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5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments

People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while doing household chores, yard work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do in a day.

What can you do between massage therapy treatments to help take the edge off your neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.

1) Take a Break

Take short breaks as often as possible if your job requires you to sit at a computer all day. Move your neck and shoulders around and get your stretch on. Ideally, get up and move around a bit. But even if you’re chained to the desk, you can squeeze in a little Deskercise into your day to stay loose.

2) Involve the kids

Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made specifically for kids, and the yoga poses are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: you can spend some quality time with the kids and do something good for yourself at the same time.

3) Heat it

Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don’t need a fancy heating pad, you can DIY that.

4) Self-massage

Try it! It feels great and you might be surprised how much it helps! It’s not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or lacross ball and check out these techniques.

5) Choose the right pillow

You spend about a third of your time in bed, so be sure it’s comfortable for your neck. Side-sleepers, back-sleepers and stomach sleepers all have different needs. The right pillow at night can make a huge difference and help you feel better the next day.

 A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel.

See you at your next appointment 🙂

Stress & How it Affects The Body

Stress is something everyone has experienced at some point in their life, some more than others. Unfortunately, it has become so prevalent in our society, most people view it has a normal part of their everyday life. There are a variety of reasons that can contribute to feelings of stress such as family life, finances, work, you name it. According to a 2012 study by Statistics Canada (Stats Can), about 27% of working adults described their lives on most days to be “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressful. This translates into almost 3.7 million working adults go through a regular day feeling a high level of stress.

 In 2012, Stats Can reported 1 in 3 Canadians feel they are constantly under stress trying to accomplish more than they can handle. Another 2% of Canadian workers reported they felt they were on the verge of a breakdown as a result of stress. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to several health problems.

How Does the Body Respond to Stress?

Stress produces a physical response in the body. When your body senses a perceived threat (physical, or emotional), its defenses kick in as a means to protect itself. This is known as the “fight, or flight” response. The physical changes that occur as a result of this response are produced by the hormones cortisol and epinephrine, which are released by the nervous system.  These hormones prepare the body for action by increasing the body’s heart rate and blood pressure, quicken breathing, and tighten muscles. These changes provide increased strength, reaction time and enhance your focus to prepare the body to either fight or flight (and is meant to be a short-term response). This physical reaction caused by stress is important as it can help you survive emergency situations like fighting off an attacker. Unfortunately the body cannot distinguish between the stress caused by a real physical threat, or the stresses experienced in everyday life. Therefore, when you feel stressed over a pile of bills, or a fight with a loved one, your body reacts the same way. In our society, many of us are in a constant state of stress. This long-term exposure becomes detrimental and creates a variety of health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, cancer, increased blood pressure, heart attack, GI disorders and more. For further explanation, watch this brief TED Talk video on how stress affects your body .

Symptoms of Stress

  • Muscle tension that can lead to headaches and back pain
  • Sore jaw as a result of grinding teeth
  • GI problems i.e. constipation, diarrhea, nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Decreases immune system, which increases chances of becoming ill
  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability
  • Skin problems i.e. acne, eczema, cold sores
  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Poor productivity

Facts About Stress

  • 8 out of 10 women regularly experience physical symptoms of stress
  • More than 7 out of 10 men regularly experience psychological symptoms of stress
  • Stress related absenteeism costs employers in Canada  $3.5 billion each year
  • Work Place stress contributes to the following statistics: 19% of absenteeism, 40% of turnover, 60% of workplace accidents, and 30% of short and long-term disability
  • 48% of people report lying awake at night due to stress
  • 1 in 3 people feel like they are living with extreme stress
  • According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in 2009, Canadians who reported feeling stress increased by 30% compared to the previous year
  • 70-90% of Dr. visits are directly linked to stress

Ways to Reduce Stress

There are several ways to reduce and manage stress from exercise, breathing/meditation exercises, hobbies, yoga, proper sleep, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and of course massage therapy.

