How is your Happiness Quotient?

When assessing the quantitative value of your massage therapy session (less negative symptoms) don’t forget to also take into account the positive changes to your quality of life that may occur.

Pain and anxiety can easily undermine your attempts at being fully present in your life and drain energy from your healing process. It’s difficult to be cheerful and grateful when you hurt physically or feel emotionally fragile.

But while many people get massage therapy purely for pain relief, massage has other hidden benefits that make it worthwhile even if you have no pain at all. These benefits contribute towards your body’s innate capacity for health and healing. They help you make better choices about how you live.


You may have noticed one of these traits as you leave a massage session:

  • You feel better about who you are.
  • You perform your activities of daily living more easily.
  • Your anxiety level has diminished.
  • Your depression lifted just a little bit.
  • You sleep better that night.
  • If there was something on your mind, the solution just became clearer.
  • Your attitude has changed for the better.
  • Your mood/outlook improved.
  • You feel more loving towards your spouse, your kids, your fellow man.
  • A trauma you suffered seems just a little less harsh.
  • You feel lighter.

Not all clients experience all of these but many clients are aware of one or more of these ‘shifts’.

Best of all, you can still reap these qualitative benefits even if you like to chatter all the way through your massage! Remember, you are just one massage away from a good mood!


Don’t let tension headaches ruin your day!

Here are some tips to keep you out of trouble.
Pay attention to your posture. As we go through life we become accustomed to the way we do things, the way we sit, get out of the car, sleep, walk. Each body is put together a little differently too, so our unique strengths and weaknesses come into play. Over time our body takes on our habits and makes them permanent. Well, semi-permanent, because it’s important to realize that we can change and the body will follow our lead.
Sitting – Sit with a straight back whether it’s at the computer or on the couch. Use a small roll if you need it. Feet are both on the floor and weight is even over both hips.
Standing – Stand with chest high and tummy and buttocks pulled in, knees soft.
Moving – Move as mindfully and gracefully as you can and don’t stay in one posture for too long.
Don’t frown or clench your jaw. We all tend to do this as a means of concentration but it can become exaggerated when we are tired or when our eyes are fatigued. Often we clamp our jaw tight when we are upset or frustrated. Smile for no reason; it will lift your mood.
A better way to focus is to breathe consciously. It adds oxygen (obviously) and calms us, bringing us back to the present moment in a more relaxed and focused condition.
Clear your mind of clutter. Make a list of things that are on your mind or just resolve to deal with them later. Make sure you do!
Lightly press your fingers all around your eye sockets to relieve strain or sinus pressure. Slide your fingers across eyebrows and also down each side of your nose.
Relax your neck muscles.
There are four major muscles in the neck that are known for causing headaches. You can see them in this image. Remember, your head can weigh up to 12 pounds and neck muscles are easily fatigued. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to deeply massage these four muscles whenever a headache threatens.
  • I have a small lotion bottle with a rounded top that works beautifully for this purpose at stoplights.
  • You can also get on the floor with two tennis balls in a sock, placing them right under this area of your neck.
Best of all, of course is to call me for a massage and I’d be happy to help! (480-720-6853)
Just these few tips will really help you feel better and will keep a headache at bay…perhaps permanently.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.