Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a massage gift certificate for self-care to someone special this holiday season! Massage is great for stress reduction, pain relief or muscle relaxation!

Atmospheric Pressure Headaches

The other day I felt a headache come on, due to a change in the weather.

I am not new to these types of headaches, that sit at the back of the head and radiate into the neck, but I started to really think about the way it made me feel and related it to a similar headache; one you get from weaning off of coffee.

So, I began to think well, maybe if I had a coffee (which I don’t drink on a regular basis) this would get rid of the headache, and it did! Then I started to think, as medically minded people do well, then I know that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so maybe the low weather pressure system causes too much vasodilation.

I looked into it and found that I was correct in my assumption! A low-pressure system can induce what is referred to as a Spontaneous Induced Hypotension (SIH) headache.

When I was furthering my investigation I actually came across an article that said that coffee / caffeine may help some people with these types of atmospheric low-pressure headaches!

So, the next time this happens, I will be reaching for a cup of java instead of ibuprofen as it never seems to really help!

Hypertension Month

May is hypertension awareness month, which simply means high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be caused by many things and should be managed by your doctor.

However, there are many things you can do to help reduce your blood pressure like; reducing the salt in your diet, getting exercise and the right amount of sleep.

Along with these recommendations you should also consider getting regular massage for stress reduction. Both physical and mental stress can drive your blood pressure up. Always let your massage therapist know prior to your treatment if you have high blood pressure, as there may be certain precautions or accommodations that they will need to make to your treatment.

Keeping Active!

Epsom Salt Benefits

Epsom salts are a mineral comprised of magnesium and sulfate. This is something many of us are deficient in due to our processed food diets. Since magnesium plays many roles within the body and can be absorbed through the skin, it is so effective in easing sore or cramping muscles, bruises, inflammation, and infections, just to name a few.

Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to your bath water or 1 cup to your foot bath, and bathe in it for 20 minutes allowing the magnesium to absorb into the pores. Other benefits of magnesium sulfate include prevention or ease of migraines reducing blood pressure, helping to form proteins in joints decreasing arthritis.

By bathing or soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath added to warm water and soak for 20 minutes daily can help ease sore muscles and muscle cramps.