Feeling like an old person

Do you want to feel like an old person?  Most give a thumbs down to that.

But what if the old person feels better, has less stress, moves easier, sleeps better, laughs more, and can handle what comes their way?

After a massage, I always ask how each person how they feel.  Many times they say “I feel like a new person”.  They feel good, their pain is gone or reduced, and they are leaving their stress behind.  They have been cared for and feel at peace.  They came in having forgotten that is how they used to feel before allowing the pain and stress to wear them down.  The new person they feel like is actually an old version of themselves, who feels good.

Have you forgotten how you used to feel?   Do you think you have to live with pain and stress?  While it is true that massage is not magic and can’t solve every problem, it can help turn chronic issues into manageable levels.  Massage can improve most conditions and can help to allow your body to heal itself.  For many, there is a markedly noticeable difference in how a person looks coming in and when they are leaving.  Their tension seems to have just drained away.

Of course, if you want to feel like a grumpy, crotchety, elderly version of yourself, don’t bother to watch what you eat, be inactive, and by all means stay away from massage.  I don’t recommend it, but it’s your choice.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

One reason I do what I do

Sometimes in conversations people ask me about what I do and why I got into it.  I try to explain that I enjoy helping people, but many times I can tell that they don’t get it.  Maybe it’s because they don’t think the same way I do (I get that a lot), or maybe it’s their perceptions about what massage is, or maybe it was my inability to express myself.

Tracy, a fellow massage therapist and blogger shares a wonderful success story beautifully.  Read what Tracy says here.  It’s a quick read.

I’ve had some success stories also.   I get really excited to witness the progress made with each appointment.  It’s really moving to see the hope return to a person who has been living with pain for a while.

People have told me that in the middle of an activity, they suddenly realized they were doing it without pain.  Sometimes it has been simple things, like bending or reaching for something.  It makes them think back to remember the last time they could do it freely, and then it opens their life up to other options that they had just about given up on doing again.  Some also they tell me how much better they sleep now, and that their problems just don’t seem so big anymore.

I believe that there are many people who are living with levels of pain that are higher than they need to be.  Some people attribute aches and pains to age, and assume that they have to live with it from now on.  I wish they could see some people who are older than them who feel good, with a little help from massage.

It seems that some have just lost hope.  If that is you, give massage a try.  You don’t have much to lose – you are already in pain.  You potentially have a lot to gain.

If you know somebody in pain, offer the suggestion like the neighbor did for Tracy’s client.  Think about how grateful and appreciative they would be with some relief for their daily struggle with pain.  Think about how good you would feel by knowing what you did helped make a difference in that person’s life.

That’s why I do what I do.  That’s why I love it.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Pretzelitis

It’s OK for dough to be twisted and knotted this way. For your muscles, not so much.

If you are suffering from Pretzelitis Myoknotium Twisticus, you had better get in quickly.

Pretzel

Once pretzels are baked, they are stuck in this position until they are broken or chomped.  Fortunately, although they may feel permanently rigid, your muscles can recover.

It may take more than one session for long term improvement.  Your muscles didn’t get this way overnight, but over a period of time.  Begin to treat them right and they will respond.  You should experience a nice amount of relief on your first visit.  Subsequent regular visits can provide consistent progress to feeling loose and relaxed again.

Leave the knots to the pretzels.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

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How chair massage can help your business

Every year businesses big and small lose valuable productive work time to pain and stress.  This lost time can be sick days (from headaches, pain, or “mental health” days), or simply decreased productivity while at work.  Chair massage offers many benefits for your business.

With chair massage, I come to you.  Your employees don’t need to travel or take a day off work.  They can schedule a time during their work day, get their massage, and get back to work without leaving.  They can return to work feeling refreshed and energized, ready to meet the next challenge.  Employees remain fully clothed and no oil or lotion is needed.

Healthy habits are promoted.  Small adjustments to posture or equipment use can significantly reduce pain from repetitive action, and possibly lower the risk of injury.  Employees can learn to manage their daily stress, which increases company morale.

