Mary Ann Foster: A few years back, I fell down a flight of stairs and injured my neck and head, so I went to a massage therapist for relief from the pain and trauma. The therapist began with a warm-up massage on my back and then had me turn over. When she looked at my face, she exclaimed, “You have a lot of trauma!” to which I replied, “I know. I just had a serious accident.” She then clarified that she was referring to my childhood trauma, and she offered to help me work on it.
Mary Kathleen Rose
Receiving a massage is a time to rest and rejuvenate as you experience the deeply nourishing effects of skillful touch. As your muscles relax and your mind unwinds, do you ever wonder how to talk with your massage therapist or bodyworker? Here are some guidelines about what to expect regarding verbal communication before, during, and after a session.
If you look at the natural world around you, you’ll be surprised by what it can teach you about your own self-care. We can attune to the cycle of the seasons, letting that awareness bring a healthy balance of self-care measures into our lives. Spring, for example, is the season of new growth and is associated with movement, physical exercise, and activity. Summer is the time of abundance and warmth, naturally associated with nourishing food. It is also a time for connection with others through social interaction, community activities, and travel.
Wow!” Linda said as she stood up from the chair and slowly walked across the dining room floor. “My headache is gone. Thank you!”
Had I given a complicated headache treatment or finished a full-body massage session for Linda? No. I had just given her a five-minute, impromptu seated massage while she sat on a kitchen chair. She is the caregiver for one of my elder, homebound massage clients and had been complaining of a headache, so I offered to give her a quick seated massage session.
Q. I’m a relative newcomer to massage and I’ve been trying to describe the experience to my friends. Why do I feel so good after a massage?
A. As a massage therapist, author, and consumer of bodywork, Mary Kathleen Rose of Longmont, Colo., took this question to heart.
Q. Winter can be difficult for me. Do you have any ideas about how to ease the seasonal blues?
It was a life-changing event — like walking into another world. It shattered my illusions.” “It was the most profound experience of my life.” “The experience was awesome. So much input — visual, kinesthetic — experiencing and exploring with other adventurers. I feel privileged to have had this opportunity.”
What are these people so excited about? The answer might surprise you. They are all bodyworkers trying to put into words the incredible experience they had participating in a human cadaver lab.
In the past few years there has been a seeming explosion of interest in aromatherapy. From scented candles, incense, air fresheners, and potpourri to organic essential oils and massage and skin care products, the consumer is presented with a vast array of aromas to tease the sense of smell. Some of these products are marketed as ways to improve your home and work environment. Others are assigned special significance for healing or as ways to enhance the quality of your physical or emotional health.
"The tiger is ready to go. That was grrrreat!” These are words spoken by an 82-year-old man who had recently been released after a month in the hospital. He had just received his first session of Comfort Touch. Peg, the massage therapist who relayed his story to me, had recently attended my workshop “Comfort Touch for the Elderly and the Ill.”
Another therapist, Kathleen, shared her experience of using Comfort Touch in a hospital: “It is incredible. You look in the eyes of the patient, knowing you made a difference.”
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease of impaired carbohydrate metabolism that results from inadequate production or utilization of the hormone insulin. This vital substance is necessary to convert food into energy by facilitating the transfer of glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into the body’s cells. Of the 16 million people in the United States with diabetes, most can be categorized into one of the following types: