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Healthful Habits
Finding Your Equation to Health


Often times, I refer clients to another therapist because I feel that their needs may be better met using a different technique. As wonderful as the salubrious effects of massage are, in many cases it is just one of the parts of a whole for health and well-being. There are so many other therapists out there with loads of experience in their particular technique and it makes sense to put them to work!
 
From Acupuncture and Feldenkrais to Craniosacral and Reiki, there are many different techniques and therapies that can meet many different needs. Perhaps a few of those names look foreign to you? Well, you are not alone. Even I am continuing to discover and learn about other therapies! But if you click here you will be directed to an extensive (yet non-comprehensive!) list that gives a short explanation of various therapies that are practiced today around the world.
 
Having a basic knowledge of what techniques are available can open up new avenues of health and well-being. But even if you come across a therapy that you have never heard of, the most important thing is to approach it with an open mind. (The fastest way to an ineffective session for any therapy you try is to turn a negative mind.)
 
I remember my first Thai massage. I had no idea what to expect other than the therapist was going to be stretching me. I walked into the room with an open mind and sat down on a floor mat. The therapist sat behind me and began stretching and moving my body in various ways that made me feel like I was floating in water. I completely let go and trusted her to stretch and hold me in whatever position she intended. The feeling I had when the session ended was one of extreme balance. Pure wonderfulness, to be specific. I’m not saying that every time I try a new therapy I get this result. In fact, when I experienced a Reiki session, I didn't feel much different, but at least I got to relax for a half hour! Not every therapy is going to work for a person and sometimes the timing just isn’t right.   
 
So how can you find what is right for you? First, think about what makes you happy and try to do this everyday. Singing? Dancing? Reading a book? Make time for it! Second, think about what you are already doing that makes you feel good. Do you have a weekly or monthly chiropractic appointment you go to? Does that make you feel better? If yes, then keep that in the equation. If not, then scratch it from the list. Third, ask an experienced massage or bodywork therapist for advice on what other bodywork therapy(ies) might best fit your needs. (They might also be able to help narrow down which therapist you would click with since personalities are even more varied.) Fourth, we all need good exercise and proper nutrition. Think about how you are meeting these important needs.  

The key is finding the proper equation for you. My path to health and well-being consists of monthly massage therapy, weekly yoga sessions, daily aerobic exercise, eating healthy, gardening, and doing a variety of arts and crafts. When you choose to make your health and well-being of utmost importance, finding time for the activities that positively  influence you will come easy. Let the many different types of bodywork therapies be part of your equation.


Finding Bodywork Therapists

Here are just a few bodywork therapists in the area:

Owen Dodge
- Myofascial Release

Toby and Chris Helmstetter
- Acupuncture

Mark Kosiewski
- Craniosacral

Toby Matthews
- Rolfing
Monthly Affirmation

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.

- Robert Fritz


Know Your Muscles and
How to Keep Them Happy

 
Muscle: Masseter



Attachment Sites: Zygomatic arch (cheek bone) and angle of mandible (corner of jaw)

Action: Elevates the mandible
(Ex. The muscle that helps us chew and that sometimes we clench when stressed.)

How to Self-massage:
1. Find your cheek bone with your fingertips.

2. Walk your fingertips out to the farthest edge of the cheek bone by your ears.

3. Move your fingertips about a half inch down and you will be on the top edge of the masseter muscle. If you clench your teeth together you will be able to feel the muscle.

4. With a loose jaw, press your fingertips into the muscle, release, and then move your fingertips down the muscle and repeat until you reach your jaw line.



TMJ Disorder
Self-Massage Video



Disclaimer: Massage on the masseter muscle should be done slower than he demonstrates!
            

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