During 2019 I saw a number of clients in both Calgary and the Fraser Valley for a number of reasons. They brought some similiar issues to the treatment room for us to address.
The main problem being tackled (which displayed itself through symptoms) was a feeling of life being too much, too busy, too much to do, too much to take care of, too many places to get to... Too much was a common theme.
Here are the top 5, plus how we worked together to resolve them:
#5 Holistic Maintenance Sessions
I have to admit that I was really excited to see Maintenance as a priority with many clients this year. Not really an "issue" but a really positive step. Many were taking the view that Massage Therapy and Holistic sessions are not just a luxury, but instead an essential regular part of maintaining mind/body wellness.
In the past, so many clients wait to book in when they are at an overwhelmed breaking point or the ongoing pain has become intolerable. More and more though, are realizing the benefits of regular sessions, to ensure their body is feeling good the majority of the time, and they are more able to deal with life's stressors as they come up.
Maintenance appointments were across the board for therapies including Massage Therapy, Reiki Treatments, Craniosacral Therapy, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology.
#4 Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
Technology is wonderful BUT it is really hard on the body. For those sitting at desk jobs working on computer all day, students studying, or those with more physical daily tasks, the upper body muscles seem to suffer the most through the past year.
Many mentioned their posture at work as well as repetitive strain issues with daily tasks. Massage Therapy was the number one choice for dealing with pain through the back, neck and shoulders. Included with those sessions was passive stretching to encourage muscle flexibility. Plus we often had discussions about stretching at home along with ideas for better posture so that muscles are not over strained.
I did notice that those coming for regular Massage Therapy sessions through the year mentioned that they experienced less pain and fewer issues with headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms and enjoyed better sleep.
#3 Anxiety, Depression, Overwhelm, and feeling Disconnected
While a number of clients would end their list of what is bringing discord into their lives with a statement of "well others have it worse, so I shouldn't complain", I was quietly thinking "Wow, you are really dealing with A LOT!"
So many have so much on their plates that it's not surprising that the mind just can not keep up, and in it's attempts to do so, becomes overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and depression. Honestly, I don't think many people are realistic about just how much the body and mind can take. As a society we are pushing ourselves way beyond our elastic limits.
For too long we've pushed those feelings aside, jumped up after trauma to "soldier on", lived in our whirling minds of getting "it" done and feeling disconnected from our body, and trying to pretend that everything is fine, while we're actually falling apart. It can be scary to allow yourself to fall apart, but it can actually create space for things to fall into place.
I witnessed a greater increase in those asking about and experiencing Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy. During those sessions clients experienced a full 60 minutes of peace, loving energy and unwinding.
Taking that time to get quiet left many saying that they felt clearer, stronger and were heading home to think more on what they needed to let go of and the steps they were going to take to put their well-being first... It was amazing to be a part of those journeys through the year.
Whether tension or migraine there seems to be more and more people dealing with regular headaches. Caused by stress, weather changes, computer screen posture, hormonal imbalances with menstrual cycles and menopause...headaches were causing pain through the day, sleepless nights and feelings of fatigue and nausea.
Treatment choices included Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Indian Head Massage. All wonderful for creating relaxation and releasing muscle tension, these therapies also increase blood flow to the brain, encourage the release of "feel good" hormones and ease pain.
The most frequent reason clients booked in for sessions was Stress. Stress that was chronic, overwhelming and causing considerable issues, both physical and emotional. Life has just become too much! To much to do, to take care of, to deal with... Deadlines, bill payments, exams, school activities...
Clients booked for Massage Therapy to help release the tension in the muscles that were holding tight and to get the natural space back between the ears and the shoulders (no, they shouldn't be attached to each other). Encouraging overall relaxation so that your stomach will release some of the knots was another reason for Massage.
Reiki sessions were popular to help ease the insomnia that was a symptom of stress. A session to help with deep relaxation in a quiet space. Where the thoughts stop whirling, the breath comes more deeply and evenly, and life feels more in balance.
