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.

Inner Spring Cleaning

Are you enjoying Spring? I love the milder temps, more reliable weather and a fabulous display of flowers. It’s also a great time of year to do an inner cleanse.

Debbie Ford, the American self-help author, coach and lecturer wrote: “When you take the time to cleanse your physical body of accumulated stress and toxicity, you are rewarded with increased vitality and optimal health.”

Springtime is the perfect time to do a small or large cleanse since our energy is up and we’re ready to go. Cleansing can be as simple or complicated as you care to make it.

Here are some simple cleanses you might like to try for at least three days:

  • Consume only organic, freshly homemade vegetable and fruit juices with pure water.
  • Simple Kitchori cleanse – Eat only soaked and cooked brown rice and mung beans with slight seasoning. Drink pure water.
  • Eat light/colon cleanse – Eat only fresh homemade vegetable broth, coupled with a colon cleanse.
  • Combine lemons, cayenne pepper and maple syrup to drink throughout the day.
  • Go online and select a cleanse that your body resonates with.

Always check with your doctor before cleansing, make careful preparations to succeed (loosen up your commitments during your cleanse), make at least one massage appointment and then jump in! After your cleanse, be nice to your tummy and colon by easing back to eating whole foods.

Benefits of cleansing are:

  • Cleanse and detox the body
  • Improve digestion
  • Help subdue cravings
  • Jumpstart weight loss
  • Simplify by taking the focus off of food
  • Enjoy better elimination, colon cleansing
  • Introspection nourishes the spirit
  • Clear the mind to encourage new ideas
  • Self-awareness helps you and those around you
  • Calm down and chill out – both mentally and physically
  • Adrenal booster! Alcohol, sugar, refined food and caffeine all contribute to adrenal fatigue.
  • Create an opportunity to meditate, breathe and/or journal

Reward yourself for a successful cleanse with a thoughtful, restorative massage. Massage is a micro-cleanse in and of itself so adding a session will enhance every aspect of your effort. Massage will comfort you and help you relax, especially if your ‘stuff’ comes up and helps move debris out of the body from both the blood and lymph system by greatly increasing circulation. Make sure you include an abdominal massage to help improve digestion and elimination

With this impressive list of health benefits, why would you not give it a try? Embrace your good health by calling me (480-720-6853) for massage support during your cleanse this Spring.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.