Balanced Healing Massage of Ohio
Hands on healing to help with relaxation, stress relief, and give your body an overall balance

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AUGUST NEWSLETTER

Its hard to believe it's already August (where did July go?)

Heat vs Ice 

    Some ask whether to use ice or heat for muscle pain, it is common to get these two confused. 

Ice works best on acute injuries, such as pulls, strains, and minor tears—wherever the affected muscle immediately gets inflamed.

You’ll notice the area swell up, start to throb, and turn red and hot. You’ll feel a sharp, shooting pain while you’re doing something physical (or right after). Ice will limit the blood flow to the swollen area, saving you from the worst of the pain. Anything from your freezer will work from ice cubes to a frozen bag of peas. Make sure you don’t leave the ice on after the inflamed area goes numb. Leaving it on longer than that can actually damage your skin—and even cause frostbite! Allow your body to warm up before putting ice on it again, if still inflamed.

Just a side note - pain in the neck and lower back shouldn't be iced due to the fact that it could be just a common muscle soreness. Icing an area that’s just sore can backfire. The cold can make the muscles tighter, cause stiffness and spasms, and generally make your situation even more miserable than before.

Heat works by increasing blood flow to the painful areas and slightly penetrating your tissue. Heat is also great for everyday soreness that comes from sports, workouts, and other physical activities. Heat’s a better choice for easing the tension.This treatment helps relax stiff muscles and relieve pain. A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off—up to three times a day. Use common sense. Don’t sleep with heating pads on overnight, or leave anything on long enough to burn yourself. Trust your body. If you feel either ice or heat making your muscle pain worse, just stop using it.

A common statement I hear is "I sleep with a heating pad on" and if you see my mouth drop or a fear expression on my face appear this is why:

Not only could it cause house fires, but applying heat to an injured muscle for too long, like when sleeping, will only result in a slower healing process and increased pain once the heat is removed. When you heat up one area for a long period of time, like when you’re sleeping through the night, the blood essentially gets trapped there and isn’t able to circulate to other areas. This can lead to painful tissue damage and future circulation issues.

Express Reike 

Just a reminder:

   I will be offering a complimentary 10 minute Express Reike throughout Summer ( ends Sept 1st). This may be added to any service. 

   What is Reike? Reike is a type of spiritual healing that works with your life force energy to help balance the body and to break down and clear the energetic blockages. When our life force energy is high and flowing freely we feel great, healthy, strong, and full of energy. However, when there are blockages in the flow, we feel weak, tired, and may be more susceptible to illness

   Reike is safe and gentle. This is a non-intrusive hands technique. 

   When scheduling online for this Express Reike, it will be located in the "add on" menu

Reike/Massage Combo 

   If you want a little of everything, this will be perfect for you. This service is 30 minutes of Reike and 30 minutes of Massage, concentrating on areas of concern or where you need it the most. You will definitely feel great, relaxed and energized.

Upcoming Events 

Aug 25 - Saturday - Office will be open 11 -4

Sept 1 - End of Complimentary Xpress Reike 

Sept 3 - Labor day

Sept 7-12 - Office closed for my vacation

Sept 22- Saturday - Office open 11-4

 

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JULY NEWSLETTER

 Happy 4th of July - Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday

 

Gluteal Massage

  In my years of being a Massage Therapist, I have had many clients request that I perform a gluteal massage. Some like it, some don't, and that's ok, either way. I just wanted to share some info. Your buttock muscles are an important muscle group. We use these muscles every time we take a step. These muscles are the connection between your upper and lower body.

This muscle group sits on the posterior hip and includes the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. 

  These muscles work all day, every day. Tight gluteals may be the cause of conditions such as low back pain, hips that feel stiff, or if you feel pain going down the back or side of your thigh and down to your ankle. For this reason, some may say the glutes are one of the most important areas to massage. 

  You might be asking, "how is this area going to be massaged?" You will be draped (covered with a sheet/blanket) so only the area being worked on is uncovered.  Or I sometimes will work on the gluteal muscles over the sheet. After receiving this massage your hips may feel freer, your legs swing easier, and your pain will be gone. So, the next time you come in for your massage, please don't feel uncomfortable when I ask you if you want your glutes worked.

 

Express Reike

  Just a reminder - if you would like to try Reike, I will be offering a complimentary 10 min express Reike to any service, through the summer. You may schedule this online (click on express Reike under the Add-on menu) or let me know and I would be happy to schedule this for you. 

 

Upcoming Events

 July 4th - Happy 4th. Office will be open Tuesday July 3rd

 July 28th - Saturday hours available, open 11a-4p

 Aug 25th -Saturday - Office open 11a-4p

 Sept 7th - 11th - Office will be closed for my vacation. 

 Sept 22nd - Saturday hours available 11a-4p

 

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JUNE NEWSLETTER

 

I hope every one had a great Memorial day

Hydrate

   I try to remind all of my clients to "drink plenty of water" before you leave my office. It is very important in helping the kidneys and other organs to process the various substances which move through the body (with and without massage). A lot of toxins are being released so you need to flush them out and rehydrate your body.

   The most important glass of water (sorry coffee/tea  doesn't count) is first thing in the morning. It helps boost your metabolism. Water is the most important nutrient for health, growth, and development. Water plays a very important role in energy transformation. 

    Muscles are 70% water: your brain is 85% water. Drink more water and you will feel and see the difference in your body's health.

A Taste of Reike

   Have you ever wanted to try something and was hesitant or afraid to, or didn't want to pay for a service not knowing if you will like it? If you have ever wondered about Reike or wanted to experience what it is like -  Here is your chance!

   I will be offering a complimentary 10 minute Express Reike throughout Summer ( ends Sept 1st). This may be added to any service. 

