**~ Simplify Your life ~**
The first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week. So here are some things you can do this week to make life a little easier.
To Do Lists: Often we feel the most overwhelmed by our to-do lists. They sit in the back of our mind and drain our energy. A valuable exercise to eliminate this feeling of overwhelm is to write down everything you want to get done. Writing them down has the psychological impact of getting it out of your head and this will immediately help you feel less stressed. Then pick 1-2 items that you can accomplish without much effort and complete them. Then physically cross them off the list. You will feel a sense of accomplishment. Continue working through your list, a little at a time.
Email: Clean out your inbox. If you have unread messages, delete/mark as read anything older than 30 days. If you haven’t read them in the last 30 days, they probably aren’t important. Go through the remaining unread emails and unsubscribe from any providers you no longer wish to receive email from. Set aside 1 hour for this task. Having a clean inbox will immediately make you feel less anxiety.
Clean out your closet: Go through your clothes and get rid of anything you no longer wear and donate them to a local charity. It will feel great to have a clean closet and those less fortunate will be grateful for the clothing. Be sure to get a receipt from the charity organization if you itemize your taxes.
Eliminate the extras: Carve out 1 hour this week to spend time reflecting on what is most important to you and what you can eliminate from your life or ask for help accomplishing. We often take on too many tasks. Many of us find it hard to say no. Once you have spent time reflecting, make 3 lists. The first list should be what needs to be done that you enjoy doing. The second list should be what needs to be done that you don’t enjoy doing. The third list should be things that don’t need to be done. Keep the first list for yourself. Recruit help on accomplishing the second list and eliminate the third list.
Me time: Often we feel stressed and overwhelmed because we feel like there are so many things to get done that we don’t take any down time for ourselves. It is very important to carve out some “me time”. Here are some suggestions on things you can do: Watch a favorite movie, take a walk around your neighborhood, call an old friend, take a long bath, schedule a massage. By taking time for yourself, you are creating the space to continue giving to those around you.
**~ Do you have Buttock Pain? ~**
Do you have a pain in your butt…….? There could be different reasons for this. The “go-to” culprit people tend to suspect is Sciatica. But is it?
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
However, maybe it is “Piriformis Syndrome”. In this syndrome, the piriformis muscle (for a variety of reasons) is so tight that it places pressure on the sciatic nerve, creating pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks and down the back of the leg. These are of course the same symptoms found in “sciatica”. However, in the case of sciatica, these symptoms are actually coming from the spine. It is, therefore, helpful if one can differentiate between the two.The simple test to differentiate between sciatica coming from the spine, possibly disc compression, and the piriformis compressing the sciatic nerve, is this: Lie on your back. Lift the leg of the affected side. If the leg is able to lift higher than a foot off the ground there is a good chance that it is piriformis that is tight. If one lifts the leg and within six inches has shooting pain down the back of the leg, it’s more likely to be coming from the nerve being compressed closer to the spine. The accuracy of the test is good, but please don’t confuse this simple test with being a doctor and producing a diagnosis. Use the results as information and continue to proceed with caution if you want to try and differentiate between the two.
There’s another sneaky problem that can mirror a similar pain pattern. Trigger points in the gluteus minimus muscle can create a similar kind of pain pattern in the buttocks and down the leg. In this case, the pain is often described differently. The person will also have pain in the buttocks and down the back of the leg but it will generally be more like a dull achiness, or a weak feeling in the leg. Occasionally though it will be described as a shooting type of pain. Sitting for long periods of time also often aggravates trigger points in this muscle.
Massage Proven Effective
Massage can be highly effective in treating the pain of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, glute and lower back pain. WebMD describes a study of 400 people with low back pain who received either weekly massages, or permission to try whatever they liked. (Alternatives to massage therapy included medication, seeing a chiropractor, doctor or physical therapist, or taking no action at all.)
Ten weeks later, the massage recipients reported better functioning and less pain. In fact, more than a third of them said their pain was completely or nearly gone, while only 4% of those in the other group reported such improvement. Massage, concluded Dr. Daniel Cherkin of the Center for Health Studies in Seattle, “does help a significant chunk of people who have not benefited from other treatments.”
No matter what treatment you decide to try to help your condition, self-care at home/gym is very important as well. While it may seem like exercise will only make the problem worse, in fact the Mayo Clinic recommends low-impact exercise, like water aerobics or stationeary bike riding, as a way of releasing endorphins which act as a natural painkiller, just as massage helps release endorphins as well.
If you are experiencing pain, make an appointment with KK’s Massage and let’s see if we can help you relieve some pain and start feeling better. Remember, we have your back!
CBD – What is it?
So many questions, so many choices, where does one start?
The first place I would like to start is…. As each person is different and because CBD’s effects are still under study, I strongly encourage you to do your own research and talk with your physician especially if you are being treated for anything, before incorporating CBD into your daily life. All of the information that I may present in my blogs was easily collected from various sources and is for educational purposes ONLY!
