Friday, May 22, 2015

Cleanse Yourself this Memorial Day Weekend!

     Sometimes our lives can become so frantic and busy, we end up feeling drained at the end of the day or week. Oftentimes we are around so many people, absorbing and mixing with so many energies that our bodies and Soul have a hard time blocking things out. And blocking energies out is actually a good thing to do, because if you mix with someone's energy that doesn't match your own vibration it will leave you feeling weakened, drained, angry, resentful, pouty, and all around negative. And you don't want or need that in your life. There is no reason to feel that way.

     If, however, you do end up feeling like that and you can't explain how or why you got that way, there is something (or some things!) you can do:

1) Surround yourself with water. 

    Water is a fairly emotional element, however it is amazingly clearing and cleansing, and most especially, if it is sea or ocean water. Just being in that beach atmosphere will help remove the negative ions within your energy field, leaving your aura cleansed, renewed, and rejuvenated. If you are unable to get to the beach this weekend then I suggest you simply walk around barefoot in your yard, and then drink plenty of water. The Earth's energy acts as a conduit sending your waves of negative energy way down into the ground. It absorbs it for you so that you don't have to absorb it any longer. And I had mentioned the whole drinking water thing, because even ingesting it will help to flush out negative impurities within your system. Lastly, take a salt bath. Bathing with bath or Epsom salts have been proven to help heal and relax joints and muscles while simultaneously clear your energy.

2) Get a Reiki treatment.

    Reiki is energy healing. I, the practitioner, gently place my hands on you and direct positive and healing energy into your aura. It will remove the negative stuff and leave you feeling light and refreshed. Reiki also helps people to gain clarity, and that is something that can get muddled or clouded when feeling "down in the dumps." It's been around for thousands of years and has been proven to be quite effective. If a Reiki treatment is something you are interested in, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. My contact information is below!

The Sacred Self
800 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
(781) 828-0869 or

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why Does Neck and Shoulder Tension Cause Headaches?

     I get asked that question a good amount of the time. Or, I will tell my clients that neck and shoulder tension may be the cause of their headaches. It's, of course, all in how you word it. As a licensed massage therapist it is out of my scope of practice to diagnose anyone for anything. There are times when neck and shoulder tension do not cause headaches. But for those times that do cause it, here is why:

     Tension is defined as the act of stretching or straining, being stretched or strained, suspense, or pressure. 

     If you were to look at the muscles of the shoulders and neck, you will find these names: scalenes, trapezius, rhomboids, and levator scapulae. And when even one of those muscles (or sets of muscles) are strained, or stretched, or has too much pressure and suspense within its fibers, it will push and/or pull at the other muscles surrounding it.

     For example, if you feel a lot of tension or tightness in your trapezius muscles, it will pull at your scalenes. Your scalenes are the small bands of muscles that run along your cervical spine - it connects at the base of the skull and down to the trapezius muscles as the top of your shoulders. And once that pulling starts, it creates even more tension up at the base of the skull, putting pressure on your head. As the pressure increases so does your pain. And oftentimes, pain in the head turns into headaches, and if it gets bad enough, migraines.

     Another example: Say you have a knot (an adhesion) within the fibers of your rhomboids. (Your rhomboids are located in the upper shoulder quadrant connecting your scapulae to your spine). That knot may be sitting on a trigger point. If a trigger point is pressured enough, the receptors and synapses are going to shoot the pain up into your neck and into your cranium. Also, that knot could be big enough that it does, in fact, also pull at the trapezius muscles which will then pull at the scalenes which will then pull at your head. It can be a never-ending, vicious cycle if you don't get them worked on enough, or maintain optimal health and well being.

     So, how do you maintain optimal health and well being? Well, there is having
good diet, exercise, stretching properly, good posture, learning to deal with stress so it actually doesn't affect you, and massage therapy. Once the muscles can relax the tension disappears. And if they're relaxed enough, that tension won't come back.

     It's a beautiful thing, really. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Relieve Headache Pain with Your Hands!

     Let's face it: allergies and the headaches that can stem from them suck! But you don't have to suffer. Watch this video for a quick little tip on how you can relieve headache pain throughout your day!

     The Magic is in your fingertips! Trigger a point on your hand to relieve headache pain!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Healing with the Angels deck: Abundance

     Picked the perfect card for today! Abundance!! Graciously receive all that this Universe has to offer and be sure to show gratitude for it! Thank you, Universe!

     This card means that a new flow of support is coming to you right now. Ask the Angels to help you release fears about scarcity so that you can enjoy this increased abundance.

      "Your messenger angels announce the arrival of an inflow of abundance coming your way. The source of all abundance is God, and you at some level had faith that the Creator would supply your needs. Your faith, even if it was small, triggered the abundance that is manifesting for your right now.

      Keep your faith, as it will ensure a steady flow of support materially, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. A wonderful affirmation to help you stay in the stream of a steady flow of abundance is: 'I accept good graciously into my life. All of my needs are met abundantly for me now and always.'"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Psychic Tarot: Intuition

     Most days I will come into the office and shuffle an oracle deck. I like it when a card falls out. To me, it's a message the Universe really wants me to see. This is what fell out as I was shuffling this morning. It is from John Holland's The Psychic Tarot deck.

