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How to Stop Neck Pain at the Source
Posted:Nov 14, 2021 1:36 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2022 9:40 am
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Suffering from neck pain?

You’re not alone.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from chronic neck pain daily, and most of them aren’t aware of what they’ve done to bring it on.

The first step is understanding what the initial cause of the pain was.

What Causes Neck Pain?

It’s generally not a difficult question to answer: Poor posture is the number one cause of neck pain.

Carrying your head too far in front of your body means a great deal of unnecessary strain is generated, which your neck muscles need to handle.

Are you under exceptional stress?

Stress can also be a huge factor for neck pain, as it usually manifests physically as muscle tension in the shoulders.

Poor posture sneaks up on us throughout the day and can be the source of back, neck and shoulder pain, which then can lead to aches, migraines, sleeplessness and even fatigue.

What Can Be Done?

You may be tempted to pop at over-the-counter headache medicine to treat neck pain, but that is only masking the problem. Treating the source of the pain and correcting poor lifestyle choices will allow you to self-heal.

Here are a few tried and true techniques for treating neck pain that are endorsed by massage therapists:

Practice proper posture

If you sit at a desk for work, this is especially important.

As you read, try lifting your chin a few inches and pushing your shoulders back, as if you were holding a lemon with both shoulder blades.

Notice how it opens your chest and rids your profile of a double chin? Ensure that your lower back isn’t overly curved and that your head is over your shoulders.

The average person’s head weighs around 20 pounds. Practicing proper posture is like balancing a bowling ball on top of your neck. Even an inch off center will create unnecessary tension in your balancing neck muscles.

Relaxing your shoulders just a bit will allow you to be in the most aligned sitting position.

Feel how different this is from where you just were?

If you find yourself hunched over throughout the day, try raising your computer so that you’re not crouching down to see the screen. You may also choose to use a lumbar pillow to help you sit back in your seat.

If you’re feeling stiff in this new position, try bending at the waist and letting your hands float down to the ground. Release tension in your neck and shake your head “yes” and “no” a few times to loosen up.

Modify your lifestyle

Stress, poor sleep, lack of exercise, dehydration and unhealthy eating can all add up to neck pain and subsequent headaches.

To start, pursue a small goal, like eating three servings of fruits and vegetables each day or walking for 30 minutes. Commit to a time of 30 days, to give it a chance of becoming a new habit, but not so long that it feels impossible.

It’s remarkable how even small, but consistent changes in our behaviors can affect change.

Correct your sleeping position

Sleeping position can also greatly influence your neck and back alignment and strength. If you find yourself waking up very sore, check that your mattress is firm.

Try sleeping with a round pillow under your knees while lying on your back to ensure that you do not have an overly curved lower back.

Since neck and back muscles work together, a chain reaction can occur when either is misaligned. You can also lie on the ground with a pillow under your knees to gently stretch your body back into alignment.

If any of these practices or stretches for your back or neck are painful, try seeking the help of a massage therapist. A massage therapy session can alleviate neck aches long enough for you to make these changes to your routine and habits without the associated pain.

Remember – Small changes applied consistently can make big differences! It’s amazing how much of what causes us physical pain can be improved dramatically by simply eating and drinking well, exercising frequently, practicing good posture, and getting enough quality sleep.

Finally – Go see your massage therapist, who’s been trained to help care for the body and can help you get your mind and body back in balance.
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3 Undeniable reasons you need a massage
Posted:Oct 8, 2021 1:34 am
Last Updated:Oct 10, 2021 9:18 pm
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Why You need a massage:

1. You have one speed: GO.
Let’s face it. You will never hear your boss ask you do your job slower. You will never catch a cab being the slowest person on the curb. You never think “I hope the copier breaks today so I can be extra late to my meeting.” When you get a massage, everything changes. You are literally and figuratively being forced to slow your rapid pace of life and finally cut yourself some slack.

2. You can feel your body rebelling against you.
That constant pressure between your eyes; the ever-growing stiffness in your joints. Every morning, it seems to take you just a little longer to claw your way out of bed (I prefer the rolling method). Let a professional massage therapist evaluate your current state and work some magic with their hands like they are trained to do. You will get from that table feeling 30 pounds lighter and at peace with the universe.

3. You feel like you’re losing it.
Or maybe you don’t even remember what it feels like have “it.” Business meetings, PTA meetings, soccer games, hockey practice, and doctors’ appointments are jammed into your calendar in color-coordinated efficiency. Your planner may look like the Type-A dream, but it is taking a toll your mental well-being. Do you feel like you blink and a week went by? Lose your keys more than once a day when you usually know where everything is at all times? Time get a massage, let of it go for that little patch of time when you can let your mind escape a place of relaxation and bliss.

Convinced you should get a massage, go over my profile and send a message. Online scheduling available.

