What the Cup?

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy used for pain reduction, boosting the body’s immune system, and releasing rigid soft tissue. Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries, and the results that this simple treatment produces are impressive.

I offer both Air Cupping (done with a hand-held pneumatic pump) and traditional Fire Cupping (done with 🔥FIRE). Both techniques are painless, yet highly effective.

What Are the Benefits of Cupping?

  • flushes lactic acid & stagnant blood from acute & chronically contracted muscles
  • breaks up adhesions in soft tissue
  • relieves pain from sciatica, back pain, shin splints, whiplash & other conditions
  • alleviates discomfort from respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis & the common cold
  • boost the immune system
  • encourages a sufficient supply of nutrition and blood circulation to muscle & skin tissues
  • moves old blood & lymph fluid out of soft tissue
  • increases secretion of digestive fluids &relives chronic gastroenteritis & colon blockages
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Kindness starts with you.

Did you know that this week, Valentine’s Day week, is also International Kindness week? It is and right now the world needs more kindness, so let’s spread the love!

Random Acts of Kindness
This week make the conscious decision to do at least 1 Random Act of Kindness. Who knows, you may feel so good afterwards that you’ll do another one. And then another!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

❤️ Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
❤️ Let the person behind you at the checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
❤️ If you spill creamer or sugar on the counter at the coffee shop, wipe it up.
❤️ Hold the elevator.
❤️ Give someone a hug.

Be Kind to Yourself
The most important person to be kind to is YOU. We’re all so hard on ourselves and often time engage in negative self-talk or self-sabotage.

While you’re doing your Random Acts of Kindness be sure to include yourself!
Love yourself!

Depression, Ear Seeds & Essential Oils

Get you some!It’s February. My least favorite month, and maybe yours as well; depression sets in, the holidays are over, it’s cold, it’s gray and Spring seems so far off…

A simple and effective way to help combat the “Winter Blues” is with the powerful combination of auricular acupressure (ear seeds) and aromatherapy (essential oils).

Ear seeds are a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been used
for millennia to treat many health issues.  Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant and are held in place on the ear by a small adhesive backing and may be left in for a few days or up to two weeks (if you keep your picking fingers away).

Aromatherapy for depression consist of either applying a specific oil or blend topically or inhaling the aromas. (for topical application the EO is diluted to 4% in an organic safflower oil base)

The blend I use contains tangerine, geranium bourbon & pink grapefruit essential oils and may help to increase your emotional well-being.

This powerful combination, using various essential oils and acupoints, may also be used to assist you with easing anxiety, appetite reduction, smoking cessation and immune boosting.

Email me today (beth@bwlmt.com) to find out if this ancient and natural remedy is for you!

MASSAGE FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

We all know how good bodywork can make us feel physically, however the mental & emotional benefits are even bigger. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million American adults are suffering from anxiety disorders.

Because these disorders affect the quality of life and overall health, relieving anxiety is essential.

A 2011 study published in the National Institutes of Health,  says that massage can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety by:

  • Increasing neurotransmitters associated with reduced anxiety.
  • Decreasing hormones associated with intensified anxiety.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that at least 10% of all American adults are suffering from depression.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage is effective for managing depression, thanks to its ability to reduce levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). The study also showed that massage increases serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters that are linked to depression).

A 2010 study published by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the anti-depression benefits of massage are similar to those of psychotherapy.

Love Your Life™

Love Your Life Again!
holistic wellness for women
When did self care become a luxury and indulgence
instead of being the necessity it TRULY is?
How can you fill someone else’s cup when your own cup is empty?

These are the questions countless women just like you are asking themselves on a daily basis, and you’re living proof that neglecting yourself has it’s price.

  • Chronic stress, anxiety, and brain fog
  • Disconnection from your body, feelings of chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Disharmony in intimate and family relationships
  • Lack of motivation, inspiration, and progress in career

And that’s just the start…As the mom, the high powered career woman, or maybe the dedicated wife, you’ve become The Queen of meeting the needs of others… and somewhere along the way, you forgot about yourself. You don’t even remember the last time you did something just for you.

