I want to thank you for twelve great years! Thanks to you, I’ve been able to do something I love – offering massage, pain and stress relief, alternative health options, and a peaceful space to get away from it all. If it weren’t for you, I’d be at a desk somewhere and I’d be grumpy. I take such joy in knowing that you’re happy to see me when you come in and feel better when you leave my office. It’s truly priceless and I’m very grateful.
An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from several variations of spastic colon, a condition that often alternates between constipation and diarrhea. One common diagnosis is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that in itself is considered benign but the symptoms can be so erratic that they add stress to a syndrome that is made worse by stress.
Stress management is a key component to treating IBS. As with many other conditions, the less stress you feel, the less pain you feel. Massage releases endorphins which can slow or even stop pain signals. Massage can stop a viscious cycle of spasms that result in pain by simply calming your system down.
Consider massage as part of your program to reduce IBS symptoms. Along with the stress relief, you may also benefit from a soothing abdominal massage to aid your digestion.
Neck pain can come on suddenly. The muscles in one side of your neck can be so tight that your head is almost drawn down to one side, limiting movement and causing a lot of discomfort. In the summer’s heat, this pain can be caused by sleeping under a draft from an open window or a breeze from a fan. When you’re in one position too long, especially with your head turned to one side, a shortened muscle gets chilled and painful trigger points result.
Luckily, massage is great for relieving neck pain. Watch the weather and when the next heat wave is due, schedule your massage ahead of time and keep the fan from blowing directly on you.
You don’t have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. Any repetitive motion such as working on computer keyboards will cause this form of tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon on the outside of your elbow). Tennis elbow is a common condition that can last for a long time if not treated. Treatment may require you to stop whatever activities make the pain worse and get deep tissue massage above and below the elbow. If you feel pain on the inside of the elbow, it’s called golfer’s elbow, but the treatment is the same.
If you have any of these symptoms you may have TMJ (temperomandibular joint) trouble.
Popping, clicking, or cracking in your jaw
Clenching or grinding of your teeth
Headaches that seem to start near your ears
Inability to open your jaw all the way while brushing your teeth or chewing
TMJ disorder can be caused by tight muscles in the ear and jaw area. Luckily there is a simple and pleasant treatment. Massage cupping is a very effective tool to relieve tightness in your muscles. It also calms your nervous system which helps reduce the stress that can be the cause of jaw clenching.
If you’re limited on time, the massage facelift is a half hour treatment of massage cupping on your neck and face relieving tension in your jaw, sinuses, and forehead. It also happens to have wonderful benefits for your skin! I can also incorporate massage cupping work into any massage.
It’s going to be hot out there for a while longer. Make sure you double up on the amount of water that you drink. If you like caffeinated drinks like coffee and cola, remember that they’re diuretics so they pull more water out of your body than they add in. You really need to watch your water intake if you have more caffeinated drinks in hot weather.
If you feel that your muscles are more sore than usual, that could be an early warning sign of dehydration. Try drinking water and see if your symptoms ease up. Headaches can be a symptom of mild dehydration as well.
Sometimes older science has as much impact, or more, than newer works. I’ve been reading “The Hidden Messages in Water” by Dr. Masaru Emoto. To quote from the book jacket “Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them…..water that has been exposed to loving words show brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. in contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.”
How does this impact us? Consider that the average human body is 70 percent water. Throughout our lives we exist primarily as water. Modern research has also shown that the condition of your mind has a direct impact on the condition of your body. Consider the idea that taking a few minutes each day to think positively about yourself, even writing it down and keeping it near your body, could bring about greater health in your body.
If you don’t know what to write, take a cue from Dr. Emoto. He wrote the simple words “love” and “gratitude” on paper and put it under the water. The same beautiful crystals were formed. What would happen if you wrote this on a piece of paper and put it under a glass of water and then drank it? What would happen if you did this every day?
Keep your muscles well hydrated and stay cool this summer with this easy recipe. Steep peppermint tea bags in either hot or cool water until the water is nice and dark. Add ice and decant in a convenient location so you’ll drink it frequently. You can vary it by adding seltzer in a glass, lemon slices, or a pinch of sugar.
Your massage therapist is always telling you to drink water. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a water supplement? Now, there is, but it’s so much more than that. Ask me about ASEA. If you’d like to learn more first, visit www.Lesley.TeamASEA.com
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When you’re injured, it’s important to know what kind of care you need during each stage of the healing process. Right after the injury, you will probably have swelling around the injured area. This is a healthy response, allowing your body to supply the necessary nutrients to cushion and heal the area, and also reminding you to limit the use of the injured area. Traditional management of acute inflammation includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area (RICE), which minimizes further injury and decreases inflammation.
Massage is helpful after an injury in several ways. While you probably won’t want massage on the injured area, work elsewhere can help your nervous system calm down. Stress associated with injury, whether from pain, physical reactions, or emotional responses, diverts energy and resources away from repair processes. It may also help you sleep more deeply, allowing your body to heal more quickly.
Once you’re past the inflammation phase, massage can help to correct any odd postures that you may have adopted to compensate for limited movement caused by the injury. Gentle manipulation of the injured area increases circulation, bringing more nutrients to help repair. It also helps break up scar tissue and adhesions and increase range of motion.