Don’t let tension headaches ruin your day!

Here are some tips to keep you out of trouble.
 
Pay attention to your posture. As we go through life we become accustomed to the way we do things, the way we sit, get out of the car, sleep, walk. Each body is put together a little differently too, so our unique strengths and weaknesses come into play. Over time our body takes on our habits and makes them permanent. Well, semi-permanent, because it’s important to realize that we can change and the body will follow our lead.
 
Sitting – Sit with a straight back whether it’s at the computer or on the couch. Use a small roll if you need it. Feet are both on the floor and weight is even over both hips.
 
Standing – Stand with chest high and tummy and buttocks pulled in, knees soft.
 
Moving – Move as mindfully and gracefully as you can and don’t stay in one posture for too long.
 
Don’t frown or clench your jaw. We all tend to do this as a means of concentration but it can become exaggerated when we are tired or when our eyes are fatigued. Often we clamp our jaw tight when we are upset or frustrated. Smile for no reason; it will lift your mood.
 
A better way to focus is to breathe consciously. It adds oxygen (obviously) and calms us, bringing us back to the present moment in a more relaxed and focused condition.
 
Clear your mind of clutter. Make a list of things that are on your mind or just resolve to deal with them later. Make sure you do!
 
Lightly press your fingers all around your eye sockets to relieve strain or sinus pressure. Slide your fingers across eyebrows and also down each side of your nose.
 
Relax your neck muscles.
There are four major muscles in the neck that are known for causing headaches. You can see them in this image. Remember, your head can weigh up to 12 pounds and neck muscles are easily fatigued. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to deeply massage these four muscles whenever a headache threatens.
  • I have a small lotion bottle with a rounded top that works beautifully for this purpose at stoplights.
  • You can also get on the floor with two tennis balls in a sock, placing them right under this area of your neck.
Best of all, of course is to call me for a massage and I’d be happy to help! (480-720-6853)
 
Just these few tips will really help you feel better and will keep a headache at bay…perhaps permanently.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.

Add-On Options to Your Massage

Do you know about all the different add-on options you can choose from at Body Dialog Massage? These are an inexpensive way to enhance your regular massage by adding a little time or to treat yourself!
 
Here are the six most popular add-ons I currently offer:
 
Aromatic Scalp Massage – Additional 15 minutes for $20.00
Do you love scalp and face massage? Then Aromatic Head Massage is for you. For those of us who find it difficult to turn off our internal chatter, this therapy is profoundly relaxing. Aromatic oils are massaged deeply into the scalp and hair, stimulating the scalp and encouraging hair renewal.

Tuning Forks Sound Therapy – Add to any massage without an upcharge; no extra time unless requested.
Full tuning fork sessions also available. Enjoy beautiful healing harmonies. I work with several sets of tuning forks that deliver extremely specific frequencies and create pure musical intervals. Tuning forks are in fact, musical instruments. Your nervous system realigns itself to the sound of the tuning fork. Each sound interval has different properties and relates to a different state of consciousness so each tuning fork affects your system in a different way.

Aromatherapy – Add to any massage for $10.00
Use of plant-derived essential oils is an option with any of the techniques I use. These oils have many distinct chemical properties and also different actions on the psyche. Their delightful aromas are useful for a host of physical and emotional conditions or we may decide to use an oil simply because you like the aroma. 

Hands and Feet – Additional 30 minutes for $40.00

Nothing compares to extra time purely dedicated to your hands and feet! Body butter and hot towels make this extra a must.

 

 

Hot Stones – Add to any massage for $15.00

Experience the ultimate in therapeutic relaxation! Enjoy a relaxing Swedish or therapeutic massage enhanced with hot rocks.

 

Warm Facial Massage – Additional 15 minutes for $20.00

For those who love to have extra time and attention to their face. Hot towels relax facial muscles (frowning, tight jaw etc.) and gently lift debris. Detailed massage with a light touch of unscented, natural lotion will leave you smiling.

 

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.