January 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

If a person feels threatened, the body will reorganize its priorities to maintain homeostasis. Resources are moved from one area to another in order to better cope with the stress. These changes include:

• Reduction of digestion and elimination
• Lowering of immune function
• Release of neurotransmitters, producing heightened awareness
• Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
• Less energy going towards cell production and repair
• Hormonal shifts, such as an increased production of adrenalin and cortisol

If these changes are short term and end after the perceived threat has passed, the body will return to normal. If these changes persist well beyond the danger, the body will start to break down and react in ways that are counterproductive to good health, including:

• Abnormal sleep patterns (too much or too little sleep)
• Eating disorders
• Headaches
• Cardiovascular problems
• Digestive problems
• Muscular aches and pains
• Immune system disorders
• Hormonal disorders
• Skin problems

One of the best strategies for your health is to erase stress. Over the past 20 to 30 years the area of stress management has become of great concern. Stress management and the use of healthy lifestyle choices to relieve it have grown together.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

Massage Therapy: Regular massages reduce the production of stress hormones, increases blood and lymph circulation and promotes the elimination of toxins that accumulate in the body. It can reverse the negative cycle of pain in your joints and muscles allowing you to experience a new level of vitality and well-being.

Fitness Training: Fitness Training can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries, rebuild and restore your posture, relieve pain, increase flexibility, strengthen and reshape your body.

Health Coaching: Health Coaching provides guidance and support for issues related to health, nutrition and lifestyle. It’s about more than just your diet, it is about creating the quality of life you want by making sustainable changes in your diet, exercise routine, relationships, daily practice and career. It’s about improving your eating habits, achieving weight loss naturally, increasing your energy, shifting behaviors and beliefs that block your success, and increasing your overall vitality and happiness.

Our professionals work together as a team to help you reach your personal goals.

You may think you’re alone, but you’re not. At Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness we are committed to empowering you by offering our healthy lifestyle choices that will effectively meet your needs and goals in a simple and easy process.

We invite you to come experience what we have to offer. For more information, or an appointment, 843-723-7005.

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September 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

Boosting Your Immunity For The Change Of Season

 Lymph draining therapy, practiced throughtout Europe for decades, is a well-documented bodywork method of stimulating the lymph system to activate fluid circulation, detoxify, rejuvenate, and strengthen the body’s natural defenses. It is a highly specialized technique using precise, complex hand movements to encourage the draining of lymph fluids.

lymph drainage 

Using slow, gentle stokes with a rhythmic pumping action, the therapist follows the lymph pathways throughout the body to move the flow of lymph and accelerate detoxification. In comparison, normal massage techniques are much too forceful to allow drainage in the tissues and may hinder transport.

 The therapy has been successfully used to alleviate conditions such as swelling (edemas) of many origins and chronic pain, as well as to detoxify and regenerate body tissues. It is also effective for stimulating the immune system to improve chronic infections and inflammation such as sinusitis, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies. Lymph drainage therapy is also beneficial for pre-surgery to prevent edema and speed the recovery process.

 Almost everyone can benefit from lymph drainage. It is a great treatment to boost energy and immunity especially at the change of seasons. We recommend receiving a lymph drainage treatment every 2 – 3 months for maintenance and more often in times of illness or need.

Call us to find out more about lymph drainage therapy and to schedule your appointment.


Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy, Dr. Bruno Chikly


Ouch! Pain In The Neck?neck pain

Neck problems have become a part of everyday life due to the overuse of computers, poor posture, improper fitness training, sitting for prolonged periods of time in one position, tight muscles, arthritis, upper spine and disc problems.

Sitting in front of your office computer can weaken important muscles, leading to chronic back pain and other health problems. If you are working on a computer, make sure you take multiple breaks so that you can move your head, do some neck exercises, and change positions. This is really important to maintain neck flexibility. People with neck problems should avoid movements that hyperextend the neck. This can aggravate neck problems that can further cause impingement of the neck arteries that supply blood to the brain.

Make sure your workstation is comfortable. You should have an ergonomic chair that has good back support and neck support. Your viewing distance should be 12 – 28 inches from the computer screen to prevent straining your neck muscles to see what you are typing. The top of your computer screen should be at or slightly below eye level when you are sitting comfortably. For most people the most comfortable neck position is when their normal line of sight is about 15 – 20 degrees below horizontal. The angle of your computer screen should be 10 – 20 degrees. The height of the keyboard should be 23 – 28 inches from the floor surface. Your thighs should be horizontal.

work station 

Also avoid fast or jerky neck movements, sitting with your head too far forward, lying down on the sofa or bed with your head propped up high on the pillow, and head circles.

