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1. Be the Heroine, Not the Victim of Your Life. In any situation you’re in, focus on where you have power rather than where you don’t.
Power Statement: I’m a powerful creator. I have everything I need to realize the greatest possibility of my life.
2. Live the Truth of Who You Are. Shift who you’re being and how you’re showing up to reflect the truth of who you are and you will be forever liberated from the patterns of the past.
Power Statement: I am a powerful, capable woman and I turn all of my wisdom, compassion and resources towards the parts of me that need to grow up so that I can show up as my most empowered self.
3. Stop Strategizing & Start Listening. Listen to your deepest desires, they are the whisper of life’s wishes for you. Take action on your inner guidance. Trust that life is organizing around your success.
Power Statement: I live each day as though everything is rigged in my favor
4. You Can’t Become Yourself By Yourself. When you’re experiencing a challenge, rather than feeling inadequate, say to yourself “Who can I call to ask for help?”
Power Statement: The more support I receive the more powerful I become.
5. Be the Light & Reflect the Light. The next time you meet a powerful woman rather than being intimidated or feeling competitive, befriend her.
Power Statement: I celebrate the radiance and power within myself and other women. I expand to create the space to welcome my own and others’ greatness.
6. Be Who You Would Be If Your World Changed. Create your future by showing up in the present as the woman you would be in the fulfillment of your desires.
Power Statement: My consciousness, not my circumstances, creates the future of my life.
7. Like if Or Not, You’re the Leader. Rather than be victimized by the disempowered behavior of others, see yourself as the leader in every situation with the power to empower and influence the outcome.
Power Statement: This is my world and I have the power to shape the future.
Massage: A Useful Therapy in Life-Limiting Illness
Although massage is a great way to help you relax if you’re under a lot of pressure, relieve aches and pains, and help you to tone up, massage therapy is not just beneficial for people who are in reasonably good health. If you have a diagnosis of a more serious condition, particularly one that may be life-limiting, massage can offer a suitable complementary therapy to the treatments you may already receive from your doctor. There is certainly evidence that when there is no cure for your illness, massage can help to improve the symptoms you experience and reduce your suffering. While there are a variety of life-threatening conditions that may potentially benefit from massage therapy, from severe heart failure to progressive conditions that affect your nervous system, here we focus on the research conducted into the positive impact of massage in cancer and HIV.
Massage and cancer
The number of cases of many cancers are on the increase and at present around 40% of us are predicted to develop cancer during our lifetime. While the growing incidence of cancer in part relates to poor lifestyle choices in relation to diet, exercise, smoking and drinking habits, even when making healthy choices it isn’t possible to prevent cancer altogether, as a range of factors contribute to its development. If you are unfortunate enough to develop cancer, you may develop a range of unpleasant symptoms, and while effective treatments are available, these are not without their side-effects and the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis can also take its toll. Thankfully, complementary therapies such as massage can offer some relief from the problems associated with cancer and are a safe adjunct to medical treatment.
Chemotherapy is effective against rapidly dividing cancerous cells, but this also means that it destroys healthy cells in the body that have a high growth rate. For instance, your white blood cells drop in number, which places you at increased risk of infections, which is not only unpleasant for you, but can delay further treatment. However, there is evidence that cancer patients who receive massage alongside chemotherapy can benefit from a stronger immune system. An example of this was published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, where patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy also received a week’s course of massage using aromatherapy oils. The study showed that massage significantly increased the number of white blood cells in the patients’ blood, but not only this, as they also benefited from reduced symptoms, pain and lower stress levels.
Other research also backs up improvements in symptoms among cancer patients receiving massage. For example, a study reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, where people with cancer that had spread to other parts of the body received on average three sessions of massage, showed they experienced reduced pain and improved sleep. This is helpful, as pain is a common symptom that accompanies cancer, especially during its advanced stages, and poor sleep may occur due to the combination of physical symptoms and worry felt by cancer patients. The study also found that participants reported improved quality of life, which is often compromised during the progression of cancer.
Massage and HIV
Close to 800,000 people in the United States have HIV and receiving this diagnosis is not easy to accept. Although an early death is not inevitable thanks to more effective drugs to manage the spread of the virus, a later diagnosis increases the risk of ill-health and the complications associated with HIV. Both physical and psychological symptoms occur, which can reduce quality of life, though with the help of massage therapy it may be possible to reduce the impact of these.
For instance, low mood is common following a diagnosis of HIV, as you may worry about the toll the virus will take on your health and your relationships with those people close to you. While support groups are invaluable, complementary therapies may offer a useful addition to any treatment prescribed by your doctor to cope with depressed mood. Massage therapy shows promise for this, as highlighted in a study where patients with HIV received massage for an hour twice weekly. The research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that after four, six and eight weeks, patients receiving massage reported a significant improvement in depression.
A common complication of HIV is peripheral neuropathy, which leads to numbness, tingling and pain. Although medications are available to manage these symptoms, various non-medical options may also play a role in its treatment. This is highlighted in the journal AIDS Care, which discusses massage as one of the options often used by patients with HIV to provide symptom relief from peripheral neuropathy.
