1. Relaxation Mind Struggle
The truth: you may be having trouble enjoying your “me time” because you are working too hard at relaxing! Humans are working at playing the way we have learned to work at living. We live in an era that makes it hard to unwind and relax. The demands of life are intense and never-ending. We have come to compare success with achievement, and achievement with happiness. Although we make plans to have a relaxing evening or weekend, many of us never manage it. You can achieve body, mind & spiritual peace; it does take some practicing.
2. Body Image
How you SEE your body is your perception of body image. When a person is not happy with the way he/she looks, they may isolate themselves because they feel bad about their appearance. I’ve had people say to me “I’m too big for a massage” or I don’t want you rubbing my fat.” If that is your thought process, I say to you. You are NOT too big/small for a massage! Massage Therapist is not judging your body type, all we want to do is help you relax and be pain-free.
3. Inappropriate Touch
Physical contact and advances and any other unwelcome physical or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature is a form of sexual harassment. Some people who are survivors of abuse have a difficult time receiving massage; this is entirely understandable. Positive and Therapeutic touch can help survivors feel loved and safe again. You do have to find a skilled, compassionate, patient and professional therapist that has worked with survivors that can help you navigate and find the type of treatment that works best for you.
4. Perception of Control
Yes sometimes you may be undressed on the massage table, and that can make you feel a bit out of control and vulnerable. I tell all of my clients ” you are in control of your session, speak up when you want to, and you can end the massage at any time for any reason.” I somewhat over communicate YOU are in control of your body and who you allow to touch you in any manner.
5. It may not be your love language
Some people are more carefree with touch because it is their love language. People who love language is touch don’t friends, touching their arm, or shoulder without permission. Some people do not like anyone touching them other than their kids and significant other. Another reason is the negative perception of what massage is NOT!.
While this list only scratches the surface of why some people don’t like to be touched. I believe the benefits of massage outweigh the negative perception one may have about therapeutic touch.
Your’s in Health,
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows how to make get results, look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month. The term “heart disease” encompasses many cardiovascular diseases whose symptoms vary depending on the condition.
Examples of these diseases include:
- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension. This is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is consistently elevated.
- Stroke. A stroke occurs when there is brain damage due to lack of supply to the area.
- Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.
- Heart attack, also known myocardial infarction, occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart.
- Arrhythmia is when the heart is beating irregularly, too slow, or too fast.
- Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.
According to the American Heart Association, over 82 million Americans are living with one or more types of heart disease. There are many medical and preventive holistic measures those with heart disease can take in order to live a healthy, happy life! Here are some ways that you can contribute to better heart health:
- Start a smoking cessation program. Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer one included in your premium.
- Clean up your diet! Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts can be great for heart health.
- Get plenty of exercise. Working out 3-5 days per week can improve the function of your heart. Check with your physician before starting a new exercise regime…especially if you already live with heart disease.
- Come get a massage! Here’s why…
How Massage Therapy Helps with Heart Function:
- Improved circulation, especially when Swedish massage strokes are incorporated. Swedish massage strokes, effleurage a.k.a. gliding strokes in particular, can assist in venous blood return to the heart.
- According to a study published in pubmed.com, receiving back massages helps to lower anxiety in those living with congestive heart failure.
- Massage therapy has been found to decrease pain, anxiety, and overall tension after heart surgery.
- Research has shown that Thai massage can help improve muscle function and overall quality of life in elderly stroke patients.
- Massage therapy naturally lowers blood pressure. If your blood pressure is lower than normal, please consult your physician before scheduling a massage.
- Deep abdominal work is not recommended for clients with hypertension.
When to See a Doctor:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Swelling in legs or abdomen
How Can I Help?
If you or a loved one wants to support heart health and cardiovascular circulation, come schedule a Swedish massage with me. Give me a call at 267-584-3015 or email to discuss your needs beforehand.
Yours in Health,
If you are looking for someone with massage therapy expertise, who also knows the ins and outs of pain relief…look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA.
Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or massagebluebell.com
Resources: American Heart Association
A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology by Ruth Werner
U.S. National Library of Medicine National Health Institutes