The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Like most other health care modalities, massage therapy is most beneficial if it is used to prevent injury. There are too many people out there that wait until an injury happens before they will seek out any type of treatment. The most common problems I see in my line of work is pain in the neck and shoulders due to poor posture while sitting at a desk, tendonitis in the wrists, and low back and sciatic pain. All of these issues can be avoided if regular massage was being performed. Injuries are most common in muscles that don’t get regular exercise, which is why pain while sitting at a desk for 8 to 10 hours a day is so common.

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Forgiveness And The Art Of Letting Go

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I once heard a quote from a client of mine that hit a deep chord within me. “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” I believe it was Buddha that said this. It was at this point I began to realize the pain I was causing myself by holding onto past anger. For all I knew, these people didn’t even know I was angry at them, and most likely didn’t care. So what was the point, and how do I get rid of it? It took a very long time, and a lot of soul-searching but here is what I came up

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The Value Of Female Friendship

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I once thought the more friends I had determined how popular I was, and in truth I wasn’t very popular at all. I look back and realize quantity was more important than quality, and didn’t choose my friendships wisely. We all want to fit in don’t we? Whether we are 13 or 30, friendships play a huge role in our lives, especially female friendships. But it is tough, and if I am to be totally honest, women can be catty, critical, and judgemental and it is difficult to find those that we can can along with. But when we do we need nurture and protect these friendships and help them grow. Speaking from experience, I know just how precious female

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Steps To Self Growth And Development

Many of us are on a path of self growth and development, but the road laid out for us is not easy. The journey may be a little bumpy at times, but the end result is rewarding. It means digging deep to find out who you really are, finding those activities that inspire you, getting rid of past harboured emotions. Growth and development means all levels physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The first and most important step is finding out who you truly are. As human beings, we tend to lose ourselves in relationships, in our jobs, in life. What is it that motivates you? What are your passionate about? Sometimes these questions are difficult to answer right away and

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Where the Mind Goes, the Body Follows

I believe it is human nature to hang onto hurts or conditions that we feel define who we are. It is never, ” I am arthritic” but “I have arthritis.” Claiming it like it is part of us. Some of us wear them like jewelry and take them out to show them off every chance we get. We talk about the same issues time and again with with whom ever will listen. This is where the problem lies. Where the brain lies the body follows and by making these claims, reinstates the the belief of “this is who I am”. This is the reason why so many people remain sick even after extended treatment. So how do we break this

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Keep Pain Free While Raking Leaves

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As the months turn cooler and the leaves fall from the trees, few of us think twice about pulling out the rake and cleaning up the lawn. Truth is, too many injuries happen at this time of year due to poor posture while raking or even from the lack of warming up before hand. Raking is just like any other exercise, and proper precautions should be taken. In my line of work I have seen so many come in for a massage because of back and neck pain which has occurred during raking the lawn or shoveling snow. There are a few things that can help prevent injury while working outside this season. Many of us go out several times

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Sports Massage

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Another form of massage therapy is sports massage, but don’t let the name fool you. Sports massage is usually indicated when there has been an injury to the body  acquired during sports activity, but can apply to any activity that causes repetitive strain on the body. The most common injuries are strains and sprains, tendonitis, and inflammation. There are different stages to all injuries ranging between acute and chronic, and both have different effects on the body, and different methods of treatment. The first stage of injury is called acute. This happens when the injury is new and usually will cause pain, inflammation, and decreased movement in the injured area. Massage therapy treatment in this first stage is generally a lot lighter due to the signs and

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Thermography

On November 13, 2012 we will be welcoming Lynn Schott R.N. back to Essence Of Health for the day as she will be providing her Thermography services. Thermography, unlike Mammography is an easy non-evasive test that is radiation and pain free. Instead of the uncomfortable squeezing, a camera system is used that is sensitive to infrared images. These images are able to pick up changes in the breast tissue down to the cellular level, which are visible as temperature variations. Your test is then analyzed by professionals and usually your results are available within 24 – 48 hours. Because of the sensitivity of this method of treatment, temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer or precancerous cells.

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