Massage therapy can help a person connect with their own body and gain new body awareness. This new awareness can be empowering. It can lead the person to pay more attention to their body postures and muscle tension and to developing their own strategies for self-correcting as needed.
A powerful way to manage tension in our bodies is to create moments when we are doing nothing. Instead of filling time or thinking of our next task, we just let time pass while we take in what surrounds us. It can be as simple as not looking at our phones in the grocery store line up, creating seconds or minutes when body and mind can power down and reset.
Our health is like a house, in that in order for it to be solid, resilient, and long-lasting, it must be built on a solid foundation. Just like the proverbial house built on sand, if your health foundation is weak, any improvements you try to make in your health are likely to be unsustainable at best, and useless at worst. The four corners of the health foundation are sleep, nutrition, stress and movement. How solid is your foundation?
Every moment, feeling, and experience is perfectly orchestrated for your evolution. Nothing happens to you, everything happens for you—life’s wisdom comes through the ups and downs. “An unbroken life is an unlived life.”
Getting regular massage therapy can help relax the nervous system. This triggers a parasympathetic response—a rest and digest mode of the body—in which the body can repair injured tissue and replenish its energy supply.
Losing loved ones can be devastating. The ensuing grief is hardly easy to cope with. While avoiding and ignoring grief is a common response, it can end up being unhealthy. As Brené Brown said, “We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” Lean into your grief as you might lean into an ocean wave on the beach. You can’t go around it. The more you lean into your grief, the easier it will be to find healing.
We can think of our minds as having an adult component, which takes action and is responsible, and a child component, oriented to emotion, sensation, and being in the moment. If you are having difficulty relaxing or sleeping, try asking the child part of yourself what it needs to feel safe, unwind, and sleep soundly.
It’s very easy to get discouraged when you get off track from your new diet/exercise/life plan, and to give up entirely. But health and healing don’t require you to be perfect. The mindset I always share with my patients is “everything in moderation, including moderation,” which means do the best you can, the majority of the time, and let that be enough.
Strengthening muscle tissue can help stabilize joints in the body, which can help you endure daily physical tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, and lifting. Strengthening muscle tissue keeps muscles awake and active. It pumps fresh blood in and out, increasing nutrient exchange in the tissue and overall strength and vitality.
Consistency and 1% improvement every day is the key to achieving long-term health success. It is those daily actions that will make the difference over time!
All input, such as light touch and firm pressure, is sensed and interpreted by the nervous system, the deepest tissue in the body. Both light touch and firm pressure can have a therapeutic impact on the nervous system and thus on other tissues such as muscles and fascia.
Movement (also known as Vitamin M!) helps you breathe deeper, oxygenating your blood and your brain, and strengthens your heart muscle. Moving your body in a way that feels good is also the #1 most natural way to boost serotonin levels in the brain, which contribute to wellbeing and happiness. So go ahead and move that body!
This famous ‘70s song, written by Brazilian singer Morris Albert, has been covered by legendary vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Julio Iglesias, and Johnny Mathis and is instantly recognizable around the world.
As you may have noticed, feelings come and go. Like customers in a busy café. Or the ebb and flow of waves. Yet it’s very easy to hang onto the negative feelings, the ones that tell you that you’re not good enough, not worthy, or will never be as happy as you once were because of past mistakes and regrets.
Allow your feelings to come and go instead of holding onto them. They don’t define you. You have control.
The first step to injury recovery is a positive belief system, such as believing that your injury is going to heal quickly. Regular treatments and exercises are essential of course, but so is your mindset. If you doubt or fear your ability to recover, you will likely experience a longer recovery time. If you imagine a fast recovery, then you are more likely to recover faster. I encourage patients to pay attention to what they are thinking when in pain and to switch the mind to think positive thoughts during a recovery period!
Tuning in to how your body is feeling during daily activities can help prevent injuries and pain. If you’ve been sitting for a while, you’ll likely notice your muscles feeling as if they are tightening. This is your body’s intelligence guiding you to move.
Stress is inevitable, and it's only bad when it's too high, or present for too long. We are constantly being told to "be less stressed," but often it's not that simple. Rather than trying to avoid the unavoidable, what if we worked on improving our resilience?
Every experience, thought, feeling, and physical sensation triggers thousands of neurons, which form a neural network. When you repeat an experience over and over, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time. By practicing gratitude (write three daily positives), practicing kindness (do something nice), and practicing mindfulness, you will create more positivity and happiness in your life because "neurons that fire together wire together"!