Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The simplicity of giving yourself a neck lymphatic drainage massage.

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The Lymphatic system deserves so much more respect , for from it flows life and cleansing. Its a circulation system responsible for a high amount of intelligence. This system is the cleaner of cells , and targets fluid movement throughout the body. Applying massage modalities to this system, and the areas of its focus, have been proven to stimulate fluid movement in any sluggish areas, this effect , which is affective throughout the whole body is called, systemic massage. A well trained massage therapist is educated, and has the passion for this special modality, therefore she /he knows what various styles of bodywork can be applied for Lymphatic Drainage, approaches like compression for instance, and bandaging is a therapeutic method that requires special training skills, since it is an approach that focuses on lymphedema drainage.

A neck massage can have many benefits in relieving uncomfortable symptoms associated with colds, congestion, and mental stress, a simple lymphatic self massage could do the trick in relieving those tentions.

Manual lymphatic drainage is an original method developed in the 1930’s, by Emil Vodder, Ph. D and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND , others have a style of their own, like Eyal Lederman, an osteopathic physician, and Bruno Chikly also teaches his approach. Just like any other methods of massage, lymphatic massage specifically uses important methods that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic and blood circulation. ABMP is a good site you can go to gain more understanding on the Lymphatic System, and assessment of treatments of any fluid imbalance. The site is filled with information, from assessing methods that can be used , to lymphatic treatments and interventions.

For those who are generally healthy, general massages , such as swedish massage could be all that you may need, however for clients who have a more sluggish lymphatic system, applying lymphatic drainage as a therapy could contribute to better flow, and detoxification. I could advise that you do your research , speak to your physician for the correct referral to a specialized therapist who has had additional training. Most Massage Therapist who have completed a college degree, received a certification, and licensed, as practitioners can assess for edema, they too can also refer you to a physician who can give you the proper diagnosis.

For a visual I have provided a self-lymphatic massage video from massagebyheather demonstrating a simple way of giving yourself a neck lymph massage. Enjoy!

“To enjoy yourself is the easy method to give enjoyment to others.’

Le London

Massage and your mental health

What treatment can help with my anxiety?

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As a Massage Therapist, I have experienced the benefits that Swedish Massage has in regulating stress in people with mental health illnesses. Studies have been done through the years to prove that Massage Therapy not only lowers blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure, it also helps with lowering high cortisol levels. Just one session has proven to improve the clients physical , and psychological state.

Within the first 10-20 minutes , I have witnessed what safe touch does to the clients symptoms. Tension is released, shoulders relax, thoracic relaxes, and breathing becomes stable. Overall, those who have suffered from Mental Illness have benefited greatly. In America alone , research says, that over 40 million people are affected by anxiety, ( anxiety is defined as an uncomfortable feeling, normally associated with the overstimulation of the sympathetic arousal response) and though not many have sought therapy, or ways to cope, those that have, see improvements. It has been proven that Swedish Massage, integrated with other techniques at home, like meditation, yoga, dancing, swimming, gardening can contribute in lowering stress, anxiety levels. Anxiety can be managed, and Therapeutic Massage is one of the effective ways to do just that. Massage Practitioners are well trained in modalities that can help return the body back to its normal rhythmic function.

A person who may be uncomfortable with a full body massage can benefit from a chair massage. The client is fully clothed, and in a seated position, while the practitioner administers the massage. Normally a chair massage can take 10- 15 minutes, while a full body massage session lasts 1 hour. The full table massage stimulates the sensory nerve receptors, and do reach to the layers, and major joints of the body. The reason for this is so that the massage can affect the whole body. Swedish Massage is one of the services a spa, medical spa, In-home therapist can provide, it is a smooth classic treatment used to calm the soft tissues of the body, and bring on relaxation.

Returning to the office, Why corporate Chair massage?

First , let’s give recognition to Fujiiryoki, also known as the first designer and engineer of the Fujiiryoki automatic massage chairs dating back to the 1950’s.

First Wooden Massage Chair. Osaka , Japan. Photo rights: Photographer, and FujiiRyoki

These chairs are the symbolic origin of massage chairs today, they became highly popular in spreading massage awareness around the world, and contributed to the well being of many people. Through its tapping, and kneading ability, people were able to destress a day’s work, and reap the benefits that this machine was invented to do.

Through the ages , Fujiiryoki has improved this chair and today it is the first among the series of machines produced by the genuineness of this Japanese Massage Chair Manufacturer.

“Cold tea, and cold rice are bearable, but cold words, and cold looks are not.”

Japanese Proverb

“Sanityiz applauds you”. Thank you for this superb innovation, an invention that could have inspired Chair Massage Therapist Professional, David Palmer, with a brand of his own.

In the 1980’s Palmer, came up with a model that would help those who sat at a desk, all day. In order to provide this needed service, David Palmer designed his first modern chair, and began doing seated massage.

