Stressed? Try Planning a Vacation!

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If you’re feeling worn down, it may be time to consider planning a vacation day. Having a little something to look forward to, maybe a girls’ weekend or a day off to yourself, can increase your happiness right now.

Set a goal. Even if its just to get one last trip in to the beach before fall officially sets in, planning a vacation can bring you peace in all the weeks and days leading up to that trip. Keep your sights set on that goal, and before you now it, you too will be sharing sunset photos with all your stuck a work friends.

But Don’t plan it while you’re at work! A recent study showed that people who booked vacations at work spent more money and expressed more dissatisfaction with their choice than those who planned at home!

Taking care of yourself is important for your mental and physical well being. Stress and worry can have a number of negative affects on your health. And don’t forget, a nice relaxing massage is a great boost for that little vacation you’re planning! Contact me to setup an appointment in my Glens Falls, NY office!

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Control vs Trust: Control Your Life, But Trust The Universe

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The idea of trusting the universe is a popular one these days, but many of us don’t know what this really means and we often have a hard time doing it. This is partly because the story of humankind is most often presented as a story about struggle, worry, control, and survival, instead of one of trust and collaboration with the universe. Yet, in truth, we need to use both ideas- the middle path….here’s what I mean:

On one hand, there is much to be said about exerting control over our environment. We create shelter to protect ourselves from the elements. We hunted for animals and invented agriculture to feed ourselves. We build social infrastructures to protect ourselves and create community. This is how we survive and grow as a civilization. However, it is also clear that there are plenty of things that we cannot control, no matter how hard we try, and we often receive support from an unseen force, a universe that provides us with that which we cannot provide for ourselves.

At a certain point, when have done all that we can (we have shelter, food on the table and community around us) and life is still a struggle for one reason or another, we must let go and allow the universe to take over. This requires trust. It requires a trust that runs deeper than just expecting things to turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t. We develop equanimity and grace as we learn to trust that, with the guiding hand of the universe, life will unfold exactly the way it should. We are engaged in an ongoing relationship with a universe that responds to our thoughts and actions.

Want to book a massage appointment? Give me a call at 518-744-2315! If you’re flexible, let me know and I can even reach out to you if I have a cancellation.

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Learning to Let Go of Sentimental Possessions

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George Carlin had a great bit about “things and stuff.” Anyone remember that? We hold onto material possessions because we think they make us feel secure, when in reality they are cluttering our lives, or as George Carlin put it…when we have too much stuff in our house, we just buy a bigger house.

It would seem we tend to have an easier time acquiring possessions than we do getting rid of them. Just as we harbor emotional baggage that is difficult to let go of, our lives can tend to be filled with material objects that we may feel compelled to hold on to. Most people are not conscious of how much they own and how many of their possessions are no longer adding value to their life. They fiercely hold on to material objects because this makes them feel secure or comfortable. While it’s true that the ownership of “stuff” can make you feel good for awhile, it rarely leaves one feeling fulfilled or satisfied for long. Possessions can have a huge emotional hold on us.

So why do we tend to hold on to objects? I think the most common reason to hold on to material objects is fear that as soon as we get rid of the item, we’ll need it for something. But also, giving away the souvenirs from a family vacation may feel like we are erasing the memory of that time in our life, or we may also worry that our loved ones will feel hurt if we don’t keep gifts they’ve given us. BUT, holding on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain, anger, and resentment, and letting go of your material possessions may help you release emotional baggage.

When you make a conscious decision to fill your personal space with only the objects that you need or bring you joy, your energy level will soar. Clearing your personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory. As you learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to objects, positive changes will happen.

If you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, give me a call (518) 744-2315 and we can discuss which of my services can kick start your healing process!

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing

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There is wisdom in not knowing. Nobody knows everything (even though there are those of us who like to think we do!). And there are many types of wisdom. Yet, even experts in their fields do not know all there is to know about mathematics, yoga, literature, science, psychology, or art. It is a truer master who professes ignorance, and continues to learn.

There is freedom in saying “I don’t know”. When we admit that we don’t know something, we can then open ourselves up to the opportunity to learn. And there is power in that. We can’t possibly know everything. And when we think we do, we limit ourselves from growing and learning.