 Here are some quick exercise suggestions: 

  • Turn head slowly left to right
  • Empire State Building Watch - slowly look up and down
  • Shoulder Blade Squeeze – pull shoulder blades together and hold and repeat
  • Head tilts – tilt head from left to right
  • Shrug shoulders and make circles backwards

For many individuals with cervical strains and other musculoskeletal conditions of the neck, it may be necessary to seek help for relief of neck pain with massage in conjunction with exercise. A massage therapist experienced and specializing in clinical cervical massage, stretching, and exercise is essential for pain relief, rebalance, and strengthening of your body. 

Note: Always follow your physician’s advice.

For more information about clinical massage, exercise therapy and improvement of posture, call  

Bill Baurley, LMT, PAS, CFT

 Nationally Board Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Certified Fitness Trainer

Postural Alignment Specialist – Certified by Egoscue University  



Exercise Therapy by Karl G. Knopf, EdD – International Sports Sciences Association 

OSHA Ergonomic Solutions



Strengthen Your Time Management Muscle

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one – Mark Twain

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.

 Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. To help you get started, here are some steps to streamline your days at work and at home. Try the first one or two that jump out at you:

  • Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  • Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  • Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  • Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  • Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks.
  • Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  • If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
  • Ask for help and delegate.
  • In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper. Leave work with a clear head and a clean desk.
  • Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished.

 Also take a look at the two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a task seems too daunting, too large or too complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you may need to ask the larger questions, “Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?”

As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life.


For more information about time management, healthy eating and living, call

Jacquelyn Baurley, CHC, AADP – Board Certified

 Certified Health Coach

Nutrition & Lifestyle Educator 


Reference: Institute for Integrative Nutrition


Why Should You Care About Pesticides?

The growing concensus amoung scientists is that small doses of presticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially fetal development and early childhood. Scientist now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powereful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.
The Environmental Working Group research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen ™ Plus 2 list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily.
EWG Shopper’s Guide 2012
 dirty dozen plus 2
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically enten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate presticides.  Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin.  The best approach; eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.
Environmental Working Group - 2012 Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides In Produce – Eighth Edition


We are here to help you choose the most appropriate treatment or program for your particular needs and interests. 


Call 843-723-7005 now to speak with us to help you get started and take the first step to a healthy and vibrant life.




Bill & Jacquelyn Baurley

Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness




In This Issue:


Massage & Bodywork:

Boosting Your Immunity for The Change of Season – Lymph Drainage Therapy


Functional Fitness:

Ouch! Pain in the neck?


Integrative Nutrition: 

Strengthen Your Time Management Muscle


Why Should You Care About Pesticides?


Did you know we specialize in treating chronic pain and injuries?

The majority of massage therapists are great, but very few have the thousands of hours of hands on experience, advanced training certifications for treating chronic pain and injuries, and effective successful treatments we can offer you. 


Call Charleston Therapeutic Massage at 843-723-7005 for more information or an appointment. 


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August 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

Traveling Can Be A Pain, Literally!heavy baggage

Long car rides, cramped airline seats, and lousy hotel beds can make you feel miserable while on that long awaited vacation. Being in a seated position for hours upon hours, improper position of the head, unlevel seated position, no lumbar support, dragging and lifting that overweight luggage, and too much physical activity can wreak havoc on your back, neck, spine, shoulders, hips, and legs. No one wants to be on vacation or return from vacation in pain!

There are lots of ways to prevent traveling pain. Here are a few tips:

1. Stretch as often as your trip allows. Stretching prevents muscles from tightening and causing pain. Get up and stretch as often as you can. If you’re stuck in a seated position try these three exercises:

  • Seated Scapular Contractions: Sit up straight on the edge of your seat. Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead and hip width apart. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back and hold throughout the exercise. Squeeze and release your shoulder blades together – back and down NOT up and down. Do 10 repetitions.
  •  Seated Knee Pillow Squeezes: Sit on the edge of your seat with your feet pointed straight ahead. Place a pillow between your knees. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back and hold this position throught the exercise. Squeeze and release the pillow with your knees. Do 20 repetitions.
  • Seated Isolated Hip Flexor Lifts: Sit up straight on the edge of your seat. Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead and hip width apart. Let your arms hang down at your sides. Roll your hips forward to place an arch in your low back. Lift one foot about 3 inches off the floor and then lower. Use your front hip muscles to generate the movement. Maintain the arch in your back, keeping your hips rolled forward throughout the exercise. Switch sides and repeat. Do 20 repetitions.

