Client Testmonial

Wow! Thank you to Tracie for her testimonial below.  I am just so happy she is feeling better.  She went from about 90 degrees range of motion in this arm to 180 after this experience.  I had nothing to do with it.  I think it was miraculous! I knew the oils were powerful, but this story is compelling to say the least:

October 30, 2011

My name is Tracie Lange. I have been receiving massages at Touch of Your Life for a couple of months. I have to say that the experience has been an amazing one. A couple of years ago I injured  my shoulder. The shoulder became frozen. Since I was putting all of my attention on the injured shoulder my other shoulder became frozen due to compensating for the injured shoulder. I had gone to spas to have massages done for over a year and nothing was working. I had received a coupon for Touch of Your Life and thought why not make an appointment. What do I have to lose. I have to say that Monica is an amazing person. She has helped me out tremendously with my shoulders. She mentioned putting oil on my shoulders to loosen them. I did! To my amazement with the stretching, massage, yoga, and the oils I couldn’t believe how much of a positive change that has occurred to both shoulders. One night I was sleeping and heard a pop in the shoulder. There was no pain so when I awoke all of the tension on the injured shoulder was gone.  My whole side felt light.  It has been so long that I had forgotten how it felt to have the body feel light again. It felt great! I am a firm believer in the oils, yoga, and massage. I can only say that Monica has been a  big factor with my wellness. She gives  positive advice and is there to help you.  To anyone who has had a shoulder injury I highly recommend that you see Monica at Touch of Your Life. Plus I also recommend the Raindrop Massage. The massage is wonderful!

Best of luck to Monica!

Tracie Lange

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Just wanted everyone to know how beneficial a Raindrop Therapy Massage is for your whole body.  It uses 9 essential oils that help to draw toxins out of the body.  It can be a very powerful experience.  Most of my clients love it because it allows them to release a lot of tension and feel more grounded while boosting their immune system.

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This is a wonderful thing!  I always knew massage was great because of the stress release, but then to help the body align and become more healthy, well, everyone should try it!  I offer this massage at only $75 until March 30, 2012 which is way below the $120 price you see elsewhere.  I use only Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils from Young Living, which themselves are so vital to our systems’ natural defenses especially during this time of year when people begin to get colds or flu.  I really don’t believe that you have to get sick just because the weather changes.  That’s crazy.  Boost your system with a relaxing, stress releasing Raindrop Therapy.  If you have more questions, just call.  Stay well!

8 Steps to a Pain Free Back by Esther Gokhale

I highly recommend this book to all my clients who have poor posture. It is a simple adjustment in how we sit, stand, walk, bend over, and sleep. This book is so well illustrated, that you can follow along and change your posture with a little help by studying the pictures. I also include it as part of my massage because posture really affects our back and necks, legs and arms. I love teaching people how to change the way they sit, at work or while driving or watching TV at home. I sleep so much more comfortably now. A friend recently had knee surgery and she used this book to help her learn to walk again. It has helped me tremendously and my clients too. So, to really get to the bottom of chronic back pain and how to alleviate it with a few simple steps, check this out.

Case Study

Most of my clients who are new to massage are amazed at the relief a one hour massage brings them.  A lot of people have chronic muscle tension due to injuries, demands of the workplace, like heavy lifting or driving, or bad posture.  For example, a young woman recently came to me with frequent headaches and chronic neck pain.  She agreed to a series of 10 massages over 5 weeks.  We began to work and I noticed that her posture was slumped a bit.  She sits all day at work, so it isn’t a surprise.  With each massage, the tension lifted and she felt more at ease.  Then we began to look at how she sits.  She took a picture of herself at work and analyzed what she was doing wrong, and began to correct it with a few simple instructions.  I highly recommend a book to all my clients called “8 Steps to a Pain Free Back” by Esther Gokhale. This is a very well illustrated book that shows how people from other cultures sit and stand and sleep, as compared with Americans.  We have not been taught proper posture in our homes or schools.  The inactivity of our culture of this century is really hurting people’s backs.

At the end of the 5 weeks, there was virtually no more neck pain, the headaches had stopped and she felt wonderful for the first time in years.  It made me very grateful that I decided to pursue massage.  It is the privilege of my profession to provide wonderful relief from pain that is inexpensive and so effective.  Thank you for reading.  If you have chronic pain that you haven’t been able to solve, come in and give massage a shot.  You have nothing to lose, but your pain!

 

Headache Relief

Holding Headaches at Bay
Bodywork Eases Chronic Migraines and Tension Headaches
By Cathy Ulrich
“Do you get headaches?” I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn’t mentioned headaches.

