Just like many other things in life, COMMUNICATION is key to a successful massage. It is important for you to feel free to express your goals for the massage. Is there anything bothering you? Are there any areas of the body that you would like addressed? Does a light and relaxing massage sound like what you’re looking for? Are you an athlete who enjoys firm to deep tissue? Is stretching something you would enjoy? Do you like having a table warmer? Are there any areas that you would like to be avoided? Is the use of auroma therapy for you?
Massage therapists are great listeners. Our intentions are always kind hearted at their core and many of us consider it important to have effective ways of communicating expectations. Ideally, most of these questions will be answered during the reservation process and at the start of the massage. Once the massage has started, most people keep the conversation to a minimum (sometimes even fall asleep) as we focus on breathing and relaxing.
So now you know. When you’re looking for a massage, ASK QUESTIONS… COMMUNICATION IS KEY.
Summer is the perfect time to prioritize relaxing and enjoying some peace and tranquility. Whether you’re a busy professional, a parent or simply a hard working person, the importance of relaxing is the same. So many of us are distracted with work and other responsibilities, that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. But all hope is not lost!
Coming down to the Delaware Beaches (Lewes Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach or Bethany Beach) is an excellent way to relax. There’s something for everyone. As your massage therapist at the Delaware Beaches, you can count on me for an amazing massage. You can find me on Saturdays and Mondays at Made Ya Look, Salon and Day Spa or if you’re staying at these hotels, simply add a massage to your reservation. You can now book a massage at the following hotels:
The Inn at Canal Square
Homestead Bed & Breakfast at Rehoboth Beach
The Bell Buoy Inn
The Rehoboth Guest House
Addy Sea, Historic Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast
Spending the winter studying anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology, inspired me to take a step in the direction of movement and physical activities. Sure, maybe it’s also my Latin blood desperately calling out for heat but the truth is like Spiderman says “with great power comes great responsibility”. Now that I understand how the human body works, I owe it to myself to honor and cherish it.
Searching for a physical activity that I would look forward to took some work. I’m not one to glorify painful moments in life and building muscles never sounds like a delightful experience. Thankfully, after a nice and peaceful meditation I had the answer! Physical activities do not always require strenuous movements that stress our bodies and can instead be ways for us to have fun while nourishing ourselves. In my meditation, I remembered running and playing at the beach in Puerto Rico. That’s all my brothers and I wanted to do. It became clear that my love for the ocean is a place of inspiration.
Although Delaware has beaches, they tend to be uninviting to a native Puerto Rican. To me, Delaware beaches are very cold and hold a mysterious secret in their foggy appearance. Never the less, finding a heated pool with crystal clear water is not difficult. So, I joined the Delaware Swim and Fitness Club. Swimming has now become my new found love. It’s a chance to be active, have fun and move in the direction of a healthy lifestyle. My new favorite moto is:
BEING UNDER WATER IS ENTERING A UNIVERSE WHERE YOU CAN FLY BUT YOU CAN'T BREATHE
For those of you who are also undergoing a transformation, I invite you not to do it alone. Regularly getting a massage helps calm the mind and increase circulation which are both components of the healing that taking place in the body.
Trust me, I get massages all the time.
Building a healthier body is among best decision we can make for ourselves. When we go to the gym, we’re activating our sympathetic nervous system to get “pumped up” bringing blood to our arms and legs. This is commonly known as the “fight or flight” response. That’s great for when we’re lifting weights or running. But guest what? Activating its counter-partner, the parasympathetic nervous system is not as easy. Having a stressful lifestyle keeps us stuck in the ‘fight or flight” state. Massage and the parasympathetic nervious systems go hand and hand. Having time to be in a relaxed state is vital to allow our bodies to heal. Here are 3 reason why you should include a massage session as part of your training:
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Our posture is the way we hold our bodies when we’re sitting or standing. It’s the foundation to many of our movements and it helps us adapt to stressors. To me, stressors can be physical such as carrying weights and injuries to muscles or emotional such as depression and anxiety. Overtime, the body will begin to adjust and create dysfunctional adaptations as a response to stress. I can go and on about how our emotions are reflected on our bodies but we’ll have to save that topic for the future.
Massage and good posture go hand and hand. In my experience, deciding to commit to my health and take time to be in a “relaxed” state revealed how my body was compensating for my poor posture. As a young man, it’s not unusual to want to have toned arms and chest. However, my posture revealed the truth behind the muscles and by changing simple ways of running and lifting, I’m regaining the ability to naturally have good posture. The impact of my massage sessions came with sharing the commitment to having at least one hour of relaxation every month. I believe we all make time for what’s most important to us, and a massage is a moment of peace and serenity in our lives.
When Chinese herbalist Li Ching-Yuen died in 1933, he was one of the oldest men that ever lived (to a claimed age of 197 years old). His self-professed secret to attaining such a long life was keeping a calm & peaceful mind. We now understand that his philosophy was not incorrect. Chronic stress can lead to coronary heart desease, Alzheimer's, over/under eating, trouble sleeping and many other conditions. "Inner turmoil is a common regreat among elderly people", says author Karl Pillemer. After interviewing 1,000 people between the ages 65-108, Pillemer found pointless worrying to be among their top life regrets. In my experience, massage therapy helps establish a sustainable and healthy mindset that enriches both our physical and emotional wellbeing.