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I started this blog to give you insight of things you may not know about massage. Often times I hear, "I did not know that." and now you will...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rhabdo... it's not a pain you just ignore.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that results in the death of your muscle cells from a stress (like exercise) that overwhelms the body’s ability to adapt.  

So the following is an article about Crossfit... but I don't think you can just limit that to that particular exercise... there is a such thing as too much exercise no matter what you are doing period. So PLEASE use caution and watch for signs of your body telling you to stop or slow down... don't over do it!!'
Let me also state that Rhabdo is a rare condition... but you CAN induce it by over working your muscles... so please be careful!

Things you may not have known massage can do for you....

I'd love to tell you that I wrote the article below but I did not... the link to it is at the bottom of the article. So I hope you enjoy!

"Massage Can Do That?”
What You Might Not Know About the Benefits of Bodywork

By Rebecca Jones

This article is from the Autumn 2012 issue of Body Sense magazine.

You know all about the relaxation benefits of massage--there's no better tonic for tired muscles or flagging spirits. But you may not know about some of the other amazing benefits of massage, especially when it's a regular regimen. It has a lot of positive payoffs you may never have thought about. 

Massage Can Make You a More Productive Worker
Researchers have found that massage tends to lower the body's production of cortisol, a stress hormone that suppresses the immune system. Block cortisol and the body's so-called "natural killer cells" are freer to attack any incoming germs before they can establish a beachhead in your body. Along with a health-saving regimen of hand washing and preventive care, regular massage can go a long way toward keeping you sniffle-free. And fewer colds mean fewer sick days, which means you can get more done.

Massage Can Make You a Better automobile Driver
Your driver's ed teacher was right: never, ever change lanes without looking both in the rearview mirror and physically looking over your shoulder. Yes, twist and turn that neck for safety's sake. Most rearview mirrors have a blind spot, and countless accidents occur every year when drivers unknowingly move into the path of another car. One study from the United Kingdom found that the number of crashes caused by blind spots rose 50 percent between 2009 and 2011, probably because of a thickening of the metal structures between the front and back windows in an effort to make cars structurally safer. It makes the cars safer, but it also makes the blind spots larger.

Now think about what happens when a stiff neck makes turning your head painful. Fortunately, a massage can improve blood flow to the stiff area and will provide the nutrients needed for quick recovery. Your neck will feel better, and you'll drive more safely as a result.

Massage Can Help You Lose Weight
Starting an exercise regimen takes mental discipline, but it also takes a willingness to endure some pain. That's because after any strenuous workout, muscles get inflamed, and that leads to soreness. Suffering through a bout of aching arms, calves, shoulders, and thighs might just drive the faint of heart back to the couch.

Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California and the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, recently studied men's muscles after they exercised on stationary bicycles. They found that when the men had their legs massaged after a workout, they suffered less soreness the next day. The reason: massage seems to inhibit the activity of cytokines, which are proteins that cause inflammation, while it promotes the growth of mitochondria, which produce energy in the cells. 

Less soreness means fewer excuses to skip a workout, which can help you stick to your exercise routine and see the results you seek.

Massage Can Make You a Better Dancer ... Or Tennis Player ... Or Golfer
The reason has to do with proprioception--the body's innate sense of the relative position of all its parts. Police conducting field sobriety tests may ask drivers they suspect of being under the influence of alcohol to close their eyes and touch their nose. People with normal proprioception can usually do this pretty accurately. Those who've had too much to drink cannot, because alcohol impairs proprioception. 

Some massage therapists are trained in an advanced form of flexibility therapy called proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), which can help clients learn safer, more natural ways to move their bodies. But even basic massage techniques have been shown to improve the mind-muscle link, therefore increasing an individual's fine and gross motor control. Massage alone won't earn you a spot on Dancing with the Stars, but it can help you be more adept and ditch your two left feet. 

Massage Can Make Food Taste Better
OK, it won't technically make the food taste any different, but it certainly can improve your digestion. Who relishes a feast when it's followed by indigestion and a bloated feeling? 

Massage has been shown to encourage the release of enzymes that break down food once it's been consumed. This not only makes digestion easier, but also increases the absorption of nutrients. Massage also encourages the release of antioxidants, which neutralize acids in the stomach. Finally, it increases peristalsis, the involuntary contraction of the muscles that moves food through the intestines, reducing the chance of constipation. 

If you're prone to indigestion or abdominal discomfort, tell your massage therapist. He or she may know specific massage techniques that can be especially beneficial to you.

Massage Can Lower Blood Pressure
Massage cannot magically unclog narrowed arteries or reverse cardiovascular disease, but it can help relieve stress, and managing stress is an important step in controlling blood pressure.

A number of studies point to the ability of gentle, relaxing Swedish massage to lower blood pressure. For instance, a 2011 Iranian study looked at 75 prehypertensive women. Some of the women received 10-15 minutes of Swedish massage three times a week for 10 sessions, while those in the control group did not. Based on the results, investigators concluded "massage therapy was a safe, effective, applicable, and cost-effective intervention." 

In 2010, researchers from Dillard University in Louisiana wondered whether therapeutic chair massage and instruction in diaphragmatic breathing might help lower blood pressure in African-American women. This is an especially at-risk group, with an estimated 44 percent suffering from hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. The study found decreased systolic blood pressure levels in these women for a week following a massage. 

Warning: not all massage is likely to lower blood pressure. Some types, such as trigger point or sports massage, may actually increase blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about how massage can fit into your overall wellness strategy. 

Massage Can Make You smile
You probably leave each massage session with a smile on your face, but you may be surprised to learn just how long it can last. Evidence suggests that massage therapy can relieve symptoms of depression, and, in turn, perhaps coax a grin during tough times. 

