Dry Skin Brushing

Have you ever considered “Dry Skin Brushing”?

Dry skin brushing is brushing your entire body with a natural bristle brush. Never scrub the skin, just a light brushing motion is needed. Start at the bottom of your right foot and brush in a circular motion,  and then brush your skin from the top of your foot toward your heart in the direction of your lymphatic flow. Brush in long strokes upward, toward your knee, outer area then inner area working your way up your thighs front and back. Repeat on left leg. On you right buttocks then the left use a large circular motion, ending with strokes upwards. Brush your arms from your hand to your shoulders, outer area then inner area, with long upward strokes. Use a figure eight motion over your  breasts several times avoiding the sensitive nipple area. On your ribs, brush from the top down to the waist.  Use a circular clockwise motion on the belly beginning at the naval. On your back brush from the neck to your waist downward horizontally or circular, if that is too difficult.

Shower in warm water with your favorite body wash. Alternate rinse water with warm/cool water about 3 – 4 times ending with warm water to stimulate your immune system. Pat dry skin. Apply coconut oil or other moisture retaining lotion/cream to nourish your skin.

This whole routine only adds about 5 minutes to your morning routine.

Dry skin brushes can be found at most health related stores and you will find many choices on-line. Choose the style that works best for you. Its best to have a natural bristle brush that has a handle to brush the hard to reach areas of your body. Clean your brush periodically with soap and rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:

  • Assists in eliminating toxins from the skin (your body’s largest organ), helps to remove ingrown hairs
  • Removes dead skin cells, assists in skin cell renewal, tones and improves skin elasticity to create a smoother, clearer appearance
  • Assists the natural lymphatic flow in eliminating toxins from your body. A sluggish lymphatic flow is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. So dry skin brushing is an excellent skin detoxification aid.
  • Increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
  • Reduces the effects of cellulite by assisting in removing toxins in fat cells and softening fat cells to create a smoother appearance of the skin.
  • Assists in relieving stress by the meditative act of being present, in a quiet place and stroking your skin. Calms your mind and creates a feeling of relaxation.
  • Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function.
  • A form of gentle all-over body massage.
  • Stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands.
  • Improves the function of the nervous system.
  • Invigorating, refreshing, creates a really clean feeling.
  • Quick, easy and inexpensive. A service provided by world class spas.

What a better way to start your day, feeling invigorated, clean and vibrantly healthy.

I have been dry skin brushing for several years and I love to share how this small act of self care has improved the appearance of my skin, I feel fabulous and energized in the mornings and I love how my skin feels.

Try it for 30 days and I bet you will see and feel a tremendous difference in your skin’s appearance and your morning energy level. It’s better than a cup of coffee?           That’s debatable.

Sending you love and light,

Kathy Brokos, LMT

P.S. For those of you who are within driving distance of my massage studio in Deale, Maryland, or the Inner Equinox on Solomon’s Island, I’m gifting a natural bristle brush to anyone who schedules and receives a 75 minute “The Works” massage during the month of December 2017. That offer has been extended through January 2018.

I hope it’s you!

Value of Regular Massage

You might be thinking isn’t the “Value of Regular Massage” the same as “Benefits of Regular Massage”? To me, something I value  and it gives me the benefits I desire, I continue doing because of the results/value I receive. I have found in my life, when I wake up drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning, my mind is awakened, my bladder is awakened and I can see the day more positively. I value drinking that glass of water because of the end results. Then I go for a walk, weather permitting, about 2 – 3 miles a day. I find the morning is the best time. It lubricates the joints, releases trapped energy from being in a prone position all night and connects me to my body so I feel alive. So I value early morning walking because of the results. This does require discipline. Do I “feel” like doing it some days? No. I’d rather stay in bed. But I remind myself of the results and that is what gets me out of bed and into my daily rituals. I wasn’t always this disciplined. I would lapse for days or months and forget the results. But once I reminded myself of the results, I would force myself into the ritual and then, I remembered how good the results felt and that is my motivator.

I also have a personal credo I live by: I want to be healthy and live a prosperous life. What does that really mean? To me it means doing those things that create that kind of life. Am I perfect at it? No. I’m human, fallible, but I do try hard to accomplish my goals. It pays off. I rarely get sick. and so far I’m healthy and living a prosperous life.

So what does all this have to do with the “Value of Regular Massage”? As a regular client of mine says ”

“I would like to give my insight on having weekly massages
I have had massages before but they did not comfort me or energize me
like the massages that Kathy Brokos gives.”

“She is very knowledgeable about about how the body reacts to a massage
and is also knowledgeable about the muscles and  soft tissues
through out your  body .She takes many continuing education classes to
learn new techniques which she has helped me to relax more and feel
better.”

“I had trouble sleeping and relaxing through the day.
My anxiety was at its worst.”

“Now with weekly massages my sleeping is better I feel that I’m
relaxed, have more energy and I feel an overall good feeling about my
body. Your body is a marvelous instrument and like any instrument its
needs to be tuned and pampered. I have seen Kathy for over a year now
and my overall health has improved greatly.”

Debbie S.

Thanks to Debbie and other clients that have chosen regular massage sessions, the word is spreading about the benefits of weekly, bi-monthly or monthly massage sessions.

So, what are your thoughts? Would you like to incorporate regular massage into your wellness program. What questions do you have? Please feel free to call me and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our Mobile Therapeutic Massage Service.

You can reach me at (406)291-0354, email: kathybrokos45@gmail.com, or visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLifeWithinKB/.

I look forward to hearing from you, your comments and would welcome suggestions for topics for future posts.

Blessings and a Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season!

 

 

 

Massage and Sleep

Do you suffer from insufficient sleep? Do you wake at various time of the night for various reasons and cannot fall back to sleep? Is lack of sleep affecting the quality of your life?