     "Intuition is the language of the soul. When this card shows up in a reading, it's a clear message that it's time for you to use your intuition. Just give it a chance and you'll quickly notice how it might be trying to get your attention. With so much information in this world vying for your every thought, it's easy to ignore or fail to acknowledge your insights.

     Synchronicities and so-called coincidences are powerful signs that intuition is knocking on your door. Have you heard a phrase or saying repeated by more than one person today? Do the same numbers keep showing up in your life? Has someone mentioned the name of a specific individual whom you were just thinking of? These are all signals for you to pause, be open, and pay attention.

     This is a perfect time to seek the answers from within. Turn inward, where you'll find the solutions and valuable insights that are waiting to assist you. When you learn to use and trust your intuition, you'll begin to have a sense of not only the right timing, but you'll also begin to perceive people and situations with a deeper and more discerning eye. You'll not only observe beneath and beyond what's actually in front of you -- you'll see the real deal!"

     This is perfect for me. Sometimes I have a hard time trusting my own intuition. But I know I am powerful and that whatever I think about I manifest rather rapidly. Thank you, Universe, for showing me it's okay to trust everything I am spiritually receiving!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Finding Spirituality: In My Backyard


     The cool air breezed by me. Strands of my hair waved over my cheek. Looking up at the cloud-covered sky I wondered if he was thinking about me. As if on cue, the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and casted a beam of shiny, yellow light onto my hands resting in my lap. I smiled at the plausible coincidence and then continued to wonder when I was going to talk to him again.
     I had been sitting in front of the fire pit in the middle of my backyard. The air became cooler as the day wore on, but I didn’t mind. The lounge chair cushioned me while listening to the birds talking put me in my own, little reverie. I tried sitting on the ground upright, on my knees in a proper meditative stance hoping to lose myself within. The struggle was real; thousands of thoughts and images ramshackled in and out of my mind like a train plowing through a station without stopping. I longed for the pause in between thoughts and pictures, but found myself getting frustrated rather quickly.
     Instead I gave up and relaxed myself by sitting on the chair, allowing my mental wanderlust to take over. A fly soon buzzed by my left ear startling me. Its buzzing mimicked the endless noise in my head and I laughed quietly to myself, and then began thinking about how we [human beings] sometimes get so wrapped up in our own minds that we forget there’s a bigger world around us. Sometimes we need the downtime to go over all of the thoughts and ideas streaming through our mental state. Sometimes it helps things sort themselves out, sometimes it makes things worse, and sometimes it doesn’t get us anywhere at all. I felt the latter was happening here.
     But I supposed losing myself in my own thought processes while noticing the sounds and scene around me formed my own, little meditation. It’s not every day I get to experience the outdoors in this capacity. It’s not every day I have a few hours of downtime, of “me” time. It’s not every day I get to meditate – that may be a white lie. I could make the time to meditate, but I guess I sometimes choose not to. And I guess I sometimes fall into a self-meditative state just by allowing my thoughts to come and go as they please. And I guess I will let myself think about him again. I hope I get to talk to him soon . . .

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Helpful Tips to Prevent Injury

     Prevention is vital when it comes to your health. You don't want to keep getting sick all the time, nor do you want to be laid up in bed because you strained or tore a muscle from having to bend down to pick up your keys.
     [Okay, maybe you wouldn't actually tear a muscle from bending down to pick up some keys you dropped - but I definitely have worked on people who have thrown out their backs from performing everyday, mundane things! Like, from sneezing? Yep. From turning while driving? You betcha. From putting on your socks? Hell yea.]
     To be in pain is not fun. But there are a few things you can do to help keep your body pain, stress, and tension-free!
Get Adjusted
Regular Chiropractic adjustments keep your spine aligned so that you (your body) can function at an optimal level. Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned and if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment.

I tell my clients all the time that Chiropractic and Massage go hand in hand, or, go together like "peas and carrots." Thank you, Forrest Gump! Essentially, Chiropractors work the spine and bones and Massage Therapists work the muscles. By getting regular work done on your entire body, you will be able to stay relaxed and healthy long enough to prevent any injuries from occurring.

Interested in learning more about Chiropractic care, how it prevents injury, and how it accompanies Massage? Check out my good friend, Dr. Nick Prosser at Proactive Chiropractic & Wellness. He's right down the street so you won't have to travel far, either. Get a massage and then an adjustment and you're good to go!

Tone Those Muscles!
Another key factor in preventing injury? Keeping your muscles healthy and toned!

As you get older, your bones lose density (mass), your joints become stiffer and less flexible, and your lean body mass decreases. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to slow or prevent muscle, joint and bone problems. A moderate to vigorous workout program can help you maintain strength and flexibility into your golden years.

And if you are in need of a great personal trainer, look no further than this guy: Ryan Thain of Fitness Together. He trains at their Newton Centre location, but don't let the distance scare you. His one-of-a-kind approach is worth the trip! He will make sure your needs are met while receiving a worthwhile return on investment. And if you're feeling just a little sore after your workout you can always schedule a massage afterwards to keep those muscles and joints loose and limber!