Breaking the cycle of pain and stress through self-care

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I am a Massage Therapist who loves to share her thoughts, opinions, and some facts to help keep you healthy in mind, body, and soul.  I have lots of opinions and some knowledge. As my father would exclaim about teenagers (maybe even about me back in the day) I have just enough knowledge to make me dangerous.  This blog will share some ways that I have found to be healthy and less stressed. Health is different for everyone and I want to share little things that can be done to help you achieve a better life. I am no scientist; I have no team of fact checkers and no doctoral degree to back me up. I will do my best to get the facts straight. My goal is to give some thoughts and helpful ways to feel better.

Today I want to give you a little information about massage and how it can benefit you. People often think massage is only a luxury. Something to be done once a year as a special treat or because they have been given a gift certificate. Yes, massage when done well, does feel luxurious. It leaves you feeling like a bowl of Jell-O. I have had clients request a designated driver because they feel so relaxed. Just because it feels so good does not mean it is only a luxury. Massage is good for the mind and body. Research has shown that massage can help with stress, anxiety, pain management, injury prevention and treatment. Sore and tight muscles happen in everyone. They may be caused by emotional stress, physical overuse, or injury. Athletes to desk jockeys can benefit from massage.

An example of something I see often is neck pain. Many people carry stress in their neck and shoulder area, creating tight tense muscles. A tight neck and shoulder area not taken care of can lead to pain, and a reduced range of motion. The pain can affect your sleep which then affects your ability to concentrate and get daily jobs done well. Living in pain with poor sleep and a fuzzy brain causes stress – see the circle here?

Massage can help. Coming in on a regular basis helps to manage stress. Managing stress helps to loosen neck and shoulders avoiding pain and all the complications that go with that. It is pretty simple. It’s called preventative health care. Not luxury care.

Too much time and money is spent treating disease/injury/pain and not preventing them (I will not hop on my soap box today, but I have some strong opinions on this.). Why not make your health and well-being your number one priority? Why wait until you are in pain or sick? Does it really cost so much in time and money to treat you well?

Food for thought: A once a month massage to feel great and prevent pain OR carry those shoulders so high and tight you think they are earrings and be in pain… hmm; I know what I choose.

There you have it,  a little info on massage. I will post more on massage in this space bi-weekly on Monday, along with little tidbits on living well – from reducing stress, exercise, and diet to general well-being. I will try to keep my blog fun, and light reading. I am no writer. I am a massage therapist, former personal trainer, and a cubical survivor of a big health insurance company. I have been in a health-related job most of my working life (my first job I was a clean-up girl at an orthodontist office). I look forward to helping everyone to find a way to live a balanced life.

lisa poole Lisa Poole has been a licensed New Hampshire Massage Therapist since 2011. She is the owner of Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy located in Manchester, NH. She has an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science with 10 years experience as a personal trainer. She worked for a major insurance carrier for more than eight years and has a great appreciation for the stresses of working behind a computer for 8 hours a day.

Lisa is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. A parent of two boys (young men), and is married to her high school sweetheart. Exercise and wellness are tremendously important to her. Personal experience has taught her the importance ofScreen Shot 2015-11-08 at 8.42.13 AM balance between family, job and fitness. Lisa’s goals are to share her knowledge, help make people feel better and lead healthier lives.

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