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This is where I will be writing articles on things that are massage and essential oil related. It may be an article about what a specific essential oil is used for or the properties of the oil, or it may be about the benefits of massage or some massage related topic. I hope you enjoy reading about my interests.

By atouchofhealt5958, Aug 9 2018 08:16PM

People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. It's OK when it's a gym session, because that's virtuous and "hard work" - but if all we're investing our time in is an hour or so of being relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a massage therapist, it's as if we're committing a deadly sin by prioritizing our own well-being.

Well, I have news for you. Your well-being is important and self-care is a vital part of looking after that well-being. Even if you're a busy parent, worker or caregiver, you need to take time to do something good for yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you'l have no energy to do anything for the other people who need you.

You know it makes sense.

Sometimes, though, other people can try to make you feel as if indulging yourself in a massage is a waste of time when you could be doing something else (usually what they want you to do). Here are five good reasons you can give to other people if they ever give you a hard time for getting your regular massage.

1. A good massage will help relieve muscle tension. Muscle tension can lead to headaches, which put you in a grouchy mood. Nobody wants a grouchy parent/co-worker do they? Therefore, tell them that you are going for a massage and that they will thank you for it when you return with a sunny disposition.

2. It helps you sleep! If your insomnia is starting to irritate your family, and wake them up too, tell them you're going for a massage because you don't want their sleep to suffer along with yours. It's true that a massage helps to boost serotonin levels which have been proven to help with sleep). Obviously, being tired makes you much less productive at work too, so a decent massage helps you to work smarter and more productively.

3. Suffering form chronic pain? It's an expensive business isn't it? If the cost of your pain medication is starting to mount up, see if getting a massage on a regular basis might help you to reduce the amount of drugs you need to take. Then you'll be saving money and not using so many drugs, both of which put you at an advantage.

4. Are you constantly getting colds, coughs and infections that you end up passing on to everyone else? Avoid becoming the office pariah for your germ-spreading and try massage instead. Deep tissue and Swedish massage have been proven to support the lymphatic system which is your body's defense system against illness.

5. They want you to be happy, don't they? This has to e the #1 reason for a massage, because the happier you are, the more other people will benefit from your improved mood and general relaxed demeanor.

So - you don't have to make excuses for scheduling in your next massage appointment. Remember, as they say in the commercial, "You're worth it."

By atouchofhealt5958, Dec 2 2017 06:37PM

When you go to a massage therapist for a massage, there are a few things you should know about your massage. I would like to take some time today to go over them. These are things to prepare for your massage, what to expect during your massage answers, to general questions and complaints I hear about massage therapists.

1. Most important is that it is your massage. That means that if the pressure is too much or too little, speak up. We massage therapists are not mind readers. If you do not tell us, we don’t know. We should be checking in with you and inviting you to tell us if the pressure is not right, but we are human and sometimes we just get caught up in doing what we love to do. Which is massage. I know that I do this because I love it. I would hope that that is true for other massage therapists as well. Let us know if it’s too warm or too cold in the room or you don’t like the music. I had one client tell me that he likes to have Earth Wind and Fire played during his massage. Guess what. I went home and had Earth Wind and Fire added to my playlist. It was his massage. If at all possible, I will always accommodate your choices in music and temperature. If you don’t like a technique used by the massage therapist, speak up. Again, we don’t know if you don’t tell us. If it bothers you, I know, I would rather not use that technique. You don’t even owe me a reason why. You simply don’t like it. Let the therapist know. If you come in and ask for deep tissue and it turns out you don’t like deep tissue, it should always be adjusted to accommodate you. Please, don’t ever suffer through your massage.

2. Remove your jewelry. There are a few reasons for this. You may not want massage cream or oil all over your jewelry making it gunky. Also consider this. You come in with a necklace or multiple necklaces on and the therapist is trying to work on your neck, but keeps getting caught up in the necklace(s). I’m going to guess that even though the therapist is trying, you are not going to get the neck work you would be getting. The same goes for other jewelry. Hoop earrings actually scare me. I worry about getting caught in one and ripping your ear. With large hoops, even working the neck can be risky.

3. Turn off your phone if possible. This is your time to relax. Not only does that phone startle you, but the therapist gets in a zone. When your phone rings it can be very startling. I can’t imagine that is very relaxing for you. I do understand that you may need to have the phone on at times. Maybe you are on call for work or some other reason you need to have the phone on that particular day. I get that. Maybe you can turn the ringer down low. Keep in mind, when you are in the waiting room, someone else may be getting a treatment of some kind and listening to your phone ring or listening to your phone conversation can be very disruptive. It’s ok to step outside if you need to take a call.

4. Drink water before and after your massage. This helps with hydration. Your body needs this. It will also help with your massage. Especially if you are having deep tissue massage. It can help to prevent soreness during and after your massage. Water is very important. That is why I give water after your massage. As much as your body needs hydration, so do your muscles.

