Benefits of Massage

The field of therapeutic massage and bodywork draws from touch therapies of both Western and non-Western traditions. Practitioners incorporate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to address soft tissue dysfunctions, stress-related conditions and energy imbalances.

Massage therapy has been proven effective in:

  • Relieving back pain
  • Boosting immune system
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Treating migraines
  • Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Easing post-operative pain
  • Alleviating side effects of cancer

Source: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets

Tips to Reduce Stress

I believe and have personal experience that our bodies were created to heal themselves, but the stress of our daily lives can get in the way.  I have also seen over the last ten years as a massage therapist specializing in stress and pain relief that there are many natural ways to increase our wellness and decrease our stress and pain.  Below are a few suggestions.  Choose one that is easy for you and set an easily achievable goal for a week; then re-evaluate and set another goal for the next week.  You can then add another or continue with the same one.

Increase water intake:  If you do not drink enough water or drink very little, try increasing your water intake for a week to see if this makes a difference.  One way to do this is to alternate water with your regular beverage.  Visit www.watercure.com for more information from an M.D. expert on water.   NOTE: If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, be sure you are REPLACING  other fluids or check with your physician first.

What you eat:  reduce fast food intake or reduce the whites (white sugar, white flour). Consider starting a food journal to see if there is a connection between how you feel today and what you ate or drank yesterday.  MyFitnessPal is a free phone and tablet app that is helpful to journal your food and drink intake and is also available at www.MyFitnessPal.com for your computer.

Breathing:  take ten deep breaths.  This is especially effective when you are stressed because most people tend to shallow breathe or almost hold their breath when they are stressed.  To me, this is the next best thing to massage for reducing stress and doesn’t cost anything, you don’t need equipment, and can do it anywhere.

Attitude:  Positive thoughts are very powerful.  Holding on to negative emotions such as anger, bitterness and resentment creates blockages in the body’s natural ability to heal.  Eliminate or reduce as much negativity in your life as you can.  Forgive yourself and others.

Rest:   Every body is different,  but most need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep.  Take a nap if and when you need one.  Take an occasional weekend off.  Take a vacation or staycation.  Give yourself permission to relax or just go the park, read a book, listen to music, or do something else that relaxes you.

Exercise:  Find an exercise you like to do or you will not follow through with it.  Everyone is different and you need to find what works for you.  Start slow, do not overwork your muscles when just starting or resuming an exercise regimen. Set easily achievable goals.  Try an epsom salt bath, hand or foot soak; visit www.EpsomSaltCouncil.org for more information.

 

*Disclaimer:  These tips are general and are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any medical illnesses.  If under the care of a medical physician, always check first before implementing changes.

Why I love Twitter

I have learned so much from Twitter in the last few months; it is so much more than a social networking site  Really easy way to do research:  type in the subject you are interested in, i.e. massage.  Narrow down if necessary, i.e. therapeutic massage.  I don’t follow anyone until I check out their recent tweets, i.e. I don’t want to know what someone had for lunch, just looking for information.  Another suggestion is to type in the name of an organization and see who they follow and check out some of those sites.  Most organizations follow other professionals or organizations and many are worthwhile at least checking out. 

I have been on FaceBook for several years now, and there is absolutely no comparison.  Twitter by nature is brief and concise, but you can expand or click on link or video for more information.  Absolutely love it!. 

These are two accounts which I post to and try to give valuable content and not waste people’s time.  My massage/health-related tips are at @paulinesmassage.  

I have been working at Merle Norman Day Spa in Casa Grande since last year and also post beauty tips from the Merle Girls of Casa Grande @MerleNormanCG.  Also includes some videos from www.merlenorman.com and www.casagrandedayspa.com

Check them out and post comments below.