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.

Ask how you can receive a FREE initial health discovery session.

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)

            Blend:

            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.

 

Sincerely,

Bill & Jacquelyn Baurley

Owners

Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

www.charleston-massage.com

 

July 17th, 2012 | No Comments »

Shoulder Pain

People with shoulder dysfunctions and injuries suffer constant pain, interrupted sleep and loss of range of motion. Postural strains often create an imbalance in the shoulder muscles making you prone to injury.  Postural strains can be caused by frequent computer use, driving and carrying a heavy bag. Shoulder tendonitis or shoulder bursitis refer to the condition that causes inflammation around the shoulder joint. This inflammation begins when there is an injury to the structure.  The longer there is inflammation present the worse the pain gets. As time goes on the shoulder will become stiff and more painful.

How To Treat Shoulder/Joint Pain

Shoulder pain relief can encompass several different approaches. Initially you need to address the source of the pain. Is your shoulder pain from tendonitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, muscle tears, cartilage tears, instability or muscle imbalance?  If you have already been evaluated by your doctor and you are not experiencing the relief you want then you may want to explore therapeutic massage and corrective exercises.

Researchers at Auburn Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, Australia, found that soft-tissue massage improved range of motion, reduced pain and improved function in people with shoulder pain.

A study conducted to investigate the effects of soft tissue massage on range of motion, reported pain, and reported function in patients with shoulder pain. The results of this study showed massage significantly reduced pain and improved range of motion for abduction, flexion and hand-behind back. (Van den Dolder, P.A., & Roberts, D.L. (2003). A trial into the effectiveness of soft tissue massage in the treatment of shoulder pain. )

Corrective exercises, ice and pain relieving lotions can be part of your self-care routine. Rest, ice and pain relieving lotions are some effective methods in helping relieve shoulder pain. Look for a lotion with at least one pain-relieving ingredient, such as Arnica, wintergreen, menthol, or a Chinese herbal blend.  A full posture analysis can determine muscular imbalances and dysfunction. After your imbalance is determined a customized program of corrective exercises can be designed to improve your posture, function and balance.

Preventing Injury

The top three causes for shoulder pain are poor posture, weak muscles and engaging in an intense sport on an occasional basis. Doing so without stretching, corrective posture exercises, warming up before engaging in sports activities and strengthening your muscles can cause strains, sprains and tightness.  

At Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness, we work with clients who are struggling with pain. We help them by significantly relieving pain and inflammation with therapeutic massage, corrective posture and fitness exercises, and healthy lifestyle coaching. Give us a call at 843-723-7005 for more information.

April 5th, 2012 | No Comments »
 
 
 
This month we’re highlighting low back pain (LBP) – one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in modern society. Seventy to eighty five percent of the population will experience LBP at some time in their lives.

Back pain can interfere with work, routine daily activities and recreation.  Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature – the result of trauma to the lower back. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. 

Occasionally, pain felt in one part of the body may “radiate” from a disorder, misalignment or injury elsewhere in the body. A full postural assessment can help determine if posture imbalance is the cause. The way we use our bodies through physical demand, repetitive motion and even lack of motion can cause our posture to become unbalanced. This deviation from our functional design causes musculoskeletal compensation and pain.

Ice and heat (cold and hot compresses) may help reduce pain and inflammation and allow greater mobility for some individuals. As soon as possible following trauma, apply a cold pack or a cold compress (such as a bag of ice or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) to the tender spot several times a day for up to 20 minutes.  After 2 to 3 days of cold treatment, you should then apply heat (such as a hot pad) for brief periods to relax muscles and increase blood flow.  Warm baths may also help relax muscles.  

Massage therapy has been found to be especially effective for individuals with  low back pain.

back massage

Clinical research has shown that massage therapy has benefits for many serious medical conditions. Massage therapy alleviates pain and aids in the healing process. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports massage therapy  as producing better results for low back pain than other therapies, including acupuncture and spinal modification. 

