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09 01-2010 massage newsletter


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09 01-2010 massage newsletter

  1. 1. Laura Bechtold's Massage (Kirkwood) 09/01/2010 Body Image Learning to Love Who We Are "Life is a series The statistics are alarming. The majority magazine covers, others are trying to of U.S. women--some estimate more teach young girls to love their bodies, than 80 percent--are unhappy with beautiful imperfections and all. One way their appearance. At least 10 million to combat the Hollywood hype and to young women, and 1 million young men have an eating disorder. Girls as young as 6 and 7 are expressing disapproval of create an appreciation for the bodies we have is through hands-on massage and bodywork. of steps and their looks, and most fourth-grade girls are already diet veterans. Most unsettling is the fact that more women, Why Massage Affects Body Perception you should alway's be and girls, fear becoming fat than they do dying. Being unhappy with our bodies has serious, and sometimes lifelong, ramifications. Feelings of unworthiness Combating the Images How do you see yourself? Are you content with the person looking back at and self-loathing can set up a lifetime of self-deprecating behaviors. What regularly scheduled massage allows us to looking for your next you from the mirror each morning or do is "get back" into our bodies and do you frown in frustration? reconnect with ourselves. Massage can landing." -Dr. Audrey Nelson Office Hours and Contact Laura 314-827-7782 Please don't call past 7pm Hours 11am-8pm Massage can help restore feelings of self-worth and nurturing--key for body image issues. In this Issue Unfortunately, many of us are unhappy help us release physical and mental Body Image with the person looking back. Whether patterns of tension, enhancing our The Art of Bathing it's lamenting about having a ability to experience our bodies Tips for an Even Complexion pear-shaped figure instead of an (regardless of their shape and size) in a hourglass, or exhibiting more serious, more positive way. Just as it facilitates self-hating body dysmorphic disorders, our ability to relax, massage also body image is under siege in our encourages an awareness of the body, celebrity-fixated society. While Madison often allowing us to more clearly see and Avenue continues to airbrush photos of svelte, 120-pound supermodels for Continued on page 2
  2. 2. Continued from page 1 Through the Scars to integrate again. The chasm between identify destructive behaviors, including We also have to remember that a body and mind that created the eating overeating or purging. negative body image is not necessarily disorder, or fueled the negative body about those few extra pounds on the image, begins to narrow. In her book, Massage also creates a sense of nurturing hips. It might instead be tied to the scars "Molecules of Emotion," Georgetown that is especially powerful when it comes of past injuries and surgeries. Massage University Medical School professor to poor body image. Accepting the can help here, too. For burn victims, Candace Pert explains that the body is nonjudgmental touch of a trained research has shown massage can help in the "actual outward manifestation, in therapist goes a long way toward the healing process, while for physical space, of the mind." She says rebuilding an appreciation and respect postsurgery breast cancer patients, that if we generate negative energy in for your own body. If we find acceptance massage and bodywork can reintegrate a response to our appearance, it can for who we are and how we look, we are battered body and spirit. In addition to eventually find its way into reality. giving ourselves permission to live softening scar tissue and speeding comfortably in the skin we have. postsurgery recovery, massage and Self-acceptance, then, is paramount for bodywork for these clients is about living well, and massage/bodywork is a respect, reverence, and learning to look healthy path to get you there. Finding The Value of Massage the stillness in a massage session allows Research shows that touch is a powerful at, and beyond, the scars. you to just "be," without judgment. ally in the quest for physical and mental Partner that with the comfort that comes health. Not only does it help us be more Finding the Stillness from allowing your body to be nurtured in tune with our bodies, it can also helps Experts say that when the tissues start to by someone else, and we begin to restore a sense of "wholeness" that is let go and relax under a massage remember our value, regardless of our often lost in our segmented, therapist's hands, profound shifts occur outward appearance, or what we perceive overscheduled lives. When we regain that emotionally and physically. A softening it to be. connection, it's much easier to happens, and the brain and body begin remember that our bodies are something to be cherished, nurtured, and loved, not belittled, betrayed, and forgotten. Valuable for every age and every body type, massage and bodywork have innumerable benefits. Here are a few: - Alleviates low-back pain and improves range of motion. - Decreases medication dependence. - Eases anxiety and depression. - Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow. - Exercises and stretches weak, tight, or atrophied muscles. - Increases joint flexibility. - Improves circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. - Releases endorphins--the body's natural painkiller. Every Shape and Size Whether a client weighs 30 pounds or 300 pounds, massage and bodywork therapists are trained to appreciate all bodies, without judgment, and to deliver the best care possible. As in any session, a therapist's goal is to create an environment that feels safe and nurturing for clients, all while delivering much needed therapeutic touch. For heavier clients, some minor adjustments might be needed in the delivery of the bodywork, but its nurturing, therapeutic, nonjudgmental role will remain unchanged. Cultivating a positive sense of self, from the inside out, contributes to a life well lived.