“Well, yes,” she said. “I’ve always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts.” Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as often as 2-3 times a week and typically treated them with ibuprofen.

Like many Americans, Cindy suffers from chronic, frequent headaches. Her neck pain finally prompted her to seek help, but she was so used to the headaches, she thought they were something she simply had to live with. What Cindy didn’t understand was that frequent headaches are not normal and, with a little proactive planning, there is something that can be done to manage and even prevent them.

Types of Headaches
Headaches come in many varieties. Following is a short list of the most common types.

Migraines. Migraine headaches occur when the blood vessels in the brain become dilated, usually due to a chemical reaction, such as food allergies or a stress response. They often start with visual disturbances and quickly develop into severe head pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light. They’re usually felt on one side of the head, but can be on both sides. Migraines are often managed with medications and avoidance of foods known to trigger them, such as red wine, chocolate, aged cheese, and nuts. However, some bodywork techniques can also be effective in easing migraines or decreasing the frequency of these painful headaches.

Tension Headaches. Exaggerated by stress, tension headaches are related to poor posture, jaw problems (such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ), and neck pain. Many people describe a headache that starts at the base of the skull and then moves in an arc over the ears and behind the eyes. Tension headaches are most often caused or exacerbated by poor posture, work station positions, and body mechanics, creating undue stress on the upper neck muscles.

Mixed Headaches. The term mixed headache is used to describe a tension headache that leads to a migraine. Typically, the tension headache starts first and the chemicals produced from the pain of it create conditions for a migraine to develop. In people with patterns of mixed headaches, the best way to avoid the onset of a migraine is to treat the tension headache.

Bodywork Options
A treatment regimen that includes bodywork, attention to body position, and stress management can help prevent or greatly reduce the frequency of headaches, in turn reducing your reliance on medication and the need to avoid food triggers. There are many different bodywork techniques, each with specific approaches for treating headaches. Following is a short list of techniques often effective in treating recurring headaches.

Swedish Massage. A tension headache, by its very name, implies the presence of stress and tension. Swedish massage, on the other hand, promotes relaxation and relieves muscle tension. When muscles become tight due to stress or poor posture, they eventually adapt a chronically shortened state. Swedish massage teaches the body how to let go of muscle tension and resets muscle tone.

Integrative Bodywork. Rolfing, Hellerwork, Structural Integration, and CORE are examples of the types of bodywork designed to improve posture and structural alignment. A primary cause of chronic headaches is poor posture, which produces tension in the neck and shoulders because the weight of the head is not properly balanced on top of the spine. Integrative bodywork can produce lasting postural change for greater ease of movement. By selectively freeing the soft tissues, integrative bodywork literally can change postural alignment and remove the stresses and strains on the muscles that cause headaches.

Deep Tissue Therapies. The integrative therapies mentioned above, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, use similar techniques to free connective tissue. A chronically tensed muscle tends to maintain that tension, even after the stressful event has passed. Deep tissue techniques free the connective tissue glue, creating a new way for the muscle to function.

Reflexology. Like acupuncture, reflexology works to move energy blockages in the body. By stimulating points on the feet that correspond to organs in the body, reflexologists can promote relaxation, reduce pain, and restore energy flow. Several scientific studies have shown that reflexology is a viable treatment for migraines, in some cases working as well as, or better than, medication–and without the side effects.

Craniosacral Therapy. Craniosacral therapy addresses the inherent, gentle, rhythmic movement of the bones in the skull and their effect on the fluid that surrounds, bathes, and cushions the brain and spinal cord and runs throughout the body. Cranial bones move in miniscule amounts as a response to the production and absorption of cranial fluid. With head trauma, whiplash injury, or even severe stress, cranial bone movement can be compromised, resulting in headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, or vision disturbances. This therapy restores the normal movement of the cranial bones and fluid.

By addressing the root of the problem, regularly scheduled bodywork sessions can greatly reduce headaches as well as your need for medication. Remember, headaches are not normal, and you don’t have to live with them.

Cathy Ulrich, P.T., is a Colorado author and bodyworker with more than 20 years of experience in physical therapy (sports medicine and orthopedics), craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, Rolfing, Rolfing Movement Integration, and visceral manipulation.

Quick Relief for Neck and Shoulders

Here is a great article to help you relieve your own pain from sitting too long at a computer.  Enjoy!