Massage for low back pain was more likely to work when combined with exercise and education. 

Thirteen randomized trials (1596 participants) assessing various types of massage therapy for low-back pain were included in a review. 

In summary, massage is beneficial for individuals with sub-acute (lasting 4 to 12 weeks) and chronic (lasting longer than 12 weeks) non-specific low-back pain, especially when combined with exercises and education. (Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T, Irvin E. Massage for low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.:CD001929.DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD001929.pub2).

The best thing you can do for your pain is to talk with us about your specific needs and goals.  Our staff of extensively trained and experienced professionals will assist you to reach your goals in our nurturing stress free environment.

 
Resource: AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
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.

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September 9th, 2011 | No Comments »

 

 

 

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July 30th, 2011 | No Comments »

(NaturalNews)

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system. During a massage session, massage therapists use their hands and fingers to press and manipulate your skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The strokes gently move your blood, oxygen and lymph to various tissues and organs in a way that normally doesn’t happen in the bodies of most people. As a result, the person who is receiving the massage experiences a level of physical and mental renewal that is hard to surpass.

Hidden Health Benefits of Human Touch

Today, numerous well respected studies indicate that massage therapy doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you. Take a look at the health benefits below and discover the power of human touch:

Stress & anxiety relief

Muscle relaxation

Blood pressure control

Better circulation

Pain reduction

Enhanced cancer treatment

Improved quality of sleep

But there’s more – a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that individuals who undergo massage therapy experience measurable improvements in their immune response.

Mark Rapaport, M.D., and his colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center followed 53 healthy adults who were divided into two groups: The participants received either 45 minutes of Swedish massage or the same amount of time of light touch massage, which is much milder and served mainly as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. After examining their blood samples, the scientists found that people in the Swedish massage group experienced a decrease in cortisol and a significant increase in lymphocytes, cells that keep our immune system strong.

“More research is ahead of us but it appears that a single massage may deliver a measurable benefit,” Rapaport said in a news release.

Massage is far more potent therapy than most people realize. In fact, it can (and should) replace analgesics as a treatment for tension headaches. As it turns out, it takes only a 30-minute massage on cervical trigger points to boost autonomic nervous system regulation and alleviate the symptoms. Patients also report an improvement in their psychological and physiological state, which goes hand in hand with the reduction in stress and anxiety associated with such a disturbing condition.

Stress and lack of rest have devastating effects on our health, fitness and beauty. Don’t be afraid to find yourself a good massage therapist and get some healing on a regular basis. When you’re taking care of your skin and what’s beneath it, you are taking care of your whole world.

Source: www.naturalnews.com

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by: James Schreiber

May 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

Corporate Farming law to prohibit photography on farms

We’ve all seen videos and images of inhumane living conditions for animals on large, corporate farms. We’ve seen the inside of filthy hen houses, pigs eating hormone enhanced feed and cows with debilitating deformities attributed to living their whole lives in confined spaces.

Finally, the government is putting an end to it. The videos, that is.

In three states, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota, there are pending laws making it illegal for photos or videos to be shot on farms with out the permission of the farmer.

These laws could make it possible for large agriculture corporations to continue producing food for Americans in a very unnatural and unhealthy way. Not only is this practice abusive to the animals, but also the food that is produced, is subjected to dirty, disease filled conditions before being transported from the farm into grocery stores.

People who violate the law by publishing illegal images or videos from farms in these states could face very large fine or even jail time.

The original bill in Florida defined the crime as a first degree felony, punishable with 30 years to life in prison and a $10,00 fine, but has been met with so much resistance, it has already been reduced to a first degree misdemeanor, defined by one year in prison and a $1000 fine.

Do you want to help prevent this bill from being passed?

If you want to protect your right to know how your food is raised, Slow Food USA started  this petition supporting good, clean, and fair food.

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Integrative Nutrition


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