5. Show up on time. Showing up on time means you get your full massage. I try to accommodate people when I can. However, I can’t take away from someone else to give a full service to someone who is late. Sometimes even at the end of the day, I just have to be somewhere after work.

6. Cancellations are sometimes unavoidable. I understand that. Please try to give as much notice as you can. If you cancel while I am in the session just before yours, I do not have time to try to fill that time slot.

7. I hear the question quite often “how should I dress?” I recommend comfortable clothing. If you are coming from work, just come in your work clothes. You may want to bring something comfortable for after your massage. My thought process on that is that you may not want to put on a suit and tie or a skirt and nylons after your massage. That is completely up to you though.

8. How much do I have to take off for my massage? I can tell you that I will always meet you at your comfort zone. Some people take off everything. This gives me access to more areas. Respect will always be there though. It is required from both parties. I am not going to expose anything that should not be exposed. You may want glute work. I can do that. That may be out of your comfort zone. I will work with that also. If you choose to leave your underpants on, that’s perfectly fine. If you are not comfortable undressing at all, that is ok too. You may be more comfortable with chair massage. In chair massage, you are fully clothed.

9. Inclement weather happens in New England. I understand when people cancel because they don’t feel safe driving in it. Don’t worry about making the appointment because you are afraid it might snow. If it snows, I expect cancellations. Just give me a call so that I know you are not going to make it in. That’s ok.

10. The most important thing to remember is that this is your massage. With that in mind, also remember you are probably not the only person in the office. Other people deserve the same respect also. I want you to enjoy your massage, but I also want others to enjoy their treatment.

These are suggestions to help you have the best massage you can have. I hope this was helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will be very happy to respond.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 29 2017 08:01PM

Have you tried Christmas Spirit essential oil blend yet. It smells so good. It is a blend of orange, cinnamon bark and spruce. It is just such a warm, spicy and sweet blend. It is a blend that brings me back to when I was a kid. This is a great essential oil blend to use during the holiday season and throughout the winter months to sit around with family and friends to reminisce about the past and create new memories for the future. It is a blend that promotes joy and peace. It may also be very beneficial in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria because it contains very powerful antiviral and antiseptic oils. It may also be very soothing and healing to the respiratory system. Some of the ways you can use this oil are to diffuse the oil in a diffuser, make a room spray or a carpet powder. You could add it to cedar chips for dresser drawers or potpourri. This blend does contain cinnamon bark which is a warm oil, so it can cause skin sensitivity. If you are going to wear it, please dilute it in a carrier oil such as olive, coconut or grapeseed oil. I know it is called Christmas Spirit, but I really think it it will fit into everyones holiday season.

This blend is made up of 3 essential oils. For this reason, I would like to tell you about the properties of the 3 oils it is made with. Orange is antiseptic, anticancer, antidepressant, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative and tonic. Cinnamon Bark is antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious(intestines, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifier, sexual stimulant and warming. Black Spruce is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cortisone-like, disinfectant and tonic. As you can see, these are very powerful oils. The cinnamon bark is warming. This is the reason you want to dilute this oil if you are using it topically.

I'm sure that no matter what holiday you celebrate, you have good memories and there is a sense of joy and peace to the season for you. As adults, we have a new perspective on the holidays. We now have to make the plans, prepare the meals, do the shopping and make the holiday season come together. I can only speak from the Christmas perspective, because that is what I grew up celebrating. That does not make anyone elses holiday any less special or magical. No matter what you are celebrating, I hope it is special and magical for you, your family and your friends.

