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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5 Ways Massage Will Make a Healthy 2015

Massage is great to be added into any health care regiment. Yes, I said ANY. Whether you are looking to relax, decrease migraines, improve athletic performance, deal with anxiety, or a multitude of other conditions you may have in your life right now, massage therapy can help.

Are you stressed? Feeling sluggish? Getting sick often? Can’t seem to get enough or great sleep? How about your workouts: are you achieving your exercise goals, or have you hit a plateau? Have you thought about adding massage to help you with any of these?

 

If you haven’t, here are 5 reasons to make 2015 a healthier year for you!

 

  1. Massage Improves Sleep. If you have suffered from insomnia or just wake up a million times during the night, you know how awful that is. You always feel tired but you can’t get enough sleep–you feel like an unraveled sweater! A study the AMTA conducted showed that massage improves sleep in adolescents, children, those with psychiatric disorders, insomnia, pain, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, cancer, or hand pain, caretakers of hospital patients, adults, infants, and many more.
  2. Massage Increases Flexibility. When muscles get tight, their elasticity decreases. We’ve talked about this before in an article called Stretch Yourself, but it really important to keep your muscles flexible. Movement is life, and if you can’t move, your body will degenerate much quicker. Through massage manipulating and eliminating knots and tension, Range of Motion increases, and you can be a more flexible person.
  3. Massage Decreases Pain. Another topic we touch on frequently, pun intended, decreasing pain is often the most common reason people come to see us at Under Pressure Therapeutics. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It’s not a secret that massage can decrease pain. You just have to find the right type of massage therapist. Sometimes, pain is decreased through lighter touch, breaking up sensitive scar tissue, and other times, the Massage Therapist really has to beat you up. Either way, we know how to help your pain. And if we don’t we will suggest other options for you to manage your pain or get rid of it!
  4. Massage can Decrease Headaches and Migraines. A study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information stated that “The muscle-specific massage therapy technique used in this study has the potential to be a functional, nonpharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headache” Now headaches and migraines can be tricky, such as if there is a chemical imbalance, previous trauma to the actual brain or brain area, eye strain, or other possible causes of headaches. Massage is amazing for tension headaches and migraines caused by stress. Most of the time with stress migraines, it’s because you’re wearing your shoulders as earrings! That’s tension related, and massage can help.
  5. Massage Increases Relaxation. Many scholarly journals and articles have been published about the relaxing benefits ofregular massage therapy. The International Journal of Neuroscience talks about how massage decreases cortisol and increases dopamine. The Journal of Clinical Nursingtalks about how great light massage on the back and hands of the elderly can really benefit their health. And even if you don’t care about the studies, it gives you some You Time, which none of us get enough of in this day and age, with everything at our fingertips. Going for a walk, most of us feel obligated to take our phones with us and quickly answer any correspondence during what’s supposed to be our “relaxing” walk.

I know, I talk about how great massage is all of the time. But it’s the best! With the new year, we are geared up and ready to serve you as best we can.

Stress Kills; We Can Help

Many people might think that massage is too expensive or just a luxury, not a necessity. Some might say, “Only people with butlers and maids who send their clothes off to be dry cleaned and buttons sewn back on can afford it. Besides, it’s only good to relax, and I don’t have an hour to sit with cucumbers on my eyes!” Well, stress kills, and we can help.

With the every-day stresses that accompany our daily lives, stress can be a really silent, slow killer. The only way you can escape it is if you are a care-free three-year-old only playing and eating what you want! We, as a society, tend to over-stretch our glutes and back muscles while shortening our pecs and hamstrings, just to be very general. We have forward head posture, which causes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which can cause headaches and does cause numbness in our hands. We spend hours at computers working and Facebooking and watching TV or YouTube in awful positions that end up causing us pain or muscle strain. We spend loads of time texting and on our phone and while we are talking about phones, we still try to hold our skinny smart phones between our ear and shoulder while we are talking on it. We get in car accidents, slip on ice, fall down stairs, stub our toes and run into things. And that’s not even getting into the psychological stresses: deadlines, weddings, divorces, kids, no kids, kids sports and activities, church or other volunteer opportunities, pets, significant others, roommates, parents, siblings, extended family, in-laws, job changes, job promotions, new managers, new co-workers, losing jobs, sleep deprivation, sickness, technology not working, phone contracts, internet installation, turning 50, pluming issues, car work, and the list goes on.

 

Stress of any kind raises cortisol levels, the stress hormone. Cortisol is good. It’s that feeling you get that lights a fire under you so you do what you need to do. It regulates your metabolism and blood sugar levels; it’s anti inflammatory and helps with memory storage in your brain; it regulates your blood pressure. So you can’t just remove it from your body and call it good. If you were to do that, you would have all sorts of other bad symptoms. Too much cortisol can lead to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, weight gain, mood swings, and muscle weakness.

