Why Do I Talk About Headaches Frequently?

Why Do I Talk About Headaches Frequently?

Headaches are sneaky little beasts who disrupt your work, play, sleep, and moods. I’m certain you have a few choice words to describe your most recent headache! Head, neck, and shoulder pain are the number one complaints I see. Here is yet another blog post to help with your head pain 🙂

What Kind of Headache Do You Have?

Muscle tension headaches are the most common type to affect people. Tension headaches are often confused with stress, as in, “I am not stressed so I don’t know why my head hurts.” Tension doesn’t always mean emotional stress. The tension that is your muscles pulling on your skull causes your headache. These dudes hurt! Have you ever found yourself thinking you have a neck headache? Yep. Muscle tension. Massage can help.

You can also apply heat to your sore spots to help with the head pain. The Hot Pepper SheBang Skin Stick can also help tension while you’re on the go. Rub a bit on your shoulder or neck to ease the tightness. Apply a warm/hot cloth to enhance the heat. Squeeze your upper shoulders with your hands for a minute or two. Stretch, roll your shoulders, rotate your head, and caress your scalp to help eliminate discomfort.

Migraine headaches are a bit tricky. You could crave the soothing touch of a massage or it could make it worse. I leave that up to you. YOU know what helps when you’re in the throes of a migraine. Good news, though, regular massage therapy *could* reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Check my schedule against yours here to get in for a session.

A sinus headache is another tricky beast to handle. A well-applied face massage can help dim the pressure inside your sinus cavities. Or it can do nothing. Ha! Helpful, I know! Try sitting at a table or desk and resting your face onto your fingers while your elbows are on the table. Experiment with how hard you press. You could get a few minutes of relief!

The Just Chillin’ Skin Stick is designed to be cooling for tight muscles, but the menthol and cooling effect can also work well on headaches. Apply to your neck and forehead. The aroma will clear your sinuses and the menthol will cool your tense muscles. Win.

When can I help you with your sneaky beast headaches?

What is Lomi Lomi?

I have returned from a massage retreat/workshop which has forever changed me. Hawaiian Temple Lomi Lomi, as taught by Michele Austin, is one of the many types of Traditional Hawaiian massage. “Lomi Lomi energizes the whole self, awakens the senses, and facilitates the opening of new neuropathways.”

The long, fluid strokes are performed on your body as a whole, not back, then legs, then arms, etc. Top to bottom, the fluid massage confuses the nervous system allowing your mind to “let go.”

Lomi interconnects mind, body and soul so they are not separate. You are treated as a whole being, with the dignity you deserve. We create a safe space, a sacred space for your whole self to receive the work.

All you have to do is breathe…

We shall be in a warm, secure room with music, sheets, and covers.

How is Lomi Lomi different than what I already do?

Almost every massage move is performed with my forearms or forearm and hand. Lomi is flowing, long, strokes from neck to toes, left to right, with no set routine. Time on the back side of the body is spent on the whole side, while keeping private areas covered and safe. Your whole leg is worked, not just the back. Your whole arm is worked, not only the back. Time will be spent on all areas, but in no order. Your shoulders will not only be worked once. They will be worked over and over. Your legs and hips will be treated, as well. Your whole being will be dignified and massaged according to your needs and expectations.

The same happens on the front side of your body. Your private areas are kept covered and safe. You are massaged from head to toe in no particular order, on repeat, no routine. Your body is treated as a whole and not compartmentalized.

Why do many call this a transformative experience?

It is difficult to put into words, but I will try 🙂

My preparation for the treatment is longer. My focus is more intent. The music envelops the room. Your nervous system hits a point of “relaxation” and you cannot predict what the next move will be. Your mind “lets go” of irritating thoughts. Time slows down and flies by at the same time. You feel the intention of my massage by feeling safe, whole, dignified, and respected. You are treated as a whole. Your mind and soul are given space. Lomi Lomi massage feels AMAZING.

The massage itself is both gentle and deep. It can’t be boxed into “deep tissue” or anything else. Each practitioner will be a little different. The massage strokes can and will be deeper if you want them to be. Your problem areas won’t be ignored, but will be addressed in a deeper, effective way.

Please call with questions!

Do You Ignore Pain?

Picture it. You’re at work with the clock ticking on a deadline. While on a roll, you wish you could take a little break. The nagging sensation in your lower back is begging you to stop for a few minutes. You keep working. Pushing the uncomfortable twinge to the back of your mind, you instead focus on finishing the task at hand. You may move a little differently, but you do not stop.

Sweat starts to form on your face. Your semi-resting facial muscles slowly form into a grimace. Almost finished. Just a few more minutes/tasks.