   What is Reike? Reike is a type of spiritual healing that works with your life force energy to help balance the body and to break down and clear the energetic blockages. When our life force energy is high and flowing freely we feel great, healthy, strong, and full of energy. However, when there are blockages in the flow, we feel weak, tired, and may be more susceptible to illness

   Reike is safe and gentle. This is a non-intrusive hands technique. 

   When scheduling online for this Express Reike, it will be located in the "add on" menu

ADD - ONS

   Ten Minutes for Ten Dollars  Try any of these add - ons to any service:

  * Hand Massage       *Foot Massage      *Moroccan Oil Scalp Massage 

       *Face Massage            *Dry Brushing (2 areas)           *Hot Stones on back

FATHER'S DAY

   June 17th.....Remember all the important Men in your life, Purchase a gift certificate or go to https://squareup.com/gift/40BBRMVZM7E2S/order for eGift cards

All men will receive 20% off any service through the month of June (ends July 1st)

MISC

   Starting in July I will be extending my availability for a few hours on the 4th Saturday of every month. My hours will be 11a - 4p. You may start scheduling online for this or contact me.

UPCOMING EVENTS

   June 8 to 11th - Office will be closed, sorry for any inconvenience (mini vacation)

   July 4th - Independence Day

   July 28th - Saturday office will be open

 

MAY NEWSLETTER

 

I don't know about you, but it seemed like April just flew by, here's hoping April showers bring some May flowers....and some warm weather :)

 

Something that we all experience is Stress. It can be a factor in your health and happiness. Stress is defined as any one thing that threatens homeostasis and can cause the body to adapt. External temperatures, physical exertion, how much water you intake, changes in your diet or even positive excitement all could cause an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal cortex.

   Stress affects every body system on some level. These include the *Cardiovascular system - stress contributes to an elevated blood pressure and triggering cardiovascular pathologies

*Digestive system - may cause stomachache, nausea, or diarrhea

*Endocrine system- may cause imbalances in powerful hormones that help regulate body functions

*Lymphatic and immune system - can make you more susceptible to catching common illnesses and can impair the body's inflammatory responses

*Nervous system - Anxiety! If stress is prolonged, a number of disorders can develop

*Musculoskeletal system - Can cause an increase in muscle tension and lead to chronic tension patterns and postural imbalances

 

I'm sure you know where I'm heading with this topic...Massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body to unwind and slows the body's heart rate, which in turn is associated with relaxed breathing patterns. Massage is a key stress-management tool that helps the body return to normal homeostasis and optimal function.

 

MOTHERS DAY

Don't forget... all  females will receive 20% off their service through June 1st. 

Egift cards are available at https://squareup.com/gift/40BBRMVZM7E2S/order

 

DEEP BLUE

Some of you have experienced this topical cream by doTERRA at the end of your service. I am now selling 4oz tubes/120 ml for $25 ea. 

It is a soothing blend of natural plant extracts, essential oils (wintergreen, Camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus). Deep blue provides a sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas,

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing a tube.

 

PARKING

 I apologize to any of you if you have trouble finding a parking spot. You may park anywhere you find a spot, even in the circle where my office is. On most Sundays you can park right out front in the circle.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 6 - the office will be closed. My husband and I will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary

May 28th - Memorial day

June 8 to 10 - Going a mini vacation. If you are on my schedule for Friday 

  June 8, your appointment will still take place :)

June 17th - Fathers Day

 

 

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APRIL NEWSLETTER

 

Spring Has Sprung....

    Now that another season is upon us, it is a great time to remove all those dead skin cells and get exfoliated. I have started using a new exfoliation scrub which will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, and glowing. Enjoy a full body exfoliation or a hands, feet, and back only exfoliation for 30 minutes. Both of these can be added to any massage service. This is not only great for women, but men need exfoliated too!

 

Referral Program

Refer a new client and earn a $10 credit towards any service, any time.

BONUS - For every TEN Referrals, you will earn a FREE 1 hour service.

The Referee must be a new client and mention your name at the time of the appointment.

** These credits/bonuses do not expire smiley

** New clients will receive $10 off their 1st service

 

Tips to stay spring-y

Although spring is arriving and it is refreshing to feel some warm air and see bright flowers, April is actually a very stressful month.

Hence, April is also “Stress Awareness Month” – and for very good reason!

In addition to “Tax Day,” businesses tend to gear up for a big spring push before the summer lull, schools are in full-swing with projects and tests, kids sports start competing in earnest and allergy season usually smacks us upside the head with almost no warning.

Here are some ideas for making it easy on you and your clients to get through the busy Spring in one piece so you can relax and enjoy the summer fun!

Exercise

When schedules get busy, one of the first things off the list is exercise. But exercise should actually be at the top because it is one of the main ways our bodies relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can’t make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. Or try some of the great new apps for adding a 5- or 7-minute workout at the office, in your yard or in a parking lot!

Meditate

Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about a moment of stillness in your mind. Just 60 seconds of meditation can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.

Giggle and hum

Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study in 2011 showed that three months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication.

So pop in your favorite 80s dance tunes and show your kids how it used to be done! (we recommend the GoGos, Cyndi Lauper or any of these one-hit wonders) and dance around with your kids – or heck, your co-workers, clients,  – while working in some giggling and humming into your day.

Massage

Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods.

Plus, massage feels good. When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love.

Schedule a massage now to prepare for a busy (and fun) spring.

Commit to taking care of yourself this spring and you may be surprised with the results.

by Laurie Volkmann

 

Upcoming Events

Mother's Day - May 13th 

  Remember the women in your life, Purchase a gift certificate or go to https://squareup.com/gift/40BBRMVZM7E2S/order for egiftcards

 

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