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David Palmer is widely known as “the father of this famous chair,” and Founder of TouchPro International. In its 70 odd years that seated massage has been administered, employees have benefited greatly, and in return performed better.

“Make a move, touch the right person, and the whole business will flourish”.

Cmaribeth

Chair Massage in the workplace benefits all staff, and employees, within just a few minutes of having a chair massage practitioner work on you, you’ll be feeling refreshed, and de-stressed. Just 20 minutes of a massage , the receiver can benefit from—-

  • Stress Reduction
  • Contributes to better focus, and energy booster, mind clarity
  • Lowers level of anxiety and depression
  • Tense Muscles , and pain are relieved
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with managing headaches
  • boosts immune system
  • Helps with preventing strain injuries

By implementing chair massage into your wellness programs, or even starting a new one , you will see an increase in employee performance, along with less company issues, one incentive you should see on your ROI is a decrease in compensation claims, and an improvement on company morale. Employees appreciate a company that cares for them, unhappy employees perform poorly, happy employees are more productive.

“To be prepared is half the victory.”

Miguel De Cervantes

Mr. Palmer’s first client was Apple, this Tech Giant is known today as one of the world’s progressive technological companies and creators of a popular line of products and services. From its most recent Iphone 13 with many amenities, like state of the art camera, water resistance ability, and many other areas to play with and enjoy, it’s no wonder why Apple Inc. , is at it again!

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Among the rest of the Hulking Tech Companies utilizing this most needed investment, known as seated massage , are, Walt Disney, Boeing, The Weather Channel, Delta Airlines, SunTrust Bank, IBM, and JetBlue are all in the game to reduce stress, and improve work performance.

What better way than to invest into your small, or large company and incorporating chair massage, not only are you as a company displaying that your care about your workers, you are showing them that you have their best interest in mind.

Chair Massage is excellent for company conventions, meetings, employee birthdays, Boss birthday’s, Ceo birthday’s, great for stressful transitioning periods, and for additional special events. Choosing the right Massage Chair Practitioner shouldn’t be to hard.

  1. Reviews are important
  2. Make sure the Massage Therapist is insured and licensed
  3. And book 2 – 4 Massage Therapist, of course this all depends on the size of your event. Feel free to discuss this with the practitioner prior to booking.

There you have it , for next meeting, convention, or birthdays make it something memorable for yourself and your workers, they won’t be able to stop talking about it!

Olive oil for Massage

Relaxing the Muscles, and Healthier Skin #Oliveoil #Beautycare

Olea Europaea, what the heck does that mean? This is the name of the evergreen tree native to Mediterranean Europe , Asia and Africa. It has been around for many centuries, it is one of the oldest cultivated living trees in our world. In fact this tree has been around longer than any written language.

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The Olives are so nutritional that the extracted oil is healthy enough for massages, not only are they high in the vitamin E , and fight off free radicals, they also provide essential antioxidants. Massage Therapist occasionally use it for massages. Most people know that this is considered a table oil because of its smell and texture, however using it as a massage oil has great benefits. The oil is considered a beauty secret dating back some 5000 years, it’s excellent for the skin and for hair. Its history goes back further than the Olea Europaea, which can be grown right in your home porch, able to produce delicious fruit that can be pressed and bottled.

Jennifer Lopez has a lot to say about olive oil, when asked what was her secret, she say’s she uses it in her skin products, and has been a family secret for as long as she can remember. I prefer the extra virgin oil, and in addition recently have made the choice to consume it daily with a 2-3 droplets of lemon juice in the morning, the concoction contributes to better bowel movements as well. That’s another blog post for later. So the next time you go in for a massage, or schedule one at home, and you’ve forgotten your favorite perfumed oil, it is okay and healthy to use your typical table olive oil, unless of course you have an allergy to olives, then it isn’t recommended. This can be discussed between you and your Massage Therapist they should come prepared with their own selections of oils that can make your massage experience one to be remembered, and enjoyed.

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Gain From The kettlebell Dead Lift

Posterior Chain Health and Overall Body Strength

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“Breathe Deep And Swing.”

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The Kettlebell (Greek Haltere) has an old history that can date back to Ancient Greece, however some folks could argue that credit can also be given to the Russians, and or Germany. Originally it was used to manage weights, in order to weigh out the dry scales at the markets, others tossed them about to entertain themselves. The tool has a variety of popular names, like , king-handle weight, and the stone padlock. Through the ages the Kettlebell popularity grew, the Shaolin Monks also found use of them, and were utilized as strength tools, and moving forward the Scotland games used them for competitions.

They were very popular through Europe, and Russia during the 19th century, and they are very popular today in homes around America. They are effective in losing weight, toning muscles, and strength training, routine use of them can help with increasing vascular health as well.