A person who can admit to not knowing tends to be more confident than someone who pretends to know everything. They also tend to be more comfortable with who they are and don’t feel the need to bluff or cover up any perceived ignorance. People can actually end up appearing more foolish when they act as if they know something that they don’t.

There is wisdom in respecting people who freely admit when they don’t know something. They are being honest, with us and with themselves.

Did you know there’s some interesting science behind the power of touch and massage, and how it can affect your mind and body? Give me a call at (518) 744-2315 to learn how massage can help you.

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Worrying: How to Fight Back


We have all had the experience of worrying about something at some point in our lives. Some of us have a habitual tendency to worry (I’m guilty of this for sure!), and all of us have known someone who is a chronic worrier. Worry is an extension of fear and can be a very draining experience.

In order for worry to exist, we have to imagine that something bad might happen. Pure fantasy. But still, we worry. Why? Possibly we feel like we’re not in control. You know…the scenario where we worry about our loved ones who happen to have to be driving in bad weather. Worry doesn’t guarantee their safe passage, but we worry til they’re home safe and sound. Worry is just an attempt to feel useful and in control. But it changes nothing, except to have unpleasant effect on your body and mind.

The good news is that there are ways to transform that type of worry so that it has a healing effect. Worry preys on our imagination, but we can use our imagination to fight back! The next time you find yourself worrying, imagine the best result instead of anticipating the worst outcome. Use the power of positive thinking to mentally create the path for your travelers that is void of obstacles and clear as can be….what a way more useful way to use our imaginations than the endless draining cycle of worry!

Worry and stress can have a lot of negative affects on your body. If you feel all wound up, let me know! I’d be happy to help you unwind with a relaxing massage. Come visit me at my downtown Glens Falls location!

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Let’s Learn About the Chakras


About 5 times a year I get a question from various client’s asking me about Chakras. I’m far from an expert, but I took yoga for years and the term was always tossed around. Then!! I came across this explanation in one of my massage therapy journals!

Without further ado, let me share with you what it said:

Chakras are subtle energy centers that convert physical to subtle energy and vice versa. The location of the main 7 in-body chakras are:

  • seven chakrasChakra 1: The hips, its function is security.
  • Chakra 2: Abdomen, its function is emotions.
  • Chakra 3: Solar plexus, its function is mentality.
  • Chakra 4: Heart, its function is relationships.
  • Chakra 5: In the throat, and its function communication.
  • Chakra 6: Brow, its function is vision.
  • Chakra 7: In the top of forehead with a function of spirituality.

Chakras are formed from vortexes that transfer subtle energies between a chakra and the body. Ideally the energy moves fluidly, sometimes spinning clockwise and other times counterclockwise. When the energy is moving clockwise the chakra is taking in energy. It uses some of this incoming energy to make decisions about the future. When the energy is flowing counter clockwise, the chakra is releasing energy, processing information about the past and putting energy into our memory banks.

If these spins get off kilter we experience an imbalance. If a chakra’s energy is moving too fast and only clockwise, it’s stuck in future forward. Relative to that, a person could be fearful or anxious about the future. If a chakra’s energy is moving too slowly and only counterclockwise, it is over processing information about the past.

Some of this ancient wisdom makes sense, doesn’t it? We’ve all met people too future forward (cart before the horse people), and those that can’t let the past go (there’s a whole Disney song about it!).

If you’re feeling a little off-kilter, consider booking a massage appointment by giving me a call at (518) 744-2315! The power of touch can have some amazing benefits for your mind and your body. Give it a try!

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The Science Behind Humor


There are actually many reasons to turn to humor, some more scientific and some more intuitive, but all of the reasons are equally legitimate motivations for embracing humor.

In a 1996 paper “Humor in Medicine,” RC Wender asserts that, “Humor helps individuals narrow interpersonal and cultural gaps, communicate difficult messages, express frustration and anger and cope with anxiety.” Capitalize on the fact that humor eases pain and relieves stress.