2. Pack a pillow.  Use a neck pillow or rolled up blanket to support your neck. Do the same behind your lower back to support the lumbar spine.

If you are staying at a hotel, you may find the hotel pillows are too big. Ideally you want to keep your neck in a neutral position while sleeping – aligned with your spine, not bent forward. Bring your favorite pillow from home or improvise your own pillow using a towel from the bathroom and folding it to look like a wedge shaped cervical pillow – the thicker part of the wedge goes under your neck while the thinner part goes under your head.

3. Lighten your load.  Most of us are traveling with more than we need. Using luggage with wheels makes it easier to manage but when you are wheeling your bags and other items from your car to the airport check in counter or down long airport halls, this can become a potential hazard.

4. Stay hydrated.  Be sure to drink water when flying. Being in the compressed air of the cabin can dehydrate you. Joint pain is one symptom of a lack of sufficient water in the human body. If you’re not a big water drinker you can meet some of your daily needs by eating fruits, especially watermelon, and foods like mixed green salads, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, cottage cheese, green beans and tomato sauce.

5. Get a massage.  Massage therapy can be used as prevention before, during and after travel. Take care of potential problem areas before they become a vacation buster. You may find you need to unwind after your vacation due to the transition of getting back to your daily routine of work, family and everyday stress.


Can A Postural Assessment Help You Become Pain Free?

by Bill Baurley, LMT, CFT, PAS
Pain Relief Specialist
When a person is suffering from pain, focusing attention on the muscles involved may offer relief. A practitioner may be able to help with massage and other bodywork techniques, but what may be missed is that the moment the client moves off the treatment table, gravity exerts force on the load bearing joints and pulls the body back into dysfunction and the problems return.

When a client is lying down on a table this gives the practitioner some information. To obtain a full picture of all structural abnormalities, it is important to analyze the client’s total structure standing, lying down and moving. Your posture from all sides – the front, the back and the side – should all line up, both vertically and horizontally. If your posture is out of whack, you’re probably feeling it – in your knees, your back, hips, shoulders, and neck.

Pete Egoscue, author of six books, including the best selling books, Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain, and more recently, Pain Free Living, developed a posture therapy method based on the understanding the body requires a healthy alignment of parts – from the head, to the shoulders, to the pelvis, to the knees, on down to the ankles and feet. If one shoulder rests higher than the other, something is wrong. The difference between Egoscue and other therapies is there are no drugs, surgery or cracking.  

Understanding what is happening in the body to cause it to be out of position and what muscles are controlling that position will help the practitioner develop a sequence of exercises that return the body to get back into the proper alignment.



Trainers run into a lot of clients who have developed knee or back pain and don’t really know why.  If you start training with weights and other exercises, you may become stronger with the same painful condition, and in some cases, the training can aggravate it.  This eventually may lead you to stop training. This doesn’t have to be the end of your training days, you may just need to straighten and then strengthen. 

The first thing an Egoscue therapist does is assess posture, examine the walk, and watch how the client performs a range of motions to pinpoint the problem areas. Then a custom tailored physical fitness program is created that includes stretches and static strengthening exercises all aimed at correcting those postural deficiencies to get the body back into proper alignment and pain free.

For more information about postural assessment and corrective exercises with Bill Baurley, Nationally Board Certified Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Certified Fitness Trainer, PAS (Postural Alignment Specialist – Certified by Egoscue University), please call Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness at 843-723-7005.  

Source:  The Egoscue Method

green drinkNaturally Energize and Transform Yourself

by Jacquelyn Baurley, CHC, AADP -Board Certified
Certified Health Coach, Nutrition  & Lifestyle Educator
Do you want a fast, nutritious, delicious energizing meal that won’t wreck your diet? Whole real foods are a delicious and healthy way to jump start your day and your weight loss program. What could be more fresh than tossing a few raw super whole foods into your blender and enjoying a great tasting smoothie. Customizing your smoothie with super foods you enjoy and right for your body will leave you feeling energized and vibrant transforming your health from the inside to the outside.

