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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out if this ancient and natural remedy is for you!
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 Again! 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!
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?
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.
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 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!
I’ll be attending a friend’s wedding in New 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
A few days ago I did something that cause my left upper trapezius muscle to completely spazzed out which caused all kinds of pain. Eventually, the pain crept up into the side of my neck, down into my shoulder and down in my arm. Worst of all, it was interfering with me getting a good night’s sleep. No matter how much I tossed and turned I just couldn’t find a comfortable position.
As a massage therapist, I thought I’d be able to handle the problem. I deployed all of my best techniques; massage, Chinese cupping therapy, a heating pad, I even put on various Chinese liniments and popped ibuprofen – all to no avail.
Finally, after another night of terrible sleep I turned to the almighty Google to see if I could find an answer to my problem. I stumbled onto an osteopathic doctors blog, and in this blog post the doctor discussed how one
of the things that’s often overlooked when there’s a trapezius spasm is the acromioclavicular joint. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try his DIY technique
to mobilize and release the AC joint.
So, I tried the technique and lo and behold – it worked! I could literally feel the pain evaporating out of my shoulder joint, upper trap and neck. The muscle is still a bit tight, sore and tender due to being locked up and tense for a few days however I feel that I have discovered the source of the problem. I’m going to see my chiropractor in a couple days and she will do a proper exam and diagnosis as well as prescribe an appropriate treatment plan for the problem. However, in the meantime I am very grateful that I will be able to focus on doing my job of taking care of my clients and not focus on how much pain I’m in.
Outlined below is a step-by-step guide to the AC joint Release Technique as described by Dr. Daniel Lopez, DO: Check the trapezius: Grab onto your trapezius between your neck and shoulder joint and give it a squeeze. Tenderness here may be indicative of an AC joint dysfunction. Also, it gives you a starting point to know how things have changed afterwards.
Find your collar bone and trace it outward until you feel the end of it. There may be a digit there or a bump. That is your AC joint. Another way of finding it, is simply to on the top of your shoulder and look for a bump.
Grip your AC joint with your thumb and index finger and slowly wiggle it back and forth. You may notice that at first it is not tender, but as you do this an underlying tenderness will show up. Do this until you feel that the bump can move a little more freely.
Recheck your trapezius and see if it feels different.
Do this once a day until it stops feeling tender and is freely moveable. You should notice your trapezius will likely feel less knotted and less sensitive.
This post is for informational purposes only and in no way is intended to be a substitute for proper medical attention. Please visit your licensed health-care professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.