The athletes in this summer's Rio Olympics have demonstrated enormous feats of strength, power and will. As I reflect on my own life, I am thankful to be able to look up to such incredible talent to help fuel my own fire to achieve my goals. Acknowledging the fact that success leaves clues allows me to easily unpack the lives of those I look up to and mimic their habits.
Creating habits that promote a healthy life is a priority of mine and surrounding myself with people who share those values enhances my ability to not just survive, but thrive.
Today, I spent the afternoon partnering up with Yogasmoga located in The Westchester servicing chair massage.
It was such an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to set up shop and observe the staff verbalize the value of luxury yoga wear. The quality of their fabric and stitching conforms to the body throughout all ranges of motion within each joint and breathes to optimize temperature regulation. I can speak about their signature style but this aspect is mostly subjective so check it out at www.yogasmoga.com and see what you think.
As a functional soft tissue therapist, I admire and appreciate the form and function of fascia in the human body and anything that mimics and enhances this motion has my approval.
Yogasmoga is the new force in town looking to dominate the yoga and fitness market and I wish them all the best.
I like to compare the maintenance of healthy soft tissue with dental hygiene. They both require daily care to maintain proper function and form. If you decide to stop brushing and flossing your teeth, deterioration is inevitable.
Now, imagine you continue neglecting your oral hygiene and you will soon find out from others that your breath is unbearable, cavities will begin to form and infection ensues. In spite of this, the notion of having all that abuse suddenly vanish just by making an appointment with a dental hygienist will not bring your teeth back to the vibrant white smile you may have once had.
The soft tissue which is composed of skin, superficial and deep fascia, ligaments, tendons, muscle, fat, nerves and blood vessels need the same care and daily attention as your oral structures.
The body thrives on movement and serves as a nourishing component just like brushing your teeth. Adding more dynamic movement to your daily routine doesn't always have to be devoting one hour to an exercise class but rather integrating movement to what you already do.
For example, while you're on the phone why not go through some body weight squats or purchasing a dynamic workstation that accommodates variety in positions like standing, kneeling and sitting.
Just remember that our bodies worst enemy is stillness and the idea of not moving for a long period of time will be detrimental to the quality of our soft tissue which will ultimately lead to sprains, strains and tears.
It seems to me that people want to move more and feel better but just feel trapped in the culture. Get creative and think about ways you can integrate movement to your busy day. Lastly, please don’t wait for an injury or pain to happen before you make an appointment with a movement professional. Be proactive and emphasize the importance of preventive care.
“The door hinge that gets opened and closed everyday never gets rusty.”
By this time I have gone through many reps of asking others to undress to comfort level before the massage treatment begins. As a young male massage therapist I wanted to share some of my insights on how females react to this scenario and how I judge (in a judge "free zone" of course) their comfort level towards me.
In my experience, most females in their mid 30's-50's range prefer not to be touched or seen partially disrobed by a male therapist. As a result, they would most likely request the female therapists.
I may be absolutely wrong about this, but it seems to me that some women may either be insecure about their body, had a negative experience from a male therapist or that it just feels "weird".
I'd like to unpack the latter because of its ambiguity. I often wonder what makes getting massaged by a male therapist weird. Below, I wrote down some points to hopefully persuade "female preferred" clients to not feel so weird about male therapists.
1. Massage Therapists are licensed professionals established by the state, so any misconduct may lead to termination of license. Having a moment of suggesting anything sexual is not worth the risk of losing a license.
2. We tend to view the body in terms of soft tissue such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments and really pay no mind if your nails haven't been done yet.
3. The areas you may be most concerned about will never be undraped. The client also has the power to suggest to only focus on specific segments of the body.
4. Massage Therapists are bound by professional ethics to maintain client confidentiality. So no discussion of your treatment or health history to others will be happening. Even if a client happens to run into us in a public space, we cannot mention anything about the massage treatment unless it was first brought up by the client.
5. We have gone through plenty of background checks from the state and workplace in order to practice massage therapy. So most of us are decent, respectful law abiding citizens looking to make a living just like everyone else.
My perspective on health and wellness trends