How Massage Can Help

Massage therapy can greatly reduce stress and the effects it has on the body. Studies carried out by the Touch Institute at the University of Miami found that massage was found to reduce levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. It was also shown to decrease individuals perceived stress and anxiety levels. Further, massage therapy can ease the physical symptoms associated with stress such as muscle tension, jaw soreness (from grinding teeth), reduce/eliminate headaches, improve sleep patterns, and increase the immune system by stimulating white blood cells. It’s also time to yourself where you can turn your brain off and unwind. Not to mention, it just feels good. If you would like to book a massage to help reduce your stress visit http://www.jeriroberts.com, or https://www.facebook.com/jrobertsRMT/

Resources

Statistics Canada

American Psychological Association

Clinical Massage Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care

In the years I have been in practice I have referred many clients for chiropractic care to compliment their massage treatments. In doing so, I’ve had clients ask many questions in regards to this type of treatment, while others have expressed concerns.Such as, Will it hurt?  Is it dangerous? & Do I have to go regularly?

To answer your frequently asked questions and address common concerns, I interviewed my colleague and chiropractor, Dr. Marilyn Cosgrove.

FAQ’s ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC CARE

1. What should I expect from my first treatment?

Your chiropractor will take a case history, and then conduct a physical exam (pertaining to the presenting complaint). After this information has been compiled a plan of treatment will be discussed. Some chirtopractors will give a treatment right away, while some prefer to give a treatment on the next visit.

2. What conditions/injuries can be treated with chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care primarily deals with problems associated with the musculo-skeletal system often referred to as back pain or neck pain. These problems can manifest in a variety of symptoms such as muscular pains and/or joint pains, to headaches, and to other manifestations.

3. Once you receive a treatment is it true that you have to continue to go?

Number of treatments and frequency of treatments depends on your condition.
While sometimes it is better to go on a regular basis, to keep yourself in “shape” it really depends on the prevailing condition and how long you have had it. Sometimes a few treatments are all that is necessary, and you may not need to go until the next time you injure yourself. Other time patients find they prefer to go on a regular basis to prevent more acute or chronic problems.

4. Does getting an adjustment hurt? And will I be sore after the treatment?

The majority of time a treatment does not hurt at all, or if so, it should only be for a short time. Often pain relief can be seen in a short period of time or even right away.

5. What are the risks with receiving chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that if there is minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation it will typically only last for about a day.

6. How often should I get adjusted?

A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.  Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last. This can vary depending on your condition.

7. What should I look for when selecting a chiropractor?

One of the best ways to select a Chiropractor is by getting a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or another health care provider, such as a Medical Doctor or a Massage Therapist.

8. What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

The benefits of chiropractic care have also been shown to extend beyond reduction of back and neck pain.  In fact, chiropractic has proven itself as useful in the reduction of headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, and tingling in the arms and legs. The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. People under chiropractic care report better health and overall well-being and many families have realized the benefits of chiropractic care for their children.

9. What are some myths about chiropractic care?

A common myth is that chiropractic adjustments are dangerous. This is false. Adjustments are safer than most activities patients are involved with on a daily basis. Another myth is that once you go to a chiropractor you’ll always have to go.  While regular adjustments are a part of a healthy lifestyle, the choice to continue is yours, just as it is with massage therapy.

10. Is chiropractic care appropriate for everyone?

If you have a broken bone, tumors, an acute arthritic flare-up, bone or joint infections, or advanced osteoporosis, you should not have a manipulation in the affected area. Be sure to tell your chiropractor about any physical disabilities you have, or if you experience numbness, tingling, weakness, or other neurological problems. In extremely rare cases, manipulation of the neck has damaged blood vessels or caused strokes. The screening process, however, is designed to detect people at high risk.

