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Moving Can Make
You Smarter!

Try these simple exercises for a better school year— whether you are a student or an adult!

cross crawl

Cross Crawl is
excellent for
activating full
mind /body function.

With school beginning, teachers, students and parents again start thinking about grades and learning success.

Scientists have proven that we learn better (and do almost everything else better) when both sides of our brains are working together to process information both intuitively (right hemisphere) and logically (left hemisphere).

Touch for Health® and its educational counterpart Brain Gym® offer some easy to do activities and exercises that aid concentration and memory by connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain and helping us remember movements patterns we used to learn in the first years of our lives. They aid relaxation. We don't learn so well when we are stressed.

Touch for Heath® was developed by John Thie, and Brain Gym® by Paul and Gail Dennison. They fall into the category of applied kinesiology. Many teachers use Brain Gym® in the classroom. Massage therapists often study Touch for Health® and are particularly attracted to its marriage of Western massage theory and Chinese energy meridian theories.

Doing the following will help you concentrate and perform better whether you are ten years old or sixty:

For more Brain Gym® exercises, click this link on our website and download the pdf file featuring the Daily Energy Routine. Be sure the also check out Donna Eden's Energy Medicine website. There are even some videos with Brain Gym® exercises on YouTube. Just search Brain Gym.


Why Do They Call It "Swedish" Massage?


Swedish massage is the foundation for most Western massage techniques. In fact, most massage therapists in the United States are trained in Swedish Massage before learning other modalities, and in Europe, Swedish massage is called Classic Massage.

So why call it Swedish? The founder of the technique was Per Henrick Ling, who was Swedish. Ling was a gymnastics medical practitioner. His first massage techniques were used with gymnasts to increase flexibility. Interestingly, Ling also had a Chinese martial arts partner named Ming. The five basic strokes of Swedish massage are also the five strokes of Tuina, a form of Chinese massage.

The five strokes of Swedish massage are:

Some schools include traction as a sixth stroke in Swedish massage. Traction pulls or stretches the limbs and neck of the clients.

I recently heard an interview with Temple Grandin, Ph.D. She's the woman with autism whose story was made into an HBO move and recently won a number of Emmys. At a young age, Grandin couldn't stand to be touched deeply. Then she saw cattle waiting in a squeeze chute for the veterinarian and realized the squeezing calmed them. So she build a squeeze machine for herself. It had the same calming effect and over time allowed her to tolerate being touched by others. (Read her description of the squeeze machine here.)

I believe that Swedish massage offers some of the same benefits. We know it improves circulation and lymph flow, speeds healing and recovery from injury by promoting tissue repair, relieves muscle spasm and cramps and improves range of motion. However, Swedish massage, including stroking, kneading, tapping, and pressing on the body, also calms and relaxes the clients much like Grandin's squeeze machine.

Isn't it time you came into the office and had a Swedish massage? Please call me at 828-310-0161 to schedule an appointment soon.


Essential Blend of the Month: AWEO's
Sinus Relief

Over the last few weeks, Ancient Wisdom Essential Oil's Sinus Relief has become my new best friend.

Recommended to me by my energy worker, Tara Barnette, Sinus Relief is AWEO's version of Young Living's Raven. What I like about AWEO is that the formula is nearly identical except that AWEO doesn't use carrier oils in their blends, AWEO costs less than YL, and AWEO doesn't force you to go on autoship to get the distributor discount.

I'd been using another blend, Breath Easy (see the February 2010 newsletter), for my sinus problems. Sinus Relief is a little stronger with different ingredients. I've also had good results with mixing the two.

inhaling essential oilsSinus Relief can be diffused, inhaled, or mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil and dotted on the temples, forehead, under the cheek bones, and throat. Be careful not to rub it in your eyes, and wash your hands after applying.

The blended ingredients in Sinus Relief are beneficial for a number of upper respiratory conditions, including asthma, influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Historically, they were used to treat tuberculosis.

The individual ingredients and their specific benefits are:

If you'd like to order Sinus Relief, please click Suzanne's page at Ancient Wisdom Essential Oils to order directly and to receive the best price.

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September 2010

In This Issue

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Coffee Scrub Recipe

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Are you one of those people who has to have coffee in the morning to get going? If you are and you brew your own coffee, you have on-hand the first ingredient for an invigorating coffee scrub.

Coffee? Well, it seems coffee has lots of beneficial effects on the skin. Studies indicate that using a coffee scrub can reduce cellulite and prevent and reduce varicose veins because of the caffeine content. Likewise, the scrub helps exfoliate your skin and boosts its ability to retain moisture.

The coffee scrub has only three main ingredients: 2 C. used coffee grounds, 1/2 C. raw sugar, brown sugar or sea salt, 2/3 T. carrier oil or massage oil (olive oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc.). Optionally, you can add essential oil or a spice like cinnamon for scent and/or a few drops of liquid Vitamin E for skin health. The picture shows cosmetic mud, which you can add to make a mask.

To prepare, mix the ingredients in a bowl. You can adjust the proportions to get the consistency you want. If you want a creamier scrub, substitute a body butter for the oil, and then blend with a mixer, adding the salt or sugar a little at a time.

Apply the scrub in the shower and massage it into your skin in circular motions. The circular motions help reduce the cellulite and varicose veins. Use a washcloth or loofah if you like. Rinse thoroughly. Follow up with a good moisturizer.

Caution: Use this body scrub within 20 minutes of preparing the brew to prevent oxidation.

Ancient Wisdom Essential Oils
Sinus Relief 15 ml: $20.00 plus S.H.

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Suzanne H. Eller


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Hello, everyone. Suzanne here. I'm beginning my third month at Body Balance II, and I'm loving the larger treatment rooms and the downtown Hickory location. For those of you have have had an appointment at the new location, thank you for following me.

For those of you who haven't yet seen the new space, I look forward to serving you soon. And for those of you who are clients of Susan and Laura and have just signed up for the newsletter, welcome to your first Warp and Weft. You can access the archives if you want to read earlier issues.

I attended the American Massage Therapy Assocation-NC Chapter Convention in Cary last month. I took a class in Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage and volunteered to act a site director of a free chair massage event to be held at Texas Roadhouse on Oct. 25. (See below) Please come by and get a free chair massage and bring your friends, especially those who have never had a massage.

This issue of Warp and Weft begins series on different massage modalities. Sometimes as MTs we forget that not everyone speaks our lingo. So we'll try to let you know a little bit more about the services we offer. You may want to ask for a new technique after you read about it, and you should be able to recommend massage to your friends with more authority. Some of it you may already know, but hopefully, each month for the next few months will explain the different kinds of massages in a little more detail.

The first day of fall is in September. Already the temperature seems a little bit cooler. As you work in your yards and perhaps participate in fall sports and other activities, remember that massage is more than a luxury, it is a preventative and complementary health practice that has numerous long term benefits.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Upcoming Events

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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week: Oct. 24-30
Free chair massages at Texas Roadhouse Oct. 25

Join us at Texas Roadhouse on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. on Oct. 25, from 4-8 PM for free chair massages given by area massage therapists to celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Suzanne Eller, LMBT #7619, is a volunteer for the AMTA and is site coordinator. Thirteen Texas Roadhouse Restaurants have partnered with the AMTA to sponsor the event. We hope to see you there. Be sure to bring your friends.

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