People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play, and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain while doing household chores, working/playing on the computer, or any of your other daily activities.
What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Try one or more of the following! Continue reading
Over the years, I’ve shared some excellent recipes, but now I’m going to keep them here, all in one place. Enjoy! Continue reading
The following suggestions are just meant give you some ideas on things you can do on your own to relax. If you have any medical issues, please consult your doctor first!
Have a cup of herbal tea
Chamomile is perfect for relaxing. Make sure you cover your teacup/mug while it is steeping, so the essential oils don’t escape and evaporate with the steam.
Soak your feet in a mini-Epsom salts bath
Fill a small tub with warm water and 1/2 cup Epsom salts. You can use a few drops of essential oil (in massage school, we used Olbas herbal bath), and soak for about 10-15 minutes. Epsom salts also make a great scrub for the legs and feet, so you could pour some of that 1/2 cup into your palm, add a few drops of water to make a paste, and then rub it into your skin before plunking your feet into the tub of water–just remember to do it all over the tub so the excess falls into the water!
Massage your face and scalp
Pretty self-explanatory, but a wonderful experience nonetheless. Using the pads of your fingertips, gently press and mush your facial tissue around in small circles. Don’t forget the eyebrows and around the ears and jaw. This will help release tension and increase circulation in these frequently used muscles.
Alternate nostril breathing
It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and like the previous tip, you always have this practice right at your fingertips (hee hee!). Block off your right nostril and breathe in through your left nostril. Next block the left nostril, release the right, and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale through the right, block the right nostril, release the left, and finally exhale through the left side. You have now completed one round. Aim to complete 5 to 10 rounds. You can learn more about the technique here.
Did you know: Bob Hope lived to 100 years old, and he and his family accredited that, in part, to the massages he got almost every day. Now, daily massage probably isn’t practical for most of us, but what about weekly or monthly visits? Massage is no longer considered a mere indulgence–it’s now proven to be an essential part of your health and wellness tool kit.
Frequent massage can have a great cumulative effect, but if life gets in the way, or maybe you’re brand new to massage, just one session can still provide relief to some common issues. Check out these three things massage can help you with right now.
Have you heard I’m in a new office? It’s the suite on the left.
In early August, I moved to a new office! Continue reading
Whether you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, Mother’s Day is time to honor those who’ve played this important role. Stepmothers, birth-mothers, and godmothers too. While there are as many ways of being a mother as there are moms in the world, one thing is certain: it’s a tough job, but a rewarding one. Here are some ways massage might be of service to the mothers in your life. Continue reading
The other day, a new client asked me if I ever did scalp massage. I said “yes, in almost every session,” and that she would be receiving one at the end of her massage. It turns out that, even though she had received a few massages over the years, she hadn’t ever had her scalp worked on! I’m always surprised if it gets left out, because it’s one of my favorite parts. It’s such a crucial area–especially for headaches and stress relief. I can hear it right now, though: some of you are saying “Wait, I have muscles in my scalp?!” Continue reading
…before you wreck yourself!
Hopefully, you have the day off today, but that doesn’t mean you’re not slouched at a computer or a smartphone! These little videos can help you adjust your posture while you’re on one your devices. As much as I would love to give you a great neck and shoulder massage after you’ve fallen for hours down the rabbit hole of the internet, it’s important to be aware of how you are positioned, because you can really get into a world of hurt. Make sure you also get up to walk around and stretch, and don’t forget to breathe! And while you’re at it, make sure you have a massage scheduled.
Today’s muscle is the psoas, the main muscle providing hip flexion.
“Psoas Major muscle” by Anatomography – CC BY-SA
Hey there– you deserve to see something cute. Check out this littlest monkey and how much she enjoys getting a massage: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/deaf-orphan-marmoset-loves-toothbrush-massage1
Even better, she knows not to skip getting her head massaged!