 Virtually every health authority recommends that we get 6 – 8 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Smoothies are an excellent way to guarantee that we reach our daily target.

Smoothies help you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables and fruits. This is important because many people have impaired digestion limiting the body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients. Blending vegetables and fruits will help to “pre-digest” them for you so you will receive most of the nutrients.

There’s no reason to be concerned with your ability to make a smoothie or if you will like it. No matter what degree of experience you’ve had with raw whole foods or smoothies, you will find it’s easy to consume an optimal amount of vegetables and fruits if you decide this is something YOU can and want to do. 

To make a tasty smoothie, you need to consider what you’re going to put in it. Be careful not to go overboard with fruits as for some people fruits can cause disturbances in blood sugar creating an imbalance. Only you know what it’s going to take to push your limits. Blending your own smoothie will help you to avoid the high sugar and processed smoothies offered at stores. 

Have fun making your smoothie and gradually add new foods.  Don’t be afraid to add greens; they are the closest thing to a multi-vitamin that you can eat with plenty of healthy energy boosting polyphenols. Eating fresh greens in a salad is not your only option to incorporate greens into your diet. Many of my clients tell me they dislike the taste and smell of greens. If you are not a fan of greens, try spinach in your smoothie. It has a mild taste that you won’t taste when mixed with the sweetness of fruits. I like to combine spinach with blueberries or banana. Dark leafy greens like kale blended with banana tastes exactly like a banana smoothie. Honestly, you can’t taste the greens!

 Be creative and find your favorite combination. It’s best to rotate your greens and fruits to get the nutritional variety your body needs. A few super foods such as chia, hemp, coconut oil, almond butter, avocado, goji berries, nuts, and seeds can be added to help regulate hormones and provide healthy fats and proteins. I like to add cilantro because it has been shown to be a highly effective and natural solution to ridding the body of heavy metals.

In case you’ve never made a smoothie before, start with just two ingredients: ripe bananas and fresh spinach (or Romaine or leaf lettuce). Put your banana in the blender, add a bit of water and blend until they are combined. Then add a really large handful (or two) of spinach and poke it down into the mixture and continue blending. Blend long enough that it’s not chunky.

Helpful Blending Tip:

If you don’t have a 3 horsepower blender, here are some tips for blending smoothies in a household blender:

  • Start with the softest ingredients first.
  • Add just enough water to make ingredients blend well
  • Add one handful of greens at a time. Poke down and mix in the greens first on slow speed. Once they’ve been sucked down, use a higher speed.
  • Sometimes adding a little bit of water at the bottom and some ice on top of the greens can help.  

When you’re ready to get a little more creative, gradually add more raw foods. Here’s a few of my favorite smoothie recipies:

 Recipe # 1:

            1 apple (cut up & cored)

            2 large handfuls of spinach

            1/2 medium cucumber (cut up)

            1 rib of celery (cut up)

            1/2 tsp of fresh ginger root (peeled)

            1/2 cup parsley or cilantro

            Juice of 1/2 lemon

            5 ice cubes (optional)

            Add water as needed until desired consistency

    Recipe # 2:

            1/2 cup parsley or cilantro

            4 large kale leaves (center ribs removed) or 2 large handfuls of spinach

            1 cup frozen organic blueberries

            1/2 banana

            1 tsp. raw ground flax or chia seeds

            1 – 2 scoops raw hemp protein

            1 tsp. coconut oil

            1/4 avocado

            1 cup of water, or unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk

            5 – 6 ice cubes

            Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add more liquid if too thick.

 Recipe #3: (This is based on a whole food approach to healing and cleansing the body of heavy   metals – Smoothie Formulas by Jeff Primack)


            1½ cup distilled water

            5 nodes of cilantro with stems

            8 organic strawberries

            1 organic cucumber with skin

            1 fuji apple w/skin (& seeds if using a 3 horsepower blender)

            1″ slice ginger root

            1/2 lime w/pith (& seeds if using a 3 horsepower blender)




We understand how overwhelming the process of learning new information can be. Even if it makes sense it is a huge undertaking to transform a lifestyle. We would like to support your intentions of being healthy and happy.  We are here to help you choose the most appropriate treatment or program for your particular needs and interests. 