And, done.

How often does this happen to you? If not your lower back, is it your shoulder? Knee? Neck? When you finish your work does the “uncomfortable” now resemble pain? Are you used to feeling this way?

Ignoring pain is common. You are taught to push through, finish the task at hand, and ignore the pain. “Pain is weakness.” WRONG. Pain is a warning from your body to stop or slow down. Pain is a sign of a potential problem. It could be as simple as a muscle spasm or as important as a fracture or other injury.

How often to you listen to your body?

When you need to go to the bathroom, you go, right? Why not rest for a minute when the pain hits? Can’t take a long break? Have you adjusted the way you are standing/sitting/walking/lifting? Often times changing your position will help you get through your work.

It’s important to remember to listen to your body. Rest is as important as work. Rest helps accomplish better quality work. Rest contributes to more enjoyable down time. Rest, y’all, rest.

Naps and frequent days off aren’t the answer, but listening to your body helps. Slow down when your body suggests it. Hydrate when you know you should. Lighten your load to protect your back and knees. Be reasonable with your time and expectations. Your body is important! It depends on you to listen 🙂

Regular massage can improve certain painful symptoms. Light exercise as advised by your doctor can do great things to help eliminate pain. What can you do for yourself today?

Declutter Your Head

Every surface of my home is covered in  clutter. Mail, toys, cups, random papers, batteries, SO MUCH RANDOM STUFF. We need to declutter because all the mess makes me crazy!

My head feels this way much of the time, too. Prep this, what about that, did you write that down, call so-and-so, pick up this, send that picture, text her, forward information to him, record show, go to the bank, mail the package, pay the bill, file the receipts, and so onnnnnnnnnn.

Familiar? Especially at 3 am after waking for a bathroom break. The wee hours seems to be the perfect time for my brain to solve the problems of the world. It is exhausting!

Bring your mind clutter to The Comfort Zone Massage. Drop your busy thoughts outside the door. Get comfy on the massage table. Zen out with your favorite music. Chat or doze, it’s up to you. Allow your brain to respond to relaxing touch and feel your thoughts slow down. You may sleep. You may snore. You may drool.

One by one, minute by minute, your brain will stop the random barrage of thoughts into order and peace. You may not forget everything, but everything won’t feel like priority number one. You’ll be able to focus better on your tasks. Rest a bit. Declutter your head with massage therapy.

Daily Up-Keep

Ah, yes. Another to-do list to add to the three you already have 😉 Where do you prioritize yourself on the lists? Do you consider your health and well-being? Or only the things you “need” to do?

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you find yourself exhausted before the end of the day even though you haven’t done much? Are you grumpy more than you’re not?

Prioritize Yourself

Adding a few simple tasks to your day can improve your quality of life! Yes, your quality of life. Who doesn’t want to feel a little better every day?

First of all, are you eating? I’m not going to tell you how to eat, I’m not qualified for that. I will tell you, though, fueling your body daily is important. Maybe try not to skip meals so much.

Do you have a hobby or something you like to do for fun? Add a bit more of that into your day. Leave the dishes in the sink and read a chapter,  go for a walk, geek out on a video game, color, knit, run, pull weeds, play in the dirt. Whatever makes you feel like YOU.

Massage for Headaches

Regular maintenance massage could reduce the frequency of tension headaches. Heat, massage, and rest are the perfect combination to reset your brain and body. Regular work on the neck and shoulders loosens the tightness on the back of your skull. Fewer headaches. Better mood.

Run Like Phoebe!

If you ever watched Friends you know what I’m talking about. When she went running with Rachel, Phoebe sprinted like a child in the throes of happiness! Maybe you don’t run, but it’s a nice approach to the day. Throw your thoughts out, smile big, and conquer your day. 🙂

How Do You Unwind?

Ahh, self-care. Such the buzzword these days, eh? Move, rest, eat, don’t eat, clear your mind, do puzzles. So confusing 🙂 Here’s my short list of favorite things to do to unwind:

  • Read (ahem, I don’t always fall asleep)
  • Stare at my phone (not the best idea, but I’m being honest)
  • Nap!
  • Wrap in my fuzzy robe and socks for a few minutes
  • Color
  • Favorite reruns of shows
  • Massage (you knew I was going to say that!)

    What do you like to do? Run? Yoga? Nap? Knit?

 

Body Image

Body image. Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal. But some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live and their happiness.

When I tell some people that I’m a massage therapist it can cause a strong reaction. They tell me, whether verbally or through their reaction and body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.