Restorative sleep is necessary for wellness. Lack of quality sleep is becoming a major health concern, since most people do not get enough sleep. A minimum of 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep is necessary and most people need 8 – 9 hours.

Quality sleep is needed for the body to restore, renew and repair. If deeper stages of sleep are interrupted, the body’s ability to restore itself is compromised. Sleep disturbances are a major factor in many chronic fatigue and pain syndromes.

Light/dark cycles regulate sleep patterns. For effective sleep we need adequate exposure to daylight, which stimulates serotonin. We also need exposure to darkness. Absence of light supports the release of melatonin, a pineal gland hormone that is involved with sleep pattern.

Regular therapeutic massage:

  • Relieves or reduces pain and discomfort that may interrupt sleep
  • Reduces cortisol levels increased due to stress
  • Increases the available level of dopamine which is a hormone involved in pleasure states
  • Seems to increase the available level of serotonin which modulates the sleep/wake cycle

If you are experiencing sleep deprivation, adding regular therapeutic massage to your wellness program will support improved sleep and produce a positive chain reaction into other areas of your life.

 

 

 

Massage and Myofascial Release

Have you ever wondered why you lose range of motion as you age? Did you ever ask yourself what really happens inside your body when you have surgery and why the scar afterwards is so tight and affects other areas of your body?

Under our skin, our bodies have a continuous connected network of myofascial tissue from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes. It looks like fine strands of cotton candy. It is wrapped around every bone, muscle and organ.When an injury occurs, lets say in the shoulder and range of motion is lost due to postural armoring, the client will only move the shoulder in a shortened range of motion due to pain. Over a period of time, the body says, OK, they want to hold their shoulder in this position so lets help them and fascia armoring builds and range of motion is further decreased.The client can’t figure out why they can’t move their arm to reach for something like they did in the past.

Trauma, inflammatory responses and or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce an area of tightness in the affected area of the body. This area of tightness causes snags or pulls that transmit into other areas. Compare it to a sweater that has a snag in one spot and when held up will show the snag along with the rest of the sweater  that is being affected and pulled. This creates compensatory patterns and the body is out of balance.

I have a female client that walked into my office with a frozen shoulder and through the process of using myofascial release on different areas of her shoulder, upper arm, upper back and scapula, I was able to find the area of restriction and help her body to release the stuck area.

Myofascial Release is a hands-on massage technique that is so subtle that the person being worked on only feels the warmth of the therapist’s hands and occasional pops or releases below the skin’s surface. But so much more is happening.

Applying gentle pressure to the affected area, allows the connective tissue and fascia  to elongate and in some instances, break free which feels like a small pop to the client and therapist. The affected area relaxes and sometimes the release can be felt in another part of the body. The end result is greater range of motion and a feeling of openness. The client feels relaxed, has a smile on their face because the pain is gone and can’t believe how fabulous they feel from such a light touch.

In addition to the physical injury, emotions are created and can be trapped in the injured tissue.When a release occurs, the client could feel a surge of emotion, have an image appear in their mind and crying can occur. This could happen at the time of treatment or a day or two later. This is another positive aspect of myofascial release, not just the physical release of fascia armoring, but also an emotional release thus freeing the client’s body from holding onto emotions and draining their energy.

This technique can be performed fully clothed on a massage table without the use of oils or creams on the skin. A session can last from 30 to 60 minutes depending upon the clients issues and how ready their body is to release the stuck areas.

So if you are experiencing decreased range of motion, tight scaring from surgery or have had a traumatic injury, a massage utilizing myofascial release may be just what you need.

Just like my client commented before she left my office “Wow! I can now move my arm without pain and have increased range of motion.

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Regular Massage

Maybe you are wondering, “What are the benefits of massage, let alone regular massage?” or your thoughts may be, “Why have a massage at all if I’m feeling pretty good?”

A research study analyzing eight clinical trials and is entitled: Massage for Low Back Pain – Will It Benefit My Patient? from the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy  2003, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p134-135. 2p. expresses how regular massage affects the body. A few benefits listed are:

  • Massage is beneficial for patients with sub-acute and chronic non-specific low back pain in terms of improving systems and functions
  • Massage therapy is costly, but it may save money in health care provider visits, pain medication and cost of back care services.
  • Effects of massage are improved with exercise and education
  • Beneficial effects of massage in patients with chronic low back pain are long lasting (at least one year after end of sessions)

Also taken into consideration is therapeutic touch, connectedness of one human being with another in a relaxing environment. Therapeutic touch pertains to healing or curative powers. Through various massage techniques, the massage therapists manipulates muscle tissue to release tightness, promote relaxation, release toxins and stimulate the various body systems to promote healing. The skin is the body’s largest organ. Through touch the internal organs and nervous system are stimulated

It is amazing to me to see a client walk into The Copper Bowl in Deale, Maryland with neck pain and a face that reflects pain and discomfort and after a 60 minute massage, they walk out of the room with a smile on their face and increased mobility of their head and shoulders.

So why wait until you have low back or neck pain.You can benefit from a regular massage  that can be once a week, every 2 weeks, or once a month. The choice is yours.

One of my regular weekly clients has this to say about her experience with regular weekly massage: “….I had trouble sleeping and relaxing through the day. My anxiety was at its worst. Now with weekly massages my sleeping is better, I feel that I’m relaxed, have more energy and I feel an overall good feeling about my body. Your body is a marvelous instrument and like any instrument it needs to be tuned and pampered. I have been seeing Kathy for over a year now and my overall health has improved.” Debbie S.

So when will you add regular massage to your personal wellness plan and have your own testimony to share with the world. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your life.

Blessings,

Kathy Brokos, LMT

 

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