Body Care

2018 Introducing The Year Of Awesome Muscle Health!

2018 is off to a fresh start so what do I need to do to keep my muscle system in awesome working order and feeling amazing.   There are tons of sources out there with almost all the same view on what to eat, how to exercise when to stretch, and how often you should have a massage.  So, let’s dive into the subject and see where my quirky view on life will take us. Read more “2018 Introducing The Year Of Awesome Muscle Health!”

Body Care

How Does Sand, Salt & Seaweed Make A Mermaid…

Want to feel like a Mermaid? Just start adding a trip to the beach 2x’s a week to improve your body health. Come along as we explore the great things sand, sea salt, and seaweed can do for your skin to overall body health. I prefer to stay on the beach and soak up the beach benefits and watch for a shark fins.

There is sand everywhere when you arrive at the beach and even upon arriving home from the beach.  The annoying pesty stuff turns up days and weeks after in every nook and cranny.  So how can this annoying stuff really benefit me?  Sand has the super power of being a natural exfoliant that the finer the sand the better it is for your skin.  Sand can also reduce scar tissue. It is not recommended to be used on your face but excellent for the rest of your body by allowing your pores to breathe better. While you’re at the beach take this opportunity to take a walk on the sandy beach this will help you burn 50% more calories.  Sounds like a win-win situation with the relaxing waves and the sun to accompany you on your walk.

During your walk, you are introduced to salt water as it the waves comes in and out over your feet.  Salt waters have the super power of curing, clearing and cleansing what it comes in contact with.   Swimming or bathing in salt water help with heal acne, dandruff,  and sores.  While you’re in this nice liquid salt you can also reduce inflammation and reduce pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. If you decide to swim in the ocean please remember to stay safe by being aware of rip currents, tide changes, and sharks.

Seaweed is often littered along the beach looking slimy and smelling like dead seafood.  However, Seaweed does have a super power of purifying the ocean and our bodies. When seaweed is used in a bath or wrapped on the skin it can help with many things such as skin tone, eczema, psoriasis. It used internally by eating or tea it can be a great antioxidant, lower LDL cholesterol, increase memory, increase mental sharpness and help with sleep.  Check out Marlene Watson-Tara’s blog for more information on seaweed.

So after being a Mermaid for a day make sure to shower to remove excess salt, sand, and seaweed,  Apply lotion to moisturize your skin that does dry out from the benefits these three things do for your skin and muscles. From one Mermaid to another the ocean is my super power!

Massage Info

Shark Bites & Amputations, Can Massage Help?

Shark bites have become more common over the last several years as man interferes with the balance of nature. When we protect one type of animal another will increase due to it being their food source.  This has been seen along the east coast as we protect the seals the amount of fish in the waters off the coast decrease and the number of sharks increase.  With an increased number of sharks, it increases the likelihood of shark sightings and bites.

What exactly attracts a shark to attack a human instead of a food source?

Discovery compiled information provided by the NOAA Fisheries Service:“

“1) Stay in groups and do not wander away from your companions, since sharks are more likely to attack individuals.

2) Avoid being in the water during early morning and late afternoon, since sharks actively feed at those times.

3) Never go into the water if you are bleeding, even if the cut or injury is minor. Sharks possess very keen senses, and blood could attract one from several feet away.

4) Don’t wear shiny jewelry when in the water. The glisten mimics fish-scale sheen and visually labels you as shark prey.

5) Stay away from sport or commercial fishermen when in the water, as their catches could attract sharks.

6) Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing in murky waters, since sharks easily perceive color contrasts.

7) Refrain from excessive splashing, which could mimic the movements of injured or disoriented prey fish and animals.

8) Sandbars, steep drop-offs and estuary inlets tend to be shark hangouts, so avoid swimming in these places.”

Sharks only kill about 10 people a year and on average about 84 unprovoked attacks a year from sharks.  The people that are attacked usually end up with a lot of scar tissue as a result of the tearing of shark’s teeth.  In a few cases the person losses a limb to the shark or infection.

Massage is excellent for people that are recovering from an accident that has resulted in scar tissue, loss of a limb or torn muscles. Circular massage over the scar area reduces the inflation, increases circulation to the scar area and helps improve healing.  By massaging the scar tissue it will keep it pliable and soft. It will also prevent it from attaching to muscle, tendons and ligaments that will prevent free movement by reducing collegens and adhesions. The lotions and oils used help keep the skin drying out.

Stay safe this summer while you enjoy swimming at the beach.

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So Many Choices, So Little Time! Help!

We are surrounded by so many choices for things to make our body, mind, and spirit feel amazing, it all becomes a bit confusing. In this blog, we will explore different types of professions that help peoples body, mind and spirit and how that relates to massage or differs. The professions we will explore are massage, chiropractor, acupuncture and physical therapist. We all do different things that compliment each other and we should not make people feel that they should not see one of these professionals.

chiropractor

Chiropractors work with the movement of our bones. This is very important that our bones move correctly so that the rest of our body feels great and in line. The definition of a chiropractor, described by Merriam-Webster is “a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (such as the spinal column) holds a current license to practice chiropractic in this state.”  It is important to a massage therapist that a clients joints and bones are in correct position. We can assist a chiropractor by relaxing a client’s muscles so the bones and joints will go into alignment with little or no pain and stay in alignment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an age old treatment done with needles or cupping to relieve pain. It does not always work if the client is not able to relax and trust the person doing the acupuncture. I have sent clients to try acupuncture when all other methods of pain relief have not worked. I do believe in avoiding prescription medications aka pain killers as some can be very addictive. The Free Dictionary defines acupuncture as “one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over forty medical problems, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, nervous conditions, and disorders of the eyes, nose and throat, and childhood illnesses, among others. Acupuncture has been used in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. It is an effective and low-cost treatment for headaches and chronic pain, associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis. It has also been used to supplement invasive Western treatments like chemotherapy and surgery. Acupuncture is generally most effective when used as prevention or before a health condition becomes acute, but it has been used to help patients suffering from cancer and AIDS. Acupuncture is limited in treating conditions or traumas that require surgery or emergency care (such as for broken bones).”

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is the study of how bones and muscles move together. The Free Dictionary defines a physical therapist as “a rehabilitation professional who promotes optimal health and functional independence through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or chronic movement dysfunction, physical disability, or pain. A physical therapist is a graduate of a physical therapy program approved by a nationally recognized accrediting body or has achieved the documented equivalent in education, training, or experience; in addition, the therapist must meet any current legal requirements of licensure or registration and be currently competent in the field.”

Each and every field of study has something to offer you if you fit into what they are offering. The massage field is great at supporting and enhancing each area so you have the best experience and out come possible for your body, mind, and spirit. I highly recommend getting a massage before you see the above professionals to make your journey complete. See you soon on a massage table for an experience of a life time.