When I was a child, my mom was amazing at making Christmas come together. We grew up in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. My dad was a carpenter so he didn't have a lot of work in the winter and my mom was a nurses aid and made very little money, but from my perspective, they went all out on Christmas. Now I can look back and see just how creative and inventive my mom was to make it feel like it did. She would buy a ton of $.25 items from the toy party and wrap each one of those. Then we alway got a new plastic sled. There were other things in there, but there we enough inexpensive items individually wrapped that you didn't notice that there was not much money spent. It felt like you were unwrapping forever. Mom made all of the Christmas goodies herself. We didn't have a lot candy and cookies that came from the store. Our stockings always had an array of fruit in them. That took up a lot of space. We had huge stockings as kids. We also got a lot of the things we really needed. That's when we were stocked up on undergarments. This also took up quite a bit of space. Dad would take us out to get a really big tree and bring it home. Then the Christmas music would start and mom would bring all of the Christmas decorations out of the attic. She would make a big bowl of popcorn and take out the sewing kit. We would spend time stringing the popcorn for the tree. This kept us busy while mom got the decorations set up for us to decorate the tree. We had special ornaments. Each of us had a bell ornament with our name on it. There were also the doves to put on the tree. I have noticed that my mom still has those. They are obviously not as new as they were then, but it is always a really good feeling to see them on the tree. There was an art to getting the tinsle on the tree all the way to the top without it looking like it was just clumped there. Tree decorating was the best day of the year. It was even better than birthdays. Everyone enjoyed it. On Chistmas eve, we always went to my mom's friend Shelby's house and then from there we went to midnight mass in the town of Black Brook. That was the only mass we went to there. Every other mass we went to was in the town of Au Sable. That was closer to our house. On Christmas morning mom made a big breakfast, then dad handed out the gifts. That was his favorite part. I think he liked passing out gifts more than receiving them. After opening up our gifts and having mom take our picture for what seemed like every gift, we would pick up all of our gifts and take them to our room. The rest of the day, we were out sledding and just playing in the snow. I don't ever remember a Christmas without snow. It really was the most magical day of the year. As my kids grew up, I tried to be like mom, but I really think I fell short. I'm not nearly as creative or inventive as my mom. We still always have the big breakfast, even now that my kids are grown, we get together for Christmas morning breakfast. Everything waits until everyone is there. Like my dad, my favorite part is watching everyone open their gifts. Getting gifts really doesn't mean that much to me anymore. I just love to watch their faces when they open something really cool that shows I'm not completely hopeless in knowing what is cool and what is not. However, I stress more in the store and my son did end up with a 4XL shirt a couple of years ago that went down to his knees. That one had to go back to the store. It was a good laugh though. After that we all go to see my husbands family and the first weekend in January we go back up to the Adirondacks to do it all over again with mom. We seem to do a lot of celebrating for the holidays, but it's all about the dinners together now. We don't get that many when brothers, sisters, parents, grandchildren and now even great-grandchildren are all together for dinner. It really is still magical. Reguardless of what holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a magical holiday season. I wish you and your family peace and love this season.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 1 2017 07:09PM

November is such a great month. It is the month of Thanksgiving. I don't know about you, but when I think November, I automatically think Thanksgiving. I have the best Thanksgiving weekends. I have the honor of working at the Manchester Road Race that morning. From there, I go to my sister-in-laws house to celebrate with my husbands family. The next morning on Black Friday I get up and go to upstate New York to celebrate with my family. I stay there until Sunday. and can take some time to see friends and family that I don't get to see very often, and then on Sunday, I come home.

I have so much to be thankful for. With all I have been through with kidney disease, dialysis and right through kidney transplant I have to say that my family, friends, clients, doctors, nurses, dialysis techs and entire transplant team have been amazingly wonderful. I get very overwhelmed when I think about all that these people have done for me. When I was diagnosed, I thought it was a death sentence. My doctor of course set me straight on that. He showed me that I could be me and continue to live my life even while on dialysis. My first social worker said something that made all of the difference in the world for me. She said "you don't fit your life around dialysis, you fit dialysis around your life." That is one of the things I held onto from beginning to end of that journey. I can't even tell you how thankful I am for her. My sister was by my side at my doctor appointments before dialysis, my husband trained with me for dialysis, when I had to switch to home hemodialysis, my husband and my son both trained with me and my family and friends rallied around me. From checking in to see if I was ok, to joining me at the kidney walks. Even my clients got in on the action by following my progress, understanding when I was out of work for surgeries (There were several of those), to even helping me out when I was out of work. Wow! Just truly amazing people. I am so thankful for each and every one of these people.

Have you ever heard of the term tools in your toolbelt of well-being? These people really became that for me. I had many other tools too though. Even my stubborness became one of these tools. I would try to name all the people who got me through this, but I am afraid I would miss someone and feel horrible.

However, this is the month that I really need to reach out to these people and say thank you. I so appreciate you. You made all of the difference for me and without you, I would not have gotten through that part of my journey.

I'm sure you have your own life experiences with people who you are very grateful for. With all of this in mind, I thought that the essential oil blend Gratitude would be a great oil to talk about for November. Gratitude is a blend that helps to foster a grateful attitude and embrace the blessings in your life. It has a very uplifting aroma and it invites a feeling of emotional and spiritual progress. As I said, this is a blend. It is made up of Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Coriander, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Begamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Vetiver and Geranium.

There are different ways to use this oil. Of course you can diffuse it. It is recommended that you diffuse 1-3 times daily. I like to wear essential oils as perfume. This is the one I will be wearing on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend. One of the recommended application processes is to rub it over the heart and on the forehead and temples. I will say that if you are going to do this, just be very careful not to get it in or too close to your eyes. You can use 2-4 drops of it and it is gentle enough that you do not need to dilute it, except on very sensitive skin.

Something I want you to know about using essential oils is that if you were ever to get them in your eyes or an essential oil started to burn, the best thing to do is dilute it with oil. Never try to flush it out of your eyes with water. It just won't work. You need to use oil. If you are like me and use them in the shower, it's a good idea to keep a little bottle of olive oil in the shower that you can get to it quickly even if it's in your eyes and you can't open them.

If you have any questions about using this or any other essential oils, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be so happy to help you discover the oil or oils that can make a difference in your life.

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