Wishing you all the happiest, healthiest & most productive holiday season yet!
We were thrilled to start offering Love Ripple products in the summer, and now we’ve implemented discounts in our holiday specials to sweeten up the deal - and we’ve added it to our membership terms to make being a member even more awesome!
Weve gotten a new new shipment of energy jewelry & new body/linen/room sprays, and we’ll be creating gift boxes with gift certificates to make your holiday shopping even easier!
Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:
Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!
There may be times in your life where you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal. It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. When we “don’t have time” for a massage, is usually when we need one the most. Make yourself a priority even during stressful times, your health is worth it.
If you are in a high-stress job or you work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.
Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It has been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.
Are you a weekend warrior, or do you just like to stay in shape? Either way, massage can help with sports performance and recovery. Many athletes and physically active people receive sports massage because it enhances their performance, prevents injury, and speeds up their muscles’ recovery. Competitive sports can put a lot of stress on a person’s muscles! Research conducted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that massage reduces inflammation and stimulates the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, after strenuous exercise. This means that massage can help relieve pain, build muscles and help with muscle recovery too! For these benefits it is recommended that you get a massage up to three times a week or at least three times a month.
Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is. Relief from pain can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month. Your massage therapist will work with you to help you get on the best schedule for your body.
Pregnant women can greatly benefit from massage therapy! Prenatal massage and is popular among expectant mothers, who often experience a lot of aches and pains as their pregnancy progresses. Many women suffer from back pain, hip & sciatic pain, headaches, and tired legs & feet. But you don’t have to–a certified massage therapist can help to relieve those discomforts.
Going to your massage therapist once or twice a month can help with the symptoms caused by pregnancy, and it can even help you sleep better. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor and your massage therapist to ensure that you don’t have any pregnancy related conditions that would contraindicate massage therapy for you. Most women experiencing a healthy pregnancy can and should enjoy regular massage sessions.
This is the time of year everybody looks forward to!
A time for celebrating, quality time with friends, family and of course taking care of YOURSELF! So often, we put ourselves last.
With this weekend deal, we’ve made it easier to secure some “me-time” when you’re done taking care of end of the year errands. Available Online only. Gift certificates are available if you’d like to purchase for others too!
90 Minute sessions (which can be Massage, Reiki, or BOTH!) are only $105! Take advantage today!
We all know, deep down, you can’t pour from an empty vessel. If you don’t leave any energy for yourself, who’s going to take care of everything you take care of on a daily basis? Family, Work, school, kids, social gatherings, events, planning ahead, etc. They all take effort, and science has shown multi-tasking increases stress on the brain and body.
When you allow yourself self-care (whether it be routine therapeutic massage, energy healing, letting someone else do your hair/skin care/nails/makeup, or even hiring a VA (virtual assistant for electronic tasks) reduces your stress & helps you to focus on your priorities better. Hot & cold therapy helps to reduce spasms in the muscles & pain. Epsom salt baths are amazing for so many things, and even if you don’t have a bathtub or it’s hard to maneuver in & out of, soak a warm/hot kitchen towel in a solution of water and Epsom salt for a soothing, natural muscle wrap. Let’s not forget the one major element of self-care lots of people go without.. STRETCHING! If you don’t stretch, you’re inevitably teaching your muscles to stay in their contracted state, which is no good for when its time to rest. So stretch those babies!
We’re all guilty of letting ourselves go at some point. Putting ourselves on the back burner because “oh, it’ll just take a minute.” Be that as it may, the thinner you stretch yourself, the less your body wants to cooperate with you. Then you wonder why your shoulders are up to your ears, your low back just won’t allow you to lay flat comfortably, your feet are too sore for life, and your brain just can’t turn itself into healing mode.
You owe it to yourself to delegate even the the simplest tasks, so you can truly focus on what needs YOUR personal attention.
What self-care will you promise yourself today?
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Your name and full title: Jamie Lester, LMT, RM
• Education: where did you receive it? Reiki Level One was in South Jersey with Reiki Master & Teacher John Mercurio; Level one refresher, along with Level 2 & Master Levels were taken online, with Reiki Master/Teacher/Spiritual Teacher Lisa Powers. Attunement was done through distance, and was more powerful to me than my in-person attunement.
What was the curriculum? The history of reiki, basic symbols, applications & contraindications, scientific studies and evidence of effectiveness.
How long did it take? Level one class was 8 hours. Refresher, Level 2 & Master Levels took about 6 months total.
Did you have a mentor while you were in training (if so, how did that work?)
Yes, I was part of an online support group where the teacher frequented and answered any questions, even gave tips on her own practice.
• Your practice: Who are the clients in your practice, demographically?
Now that the healing is becoming more mainstream, I see clients so diverse & from all walks of life. Back when I started, it was mostly women who were either practitioners themselves or needed another holistic way of healing other than massage.
What are clients' reasons for choosing Reiki?
Some clients came in expressing their interest in being being able to quiet the mind & bring balance to the chaos in their lives. To just be able to “stop” for a moment & focus on oneself. Reiki, in layman’s terms can be viewed as one-on-one meditation.
How often do they have sessions?
Some clients come for weekly sessions, some come every month, and some add it into their therapeutic massage sessions to help deepen the relaxation & therapeutic effects. It’s quite the magical experience.
How do they respond to Reiki?
I, as a practitioner, channel the energy, to my client & their systems react, and I also receive my own energy work. In many different ways. Some cry, some laugh, some talk/vent, etc. My goal is to help the energy move, so the client can move on energetically from the space they’re in & grow. As a human, as a spiritual being.
How do they manage between sessions?
I highly recommend meditation, whether it be guided or silent - and if they’ve never meditated before, we provide a flyer that teaches you the basics of meditation in 5 minutes, which I suggest graduating from gradually and I encourage clients to listen to their intuition when they just need a timeout to pursue reiki Healing again.
• Your own use of Reiki: do you have Reiki sessions yourself?
Sometimes I do forget I have the ability to use the energy for myself, but when I do, it truly helps me. It saved my life on more than one occasion since I learned how to channel my energy.. so I’m truly passionate about the work.
If so, how do you respond to it?
I feel physical confirmation & I notice the effects on myself afterward.
• Relationship between allopathic medicine and Reiki: what has your experience been as you have observed the complements and/or tensions between the two?
Reiki is a wonderful healing component that absolutely can complement allopathic medicine. I’ve seen clients for Reiki before, during, and after western medical treatment, and have had wonderful results.
How do they work together, or not?
Reiki works at the cellular level, as it helps to reduce stress in the body which leads to reduction of stress hormones & other stress related chemical reactions in the body, so the energy work itself affects the body in holistically medicinal ways
How could collaboration be improved (if that is appropriate)?
Thankfully hospitals are starting to recognize the importance of this healing and are offering it during some patients stays, but if they expanded it to all that are open to it (as Reiki is permission based), people would heal faster and not be in such dire need for medical treatment. If they also covered treatments with insurance, the same principle applies.
•Cost: what costs are associated with treatment?
Every practitioner is different, but I have member rates & non member rates in my wellness center.
Is there a sliding scale?
Not in my practice, but in some there are.
Have there ever been free clinics offered?
Not that I’m aware of, but there are Reiki centers completely focused on energy work that you can join and get discounts.
Is it ever covered by insurance?
Questions provided by Rebecca Ingalls, Ph.D., BSN, RN