Massage and The Benefits

What is massage?

The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on the person’s needs and physical condition. The many techniques that I use in my sessions vary from person to person.  I could use just one technique for the whole session or I could use more than one in the same session.  It depends on what is going on in the client’s body when they come in.  (See my web page on massage and the different techniques I use.)

I work on muscles, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and pressure points. I also might work on the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the fascial system, the cranial-sacral system and other body systems depending on the need of the individual at the time.  In all forms of massage, I work with my hands, forearms and  elbows to manipulate the body’s soft tissue.  Massage strokes can vary from light to firm and deep depending on what the client needs and desires.

The benefits of having a massage are numerous.

Most people are stressed these days.  Stress can cause serious consequences in people’s lives. Taking care of one’s self is very important. One of the ways to de-stress and relax is by having a full body, relaxation massage.  The massage calms the person and puts harmony and balance back into the body.

Massage is wonderful for people who need better range of motion and flexibility in their muscles.  By using certain techniques in the massage session, range of motion can be restored.

People will benefit from a massage if they have upper or lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, headaches and migraines, muscle spasms, strains, circulatory and respiratory problems, post-injury and post- surgical rehabilitation.  The list goes on and on for ailments people might be experiencing in their bodies.

Massage has many healing benefits. It will increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the body.  It will soothe anxiety and depression. Massage enhances the immune system and gets down to the cellular level in the body.

As you can see, massage is wonderful and has many wonderful benefits, as well.  If you want to feel healthy, be healthy, and look healthy, then try massage.  You will be glad you had the experience!!!  I guarantee it!!

To receive some wonderful healing benefits, schedule a massage with Mary, just call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]  

Written by Mary

 

Ionic Foot Bath – another way to detox

Ionic Foot Bath – another way to detox

By Mary

The ionic foot bath is another way to detox the body.  The ionic foot bath is an external detoxification method which removes toxins from the body through the feet.  Each treatment takes about 45-60 minutes.  The benefits are numerous (over 76).  The immediate benefits include an increase in energy and overall well-being, a healthier disposition, a better state of mind, weight loss, increased metabolism.  Also, one could get relief from candida (a yeast overgrowth), stress related conditions, skin problems (eczema, psoriasis), muscle injuries,  joint problems, blood circulation, acid reflux, back pain, gout conditions, headaches, etc.  The list of benefits goes on and on.   The individual who detoxes in this way will be able to see the results in 45-60 minutes as the water will change color.  An explanation of the color changes will be given to the person during the session.  There are numerous advantages to doing a cleanse this way.

For more information on how this technique works as a detoxification procedure or to set up an appointment, contact Mary by phone at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]

 Mary

Benefits of a Lymph Drain

The benefits of having a lymph drain are numerous.

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues.  The lymph system filters out toxins and foreign substances and maintains a healthy immune system.  It is a complex system composed primarily of lymph vessels and nodes.  When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.  This opens the way to many physical ailments.

There is a wonderful technique that is designed to activate and cleanse the human fluid system.  It is called the lymph drainage (pronounced-drahnahge) technique.  This technique works with the flat of my hands, using all my fingers in a mild pumping movement making wave-like movements to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the lymphatic flow.

Lymph drainage therapy has many benefits:

  • Reduces edemas (swelling)
  • Detoxes the body
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, scar (pre- and post- surgical), wrinkles and stretch marks)
  • Relieves chronic inflammation (sinusitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies)
  • Reduces the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • It helps to relieve insomnia, stress, and loss of memory
  • Alleviates body fat and cellulite tissue
  • It relieves muscle conditions and some forms of constipation.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful technique, be sure to contact me at [email protected]

Mary

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It’s Cleansing Time

September 22, 2017 By Mary

Fall is here!  This is a wonderful time of the year to be thinking about cleansing.  The season is changing to the cooler weather, temperatures are fluctuating and our eating patterns are changing.  In the spring and summer we like cooler foods and drinks while fall and winter we like the warmer foods and drinks.  Our bodies are in transition which is why this is a good time for a fast or cleanse.

Many people make it a habit to do a fast or cleanse four times per year–fall, winter, spring and summer.  The fast or cleanse can be 1-2 days, 3 days, 7 days, etc., whatever works for them in their schedule.  Some people give up certain foods during this time while others focus on just liquids.  It is usually an individual’s choice. A cleanse will give the digestive system a little vacation. This is a wonderful time for the body.