Chair massage is inexpensive.  The cost can be paid completely by the company, or by each employee, or can be split between them.  The typical session is ten minutes and concentrates on the neck and upper back.  Most people are glad to pay a small amount to get relief from a headache, nagging neck pain, or turn down the stress a few notches.

Your business can enjoy multiple benefits with chair massage.  How does a healthier and more enthusiastic work force sound?  Imagine what your company can accomplish with more productive and happier employees – who are at work more often since they may need fewer sick days.  Creativity is often boosted when stress is reduced.

Are you ready to get started or learn more?  Leave a comment and we can connect.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

A better vision for you

My oldest son got married at the beginning of summer.  The photographer was really good.  He has a talent for looking at the surroundings and knowing what would make a good picture.  On some of the shots I wasn’t in, I was observing.  I occasionally wondered why he positioned people the way he did.  When I saw the nice results, I understood.  He saw what I couldn’t at the time.

As a massage therapist, I observe people all the time now, whether they are clients or not.  I look at how people walk, how they sit and try to get comfortable, their posture, and how much they carry around.  I see the wince of pain from their neck or back, how they favor one leg, the stretches they do, and how they rub an area that is bothering them.

For many, I can tell they have an issue that is causing pain or discomfort.  I can also see that what they are doing will eventually cause an issue (like carrying a heavy bag).

Like a good photographer, I have to see what isn’t visible.  I can’t see your muscles, but I know where they should be, how they should be acting, and what they should feel like.

My vision for you is one that doesn’t involve the pain you are living with now.  I can see you walking out after an appointment with a smile.  Your pain is better and you are relaxed and happy.

If somebody has been suggesting that you could benefit from a massage, they likely have the same vision.  They have experienced the results of massage and want you to do the same.  Ask them or me whatever questions you may have and get comfortable with the idea.  It’s just a way to help you feel good and enjoy your life.

Here I am with my two awesome sons.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Side effects

I’ve been noticing the ads on television and in print about various medicines.  They discuss their benefits and tell you why you should use them.  Then they zip through quite a few possible side effects.  It can make you think that you would rather deal with the problem you have than to add some new problem (which can be helped with another drug, which has other side effects, and … you get the picture).

Massage can’t fix everything, but it can help a number of things.  It’s a great way to prevent minor problems from growing into major ones.  Stress takes a major toll on your mind and body.  It prevents your body from operating the way it should and sucks the joy from your life.  Pain can cause you to compensate for it and adjust your activities, leading to problems in other muscles.  The tight neck you get can lead to headaches, shoulder pain and back pain.

Massage is all natural.  It’s been done for thousands of years.  I’ll just use some lotion (unscented) to prevent too much friction on your skin.  By reducing the stress and pain, your body can begin healing itself.

Massage does have side effects, but they are all positive.  Among them you will experience pain relief, stress relief, a good night’s sleep, and a boost to your immune system.

It feels so much better than swallowing a pill, getting a shot, or having an avoidable procedure performed.  You may find yourself a happier person, which is a great side effect.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Muscles and shoestrings

August’s posts will be part of a challenge by a fellow therapist to add brief posts each day this month.

Have you wondered why you get a pain when you didn’t do much?  I have people tell me their back went out from some simple, non-strenuous action, such as picking up a paper from the floor.  (To avoid this dangerous situation, obviously, is not to drop anything ever.  Or at least don’t pick them up).

A simple explanation I heard is the theory of muscles as shoestrings.  Shoestrings don’t break because you pull on them once, even if you give a mighty yank.  They break because they have been pulled on multiple times, and become slightly damaged and weakened with each pull over the course of time.

Muscles are similar to shoestrings.  Due to overuse or repetitive actions (such as carrying a large bag on the same shoulder daily), muscles can get tighter and suffer a series of minor injuries that are not noticeable of themselves.  But like a shoestring, they can only take so much before they let you know something needs to be changed.

Fortunately muscles don’t usually come completely apart as shoestrings do.  Also, they can heal and become stronger, which is good since muscles are harder to replace than shoestrings.

So take care of your muscles by paying attention to them, keeping them active, and making an adjustment or two in your routine if necessary.  Of course, your muscles will be grateful for a regular massage.

Muscles are also like rubber bands.  Click this link to learn why.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com