Call 843-723-7005 now to speak with us to help you get started and take the first step to a healthy and vibrant life.



Bill & Jacquelyn Baurley


Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness



January 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

Today there is a focus on living a healthy lifestyle for optimal health and balance. Eating well, relaxing, sleeping, making time for relationships, play and self-expression are the various ingredients that make up the whole of our lives and can easily get out of balance.  Andrew Weil, M.D., world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine defines health in his book, Health and Healing as “wholeness.” He uses the phrase  “dynamic equilibrium” to describe the essence of health – “a dynamic and harmonious equilibrium of all the elements and forces making up and surrounding a human being.”  Equilibrium because there is balance, dynamic because there are changes taking place. When the state of balance is disturbed by forces acting on them, our internal system signals our body to return us to equilibrium. In other words, we don’t feel great every day of our lives. Tune in and listen to your body. The body will naturally tell you what it needs to bring you back into balance.

Each of us has very specific needs for our own health according to age, constitution, gender, size, lifestyle and ancestry. This is called bio-individuality.  Exploring your bio-individuality nutritional requirements and looking at how all areas of your life are connected is the key to finding what food and lifestyle choices best support you. Water, food, physical activity, relationships, career, and spirituality have the power to transform health and balance the body. Look at the food you’re eating, deficits, and behaviors in your life that are underlying causes of your imbalance. Inadequate nutrients, being dissatisfied with relationships, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong type), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice (meditating, attending religious services, reading inspirational text ,writing, dancing, drawing or being in nature) may cause our body to be out of balance. 

 Let’s take a look at one of the potential causes of imbalance.   

Now that the holidays are over, you may be experiencing  cravings with fatigue, depression, weariness, mood swings, and exhaustion. Cravings are critical signals meant to assist you in understanding what your body needs to bring it back into balance. When you experience a craving, break it down into components by asking yourself, “What’s really going on here?” Are you craving something sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter or astringent? Are you craving entertainment, a hug, movement, nutritious food?

What we eat is a good place to begin understanding our cravings because the effects of our food choices are so powerful. Cravings can definitely be the result of eating too much sugar. According to William Duffy, author of Sugar Blues “sugar is an addictive, destructive drug”. Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance for two reasons: eating even a small amount creates a desire for more, and suddenly quitting causes withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue. We each have a specific relationship with sugar. We may feel happy and energetic for a while. But a short time later our mood suddenly changes and we find ourselves arguing with a friend or loved one. Overconsumption of refined sweets causes the body to lose the ability  to maintain a steady blood sugar level. This causes a rapid rise in the glucose levels in the body – a sugar rush. This sugar rush is followed by a crash creating imbalance in our body. Finding healthy alternatives to processed sugar can dramatically reduce sweet cravings .  You can naturally add more sweet flavor to your diet by adding fruits  and sweet vegetables like corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes and yams. 

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! – Lucy Van Pelt from Peanuts Comic by Charles M. Schultz. Understanding what causes those crazy, uncontrollable cravings and knowing that you can reduce them naturally will empower you to bring your body back into balance.


Basic Ingredients for a Balanced Life:           

Drink Pure Water

Water is crucial to our survival. You need water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to your organs and tissues. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. A large majority of the American population is dehydrated.  Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger. When you get a craving drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings. Be careful your water intake is well balanced. 

 Eat Real Food

Real whole food is minimally processed food that contain a virtual pharmacy of nutrients, phytochemicals, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and healthful fats. Whole food can keep you alive and thriving. Going organic whenever possible for fruits and vegetables is best because they don’t carry heavy amounts of pesticides. This makes sense especially for children and pregnant women.  Shop at a farmer’s market or a local farm and buy your food there. When these options are not available there are plenty of healthy foods in your local supermarket.  The easiest tip to remember when shopping for healthy food at the supermarket is to focus primarily on the outer perimeter. 

When you are making a food choice, ask yourself, is this food processed in any way? Check the food label for ingredients. Labels will list additives, ingredients and nutrition information.  Look at the first 5 ingredients. None of them should be a sugar, a salt, a non-100 % whole grain carbohydrate, or a partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. If any of these are on the list, DON’T BUY IT.  Healthy food doesn’t have to cost more. It’s the junk food, fast food, processed food and convenience food that ring up your grocery bill. If you reduce sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol your food expense will be less and you will naturally cleanse your body.


