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Fibromyalgia and Massage

fibromyalgia suffererResearch indicates that fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) can be helped by regular massage. Trouble is, many FMS sufferers feel pain throughout the body, and they can't imagine allowing someone to put pressure on their already overwhelmed tissues.

FMS sufferers are already dealing with overwhelming challenged created by fatigue, lack of sleep, headaches, anxiety, and depression. Why, they ask, should they invite another stressor into their lives?

If the massage therapist is unaware of the special problems of their FMS clients, such fears may be justified. Deep work is definitely contraindicated, and even the gentlest therapy can stress the systems of clients whose pain is stretching them to their limits. However, when therapy is applied gently and with educated skill and understanding, massage can reduce pain, ease emotional distress, and improve circulation, respiration, and lymphatic flow, giving the FMS client much needed relief.

For massage to really help FMS, more than one session my be required. In the beginning, shorter, weekly sessions of 30 minutes are more beneficial than longer session that can aggravate symptoms. Touch will be gentle and caring and will focus on easing anxiety, improving sleep patterns, and increasing blood flow to the tissues for better toxin release.

Over time, sessions will become longer as tolerance for touch develops. The therapist may even be able to release superficial trigger points although deep work is never indicated for FMS because sufferers don't produce enough growth hormone to repair micro-tears to the tissues. Methods that are effective include gentle connective tissue massage, Craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, muscle energy techniques, and energy work such as Reiki or polarity therapy.

If you or someone you know suffers from FMS, your massage therapist can be a caring support in helping to manage this difficult condition. Touch can comfort emotionally, and massage can provide real assistance in reducing the frequency and severity of your symptoms.


April Is Stress Awareness Month: Self-Help

children playing in waterfallApril is the perfect time to "soothe your stress away" by getting a massage or trying a new modality like Craniosacral Therapy or something different like 4-handed massage.

Of course, massage isn't the only way you can reduce stress in your life. Try the following tips for a more relaxing spring:


Essential Oil of the Month: Lavender

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The aroma of lavender has wafted through human history. It was used in ancient Egyptian perfumes and incense, and strewn over the stone floors of medieval castles as a disinfectant and deodorant. Today lavender essential oil is a component of many aromatherapy blends.

Lavender's unique aroma is herbaceous and fresh, yet sweet, subtle and floral: a perfect balance of relaxing and uplifting characteristics. In fact, according to aromatherapists, the balancing attribute is lavender's most prevalently described aromatherapy benefit. The combination of antimicrobial and sweetness is the key to lavender's effectiveness in cosmetic and aromatherapy preparations.

The lavender plant is native to the rocky slopes that front the Mediterranean Sea. Centuries of cultivation in the Grasse region of southern France have produced some of the most highly developed forms of lavender plant. Other oil producing countries include Tasmania, Spain, Italy, England and China.

Lavender essential oil is fresh and flowery-sweet with a fleeting light fruity tone, gradually becoming more floral-herbaceous and balsamic-woody but maintaining its sweetness and pleasantness. Good lavender oil isn't overly sharp, herbaceous, penetrating or camphoraceous.

Lavender is one of the most adaptable essential oils for creating aromatherapy blends or fragrances. It adapts well to rich floral oils like rose otto or strong herbaceous oils like camphoraceous rosemary. The aromatherapy benefits of lavender are equally adaptable. A rich, sedative floral blend can be made more refreshing and uplifting, an invigorating, herbaceous more soothing by adding lavender.

For recipes using lavender, see sidebar.

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Recipes: Lavender Essential Oil

Athlete's Foot and Ringworm:
*1 drop lavender
*2 drops tea tree
Add 1 drop lavender and 2 drops tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply with cotton swab.

Cough Remedy
*2 drops Eucalyptus
*2 drops Lavender
Add oils to a cup of boiling water. Immediately lean over the cup (you can cover your head with a towel if you like) and inhale for 3 minutes. Keep your eyes closed.

Balancing Blend
Use this blend in your bath or a diffuser to relax and refresh.
*7 drops lavender
*7 drops bergamot
*1 drop patchouli
*1 drop juniper berry

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Grounding Meditation


Being grounded is essential to balance and health. Often, we are in our heads most of the day. It is important to come back into the body, to reaconnect with our senses and instincts, and to listen to the wisdom of the universe that is on a direct line to our connective tissues.

To better ground yourself and release mental fatique, try the following:
*Close your eyes and take several cleansing breaths
*Imagine that your tensions are draining from the top of your head, down your spine to your coccyx and through a tube of light into the earth.
*Watch the day's stress, flow through the tube and into the earth where it can be transformed into nourishment. (Think of how decay creates life-giving nutrients in the soil.)
*Drop the tube of light and grow a new one. Allow this one to reach all the way to the earth's core and connect to the spot that is uniquely your own connection to the physical. Feel the energy of the earth rise up the tube, through your coccyx and up your spine and out the top of your head into the heavens.
*Allow the energy of the heavens and the earth to mingle in your body, filling you with peace, love, and hope.

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