Did You Know…

Did you know…

Eucalyptus essential oils are anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial amongst many other health benefits?

I like to use Eucalyptus plants to hang around my apartment and space for the scent alone.  They excuse something fresh and ultimately relaxing. (Try hanging it your shower for a spa like feel!).

I use essential oil in my diffuser to help clear away any congested feeling I may have when weather changes.

Here is a little project I made to hang my eucalyptus plants in my bathroom area.ūüôā

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Stretch it out: Deltoid

Stretch:  Deltoid

On Monday the muscle of the day was the Deltoid. So today, I made a short video on Instagram demonstrating a super easy Deltoid stretch that you can do wherever, whenever you want.

Here is a really cool illustration of a woman stretching the Deltoid and showing all the surrounding muscles.

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imagesWhen you stretch the Deltoid you simply cross the arm over your chest and apply a light stretch (or pressure) to the arm with the opposite (as shown). ¬†You can bend the elbow, use your hand, or even use your forearm. ¬†Play around with what position gives you more stretch. ¬†Everyone’s flexibility varies, from day to day, and even between each arm. ¬†Remember to keep the shoulders pressed down. You don’t want that shoulder hiking up to the ear.

Want to watch the video?  Check out Instagram @amassagetherapist

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Muscle Monday: Deltoid

Muscle Monday: Deltoid

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This is the superficial muscle that people tend touch when they grab your shoulder.  That hunk of muscle on the upper side of the arm.

This muscle does a great majority of work when it comes to the shoulder. ¬†It helps us be able to give a high five, and a ¬†low five, create that “snow angel” action, lift heavy things, and helps support the shoulder joint.

This muscle can also get overworked and tight, causing it to pull on other structural areas of the body creating pain in other shoulder spots.

Deets:

Origin = anterior border and upper surface of the lateral third of the clavicle, acromion, and spine of the scapula
Insertion = deltoid tuberosity
Action(s) = shoulder abduction, flexion and extension

Check back on Friday for some basic stretches you can do to help keep this muscle area loose in between your massage sessions!

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Did You Know…?

Did You Know that Massage Therapy helps rid the ‘Winter Blues’?

Most of us feel it to a degree. ¬†Maybe every once in a while when we wake up on the “wrong side of the bed”. ¬†But some of us feel this way an entire season… Not wanting to get out of our toasty bed, just tired as can be (even though we’ve slept plenty). ¬†Feeling depressed as we look out the window and see the cold, grey sky. RSVPing “no” to almost every social gathering because, well, it’s cold out and Netflix and sleep just sound way better.

Well, research shows Massage Therapy can help boost that yucky mood. (And you can book a massage from your bed through your phone… an MT can even come to your house… so there’s no excuse!).

Read a research article from AMTA’s website that explains how and why Massage Therapy helps with this common seasonal depression.

Massage Therapy Can Help Reduce Winter Blues

One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change

Massage therapy shown to improve mood and elevate energy levels

People looking to fend off the winter blues may find relief by integrating massage therapy into their health maintenance routine. Shorter days and colder temperatures leave many Americans feeling depressed and lethargic, yet studies show that regular massages improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and more energy.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, known as the winter blues, impacts an even larger portion of the population. Combined, the two disorders affect as many as one in five Americans, and may be aggravated by the change to Daylight Savings Time. Symptoms include reduced energy, difficulty rising in the morning and a tendency to eat more, especially sweets and starches.

‚ÄúAs we approach the colder, darker months, massage therapy may be an effective method of deflecting common seasonal challenges,‚ÄĚ said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). ‚ÄúMassage benefits the way our bodies react to negative influences, whether that‚Äôs weather, anxieties or disorders.‚ÄĚ

A growing body of research is documenting the impact of massage therapy for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, in a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy reported feeling less anxious and less depressed by the end of the 12-week study.

A randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning. Massage therapy was also found to improve sleep, specifically by assisting with circadian rhythms, or the body clock. A study investigating the effects of massage therapy on the adjustment of rest to activity, as well as melatonin secretion rhythms in full-term infants, found massage therapy enhanced coordination of the circadian system.

Find a Massage Therapist Near You

A qualified massage therapist can play an important role in health and wellness. Individuals should consult with a professional massage therapist to determine the best massage therapy approach for their specific needs. By meeting or exceeding state training requirements, ascribing to a code of ethics and participating in continuing education, AMTA massage therapists are appropriate additions to any wellness regimen and create specialized approaches based on individual conditions, fitness and goals.

To find a massage therapist near you, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the most trusted name in massage therapy, offers a free professional massage therapist locator service at FindaMassageTherapist.org.

About The American Massage Therapy Association

The American Massage Therapy Association, the most respected name in massage therapy, is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

References

Targum SD, Rosenthal N. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2008;5(5):31-33.
Targum SD, Rosenthal N. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2008;5(5):31-33.
Diego, M., Field, T., Hernandez-reif, M., Shaw, K., Friedman, L., & Ironson, G. (2001). Hiv Adolescents Show Improved Immune Function Following Massage Therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 35-45.
Hernandezreif, M. (2004). Breast Cancer Patients Have Improved Immune And Neuroendocrine Functions Following Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 45-52.
Ferber, S., Laudon, M., Kuint, J., Weller, A., & Zisapel, N. (2002). Massage Therapy by Mothers Enhances the Adjustment of Circadian Rhythms to the Nocturnal Period in Full-Term Infants. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 410-415.

Read the AMTA article here.

Listen to your body.

“The body never lies.”

– Martha Graham

I have been missing dance a lot lately.  Probably because it has officially been about a year since I have legit danced/rehearsed for something.  Moving out to Los Angeles was a hard transition for me, not just the whole moving away from friends/family/job thing but mostly leaving my dance roots behind.

At the time, it was a good choice for me. ¬†I had been struggling with a shoulder injury for months and continuing to take on new tours and projects was just prolonging the actual healing. ¬†Taking time to move and stop dancing was rough, but at the time I mentally and physically needed it. ¬†Now… I am yearning for it. ¬†I loved being active in the dance community and relating it to my massage work. ¬†The difference is now I feel that I can physical begin to take it on again.

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This quote reminds me of my hard core dancing days… and how us dancers tend to ignore problematic areas of our bodies because we have that athletic/competitive desire to keep moving. ¬†Only to go home and ice/heat/throw back anti-inflammatories and complain. ¬†And finally the day comes where we physically cannot dance or perform up to par and we have to stop. ¬†And this kills us.

As I have gotten older I have smartened up in regards to listening to the body. ¬†It makes me sad that this much time has passed without dancing, but life has a funny way of proving “everything happens for a reason”.

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Martha Graham said, “The body never lies.”. ¬†And it is true… listen to it. ¬†In regards to daily active life all the way to the NFL. ¬†We need to practice maintenance with our body and starting while we are younger will only allow our bodies to handle age with care. ¬†Even if you don’t feel the need to start doing massage on a weekly basis, try scheduling a session after one of your marathons, or maybe even every other month when you are feeling especially tired from the weather changes or work or just life. ¬†You don’t need a definite reason to come get massage work. ¬†Majority of the time we find something that needed work without you even realizing it until you are on our table and you leave thanking yourself for finally booking a session.

As the Holiday season is upon us, use this time to check in with your body.  Give it some love before the new year.  Use that New Year freshness to begin a maintenance plan.  In the meantime, continuing doing you and every now and then check in with your body.

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