Massage Therapy Contraindications

I need to underline the importance of seriously considering the contraindications for massage therapy.
Numerous times I warned my clients about the risk of delaying the healing process or even aggravating their health if they receive massage when having a cold or a virus. Rarely my clients accepted to leave my clinic and return only when well. Rarely those that received a treatment did not get back to acute stage of a cold or a virus. Sadly one of my clients had to go to ER the next day.
Please inform your therapists ahead of time if you are sick and decide together with them if you should reschedule your treatment. Please accept  that we are also responsible and it is within our scope of practice to make the best judgement in the long run.
Example of conditions that are temporary contraindications for massage therapy:
Bronchitis
Cold
Contact Dermatitis (if widespread)
Diarrhea (if due to infection)
Fever
German Measles
Gout (during acute phase)
Hepatitis
Hives
High Blood Pressure
(unless controlled by medication, diet or exercise)
Influenza (the flu) or other virus
Lice
Lupus (during a flare-up)
Measles
Mononucleosis
(Mono)
Mumps
Pneumonia
Ringworm
Scabies
Tonsillitis

Just done it

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Imagine “wearing” these words and knowing that they are true. Whatever that may be, that you want to be able to say you “just done it”, if it is being true to yourself and in line with a godly character, it is worth doing it.
This morning, I was enjoying my freedom in the company of a great book and a cup of espresso when I saw a gentleman dismounting his bicycle. His T-shirt intrigued me because these words: “Just done it Kilimanjaro Tanzania”
I felt compelled to ask him if he really done it. He answered with true joy on his face “Yes, done it twice. You should try it too; it is an amazing experience” I can’t agree less. Africa, Tanzania, Kilimanjaro??? Wow!
Whatever that “mountain” might be for you, please think about the amazing journey and the feeling of being able to say at the end: “Just done it!”
“Commitment requires faith. You must not only have faith in God, but faith in the person who God has made you to be” Cindy Trimm

MELT Method

Woot Woot!!!

I am very excited to let you know that I am now a certified MELT Hand and Foot Instructor and I can’t wait to help you get rid of your chronic pain for good.
The MELT Method is The NEW Art of Self Care created by Sue Hitzmann
If you did not get the chance to see her on
The Dr. Oz Show yet,
I recommend you to take a look. It is amazing!

Half way through the course, after only two full treatments of Foot MELT, which was only 5 minutes each by the way, I started to feel my left foot, leg and hip, which were numb for over 6 months.

I am a convicted believer as both Therapist and Patient

My favorite fittness ~ GYROTONIC

As your RMT, I made the commitment to lead by example
and to get in shape so that I can work with you as long as possible.
So far I lost some excess weight, gained some strength and endurance,
and I am continuously working on improving my body, mind and soul. 🙂
These are some of the highly qualified people that work with me. I am amazed by them.
http://www.crispin.ca/

Simple acts of Self-Care

Your own body is your best doctor; just pay attention!
There are so many ways in which your body tells you exactly what to do.
Are you tired? Rest! 5 Minutes counts too!
Are you thirsty? Start sipping water, every 5 to 10 minutes.
Do you need a visit to the bathroom? Take a short break and go.

Your mind needs a break? Leave the cell phone on your desk and go for a walk in the park.

If you need help, go and search until you find a Doctor or a Therapist that really cares and listens.
Don’t give up on yourself!

I wish you WELL!

The Benefits Of Getting Fresh Air

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Second Opinion and Alternative Medicine, Your Options

 

Carpo Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Beware a Specialist’s opinion!
A client with Gestational Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (caused by pregnancy)
for over eight years was told by a “best surgeon” of one of the Toronto’s Hospitals that there is nothing she can do about it. The numbness in her fingers would not allow to feel moisture, cold/warm etc. Her grasp was weak and painful for all these years. Ten minutes of Massage Therapy Treatment returned the sensation in her fingers after more than eight years!

ALWAYS GO FOR SECOND OPINION AND EXPLORE ALTERNATIVES TO WESTERN MEDICINE IF YOU HAVE TO. SOMETIMES ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE OR HOLISTIC APPROACH WILL BE MORE EFFICIENT.


Home Care Remedial Exercises

Working the home care exercises excessively, will not bring you faster and closer to your goal.
Most of the time it will actually aggravate your injury, thus it will delay the arrival to your destination.
Stick to the number that your therapist suggested. Don’t do more and don’t do less.
Give your body at least the same amount of time to heal as you spent getting injured.

Massage Heals

Dr. Tarnopolsky suggests that, “in the long run, a professional massage may even be a better bargain than a pill”.
Read more…
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/how-massage-heals-sore-muscles/
 

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