11. What type of training and education do chiropractors have?

A Chiropractic degree requires about the same number of hours as a medical doctor. Typically training consists of a university degree followed by four years at a recognized Chiropractic College and a clinic internship before licensure.  Areas of scientific study include anatomy, neurology, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal biomechanics, orthopedics, X-ray, nutrition, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, and infectious diseases. Every chiropractic graduate must pass a national examination and a provincial exam.

12. Why are there popping noises with an adjustment?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

13. Is it ok to be seeing both a Chiropractor and a Massage Therapist for any ailments, and if so is it better to get a massage before or after an adjustment?

Certainly, both treatment methodologies complement one another, and the benefits will speed up healing, or your general well-being.

Which one should be administered first really depends on the patient. Massage can be done before a chiropractic adjustment in cases that the person has spastic and tight muscles around the joint to be adjusted. When the muscles are tight, it becomes difficult to adjust the joints because of poor access to the joints. Generally, chiropractors recommend a massage before any chiropractic adjustments in order to relieve tight muscles for a more effective joint adjustment. Those who just started chiropractic adjustments should also undergo massage first before the therapy to reduce pain and discomfort while the adjustments are being done, although chiropractic adjustments are rarely painful.

Some patients benefit from getting a massage after a chiropractic adjustment. Doing this also allows the muscles to be relaxed; thereby sustaining the improved alignment of the joints. Those who frequently need to visit the chiropractor because of recurrent joint problems, find it best to have the massage after the chiropractic treatment in order to allow the joint to hold the alignment better. If you find one way works better for you, then let your health practitioner know and they willed be pleased to accommodate you.

For more information about chiropractic care visit the regulatory College of Chiropractors Ontario http://www.cco.on.ca/english/Members-of-the-Public/

How To Give Your Loved One A Massage

Did your partner sleep wrong and now has a kink in their neck?  Or perhaps you want to do something nice for your loved one and show them how much you care. Knowing how to give your partner a pretty great massage yourself can make the difference between a crummy day and an awesome one. But of course, this hinges on one thing: do you know how to give a good massage? Giving an at-home massage is not that hard. Here are my favorite tips:

Use firm pressure, but not hard.

There seem to be two extremes when  I hear people describe getting a massage from their loved one. It’s either too light and doesn’t feel like it’s easing the tension. Or it’s too hard for them to enjoy. There are a couple of common reasons for these extremes. If your partner is smaller than you, there is often a tendency to use very light pressure. This is okay if that’s what they want, but it can be a little disappointing if your partner is tense and sore. Or worse, annoying because they are ticklish. On the flip side there are people who come from the “no pain, no gain” school of thought. Don’t buy into this myth! Massage should be pleasant. If your partner has to tense their muscles and clench their teeth in order to get through the massage, you aren’t doing them any good. If they prefer a really deep massage, leave that up to the professionals,  you could do more harm than good.

Slooooooow doooooown.

There are occasions where someone might want a fast-paced massage. But unless your partner is getting warmed up for a race or some other athletic competition, this is unlikely one of them. Slow & steady is the name of the game here. Fast-paced massage applications has a stimulating effect, whereas slow techniques create a feeling of sedation and relaxation. So take a deep breath, slow down and take your time.

If you meet a bone, leave it alone.

There is one exception to the firm pressure rule, and that is bones. You don’t need to be an expert in anatomy to recognize knees, elbows, ribs, and the spine. These areas have little padding between them and the skin, and can be quick to bruise or feel painful. If you find your hands arriving at one of these bones leave it alone, or skim over them using gentle pressure and keep going with your massage on the other side.

Practice good body mechanics.

Just as massage shouldn’t be painful for your partner, it also shouldn’t be painful for you. If you are hunched over, with your wrists/thumbs bent at awkward angles,  you will regret the day you ever offered to give your partner a massage. Use bigger muscles in place of smaller ones wherever you can. For example, use your forearms instead of your fingers, or the palm of your hand instead of your thumbs. When you move to a new part of your partner’s body, adjust your entire position, not just your hand placement. In the How to Give a Neck & Shoulder Massage video below, Ian Harvey, Massage Therapist gives some great tips on how to avoid hand/thumb fatigue.