After the fast or cleanse is over, most people feel better.  This is a great time to have a colonic.  A colonic will help remove the toxins and old fecal matter.  Colonics will help finish the cleansing or fasting program.

Let’s start the fall season off right by cleansing, fasting, and having colonics. We will be glad we took this healthy step!    Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

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Let’s Get Healthy – Step 4

A 5th step to being healthy is to be aware of our elimination schedules. Our body is not designed to eliminate every 2-3 days, or once a week or twice a month.  We are suppose to “go” within an hour or two after every meal.  This means when we eat breakfast we should go within 1 to 2 hours after this meal.  After lunch, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal. After dinner, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal.  When we eat dinner at 6:00 pm, we should be “going” by 9:00 am the next morning.  This elimination schedule is important.  Each time we “go”, the stool should be formed–about 12 inches long and about 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter.  We would call these “healthy poops”.

If we are eating 3 meals a day but only going to the bathroom once a day, this is when we start to get that build up on the walls of the colon.  This is when we can become quite constipated.  After a time, we feel gassy and bloated.  We will start to have some digestive disorders.

Our colon is a very important organ.  We would do ourselves a favor to keep it as healthy as possible.  The healthy way is to eliminate properly every day and be on a healthy schedule.

Mary

 

Let’s Get Healthy-Step 3!

Juicing and food supplements is a great way to start your day and stay healthy.

Let’s Get Healthy–Step 3!

Published  July 26, 2017 | By Mary

Taking food supplements is a must in this day and age because we are not getting enough nutrients from our food.  Be careful what vitamins and minerals you take, however, because they might have synthetic substances in them.  All vitamins are not pure.  There is a good book on the market today that tells you what the synthetic ingredients might be in the vitamins you take.  The book is called, The Vitamin Code  by Massoud Arvanaghi, PHD; and Mike Yorkey.  In part 3 of the book, “What The Vitamin Code Means To You”, it explains that vitamins and minerals are manufactured from different sources.  On page 107 of Part 3 there is a partial list  of the name of the vitamin, and whether it is natural or synthetic.  This book is very informative and an interesting read.  I’m sure it will be an eye opener to you as it was to me. After reading this book, I can imagine that you will be reading the ingredient labels on your vitamin bottles a bit more closely and be much more aware of what ingredients are in the bottles.

Making nutritional blender drinks is a great way to supplement. Using organic fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh greens, herbs and pure water is wonderful for getting the nutrients we need for our bodies.  We should be using organic as much as possible.

Here is a great way to start your morning off right!  This blender drink is packed with vitamins and minerals!  Take 2 leaves of kale, 2 sticks of celery, ½ cucumber, and some red cabbage, a very small piece of turmeric, and a 1 inch piece of ginger.  Put some water in your blender or Vitamix and blend it until liquid. If you have to add some honey to make it sweeter, go ahead.

Getting in the habit of taking healthy food supplements or juicing is a great way to start your day and to stay healthy!

Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 or [email protected] for further questions. I’m always happy to help!

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Let’s Get Healthy-Step 2

Let’s Get Healthy–Step two!

Published July16, 2017 | By Mary

A second step to good health is the foods that are eaten. We Americans eat way too much food.   Often, our food includes processed meat, fast food, and highly-processed food. We like our sweets. We skip meals because we are in a hurry.  We forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. The food is high in fat, sugar and calories.  This kind of food causes blockages in our arteries, heart, liver, lungs, brain and colon. Eating this way also causes inflammation and disease. Our bodies become “off balance. We start to feel sick. We begin to feel sluggish and tired, we get constipated, feel bloated and gassy.

The foods we should really eat are greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, organic juices and healthy meats. When we eat this way, we will be promoting our good health and have a disease-free body.

Mary

 

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Let’s Get Healthy!

Let’s Get Healthy!

July 17, 2017| By Mary

Here is a list of my six steps to a more powerful and healthy lifestyle.

Let’s get healthy–Step one:

Getting rid of our stress is one of the first steps in getting healthy.  Ha-ha, you say.  How in the world am I going to get rid of my stress?  Well, it can be done but it is hard.  We really have to focus on it.

