MASSAGE THERAPY: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW, Part 4

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MASSAGE THERAPY is viewed by many people as a “preventative” approach to their health and well-being. When choosing a massage therapist, consider these factors:

-qualifications: credentials, background check, reputation/references

-meet your needs: type of massage offered;

-the environment—calming, soothing, healing;

-personalities: calming, trustworthy, ethical;

-cost: insurance provider, individual session, package rates, senior discounts, sliding scale

-availability: days, evenings, weekend hours;

-location: at their office, at your office, at your home

As Americans continue to experience high stress levels, and the medical maladies that are a result of that stress, the future growth of the massage therapy industry is predictably UP! An icon in the world of MASSAGE THERAPY is CREST MASSAGE CENTER, Eugene, OR, started by Marlene Varady around 1988. Marlene, LMT #1971, is the ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION SPOTLIGHT MEMBER FOR JANUARY, 2012. She and husband/business partner, Richard Wohlberg, LMT #4121, another OWA member in good standing, are well known in the Lane County Oregon area for not only the great services they offer, but also for their commitment for making their community better, safer, and healthier. Learn more about Marlene, Richard, and the rest of the CREST MASSAGE CENTER at: www.crestmassagecenter.com.

MASSAGE THERAPY: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW, Part 3

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MASSAGE THERAPY has many methods including:

• Acupressure massage
• Anma massage
• Ayurvedic massage
• Balinese massage
• Barefoot deep tissue massage
• Bowen Therapy
• Breema massage
• Champissage massage
• Deep tissue massage
• Esalen massage
• Hilot massage
• Lomi Lomi and indigenous massage of Oceania
• Medical massage
• Meso-American massage
• Mobile massage
• Myofascial release massage
• Myomassology
• Postural integration (PI)
• Reflexology massage
• Self massage
• Shiatsu
• Stone massage
• Structural integration
• Swedish massage
• Thai massage
• Traditional Chinese massage
• Trager approach
• Trigger point therapy
• Visceral manipulation
• Watsu

As Americans continue to experience high stress levels, and the medical maladies that are a result of that stress, the future growth of the massage therapy industry is predictably UP! An icon in the world of MASSAGE THERAPY is CREST MASSAGE CENTER, Eugene, OR, started by Marlene Varady around 1988. Marlene, LMT #1971, is the ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION SPOTLIGHT MEMBER FOR JANUARY, 2012. She and husband/business partner, Richard Wohlberg, LMT #4121, another OWA member in good standing, are well known in the Lane County Oregon area for not only the great services they offer, but also for their commitment for making their community better, safer, and healthier. Learn more about Marlene, Richard, and the rest of the CREST MASSAGE CENTER at: www.crestmassagecenter.com.

MASSAGE THERAPY: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW, Part 2

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MASSAGE THERAPY is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—a broad and constantly re-defining field made up of diverse medical, health care, and healing care systems. Approximately 38 percent of American adults seek CAM pursuing optimum health and well-being. Safety and regulation of the growing CAM industry is overseen, in part, by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). NCCAM has five classifications for the CAM system:

1. Mind-Body Intervention
2. Biologically Based Therapy
3. Biologically Based Massage Heights
4. Manipulative Methods
5. Energy Therapy

As Americans continue to experience high stress levels, and the medical maladies that are a result of that stress, the future growth of the massage therapy industry is predictably UP! An icon in the world of MASSAGE THERAPY is CREST MASSAGE CENTER, Eugene, OR, started by Marlene Varady around 1988. Marlene, LMT #1971, is the ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION SPOTLIGHT MEMBER FOR JANUARY, 2012. She and husband/business partner, Richard Wohlberg, LMT #4121, another OWA member in good standing, are well known in the Lane County Oregon area for not only the great services they offer, but also for their commitment for making their community better, safer, and healthier. Learn more about Marlene, Richard, and the rest of the CREST MASSAGE CENTER at: www.crestmassagecenter.com.

Ask Pamela

Q. I have an amazingly compassionate nature and nurturing my clients comes easily. I occasionally get very gruff customers who come off as rude and insensitive. I don’t get it. What am I doing that would attract such confrontive behavior?

From “compassionate and nurturing”

Being a healer naturally requires you stay in the more compassionate part of your nature. Customers who are rude and insensitive, blunt or demanding are generally caused by two reasons:
1. Pain – will cause the nicest person to bark and sometimes bite.
2. Nature – this person is more direct and assertive and even aggressive and always has been.

People who are natural confronters are more direct in their approach. They often look for non-confrontive people to release their frustration on – especially when they are in pain or are not as emotionally mature in their release of pain or frustration.

Compassionate people tend to allow barking; they may see it as a release – or they may not know what to do.

• If you see this kind of behavior as a pattern in an individual, it is time to disrupt their delivery pattern through boundary setting.

• If blunt or demeaning comments seem to happen regularly to you, it is time to disrupt your receiving pattern through boundary setting.

Setting boundaries can be very challenging because your nature is to be open, caring, warm and thoughtful. The smartest and safest thing you can do for yourself is set firm boundaries that say, “take one step further and we will no longer be working together.” When you meet a bold and direct person, it is imperative that you set those boundaries as soon as you recognize it – which is usually right away.

