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Young Living with Marjoram

Marjoram is usually that weird spice most people don’t use in their spice rack. But the medicinal properties of this great herb should not be overlooked.
Originally from France and Egypt, Marjoram has been knows as the “herb of happiness” to the Romans and the “joy of themountains” to the Greeks. It soothes muslces and alleviates joint discomfort. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and can lower blood pressure. It can help with digestive issues by promoting peristaltic contractions in your intestines, the contractions that make your digestive system work and break down food. It also helps with coughing. It has been used to help with arthritis, headaches, and infections. And it assists in calming the nerves, which we all need.
You can apply it with a carrier oil to a specific sore muscle or joint, add it to your bath, or diffuse it in your home.
It’s found in Aroma Life, Aroma Siez, Dragon Time, M-Grain, andR.C. Young Living blends.
Information found in Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Sixth Edition
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Young Living with R.C.

One thing about stress we don’t usually think much about is how we lose control of our breath. For some reason, we think it’s a great idea to hold our breath–that it will make everything better. But that’s not the case. Breathing helps
R.C. is a blend that combines Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Spruce, and Peppermint to open up your lungs and melt away any congestion. It also combats lung infections and relieves allergy symptoms.
Dilute this oil one part to one part, as the amount of eucalyptus (3 different kinds) and mints can be overpowering and can cause skin sensitivity. Diffuse in your home or office. You can also put a few drops on cotton balls and put in or on your air vents.
For more breathing aids, also look at Raven or Breath Again Roll-On.

Take Care of Yourself

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die…
And where you invest your love, you invest your life.”-Mumford & Sons, “Awake My Soul”
Investing in ourselves always seems to be the last thing we think of when deciding how to spend our time and money; it should be coming in close to the top of our priority list, and yet it isn’t. Stress alone is one of the largest causes of disease in the world and yet people seem to value stress as an expense of having a successful life. The busier we are, the more stressed we are, the more successful we appear. The less we care for ourselves the more (apparently) we have to give to others when in fact it is actually the opposite.
According to the mayo clinic, stress is “when your brain perceives a threat it releases a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for response. This has been labelled the “fight-or-flight” response.” And “Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.” This is why stress management and self-care is so key to shut off this alarm system and allow for a healthy AND successful life.
The human body can only take so much stress before it buckles under the pressure and you start getting sick frequently, headaches from staring at screens, shoulder pain from hunching at the computer and driving long hours to get to work and sit for extended periods of time.
So when you’re in pain or sick, how much are you really able to give to others? Do you want to be playing with your kids when you have a pounding headache? Can you go out for dinner with friends when you’re suffering from the dreaded winter cold? How much is too much before your body starts telling you to slow down?
Not only are you less able to care for others if you are run down and lacking in self-care but dang it you deserve some care too! It’s not just about caring for yourself to be able to give back, self-care is actually for you (shocking I know).
Living in the world of google and pinterest (yes pinterest is my google) you just have to search the words “self-care” to come up with a million hits and tips of how to take a moment for yourself in a busy day to either go for a walk, meditate, get a massage (best self-care ever!) But how many of us really follow all of these tips and tricks on a daily basis? Even massage therapists who receive whole classes on self-care can get very busy and start slacking on ourselves. We all know how best to care for ourselves but we rarely take the time to do it. Why? What’s holding us back? Is it time? Money? Guilt of “treating” yourself? What is your barrier to self-care?
Personally I use time as a reason/excuse to avoid my own self-care. Unless I schedule time for myself to go to my workouts, have coffee with friends and get a massage, I simply don’t do it because it doesn’t come on to my radar until I am rundown or sick.
Massage may be a more time consuming method of self-care but in my opinion it pays off in more ways than many other forms of self-care (and you can always request shorter sessions). Showing yourself some love and booking a regular massage can help improve your quality of sleep, reduce blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce anxiety and help to manage chronic aches and pains. Do you ever get stressed and suddenly that shoulder ache you haven’t had in months is back in full force? Do you “throw your back out” when you’ve been busy and neglecting yourself?
Making massage a regular part of your self-care routine can help to reduce the frequency of stress flare-ups and increase your self-awareness to stressors on your mind and body. Being more mindful of our bodies is something everyone needs because if you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?
The best way to care for ourselves is just to start. Start scheduling time for yourself, set alarms and reminders to do what makes you happy whether it be going for a walk or watching your favourite show. And book your time with your massage therapist because your body deserves to be taken care of!
Written by Eleanor Le Fevre

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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We Don’t Need No Education

We don’t necessarily agree with those sentiments.

