
Stationary and massage cupping are usually used on the back, neck and shoulders. By adjusting the size of the cups used, this therapy can be used all over the body including the face and the feet. 
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, June 2, 2015

Lymphatic Massage




Lymphatic massage was developed during the 1930s and it was used to treat things like sinus infections, and acne. It is now used to treat things like oedema, arthritis and sports injuries. This type of massage targets the lymph system which relies on muscle movement to move the lymph around. It helps to remove excess fluid from the muscles and joints. The object of lymphatic massage is to make the body function more efficiently.

Lymph flow is a lot like blood flow except that it depends on muscle movement to get around the body. Lymph is collected from excess fluid between tissue cells where it is pushed out into the lymph capillaries. The lymph system works like a drainage network, escorting toxins out of the body. After filtering the lymph moves through the lymph vessels, eventually returning to the venous system.

Lymph also transports lipids and vitamins There are things that help the lymph system work more efficiently. They include a good diet, rest and sleep and activity or exercise to keep the lymph moving.

Some of the benefits of lymphatic massage are as follows:



  • Removing metabolic waste
  • Assisting in removing excess fluid from the cells
  • Helping to move toxins out of the body
  • Moving excess proteins from the cells to the blood stream
  • Assisting the body in providing immunity by preventing the build-up of toxins

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