“Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

-Oscar Wilde

Have you ever wondered how it can be so easy for some people to do certain motions such as holding proper posture, swinging a golf club, or speaking a different language, when it seems so difficult for you? Maybe you are curious about how workouts become easier after a short period of time? The body has a process called Muscle Memory. Does this mean that each muscle has it’s own memory?

Muscle memory refers to brains ability to learn how do a movement, then recall those actions and send the correct nerve impulse down the spinal cord  to the neuromuscular junctions where the nerve meets the muscle telling it how to move. Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., fitness research director at Quincy College in Massachusetts explains that “your brain creates pathways through your central nervous system, and movements become automatic.”
Nerve impulses follow the path of least resistance and this is why it can be difficult and even painful to learn new movements. As muscles weaken, become injured, or are put in compromised positions such as bad posture, they become bound by toxins and scar tissues that limit movement. The fewer resistance in the muscles the easier it becomes to retrain muscle memory and less painful the process will be.

The brain sends signals down the spinal cord to tell the muscles what to do...don't let poor posture and toxins get in the way!!

The brain sends signals down the spinal cord to tell the muscles what to do…don’t let poor posture and toxins get in the way!!

Most people suggest working through the pain and difficulty, but you don’t necessarily have to take that route. Therapeutic massage and proper flexibility training helps to break down scar tissue and assists in removal of metabolic waste build up in the muscles. This allows for easier training of the muscle memory, so if you are starting a new workout, wanting to optimize your performance, or more importantly improve your posture try adding regular massage therapy and a good stretching routine into your regiment to improve your memory!

 

“Diligence is the mother of good luck “

-Benjamin Franklin

 

It’s no surprise to anyone that athlete’s will do just about anything to optimize their performance. Athlete’s will do extended training, extreme workouts, and learn new techniques to take them to the top. Another  element that many may not consider is the use of therapeutic massage to achieve better results. The utilization of massage for athletes is not a new idea, massage has been used by athletes for many years to produce better outcome in their respective sports. In fact, “in the first Olympic games of 776 BC, athletes received massage before an event. Afterwards, the competitors would take a dip in a hot bath, receive massage and then dip in a cold bath to prepare their muscles for the next event.” There are many benefits of massage therapy that can promote an athlete’s recovery and
optimize their performance.

Whether you are enjoying a recreational adventure race...

Whether you are enjoying a recreational adventure race…

Massage is a form of passive stretching so the application will help to keep the athlete’s muscles flexible and prepared for intense work. The amount of stress and damage done to an athlete’s muscles during their activities produces waste and pain in the body. Providing massage will help increase circulation which brings fresh blood that is full of nutrients to the areas needed, which reduces recovery time. Increased circulation also helps with the removal of the harmful wastes in the body as well as decreases pain that may limit performance. Relaxation is one of the simplest and best benefits of massage this will help the athlete to calm the nervous system which reduces anxiety, improves focus, and makes it easier to sleep which helps in the recovery process. Recently, researchers at McMaster University reported that deep massage after an intense workout actually causes muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria! Mitochondira, the powerhouses of our cells, are responsible for converting nutrients into useful energy. This research makes it easy to see why the addition of
massage to an athlete’s routine would help them on their road to gold!

...or you are training at an elite level, massage can  help you get the gold!

…or you are training at an elite level, massage can help you get the gold!

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”
― Aldous HuxleyThe Art of Seeing

 

As you have read before in past BLOGS,  low back pain is among one of the most frequent injuries suffered by most in the world. One of the main reasons for low back pain is because of Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction. The SI Joint can be anatomically defined as the articulation where the Ilium of the Hip bones meet the Sacrum. The joint itself is protected and surrounded by many ligaments and muscles. Now why is this information so important to you?SIJOINT

The SI Joint is responsible in acting like a shock absorber to disperse energy from the upper body to the lower body and vice-versa. Each SI Joint is supposed to move independently as you bend, twist, squat, and take steps. It’s easy to understand that if the SI Joints aren’t moving properly
it would cause pain and difficulty in movement in our body just the same as if the shock absorbers on a car were to malfunction, it would be a pretty rough ride.

Sudden trauma such as falls, sports injuries, and car accidents can top the list of reasons for SI Joint dysfunctions, but poor posture can also contribute as well. Whether it is an accident or just poor posture, the body will respond by tightening the muscles that surround the joints as well
as laying down scar tissue in the ligaments and tendons. This is the body’s response to protect it from additional injury, but if proper recovery and treatment isn’t followed, the scar tissue and tight muscles remain, causing limited motion in the joints which eventually leads to more problems.

The best way to keep fluid motion in the joints and avoid future
problems is to stay loose and retain great posture. Seek help and advice from professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists. They will be able to provide you additional information, assessments, treatments, and advice to optimize your SI Joint health and keeping you moving!