Here are six suggestions we can take to successfully manage stress:

  • Learning to relax is very important—like playing soft music, doing guided imagery, reading, deep breathing and having a full-body, relaxation massage.
  • Changing our attitudes and reactions about things—things that make us angry, depressed, moody or negative.
  • Practicing forgiveness—don’t let the bad feeling build up inside of us.
  • Express love—giving gifts to others, doing acts of service, or giving positive affirmations to others.
  • Laughter is good for the soul. It is very healing and boosts the immune system.
  • Eating healthy and exercising are essential to stress management.

All the above steps are very important; however, a full-body, relaxation massage will put the body back into harmony and balance.  A massage will take our cares away and bring us back to a relaxed state of mind. Are you experiencing stress in your life? A relaxation massage will do wonders for you—I guarantee it!!!

Call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected] to schedule your full-body, relaxation massage!

 

 

Suffering From Gas and Bloat?

The symptoms of gas and bloat usually occur after eating.  One can eat a small meal or a large meal and get that gassy/bloated feeling.   It is usually very uncomfortable and can be embarrassing as well.  You may wonder how this problem comes about.

Often, we do not combine our foods correctly.  That is, we put a starchy food and a protein food together at a meal.  Let’s say you are having breakfast and you decide to have eggs (protein) and toast (starch or carbohydrate).  Putting this combination together causes gas.  Maybe a dinner choice would be rice (starch) and beans (protein) which also causes gas.  These are just two examples of putting protein and starches together at the same meal.  Of course there are many other combinations that can cause the gas and bloat feeling as well.   Learning what combinations work best for your digestion system can be a real education.  We need to practice food combining with our meals to eliminate that gas and bloat feeling.

Another cause of gas would be drinking liquids with our meals.  The gas comes because all the liquid we just drank with our meals is preventing the stomach acid and the digestive enzymes to break down the food properly.  The large amounts of gas that occurs from drinking the liquid with our meal will cause bloating in our abdomen.  Our abdomen is usually swollen at this point making us look like we have over-sized abdomens.

Sometimes, certain vegetables and fruits will give us gas.  The individual needs to determine which vegetables or fruit might be causing the problem.  A food diary is a good way to keep a record of what we have eaten and how our body has reacted to the foods.  Becoming aware of the foods we eat that are causing the gas and bloat is the first step in understanding our digestive problem.

Mary

Call me with questions about gas and bloat or to set up a colonic appointment to get rid of this problem.  616-456-5033

What about a massage?

What is massage?

Massage dates back to about 2000 BC.  There are many references to massage which appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, Egypt, Greece.  The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on the person’s needs and physical condition. The many techniques that I use in my sessions vary from person to person.  I could use just one technique for the whole session or I could use more than one in the same session.  It depends on what is going on in the client’s body when they come in.  (See my web page on massage and the different techniques I use.)

Massage therapists work on muscle, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and pressure points. They also might work on the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the fascial system and other body systems depending on the need of the individual at the time.  In all forms of massage, the therapist works with their hands, forearms and their elbows to manipulate the body’s soft tissue.  Massage strokes can vary from light to firm and deep depending on what the client needs.

Why would a person want to have a massage?

Most people are stressed these days.  Stress can cause serious consequences in people’s lives. Taking care of one’s self is very important. One of the ways to de-stress and relax is by having a full body, relaxation massage.  The massage will calm the person and put harmony and balance back into the body. (see my blog on Stress 101)

Massage is wonderful for people who need better range of motion and flexibility in their muscles.  By using certain techniques in the massage session range of motion can be restored.

People will benefit from a massage if they have upper or lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, headaches and migraines, muscle spasms, strains, circulatory and respiratory problems, post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation.  The list goes on and on for ailments people might be experiencing in their bodies.

Massage has many healing benefits. It will increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the body.  It will soothe anxiety and depression. Massage enhances the immune system and gets down to the cellular level in the body.

As you can see, massage is wonderful and has many wonderful benefits, as well.  If you want to feel healthy, be healthy, and look healthy, then try massage.  You will be glad you had the experience!!!  I guarantee it!!

To receive some wonderful healing benefits, schedule a massage with Mary, just call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]  

Written by Mary

 

 

 

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