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Energy of Food – Part 2

Okay, so last week it was all about food, and our relationship to in regard to the head, heart and gut. Today we get even more science-y. Oh goody. The Energy of Food

The Energy of Food ideology can be explained very easily. All substances (including food, and all the parts of our bodies) reduce to frequencies of sound and light. Take sound for instance. All living cells generate a distinct sound, which is usually too low or too high to hear. The tone of yeast cells, for instance, lies between a C-sharp and a D (I only know these are music tones- don’t ask me anything else- I like to listen to music, but that’s about all I got). Bone cells are lower in pitch. Also, cells, organs, and bod parts generate and are affected by specific frequencies of light. Cells giving off the same gradient of light congregate together, creating recognizable and distant bands of energy. For instance, the stomach emits its frequencies, or color and sound, and the small intestine a different set.

Just as cells, body parts, and even emotions and memories pulsate at different frequencies, so do different FOODS! If you eat a tomato, its frequencies will support the bodily part hat matches the tomato’s frequency. And here’s part of the reason processed foods are bad for us- their frequency is so weak, they don’t get picked up to support any part of our body. Also, foods that don’t match any of the body’s energetic signatures can actually be harmful or dangerous. The immune sys stem will attach the mismatched foods, creating allergies, food sensitivities, and in turn, inflammation and erratic digestion.

Whew! that’s a lot to take in. Even for me. Between last week’s blog, and this weeks, my head is spinning. But it seems to me that the bottom line is pay attention to your emotional response to foods, create more joy and acceptance about the food you eat, and you’ll metabolize it better, and above all listen to your body!! It gives us hints all the time about the things we need, and often we don’t bother listening until it’s yelling at us!

What’s Cupping Therapy All About?

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Are you all sick of hearing about cupping yet? Hehehe. Gonna give you my two cents, as I’ve been asked about it at least 20 times since Michael Phelps began trending. OH! Wait! you didn’t realize I could do cupping therapy?! Yeah. I forget about that. I can easily add it to a treatment…Here’s a little synopsis on how it works:

Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles. Cupping helps the tissue develop new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body. Cupping therapy is generally painless and many say is as effective as massage! As we age, especially after 40 years old, our body begins to break down. This includes loss of muscle, adhesion in fascia and decrease in blood flow. You can see this as your muscle tone decreases, we get stiffer and wrinkles start to appear in new places. As we move less and decrease our physical activity the blood supply to tissues decrease and the fascia gets knotted and scarred up further limiting movement and becoming a vicious cycle.

cupping marks

Putting cups over a region helps the body reverse some of these effects. Russian research states that cupping initially pulls blood into an area. The tissues get saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. You can see this in the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. You may have a black and blue appearance that is rarely painful. I have noticed a couple characteristics about this phenomenon.

  1. It happens more in people over 40
  2. The more cupping therapy you receive the less the bruising happens

So, that’s the short version!

Ready to give the new cupping trend a try? Call me at (518) 744-2315 to book an appointment!

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Home Sweet Home from My “Relaxing” Vacation!

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I’m back!!! And believe it or not, I’ve missed work! Sometimes vacations are a great way to relieve your stress and sometimes they are not – let’s see if you can tell which of these 2 vacation scenarios is the stress-reducing kind:

1. You’re reclining on a poolside chair, the breeze is blowing just enough to keep the wonderful sunny day warm, but not too hot, and Roberto the poolside bartender has just handed you a Pina Colada.

2. You have just arrived at your destination – a 1 bedroom cabin that you’re sharing with your two adult children and one of their girlfriends after having spent 9+hrs on the road…again. Now, the scenery is amazingly beautiful, and there are no regrets at all, but the bathroom is about 1/4 mile from your cabin and you’ve kicked the last bottle of wine you brought 2 days ago, and…there is no Roberto.

…now guess which vacation is the one I had.

Need to some post-vacation stress relief? Contact me or call or text Jennifer Madison in Glens Falls today at (518) 744-2315 to schedule massage therapy in Lake George, Glens Falls, Queensbury, and Saratoga Springs, NY.

Happy 4th of July next Monday!

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Massage Tips: What To Wear During A Massage

massage2For anyone who has never had a massage before, there may be some questions you have beforehand. One of those could be that you don’t know what you should wear during the session. It is a good question because not all massages are the same, and therapists have different preferences.

First, the New York State Board requires that the therapist drapes you, only uncovering the area of your body being worked on during the session at a time. There have been occasions when I leave the treatment room so that the client can change, and I come back greeted with the client laying on top of the table – not under the sheet – in just their underwear. I understand that some clients are comfortable with this, but I always have to ask these clients to get under the sheet, and that just cuts into the session time.

Most therapists out there don’t mind if the client chooses to go fully nude under the drape, some actually prefer it. Many clients choose to keep their underwear bottoms on though, and this is perfectly acceptable, regardless of the therapist’s preference, it isn’t their choice. Either way, underwear or not, private areas are never exposed.

