2015 November

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning how to dance in the rain!

As a massage therapist, I have learned that things that I used to take for granted have to be done much more carefully now.  Take, for example, pulling weeds.  A task that would normally not render too much alarm is really a muscular nightmare for my hands after a full week of work in the office.  I have learned to either wait until they get a little bigger, wait for someone else to pull them, or space my weeding sessions farther apart so my hands are not taxed every time I have a day off.

Another thing that I love to do I swing dance.  When I lived in Ohio, I would go regularly to hear swing bands play around Cleveland; generally zoot suits, a lindy hopper, and a nice pair of wing-tips where not far away.  What a trip through history and a great way to exercise!  Since beginning massage I have found that all of the fun twirling that the follower does is a yet another nightmare for my arm and shoulder.

Desiring to add a bit more movement to my day, I have found classes with the Orlando Ballet to fit my needs exactly.   I recently began after purchasing a social media coupon.  The instructor asked if anyone was new and though I did have a romp across the marly floor when I was five, I felt that my hiatus over the last 40 years placed me into the ‘new’ category, so I bravely raised my hand!

As seems to be the case with me, I typically have deep and philosophical lessons attached to life experiences.  Ballet class did not leave me wanting!  As the instructor directed us to leap across the room I tried my best to do that, succeeding with only a mere gallop.  Kindly and ever so gently this experienced ballerina allowed the others to continue as she gathered up my hand into hers and leapt with me a short ways in another area of the studio until I knew what to do.

You know, there have been many times in my life where I have wished that someone would back up from their expertise, gather up my hand into theirs, and mentor me!  As I reflected on that class with tears in my eyes, I was so thankful to receive this much longed for experience from a tender ballerina willing to leap with my on my level!


Be Well,

Immune Support – Part 2: Hand Washing

The other day I was in the Panera bathroom and looked at the sign posted on the wall:  Employees must wash their hands for disease control.  I thought to myself…shouldn’t everybody do that?

When should you wash your hands? Although it’s impossible to keep your bare hands germ-free, there are times when it’s critical to wash your hands to limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Always wash your hands:
-After using the toilet
-After changing a diaper —washing the diaper-wearer’s hands, too
-After touching animals or animal waste
-Before and after preparing food, especially before and immediately after handling raw meat, poultry, or fish
-After blowing your nose
-Before and after treating wounds or cuts
-Before inserting or removing contact lenses
-After coughing or sneezing into your hands  (And by all means, cover up when coughing or sneezing.

And about sneezing…turning one’s back is not a viable alternative because 40,000 germs are released out of the nose and mouth at 200mph going absolutely everywhere!  When one resorts to this method of sneezing, the only thing that happens is that the sneezer MISSES the cringing faces of those in his presence because his back was to them.  So, cover up. 🙂

Infant Massage for Caregivers

Thank you for being a part.  I want to thank the Celebration Public Library for continuing to plan exciting community classes and for allowing me to be a part of it.  See you in November for our last class of 2015.

Pain 101 – Explaining Pain

The better you can describe your pain, the easier it may be for your massage therapist to facilitate a treatment for you that can encourage change.

Information that is helpful:
How long you have had your pain
Where you feel the pain – one spot or spread out
How the pain feel
Whether pain is constant or comes and goes
What activities makes pain worse, improve it, triggers it

Words that can help you describe the way your pain feels:
Hot or burning
Punishing or cruel
Tiring or exhausting

Interestingly, clients often come in with one type of feeling and upon leaving notice that it has changed.  Change is good.  Sometimes they notice that sensations have subsided but if they have remained but changed that is equally as wonderful.

Our bodies feel sensation because of feedback loops from the brain to all parts of the body and then return to the brain with all sorts of information from all parts of the body.

I see one goal of massage as being to shut off unnecessary feedback loops.  The sensations accompanying those feedback loops sometimes take a few hours be completely gone.  The body at this point is working feverishly to recalibrate and feel what is actually there.  Being able to verbalize this to yourself and another person could very well speed up the process.

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