Free Your Shoulders
By Anita Boser
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, May/June 2010. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Even with an ergonomically designed workstation, comfortable chair, and good posture, working at a computer is likely to result in strain, because it requires the body to alternate between repetitive motion and stillness, and that creates stiffness and strain.

Fortunately, the body is forgiving. You can counteract the effects of eight hours a day at a desk with just 15 minutes of movement. Of course, you’ll also need aerobic exercise and strength training to stay healthy in other ways. Here’s one exercise to help keep your shoulders loose.

1. Lift your shoulders up toward your ears and hold for a couple of seconds. Then let them drop. Repeat this a few times.
2. Lift your shoulders slightly, release, and pull them down toward your hips and hold a couple of seconds. Repeat this several times.
3. Circle your shoulders–up, back, and down both at the same time, and then alternately.
4. Lean to one side. As you lean, reach your arm out to that same side.

Come back to center. Move from your spine first, draw your body toward the opposite side and reach with the other arm. Note that the following steps are easier to do when standing. As you reach to the side, let your elbow and wrist bend, first moving up and then as you reach to the other side, pull down. Reach your arms as far overhead as is comfortable. Let your spine and shoulders roll with the movements.

Of course, avoid moving in a way that causes pain or makes your pain worse. If a movement causes your neck, shoulder, or back to hurt, move differently: smaller, slower, or in a different direction. Don’t think that the pain is good for you. It’s not.

As you get more comfortable with this series of movements, spread your feet farther apart so that your body can sway further to each side.

Anita Boser is a Hellerwork Structural Integration practitioner with a private practice in Issaquah, Washington. This feature is part of her free ebook 7 Undulations to Relieve Office Tension, available at www.undulationexercise.com.

Reiki for Cancer Patients

Here is an important article about the benefits of using Reiki as a viable therapy for cancer patients.

More Cancer Centers and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki

By Jack Bleeker

April 2010

With groups like the Society of Integrative Oncology, a multi-disciplinary organization of professionals, touting the advantages of complementary cancer treatment and recovery, new methodologies, including Reiki are gaining in popularity. More and more cancer centers and oncologists are beginning to recognize the benefits that these treatments – once dismissed with a snicker by those “in-the-know” – are providing for those who just don’t know where to turn to address issues like the pain and stress associated with cancer and its conventional treatments.

Complementary therapies – not to be confused with “alternative” therapies, which are unproven treatments – have gradually made their way to the forefront of cancer care as well-known oncologists who are lauded experts in their field begin to promote these supportive treatments as a natural part of cancer care. Even the National Institutes of Health operates a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researching complementary therapies and then recommending proven ones for integration into cancer programs nationwide, including those associated with mesothelioma cancer.

Lately, the ancient form of spiritual healing known as Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) has earned plenty of attention as a potential complementary therapy for all kinds of cancer, including mesothelioma. Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki was “rediscovered” in the early 20th century and became particularly popular in the late 1990s as Reiki Masters began to teach non-Buddhists that life energy flows through all persons, this technique strives to increase the life force energy of a sick individual, therefore helping him achieve better health and happiness.

Like many complementary therapies, Reiki takes a holistic approach – treating mind, body, and spirit – and is safe and natural. Many cancer patients who have tried it note an overall feeling of peace, relaxation, and well-being when the treatment is complete. Totally non-invasive, Reiki therapy involves the laying of hands on the fully-clothed patient by the Reiki practitioner. His/her hands travel through 12 different positions, staying in each place for about 5 minutes for a total of about an hour per treatment. The feeling of invigoration or tranquility results from the fact that Reiki causes the body’s molecules to vibrate at a higher intensity, hence, dissolving energy blockages that lead to disharmony and disease, Reiki masters note. This assists in controlling pain, easing stress, or lessening side effects of traditional treatments like chemotherapy, including nausea and other debilitating problems for mesothelioma cancer patients. It is also believed to improve immune function.

With continuous positive reactions from many cancer patients, mesothelioma clinics such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offer Reiki classes for cancer patients, including Sloan Kettering mesothelioma patients on a regular basis as well as in-service classes for their hospital staff. Other well-known hospitals to jump on the Reiki bandwagon include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian, the Yale Center, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The list continues to grow as patients use tools like the internet to advertise their positive reactions to this ancient healing art, enticing others to give it a try.

References:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (http://nccam.nih.gov/)

Society for Integrative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org

Chemocare.com, http://www.chemocare.com/complementary_medicine.asp)

The International Center for Reiki Training ( http://www.reiki.org)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org)

CranioSacral Therapy; Marconics Energy Healing, Mind Transformation