Why get a Massage When You’re Grumpy

This might sound crazy, but I’ve actually ran into people who have said that they don’t want a massage because their mood isn’t great. Or that they don’t want to come in for their massage because they’re grumpy and don’t think they would be “good company” or something. Can you believe that people don’t realize how massage can stabilize their mood?

 

Guess what?! YOU SHOULD COME IN WHEN YOU’RE GRUMPY!!

 

First off, if you’re worried about being “bad company,” please don’t. We see people in all sorts of different levels of vulnerability. We have clients who talk the entire time–about their problems, life, exciting news, whatever–and we have clients who say almost nothing despite seeing them regularly. If you’re grumpy and don’t want to talk, don’t talk! If you want to make sure that your massage therapist doesn’t talk, just start off by saying “Look, you do amazing massages, and I enjoy you as a person, but today, I really need to just focus on me. I’d appreciate it if we only talked if necessary or when you’re checking in with how the session is going.” I guarantee you no massage therapist here will have a problem with that, nor will they be offended by it!

 

 

Massage also has a myriad of great benefits. In a Livestrong article from July, massage can help:

  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Improve Mood
  • Increased Relaxation
  • Promote Energy

 

With the improving mood part, it’s because massage can release endorphins which make you happy. So if you’re unhappy or grumpy, it would make sense to seek out something that is going to boost the endorphin levels in your body. Massage has more benefits than that, but we just want to focus on the mood stabilizing parts right now. There are also acupressure points that help stabilize moods, which can easily be incorporated into massage.

Young Living with Citrus Fresh

Citrus Fresh is just as it sounds: A very fresh, citrus scent. It combines Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint to create this uplifting oil blend. Spearmint is the odd one out, but it keeps these citrus oils uplifted and more refreshing smelling.
  • Orange is elevating to the mind and body and has anticoagulant properties
  • Tangerine sedates and combats anxiety and nervousness
  • Grapefruit is very decongesting and fat dissolving
  • Lemon is purifying and uplifting
  • Mandarin has sedative and slightly hypnotic properties
  • Spearmint supports the respiratory and nervous systems
This combination stimulates the right brain and amplifies creativity. It can help put anxiety on the shelf. It purifies the air.
Diffuse this oil, or put a drop in your water. Taking a drop in your water can increase the uplifting affects and can cleanse your systems.
 There is a possible sun and skin sensitivity, since it’s so citrus-filled.
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Young Living with Hope

The Young Living Reference Manual says, “Hope is essential for moving forward in life. Hopelessness can cause a loss of vision, goals, and dreams. This blend helps you reconnect with a feeling of strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow. It has helped many overcome suicidal depression.”
This blend of melissa, juniper, myrrh, and spruce are carried in almond oil. In India with the ancient practice of Ayurveda, they believe the almond nourishes the brain and nervous system. Melissa balances and brings a gentleness and a calm by balancing the limbic part of the brain, which is the emotional center of our emotions. Juniper elevates spiritual awareness and can bring love and peace. Myrrh stimulates the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala, which controls emotions and hormonal releases in the brain. Spruce releases emotional blocks and can create a sense of grounding and balance.
This combination can provide a deep connection with the self, aiding in mental health and giving the user hope. Putting it over your heart or on your wrists and neck can give you vitality throughout the day.
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Mental Health and Massage

We’ve talked before about how massage can improve your mental health, but only in conjunction with other topics. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s talk about mental health and massage.

 

Depression and anxiety, clinically diagnosed or the amount most people deal with everyday, can make many situations debilitating: social gatherings, new jobs or job interviews, even checking your email or social media. Depending on the severity of your depression, anxiety, or other mental health situation, massage has the power to help you.

Depression and anxiety are not the only forms of mental health, although they are probably the two biggest and the two to which everyone can relate. Mental health includes bipolar disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There’s ADHD, addictions, eating disorders, panic disorders, phobias, OCD, schizophrenia and more. The most damaging result of a mental health issue is suicide. For more information on any of these and more, click here. While a massage might not return someone to their happiest state, while even if you get massage, you will still deal with your situation. You have to consistently work on things to keep going.