The history tells it, they are made of cast iron and steel, and have become today one of the best ways to lose weight and live healthier.

Simple routine of a kettlebell work out could include:

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others”.

Ayn Rand

Foot massage happiness

Pamper yourself OMG!

“The greatest gift to yourself is a little bit of attention.”

The salon business
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Get a load of this! Our beautiful feet carry us all day, everyday!Well, I’ll be darn, our feet are a very special part of our human anatomy. “What’s so special about our feet”? As mobile adapters, Harvard Health Publishing says, that our feet serve as shock absorbers, and that they smooth our impact when they land with a force exceeding our body weight, as well, that running utilizes more force, therefore needing more cushioning. In otherwards, our intrinsic feet provide a distinctive biomechanics, and with having 26 bones, 42 muscle, ligaments, tendons, sweat glands, etc. in each foot we are able to, run, leap, jump, dance, swim catch my drift? Although some of us are born with healthy feet, this isn’t so for many of our neighbors. There Are folks born with arches, clubfeet, bunions, and other abnormalities etc. and even though there are many ways to fix this, whether it’s with surgery when affordable, or with assisted store bought aids, another way to cope is foot massages, they’re a wonderful way to pamper your feet to keep them healthy and strong, while providing physiological and overall physical well being.

The foot feels the foot when it hits the ground

Buddha
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Foot Massages are always a good alternative, booking a foot massage every so many amount of weeks could help with aiding in illnesses, and improving circulation. Boosting circulation to your feet helps keep muscle tissues strong and healthy especially if there are health problems involved. During your massage the massage therapist will choose different areas of the foot, sometimes focusing more on specific areas. If you feel the need to, she or he to do so, it is okay to voice this prior to the session. If you didn’t know, our feet have thousands of nerve endings which is why it feels so wonderful to have them massaged. Massages should never hurt, and if they do, after a few sessions, with no improvement, the professional therapist should know to refer you out to a foot specialist or your doctor, otherwise lay back , relax and enjoy, reap those good feely benefits!

The Beauty of a Body Scrub-

The soothing and smoothing scrubs that help produce healthier looking skin.

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Bodycare, skincare, we all could indulge a little, isn’t that right?! It’s quite alright to pamper yourself , it isn’t selfish. Who wouldn’t jump at the reality of wanting soft glowing skin! Mothers know all about soft, and glowing skin. When have we ever not used the term, “soft as a baby’s bottom”. Well, exfoliating does just that!

This luxurious indulgence dates back to the Egyptians, into Asia. In ancient times the pumice stone was very popular in the removal of dead skin cells, the regimen with perfumes, oils, along with plants, like the Aloe Vera, were used as a way to soothe and smooth skin. The abrasive method was so successful that people began to apply this ritual regularly.

“soft as a baby’s bottom”. Well, exfoliating does just that!

Cmaribeth

In today’s world it is known as Therapeutic Massage, which includes hydrotherapy treatments , either in home visit , or at any local spa. These modalities need to be requested prior to the session, however they are more common in the spa setting.

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Whether you receive a scrub, friction rub, or ablution, all will help with hydrating the skin, and revealing healthier looking skin.

Most spas will offer scrubs such as the following, all providing different results.

  • Salt glow
  • Aromatherapy scrubs
  • Oatmeal scrubs
  • Cold rubbing (ablution)
  • Whole body ablution

Glow Scrubs are normally made from sugars, and salts, sea salt as a preference, is the healthiest route. A cinnamon mixture scrub is aromatherapy for exfoliating the body, and soothing the senses .

The Massage Professional is very much willing to create that special spa environment for you. However, should you find yourself having a to busy schedule, your kitchen is usually a great place to start in creating a homemade body scrub full of natural ingredients that can be used, all which can be applied by hand , with special brushes, or mittens , each will work well in the removal of dead skin cells, leaving a lasting effect.

So, explore, have fun, and don’t be afraid to indulge your senses!

Cmaribeth

In -home therapist

The rub down to revive you.

“Give your Body a little Love, Touch the body, Heal the mind, Calm the spirit. “

Anonymous

Massage Therapist are the holy grail of life. No , seriously with all that’s happening in today’s world , what better way to escape it then creating your own holy grail day! Now what do I mean by holy grail, well caring for yourself is the pathway to a healthy lifestyle, isn’t it. I’m not talking about religion, or men and their guru’ GODS.( no punt intended fellas) Massage benefits you too!

I’m talking about taking time for yourself. Thanking yourself for acknowledging that your worth isn’t selfish, its self-care, its facts! Woman have been running the world for many centuries, yes some would disagree, however ask yourself this, “who is the vehicle of life source”, women. We have been lovers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, you get the point. Our bodies have been used, abused, loved, and then we die.

