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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, Dec 7 2018 05:13PM

If you are not extremely busy in today's society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have a lasting negative effects on your health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity.

We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a momet and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

Stillness

Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in a big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment

Being in the moment has become a cliche; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quieting your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish, focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.

By atouchofhealt5958, Nov 3 2018 06:49PM

A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they've overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.

Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you're one of the 31 million Americans who suffer with back pain at some point in their life, you'll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain - which is pain that's lasted more than three months and less than six - it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing thigs you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.

The vicious pain cycle

If you can no longer exercise pain free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pain meds contain painkillers opioids like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.

What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn't have the side effects. Research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medicaion and any other advice from your healthcare supplier can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your back pain and start to live a more active life.

How massage can help beat back pain

A massage session doesn't just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too. The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.

The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.

If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different - book that massage session now.

By atouchofhealt5958, Oct 2 2018 07:01PM

Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there's so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage?

Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!

Stress

It's no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress level. It works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your quality of sleep, and by reducing your stress levels. It is also believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease. In 2008, the journal of Psyco-oncology published a study which came to the conclusion "...a significant reduction in cortisol (the main stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.

Lower Back Pain

This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at work, so no wonder many employers are drafting in massage therapists to help. Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause a lot of lower back problems, as can simply getting older. Get your massage therapist on the case and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.

Sports Inuries

Fitmess and sport are great for your health but they can sometimes lead to injuries and overworked muscles. A regular massage can help to heal any wear and tear on your muscles and tendons, and can also hlep you manage the pain from a chronic or acute sports injury. Having well looked after muscles may also help prevent future injuries- one more reason to book those regular sessions.

Joint Stiffness

Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. Research published in 2013 in the Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practive journal said that people with rheumatoid arthritis reported some relief from pain and stiffness after four once-a-week moderate pressure massages, topped up with self-massage at home in between treatments. Massage can also help with your range of motion and flexibility, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.

Circulation

There are a whole range of health problems that can be cused by bad circulation, so it figures that boosting your circulation will be a bonus for your whole body. Regular massage helps to get the blood moving, getting essentail nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs much faster. The squeezing and pulling actions involved in a good massage also help to flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph. (the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph - the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.

Migraine Symptoms

Nobody really knows what causes migraines, and there isn't a cure, but if you're a migraine sufferer you'll be pleased to hear that studies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks, and lessen the severity of the symptoms. So migrains, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.

Skin Cancer

Of course, I wouldn't tell you that massage cures cancer; it can't. But in some cases your massage therapist can notice abnormalities in your skin that you can't see or just haven't picked up on, and alert you to them. Regular massage can also be good for your skin as it gets the circulation going and the nourishing oils used in a treatment help to keep skin feeling soft.

Allergies

A massage helps to stimulate lymph flow around your body, which boosts your immune system and can help to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Sometimes a therapist might be able to tell just from your lymph nodes if you are an allergy sufferer as they can feel tender or swollen.

Did any of those surprise you? Of course, you don't need to make an excuse for wanting a massage, but if you are dealing with any of these health issues, it's ood to know that your regular massage habit is helping.

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.

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