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Is your balance physical, emotional, or both?

If you’ve experienced an injury, or have an overworked muscle, it may be throwing your balance off. It is interesting how we can have a pain in the neck, yet it’s actually from an overstrained muscle elsewhere. It can throw your hips off, straining your gait. Pretty soon, the whole shebang feels out of whack.

Sitting at computers, being hunched over devices, can take a toll on our posture and balance. Keeping the body healthy and in balance can help prevent falls, increase blood circulation, and lower cortisol levels keeping stress and anxiety away.

The saying have a work/life balance get thrown around, without any real advice as to how to get there.

We hear about having balance in life, but what does that even mean?

Let’s start with taking a breath, you can do this.

We have 24 hours in a day, minus 8 for sleeping, 8 for work, and 8 for play.

“Play” for eight? You think I’m kidding don’t you?

There are other obligations in those 8 hours too. Grass still needs mowing, groceries need buying, the kids sports games or dance needs attending. Appointments for this and that, other tasks pulling at you all the time, and…

BAM!

Balance gone.

Finding balance again starts with you and your mindset. Gratitude for your life goes a long way.

Do you hav a gratitude journal? Or start your day thinking about what you’re grateful for?

Gratitude for the job that provides for your needs, gratitude for the green grass, for the groceries in the fridge, gratitude for getting to go watch the kids in their hobbies.

When the balance of the two worlds collide, and you feel you need more, that’s where we come in. Massage Therapy restores the balance in the mind and body. Learn more by clicking the picture below…

At Heal. we believe in treating the whole body, mind included. We offer many massage modalities to find exactly what your body and mind need.

We have all the Heal.s for you to be at your best.

If you’ve ever gotten a massage before, you know how wonderful it feels. (if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?)

But when you’re expecting, you may not know you can get massage. Well, you can.

One thing that should be done prior to any prenatal massage is to check with your doctor to make sure it is ok. Everyone is different and has different needs during preganancy. Once you’ve gotten the all clear from the doc, make the appointment.

Trust me on this, you’ll be glad you did.

How massage can benefit during pregnancy:

  • Promote better sleep
  • Regulate Hormones
  • Increase Serotonin and Dopamine to help feelings of happiness and ward off depression
  • Relieve body aches and pains like sciatica or nerve pain
  • Promotes well-being
  • Reduce edema or swelling
  • Improve labor outcomes
  • Improve circulation

Basically, it does a body and baby good.

Some think you become a mother the day your baby is born, not true. You become a mother the very second you know you’re having a baby. Immediately you start taking care of the baby growing inside of you, and start to think of everything you put in your body, and its benefit to the life growing inside of you.

It is just as important to recognize you need taking care of too.

The better you feel, the better your body works.

The American Pregnancy Association agrees,

At Heal. we offer Prenatal Massage and use a bolster/special pillow to accomodate your growing belly to make you comfortable. Massage can also be done with you lying on your side, if you’ve been advised by your doctor that it’s safer for your pregnancy.

Your safety and comfort is our number one concern.

Talk to us about Prenatal massage. We want you to feel your best.

Oh, and Congratulations!!!

We’re Heal. for you.

Stress, I’m talking about stress.

Where would you be without it?

Who would you be without it?

Would you have more time to be with the people you love, and do the things you’ve dreamed about?

Have time to relax and just be? Or does the thought of not being busy all the time cause anxiety?

I read something about boredom the other day and it got me thinking. What is boredom? Is it reading a book, taking a walk, or listening to music? That doesn’t sound boring to me.

We lead such busy lives today, if we have “free” time, we fill it. We do chores we’ve neglected, run errands that could wait, fill all our time with “productivity”. Long gone is the day of sitting on the porch, doing nothing. Well, seemingly nothing.

It’s actually a rest and reset. If we look back to the days of our ancestors, they knew a thing or two about balance. After a long day or weeks work, they took time to rest and reset. They sat on porches, talked to neighbors. Read a book. Took a blanket down to the local watering hole and had a picnic. And the kids? They played kickball, baseball, rode bikes with no destination, just pure abandon and joy.