 

You can regulate its production by one of many de-stressing ways:

  • Go for a walk
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Learn how to say no (especially when your plate is full)
  • Voice your feelings, in a healthy, respectful way
  • Do yoga
  • Accept things you cannot change
  • Write in a journal
  • Listen to music
  • Be less busy
and, of course….
  • Get a massage
Massage can lower cortisol levels. An old CNN article pointed out many benefits of massage, so this is not some new study you’ve never had access to. Massage works in helping with stress–physical, emotional, psychological, and sometimes even spiritual.
We also have some great essential oils that you can take with you everywhere you go. Check out our post about Stress Away.

Young Living with Increased Cognitive Function

Why are we so concerned about your cognitive function right now? Because it’s always important. If you can’t think straight or have difficulty processing information, it makes life rough. We are here to help you in every aspect we can.
Essential oils are a great way of helping to boost your ability to focus, relax, and process information. Here are some great oils:
  • Peppermint – Increases mental acuity, energizing, digestive (and if you’re not digesting properly your brain can’t work properly because it can’t absorb nutrients from your digestive tract to support brain function! Di-Gize is also good for those with digestion issues), proven to increase accuracy 28%
  • Rosemary – Stimulates memory and helps with mental fatigue
  • Cedarwood – Helps with mental focus, relaxing, balancing
  • Clarity – A blend that helps mental alertness, increases wakefulness and decreases drowsiness. It is recommended to apply to large toe because it is the vitaflex point for the brain.
Young Living also has a Vitamin B supplement, called Super B, which helps your brain function, as well as a great antioxidant supplement, NingXia Red. Please email us for more information.
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Young Living Difference

I have worked with essential oils in the past, but I have now stepped up my game. Young Living oils are therapeutic grade. This means that they have been prepared in a much more mindful and precise way.
The owner and founder of Young Living, Gary Young, has made it a point to either directly own the farms that grow the plants to make the oils, or have a very close eye on the farms with which the company associates. They pride themselves on the purity of their product and controlling the entire Seed to Seal process. This company will not plant a crop in bad soil. They test every batch of distilled oil that has been pressed from the plants, and if that batch doesn’t meet their requirements, they will not sell it.
There are three different ways to enjoy the benefits of the Young Living oils: inhalation, topical application, and internal consumption. That’s right–you can use some of these as dietary supplements.
Now, what are these good for?!? Why would I want to do something with essential oils? At Under Pressure Therapeutics, we definitely focus on rehabilitation, and isn’t essential oils more woo-ey and new-agey? NO! All medications we have today originally derived from plants. Essential oils are the blood of plants, and they can help in a much more natural way, which prevents nasty side-effects. Your standard topical pain reliever smells like peppermint or wintergreen, right? Why do you think that is? It’s because aromatherapy is an ancient practice for healing and everything we have today has derived from some older practice. So why go back to older practices? To prevent those nasty side effects, of course! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to not be fatigued during the day, “forcing” you to drink caffeine which then causes you to have bad sleep, so you take a sleep aid to help you sleep? Wouldn’t you rather be able to wake up from a restful sleep ready and able to accomplish the tasks of the day, and if you need a little energy boost, you just take a drop of oil in your water?
Essential oils can help just about anything–from managing pain and stress to helping alleviate digestive problems. There is so much to learn about all of the different oils, so if you have something specific you would like to know more about, please let me know. I will do research, and it will give me starting points for learning about everything this company has to offer.
While essential oils can help with many issues, they are not medicines; and as a Young Living representative, I cannot prescribe oils to cure maladies. The oils are an opportunity to add quality to your life. Order yours today, or you can sign up to become a distributor.

Meet Your Fitness Goals

Massage Therapy can enhance your overall health. I think I’ve said this before, but what I haven’t said is how it can help you meet your fitness goals, whether it’s losing weight, or meeting a body lifting goal.
A lot of people hear about how massage therapy can boost your metabolism, which helps you lose weight. This is true. To an extent. You’re not going to shed 30 pounds by simply getting a massage twice a month. While it does boost your metabolism, it doesn’t boost it THAT much.
What massage DOES do is help supply your body with more oxygen and nutrients by increasing your circulation, which helps you recover quicker from strenuous exercise and helps your muscles recover and grow. This in and of itself can help you shed extra pounds.
When your circulation improves, your muscles are supplied with necessary nutrients in a much more efficient manner. Many weight loss experts will suggest and recommend receiving regular massage during your transformation with them simply because massage takes what they are teaching you and multiplies the results. Massage will help you burn your calories even at rest because well-maintained muscles work more efficiently. By receiving massage regularly, your range of motion will also increase, which will enable you to work out harder and work your muscles in ways you haven’t been able to in a long time.
Receiving regular massages can really help you meet your fitness goals. You will be able to relax better, sleep more soundly, and recover quicker from any workout you do. It will also help you detox your body more thoroughly, so you will get more out of your detoxing systems.
Staying healthy is more than just eating right and exercise. If your tissues are not functioning as best as they can, you won’t get the results you want very quickly. Don’t hesitate to schedule a massage, especially if you have fitness goals. Our very own Justin Hays is an amazing sports massage therapist. He really has a great knowledge of what the body goes through during exercise and knows how to tailor your massage to meet your needs, whether you are a runner, line backer, or just starting in your athletic health. Book a massage with Justin to help you start meeting your fitness goals quicker.