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

You probably don’t need a massage therapist to tell you that open communication between you and your partner is key to many aspects of your relationship. But it’s especially true in a situation like a massage, where one of you is more vulnerable than the other. As the massage giver, it’s important that you check in regularly: How does this feel? Would you like more or less pressure? The same goes for communicating your own needs. If you are getting tired, say something.

Learn from the pros.

One of the best ways to learn is from the people who are already great at it. Getting regular professional massage treatments can be helpful to learn different pressures, pace, timing and flow . YouTube is also a fantastic source of tutorials for beginners. You can search for a style of massage such as Swedish (How to Give a Swedish Massage Demonstration ). Although in the video, the therapist is performing the techniques pretty fast, I would go at a slower pace than shown.  Or you can search for a specific area of the body you would like to focus on. A common are of tension are the neck & shoulders.  (How to Give a Neck and Shoulder Massage Demonstration), this is an excellent video for the beginner at giving a massage.

If you follow these guidelines, you’re going to be fine.

If you can give a caring, relaxing massage without hurting your partner or yourself, you’re way ahead of the game, not to mention a hero in their eyes :). And if your loved one feels like they need a more focused massage, you can schedule them a massage appointment with me, or purchase them a gift certificate.

What You Get For A $90 Massage

For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. It is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.

I know this because I walk the walk and get regular massage. I have limited health care benefits, which doesn’t go far given the frequency of treatments that I require. That coupled with the fact I am crazy strict with my finances, if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen.

But if I recommend you get a massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $90 massage.

CLARITY IN PRICING

The price that’s listed it the price you pay. My massage therapy fees can be viewed here. Each massage therapist is different in their policy on tipping, but in my clinic I do not accept or expect gratuities. I do appreciate the kind gesture, but I would rather you skip the tip and put it towards future massage treatments that you may need.

A FULL HOUR

1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage. That’s not the case for every business. At some spas, and massage therapy chains an hour is 55 minutes. But in my office, 30, 45, and 60 minute treatments last exactly as long as indicated. (Unless you’re late, then I will have to adjust accordingly.)

EASE OF SCHEDULING

Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling a massage at a time that is actually convenient to call. It’s usually when you get home after a long day of work, put the kids to bed, or on the weekend. With my convenient online scheduling you can book an appointment anytime day/night without the hassle of playing phone tag. Once booked you will also receive your choice of text/email reminder two days before your appointment.

You can schedule with me online at www.jeriroberts.com, or https://www.facebook.com/jrobertsRMT/.  If you don’t see any times that work for you, send me an email with your preferred appointment time. If I have a cancellation, I will be sure to contact you. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling me at 519-470-6050. (We may need to play a bit of phone tag since I will need to call you back between clients.)

If scheduling an appointment in advance is tricky for you because of an unpredictable work schedule, after work/school activities, no problem I’ve got you covered. I will send available appointment dates/times directly to your inbox. You can sign up to be on my last minute appointment mailing list. Each Sunday, I send out an email with availbale appointments for the week with a direct link for booking. To be informed of last minute appointments, email jdroberts.rmt@gmail.com and state your request to be added to this list. Your information will not be shared and you can unsubscribe anytime.

ATTENTION

You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are the superstar. You are the reason we’re in the room. Need silence? We can do that. Want me to spend the full hour on your neck & shoulders? Sure. Adjust the pillows, face cradle, music, pressure? Not a problem. This hour is all about you with no distractions. No phone. No demands. Just you. You are my #1 priority for that hour.

