Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How Can Reflexology Help You???

Probably more than you know!  This ancient form of treatment helps bring our bodies into balance.  In the last two weeks I've seen a woman diagnosed with hypothyroidism experience increased metabolism and weight loss which she attributes largely to reflexology.  I've seen another client experience improved fluid balance in her body after just one treatment.  Before we all became so civilized we walked barefoot and our feet came into contact with rocks, sand, and earth - each of which helped us get a "treatment" just from walking around!  Our bodies are designed to maintain and heal themselves.  Reflexology is one such example.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Giving it Away!

I love my job for so many reasons.  I love seeing people feel healthier, stronger, relaxed, and nurtured!  I love knowing that I am making a difference.  My parents did a lot of things right, and I am especially grateful they taught me about the joy of giving back, about the rewards of volunteering and community service.  Every Friday when I give away a 30 minute massage, it is far more than a marketing tool to me.  It's another way I get to express my personal gratefulness for everything life has given me.  I get to give back a tiny bit, and show love, and put positive energy out in the universe.  Positive  energy that I know will come right back to me.  Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Future of Massage

Since Hippocrates, doctors and other healers have been advocates of massage.  The most basic benefit offered by all types of massage is significantly increased circulation.  When blood is pumped more rapidly through the body many things happen.  Organs do their jobs more efficiently, the nervous system is heightened, muscles are warmed and energized to function better.  There are also a plethora of neurotransmitters released that improve our mood and even help us sleep.  In more skilled massage therapies soft tissue manipulation can reduce and even eliminate pain, bringing healing that often times seems miraculous.  Doctors are prescribing massage therapy with increasing frequency and more progressive insurance companies reimburse their expense.  I believe that one day employers will offer employees massage much as they currently offer them gym memberships and childcare.  Insurance companies will give discounted rates on health insurance to those who get regular massage and lower premiums for companies who provide massage for their employees.  They will realize this small investment will ultimately result in fewer claims filed.  Their clients who get regular massage will have lower blood pressure, better mental health (a big chunk of medical expenses these days, counseling and anti-depressants) and generally speaking healthier bodies and lifestyles.  Spending money now on health and wellness, means spending less money later on diseases and medical care. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to Soak the Pain Away

Sore muscles are a common complaint.  Sometimes they are sore from exercise, however they are just as frequently sore from the lack thereof.  Most of us routinely take over the counter medications so that we don't have to feel the pain or discomfort that occurs when normal changes or physical adaptation is taking place.  So lets talk about some ways to ease these sensations that don't involve taxing our livers or the lining of our stomachs. One such tactic is the use of therapeutic baths- namely using Epsom Salts and apple cider vinegar.  

  • Epsom Salts: Why do they work?  When your bath water is heavily salted it becomes far more dense then the water that fills your body's cells.  Because water naturally moves from an area of higher concentration to one of lower concentration, the salted water draws out toxic cellular fluid which is then released  through perspiration.  Many believe Epsom Salt baths will even remove the toxins caused by exposure to radiation and heavy metals; thus they are an invaluable help to those who work with radiation, sit in front of a computer constantly, or fly frequently.  The bath water should be as hot as you can tolerate, with one to four pounds of Epsom Salts.  The more you sweat the more toxins you've removed.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar functions on many levels.  Firstly it will help restore the acid balance of your skin.  This is important because soaps and hard water remove the protective barrier that naturally occurs when your skin is pH balanced.  Secondly vinegar is full of vitamins and minerals, including high amounts of potassium (if the vinegar is of a good quality.)  When absorbed into the body the potassium dissolves calcium deposits around the joints.  This is why apple cider vinegar has long been touted as an effective pain relief tool for arthritis and gout.  Most sources recommend two to four cups of vinegar in a warm bath to bring relief.  
Some websites also suggest vinegar compresses to sore or arthritic areas.  

Monday, June 6, 2011

Things Are Great!

Last Sunday was a wonderful morning at Whole Foods.  I met several new clients and we had a great time chatting before and after their massages.  This week I will be in Joplin on Wednesday doing volunteer work but the rest of the week it will pretty much be business as usual.