Rub My Feet!

#26 of 31 posts in 31 days

“I wish you could massage my feet every day when I get off work!”

“Oh, could you rub my feet every night?”

“I stand ALL day and my feet are so tired when I get home.”

“Could you spend extra time massaging my feet?”

“PLEASE teach my husband (wife, boyfriend, girlfriend) how to touch my feet like that!”

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I hear all of these things almost every single day. Let’s face it, a great foot massage feels awesome. Psst… they’re good for you, too! Foot problems could contribute to back pain, knee pain, irritability and bad moods.

Massaging the feet helps to relax the whole body. I see it every day.  A tense, stressed out person comes in for a massage. I spend time on the back and legs. After we’ve settled in to the massage I put hot compresses on the feet. Groaning follows 😉

Each foot gets compressed, stretched, kneaded, rocked, pulled and pushed. Slowly. Deeply. Thoroughly. Sound good to you? I thought so.

Foot massage calms breathing, relaxes the body, allows the mind to calm, helps with knee pain, and relieves some headaches. Plus, it just feels great. I include a foot massage in most 60 minute massage sessions. You can ask for extra time there or you could even schedule a foot-only massage. If you want a 20 minute foot rub with hot towels and aromatherapy, I can do that. If you want 40 minutes on the body and 20 minutes on the feet, I can do that.

PS You can also schedule online on my website. Phone calls are welcome, too 🙂

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I Like Naps

#25 of 31 posts in 31 days

My five-year-old understands the importance of self-care. This is what she drew on her first day of kindergarten. (Notice the dream bubble and ambient music) Such a simple concept, self-care, so why is it so hard to take time out of our day for a little rest or relaxation?

This is a drawing of a beautiful nap time. See CD player and music notes in the air? She’s dreaming of a kitty and surrounded by love. The caption, “Iliknaps”  I like naps too!

Hair Professionals and Shoulder Pain

#24 of 31 blog posts in 31 days

I work in a Beauty Salon with two very talented Cosmetologists. Hair is the specialty for one, while the other specializes in nails. They are fantastically talented in their work. (And they are fabulous to work with!) It’s like a party every day 🙂

They are very hard-working women. They often work 12 hour days, sometimes longer with no real break to speak of. As a person who works in pain management, I can’t help but watch how they use their bodies while they work. Wow! Powerful arms and shoulders! With muscles tension and tight necks 😦

The Hair Specialist splits her days by hunching over a shampoo bowl and then holding her arms up. Have you ever lifted your arms up to shoulder height and just held them there? Now do that while squeezing your hands and releasing. I just don’t know how she holds her arms up all day without them hurting! Mine start burning after 5 minutes.

Her upper body muscles are incredibly strong. And incredibly tense. Her shoulder and neck muscles have something called hypertonicity. Hyper means too much, so it basically means too much tone. They are hard and probably hurt sometimes. This is one example of repetitive motion. I can always tell if someone does hair for a living by the way their shoulders feel. Hard, tight, and strong.

Stretching, movement, and massage can help with the tight, sore muscles.

The Nail Specialist spends her entire day holding hands, gripping fingers, filing, polishing, and looking down. Oh, she looks down SO much! It is very common for her neck and shoulders to hurt. They are also tight, hard, and strong.

I like to give them little shoulder rubs throughout the day. I also encourage them to change their movements often. And I TRY to get them to take a break once in a while! 🙂

And I always recommend a massage to loosen and relax those super-strong, super-tight shoulder muscles!

Challenges

#22 of 31 posts in 31 days

Twenty-two days I’ve been typing words into this white box. There is always a blinking cursor. No matter how many words I type the cursor keeps blinking as if to say, “what else do you have to say?” I accepted this challenge and I WILL finish! Since I accepted this 31-days-in-a-row-challenge someone has offered up trophies to those of us who finish! I’m going to get that trophy!

I took this challenge to get out of a writing funk. I love to write and I love to share helpful information to all my wonderful readers. But in the real world sometimes work, family and other things can make me push things to the side. I was suffering writer’s block. I was neglecting my brain. This challenge has kick-started my brain! I am now disciplined to write something every day. I think I’ve improved my writing a bit and I know I am able to come up with ideas a little better. I’m getting a little tired, but I’m inspired to finish!

What have you done lately to challenge yourself? Have you started running? Do you have plans for a first 5K? You rock! Keep it up! I’m proud of you!

Have you just started going to a workout class? Zumba, maybe? Or Yoga? You don’t look stupid, I promise. Keep going! You inspire me!

Have you started a novel? Short stories? Don’t give up. My husband’s late uncle Mike always had this to say when someone asked him how in the world he could write a book, “If you only write one page a day, after a year you’ll have a 365 page book.” Remember that when you’re feeling over whelmed. One page at a time. You’re awesome!

Quitting smoking? DO IT! It may be one of the hardest things to do but you can do it. I DID IT. I did it! I quit smoking over 3 years ago. It.Is.Hard. But keep it up. You will feel amazing and I think you are amazing for trying. I could say “One day at a time,” but the first few days are tough. ONE HOUR AT A TIME!  You can do it! Keep it up!

You all are helping me with my challenge, I thought you might need a little push, too! Whatever your challenge is, I believe in you!

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