While masks are increasing our safety, they are also giving rise to ‘mask anxiety’, ‘maskne’, a persistent feeling of being out of breath, fogged-up glasses and fatigue.
Tired is relieved with rest. Fatigue hangs on whether or not we take time off, sleep more or improve attention to nutrition and exercise.
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.
Degenerative discs are in fact a condition, not a disease. Discs are shock absorbers that cushion each vertebrae; they dry out and get worn down over the decades. A diagnosis of degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be a shock. A future of pain and disability comes barrelling towards the recipient of this unwelcome news.
Massage therapy after a cancer diagnosis as well as during and after treatment is safe providing your massage therapist is aware of and practices in a manner that takes into consideration a range of precautions. “Just a relaxation massage” can be so much more. A physically safe and calm environment, a skilled and knowledgeable therapist and clear parameters lay the foundation for a massage that can help access greater calm and clarity. This in turn serves you well as you process information about cancer, treatment options and adapt to the multiple changes the diagnosis will bring. A design study undertaken at a cancer centre showed that “massage, along with reiki and yoga, helped decrease stress and anxiety, improve mood and enhance overall health and quality of life” for 150 cancer patients. (Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2016) “No pain no gain.” Pain during a massage treatment is an indication of…