When is the last time you played?

What I mean by is, when is the last time you did something solely for the reward of pure abandon and joy?

Stress can take over our lives easily if we let it. When we fill every moment, instead of seizing the moment and being in it, we steal our own joy.

Lots of stress triggers are beyond our control; financial obligations, changing jobs, moving. There are situations requiring our full attention, but it doesn’t mean we allow them to take over our lives completely. We must learn to manage our reactions to stressful situations to cope with stress effectively.

Three coping strategies we use to handle stress: Task Oriented (ie) finding solutions to the problem; Emotion Oriented (ie) having an emotional reaction to the problem; and Avoidance Oriented (ie) creating distractions to avoid the problem.

Positive ways to handle stress based on our own strategies…

  • Task Oriented–Take control of the situation. Make decisions with logic and reason. Implement solutions. Look at the situation as a challenge instead of a problem. Remain positive.
  • Emotion Oriented–Journaling. Meditation and positive affirmation. Humor. Using visualization techniques to reframe the situation in your mind. Self compassion.
  • Avoidance Oriented–Talk to a trusted friend. Ask for help, it’s ok to admit overwhelm. Set a timer to allow yourself to work on the problem in short bursts. Time Management.

Stress affects the body negatively, and shows up in a myriad of ways. Headaches, weight gain or loss, trouble sleeping, heart issues, difficulty concentrating, etc. It’s time to get it under control.

You may not be able to eliminate stress completely from your life, but you can minimize it, and control the way it controls you.

This is what Web MD has to say about stress and its effects:

https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/causes-of-stress

At Heal. we want to help too.

  • Massage Therapy is one of the many ways we can help. Getting a massage helps relieve tension, helps you sleep better, promotes a overall feeling of wellness and euphoria.
  • Talk to us about which style is right for you, we offer several, including: Thai Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Salt stone, Cupping, Aromatherapy, and more.
  • Meditate. If you don’t know how, ask us, we’ll show you. Meditation is known for calming the mind and soul, and the benefits last much longer than the meditation.
  • Yoga. We can show you how to move in your body to release the negative stress.
  • Reiki. Learn how letting go of negative energy can light you up in a different way.
  • Light and Sound Therapy. Come get a massage for your brain, see what it feels like to shut your brain off for a bit.
  • Crystal Healing. Learn what Chakras are and why yours might need cleaning up and find alignment.

Let’s get rid of the stress so you can do all the things you’ve always dreamed about, with all the people you love.

Nothing would make us happier than seeing you live in the moment of pure abandon and joy

We’re Heal. for you.

The short answer is yes. The truth is, pain is a tricky business.

Women have a higher instance of neck pain than men. Stress related pain due to repetitive movement is very common. Hormonal imbalance can add to more stress. Women tend to worry more, clenching up the shoulders. Tension headaches are prevalent, making the neck and shoulders sore and stiff.

Men on the other hand, tend to have more shoulder pain than women. This could be the result of injury, whether new or old. The pain could be coming from a different part of the body, while showing up in the shoulders. Men are less likely to seek medical care for acute injuries, creating a chronic problem.

Either way, neck and shoulder pain often go hand in hand. It’s not as important of which came first, the whole body is intertwined, and needs to be managed as such.

  • Where to start? Hydration, moving your body, getting enough sleep, performing simple stretching exercises. Basically all the things we know we need for general health.
  • Drink enough water daily. What is enough? We’ve all heard the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, and that’s an easy place to start.
  • Exercise. Do what you enjoy. Like walking? Great. Dancing? Great? Lifting heavy things up and putting them down? Great. Aim for at least 30 minutes per day. It’s like the Tin Man getting the oil he needs to move. It’s your oil. Get moving.
  • Catching the right amount of Zzz’s. Even the position of your pillows matter here, especially for neck and shoulder pain. If you are a back sleeper, use two pillows. Set the top pillow slightly behind the bottom pillow, allow your shoulders to rest on the lower pillow, laying your head on the top pillow. If you are a side sleeper, use one pillow to cradle at the crook of your neck. You may also find comfort in ‘hugging’ a pillow, creating space for your shoulder to remain more open as you slumber.
  • Do some easy stretching. Rotate your head (SLOWLY) from side to side, pausing to feel a stretch in the side neck. Reach your hands over head, leaning from side to side to stretch the side body. Clasp your hands behind you, open up the chest and shoulders. Find the stretch that feels good and do it often.

