Having a great therapeutic massage after a spectacular or not spectacular vacation can really get you back to your ‘normal’ life more quickly. Traveling by plane is very hard on the human body. It requires us to walk and sometimes run down hard tiled floors to catch our flights. When traveling we are placed in a “hurry up and wait” type of environment. How early do you need to be at the airport just to make sure you don’t miss your flight? Suitcases are a story to themselves. We pack them lift them in and out of the car, pulling them down the terminals and then lifting the suitcases up over our heads to put them in the overhead area. Then we squeeze into the seats and have to sit for the flight. Then rush off at another airport to do it again to catch the connecting flight! It is not that easy to stay hydrated AND we miss our yoga classes and morning run. No wonder there is “jet lag” and just a sense of blah when the trip is over. Therapeutic Massage is the answer. Therapeutic massage includes lymphatic massage techniques to get the interstitial fluid from the tissue moving and out of the body. The massage helps the muscles and fascia to return to healthy form. Massage also can reset our mind and body to feel refreshed and ready to enjoy our daily lives at home and work.
I just read an article by Vera Schwaiger. The title was ‘9 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles’ at the top of the list is Beetroot. She mentions a study with 7 “perfectly trained runner” that drank beet juice during a 2 week period said their muscle soreness was significantly reduced after Intense training sessions. Beet juice has also been found to boost stamina, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure. Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your body changes nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps blood flow. Better blood flow means more nutrients are able to get to the muscles for regeneration. If your taste buds don’t dance to the beat of the beet (so to speak). The other remedies included; caffeine, sour cherries, ginger, tomato juice, fish, turmeric, coconut water, chili and green tea. It is a very personal journey to find the right combination at the right time. Just keep moving and enjoy the journey.
How did I get to completing the SOMI certification for Medical Massage Practitioner? That is a good question. I grew up with a strong interest and ability in math and science and financing. I spent 20 years in a successful career in the construction industry in management accounting and finance. When I had the opportunity to retire early 11 years ago, I took some time to travel with my husband. Then settled home and found some good causes to spend my time on. One of those causes was Hospice. I went through the Hospice training and started to volunteer. As that amazing work continued I found that adding massage therapy to my work offered hands-on comfort and pain management. I went back to school and became state licensed and achieved NBCTMB certified. My initial education was an 18 month – 990-hour Massage therapy program that included in-depth anatomy and physiology studies. From that experience, Therapeutic massage education became a passion of mine that I continued to expand annually. I have studied anatomy and physiology, bodywork, massage for cancer patients, Lymph Drainage, Deep Tissue, Swedish massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Hot Stone, Energy Healing Level 1, and Chair Massage. Things were great I was enjoying this second career just fine. Then I found a SOMI seminar in Inverness, Florida. By the end of the first day of the Medical Massage seminar I felt like a whole new area of massage that included a strong science backing ope
Try Some Smile Therapy – Oh yes this is old news but worth repeating. Smiling is beneficial to our health. Since it takes the facial muscles to do this, it felt like a good idea to give it some reconsideration. Also the research showed that forcing a smile by holding a pencil in our mouth offers the same benefits.
1. Makes Us Attractive to others There is an automatic attraction to people who smile.
2. Changes Mood If you try, even when it’s difficult, to smile when you are not feeling good, there is a change it might improve your affect and change the way you are feeling.
3. Contagious Others will want to be with you. You will be helping others feel good.
4. Relieves Stress Stress does express itself right in our faces. When we smile, it can help us look better, less tired, less worn down.
5. Boosts Immune System Smiling can actually stimulate your immune response by helping you relax.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure When you smile, there is evidence that your blood pressure can decrease.
7. Releases Endorphins and Serotonin Research has reported that smiling releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers, along with serotonin, which is also associated with feel good properties.
If you don’t have time for a nice walk on the beach with a best companion just try a smile to re-energize. Try holding a pencil in your mouth when there is a trying moment. Let me know how it goes.