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”

-Voltaire

I have always been of the mindset that what ever you do, do it to the best of your ability and this includes your “work”. If you do your work to the best of your ability, it will not longer be a job but a passion. Your passion for your career will soon become apparent to all of those around you.  I have always had the up most respect for those who have passion for what they do as I am overly passionate about massage therapy and how it can benefit many.

Apparently the people of Charleston have taken notice of my passion and have an appreciation of because I have been nominated as Best Massage Therapist along with 4 other great therapists in the Charleston City Paper‘s “Best Of” series for 2014. This honor is very prestigious to me and has proved to me that people do notice the hard work that I put in

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to expressing the importance of massage and how much I enjoy help people to become healthier and just have better wellness overall. It would be absolutely amazing if I were to gain enough votes to reach the top position, but either way I know that even with the nomination that my hard work is paying off!

If you would like to visit the ballot and see who has made the other top nominations, please

visit http://charlestoncitypaper.secondstreetapp.com/Best-of-

Charleston-2014/Ballot/RecreationHealthampBeauty and while you are there if you feel inclined to cast your vote for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you again to all my supporters out there and for help to make my dream come true! I will never stop my quest to bring the public health and knowledge with therapeutic massage!

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“Once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results”

-Willie Nelson

Happy New Year 2014 DTMIt’s that time of year again, in fact it’s the beginning of the year and that means many will be creating resolutions to help them become a better person or accomplish goals. Most of the time these resolutions include losing weight, getting and staying fit, as well as becoming a better person overall. These resolutions can not always be the easiest to maintain and achieve the larger goal of becoming a better you. Massage may not
always be the first thing that you think of for support, but it is a great
option in creating a new you for the new year!
As you may know massage therapy has many benefits for your mind
and body, but how can massage help your resolutions make a better
you? Massage helps to relieve muscular tension and reduce pain in the
muscles and joints, this makes it easier for you to keep to your workouts. When you are able to workout more often, not only do you feel accomplished and healthier but you can be well on your way to losing weight. Another great way that regular massage can help to sustain your resolutions and assist in making a better you is through the regulation and balancing of hormones. Hormones play an important role in body functions and mood stabilization. When our hormones get out of proper balance due to stress, your body responds by weight gain, depression, and a negative attitude. Regular massage therapy stimulates the production and balance of good hormones in the body that promote metabolism, regulate mood, and boosts a positive attitude.
Resolutions are important to those who set them, so that they can become a better and even a newer version of themselves. If you have set some resolutions this year and feel like you could use some help achieving
them, give massage a chance to be a helping hand in the New Year.

“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely”

-William Osler

As our civilization develops, so do the ways we learn and interpret things. Just years ago you could go into a doctor’s office and see people in the waiting room reading magazines or talking to one another, but these days you are seeing more people in the same setting enthralled in their smartphones. Whether it’s texting, browsing social media, or watching videos, people like the convenience of watching rather than reading.watch

It’s easy to see how this theory can translate over into marketing. As an entrepreneur, most people are use to doing the traditional style of marketing such as flyers, media commercials, and even door to door, but the reality is that most of that is not working anymore. People like getting their information easily and quickly. The simple solution…express your information in visuals! According to several researches, “90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text.”

I personally am passionate about getting the amazing information about the benefits of massage out to the masses and I have been struggling for several years about figuring out what would be the best way.  After researching and investigating from other entrepreneurs, I have learned that video is the best route to go.

Several months ago I created a YouTube channel and have found that many of my clients and potential clients have been pleased with the posts, so in 2014 I will be creating a series of videos that will be short informative about massage therapy as well as answering any questions that you may have about massage an how it can help YOU!  Be sure to tune in and subscribe to DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage’s YouTube channel to learn more and submit your questions!youtube

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship”

-Buddha

    One of the most difficult things during the holiday season is trying to find that perfect gift for people. Most of the time people just purchase gifts to get something even if the recipient may not like the gift. In fact, according to a 2011 survey from the National Retail Federation, an estimated $46
billion in merchandise was returned after the holidays. Wouldn’t it be nice to get gifts for your loved ones that not only they would like, but that would help them become healthier?

    If you are use to gifting sweet treats, you can look into getting gift cards to health food stores, or even get gift baskets that cater to healthier options. For those loved ones who have complained about being in pain or that might want to look and feel better, you may want to look into getting them gift cards for massages, skin care, hair treatments, and something as simple as a manicure. Perhaps you have a fitness enthusiast on your list? Find some training equipment or gear that they have been wanting to help with their workouts. Most gyms also offer gift cards for memberships and group fitness classes. Some other great gift ideas to help your loved ones become healthier are special diet cookbooks (Gluten-free, Paleo, etc), supplements, yoga dvds and equipment. There are also many places online that can give you many great ideas with direct links to options for health and wellness gift ideas.holidaymassage

So this holiday season when you are on the quest to find the perfect gift, look to a different and unique option that will not only have a long lasting effect but will also help your loved ones achieve health and wellness in the new year!Dtmholiday