Sunday, December 19, 2010

Postural Distortion: The benefits of Bodywork and Rehabilitative Exercise.

“It was the craziest thing. All I did was bend over a little bit and my back went out!” or “I just reached for something on my desk, felt a funny little zing and within 12 hours my shoulder was on fire.” or “I’m not sure what I did! My ________ (knee, hip, shoulder, back, neck, etc. etc.) started bothering me a little and over the last _________ (day, week, month etc. etc.) it’s steadily gotten worse.”

What do all of the above scenarios have in common besides pain that screams for attention? Believe it or not it’s very possible that the postural changes or repetitive motion that set them into motion began not days, weeks or months but years ago! Yes, I said years.
Spinal Development
Postural distortion is very real and the longer it continues the deeper it becomes and the harder it is to reverse. It reminds me of ever growing snowball that’s been rolled down a snowy hill.
The healthy back has predictable curves in the neck, mid-back and lower back/hip areas. Yet, a baby is born without those classic spinal. The process of becoming upright, crawling and walking imprints the curves that allows us to balance head over pelvis and move in an upright position. This very fact shows me that posture – good or bad – can be a powerful element of change where our bodies are concerned.
We are constantly fighting against gravity, which is also a powerful element of postural change – usually bad. Just conjure up a picture of a person who is 120 years old, (S)he can still walk. Picture what this person would look like while walking. Did you picture someone bent forward, looking at their feet? Maybe using a cane or walker? Taking small mincing steps and looking as if they may fall at any minute? Sadly this is all too often the postural reality for many people far younger than 120 and the changes from which is springs begin when we are far, far younger than even 50!
Regular bodywork emphasizing postural restructuring can act as a positive and extremely powerful element for postural change. Rehabilitative exercise does the same. Team them up and you have an unbeatable combo that results in postural changes over time that literally peel years off your appearance.
This postural restructuring may have a benefit far more functional than simply making you move like a younger person. In most cases postural restructuring through massage therapy and rehabilitative exercise can reverse the changes that will eventually lead to pain. In many cases it will decrease or even reverse pain syndromes that defy Western Medicine.
Here at Quintessential Bodyworks LLC we pride ourselves in keeping up with the ever evolving field of postural restructuring though both massage therapy and rehabilitative exercise. In future blog posts I’ll cover these topics in greater depth.
Yes, things happen for a reason, but the key to true happiness is figuring out that reason.  -  Sharon Abel

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Winter Massage Therapy Newsletter

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Featuring the benefits of massage - It's more than just a backrub. The fallout of stress.

Reiki: Understanding energy work

Easing Holiday Angst: 5 Stress busters

Portion Control made easy: Because it's not the extra food that you eat during a holiday meal that causes the problems. It's not getting back on track the next day that leads to weight gain.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Save some $$ while you save GrandMother Earth or a tiny piece of her

Through the clean window of my French Doors
What can I say? I'm a clean window and mirror freak-a-zoid. The energy in my nest just doesn't feel as good if the mirrors, windows and come to think of it picture glass isn't sparkly clean.

I like to clean my windows before putting up any Winter Holiday decorations and today is window cleaning day! Clean windows maximize the amount of light flowing through - and light is not exactly abundant in the great dark north during this time of year. I also imagine that the energy and the blessings of the coming New Year will flow more easily from the universe to me through my clean windows. Part of the charm is what is in my window cleaning bottle.

One of the biggest myths perpetuated by manufacturers of cleaning products is that said products make it "easier" to clean. In our harried minds that often translates to the idea that these products will somehow do the cleaning for us or at least motivate us to clean more often but it doesn't work that way.

The truth is that you can mix your own, more earth friendly window cleaner in about a minute and for pennies.

There is also an entire crop of new "Green" manufacturers who sell extremely expensive items designed to feather their pockets while we buy and use those products in order to "save" the Earth. When you can't afford their exorbitant prices it's natural to think that you're not wealthy enough to save the Earth. I assure you that is far from the truth. It's possible to make your own contribution no matter how tight finances are.

I don't consider wasting money to be very green when there are other more simple alternatives around. Mixing my own cleaning products while saving money makes me feel twice as good. Add the fact that I can get in some pretty decent activity if I throw on some music and boogy my windows clean and you triple the charm.

So enough chit chat and onto my recipe for window cleaner...

1 empty spray bottle (about the size of the average window cleaning spray bottle)
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
3 tablespoons of ammonia (not the sudsy kind)
4 tablespoons of witch hazel (optional) why it's in the mix is a long story but I like to add it.
5 tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol (optional but makes the cleaner evaporate faster)
6 drops of basil essential oil (optional)
7 drops of sweet orange or lemon oil (optional)
Fill the rest of the bottle with water and use as you would any window cleaner.
I shake mine before each window to be sure everything is mixed up.

Should you decide to get creative with mxing up your own cleaning products be really careful about mixing bleach into anything, especially ammonia or vinegar! You'll inadvertently make toxic fumes in the process.