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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.

Reference:

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  

843-723-7005

References:

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 

843-723-7005  

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.
 
Reference:
Environmental Working Group - 2012 Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides In Produce – Eighth Edition
http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

 

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

 

 

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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