 

Physical touch in general can be deeply beneficial for those struggling with their own personal demons. “A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry.” (Prevention) In that same article, that study showed that massage with over 500 people decreased cortisol levels by up to 53%! That’s amazing!

 

Cortisol is your stress hormone, and if you suffer from anxiety, you know that cortisol sets off your anxiety. If you have depression, you know that more stress, aka high cortisol, can send you into a deeper depression. High cortisol levels equals more stress, which leads to more imbalances, exacerbating any illness, disease, or dis-ease we might already have. Stress shows you where your weaknesses are, whether it’s a previous injury, nerve damage, or a psychological imbalance. Even the most balanced person will suffer from depression, stress, anxiety, and many other imbalances.

 

Massage and other types of bodywork, like acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, and reiki, have had a positive impact on many mental health issues. Ultimately, you have to figure out what works best for you. If you would like to know options of other types of alternative healthcare for your situation, please let us know.

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Even if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, even if you feel like you have nothing to offer another, you do! Send someone a text saying how much they mean to you. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while and see how they’re doing. Smile at someone you’re walking by in the grocery store. Hold the door open for someone, even if they don’t have a disability or have their hands full. And if you’re doing all of that and want to do more, or if you feel like you need help with your own situation, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net. You can also visit the Colorado specific website for more local help.You can find all sorts of resources and get involved and get help.

101 Ways Massage Will Improve Your Life

Massage really has a million benefits, but here is a quick list of 101 ways massage can and does improve lives every day.

Psychological:

1. Reduce Stress

2. Reduce Anxiety

3. Reduces depression

4. Can help to gain new perspectives by relaxing the mind which can help create new neuropathways

5. An escape from life / mini vacation

6. Helps you become more self-aware by knowing what is going on in your body

7. Increase mindfulness

8. Boost mental health and wellness

9. Increase vitality

10. Increases sense of well-beingSpaFinder

11. Increases productivity

12. Can help increasing reaction time

13. Can increase alertness

14. Increase mental clarity

Physical:

15. Improves posture

16. Increase range of motion

17. Decrease chronic pain

18. Decrease tension headaches and frequency of migraines

19. Hydrates and revitalizes skin

20. Reduce spasms and cramping

21. Keeps discs healthy

22. Decreases pressure on the joints

23. Decrease stiffness

24. Help manage carpal tunnel

25. Decrease jaw pain

26. Help manage chronic jaw issues

27. Ease sciatica

28. Reduce tender points

29. Increases metabolism

30. Reduces lactic acid build up

31. Lower Blood pressure

32. Reduce acute pain

33. Increase blood flow

34. Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues

35. Can aid in elimination

36. Ease pain in stomach from food poisoning

37. Ease chronic symptoms for post-polio sufferers

38. Increases blood flow to organs, allowing them to function better

39. Early detection of skin cancer

40. Help ease pain in clients in hospice care

41. Help ease painful oncology treatments

42. Reduces nausea in chemotherapy patients

43. Decrease and in some cases eliminate scar tissue

44. Strengthens immune system

45. Decreases recovery time post-surgery

46. In some cases, prevent surgery for tendonitis

47. Help decrease pain for sufferers of plantar faciitis

48. Lessen the effects of rheumatoid or osteoarthritis

49. Decrease numbness or tingling in extremities

50. Decrease the pain associated with scoliosis, lordosis, or kyphosis

51. Aid in recovery from strains or sprains

52. Decrease the pain from upper crossed syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome

53. Aid in sinus health

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54. Decreases recovery from workouts

55. Decreases recovery time from an injury

56. Makes exercise easier

57. Helps with exercise gains

58. Reduce muscle tension

59. Help athletes monitor muscle tone

60. Promote relaxation

61. Reduce muscle hypertonicity

62. Improve soft tissue function

63. Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state

64. Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high intensity exercise

65. Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise

66. Improve exercise performance

67. Decrease DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)

68. Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise

69. Reduce swelling

70. Reduce irregular breathing patterns

71. Enhance athletic performance

72. May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

73. Is the most efficient self-care regiment tor maintaining maximal athletic performance

Sleep and breathing:

74. Improve sleep

75. Increase sleep hours

76. Improve quality of sleep

77. Overcome feelings of fatigue

78. Practice deep breathing

79. Practice breathing

Pregnancy / women’s health:

80. Decrease discomfort during pregnancy

81. Assist in shorter, easier labor for expecting mothers

82. Decrease bloating, cramping, mood swings, and other PMS related symptoms

Hormones:

83. Balance hormones

84. Decrease urninary CRF-LI (a biochemical marker of stress-related symptoms

85. Decrease cortisol levels

86. Releases endorphines

Infants (Results of a case study):

87. Massage is a cost-effective therapy for pre-term infants.baby massage

88. Pre-term infants gained more weight with just 5 days of massage

89. Massage therapy by mothers in perinatal period serves as a strong time cue, enhancing coordination of the developing circadian system with environmental cues.

90. Over the 6-week period, the massage therapy infants gained more weight, showed greater improvement on emotionally, sociability, and soothability temperament dimensions and had greater decreases in urinary stress catecholamines/hormones (norepinepherine, epinephrine, cortisol).

91. Infants receiving massage showed fewer sleep delay behaviors and had a shorter latency to sleep onset by the end of the study

92. Massage may have a stress reducing effect on pre-term infants in the NICU.

93. Reduction of illness and diarrheal episodes in orphaned children in Ecuador

Medications:

94. Decrease use of analgesics

95. Ease medication dependence

Overall:

96. Great place to start for making changes

97. Improve health status

98. Improve quality of life

99. Work well in an integrative treatment plan

100. Increase the improvement when paired with other alternative health regiments (chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and more)

101. Valuable component of your wellness program

Sources:

MassageTherapy.com

Mayo Clinic

WebMD

Huffington Post

MedicineNet

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

Young Living with…. Oil Your Issues

The more I learn about these oils, the more I realize that Young Living has an oil for…just about everything! Each plant has different properties to help with different issues, and I’m telling you, Young Living Essential Oils has something for pretty much everything! Here are a few examples:
  • Peppermint: Helps with headaches, digestion, and pain relief.
  • Lavender: One of the most versatile oils, this aids in soothing nerves, decreasing stress, balancing skin oils; you can use it on cuts, bruises, burns; you can put a drop of this in your lemonade for a nice treat.
  • Lemon: Detoxifies! A drop in your water helps aid in detoxing your liver and every other organ. Putting it on a cut will hurt, so I don’t suggest that.
  • Frankincense: This is not just an ancient oil. This oil helps with increasing spirituality, calming menstrual cramping, and can help in the recovery of chemotherapy and cancer.
Young Living also has quite a few blends to aid in different types of issues:
  • Thieves: This could replace almost your entire medicine cabinet; it is an anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial oil that boosts your immune system
  •  PanAway: This helps with pain, bruising, and even helps damaged tissues regain health by aiding in tissue regeneration.
  • Peace & Calming: Helps with sleeplessness, moodiness, anxiety, tension, hyperactivity, and so much more.
  •  Joy: Decreases depression, anxiety, and grief, but also can be used as a deodorant or to calm poison ivy.
  • Valor: Helps with sleep apnea, back aches, joints, bruising, and calms you.
  • Purification: Helps with mold, mildew, bites, stings, cuts, scrapes, and odors.
These are just a few of the many possibilities this company has to offer. If you have a question or want to know about something for a specific issue, just give us a holler.
If you wanted to get EVERY oil they have, which is over 120 different oils, you could pay the nice sum of $2,500, then I would suggest that. However, most of us don’t have that kind of cash. They do, however, sell a premium starter kit, which has the 10 oils listed above as well as a Stress Away, which is another amazing oil, for only $150, and that includes a diffuser. So if you’re looking at getting some basic oils with a great diffuser and some samples of other products, just let us know.