crescent moon wellness

Touching lives est. August 24 2017 at Moksha Yoga Cambridge! Now introducing massage therapy on the upper level of MYC. Treatments are provided by Michelle Roberts, Registered Massage Therapist. Treatments are offered by appointment and available in 90, 75, 60, 45, and 30 minute increments.

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The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is often considered a modality in alternative medicine, but is increasingly offered along with standard treatment to address a wide range of medical conditions. There is no minimum age for massage and can even proove beneficial for babies.

Studies show that massage therapy can be effective in relieving muscular tension, pain, and stress. Common conditions that benefit from massage include but are not limited to: anxiety, headaches, insomnia, stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue sprains or injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I get a massage before or after yoga class?

A: Without a doubt, massage and yoga compliment each other. Both are great options. Massage before class brings the added benefits of being more open and increased blood supply to the muscles, and the ability to find deeper holds in poses. However, massage post class may have a greater effect on loosening fascial restrictions, increasing circulation, and maintain the length of muscles found in yoga class. Michelle personally prefers the reward of massage post asana and the opportunity to relax after a 75 minute class.

Q: Should I shower after class, before the massage?

A: Showering is not required, but it is ideal to wipe your sweat off so that the massage lotion/oil has better traction on your skin.

Q: How will massage benefit my yoga practise?

A: Massage is similar to yoga in that it brings proprioception (musclar awareness), and this is incredibly beneficial in the the practice of engaging smaller muscles and fine tuning movements during your asana. Massage also has incredible benefits on calming the mind and decreasing anxiety, which can help meditation. Message, similar to hot yoga, increases circulation and encourages movement to the lymphatic system, thereby promoting detoxification.

Who’s Michelle?
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After a few years of developing athletic apparel, Michelle did a complete 180 and changed her focus from apparel to people. She continues to maintain a shared interest in health and wellness. Michelle is a member of the Moksha community, a May 2017 graduate from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and completed her Moksha teacher training July 2017 in Kelowna, BC. You may recognize her from her previous role at MYC’s front desk. When she’s not treating clients, she be found in the hot room, picking vegetables from her garden, or cutting her own hair. Feel free to say hi!

Behind the Name

Michelle returned from yoga teacher training inspired by the Moksha practise of which Crescent Moon is the third pose. The pose is fuelled by breath to create opening through the side body with interlaced palms. By complete coincidence, her husband had suggested the name Crescent Moon. Her best friend suggested dedicating the name to Michelle’s deceased mother, who was very passionate about holistic health and wellness. Rather fittingly, The first two letters of Crescent are the initials of her mother (Carole Roberts); S is her husband’s first initial (Scott); T is her sister’s first initial (Tanya). Crescent Moon is the embodiment of connecting breath to hands.

Want to Collaborate Outside the Studio?

How about providing massage at a corporate event? A home treatment for the elderly? A gift certificate or workshop? The sky is the limit – shoot Michelle a line at michelle@crescentmoonwellness.com

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