Thursday, September 19, 2013
Acupressure For Shoulder and Neck Pain
10:52 am cdt
If you ever get minor
shoulder and neck pain, here’s a great self massage tip that might just help.
There’s a small
area just between your wrist and “pinky” bone that Chinese body workers have named “Small Intestine #4.”
According to ancient Chinese acupressure theory, pressing on SI 4 can help relieve stiffness in the head and neck and help
relieve shoulder pain.
On most people this area of the wrist is a little tender, so be careful to use light pressure. Press and hold for about 30 seconds.
Mandley, LMT does not claim to be a doctor or give/provide medical advice. Any statement presented
on this blog is for informational purposes only.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
No More Cast..Hello "Da Boot."
The doctor took off my cast and put on a boot Monday. I've taken
for granted my ease of mobility for many years. Although I don't enjoy having a broken foot, the event has helped me
to empathise with my clients who have leg and hip injuries and can't get around. My own re-hab will help me to better
understand what my clients are going through and help me to be better at helping them with their rehabilitation efforts.
9:40 pm cdt
Friday, July 19, 2013
My Broken Leg Massage Sessions
1:36 pm cdt
Five weeks ago I broke my foot falling down a neighbor's stairs. Two
weeks after the fall, I continued my massage sessions on the floor using my Thai massage pad. My clients are great and
they have been very enthusiastic about having their sessions on the floor.
I'm going to have my foot X-rayed on Mondya to see if the cast can be removed. I'm wonering how
may of my clients will want to stay with the Thai pad and not go back to the massage table? Hmmm....that might not be
bad at all!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Massage Associations Giving Aid
9:13 pm cst
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Massage Therapy and Trampolines. Do They Mix?
I should have known better.
Last night, I went with my son's Cub Scout pack to an indoor trampoline center. It was a building about the size
of a Costco store, filled with giant trampolines. They even had trampolines on the walls!
9:54 pm cst
Eventhough it looked fun, I knew that I had a full day of massage sessions lined up for the following
day. But should I just try one of the trampolines? Surely a couple of bounces
won't hurt me. So off I went with my son.
One hour later....and several hundred jumps, bumps
and bruises later, our time at the trampoline center is over. It's time to go home. It's also time to
try to start walking again. Ouch!
forward to today. I woke up and was actually able to get out of bed! Even better, I was able to get all my
Saturday sessions in and really do a great job! But now, as I sit here typing, I'm beginning to feel "it."
The jumps, bumps and bruises are beginning to let me know that they are there, and that they are coming on fast. Now
the big question is....will I be able to get out of bed tomorrow?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
9:24 am cdt
Wow! Thursday hit me like a punch this morning. Had
a great night working with massage clients, but between the family dogs having nightmares and my son's allergies, I didn't
get much rest.I'l learning that I need to get my rest so that I can be a better massage therapist. I've
tried for too long to be available all the time for my clients. I've come to realize that for me to be the best
that I can be for my family and clients...I need to take time for myself to rest. So tomorrow is going to
be a great day, filled with great clients and wonderful massage sessions. but today is my day to rest...right
after my son's field day activities, and moving the lawn, and....
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Massage and Sleep
4:26 pm cdt
As a massage therapist,
I already know all about the benefits of massage. Massage can improve the condition
of the body’ largest organ, the skin, it can relax and soften injured, tired and overused muscles, and it can enhance
your body’s immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body’s natural defense system.
But I learned something else about what my body needs…sleep!
I’ve been nursing
a sore back all week, and with a full schedule of massage sessions, it hasn’t been easy finding time to, well, take
it easy. But last night I made an effort to go to bed early. And this morning, my aches and pains felt much better!
I am learning that there are many ways for all of us to take care of our bodies…proper
nutrition, massage, rest and sleep.
I’m going to do more to make sure that
I get the proper amount of each, starting right now!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I Need A Massage Therapist!
12:52 pm cdt
I can sympathize with many of my clients this week. I twisted
my back over the weekend and am having trouble moving around.
I'm using some self massage techniques, and they seem to be working. i've got a full night of massage sessions,
so I hope I can hang in there!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Massage Relief for Headaches
10:16 am cdt
(Some information for this blog provided by ABMP writer Cathy Ulrich)
Headaches! We all get them from time to time. But
did you know that frequent headaches are not normal and that there are some things that you can do to relieve the pain?
There are several different types of Headaches. Migraines,
tension headaches and "mixed" headaches...typically a tension headache that leads to a migraine. But no matter
what type of headache you experience, massage may be able to help you avoid the headache all together.
Regular massage can help you manage one of the main causes
of headaches...stress! By reducing the effects of stress on your body, massage can help decrease the chances of a headache
developing. Relaxing massage techniques like Swedish massage help reduce you body's muscular tension by stretching and
relaxing the muscles.
of deeper tissue massage help to balance your body structure. Bodywork can help change postural patterns, thereby helping
to correct muscular stress that can lead to headaches.
Headaches are not normal and there are things that you can do to live without them.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Massage for Marathoners
10:09 pm cdt
I had the great opportunity to have a massage session with two women
who ran in Saturday's Country Music Marathon. I really enjoy meeting people from all over the country when they come
to Nashville to visit.
I also appreciate the trust these
two women had in me, a stranger, allowing me in their hotel room to give them a massage. That's really enormous to me.
It's humbling to be given the opportunity to help relive pain and give comfort to complete strangers through this great
art of massage.
OK, I'm starting to sound like a "massage
brochure" here...but I'm really fortunate to have the job that I have. :-)