How often should we get massages? The answer depends on a variety of factors, such as your activity level and general health. In an ideal world, it would be wonderful to get a massage every 1-2 weeks. Most people should get a massage once every 4-6 weeks. Regular massage can help to:
Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Improve Sleep Quality
Take some time out each week for yourself, schedule a massage! See you soon!
I've recently had the opportunity to discover the world of mat Pilates classes and I think they are a great way to strengthen your core! I found this great beginner's introduction to Pilates, check it out if you are looking to tone your midsection.
People are always telling me that they would like to come in for massage more often but they just can't find the time. So how can you get the benefits of regular massage but still have time to do all the things you need to do? Get a massage at work!
Onsite massage reduces stress and helps to prevent repetitive stress injuries. Onsite massage has also been shown to increase productivity, reduce anxiety and make the workplace a happier place to be. On top of that, absenteeism has been shown to be reduced and health-care costs have shown to be lowered for stress related issues.
If you would like to set up massage at your work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-328-7449.
There are all kinds of massage therapy out there and everyone has their own definitions for deep tissue. Here's my take on deep tissue massage.
A lot of folks come into the office asking for a "deep tissue massage" and sometimes a deep tissue massage is exactly what is needed to alleviate pain, however, the same results can be achieved without pain by working smarter, not harder. Massage does not have to be a painful experience to find relief from pain. In the most general terms, there are two kinds of deep tissue massage.
Specific Deep Pressure: This type of deep tissue massage targets specific muscles that might have knots or that may have become attached to the surrounding tissue. This type of work can feel painful at times and can also be sore in the days after a massage. It can be effective in relieving tension.
Deep Compression: Compression is usually done in stillness, basically it is applying pressure over an area. This is often less painful and can help to break up adhesions and knots.
Which technique is best? It depends on the day. Some days, you might need specific work, other days light pressure might be the best route. Having open communication with your therapist will help you to create a session plan that is perfect for you in that moment of time!
Human beings like to define things and place them into categories. We make maps, we group similar items at the grocery store so that we can find them, we even make up plans for our vacations! Defining items and places is quite useful. It's when we turn that labeling instinct inward, labeling ourselves and our human experiences, that's when things get tricky.
People can change. The human body CAN change. Perhaps your injury or disfunction will never be 100% repaired. It's also possible that it will improve. Being open to the possibility that things might change can be scary. Just because the past has shown one pattern doesn't mean that pattern will continue.
Open up to the possibilities! Who knows what will happen :)
Maybe you've heard about scientific studies saying meditation can help increase immunity, balance emotions, increase fertility, relieve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, lower blood pressure, increase the feeling of calmness and combat inflammatory conditions such as heart disease and asthma. If meditation does all these things, why are these problems still so rampant?!?! BECAUSE MEDITATION IS DIFFICULT!
Meditation isn't impossible but it takes consistent practice to get these benefits. Practice is the key word. Some sessions will be easier than others but the more time you put into your meditation practice, the more benefits you will receive.
Athletes spend a lot of time practicing for their sport. They spend time lifting weights to increase their strength, drills to increase speed and they rest to recover. The variety of activities help them to be better athletes. To be a better meditator, you have to practice! Here are some steps to try in creating a meditation practice:
Choose your meditation goal. Decide how long you want to be able to meditate for ultimately. Lets choose 15 minutes, true relaxation happens in 15 minutes according to my yoga teacher so lets go with that. That's a long time to sit still without practice. Since 15 minutes is our long term goal, lets break that up to something that seems more manageable, about half that time sounds good right? Meditating for 7 minutes is no joke but try it out.
Warm up for meditation. Do some gentle stretching or even plan to do your practice after exercising!
Find a comfortable seat in a quiet place. Find a way to sit so that you will be comfortable for 7 whole minutes. Sitting is the way to go because it's too easy to fall asleep if you meditate laying down!
Set your timer. Using a timer is helpful. It can also be a distraction.
Have a seat and quiet your mind. As you are sitting for 7 minutes, thoughts will probably come floating in. As the random thoughts float in, recognize that you are having a thought without judgement, and return to your quiet mind.
Express gratitude. Take a moment to thank yourself for your meditation practice after your timer lets you know that your time is finished.