In 2010, Taiwanese researchers investigated randomized controlled trials of massage therapy in depressed patients. Based on the results, they concluded that massage therapy has "potentially significant effects" in alleviating depression. The findings, reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, indicate that the improved emotional mood brought on by massage might be due to stress reduction and relaxation, by bonding between therapist and client, or possibly by promoting the release of oxytocin, a hormone noted for its ability to induce feelings of optimism and increased self-esteem.

More study is needed to determine just why massage seems to be such an effective antidepressant, but this much is clear: massage can put a smile on your face, and that's better than a frown any day. 

Rebecca Jones is a Denver-area freelancer and frequent Body Sense contributor. Contact her at killarneyrose@comcast.net.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Vibram Five Fingers

Why do I wear them? What purpose do they serve?

Muscles ALL work together... from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head. When you walk with shoes, your body, more specifically your joints, become lazy and forget what they were suppose to do. Our bodies are natural shock absorbers. From the beginning of time when our bodies were made, it was perfectly designed... until well you know Eve did that deed. Clothing then led to shoes and shoes DO cause a lot of problems in your body. Now I cannot walk around barefoot all the time because of the hazards that lay on the ground... glass, dog poop, snot or rocks but Vibram Five Fingers are as close to bare feet as I can get. I get the balance I need with the protection I need for my feet.
One instance where I tested my five fingers was when I went to Paris, France with my dear husband. We were at the Eiffel Tower and my hubby wanted to find a tour company he thought was nearby... we walked and we walked... and we walked some more... still looking for this tour company... the next thing I know when I looked up, I see Notre Dame... now I'm a bit upset and relieved at the same time... most of you know that I'm not an exercise person.... but that was some exercise for me! But I can tell you that in NO way was I sore... if you ever been to Europe, you know that they LOVE cobblestone... cobblestone and five fingers are a challenge to say the least but I felt NO pain... anywhere! Now for those who don't know how long that walk is, it's a little over 4 miles... after that long walk, we jumped on a bus and rode around Paris, hitting all the landmarks... I didn't stretch, I didn't THINK about stretching after a long walk... and yet my muscles especially in my gastrocs were NOT tight... nor was my hamstrings, or glutes.
I do have to say though, I'm not much of a girlie girl... so most of my life was spent with no shoes on... so wearing minimalist shoes was easy for me... for you it may not be easy so I MUST SAY if you do decide to try out minimalist shoes... start slow... wear them for short periods of time and then take them off. Wearing minimalist shoes will NOT make you walk correctly and will NOT work magic. If you have bad movement patterns (because your brain has retained those movements), you will continue to have those patterns with minimalist shoes... that is until you RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN!! And of course get use to wearing almost nothing on your feet.
Just my little rant and a little education for you...
Often times I get asked "how often should I get a massage?" I don't ever try to "make" you come more often, instead I leave that up to you... how much time and money do you want to spend on your health is up to you. Ideally, who wouldn't want to have an hour (or two) a week to relax without the thoughts and stress of the world... the time you spend stress free actually brings years back to your life... and taking care of yourself enables you to continue to care for others!!!
Instead of saying, "I can't afford it." Try asking yourself "what can I do to afford it?"
I know my husband lives by his budget plan... but he's made a budget for himself, giving himself a certain amount of allowance so that he can do what he wants with it... a meal out, a game, a gift etc...
that allows him to enjoy life without missing out on what he enjoys.
What benefits do you get from a massage? LOTS! You can google it all day to see what massage can do for you... best of all you can FEEL it after your massage! Your massage isn't tangible, no one will be able to "see" what you bought... but I can assure you that everyone around you will notice a difference!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Too much

So it was my good intention to do this blog and keep up with it day by day. I have found that this task has become a bit overwhelming for me since I cannot adequately manage my time between being a mom, a massage therapist, a wife and a school volunteer. Although I do love my job, I cannot do this part of my job right now... so for now I am abandoning my blog... since I don't think anyone reads it, I find I am at peace with my decision. If someone is reading this, I apologize profusely but when the time is right again, I will be back.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I don't believe I personally am a healer... I help facilitate what the body is capable of doing--- healing itself. Often times it just takes a touch to help the body heal faster. Some therapist will call themselves a healer of sorts, I am not one of those therapists.
Now, I am a Christian... which means that when God created humans, He made their bodies capable of healing itself. When the body gets stuck, I am there to help what God created the body to do, facilitate healing.
I get tickled when I hear that I have helped someone... that is why I got into massage therapy but I don't heal people... I just help them ;)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage has a lot of benefits. Here are some just to name a few:

Benefits that a mother may experience:
  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Lessens sciatic pain
  • Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the low back & neck, calf cramps, it also helps with tension and tightening that can be experienced throughout the body
  • Tones lose muscles relaxes tense muscles and can help increase flexibility.
  • Helps with relaxation which in turn can decrease insomnia
  • Increases blood and lymph flow which can help increase the elimination of toxins through the circulatory and lymphatic systems, this can also help with fatigue.
  • Increases oxygen in the blood, sometimes on up to 10-15% after a massage.
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system.
  • Helps relieve anxiety or depression
  • Helps increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.
  • Can be used during the birth as well as after making both experiences easier and more comfortable
  • Eases stress mothers often feel after the birth
(taken from website: http://www.pregnancy.org/article/benefits-pregnancy-massage)

The most important thing to remember is that a pregnancy massage is only recommended to be done during or after your 14 week gestation. But just as there are many benefits to pregnancy massage, there are some contraindications as well. Talk to your therapist to find out what those are.