EXPERIENCE

I have 7 years of practice and hundreds of hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage. I’m trained in therapeutic ultrasound applications, which can help ease the pain from muscles spasms and inflammation for when you hurt your back shoveling snow. Or I know some acupressure points that help reduce that gnawing ache from that tension headache you may have had all day. Can’t lay facedown on the table because it hurts your back? No problem. I can position you on your side and pillow you accordingly so you are nice and comfortable so you can enjoy your massage.

CLINICAL PRUDENCE

I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition. Based on your health history/assessment, I will be able to identify any contraindications that may exist and determine if modifications need to be made, or the treatment delayed all together. For example, if you are taking pain medication because you tweeked your back, I would need to modify the pressure I use. Because of the analgesic nature of the drug you will not be able to provide accurate information about your discomfort. Using too much pressure in a sensitive area without proper feedback could result in more pain once the medication wears off. People that are on blood thinners should not receive deep treatments. This medication slows the clotting process and deep techniques could lead to bruising. These are just a couple of the several contraindications that exist that I must be on the look out for to treat you safely.

The down side is I may not be able to massage you the day you come in, depending on if any red flags pop up. However, this is rare. It’s happened twice in the 7 years I have been practicing. Often I am able to use a technique that is safe and effective for your situation.

PROPER ACCREDITATION

There are plenty of places offering discounted massage, some by individuals that are not qualified. Or claim to be a massage therapist and provide massage therapy without the proper registration.

To check if an individual is a Registered Massage Therapist CLICK HERE. You can also check the list of illegal practitioners that have been reported and are not entitled to practice massage therapy CLICK HERE.

If a therapist is operating without proper registration their insurance will be voided in the event of claim, that is if they even carry liability insurance. That’s scary stuff right there.

INSURANCE

As a Registered Massage Therapist, I am required by my regulatory body, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to carry professional liability insurance.

REFERRALS

A massage with me gets you connections with all the practitioners I know. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis/backache/shoulder pain, I’ll help you find the right acupuncturist, physiotherapist, or chiropractor for you.

HIGH QUALITY OILS

I only use the best products on your skin (and mine). You won’t break out from cheap fragrances or preservatives. I don’t choose my oil based on if it is cost effective. I’m up to my elbows in this stuff 35 hrs a week, so I choose my product based on quality. Only the best for us 🙂 I use high quality fractionated coconut oil that is hypoallergenic, paraben free and unscented.

For my topical analgesic cream I use Motion Medicine, which is a Canadian formulated product using premium ingredients under the stringent guidelines of Health Canada. It contains natural ingredients such as camphor, eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender essential oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E and more. In my essential oil treatments, I use 100% pure essential oils & organic when possible.

YOU SUPPORT A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

It’s just me! No corporate chain. Just a little business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same community she serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and large industry chains. When you pay $90 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.

All that, from a $90 massage 🙂

Silenced by doTerra Leader

When my friend and I began using doTerra products we joined many of the Facebook (FB) groups within the essential oil (EO) community. We hoped to learn more about the oils, share experiences and points of view (POV) with other enthusiasts. Both of us are users and lovers of doTerra EO’s and think they are a quality product. This post is about the treatment we received for expressing our opinions in an EO FB group operated by a high ranking doTerra leader. I wanted to share our incredible disappointment and disbelief with our experience.

I recently saw this leader speak for the first time at an event. She was engaging, funny and her enthusiasm was contagious. I remember thinking this is a woman I can look up to. This is why this incident was especially disheartening. To be on the receiving end of such disrespect from someone I had held in such high regard.

Recently, in this FB group, the question on the safety of ingesting EO was posed. A doTerra Wellness Advocate (WA) was seeking information, since a customer had recently questioned her on this topic. In response, my friend posted the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) statement on ingestion (See full statement here) and an interview with a renowned aromatherapist on safety issues (View Interview Here). The doTerra leader did not agree with the information posted, which is ok. People are entitled to their own beliefs and views. What I am not ok with is when individuals are not permitted to express their opinions. Whether it aligns with that of your own, or not. Comments voicing our thoughts were removed from the feed. Not only that, but we were blocked from the group entirely.