  3. 3. The Art of Bathing Simple Recipes to Soothe Mind and Body From bubble baths to essential oils to Most American diets are deficient in Dead Sea salts, prepared bath products magnesium. However, one of the best are designed to enhance a bathing ways to boost dietary intake is by bathing experience, but they can be expensive. in Epsom salts, which are readily Instead of spending the extra money on absorbed through the skin. special bath products, try one of these natural, simple bath recipes with Milk ingredients you probably already have in Add 2-4 cups milk or buttermilk to bath your cupboard or refrigerator. water. Rich in calcium, protein, and vitamins, Epsom Salts milk replenishes the skin, while lactic Add 2 cups Epsom salts to bath water. acid found in milk acts as a natural Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts, has exfoliant. A member of the alpha been used for centuries as a folk remedy, hydroxy acid family, lactic acid breaks and research now confirms its numerous the glue-like bonds between the outer benefits. The second most abundant layer of dead skin cells. Soak in a milk element in human cells and a crucial bath for 20 minutes, then gently scrub Turn your home bath into a spa experience. component for bone health, magnesium skin with a loofah or washcloth. is also needed for muscle control, energy production, and the elimination Honey of toxins. Magnesium eases stress, aids Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water. sleep, and improves concentration while A fragrant, natural humectant, honey reducing inflammation, joint pain, and helps skin attract and retain moisture. muscle cramps. Sulfates help to flush Its antibacterial and anti-irritant toxins from the body, prevent or reduce properties make it an ideal cleansing headaches, and even improve brain and soothing additive to a warm bath. function. Tips for an Even Complexion Diminishing Freckles and Age Spots While freckles tend to develop in people When you do notice freckles or age spots Many skin care products contain AHAs, with fair skin, red or blonde hair, and gaining ground, the following options but they can also be found in fruits and blue or green eyes, age spots happen may be beneficial. milk. Apply a mask of sour milk and later in life regardless of skin type. But allow it to dry before rinsing, or, for a both are caused by an accumulation of Lighten Naturally more aromatic option, make a fruit melanin in the skin, the pigment that Lemon juice is a natural lightener. Used mask of pureed ripe papaya. This fruit makes us tan. Both will also likely darken twice a day, it will help fade age spots contains papain, an enzyme that helps in the summer with sun exposure and and freckles. Apply fresh lemon juice to dissolve dead skin cells. fade in the winter months. skin with a cotton ball and allow it to dry before applying sunscreen and makeup. Supplement with C A Prevention Plan Taking a vitamin C supplement helps The best way to avoid these unsightly Exfoliate reduce skin's sensitivity to the sun and spots is with a prevention plan. Use a Human skin constantly sloughs old dead can prevent melanin buildup. sunscreen with at least a sun protection cells as new ones are produced. With factor (SPF) of at least 15 as a part of aging, the skin tends to lose some of its Talk to a Skin Care Professional your daily skin care regimen, and wear ability to eliminate these skin cells. Estheticians can provide products and protective clothing when outside. Age Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) loosens the treatments to help reduce or eliminate spots will concentrate on the backs of the glue that holds old skin cells in place. skin spots. Discuss your spots with a skin hands, so be sure to apply sunscreen When used regularly, AHA helps care professional to determine the best there, as well as your face. eliminate old cells and excess melanin. options for you.
  4. 4. "Don't smoke." "Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health -Mayo Clinic MD's. problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work. Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities." -John R. Lee, M.D. Laura Bechtold - Segur ,