Ultimately it is up to the client what they choose to wear, and what they are most comfortable with. As therapists, that is our main priority, the clients comfort.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Come to the massage dressed as you normally would be anywhere.
    Dress down to your own, personal comfort level, we will work around whatever you decide.
  • Women, keeping your underwear bottoms on is fine, but if you keep your bra on, it makes it difficult for us to work on your back.
  • Please, always get under the sheet before the therapist comes back in.
  • Remove obstructive jewelry before getting on the table. Necklaces, ‘dangly’ earrings, watches/bracelets etc. Rings on your fingers are fine.
  • For women (or long-haired men), having a hair-tie available is never a bad idea.
  • You can keep any clothing on that you choose if you know that is an area that won’t be worked on, or that you do not wish to have worked on. If you’re only getting your neck/upper back treated, keeping your pants/socks on is totally fine.

We Do NOT Have “draping options” in the State of New York

We are legally required to drape/cover you. So be wary of any therapist who says that they “have draping options. When in doubt, ask your therapist if you should wear/bring anything specific. However, it is always the clients choice, so even if you choose to stay fully clothed, we will work around that.

Awkward Massage Moments: We See It All!

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With the hard work, dedication, and high-quality service I provide my clients, I no longer experience many of the negative aspects that can come with being a self-employed massage therapist. It was not always this good! Ask any massage therapist about “awkward moments” in the job and they will all have at least one good story. It doesn’t matter if you are an independent massage therapist in Glens Falls or part of a team at a medical office somewhere in a large city, I guess we have all had to “pay our dues.”

Even with our profession gaining credibility in the health care field, there will always be some jack-(or jill)-ass thinking they are clever throwing out their favorite “happy ending” joke when they find out I’m a Massage Therapist; like we have never heard that before! Whatever. At this point, little phases me. How I deal with different situations: Lots of body hair…use more lotion. Body or foot odors…rub some peppermint under my nose and I’m good. Men’s physiological responses…yeah, it happens, and yes it is natural; professional therapists understand this and don’t think twice about it. Massaging obese people…well, people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Believe it or not, I still get a phone call every now and then from someone clearly asking for “special treatment,” without actually saying just that Using phrases such as, “Do you have draping options? I feel uncomfortable when I’m restricted.” Translation: I want to be completely uncovered on the table. The answer is NO! As a matter of fact, New York State requires draping. Women in the field of massage therapy are subjected to more offensive situations, mostly from the male clientele, but male therapists get it too. I once heard of a situation where a young male therapist in his 20’s was working on a woman in her 50’s, and during the massage she reached out a hand and proceeded to inappropriately touch the therapist…in a medical office! That took some serious balls! (Pun intended). I forget how he handled it (again, pun intended).

Ok, I’ll stop now. Long story short: as a massage therapist, I get my fair share of awkward moments and unless the situation is offensive, I find humor is usually the best way to go! But if you are wondering if your massage therapist is focusing on excessive body hair, fat, or odors, believe me, we are not! We see all types of people and want you to be nothing but comfortable when you are on the table.

Happy Monday!

Jennifer Madison massage is a Professional massage therapist in Glens Falls, servicing the Saratoga Springs NY, Hudson Falls and Queensbury Regions. Call (518) 744-2315 to schedule a massage with Jennifer today, or contact me online for information or to purchase a Massage Gift Certificate.

Massage for Lower Back Pain

Did you know that massage can be highly effective in treating the pain of low back/hip/leg pain (often called sciatica)?

back-painWebMD describes a study of 400 people with low back pain who received either weekly massages, or permission to try whatever they liked. (Alternatives to massage therapy included medication, seeing a chiropractor, doctor or physical therapist, or taking no action at all.)

Ten weeks later, the massage recipients reported better functioning and less back pain. In fact, more than a third of them said their pain was completely or nearly gone, while only 4% of those in the other group reported such improvement. Massage, concluded Dr. Daniel Cherkin of the Center for Health Studies in Seattle, “does help a significant chunk of people who have not benefited from other treatments.”** (more…)

Suffering from Tendinitis? A Massage Will Help!

Every time you stretch, twist or bend, your tendons — the tissues that attach your muscles to your bones — go into action. Too much action can result in tendinitis or tendonitis, inflammation caused by repetitive motion, aging, and injuries that tear your muscle fibers.

Tendinitis massageGiving the irritated area time to heal makes sense, but often people can’t take as much time as needed to let the muscle rest. While tendinitis usually goes away within a month, continued use of the joint can result in chronic tendinitis. I have found that massage can help considerably and get the affected joint back in working order faster.

It has been proven that massage helps tendonitis in several ways:

  • The hands-on kneading and manipulation of the distressed area relieves tension by preventing scar tissue buildup.
  • The use of friction by a licensed massage therapist stimulates collagen production, which reduces tension as well and stimulates a faster recovery.
  • Massage relaxes tight muscles, which eases tension off of the tendon.
  • Massage can keep tension on the tendons from becoming chronic, keeping them healthy and less likely to rip or tear.
  • Keeping tendons loose with massage also promotes normal blood flow and keeps them in good shape – more flexible and active.