Know when to seek additional help. Ice, heat, and medication are not always enough. Take advantage of additional therapies at your disposal. Don’t hesitate to get additional help in managing or reliving your pain. Life is too short to live with ongoing pain.

Our therapists specialize in Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage, Reflexology, MPS Therapy, Cupping, and Sports Massage. Let’s consult and put together a plan for you to feel your best.

We’re Heal. for you, let us help. You’re worth it!

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing widespread pain throughout the body. It is associated with sleep pattern issues, headaches, body aches, tiredness, and stiffness.

More women than men suffer from Fibromyalgia although why is not well known. There is no specific test for Fibromyalgia, and diagnosing often takes time leaving the patient to feel a little crazy. Family members don’t always understand the pain and other symptoms which can feel isolating, and that no one understands.

It is often confused with Rheumatoid arthritis or standard joint inflammation, but the pain and symptoms are much more widespread causing soft tissue and myofascial pain.

The cause for Fibromyalgia is not known, but it is often linked to traumatic injury such as a car crash or whiplash, autoimmune disorders such as lupus or chronic fatigue syndrome, or even genetic response to pain stimuli.

Some people suffering from this condition have cyclical flare ups, noticing that certain behaviours or activities promote a cycle of pain coming on. Repetitive movements, sitting at a computer all day, gardening, and regular household chores like vacuuming, can set the pain in motion. Others experience a sense of pain that is always present.

The super important question is how to live with it?

Fibromyalgia cannot be cured, only managed. Doctors prescribe anti inflammatory medication for pain, or even a low dose antidepressant to change the pain receptors in the body.

Alternatives or additions to medication known to be beneficial…

  • Sleep: Getting enough rest for your body to recover. Listening to your body, and giving it rest when it needs it.
  • Hydration: Drinking enough fluids to keep your body well hydrated helps to lubricate the muscles, tissues, and joints.
  • Diet: Eating a well balanced, nutritional diet. Staying away from processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
  • Exercise: This one is tricky. It is difficult to think about exercising when your body already aches, but movement is one of the best remedies to ease the stiffness and pain. The more you do it, the better off you are. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day. Walking counts, or try a gentle yoga class.

How we can help at Heal.

Massage Therapy and Myofascial release is crucial when dealing with a chronic pain condition. It will help to release that soft tissue that is pulled so tight causing pain.

The modalities bringing the best relief are:

Deep Tissue Massage

Myofascial Release

Cupping

MPS Therapy

Thai Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Himalayan Salt Massage

Aromatherapy

PEMF Therapy

Allow us to help you feel your best. Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be debilitating.

We’re Heal. for you.

A little known fact about Tinnutus; many think it’s a disease all its own, when in truth it’s a medical condition characterized by sound that can only be heard by the affected individual. Treating the muscles in the face, head, and neck, along with sound therapy have been shown to reduce tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus often shows many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, ringing, whistling, swooshing, or clicking.

And, it can drive a person crazy.

Tinnitus affects people differently, and some find the sensation to last only a few minutes, while others feel it everyday for months or years. Although not cureable, it can be managed.

This is where we come in.

At Heal. we offer several types of healing to make tinnitus manageable. Light and Sound Therapy, Tuning Fork Therapy, Massage with emphasis on the neck, face, and jaw.

The American Tinnutus Association and Harvard Medical School agree on how Sound Therapy and Massage help manage tinnitus, and they’re pretty smart.

https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/tinnitus-ringing-in-the-ears-and-what-to-do-about-it

If you’ve been to one too many rock concerts, suffer from TMJ, are around loud equipment, or don’t know what the underlying cause if from, let us help.

