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Prenatal Massage

Posted on 29 May, 2016 at 20:35 Comments comments (1)

You're pregnant!  It is an exciting time in your life.  Pregnancy is a wonderful gift for some women.  The little one moves and kicks.  Your friends and family dote on you every chance they get.  Even perfect strangers are excited for you.  There are few things that compare with having a baby.


There are some not-so-fantastic parts of pregnancy too.  Weight gain, feeling like your body isn't yours anymore, back and hip pain, swollen feet, constipation, swollen or tender breasts, fatigue and nausea to name a few.  Random people coming up to you and just touching your belly, unsolicited advice, some people treating you like you are made of glass; I'm sure the list could go on.  You don't have control with some of these things but there is something you can do for the back and hip pain, swollen feet, fatigue and a host of other physical issues that come with this blessing.  Massage!


There are lots of new studies out there that shows how beneficial massage can be during pregnancy (at any stage). Here is one! Massage has been shown to help with back and hip pain and fatigue.  It may also help decrease stress and anxiety, improve sleep and mood, and may also help with the pain associated with labor and delivery.  


Most Massage Therapists have some training in prenatal massage.  Going to a Massage Therapist that has advanced certification in prenatal massage is the best thing to do because they have taken classes that are specifically made for the pregnant woman.  We learn techniques, grow confident in our abilities and are not afraid to work (really work) on the pregnant body.  We have different positions for you to get in, special bolstering for your changing body and, the best part, WE WANT YOU TO COME TO US!  I have books and exercise videos for you to borrow.  I feel comfortable contacting your doctor if you are high risk and unsure if you can receive massage.  I have also become a certified reflexologist specifically so I can work on reflex points that can help with constipation, sinus problems, hip pain, etc.  I believe massage is beneficial during all trimesters and will never turn you away in your first trimester or third trimester.


Most pregnancy websites will tell you to find someone who has special certifications in prenatal massage so the massage is catered to your needs.  Your doctor may even tell you to find someone who specializes in prenatal massage.  It really is the best idea for you and your baby. Schedule your massage today and start reaping the benefits massage can offer.  

Simple Steps to Prevent and Detect Melanoma/Skin Cancer

Posted on 2 May, 2016 at 13:25 Comments comments (0)

Summer is right around the corner and where there is more sun, there is often more skin exposure. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and we are going to look at some ways you can prevent and detect skin cancer.

 

PREVENT

 

Cover up with clothes and sunscreen.

As a rule of thumb, cover up as much as possible. Be sure to wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Use broad spectrum (UVA/B) sunblock with SPF 15 or higher every day. If you’ll be active outdoors, opt for a water-resistant, UVA or UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. (Sunscreens should be used on babies over six months of age.)

 

Avoid harsh sun and tanning.

Avoid getting a sunburned at all costs. Skip the tanning and never use UV tanning beds. The sun is strongest between 10AM and 4PM, so try to avoid the sun during these hours and find some shade. Make sure to keep newborns out of the sun.

 

 

DETECT

 

Perform a head-to-toe self exam.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends everyone practices a self examination every month. Skin cancers found and removed early are, more often than not, curable. You may find having a doctor perform the initial examination will help assure you that any existing spots, moles or freckles are totally normal and treat any that aren’t. After that a routine self exam shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes.

 

Get your partner involved.

In addition to seeing your physician annually for a professional skin exam, have your partner keep an eye out for any changes in your skin. Sometimes they see parts of our bodies that we don’t see everyday (like the small of our back or behind your neck). Have a discussion about the importance of paying attention to changes in your skin and make sure you return the favor by keeping an eye on any changes on their skin.

 

Get regular massages.

First, you should know, it’s not up to your massage therapist to check you for signs of cancer, but it definitely can’t hurt having an extra set of eyes on you! When you are a receiving regular massages, your massage therapist will become familiar with your body and all the little markings that go with it. Sometimes, a massage therapist is a first line of defence since they will notice if a birthmark, freckle, or mole has changed size or shape.

 

Prevention is only half the battle. And hopefully it’s the only battle you will ever face. If you should happen to find yourself in a different battle, the early detection of skin cancer is paramount. The sooner you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it.

 

Enjoy your summer, but remember to protect yourself from the sun and bring ANYTHING suspicious to your doctor immediately.

 

3 Things Massage Can Help You with Right Now

Posted on 18 April, 2016 at 13:05 Comments comments (3331)

We know massage will make us move better and feel happier, but not everyone can make time for regular appointments. Luckily massage is great preventive care and it can have some instantly-gratifying results. Check out these 3 things massage can help you with right now.

 

Headaches

Tension headaches (often called stress headaches) are the most common type of headaches among adults.

 

Pain or pressure in your forehead or on the top or sides of your head? Could be a tension headache. It's especially likely if you've been hunching over a desk or some knitting, spent a ton of time in a car, or if you're still shivering and huddling to keep warm as spring slowly creeps in.

 

Massage can help get rid of that headache and regular massage may well keep it from coming back.

 

Low Back Pain

A major research study was published in 2011 showing that massage therapy was better than drugs and usual care for general lower back pain. Better than drugs. I just had to say that twice.

 

Just about everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their life. If it happens to you, don't suffer. Schedule a massage and get back into action.

 

Irritability

Have you ever been so cranky you got on your own nerves? Yeah, me, too. It isn’t fun. When you feel yourself biting everyone’s head off when they ask you a question, it might be time for some self-care.

 

Massage is great for stress relief. You get to shut off all the things that buzz and chime and aggravate you to the point of eye twitches. Music, silence, warmth, massage. All the cranky disappears.

 

This is dual purpose. You'll feel better and all the people around you will be happier that you're back to your sunny self.

 

Got a headache, low back pain, or a case of the grumpies? Get a massage scheduled and we’ll handle that fast.

 

Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week

Posted on 7 March, 2016 at 10:15 Comments comments (2673)


 

Sometimes getting a full night’s sleep seems impossible to achieve. No matter the cause - stress, pain, your work schedule or another reason - if you are not receiving regular quality sleep it can interfere with your health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, “Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions - such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression - which threaten our nation’s health.”

 

Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13) gives us an opportunity to leave insufficient sleep behind and get back to the quality sleep that is so vital to our health and wellness. Here are a few ways you can start getting on track to better sleep habits.

 

Say adios to technology - well before bedtime.

Smartphones are everywhere and it’s not uncommon to find them creeping into your bedroom. Turn them off. Better than that. Turn them off and keep them in another room. Nix the TV, ipad, laptop and whatever else has found it’s way into your resting space. Break the habit and allow yourself to relax on a deep level.

 

Establish a routine that is calming and relaxing.

Humans are habitual creatures. How you wrap up your day can greatly impact the quality of sleep you receive. Finish the day with warm bath or shower, a cup of tea, cool the temperature in your room, and shut out the lights. Establishing a routine can triggers a natural response that tells the body, “it’s time for bed.”

 

Massage. Massage. Massage.

There I said it. Massage is HUGE when it comes to improving your sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage to be beneficial for insomnia-related stress, as well as:

Anxiety

Digestive disorders

Fibromyalgia

Headaches

Myofascial pain syndrome

Paresthesias and nerve pain

Soft tissue strains or injuries

Sports injuries

Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)

 

Massage can not only increase relaxation and lower your fatigue, but it can reduce pain and improve your quality of sleep. Which can also help restore your sleep pattern. Our need for sleep has dramatically increased with the more technology available and the busier our schedules get. Massage is a great way to fulfill that need. In effort to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week, schedule a massage and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

 


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