As massage has the potential to enhance immune function, this may prove useful for patients with HIV to help slow the progression of their illness, as it is the cells of the immune system that HIV invades. Although research into this has focused on younger people with HIV, the results are promising. For example, a study of children with HIV who received massage therapy twice weekly for three months benefited from either stable white blood cell counts or an improvement in their number of white blood cells. Starting massage soon after diagnosis may therefore be an effective way to preserve immune function in HIV.
Submitted by Jenni Waters
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The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
Everyone knows that having a massage will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, but there are much deeper benefits to having regular massages. Massage actually has the power to increase your white blood cells and give your immune system a boost so that you won’t succumb to colds and other ailments as often as people who don’t have the advantage of massage. It also increases serotonin levels – a neurotransmitter in the brain that is thought to influence mood, giving you a safe and drug free alternative to anti-depressant pills. This is probably because massage stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller and prostaglandins, an emotion hormone that helps us feel bonded to other people. The feeling of natural pain relief and closeness boosts mood and positively enhances how we feel about ourselves.
Massage for Stress Relief
Due to its effect of lowering heart rate and blood pressure, massage can relieve the physical symptoms of stress such as hyperventilation and palpitations, in addition to relaxing you. People with specific conditions like depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, insomnia or post-traumatic stress disorder can also benefit from massage. Using partner-assisted massage, yoga breathing exercises, acupuncture treatments, nutrition counseling and exercise, people with emotional disorders had a reduction in their levels of anxiety. In fact, in a trial of different alternative therapies using all of these treatments, patients were able to reduce the amount of medications they were taking, even though this wasn’t the aim of the study.
Massage and Immune Enhancement
In addition to increasing production of white blood cells that help you fight infection, massage enhances the action of natural killer cells. These natural killer cells keep your cellular function in check by destroying cells that reproduce abnormally, decreasing your risk of cancer and also benefiting those who have already got cancer. In a study of the use of massage in women with breast cancer, women who had a light full body massage every day in addition to their radiotherapy had superior natural killer cell activity, making them more efficient at destroying cancer cells. Massage also lowered their heart rate and blood pressure, helping to keep them calm and relaxed during treatment. This is one of the many reasons why massage therapies are good for people who are recovering from illnesses.
Massage and Pain Relief
Do you suffer with back pain, headaches or some other chronic pain? If you’re fed up of taking painkillers and want to get off drugs today and get to the root cause of your pain, try adding regular massages into your schedule. A review of all the research done into back pain and massage found that massage was more effective than joint mobilization, relaxation therapy, physical therapy and acupuncture. The positive effects of massage were still evident in patients one year after the last treatment. If you suffer from stress headaches or migraines and you want an alternative to opiates, massage is a drug-free choice with few or no side-effects. Migraine sufferers who have massages have less pain, more headache-free days, less distress and they can sleep better than their counterparts who have used medication. They also have increased serotonin levels, which is probably why people with migraine who utilize massage are less distressed by the pain they do experience.
Massage and Weight Loss
Massage can assist you in losing weight, along with other healthy lifestyle options like eating smaller portion sizes, exercising and giving up ‘junk’ foods. Massage does this by various means. Firstly it creates heat which breaks up the fat cells in your body. It will also encourage the flow of oxygen to your muscles which will help revitalize them and help them to become firmer and more toned. Researchers in Turkey found that overweight women with cellulite that were treated with mechanical massage decreased the amount of fat in their bodies by thinning it out. It also helped to banish cellulite. Even if you’re not especially overweight, massage can be good for your self-esteem as it alters the way people perceive their body. Individuals who have regular massages have a higher regard for themselves and the way they look.
So if you want to feel like yourself again, you’re tired of all the stress at work, or you just think you could benefit from some pampering, call Harmony Health & Massage today and our high altitude therapists will help you discover the right massage for you. 970-485-3344 Located at 118 S Ridge St #2 in Breckenridge, CO 970-485-3344
Graciously contributed by reader, Jenni Waters
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Bodywork Guidelines ~How to get the most out of your Harmony massage
Here are some basic bodywork etiquette guidelines to help you get the most out of your session, create a healthy client-therapist relationship, and address some of those unknowns.
Punctuality = Full Session
Honor Your Body
Get It Your Way
Nope, Won’t Find That Here
Time To Wake Up
To enhance our self care simply choose from any of the few ideas here to boost your body, mind. Turn an everyday event into a self care ritual! From drinking a cup of tea to doing a self massage on our feet with essential oils every morning. We are at the steering wheel of our health and wellness. The therapists at Harmony Heath & Massage can help you transform stress into success! Your wellness is our specialty.
Hello & Welcome to Harmony Health & Massage’s Blog & Discovery of Deep Wellness
As a master bodyworker, wellness guide and yoga instructor, in support of your journey, I am joyful to offer you a holistic approach to wellness. Certified in 1994, at the Cottonwood School of Massage Therapy, my continued studies of the healing arts include additional certifications in Ashiatsu™, Cranial~Sacral Therapy, Spinal reflex Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki Master Level, and Classical Yoga Instruction.
Together, we will customize your session to inspire your body’s regenerative capacity. Understanding that everyone’s body has the inner wisdom to heal, we’ll transform stress into success, and explore new dimensions of health. As the owner and operator, my commitment is to support and guide you in managing stress and chronic pain. At Harmony Health our unique, wellness menu and time honored therapies will reshape your life into wholeness and balance.