Well , we aren’t dead yet! 🙂

Massage has been around for centuries, and through the ages it has improved greatly! Massage reduces stress, it increases relaxation, it reduces pain, helps muscle soreness, tension, and need to mention it improves circulation, energy, alertness, and lowers your heart rate if you have high blood pressure. And, finally an added bonus, it helps you sleep better. Overall, your mental health, mood improves!

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Hiring a mobile therapist has its sure benefits. First you should do your research. There’re many wonderful companies that can provide you with what you need. Remember: An affordable therapist does not mean a terrible therapist, speaking from experience, we do love our careers, and understand, so don’t be afraid to hire someone on the low-end cost range. Usually the sessions start around $65-$75 per hour,and can go up to the high range of $145-$180 per hour. The choice is yours, keep in mind though that each therapist is different and with each session cost includes either additional bonuses, or none. The massage therapist will let you know if anything is included.

The rewards of a mobile therapist is that they come to you, it is done for your convenience. This way you can skip getting into your car, and skip traffic stress. Anyone can benefit from a massage. In-Home Massage sessions allows you to relax in the comfort of your own home. It’s that simple!

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The Feeling Of Disappointment

Managing the expectation and the reality.

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“Anyone can hide, facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong”.
-Sarah Dessen

Today was supposed to be my day to do as I please to do. The grandbabies were supposed to go with their mother, and I was supposed to focus on me, and in whatever tasks or nothingness I may have wanted to get into. Not only am I disappointed, I’ll speak for the children as well. These little girls expected to see their mommy today, and mommy didn’t come through, I would think that they too felt the disappointment. I’m no psychologist, however I was once a child myself, and I am sure that I know the feeling of disappointment. Like for instance when my father never was around, or when he beat my mother and us children grew up watching it, or the time he’d take the only money we had to eat to go and drink. I’d say that qualifies me to speak about it.

There will be disappointments in life. It’s okay to feel sad just don’t wallow for longer than necessary.

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So , what exactly is disappointment? Though the disappointment I feel comes from a relative, a very close relative, disappointment could mean its caused by a person, place or thing. Disappointment is having thoughts and expectations that are not aligned to what you imagined your reality should of been. The expectations you put on yourself or others are to high for that time or place. Even if you think the expectation is realistic, they may not be.

We in some form or another have experienced disappointment, whether it was directly or indirectly meant, it still leaves a feeling of , ” it isn’t fair”, “why are they so selfish”. When a family member the night before arranges to relieve you from putting in overtime, and it backfires due to their lack of following through, is a great example of them thinking of themselves, and not considering the feelings of those affected. This is called having expectations failing on you. Researches states as an emotion, disappointment is a sense of sadness, a feeling of pain, a gap in the expected reality.

Final Thoughts

As humans we sometimes tend to set ourselves up for just that, ” disappointment” although this may leave an uncomfortable feeling that nags at us for the rest of the day,weeks, or months, for some years, there are some benefits to this negative reality. As a positive, I’m writing this blog___pause. My grandchild just woke from her nap. After much crying, and tantrums, I’m back to the blog. okay__ Disappointment happens when we’re in need of something, and that something isn’t fulfilled. Like , the grandmother who expected her daughter to come through, and instead received a no call, no show. Disappointment can unexpectedly come from family, friends, neighbors, our employers, even our intimate partners. Although this feeling isn’t comfortable , it is temporary, as the saying goes, “this too shall pass”, and even though it seems like it’s always leading to repeating the saying, sometimes repeating it is what it takes to get through it. Here are some steps to take if you should ever find yourself being disappointed by a loved one, a close friend or anyone in your circle.

10 ways to deal with disappointment

  1. Allowing yourself to process it is important, don’t suppress the feeling. You are entitled to feel how you feel. So, let it out.
  2. Reach out to a friend, lol, talking to someone will help you gain perspective, and you’ll get a sense of clarity. Clear the air, breathe and talk about it.
  3. No one knows yourself, more than you do. You know how you feel, you know your heart.
  4. Acceptance is important. Practicing it will bring self-acceptance.
  5. Hold people accountable. Sometimes , easier said than done, but it is doable. Do it for you, not so much them, but for yourself.
  6. Do not allow yourself to dwell on pity.
  7. Do not waste time on what could have been.
  8. Remember opportunities come and go. The right one will come.
  9. Allow yourself to feel self compassion.
  10. Practice self-love, yes you were vulnerable, why because we are human, continue trusting. Set boundaries, but continue to trust.

Why did it happen?- Hindrances

A monk once said to just let it R .A. I. N. His four step message to help remove the hindrances.

  1. Recognize in what state of mind you find yourself in.
  2. Acknowledge, learn and accept the situation the way it is. Whether its a person or a situation.
  3. Invesigate your mental and emotional state
  4. None-Identification

Just let it rain.

“Do not use what you learn from Buddhism to become a Buddhist, use what you learn in Buddhism to become a better whatever you are.”

The Dalai Lama

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