Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Flexibility and Fibromyalgia

How can flexibility help fibromyalgia? The more flexible the muscles are the less likely they will be to cause compression on the nerves. Put a rubber band around your finger or wrist and leave it there, you will soon find out how compression can cause pain, tingling, and numbness all of which patients complain of that have the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Adding flexibility to your massage therapy sessions will help take the stress off of you as a therapist and will give the patient long lasting benefits. Using stretching in your therapy sessions is also a great teaching tool to the patient as to what they should continue to do at home. If you are unsure of how to add stretching to your massage routine, join us for our Flexibility Coaching Program.

Happy Stretching.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love Another Message

I rarely work a Sunday, but I got this call from a young women who wanted to do something special for her mom's birthday. The only day both daughters and the mother would be available would be Sunday. Something in me said ok, we would be happy to make a very special day for your mother. They arrived and mom had never had a massage or a facial. If fact from what I learned about her that day I am quite sure she always did everything for everyone else. The reason I am writing about this very special lady this time is not because she was in pain, but because we all could learn a very valuable lesson from the unselfishness of this 45 year old lady. I took the daughter in first for her facial and asked what her mother's age was, and how special it was to do this for her. Her daughter tells me they have only had a couple of hours of sleep because for her mother's birthday she wanted to have a religious ceremony (they were Hindu) and the religious ceremony consisted of cooking lots of food starting at 3:00 in the morning for friends and family and praying. What a contrast to most of us who would have maybe wanted to be taken out for dinner or be bought some sort of gift. Her gift was giving to the people she loved, praying for the people she loved, and eating with the people she loved. If that is not beautiful and inspiring I can't imagine what is.

So to those that might read this, eat, pray, and love