Christopher
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Natural Ways to Improve Sleep
Posted:Jul 28, 2021 4:26 pm
Last Updated:Oct 8, 2021 1:34 am
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Struggling with your sleep schedule? Anyone who hasn’t been sleeping well knows that we’re not ourselves without a good night’s sleep.

Did you know…?

Even moderately sleep-deprived individuals are 50% slower to respond than someone who is under the influence of alcohol*.
30% of adult Americans suffer from insomnia.
37.9% of people have reported falling asleep unintentionally on the job in the last 30 days*.
It’s time to stop the madness!

Fortunately, there are several ways to encourage a solid night’s sleep without depending on over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Skip the medication and opt for one of these natural ways to improve sleep:

- Read a book (Quiet the mental chatter and dive into a good book to help slow down your brain and prepare for a solid sleep)

-unplug (Put down your phone, close your laptop, and turn off your TV at least an hour before jumping into bed)

-Turn off the lights (switching off the lights will put you in the right headspace and alert your body that it's time for bed)

-Meditate

-Stick to a schedule (Aim to go sleep around the same time every night)

-Make great food decisions (Avoid foods that are high in sugar and caffeine)

-Get a massage (Massage helps you relax, relieves aches and pains, and can stimulate sleep hormones)
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Stress No More: Massage for Anxiety
Posted:Jul 27, 2021 3:31 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2022 9:40 am
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We live in a society where everyone seems to be stressed much of the time.

Unfortunately, there are many negative consequences to this. When we feel chronic stress, it can often lead to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which affects about 6.8 million adults in the United States.

An anxious person is often overly stressed about daily tasks and issues such as money, work and family.

chronic stress can produce both physical and psychological symptoms.

This is why massage can help us.

Massage therapy promotes relaxation but can also successfully reduce both physical and psychological symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Relief from Psychological Symptoms

GAD causes a higher production cortisol (the stress hormone), which puts the body into “flight-or-flight” mode.

Massage can increase the body’s levels of oxytocin and serotonin – the hormones that make us feel happier – which allows us to feel less stressed. This relaxing feeling can also lower blood pressure, elevate our moods, and clear our minds.

Relief from Physical Symptoms

Anxiety often brings on many different physical symptoms that can be painful and uncomfortable. Common symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, jaw pain and neck and shoulder tension.

Massage helps to break up lactic acid and can relieve most of these points of pain and discomfort.

Studies also show that when we’re receiving a massage, our heart rates and breathing patterns slow down and muscles are able to relax, promoting a break from the stress we often bring on ourselves.

So whether you suffer from chronic stress and anxiety or are just going through a stressful time in your life, call your massage therapist for some relief!
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Post do's and don'ts
Posted:Jul 26, 2020 3:34 pm
Last Updated:May 27, 2022 9:40 am
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Post Massage Do's and Don'ts

Do:

Drink plenty of water
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Take a long walk

Don't:

Eat heavy, greasy foods
Do an intense workout
Plan too much for the rest of the day
Forget to book your next appointment
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3 Undeniable reasons you need a massage
Posted:Jul 18, 2020 3:05 am
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2020 3:06 am
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Why You need a massage:

1. You have one speed: GO.
Let’s face it. You will never hear your boss ask you to do your job slower. You will never catch a cab being the slowest person on the curb. You never think “I hope the copier breaks today so I can be extra late to my meeting.” When you get a massage, everything changes. You are literally and figuratively being forced to slow your rapid pace of life and finally cut yourself some slack.

2. You can feel your body rebelling against you.

That constant pressure between your eyes; the ever-growing stiffness in your joints. Every morning, it seems to take you just a little longer to claw your way out of bed (I prefer the rolling method). Let a professional massage therapist evaluate your current state and work some magic with their hands like they are trained to do. You will get up from that table feeling 30 pounds lighter and at peace with the universe.

3. You feel like you’re losing it.

Or maybe you don’t even remember what it feels like to have “it.” Business meetings, PTA meetings, soccer games, hockey practice, and doctors’ appointments are all jammed into your calendar in color-coordinated efficiency. Your planner may look like the Type-A dream, but it is taking a toll on your mental well-being. Do you feel like you blink and a week went by? Lose your keys more than once a day when you usually know where everything is at all times? Time to get a massage, let all of it go for that little patch of time when you can let your mind escape to a place of relaxation and bliss.

Convinced you should get a massage, just DM me and we can set something up
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Massage fun facts!
Posted:Jul 17, 2020 2:28 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2022 9:40 am
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Here's a fun massage fact: Fun fact about sessions: A 60 minute session is almost the same as 7-8 hours of sleep your body.
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8 signs that you need a massage
Posted:Jul 15, 2020 9:49 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2022 9:40 am
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1. You're stressed out

2. You're not getting enough sleep

3. You have neck, shoulder, and back pain

4. You're putting extra stress on your body

5. Your muscles are sore

6. You're suffering from regular headaches

7. You're feeling down or depressed

8. You haven't had one in over a month

What are your symptoms??
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