Practice Home Cooking

Restaurant food generally has more salt, more unhealthy fat and more calories than home cooked meals. Healthy home cooked food doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare. Keep it simple. You don’t have to spend hours cooking complex meals. Good quality, fresh food is easy to prepare and enjoy once you learn how. Learn the art of simple meal planning. It’s not difficult, but it takes practice. With practice and patience in a short time you will be effortlessly cooking and nourishing yourself and others. Here’s a few resources to explore: Greens, Glorious Greens by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers,  150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Johnny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Self-Healing Cookbook: Whole Foods To Balance Body, Mind and Moods by Kristina Turner,  Refined to Real Foods: Moving Your Family Toward Healthier, Wholesome Eating by Allison Anneser with Sara Thyr, N.D., Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

 Get Physically Active

Regular physical activity strengthens muscles, improves heart and lung function, reduces the risk of major diseases, stimulates the growth of new brain cells, and can add years to your life. The range of health bonuses now attributed to regular exercise are numerous.  Be experimental and find the type of exercise  you enjoy.  It’s good to find a type of exercise you can do every day without altering your schedule. If you’re a beginner start with 10 minutes a day and increase gradually to build up your endurance. Don’t give up!

More Sleep, Rest and Relaxation

When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy. These cravings are often a result of being sleep deprived. When people get less than 6 – 7 hours of sleep each night, their risk for developing diseases begin to increase. During times of chronic stress, the body moves to a state of physiological arousal, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, slowed digestive functioning, decreased blood flow to the extremities, increased release of hormones like adrenalin and cortisol and other responses preparing the body to fight or run. One of the pioneers of the relaxation response, the counterpart of the fight-or-flight response, Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University wrote in his book, The Relaxation Revolution, “Any condition that is caused or exacerbated by stress can be helped by a well-designed mind-body approach.  Furthermore, because all health conditions have some stress component, it is no overstatement  to say that virtually every single health problem and disease can be improved by mind-body approach.”  Relaxation and meditation have been proven in a wealth of studies to promote health. Take time for yourself. Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, massage, bath, movie, or whatever you enjoy and schedule a date with yourself to do these things.

 In Touch With Your Spirituality

We are spiritual beings in a physical world. Develop and deepen your spiritual practice, whatever that might be. Find ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it meditating, attending religious services, reading inspirational text, writing, dancing, drawing, or being in nature.

 Professional Support Can Guide You To Achieve Optimal Health

All the various ingredients  that make up the whole of our lives can easily get out of balance. Studies show that the caring support of others can be a powerful tool to establish optimal health.  A professional can support, guide, motivate and provide customized resources for you to set and accomplish achievable health and lifestyle goals.

The body is always trying to maintain balance. Balance doesn’t just happen. It takes practice. You have the ability to change habits, behaviors, and patterns. It’s about choices, priorities, perspective, and letting go. You can balance your life with healthy living.


Jacquelyn Baurley, CHC, AADP is a certified health coach, holistic nutrition specialist and certified stress management coach. For more information about healthy eating and living, call EMPOWERED BODY WELLNESS (an expansion of Charleston Therapeutic Massage) at 843-723-7005, or visit www.empoweredbody.com.

December 21st, 2011 | No Comments »


Do you want to ring in the New Year with a resolution you can successfully achieve?

During this holiday season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you and wish you much joy, happiness and health!

As the New Year approaches, many of our clients have been telling us their 2012 New Year’s resolution is to focus on living a healthier lifestyle.  We want you to be successful this year.  It’s easier than you think with our 2012 “NEW YOU” MAKEOVER Program.

 2012 New Year’s Resolution “NEW YOU” Makeover Program


We’ve put together a healthy makeover program that will give you everything you need to create a whole new healthier you successfully. This personalized makeover program will provide you with professional services (massages, a fitness program, health & life coaching), guidance and support that will help you achieve sustainable changes that will improve your health and happiness.  This program is like no other program you’ve tried before.

What’s in it for you…?

  • Vibrant Health
  • Pain & Stress Relief
  • Weight Loss
  • Improved Eating Habits
  • Enhanced Fitness and Sports Performance
  • More Energy and Stamina
  • Improved Personal Relationships
  • Increased Happiness


Just do it!  Make the decision today to successfully create a whole new healthier you with our help this year.