It was no surprise that the doTerra leader’s stance on ingestion is that it poses no harm. The company promotes this application to be very safe and effective. What was surprising was that resources and ideas opposite this position were not tolerated or open to discussion. In one of her posts, the leader mentioned that my friend was free to provide info like this (safety of ingestion) to her personal FB page, but to recognize that the group is one of individuals flourishing through all essential oil practices. This leader then went on to suggest the aromatherapist community is one of desperation and fear.  Do I agree with this? Absolutely not. I don’t have to agree with it, nor like it, she is 100% entitled to her opinion and I honour that. We were hoping for this reciprocation. My problem is not with the contrasting opinion. It was with the concealing of valid counter points that weren’t in alignment with her POV, and eliminating individuals from the group that expressed alternative information and perspectives for others to further consider.

The doTerra leader mentioned there was no shortage of safety posts made regularly in the group. She went on to say that she promotes safety. If this were true, why were posts containing resources and differing perspectives about ingestion discouraged?  Encouraging these discussions would cultivate a well-rounded insight on the topic. Promoting safety would be giving members of the FB group an opportunity to explore both view points, allowing them to draw their own conclusions whether ingestion is right for them.  Furthermore, if members of this FB group are inquiring about ingestion safety, it’s troubling that pertinent information is intentionally being withheld from these individuals.

I have seen how controversial online discussions can get out of hand and take on a contentious tone. Bullying, belittling and disrespect should never be tolerated. This behavior without question warrants deleted comments and blocking users. I can assure you this was not the case. At no point were my friend, or myself inappropriate.

The doTerra leader’s view was that the CFA exists to provide a directive to aromatherapists, whom don’t want to see consumers use essential oils without their direction. She went on to mention how the CFA gains financially from these professionals. It was my friend’s response to the doTerra leader’s ideas of the CFA and aromatherapists that got her swiftly banned from the group. Her comment was then subsequently deleted from the discussion. It can be speculated why a post that contradicted a misleading representation of the CFA & aromatherapists was excluded from the conversation.

My friend’s response clarifies how a governing body like the CFA protects the public. It’s a form of responsible governing similar to those for doctors, nurses, or physiotherapists, etc.

The CFA protects the public (same as other health professions governing bodies) by setting educational, safety and professional standards, and require their members to participate in ongoing education to stay current with information in the industry. Additionally, the CFA provides the public with ongoing information about EO, aromatherapy, and safety guidelines. There is a reason why these organizations exist for health professions, it is to keep the public safe. Their priority is to advocate for the public not the profession. – Friend

She continued to illustrate the true intentions of the CFA.

They are in no way promoting fear. What they ARE promoting is education and how to use EO without causing harm.-Friend

She further countered the leader’s remark about the CFA’s financial motivations.

Yes aromatherpists pay a modest annual fee of $140. I would hardly say this is turning a profit. This is meager in comparison to the revenue doTerra generates from their EO sales. In 2012, doTerra was bringing in $1 million/day, and in 2015 brought in $1 billion in sales (which trickles down the multi-level structure). This annual professional fee is to pay for the day to day operations of this governing body.  This is no different than any other regulated health profession like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists etc. that have to pay their annual fees to their governing bodies. -Friend

My friend pointed out how several reputable EO companies see the value and credibility of aromatherapists. Often having one on staff. She went on to express why she trusts the advice given by these professionals. She felt more secure taking guidance from an aromatherapist with extensive training than a layperson selling EO.

Aromatherapists are trained in anatomy & physiology, the chemistry of the oil, and how they interact and affect the body. They also can identify when contraindications to EO exist based on an individuals healthy history. Because of this I have confidence in their recommendations when it comes to how to use EO in a safe manner.-Friend

She then reiterated her purpose wasn’t to push her beliefs on others. It was for promoting education on this application. She encouraged reviewing information from both viewpoints.

