Foggy

The water temperatures were in the 50’s and the 70 degree warm air was descending upon the marina as the day was awakening. I caught a glimpse of the fog as I walked the pier that morning noticing how it hovered just above the water line. It looked as if it was coming up from the water, like the surface of the water was evaporating and small droplets of water, millions of them were rising from the surface of the water, like miniature tornadoes. I never noticed this before, but then again my life before living on my sailboat was one crisis after another moving me in constant motion but little accomplishment. I felt that as long as I was moving, driving, scurrying about, I was getting stuff done.

Stillness, noticing, watching, observing and remaining peaceful, and mindful of my surroundings is the direct result of a minimalist lifestyle on the sailboat in a marina in Herring Bay which spills out into the Chesapeake Bay.

 

via Daily Prompt: Foggy

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!

 

 

 

Blessings!

Have you ever felt so blessed that you wanted to cry because the amount of joy in your heart is overflowing?

Life hasn’t always felt this way. These blessings I’m receiving are the result of years of letting go of the past, forgiving those who have hurt me, and being generous to everyone that I possibly can.

I’m sitting here today feeling extremely blessed that I just want to shout to the world how AWESOME IT IS and how WONDERFUL life is. I have to admit this change of my mindset has shown me that the world is HOW I CHOOSE TO SEE IT.

I CHOOSE to see the good in people.

I CHOOSE to be happy.

I CHOOSE to send LOVE to all I see and meet every day and every moment!

Will this be easy? I guess it will be easy or difficult according to my mindset.

So…

I CHOOSE each day to be EASY and FULL OF ABUNDANCE.

What a CHALLENGE!!!

 

Body Image Risk and Reward in Massage

Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal. But some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live and their happiness.

When I tell some people that I’m a massage therapist it can cause a strong reaction. They tell me, whether verbally or through their reaction and body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.

The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues. In massage school we were all nervous about taking off our clothes and letting somebody else touch us. It didn’t take long for us to discover that bodies are just bodies and become much more comfortable with our own. We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Something unexpected happened – when our bodies felt better we felt better about our bodies.

I think there are three options to consider. Let’s look at the risk versus reward for them.

1. Don’t get a massage.

This is the easiest because it involves doing nothing. The risk is low since you are not letting another person see or touch you at all.

The reward is zero. You didn’t get a massage so your body doesn’t feel any better, and you still have the stress you had before.

2. You get a massage, but the massage therapist either makes note of how you look, as if it matters.

If this has happened to you, I’m sorry. You got a crappy massage therapist. That’s a bummer, and I’m really sorry. You took a risk, and even if the rest of the massage was decent, got very little reward.
This is not going to happen if you come to me. Never. No way. I can’t say this strongly enough. It goes against the very nature of who I am, how I treat people, and what I believe.

3. You get a massage. A great massage. And the therapist does nothing to make you feel uncomfortable about your body. In fact, you feel pretty good about your body after the massage.

In this option your risk is low. I don’t care how your body looks. That’s none of my business. I just want to help it feel better. Your reward is high. Again your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.

I have no idea how your body got to be in the condition that it’s in. You may be dealing with something that you can’t control, such as a medical condition or an injury or accident. You may be in a lot of pain or are limited in what you can do physically. Since I don’t know what caused your body to be like it is now I can’t make any judgments about you.

I’ve worked on hundreds of people. Each body is interesting and I’ve yet to come across one that I could not help.
If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, let’s find an option that works for you. You don’t even have to explain anything to me. Leave your clothes on. Stay sitting up or face down or lying on your side or however you want. It’s up to you.
It’s my job to help you feel better. That’s it. Together let’s find a way to help you relieve your pain and stress. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good.

I like to perform Myofascial Release and Shiatsu Shin Tai on my clients. One really important aspect is that these modalities are performed with the clients wearing loose fitting clothing and is very effective in reducing pain, stress, and stuck areas.

See my post on Massage and Myofascial Release for more information about how it can benefit you.

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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