Hurry, the clock is ticking to receive a HUGE savings on your personalized makeover program. 

Your  ”NEW YOU” MAKEOVER program includes:

  • Two 60 minute Corrective Massage Therapy Sessions  with our master level massage therapist and pain specialist- ($180 Value). The focus of Corrective Massage Therapy is to create efficient alignment of your bones and muscles, freedom from pain and stress, increased range of motion, a stronger body, enhanced sports and fitness performance, increased energy, and optimal health. Corrective Massage Therapy will transform the way you move and feel! 


  • Two 60 minute Health and Life Consulting/Coaching Sessions with our certified health coach, holistic nutrition specialist and certified stress management coach – ($150 Value). This part of your makeover will help you explore concerns specific to you and your body, offer guidance to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you, and address any issues or roadblocks getting in your way to success.  Imagine being able to reach your current and future health goals with recommendations that are enjoyable, easily integrated with a step-by-step outline.


  • Personalized Home Fitness Program and Postural Assessment  with  our Postural Alignment Specialist – Certified in The Egoscue Method Of Health Through Motion ($160 Value).  Your home fitness program is designed to improve your posture, function, and balance. Your TWO HOUR session includes a complete postural analysis, a customized exercise/fitness program to address your muscular imbalances and dysfunction, a one-on-one walk through instruction of your exercises, and a printed /emailed copy of your complete program.  Your program can help relieve pain, improve sports performance, increase flexibility, strengthen, sculpt, and reshape your body. There is virtually no limit to how much better a person can get.

Don’t miss out on this special offer.

The total cost of your 2012 “NEW YOU” MAKEOVER program is $389.  

The regular cost of this program is $490. That’s a huge savings!!!!

You must purchase this program by midnight, January 7, 2012 to receive this special price. Purchase an Instant Gift Certificate online now!

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Note: This special promotion is not valid with any other specials, discounts or offers. Promotion expires one year from date of purchase.

September 9th, 2011 | No Comments »






50% OFF 

A 1 Hour Personal Health Coaching Session

at Charleston Therapeutic Massage



When was the last time you talked

with someone about YOUR health and

received the personal attention YOU



Imagine what your life would be like if you had clear thinking, energy and excitement every day.

  Have you every received good advice you were unabile to follow?

Has your doctor recommended lifestyle changes that you found unstainable?

Have you ever wanted something in your life, but found you were unable to follow up?



It’s rare for anyone to get an hour to work on improving their specific nutrition and health goals with the assistance of a trained professional. 

  Experience being listened to and unconditionally supported!

  Have you been wanting to:

  • Make self-care a priority

  • Understand your body better

  • Increase your energy and stamina

  • Improve your eating habits

  • Lose weight naturally

  • Reduce cravings

  • Feel confident in choosing and preparing better food for you and your loved ones

  • Improve personal relationships

  • Improve performance

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression

  • Experience an increase in overall happiness in your life


 You have a choice. It’s never too late to make changes in your life.

You have the power to take ownership for your decision.

You have control to change your lifestyle. 


We can help you find solutions to your health goals.

 For a limited time, 


 is offering a special

1 Hour Personal Health Coaching Session at

50% OFF the regular price! 

  During your Personal Health Coaching session you will discuss with your certified health coach your current health concerns, your goals, and together come up with a step by step outline to achieve these goals.

You will receive:

  • A full comprehensive health history
  • Dietary/self care analysis
  • Goal setting for your health
  • Specific recommendations


Personal Health Coaching Benefits:

  • Establish a personal connection with a trained professional advocate.
  • Experience being listened to and unconditionally supported.
  • Discover creative solutions for you to achieve your goals.
  • Determine what’s holding you back and help you see your way forward.
  • Ask questions your doctor may not have time to answer.

 This one conversation could radically change your health and happiness!

 Get started on your path to vibrant health & happiness NOW!

For more information, or an appointment, call


Offer details: This limited time special offer must be purchased by September 17, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy additional as gifts. Must present certificate at time of service. Valid for option purchased only.  Not valid with any other offers, specials or discounts. A 24 hour cancellation notice is required and terms are subject to Charleston Therapeutic Massage policy. (See website for policy.)

 For Your Convenience Purchase This 50% OFF Offer Instantly Online

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