Meadow Goldman LMT, DharmaFire Yoga and Massage

2143 NE Broadway Blvd, PDX  503.206.9571

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Welcome to DharmaFire Yoga and Massage

 

History of DharmaFire Yoga and Massage
Benefits of Massage
Meadow Goldman Bio


Hello and welcome to the DharmFire Yoga and Massage website.  Whether you are looking for information on massage therapy or yoga instruction, you can find it here. I look forward to working with you as part of a team with a mutual goal: your improved health and vitality. 

Relaxation is the key to health

Experts estimate that 85 to 90% of disease is stress related.  Massage is one of the most effective techniques for stress reduction.  For more information on the benefits of massage, see below. 

 History of DharmaFire and Massage

A few clients have asked me what is DharmaFire?  DharmaFire is the name I chose for my business. Dharma is a sanskrit word that is often translated as "duty" or "law".  It also has the connotative meaning of "destiny". To follow one's Dharma is to follow the path that leads you to life's purpose or your true self. By following one's dharma you are brought to "
that which confers worldly joys and leads to supreme happiness". 

Fire by nature is a powerfully transformative force.  Wood is turned to ash, metal is molten and refomed to create a wide array of tools, beams, parts of all kind. We use heat to purify, detoxify and transform. 

By applying the powerfully transformative nature of fire with "the right path" to personal destiny of Dharma, comes the inspiration for DharmaFire.


  Meadow is a certified yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist.  Meadow graduated from the Lane Community College Massage Therapis program and received her massage license in August of 2006.  She offers Swedish, Myofascial Release, Thai and Deep Tissue  and Craniosacral work. Her sessions are taylored to the needs of the client and include time to analyze postural and repetitive motion considerations and recommendations for extending the session beyond the doors of the office and into everyday life to make permanent changes in the body.  She believes this is the only way to provide for long lasting relief of pain and stress reduction. Meadow  received her yoga teaching certification from Bikram's College of India in 2004 and has since studied Baptiste, anusara, ashtange and acroyoga. Her classes are rigorous, informative and fun with an emphasis on developing self awareness and deepening compassion for self and others. She has an eye for alignment and is able to explain biomechanical principles in a way that is applicable and useful to students.

Outside of yoga and massage, she has a passion for the outdoors, wildcrafting, gardening and dance.
  
Benefits of Massage

 The Benefits of Massage
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?

- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.

- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.

- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin.

- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles

- Reduces spasms and cramping

- Increases joint flexibility.

- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.

- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.

- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.

- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.

- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.

- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.

- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.

 

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