How to set the boundaries?
For instance, you finished up with the former client just a few minutes late and your next client (who is more gruff by nature) makes a condescending comment like: “What is the sense of setting an appointments with you if you can’t keep them?” Zingggg! Here is when you must act, and act fast.

#1. Acknowledge their comment. Give No defense – No explanations – No justifications! They will only cause the person to go deeper into their accusations. “I did go over time with my last client, I apologize for making you wait.” (It doesn’t matter if this is the first time in 20 years a client had to wait in your office. nothing you say will make the other person feel better about you because of it.)

#2. Move forward as quickly as possible. “Shall we get started? We don’t want to waste one more precious moment.” Say this lightly, and with great confidence. (Fake it at first until you gain confidence in this type of assertion).

#3. Change the subject and be very confident, straightforward and self-assured. The gruffer person will settle down in no time once he or she sees there are no more opportunities for jabs.

Once you take the lead, you must keep it. If you allow the other person to lead in your business, it will take you months to get it back, if they ever come back. You see Aggressive people respect people who will not cave. It doesn’t mean you are aggressive back; that will only make things worse. Showing confidence is what they are looking for and expect.

If this is a receiving pattern for you, check out some of the excellent healers who are OWA certified that can expertly assist you with boundary setting.

May you always communicate with class!
Pamela

PS. If you want to learn more about your patterns with others, I invite you to check out behavioral styles that will show you more about how you like to communicate with others and how to adapt when necessary.

To learn more about Pamela visit her site at http://www.communicatewithclass.com

MASSAGE THERAPY: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW, Part 1

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Even though massage therapy may not reach the “gold standard” of scientific research, regular controlled trials are reported in peer reviewed medical journals. The reported therapeutic effects are reproducible which adds credibility to the profession. A list of worldwide research studies being conducted around the world that are exploring the benefits and mechanisms of massage were recently published in the “MASSAGE Magazine”, Issue 188, 2012: to see the list go to www.massagemag.com. Massage therapy is one of the most used CAMs in hospitals, approximately 42% of US hospital, for both patients and staff. Therefore, Online Wellness Association includes Massage Therapy as a legitimate approach for healing and qualifies massage therapists as potential members.

Massage Therapy | HealerToday.com | Springfield OregonAs Americans continue to experience high stress levels, and the medical maladies that are a result of that stress, the future growth of the massage therapy industry is predictably UP! An icon in the world of MASSAGE THERAPY is CREST MASSAGE CENTER, Eugene, OR, started by Marlene Varady around 1988. Marlene, LMT #1971, is the ONLINE WELLNESS ASSOCIATION SPOTLIGHT MEMBER FOR JANUARY, 2012. She and husband/business partner, Richard Wohlberg, LMT #4121, another OWA member in good standing, are well known in the Lane County Oregon area for not only the great services they offer, but also for their commitment for making their community better, safer, and healthier. Learn more about Marlene, Richard, and the rest of the CREST MASSAGE CENTER at: www.crestmassagecenter.com.

Beating the Sugar Blues

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but many people struggle with eliminating sugar from their diets. I just did a workshop on how nutrition can support those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. One of the big ideas that I stressed to the workshop participants is that food addictions and alcohol and drug addiction are the same kinds of biochemical processes.

The sugar habit is an addiction for many people. It can cause physical changes in the form of nutrient depletion as well as behavioral changes resulting from blood sugar imbalances. After the extraction process, most of the nutrients are gone. So, we are left with a potent, crystallized concentrate not unlike cocaine or opium. Overconsumption of sugar can cause brain chemistry imbalances that fuel the sugar addiction and literally rewire the brain. This is serious stuff!

Never before in the history of mankind have we had such an emergency need to lower blood sugar. We know that in 1812 the average person consumed 10 pounds of sugar a year compared to 141 pounds of sugar per year in 2004! That is a lot of dietary stress. If you think about this from an evolutionary perspective, it becomes clear that our bodies were NEVER meant to handle this sugar load.

So, what is a sugar addict to do? I think the first step is to understand how sugar harms the system. There is a wonderful little book called “Lick the Sugar Habit Sugar Counter” by Nancy Appleton. Not only does it help you assess the sugar that is hidden in every day foods, but it also lists 100 reasons to avoid sugar. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar upsets the balance of minerals in the body, contributing to osteoporosis.
  3. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  4. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, and prostate.
  5. Sugar can cause arthritis and asthma.
  6. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  7. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  8. Sugar can cause depression.

The next step is to admit there is a problem & make a plan to beat the sugar habit just as you would for any other addiction. Try these ideas:
Clear the sugar out of your life and out of your cupboards.
Bring your own healthy snacks with you to social events.
Eat balanced macronutrient ratios (30/30/40 model). This will help balance your blood sugar and reduce cravings for sweets.
Use low glycemic natural sweeteners like stevia.
Include lots of healthy fats in your diet.
Switch from juice to herbal teas.
Keep the benefits of low sugar intake in mind; healthier weight, better brain function, stronger immune system, and improved digestive function.

© Ellen Syversen, Pathways for Health, LLC. (541) 912-8624. 2011.
To learn more about Ellen and to get more information about nutrition please visit her site at: http://www.pathwaysforhealth.net