Feel Better Blog
Ways to help you feel better every day: mind, body and spirit!
Yesterday I finished working with a 25 year old client who had come in to see me for a few sessions for his aching shoulders. It only took one session to start feeling better, but we both knew that if he didn't start making some changes things would not stay better. At the conclusion of the first muscle therapy session I gave him some simple trigger point therapy suggestions he could do at home with a lacrosse ball. At his second session two weeks later he reported feeling better. He was indeed following my instructions with the lacrosse ball but noted that different parts of his shoulders were sore. At his last session, which was 4 weeks after his first, he was continuing all of the self-care I showed him. I not only worked on the front, back and sides of the shoulder with some deep tissue massage one last time, but we spent some time going over some exercises to strengthen the back of his shoulders and back. We also worked on some postural support exercises to keep things from getting sore in the first place. He now has the tools he need to feel better on his own and will be back when he needs another tune-up.
I share this because recently I also went through some similar experiences in getting some massage work for myself. My shoulders were sore and they were not staying better after getting work done. I was doing some trigger point work on myself which helped a little. I was not aware that I wasn't engaging my core and shoulder muscles to keep my posture in good alignment. It is not easy to diagnose what is going on with your own body if you've spent a good amount of time ignoring it. (This coming from someone that teaches people to do be more in touch with their body!) It is easy to fall out of practice and forget what you know. Get help when you need it. As I have learned, taking care of yourself with or without assistance is one of the best investments you can make in your life. Regularly focus on ways to feeling better in your body, in your mind, and in your spirit. It can make a huge difference.
With love and light,
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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