In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank you for allowing me to have twelve years of giving massage. When I was in massage school, there were so many teachers and experienced therapists who talked about what a gift it is to give a massage to someone. I didn’t understand this until I started working. It is truly a blessing that you consider letting me give you massage. My life has become so much more rewarding by helping you find a better, more peaceful path to greater health.
Lately I find myself reminding others to “be good to yourself.” While it’s wonderful to pamper and reward yourself, there’s something even more subtle you can do. Think good thoughts about yourself. Have you ever noticed that you’re your own worst critic? We all are, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can change any relationship, even the one with yourself. When you look in the mirror, do you like who you see? Do you notice flaws and imperfections? Do you prefer not to look in the mirror at all?
Here’s a great exercise. Look in the mirror. Look right into your eyes, like you would look at someone you love. Now smile. I know, it’s so goofy. If you laugh that’s ok, it’s even good, it probably widens your smile. Hold the gaze. What I hope will happen is that you feel how good it is to receive your own smile and it will carry with you all day.
Have you ever had someone pass you on the street who smiled or said something nice and you felt good? Sometimes it stays with you for hours or longer. I once had a big, burly man hold the door for me at Stewart’s and compliment my purse. How often does that happen? It’s been with me for a few months and I bet will last a long time. So you see how looking at yourself and smiling, once a day, once a week, can build a bond with that wonderful person who is smiling back.
According to one researcher in the New England Journal of Medicine, the more chocolate is eaten in a country, the more Nobel prize winners that country produces. The winning ingredients in chocolate are the flavonoids and antioxidants which are “effective in slowing down or even reversing the reductions in cognitive performance that occur with aging,” wrote Columbia University professor Franz Messerli.
“Since chocolate consumption could hypothetically improve cognitive function not only in individuals but also in whole populations, I wondered whether there would be a correlation between a country’s level of chocolate consumption and its population’s cognitive function,” Messerli wrote. He found “a close, significant linear correlation between chocolate consumption per capita and the number of Nobel laureates per 10 million persons in a total of 23 countries.”
Switzerland “was the top performer in terms of both the number of Nobel laureates and chocolate consumption.” The United States, France and Germany are in the middle of the list, while China, Japan and Brazil are at the bottom. Sweden was the exception, producing more than twice as many Nobel laureates as expected, based on chocolate consumption.
How does this affect your health? I’m hoping to reduce any guilt you may accumulate from eating chocolate during Halloween. If you’re like me, you’re going to eat those candy bars anyway (especially the chocolate ones), but now you can feel yourself getting smarter with every delicious bite. Hey, I’m here to reduce your stress any way I can.
Doesn’t the idea of an hour of relaxation and massage sound perfect right now? Massage therapy provides an instant reprieve from your hectic schedule, time devoted just for you. You can’t respond to emails, text, or answer a barrage of phone calls while you are relaxing during a therapeutic massage. You deserve at least an hour massage to preserve precious quiet time and complement your healthy lifestyle.
When I was in grade school, our cafeteria boasted signs proclaiming “You are What you Eat.” That phrase is over-used but still has not lost its simple truth. Your mother is also still right, eat your green vegetables to grow strong! If you’re not eating it already, you can add one super-food to your diet that will directly effect that health of your muscles since it’s high in a variety of nutrients. Kale is packed with vitamins K, A, and C, plus calcium and iron. One cup of cooked kale contains a full day’s supply of vitamin A and about 10% of your daily need for calcium. Catskill NY herbalist, Susun Weed, suggests cooking kale a little longer than usual to release the available magnesium too.
You can cook kale a wide variety of ways and luckily the vitamin A is fat-soluble, not water-soluble, so it will not be destroyed even when cooked in water. When sauteeing in oil or another fat, the kale isn’t cooked long enough or at high enough temperatures to destroy a nutritionally significant amount of the vitamins. For more information and recipes, visit www.kaleeffect.com and www.eatmorekale.com
According to the latest American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) industry facts, almost 10 percent more people received massage for a medical or health reason than in the previous year. Common reasons that bring people in for a massage are pain management, injury rehabilitation, chronic pain management or overall wellness. One recent trend is having massage offered in hospitals with increasing referrals by doctors.
Fueling this trend is that more and more patients are asking their doctors for referrals to alternative practitioners such as massage therapists. As more people request these services, hospitals and other health care providers are taking notice and making changes to the services they offer.
Cooler weather often pushes us to stay indoors and we lose touch with our established wellness regimens. Prepare your body for the blustery, cooler weather with a massage designed to restore radiance and relieve your aching muscles. Massage therapy can increase circulation and get your body feeling warmer, calmer and boost your immune system too. If you’d like even more immune boosting, try a body wrap using germ-fighting essential oils. The gentle cupping work soothes your muscles while it prepares your skin to efficiently absorb the oils.
Ndakinna Education Center and the Saratoga Spa State Park present the Saratoga Native American Festival on September 29 and 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center from 10 am to 7 pm.
There will be traditional dancing, storytelling and music, native arts crafts and jewelry, cultural demonstrations, a children’s activity tent, and Native food vendors. I’ve been in past years and have really enjoyed it.
For general information call (518) 583-1440 or visit www.SaratogaNativeFestival.com. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 5.
One of the many benefits of massage cupping is that it helps your body’s processes work more efficiently. For example, massage cupping improves the elasticity of your blood vessels allowing them to do a better job of transporting nutrients such as oxygen to your cells and bringing undesirable items out of your body. Some of these items are just old cells that were left behind like fine silt in a slow moving stream. Occasionally, massage cupping brings these old cells to the surface of your skin where they can be sloughed off. If the cell had any pigment, like blood cells, then your skin will show reddish, brown, yellow, or even purple spots. Even though these look like bruises, they are not bruises! It’s a natural, healthy reaction to a process that had been stalled.
Since massage cupping is a fairly new treatment to this area, I’ve taken the time to get extensive training both here and in Europe. Just like you want to receive regular massage or any other form of treatment from someone with the proper certification, it’s also the same with massage cupping. If you’re interested in researching cupping on your own, be aware that you will find you tube videos and other information about massage cupping that is misleading. I can tell you that, massage cupping is not the same as acupuncture cupping, the cups should not be left on your body for too lengthy a time, and it most definitely does not leave bruises. Any source saying otherwise should be disregarded. If you’re interested in more accurate information, you can google Anita Shannon with Ace Massage Cupping. She has worked diligently for over 25 years bringing awareness of this treatment internationally.
Qigong is the Chinese art of exercise/meditation with dynamic movements and still postures in combination with mental and spiritual concentration to influence the flow of Qi or Life Force.
Join Ed Hubbell for Chinese Qigong on Saturday October 6 from 10 am – 4 pm at a beautiful outdoor venue in the Saratoga Springs area.
$125 prior to September 22, $150 thereafter
Bring a partner and pay only $115 each!
This will be a limited class size. Early paid registration is suggested, as class is filling up quickly. For more information, call 518.538.5454 or visit www.FusionHealingArts.com
Regular practice of Qigong:
Improves your health
Prevents and treats disease
Lowers blood pressure
Fosters inner peace
Engages body/mind connection
“Taking Qigong from Ed Hubbell has opened my internal energy to another level. My new-found peace and sense of presence helps me in stressful situations.” – Tom Laszewski