The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues. In massage school we were all nervous about taking off our clothes and letting somebody else touch us. It didn’t take long for us to discover that bodies are just bodies and become much more comfortable with our own. We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Something unexpected happened – when our bodies felt better we felt better about our bodies.

I think there are three options to consider. Let’s look at the risk versus reward for them.

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 you had before.

2. You get a massage, but the massage therapist either makes note of how you look, as if it matters.

If this has happened to you, I’m sorry. You got a crappy massage therapist. That’s a bummer, and I’m really sorry. You took a risk, and even if the rest of the massage was decent, got very little reward.
This is not going to happen if you come to me. Never. No way. I can’t say this strongly enough. It goes against the very nature of who I am, how I treat people, and what I believe.

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.

Relax

In this option your risk is low. I don’t care how your body looks. That’s none of my business. I just want to help it feel better. Your reward is high. Again your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.

I have no idea how your body got to be in the condition that it’s in. 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. Since I don’t know what caused your body to be like it is now I can’t make any judgments about you.

I’ve worked on hundreds – maybe thousands – of people. Each body is interesting and I’ve yet to come across one that I could not help.

If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, let’s find an option that works for you. You don’t even have to explain anything to me. Leave your clothes on. Stay sitting up or face down or lying on your side or however you want. It’s up to you.
It’s my job to help you feel better. That’s it. Together let’s find a way to help you relieve your pain and stress. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good.

Reset With a Professional Massage

Does it feel like you are being pulled in a hundred different directions?

Obligations, deadlines, appointments, meetings, end-of-the-year school “fun,” work, housework, sports, etc. It seems there aren’t enough minutes in the day or days in the week for all that needs to be done.

All this chaos can be hard on your body and mind.

If you are like me, when things get busy you eat  less mindfully, sleep poorly, and junk food more. Oh, the fun and stressful busy-ness of life!

Running ragged is exhausting! But, wait, you’re tired and can’t sleep? Thoughts chasing each other in your head makes falling asleep more like a dream than reality. Tossing and turning to find comfort due to a pain in the neck is frustrating. Hips hurt, shoulders ache, and your head only wants to rest.

I can’t do anything about your food or schedule, but I can administer a professional massage relaxing enough to reset your brain and sooth your tired body.

Massage therapy resets your body and mind.

I have spent the last 14 years creating a solid relaxation massage with the ability to focus on pain relief. It is a wonderful combination of zen and therapy. An hour on a massage table resets your thoughts, slows your pulse, regulates your breathing, and recharges your mind.

What’s stopping you from making an appointment?

What the Heck is a Skin Stick?!

Magic in a tube.

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Shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils blend beautifully to tend to your different skin or mood needs. Shea butter works as a safe carrier for the perfect amounts of essential oils making skin application a breeze. Perfectly Posh’s unique Skin Sticks look like giant lip balm but you apply them to different areas of your skin.

The Perk! Stick utilizes peppermint oil to ease tension headaches.

The Purifier combines Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus for a unique blend excellent for stuffy noses, allergies, and bug bites.

This week, Posh is featuring Flower Child Skin Stick.  “Grape seed, rosehip, and anti-aging argan oils blend with shea butter and beeswax to hydrate, plump, and help tired, dull skin look fresh as a daisy. Smooth this lightly floral scented Skin Stick over dry or impaired skin as often as needed for added moisture and protection. Keep cool. Melts easily.” It is a light floral scent, like roses.

Posh aptly named the lavender skin stick Sleepy Sleep! Lavender is also good for relieving itchy, inflamed skin, sunburns, and bites.

Or, you know, magic in a tube.

What’s your favorite Posh Skin Stick? Never tried one? Which one looks the most interesting?

Poshy Self-Care

It’s a beautiful overcast morning! I hear birds singing, wind blowing, and rain *almost* breaking through the clouds. I have the house to myself for a bit before I go to the office. I am enjoying the natural silence. Relaxing. Recharging. Preparing for my day. More self-care talk.

My self-care has changed a bit the last few months. I’ve switched out all my drugstore brand bath products for Perfectly Posh. Posh uses naturally based ingredients to create the best smelling stuff! Cruelty-free means no animal fat in the bath chunks, and no animal testing. Posh finds soothing butters, oils, and essential oils to create an in-home spa experience! You can have a spa in your own bathroom!

 

  • Hand creme
  • Bath Chunks
  • Scrubby stuff
  • Body butters
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Face Masks
  • Body muds/masks
  • Hair care
  • Foot care
  • Lips
  • Skin Sticks

We simply pamper. Affordable. Fun. All about YOU. See what Posh is all about here: 

What’s your favorite in-home spa treatment?

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