And I’m not talking about that extra shot of espresso you got at Starbucks last week…I mean really connected with yourself, your desires, and your joy.

Maybe you feel good in career, but not in your personal life? Maybe you feel great about your relationships, but feel like a black cloud sits over your health?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a clear vision of what was holding you back from having your whole life be a 10 on the “Love Your Life” scale instead of a 2 or 4? Then you’ll love this assessment I’ve created just for women like you!

Women who:

  • Have lost touch with that vibrant and youthful enthusiasm that at one time infused each moment!
  • Have forgotten what it was like to not always be putting your needs on the back burner.
  • Are struggling to balance all the titles, chores, and responsibilities that seem to only keep growing.
  • Know that there has to be more to life than this…But, just don’t quite know how to get back to it! Or even know what “it” is!

Take a deep breath, relax, I’ve got you. The first step to getting order, freedom, and pleasure back into each moment is to get clarity on what is holding you back most!

So grab that espresso, find a cozy spot, and let’s share a few minutes getting you refocused, realigned, and reinspired!

Just click the spark “button” below, take your free online assessment and begin to Love Your Life again!

Best of Chicago 2016

Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong
Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong

The results of the annual Chicago Reader’s Poll are in.

My office was voted 2nd BEST MASSAGE in Chicago!

This is great big news and I’m thrilled an honored to be associated with such an amazing establishment. Be sure to check out all the wonderful practitioners at Millennium Park Massage and hope to see you soon.

How often should I get a massage?

How often should I get a massage?
Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask me about and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for the health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at a couple of the most common reasons to get regular bodywork:

Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems.

If you’re in a high-stress job or work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It’s been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is.

Relief from pain caused by a chronic condition can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month and once the condition is being managed a maintenance schedule can be established.

Thai Foot Massage Now Available

As many of you know, I’ve been a certified reflexologist in the Ingham method since 2011. I love reflexology and end all my Swedish and Integrated sessions with some footwork. (I also offer reflexology as a stand-alone service.)

So, I am excited to announce that I beginning in May I will be offering thai foot reflexology at Beth Wade, LMT
Thai foot massage as a new service!

Thai foot massage is a generalized treatment working all the reflexes in the foot, as well as the sen lines* of the foot and lower leg.

Benefits of Thai foot massage:
👉 increases overall health and vitality
👉 invokes deep parasympathetic relaxation
👉 full body benefit while only working feet and lower legs
👉 reduced tension and fatigue in feet and lower legs
👉 FEELS GREAT!

Sen Lines used in Traditional Thai Medicine
* Sen Lines used in Traditional Thai Medicine

 

 

 

 

Fresh Face for Spring!

Get ready for Summer with Facial Rejuvenation Cupping
Tired eyes? Dull complexion? Puffy face?

Facial Rejuvenation Cupping is a safe, non-invasive solution for helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and broken capillaries as well as improving overall skin tone. No needles, lasers or surgery required!

What to expect during your session
After a relaxing hot towel treatment and light facial massage, a super Facial Rejuvenation Chicagoemollient anti-aging lotion is applied. Then small, soft, medical grade silicone cups are moved over the face and neck area in a specific pattern which encourages excess cellular debris and lymph fluid to drain into the lymphatic system to be eliminated.

The result is an instant decrease in puffiness, increase in skin suppleness, and a glowing complexion.

Other benefits:

– Improved lymph drainage

– Improved sinus drainage

– Reduction in tension headaches

– Reduction in TMJ pain

Put your best face forward this Spring and Summer with Facial Rejuvenation Cupping – BOOK NOW!

As with all techniques of this nature, results may vary depending on a client’s genetics, skin health, age and lifestyle.

Vacation Reply 🌴

No appointments available this week (4/10-4/16)

I’ll be attending a friend’s wedding in VooDooNew Orleans and then taking a couple days to explore and relax through Wednesday night.

Upon my return to Chicago I’ll be attending the American Massage Therapist Association’s annual conference. While there, I’ll be learning some great new techniques that I’m already looking forward to sharing with you.

In the meantime, book your session with me for the week on April 17th before they’re all gone! 👉BOOK NOW