Craniosacral Therapy to help the fascia that has become tightly bound and to begin an unwinding process, allowing the whole body to just open up and breathe.
Reflexology because many found it encouraged the entire body to completely relax. Relaxation to the point of falling asleep on the table!
So what would be your reason for booking a Massage Therapy or Holistic session in 2019 and moving forward into the New Year?
The signage has gone up in the window and the space is all set up for you!
Clients are really enjoying this comfortable and welcoming space. Come by and see us!
Is the heat making you feel Hot, Irritable and Grumpy? Sun can be drying to our bodies; it can be scorching to our tempers as well!
My session room is peaceful and cool. I invite you to a quiet oasis to relax, breathe and melt onto the table. A mini-vacation for just a little while.
Choose scents of cooling mint or uplifting eucalyptus as an addition (scent optional) as you place yourself in my hands for a soothing session
While the weather is hot and dry here are some Cooling Hints for in between your sessions ….
*Drink LOTS of extra water to keep your body, mind and spirit hydrated!
* Try to preplan your day and get your energy intensive obligations completed during the cooler times of the day (early morning, later evening)
* Embrace the concept of the afternoon nap. Rest and restore your being during the hottest parts of the day. It is tradition in other, hotter climate countries for a reason.
*Place a pan of cold water and ice cubes in front of your electric fan. It will blow the cool mist out and about your space.
* Or take a cool shower and stand in front of the fan rather than drying with a towel
*Place your feet in a pan of cool water and place a cold, wet cloth on the top of your head
*Practice a cooling breath. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth but create a tunnel with your tongue and lips and you’ll find your breath out is much cooler!
Two wonderful health session for YOU in September!
1~ Rose Water Nurturing
I spent the other day creating Rose Water. My home was filled with this beautiful, nurturing scent as the rose petals steeped in water. The petals were soft, delicate and beautifully scented and have created an equally delicate scented water that nurtures the skin.
For the remainder of September 2014 enjoy the scent of Roses or your session in one of the following ways:
After a very hot and dry August your skin is likely as parched as the earth. Hot and dry weather is hard on the body's largest organ. So here is a special session offered during September 2014 to help!
Moisturize from top to toe! This special session includes:
~ A herbal foot bath to soothe dry and tired skin while you sip vitamin water or tea
~ An Indian Head Massage with nurturing coconut and essential oils
~ A top to toe Relaxation Massage with moisturizing gel and essential oils
~ A creamy moisturizing foot massage
Plan to be here for 2 to 2 1/2 hours Cost: $155
February is filled with some exciting classes and workshops! Some new, some popular repeats and a little revamping too! We learn in different ways…through hearing, doing, seeing, experiencing and I love to share Workshops that are created to optimize your experience!
Click the links on the workshops you’re
interested in and then scroll down the page!
Indian Head Massage ~ Feb 8
A beautiful art that can be exchanged with friends and family and also added to your list of skills as a health practitioner. Read more
Reiki Exchange ~ Feb. 10
A harmonious afternoon for Reiki students, teachers and practitioners to share a session…both giving and receiving. Read more
NEW!! Change your Beliefs around Money ~ Feb. 16
I am thrilled to team up with Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, Elizabeth MacKay is sharing a fabulous one day workshop that will give you transformation tools to begin working with right away...that day! Read more
Reiki Level 1 ~ Feb. 22 & Reiki Level 2 ~ April 5th
Learn to share this beautiful Japanese healing art with yourself, friends, family and clients. For more information on these certificate classes click here
The Body Awareness Series ~ Feb. 4, 11 & 18
Blending my knowledge of how the body works, its limitations and it’s possibilities, with my experience in teaching women to move and dance, in classes focused exclusively on the Female Body, Mind &
Spirit, I invite you to a joyful, inspiring and empowering experience.
Read about the series and also what others are saying who have taken it. Click here