MASSAGE

Back Massage

Deep tissue massage is a slow type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

 

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work the complications of cancer and cancer treatment.

 

Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or massive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

 

Prenatal massage is a therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.

 

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. or they can sue them gliding over your skin. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Cupping has no or little pain when having it done. It does sometime leaves red marks that are gone within 24 to 48 hours. 

 

Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage and maintenance massage. 

 

Lymphatic Massage is commonly referred to as lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rhythmical massage treatment performed by a specially trained lymphatic massage therapist to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body. This helps to rapidly speed up the removal of wastes and toxins from a sluggish lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage can also aid in the prevention of swelling after injury or surgery. It is also thought to provide a major boost to your immune system. Manually lymphatic drainage aims to eliminate bacteria, toxins, viruses, wastes and excess wastes and addresses blocks in lymphatic system circulation, which may  cause congestion and peripheral edema. For basic techniques are employed: stationary circles, pumping, rotation and scooping, which are followed by stroking the tissues toward the sites of normal lymphatic drainage. Manual lymphatic drainage has been used for various conditions, including acne, arthritis, bums, edema, inflammation, and sinusitis.

Trauma Touch Therapy and PSTD Massage Stress relief, decreasing anxiety, reducing depression and improving personal mood are all positive outcomes massage may provide clients. Additionally, a 2012 study focusing on how integrative therapies can help promote reintegration among veterans found that those participants who received massage therapy reported significant reductions in physical pain, tension, irritability, anxiety/worry and depression. There are aspects of massage therapy, too, that appear to provide some unique benefits to clients with PTSD—mainly giving these clients a feeling of comfort, safety and control they often can’t achieve on their own.

 

Massage therapists can teach clients safe and effective ways of self-soothing and stress management. Please read more under: Relearning Positive Touch further down this page.

LIFE COACHING

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A life coach helps clients attain personal and professional goals. People commonly seek coaching help with relationships, career, developing positive habits, dealing with stress and spirituality. Life coaching can be a one-time meeting or an ongoing professional relationship. Meetings can take place in the client’s home or office, the life coach’s studio, or via Skype.

 

Life coaching is a future focused practice that helps clients determine and achieve personal goals. Coaches are trained to use inquiry, reflection and discussion to help clients change their perceptions about limiting beliefs and move ahead to develop strategies and action plans that will bring about a happier life.

 

Life coaches help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. In creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of such strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.

Many individuals seek out life coaches for guidance in navigating a significant life change, such as taking on a new career. In plenty of cases, however, people turn to life coaches simply for help in building a happier, more meaningful life.

 

A key difference between coaching and other helping professions is that the focus is on in the NOW ... and on moving forward toward well-formed outcomes. A good coach understands that you have those solutions because you are the expert in your own life ... the only expert

 

What a Life Coach Can Do for You

One of the key benefits of working with a life coach is the ability to gain a fresh, informed perspective on problems that you’ve long faced. In addition to offering new insight into such challenges, a life coach can help you to zero in on negative patterns that could be standing in the way of your success.

Many people view working with a life coach as a means of bridging the gap between your current circumstances and the life you’d most like to lead. Here are some of the positive outcomes that could result from joining forces with a life coach:

 Greater financial security

  • A better work/life balance

  • Elimination of long-held fears and anxieties

  • Stronger relationships with friends and family

  • Improved communication skills

  • A more satisfying work life

  • Enhanced creativity

Additionally, people frequently pair up with life coaches in order to work through barriers that may interfere with finding a partner/mate. Many individuals also look to life coaches for help in identifying their passion and carving out their ideal career path. 

Who Should Consider Working With a Life Coach?

There are a number of indications that working with a life coach could be helpful for you. These signs include:

  • An inability to break bad habits

  • Frequent irritability

  • High levels of stress and/or anxiety

  • A persistent feeling of dissatisfaction at work

  • A lack of fulfillment in your social life

  • A sense of blocked creativity

The Difference Between a Life Coach and a Therapist

Although there may be some overlap in the benefits of working with a life coach and undergoing therapy, each of these professionals has a very distinct role and serves a unique purpose. Unlike life coaches, therapists and other mental health professionals focus on healing and aim to help their clients work through trauma and other issues from their past.

While working with a life coach may help you to deal with certain unresolved issues, life coaches cannot treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, or any other mental health condition. To that end, a life coach should never be considered as a substitute for a mental health professional.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health problem (such as feelings of hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disruption, and mood disturbance), it’s crucial to consult a mental health professional as soon as possible.

RELEARNING

POSITIVE TOUCH

Reflexology Therapy

Trauma Touch Therapy and PTSD Massage

4 Primary Measures for PTSD Diagnosis

According to DSM-5, there are four primary measures for PTSD diagnosis. These criteria apply to adults, adolescents, and children older than six years of age.

  • Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s).

  • Witnessing, in person, the event(s) as it occurred to others.

  • Learning that the traumatic event(s) occurred to a close family member or close friend. In cases of actual or threated death of a family member or friend, the event(s) must have been violent or accidental.

  • Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event(s).

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in some people who have seen or lived through an event that is shocking, scary or dangerous. These events might be combat related, for example, or involve violence, abuse or trauma.

 

Research also indicates massage therapy may be effective for those clients who experience dissociation as a symptom of PTSD, allowing these clients to experience a more coherent sense of self, which for some is a primary reason they initially seek out massage therapy 

 

There are aspects of massage therapy, too, that appear to provide some unique benefits to clients with PTSD—mainly giving these clients a feeling of comfort, safety and control they often can’t achieve on their own.

 

Massage therapists can teach clients safe and effective ways of self-soothing and stress management.

 

Jo Ann has been working with those who have PSTD for many years. As for herself she also has PSDT and has a understanding and knowledge of how to proceed with each session and individual needs. She has taken courses on how to work with people who have PSDT.  Each session she will sit and discuss how each massage has helped you. She will formulate what you need during each massage. Sometimes the session may only last 20 to 30 mins. The clients have control on when the session will end at or before the timed session is up. 

MENTORING NEW

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Physical Therapist

Learning about massage therapy doesn't end once you graduate from massage school.

Why participate?

 Mentee rewards include:

  • Professional development

  • Having a person to turn to who has experience in the industry

  • Enhanced reputation and professionalism

  • Opportunity to overcome personal challenges 

  • One-on-one support from trusted professional

  • Objective feedback on skills

  • Increased career satisfaction

What is mentoring?

In general, mentoring is:

  • a sustained relationship, often in a career-oriented setting, between an experienced and trusted person who gives advice (the mentor) to another less-experienced person (the mentee).

  • the process by which a person offers guidance and instruction to assist mentees in their personal and career development.

Who is a mentee? 
A student or professional seeking advice and guidance from an experienced professional in one's chosen field.

What does a mentor offer?

  • Guidance

  • Friendship

  • Support

A mentor is not a parent, a professional counselor, or a financial advisor.