We’re Heal. for you.

Injury, sminjury.

Have you been dealing with pain from an injury, or from a surgery for awhile, and are so over it?

What’s next?

Here is something you haven’t heard of to think of.

MPS Therapy which stands for Microcurrent Stimulation. It is a type of needleless acupunture to aid in Scar Tissue Release for surgical scars. Many people have no idea that lingering pain after surgury are from surgical scars themselves. The skin get so tight around the scar, creating a pulling from inside. MPS Therapy helps release these scars and return the skin back to its natural suppleness.

The Dolphin Neurostim is the world’s first device specifically designed for to reduce sympathetic stress for the reduction of soft tissue pain. Dolphin applies brief, concentrated DC micro-impulses to key neurological points (called MPS Therapy) that reduce nervous system stress to relax muscles and relieve pain. This natural but potent form of pain relief is now being applied in over 60,000 hospitals and pain clinics world-wide.

www.dolphinmps.com

When combined with massage, the results are extaordinary.

Research: MPS Improves Massage Pain Outcomes

Dolphin-MPS treats all three healing systems — nervous, muscular and endocrine – at once, making MPS therapy effective massage adjunct tool for treating many chronic and acute soft-tissue pain conditions.

Science proves MPS the BEST assistive modality for Massage.

TechniquePost Pain ReliefRelief 2 Days Later
Massage66%46%
MPS Massage73%78%

If you haven’t tried it, you have nothing to lose, except that pain you’re feeling. Leave it behind, let’s get you on the table, and get rid of that lingering pain for good.

Are you angry, sad, nervous, worried?  Is your mind racing with thoughts about life when you’re trying to sleep?  Negative emotions can cause bad dreams and make it difficult to get a good nights sleep.

Maybe you don’t have negative emotions but you could also be too excited, anxious, and happy.  Over time, a lack of quality sleep will cause all types of problems for you. Reiki is great at calming and balancing your emotions so your mind can be still when your trying to sleep.

Stuck or stagnant energy in your body and aura prevent the flow of life force energy within you.  Reiki helps to dissolve that stuck energy by melting it away or breaking it into smaller pieces.  Clearing stuck energy in the chest area will help with your breathing at night.  When your energy is flowing freely, tension reduces and your mind relaxes allowing you to have a better night’s sleep.

The word translates, loosely, as ‘universal energy.’ It refers to the practice of laying hands on or over the person receiving treatment to transmit said energy through their body, thus removing ‘energy blockages’ – and so promoting wellbeing and feelings of deep relaxation.

Reiki helps to soothe and slow down the sympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system (fright and flight) is switched off, anxiety and stress is decreased. When more relaxed, sleep quality is likely to improve.

A recent study published in Biological Research for Nursing explored the ability of Reiki to produce a relaxation response. In this study, subjects’ heart rate variability, body temperature and cortisol levels were measured at various intervals before and after Reiki treatment. The study found that, while cortisol levels remained the same, there was a positive effect on heart rate variability and body temperature. This indicated a statistically significant relaxation response.

In another recent study, 15 volunteers who reported frequent episodes of insomnia were taught to use Reiki techniques for self-healing. At the end of the study, researchers found that Reiki improved sleep patterns and decreased episodes of insomnia among the participants. The results of the study also indicated that Reiki promotes stability of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as calmness.

If you’re ready to try out an energy healing session, give us a call at 407-300-5364 or email us at info@heal407.com to schedule your session!

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine you know how debilitating they can be, causing severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.

You might feel as though you’ve tried everything you can to relieve the pain you feel during your migraine episodes, but have you ever incorporated massages in between migraines to help alleviate some of the discomfort that comes with migraines?

Studies have shown that massage brings relief for both tension and vascular headaches. At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we’re able to treat migraines through massage technique, essential oils, sound therapy and more. The most common treatment for migraines at Heal. would be through massage therapy.

