There’s an old saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” While it’s often used in a disparaging way, it shouldn’t be. Sometimes you need a good, all purpose, relaxing yet therapeutic massage. However, sometimes you need specific work for specific issues. That’s where specialties come in.
Massage and bodywork specialties require a lot of extra study and practice to:
We tend to divide stress into handy categories like mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, good, bad, and even “normal” (whatever that is). The trouble is, your body treats every type of stress as a physical threat, even though very few modern stressors are physical. It’s also only designed to deal with the stress response for short periods of time… basically the length of time it should take you to either fight or run away from that proverbial saber tooth tiger.
Most people have near constant stress at work, and large amounts of stress in their personal lives as well. Some of that stress is part and parcel to life in the modern world… after all, bosses and kids gonna be bosses and kids.
The good news is, you can relieve some of the bodily effects of stress with massage and bodywork.
Did you know that it’s not healthy to have more than 3-12 headaches per year? Yes, per year. If you have more than that you need to find the cause. You also need to find relief!
Through the right combination of massage, bodywork, Reiki, and aromatherapy, the frequency and the intensity of your headaches can be reduced. Many times, by working together we can eliminate your headaches altogether. If your headaches are caused by allergy or food related issues, I can refer you to excellent practitioners who can help you manage or possibly even eliminate those issues.
Migraines cannot be treated as if they’re just a really bad headaches, because they’re not; they’re a neurological disorder. When you have a migraine, you can feel intense pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of your head that limits or impairs normal activity and is often intensified by physical exertion. To be considered a migraine headache, these symptoms must be accompanied by nausea and at least one of the following: sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, and/or sensitivity to smell.
If you have headaches that fit the description of a migraine, you NEED to have them diagnosed by a doctor because many very serious conditions can mimic the pain patterns of migraines. While the more serious conditions are fairly rare, it really is a case of better safe than sorry. As a responsible massage therapist, I won’t work on your migraines if you haven’t been diagnosed. This is because, in many cases, headache massage will make these serious conditions worse.
Sadly, there is no cure for migraine headaches and you should be wary of anyone who promises one. However, A combination of skilled massage, bodywork, trigger identification, stress reduction, and aromatherapy can reduce both the intensity and the frequency of your migraines.
It’s time your neck and shoulders stopped hurting. The right combination of massage, bodywork, reiki, and aromatherapy can get you on the road to less pain and a higher quality of life. Because let’s face it, you deserve nothing less.
Neck and shoulder pain are linked by several muscles that live in, or pass through, both areas. This means you can’t fully address one, without addressing the other.
You don’t have to live with neck and shoulder pain. The right combination of massage, bodywork, and aromatherapy can reduce your pain and increase your range of motion.
Chronic pain is very different from the pain you have from an injury, which also called acute pain. While most people have experienced a fair amount of acute/injury pain, they’ve never experienced chronic pain. They think pain = pain and don’t realize that the quality of chronic pain is very different to that of an injury.
If you have chronic pain such as that caused by long-term stress, injuries that didn’t heal correctly, or from fibromyalgia, you know how debilitating it can be. You know what it’s like to get through every day with pain. You also know how frustrating it is when people tell you that you “don’t look sick” or “don’t look like you’re in that much pain.” I will never do that.
There are many causes of chronic pain and many ways to reduce it. Depending on the cause, it may not be possible to totally eliminate your chronic pain, but together we can usually reduce the intensity of the pain and the frequency of the flare ups.
Researchers around the world are studying all aspects of pain: What causes it, how it really works (we’ve had it wrong for a long time), and what makes it better. That’s good news if you have chronic pain because we now realize how complex the problem is.
Understanding that complexity means taking a multi-faceted approach to your pain. It may also mean multiple healthcare providers. When your healthcare provider understands the complexity of your pain, they won’t shame, blame, or otherwise dismiss your experience simply because it doesn’t match theirs.