The other very important point you should CLEARLY UNDERSTAND is CBD Oil and Drug Testing
No Reputable CBD company or salesperson will guarantee that you won’t test positive on a drug test. If a company or salesperson makes you this guarantee, ask them to put that in a legally-binding document that will make them liable for damages if you fail. I will follow up on this topic in a later blog. I just feel it is very imporant that you understand this fact whether it is a full spectrum CBD product or even an isolate (just CBD with no THC), there still could be a very slight chance for testing positive.
What is CBD? CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vaping, tinctures, capsules, topicals and edibles. Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.” At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable. CBD works.
But how does it work? The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS) (newly discovered).
In 1988 researchers discovered the first cannabinoid receptor in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination.
The second cannabinoid receptor was found in 1993 as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may have been onto something.
In 1995, researchers discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans.
Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called “endocannabinoids.”
Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). As researchers learned more, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, which is a term used to describe the process of maintaining internal balance in an every-changing external environment.
To help you understand how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, here is an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems.
When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind and make the best decision.
What has some evidence shown so far….CBD is effective in creating a state of calm and relaxation. Strictly as a checmical substance, CBD has a strong antioxidant properties. Conditions reported to benefit from internal use of CBD include: epileptic seizure, cancer, diabetes, lupus, motor idsorders, nicotine addiction, Parkinson’s disease, insomnia, chronic and neuropathic pain, obsessive compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, and various pediatric conditions just to name a few. For some types of chronic pain and skin conditions topical applications allow users to go right to the source. Topical CBD can also work faster, since it does not have to travel through the digestive system first.
More to come….Stay tuned….
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We have some exciting news! We are now retailers of “Aruba Aloe” products! What is so great about that, you ask and why are we selling these products? I am so glad you asked.
It started when I told a client I was going to Aruba for the first time. She said you have to get an Aloe Massage – it makes your skin so soft. She raved about it so much, I made it a mission to investigate – because if something is amazing for massage – I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IT FOR MY CLIENTS!
Well, right when I got to Aruba, I found out about an Aloe Museum/Manufacturing Plant and Store and instantly put it on my “To Do” list. This is what I learned. Cornelis Eman founded Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. in 1890 and it is one of the oldest Aloe Companies in the world and one of the first companies to formulate and manufacture aloe-based skin, hair and sun care products. They grow the aloe at their cosmetic production plant in Aruba. Aruban Aloes have been the best in the world for more than 150 years!
While in Aruba, I toured their museum and factory. It was amazing and so interesting! I now know how to get the gel out of Aloe plants, remove the leaf juices (Aloe latex – which seeps from the leaf when cut. This latex has laxative properties) and how to use them as well as got familiar with all the great benefits Aloe has to offer!
I also now purchase the leaves and remove the gel (along with the draining the laxative juices from the aloe, if it hasn’t already been done). Then, I use the aloe gel for a moisturizer for my skin, hair and I drink it – it is amazing for you – it is considered a potent superfood – that’s right – a SUPERFOOD! I freeze it and put it in my tea and smoothies. I urge you to research all the benefits it has to offer! (Please don’t ingest this without doing proper research and talking with your doctor).
Their No. 1 Product is the Alhydran Care Gel. It is a concentrated medical gel-cream for the treatment and hydration of vulnerable skin immediately after wound closure. Suitable for the after care of burns, Helps prevent scar formation and reduces itching. Raving fans have stated it helps with: shingles, eczema/psoriasis, sunburn, keloid scars, burns/blisters, insect bites, scratches, scrapes, cuts, dry skin, allergic reaction, rheumatoid arthritis, facial creases, lines and age spots, chemo/radiation burns. It is simply amazing! Check out their website to see all the 5 Star reviews for this product and many more! You will want and need this in your home as a “go to” product! – And we carry here at the studio!
I am so excited to offer not only the Alhydran Care Gel/Crème, but also Alcoholada Gel (pain relieving gel), Vitamin E Skin Care Gel, and Pure Aloe Vera Skin Care Gel.
Keep an eye out for our new Pure Aloe Treatment Massage that will be coming out soon! Great timing for the dry winter months that are coming upon on us.
I would love to hear from you. Do you already us Aruba Aloe products? If so what kind for what and what do you think of it? I would also be open to getting more products in, so if there something you like, I can see it I can get if for you.
The biggest Massage SALE of the season is on – starting today!
This is a great time to get all of your holiday shopping done. Whether your working your body to the max or your feeling the stress of this hectic holiday season already or you just want to be pampered, everyone could use a massage!
We are offering 3 Options of “Buy One, Get One 50% Off”
Choose between 30-, 60- or 90 Minute Massage Sessions or all three!
These awesome deals will be ending Monday at 11:59 am so don’t delay!