Jennifer Madison logoIf you are suffering from the effects of tendinitis and want to find out how massage can help you recover, feel better, and improve your overall quality of life, call Jennifer Madison, Licensed Massage Therapist in Glens Falls at (518) 744-2315 or contact me online for the best professional massage therapy services Saratoga NY, Hudson Falls and the Glens Falls region.

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Baseball Season is in the Air – See You at the Game!

Way back in the winter months, a great client of mine asked me if I wanted to sponsor the baseball team that was going to be playing in East Field this coming season, and since a long time ago I realized that the best chance to promote ones own business wasn’t taking out ads dragonsin the local papers, but networking networking, I said, “Sure! Give me the specifics.” Worst case scenario, I’d be able to go sit and watch a baseball game for a couple hours every now and then; best case scenario, I’d find myself a few more clients since I’d have an opportunity to chat with folks at the games.

As the season has approached, I found myself thinking of baseball more and more…the nostalgia revolving around the game of baseball. I cannot think of one single baseball movie that I’ve ever seen which hasn’t brought a tear to my eye in some way, shape or form. Or how, when I watched Cal Ripken show up for work for his 2632nd consecutive game back in 1995, I cried like a baby and almost named my 2nd son Cal just because I was so moved by it….awww, hell….I’m even getting choked up right now, remembering the moment! Seriously, I didn’t see that one coming.

Now that the season is beginning, I am finding myself pretty excited about it – the anticipation that maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to see one of the future greats get their start with the Dragons of East Field in little old Glens Falls NY. Or maybe it’s that I’m a sucker for that small town feeling that comes from a community supporting a local endeavor. Perhaps I just like hot dogs. Whatever the reason, its cool with me. And, by the way, I can hook you up with free tickets. Hit me up and come hang out with me for awhile at one of the home games! Go Dragons!

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The Numerous Beneficial “Side Effects” of Massage

“8 out of 10 Americans will experience debilitating back pain,” according to Time.com, “but a massage can help. According to a 2011 study, massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn’t receive any massage treatment.”

“We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise.”-Huffington Post

Head MassageSo, this news, accompanied by the fact that any “side effects” of massage are beneficial rather than detrimental to the body — why not try it instead of medications? Bring us your headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, etc… and let’s see if we can help reduce your pain in a natural, soothing way!

“Side effects” to expect from massage:

  • Relief from tight muscles, aches, and pains through
  • Improved circulation
  • Physical relaxation
  • Lower stress
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Reduced anger
  • Overall improvement of mood

If you are experiencing any type of pain, you have nothing to lose by visiting me at my office for expert massage therapy in Glens Falls NY, and experience for yourself how I can help to relieve these pains through the gentle and therapeutic benefits of massage.

If you know someone who is dealing with chronic aches and pain and you want to help them, a gift certificate for a Jennifer Madison is the perfect gift!

Get on the road to feeling better today! Call Jennifer Madison Massage Therapy serving Warren, Washington, Saratoga County NY at (518) 744-2315 of fill out our contact form.

A Massage Can Help Heal Those Sore Post-Workout Muscles!

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) may not be a term you have heard before, but I’m sure you have experienced it at one point in time…you know, that unwelcome soreness that comes post-workout, or if you change up your exercise routine?

Often, sore muscles can intimidate people who are new to exercise, as they may believe it’s something that always accompanies exercise. Rest assured that it won’t. Muscle tissue continues building to accommodate the new demands you are putting on it. However, one way in which you can relieve the discomfort of DOMS so that you can get back out there and exercise some more, is…you guessed it…massage!

Massage 1Making massage a regular part of your routine to be fit and healthy, helps your muscles recover faster, along with the added benefits of relieving stress, improving circulation, and just plain feeling awesome! After an intense workout, studies prove that massage decreases muscle pain by decreasing inflammation caused by exercise. Studies have also shown that massage generates more mitochondria (the power house of cells), which generate energy in our cells, and our muscles adapt to exercise more quickly. These tests were run on men after an intense workout and muscle biopsies were taken before and after a 10-minute Swedish massage. While other studies have shown that ice baths and anti-inflammatory medications can effectively treat the discomfort of sore muscles, they may impede muscle repair and growth. Massage, on the other hand, speeds up muscle recovery while making you feel better.

It’s hard to believe now, but upstate NY will experience warmer temperatures. If shedding that winter weight so you feel better in shorts is on your “to-do,” follow your workouts up with a Jennifer Madison massage in Glens Falls NY. Read my testimonials…for my clients in Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Queensbury, and Glens Falls, massage therapy has greatly improved their quality of life!

Email or call me at (518) 744-2315 today, and I will help you discover how you can help your workouts with the therapeutic effects of a massage!

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