Oxford researchers conducted a series of experiments to better understand the effect of laughter on people’s ability to withstand pain. They discovered that authentic, heartfelt laughter causes endorphins to be released in the brain. Endorphins, of course, are chemicals that cause us to feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. Endorphins offer pain-killing and euphoria-producing effects. The researchers found that viewing laugh-inducing, humorous content therefore led to an increased pain tolerance.

There was a massage bit on the CBS morning show w/ Jim Gaffigan panning massage! Gotta have a sense of humor! But he doesn’t know what he’s missing!! There’s a lot of science behind massage and the power of touch. If you’re curious about the benefits of massage, drop me a message with your questions and concerns!

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Sensitive Senses! Can Sensory Overload Cause Pain?

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Our senses are, well, sensitive. They are directly connected to our nervous system and brain, and through them we gather the perceptions that create our thoughts and emotions.

If we regularly expose ourselves to harsh sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures, our nervous system will begin to withdraw our sensitivities. Too much sensory exposure causes a deadening of our senses as we subconsciously disconnect a bit from life to protect our inner experience. A cycle then begins where it takes more for us to feel something, so we seek even more extreme sensory experiences. The trouble with this continual numbing is it takes us out of connection with ourselves.

How does this relate to massage? Most of the people who come to see me are in some pain. Most are in that nagging, annoying, it won’t go away phase that most of us can relate to. And usually I hear phrases like “ I don’t know what I did…”. This cycle of requiring more of our senses to get a rise out of them is part of the cause.

Whether the sensory overload is aimed at our sights and sounds- for instance, binge watching the latest netflix sensation while lounging with horrible posture that creates a pain cycle in your low back, or the creators of Candy Crush have just released their latest addictive game, and you just can’t stop playing whenever you get the chance, and now all of a sudden your thumbs and wrists hurt. Or whether its aimed at smells, tastes, and textures, for example, junk food, my friends is everywhere, and in our fast paced more more more society the marketing companies have masted just how to lure us in….And all this junk food with its taste and smell included plays a roll in our pain level!

So pay attention to what you’re exposing yourself to!

If sensory overload has you in pain, schedule an appointment today! Massage is an excellent way to deal with those aches and pains and give your other senses a break.

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Easy Breath Exercise for Relaxation


I found the following simple breathing exercise in one of my Real Simple magazines, and its worth a share:

  1. Sit comfortably and notice your breath. Breathe naturally but slowly.
  2. Now set your phone’s timer for 1 minute, close your eyes,and count each round of breathing (a round is one breath in and one breath out).
  3. When the alarm dings, count how many rounds you did.
  4. Set the timer again, only this time, even out the length of your in-breath and your out-breath.

How many rounds did you do? There’s no right number. It’s just about making your breath the most interesting thing that’s happening at the moment. Once you know how may rounds it takes for a minute to pass, count them to amuse yourself while waiting in line or to calm yourself during a long trafficky commute.

This is a great game to take part in, its no joke how powerful our breath is.

There’s a lot of natural ways to reduce stress and encourage relaxation. Did you know massage therapy is one of them? Give me a call at (518) 744-2315 to discuss the many benefits of massage for your mind and body!

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Laughter: The Best Medicine for Pain and Stress


We’ve all experienced it…a moment shared where we laugh so hard our stomach muscles ache. And we’ve all missed it if its been a long time since we’ve had a good gut busting session. The ability to see humor indicates an optimistic outlook, which is so much more…well….fun….than a pessimistic outlook. But is “fun” it? Or is there some science behind humor?

In a 1996 paper “Humor in Medicine,” RC Wender asserts that “Humor helps individuals narrow interpersonal and cultural gaps, communicate difficult messages, express frustration and anger, and cope with anxiety.” But did you know that humor eases pain and relieves stress? Oxford researchers conducted a series of experiments to better understand the effect of laughter on people’s ability to withstand pain. They discovered that authentic, heartfelt laughter causes endorphins to be released, and endorphins, of course are the chemicals that cause us to feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.

We’ve talked before about all the ways that stress can be harmful to you. So find a way to find the humor in stressful situations, you just might find they’re a little less painful.

Don’t forget that I also offer massage services to help with stress, chronic pain and more! Give me a call at (518) 744-2315 to schedule an appointment.

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