Client education is huge at Under Pressure Therapeutics. We strive to help you better your lifestyle as much as we can. If you walk in carrying a 50 pound purse on one shoulder and you’re complaining of neck tension, headaches, tired eyes, and numbness in your hand, it doesn’t take much for us to recognize the problem. If you have a desk job and you’re complaining of lower back pain, we critically think of what your regular activities are and feel different muscles to figure out what will help you the most. We not only try to release tension in your muscles, we want to educate you on what you can do to prevent that tension from coming back.

Now, I can’t tell you everything you can do, because that list is long, and it varies from person to person. But I can give you a few tips on how to decrease your own pain.

  1. Drink water! Water is what helps your tissues heal and your blood move through them, allowing them to be healthy. Water decreases tension simply because your muscles will have more fluid to work with and allows your tissues to be more buoyant. This allows them to deal with tension, exertion, and trauma more easily and will help prevent you from causing more issues down the road.
  2. Stretch your hamstrings! With sitting down all day long, the hamstrings specifically get really tight. We also tend to want to be in more of a fetal position, which shortens our hamstring muscles. These muscles, when too tight, can pull on your lower back which can cause or exacerbate lower back pains.
  3. Stretch your pecs! Much like the hamstrings, your pecs are muscles that like to be shortened with our everyday activities. Stretching them out will help shoulder pain. Stretching your pecs can also prevent a myriad of painful situations, like Upper Crossed Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, shoulder pain, and more.
  4. Look at what you carry! Do you carry a 50 pound purse or a 75 pound diaper bag? Do you carry a 30 pound briefcase? Do you put your wallet that’s the size of a young adult novel in your back pocket? Do you carry children or books on a regular basis? Do you think you can carry the 13 cans of food, 4 bottles of beverage, and 10 bags of vegetables at the store to prevent yourself from grabbing a cart? STOP IT! Carrying anything for extended periods of time really causes a TON of problems in your body. Depending on what you’re carrying for how long will determine how it’s affecting your body, but your massage therapist can give you stretches or tips to do specifically for you. However, if you don’t lose the “extra weight,” those exercises won’t yield lasting results.
  5. Size your clothes correctly! If your pants, bra, or dresses are too tight, your muscles fight against them. Those muscles then have to work twice as hard just to function. So many people come in complaining of mid-back pain, and I see how tight their bras are. I tell them to get sized. Their pain goes away. It’s amazing. It’s a quick, easy fix. It helps tremendously. Make sure you’re wearing clothes that are your size and that fit you. It’s something small that can make a world of difference.

Depending on what you specifically have going on in your body, your massage therapist can give you stretches, tips, and suggestions to help you move into a healthier lifestyle.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

June is the official Bike Month. So get out and ride your bike! Cycling is a great way to enjoy the sun and get exercise, and you can ride your bike to work, so you don’t have to set aside a ton of extra time to do it.

 

One of the main reasons cycling is great is because it targets some of the largest muscles in your body–quad muscles, hamstrings, and glutes, just to name a few. This cardio exercise also targets different muscles during each pedal stroke. Each portion of the pedal stroke engages a different muscle or set of muscles to complete.

 

With how much your legs are worked, it leaves you open to stiffness, soreness, and strains. Massage helps reduce the effects of all three by pushing lactic acid out of your muscles, allowing your tissues to function better. The position your body is in for extended periods of time for cycling can also cause neck and back pain. We’ve talked about neck pain and disc issues in your back before. Massage again reduces the effects of strained muscles in your neck and back from holding your body in that specific position. The American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine talks about how important it is to have your bicycle fit your body correctly to prevent neck, shoulder, back, and other pains that can easily be avoided.

 

Cycling, as with any sport, also comes with its own set of injuries. Some of the obvious ones are knee pain or foot and ankle numbness. However, one of the most common is head injury. This can vary from a small bruise on the cheek to a serious brain injury.  In that same article, the AOSSM talks about quite a few possible injuries and they talk about when to seek the help of a physician, which you should with any major injury. However serious or minor an ache, pain, or injury is, your Licensed Massage Therapist can help.

 

After a long bike ride, it’s important to get massaged. It helps to push that built up lactic acid out of your muscles and allows your tissues to be more hydrated and oxygenated. It allows those muscle fibers to recover quicker. It prevents tensions from building up, which can also prevent sprains, strains, and other injuries. CyclingTips.com even wrote an article about When to Get a Massage, and the first sentence is, “Massage is as integral to a professional cyclist’s daily routine as riding the bike is.” It goes on to say, “The massage is actually pushing out the muscle’s carbon dioxide rich blood to the lungs and heart which is then filtered to come out as oxygen rich blood that goes back into the muscles.  The body will do this naturally but massage drastically speeds up the process.  In addition to this, massage prevents injury with the help of stretching.” (emphasis added)

 

If you’ve been in an accident on your bicycle, whether it’s falling off your bike because you just switched to clipless pedals and forgot your feet were attached to your bike, or you were hit by a car and had to get surgery to fix broken bones, massage reduces recovery time. After a serious injury, please consult your physician before you come see your Licensed Massage Therapist–we DO NOT replace your general practitioner, and it’s important to know that you don’t have any complications that would be worsened by massage. However, once you’ve received the clear from your doctor, receiving massage to help your body recover is necessary to ensure your body is functioning and performing without compensating for your injury. If you just fell off and hurt your wrist, again, come see us. We can make sure your wrist and the muscles in your forearm are functioning better to ensure you can break properly. A Personal Injury Lawyer office in Oregon posted a whole article about the benefits of massage after any accident. If it’s important after a car accident, it’s even more important after a cycling accident.

