Your shoulders are important. They stand alone in their role and shouldn’t be asked to do double duty. They are not earrings! Every time we anticipate or worry about something or breathe using our upper chest and neck muscles, our shoulders are creeping up to where they don’t belong.
Your massage therapist is not making idle conversation when they ask “What does your pain feel like?”. The type of pain felt can be used to deepen assessment and ultimately create a treatment that is focused on the possible cause, not just the symptoms.
“No pain, no gain, right?” Is one of the most frequent statements made by massage therapy clients in reference to the amount of pressure they like during a massage. Yet, they often come in with pain and there is no sign of gain. How much pressure is the right amount?
During the steamy month of July there is no need to race out to your massage therapist. Some of the many benefits of massage can be achieved by simply staying put.
If you’re getting enough sleep, you can skip reading this post. Chances are the rest and rejuvenation required to meet the energy needs of your day is elusive. Sleep hygiene, habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis, is the latest in things that we should all be doing every day. However, the mere thought of adding one more ‘must do’ to the list can be exhausting. Still, without a solid 7-8 hours to restore energy, over time sleep depletion starts to show itself in irritability, forgetfulness, headaches and even depressed mood. Ironically, a body and mind that don’t know how to slow down can result in insomnia. After a while, something has to give. There are no guaranteed tricks to getting a good night’s sleep. The first step though can be as simple as acknowledging that restorative sleep is as essential as good food…