Don’t Let Loss Shape Your Outlook

In the last few months, I have been dealing with my mother’s health decline to her death at the end of August 2019. Our family has been preparing our selves for the loos of mom for the last two years. You are never truly ready to face the loss of a person that is larger than life and been a huge part of your whole life. In this blog, I will touch on what the steps of loss and grief are and how I have been handling them plus how massage can help you travel those steps a little easier.

We are all familiar with the steps of loss/grief but we all tend to ignore them when it comes to our own situation. The five steps are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We can travel back and forth between theses steps many times before we reach acceptance. For those of us that like to try to say we are just fine are probably not fine. I myself have been traveling these steps since I made the decision to return to Texas to help with the care of my mother. As the holiday season approaches, I find it very depressing to think about preparing or celebrating the holidays. My mother adored the holidays from decoration, food to gifts she went overboard. I am aware that the holiday season is my time to come to a complete acceptance that my mom is gone but her very special memories remain in my heart and mind forever.

As a massage therapist, I get the wonderful job of helping clients along on their journey to loss/grief through a relaxing massage or a listening ear. The steps of grief can cause havoc on the body from loss of sleep and appetite, high levels of stress and a body soreness that is unexplained. Choosing to get a weekly to monthly massage or body treatment after the loss/grief in your life can help you navigate the step by helping increase sleep and appetite, reduce the feeling of stress and soreness.

We all face things differently but your massage therapist can help relieve some of the symptoms to make it easier to travel the road to acceptance no matter if it takes you hours, months or years to reach it. I have lived by this since facing many loss/grief times in my life. Life is short, we can’t change the past, we have no idea for sure what the future will be, so live each day, hour and second like it could be your last with no regrets.

Suck The Pain Out

Come along with me on a journey that will show that hickies in high school were not a bad thing your mother always said they were.   Massage Cupping has become all the rage since it was on national TV with those nice perfectly round red circles on the athletes. In this blog, I want to introduce you to why you should have massage cupping as a part of your massage routine.  We will also touch on how it will change your life as far as pain during and after the massage.   Let’s get our suck on!

Cupping has been around since ancient time, it either started with Egyptian or Chinese.  As years passed it has evolved into what we know today as Massage Cupping or MediCupping that uses hand pump tool, bulb suction or a machine.  Not many therapists still use fire cupping since if not trained correctly you can burn a client and it is not as easy as modern-day equipment.  The tools come in glass, plastic, and silicone.

There are many techniques that can be used during a massage cupping session on a client.  They can be used on the face to tighten the skin and reduce fluid; this method doesn’t leave marks on your face if done correctly.  You can op to have lymphatic drainage that is done with light suction and leave very faint to no marks on your skin.  You can have a massage done with the silicone cups that are moved in different motions to lift the skin, tissues, and muscle to release the muscle, this method also leaves very few marks on the skin.  When a therapist parks the cupping tool in one location for up to 15 mins it will leave a reddish circle.  This can last up to two weeks before fading.  It is not considered a bruise since they are not caused by a blunt force trauma to the skin and tissue.  Parking a cup over your pain area can help release the muscle reduce pain from the straight massage. 

The benefits of massage cupping can last 1-4 days or even longer.  Warning massage cupping is very addictive and can only be done with at least 4 days between each treatment.  Book your massage cupping session today to bet your own perfect round circles that bring pain relief.