Young Living with…. M-Grain

Headaches: no one likes them. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard anyone say something like “You know, I could really use a headache right now,” and not be sarcastic about it.
At Under Pressure Therapeutics, we deal with headaches every day. We know what to do for most headaches, and have helped many clients overcome their daily or weekly headaches. We believe that there’s no such thing as a “regular” or “normal” headache. We even have a whole page dedicated to headaches.
Aromatherapy can help immensely when dealing with headaches, and Young Living has an amazing blend especially for headaches. M-Grain combines basil, marjoram, lavender, roman chamomile, peppermint, and helichrysum to soothe headaches and migraines. Basil combats muscle spasms, marjoram is anti-inflammatory, lavender combats insomnia and stress, roman chamomile beats tension and restlessness, peppermint is a powerful pain blocker, and helichrysum has analgesic and anesthetic properties. This combination fights almost any headache.
When using M-Grain, you can dilute it 1:1 ratio of the blend and a carrier oil, diffuse it and directly inhale it, or add a few drops to a bath. You can apply it directly to your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck.
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Just Keep Swimming

Swimming is an amazing way to get exercise and get fit. While swimming is amazing for the body, it takes a lot of strength and using muscles you don’t necessarily use every day, as well as relying upon your arm and shoulder strength. Click the picture to learn reasons to swim.

As you start to swim, your body has to reteach itself how to breath. You have the weight and pressure of the water against you, you have to hold your breath until you have the opportunity lift your head out of the water and take a usually chlorinated breath, as chlorine will hover about 6 inches above the water. Your breathing muscles get really sore and your diaphragm, muscles between your ribs, and some of your neck muscles can feel strained just from breathing differently.

Your shoulders are your powerhouse! You have your rotator cuff, consisting of 4 muscles to rotate the humerus, and your shoulder girdle, consisting of your lats, traps, rhomboids, pecs, and a few other muscles. These muscles need to be stretched appropriately and iced regularly, especially if you are training every day. Icing can also help when you are training 2-3 times a week.

 

Your legs kick and kick and are consistently using those fast twitch muscle fibers. Legs will become fatigued just as much as your shoulders can. Different injuries to the leg can also become problematic.

 

Swimming is a full body workout! You use your core for direction, legs for added propulsion, and shoulders and arms for power.

 

As with any sport, you become more prone to certain injuries. Swimming is no different. The most common injury for swimmers is a type of tendonitis called Swimmer’s Shoulder. It affects mainly the bicep tendon and one of the rotator cuff muscles, the supraspinatus, because of the repetitive nature of swimming. Depending on which stroke you use, you also open your body to other possible injuries. Breaststroke can stress the MCL, the medial collateral ligament, in the knee or you can develop petellofemoral syndrome, a painful stress on the tendons on the knee and going up the leg. You can stress your elbows or ankles.

 

Prevention is key! Massage is an amazing way to prevent these injuries. Massage also helps reduce the effects of any tendonitis. According to Pain Science, specifically deep friction massage is especially effective for tendonitis. It helps by breaking up the adhesions and fascia that’s too tight around the tendons. You can do friction massage yourself at home. However, doing this at home does not take the place of your massage therapist. Anytime you have a pain in your body, there’s an automatic compensation program that your body embraces. Your massage therapist will help you with the tendonitis as well as other muscles, preventing further development of tendonitis in other areas of the body. Massage will also help decrease likelihood of soreness in all muscles and can help prevent injury. Read more for sports massage and getting the most out of any exercise program through massage.

Young Living with…. Deep Relief

Deep Relief only comes in a roll on, but is such an amazing oil blend! I recently tried it out just because, and I have fallen in love with it.
The mix of peppermint, vetiver, lemon, Idaho balsam fir, clove, copaiba, wintergreen, helichrysum, and palo santo make for an invigorating aroma. Because it’s sustained in fractionated coconut oil and in a roll-on bottle, it is ready for direct application. Keep it in your purse or pocket for quick relief from life’s pains.
This convenient oil reduces soreness or tension, calms nerves, helps with headaches or stomach aches, and respiratory issues.
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