Here’s a little bit of how a massage might help you when there’s no where to turn when the migraines hit:

Muscle Spasms or Tension:  Massage in the neck and shoulder regions can help to relax taught bands of tissue, loosening  the sub-occipitals (those muscles attached to the base of the skull),  which cause pain through tension that travels up through the back of the head and into the eye areas.

Hormone Regulation:  Hormonal chemical changes often trigger migraines. Cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone, can be controlled by massage therapy, which also increases endorphin production as well as stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Decrease Trigger Point Pain: Neuromuscular therapy, also known as trigger point therapy, targets hyper-irritable, tender, tissue areas that can refer pain to other parts of the body.

Improved Circulation: Massage has been shown to increase blood flow, which in turn improves oxygen levels and can help reduce pain over time.

Not only is a massage a great stress-relieving, pain-alleviating treatment, people find tremendous relief from headache problems even after one session. In fact, with focus on the muscles and points of the body connected to headaches, migraine sufferers who receive regular massage experience fewer migraines and sleep better during the week of their massages.

There are specific techniques that your massage therapist will incorporate into your session if the goal is to, over-time, reduce the pain/duration frequency of migraines.

Regularly scheduled massages might be what saves you from the isolating, painful and at times suffocating migraine periods that also play a big part in your overall mental and physical well-being.

If you are ready to feel lighter, calmer and reduce the impact headaches/migraines have on you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

All of our massage therapists can help you to find the relief you need.

If this sounds like you, feel free to give us a call at 407-300-5364 or email us at info@heal407.com with any questions you may have or to book your massage.

You are made to feel whole, healthy and well. We’re here for you!

If allergy season is taking a toll on you, and you’re tired of reaching for allergy medication and feeling drowsy, you’re not alone!

Did you know that natural options exist that are much safer and effective?

Here are 3 natural ways to find relief from your allergy symptoms

Dry Salt therapy

Dry Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is an all-natural, safe and drug-free remedy to take care of allergies and other respiratory conditions. Salt has natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits that aids in loosening excessive mucus. All of the properties in dry salt therapy make it a gentle and effective modality to take care of all that comes with seasonal allergies: swelling, inflammation, excessive mucus and infection.

Naturally find relief from seasonal allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, headaches, COPD, cystic fibrosis and more through dry salt therapy. The great part is, you can opt-in to use the dry salt booth on it’s own or as a complementary treatment if you are currently on any prescribed medications for any of the conditions mentioned above.

Facial Massage 

Allergies can often produce headaches and of course, sinus pressure and congestion. A facial massage uses gentle finger pressure on the head, cheekbones, and around the eyes to help stimulate the release of mucus.

Massage also generates a calming effect through the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing the body’s level of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that are often found responsible for an allergic response.

Essential oils

Essential oils can do more than just create a pleasant scent in your home; they can support your allergy symptoms as well! Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties and work like antihistamines. They can be used in a diffuser or infused into your next massage!

Here are three of our favorites for relieving allergy symptoms

Peppermint essential oil is an excellent decongestant. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can almost immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats by reducing inflammation. It can also act as an expectorant and provides allergy relief in addition to relieving symptoms from colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.

Lemon essential oil works as a natural antihistamine, relieving excess mucus and cools down inflammatory reactions. It also helps with respiratory conditions. Lemon is also known for its antibacterial properties. It helps support the lymphatic system drainage, which can relieve a stuffy nose. It also helps people overcome respiratory conditions and helps relieve coughs. 

Eucalyptus essential oil is anti-inflammatory with a menthol-like feeling, making it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways and for creating a soothing massage experience. It’s been shown to break up mucus and phlegm, clearing out your sinuses to help you breathe better.

Goodbye, stuffy nose!

We hope this article has helped you out today in thinking about how you can manage your allergy symptoms through salt therapy, facial massage, and essential oils.

Let us know if you have any questions at all.

We’re Heal. for you!

407-300-5364