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 mary@harmonynhealth.net.  

Written by Mary

 

 

 

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom.  It is i the name given to pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.  The pain can vary from a mild tingling, a dull ache, a burning sensation, or it can be an EXCRUCIATING, SHOOTING pain that makes standing or sitting almost impossible.

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.  Sciatica usually affects on side of the body.

Sciatica

Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Source: WebMD A Visual Guide to Sciatica http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-visual-guide-to-sciatica

The pain from sciatica radiates from the buttock down the back of the leg and can be felt in a number of different locations such as the knee, sole of the foot and the toe.

Can Sciatica Be Prevented?

  • Practicing proper lifting techniques is important. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips an legs, and holding the object close to your chest.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods or lying with pressure on the buttocks
  • Avoid long driving hours in the car.  Take frequent stretching breaks during road trips.
  • Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen.
  • A good exercise routine including stretching exercises to improve flexibility of tight muscles is important.
  • Sleeping with a knee pillow between your knees can help keep your hips in alignment and relieve sciatica.

Can Massage and Bodywork Help?

Absolutely!

  • Massage relieves the muscle spasms caused by the pain from the pinched nerve.
  • Massage helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Massage can assist to realign the pelvis thus helping to reduce and eliminate tension in the affected area.
  • Massage may eventually help the client heal from the sciatica symptoms.  Pressure and techniques will vary from person to person.  Several sessions might be required to relieve the symptoms of sciatica.  Sciatica pain usually goes away with time and rest.

I have treated many clients for sciatic symptoms with massage and bodywork therapy.  Don’t live with the pain any further, give me a call so that I can help you!  616-456-5033

-Mary

 

Colon Therapy – An Important Step

Colon Therapy (colonic irrigation) is an important step in maintaining or regaining ones health.  Colon therapy is NOT used for the purpose of treating or curing disease.  It is purely a hygienic method of cleansing and toning the colon.  It is an internal bath which helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated fecal matter.  Colon therapy is a gentle procedure whereby the filtered water helps to soften and remove built-up fecal matter that has not been eliminated through bowel movements, enemas or laxatives.

As the colon gets cleansed, the fecal material will be removed and eliminated.  This will help the colon to function normally.  The gentle washing of the colon wall will remove the build-up of toxins thus improving the colon muscles.  The colonic will help to eliminate the pockets of waste and spastic constrictions by allowing the colon to resume to its natural state.

It is of vital importance to keep our colon clean because it is the key to good health.

Give me a call at Harmony ‘n Health and I will explain how colon therapy can make you feel better and healthier!  616-456-5033

-Mary

How important is a healthy colon (large intestine)?

The digestive tract, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, starts at the mouth, continues to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and the rectum and ends at the anus.  The entire system – from mouth to anus – is about 30 feet (9 meters) long

The food we eat needs to be digested properly and assimilated.  In order to enjoy good health, it is extremely important that the colon be clean and free from toxins.  Due to the American diet these days,  dairy products, meats, breads, pastas, sugar,  salt, etc.,  begin to accumulate a thick coating on the walls of the colon.  Consuming these foods is what often begins the problems in the colon.

The build-up on the colon wall prevents food from being assimilated properly.  It also makes the colon sluggish thus allowing poisons of fermentation and putrefaction to accumulate and become absorbed into the bloodstream, lymphatic system and the nervous system.  The neglected accumulation of this waste can result in illnesses such as colitis, colon cancer,  crohns disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, hemorrhoids, migraines, respiratory and obesity problems.  The lymphatic system, kidneys, liver and other organs cannot work properly when the colon is so unhealthy.

Colon therapy (colonic irrigation) is a great way to cleanse the colon and prevent the build-up of fecal matter that can accumulate on the colon wall.  It is safe and effective.

 

 

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