“At the end of the day if an individual is educated on both sides of this application and decides to ingest, that’s their choice.”-Friend

When I shared my troubling feelings about what transpired, I received the same treatment and was banned from the FB group.

 “I find it unsettling to realize that a comment I read last night posted by (My friend) has since been deleted and she has been removed from this group. I found the post to be informative and very respectful, so the deletion of it confuses me. I have always enjoyed learning from healthy discussion of varying opinions in groups such as this. I always leave gaining new insight and perspective.”-Jeri

Choosing what opinions see the light of day and banning members with differing viewpoints leave one to ponder the motivation behind these actions. This conduct gives the impression that it is not the aromatherapist community that is one of desperation and fear. In summary, transparency must be a priority when it comes to any form of EO application. In particular, consumers have the right to know all facts on the relative safety of products they ingest. All data needs to be made available to EO users to enable them to make sound judgements on what’s right for them. It needs to be based on facts from a variety of reputable sources. Not solely from one sided viewpoints, or resources provided from any company profiting from EO sales.

 

 

 

 

BODY IMAGE RISK & REWARD WITH MASSAGE

Each time I get a new client on my table I often hear statements like, “I’m sorry, I didn’t shave my legs,” or “I don’t like my legs because of the cellulite on them, so can we skip working on this area?.”

My standard response is something like, “That is SO NOT a thing to worry about, cause i’m not. No biggie.”

But I’ve realized that for every client who says that, there are probably 10 people who won’t ever say that, because they won’t even schedule a massage. So I wanted to discuss and share how getting a massage can actually help with your body image.
Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue. But for some people it’s a big deal. The thing is, massage can really help with body image issues. You may be thinking, “if I feel crummy about my appearance, how does getting half naked and letting a stranger work on me help me feel better about my body?…..Seems a little contradictory. When I was in massage school we were all nervous about getting undressed and letting somebody else touch us. But, honestly it didn’t take long for us to realize that bodies are just bodies and we all become much more comfortable with our own. We realized that scars, cellulite, extra weight, etc. it didn’t matter. We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Then something unexpected happened – when our bodies felt better we felt better about our bodies.

 Let’s look at the risk versus reward.
1. DON’T GET A MASSAGE: This is the easiest because it involves doing nothing. The risk is low since you are not letting another person see or touch you at all.The reward is zero. You didn’t get a massage so your body doesn’t feel any better, and you still have the stress, aches and pains that you had before.
2. YOU GET A MASSAGE: The massage therapist makes note of your appearance in some way.If this has happened to you, I’m sorry. You got a crappy massage therapist. This should never happen, ever! You took a risk, and even if the rest of the massage was decent, you got very little reward. This is not going to happen if you come to me, EVER. I can’t say this strongly enough. My only concern when you are on my table is the muscles I’m working on. I don’t care how your body looks. That’s none of my business. I just want to help it feel better.
3. YOU GET A MASSAGE. A great massage. And the therapist does nothing to make you feel uncomfortable about your body. In fact, you feel pretty good about your body after the massage.In this option your risk is low and your reward is high. Again your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.

Most people I have encountered that are uncomfortable with receiving a massage or avoid getting one is because they are concerned with their weight. I’ve worked on thousands of people, each body is different. Let me just reiterate, to me a body is just a body and what yours looks like is none of my business. There’s no judgment on my table.
You may be dealing with something that you can’t control, such as a medical condition or an injury or accident. You may be in a lot of pain or are limited in what you can do physically. Or maybe none of the above. Either way it doesn’t matter because I’m not interested in what your body looks like, I’m focused on making it feel better 🙂
If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, let’s find an option that works for you. I will make modifications to make you feel comfortable, while getting you feeling better at the same time. If you want leave your clothes on, no worries. I can work over top of clothes, or sheets.
It’s my job to help you feel better. That’s it.

If you’re ready to book your massage, click this link to BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good.