Archive for July, 2012

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Nelson Mandela

I’d like to take this opportunity to  continue the “Why aren’t you  getting a massage” series, because as of late I have encountered several people who have given similar reasons as to why they feel they cannot get a massage. Time! With our busy lifestyles, no one seems like they have any time to do anything for themselves. According to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labour Statistics in  2011, “Television accounts for the largest share of Americans’ leisure time. ” You can  also see in the chart below from the same study how else Americans seem to spend their time on other activities. 

Notice that in the mix of events,  Personal Care does not occupy a significant amount of time and working out weighs everything but sleep. It’s no surprise that  America is the most overworked nation in the world. Being overworked leads to  stress on many levels, in fact Stress is the #1 cause of health problems – mentally and physically. And there are few things that stress us out on a consistent basis like work does, especially when it takes away from all of the other things that life has to offer. As stated, stress can cause health problems which in turn cause us to spend unwanted time at the doctors office or at home laid up and  recovering. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to stay healthier so that we could be more efficient and less stressed at work so that we could  better enjoy the time we have off from work? How about a form of  preventative medicine?

Preventive medicine or preventive healthcare consists of measures taken to prevent diseases, (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms.” With the many benefits that massage has on the mind and body as well as it’s ability to promote better health and well-being, it’s easy to see how  massage therapy can  be classified as preventative medicine.

Let us return to the  time issue and put it into perspective for a  moment.  If you were to receive massage therapy once a month to aide in  preventative healthcare,  the amount of time it would cost you is minimal; an hour worth of treatment and give or take about 45 minutes for travel, consultation, etc. At most you are spending 2 hours total per month investing  in your health and wellness.  Now think about yourself getting sick or even injuring yourself at work. On average, this could put you out a day or 2 from your normal activity. Even if you were to try and soldier through it at work,  your performance and focus would be compromised due to pain and  discomfort. In either case you will be wasting time away and having to catch up on work which would subsequently take away from your free time and continue the circle  of adding more stress to your life!

Now lets look back at the chart and the  statistics. Imagine if you took an hour away from watching TV, woke up 10 minutes earlier, took 5 minutes off of a  lunch break, and another  30 minutes from the “other” category and for one day out of every month, even every other month,   invest in your preventative healthcare courtesy of a good therapeutic massage. Massage can relieve stress, improve your immune system,  increase joint range of motion and so much more.  These and the many other benefits can keep you healthy and well allowing you to have much more enjoyable free time. So think about it, prioritize how you use your time, invest it well  in preventative health care,  and before you know it you will be able to enjoy the free time more being pain and stress free. Wouldn’t that be great?!

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“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein

It is  quite apparent that I haven’t been as active with the Blog as I have in the past.  Summertime is always an exciting and unpredictable time.  You can never tell how busy or slow business can get. When it’s busy, it can be tricky to get a regular Blog completed and lucky for me and the growing business, things have been busy.
In addition to the normal Summer travel that everyone likes to enjoy, business at the office  has picked up significantly and has occupied some of my normal writing time.  It also seems that my writings have become noticed by others because I have been commissioned by several magazines to write articles for their readers.   So when we look at it now, I am having to split my writing time up more between D:TM and several other publications. It’s very flattering to be asked to write for a major publication, but it doesn’t discount the importance of writing for my readers. If you have any topics that you would like me to address, leave your comments below or contact me directly at definedmassage@gmail.com.
One last thing to be aware of for the Summer is that I am currently studying to become a certified personal trainer through the NCSF. Education is essential to be good at what you do and you can never stop learning. By getting a personal trainer’s certification I will be able to better provide proper exercises routines that will strengthen the correct muscles use to correct posture and assist in proper movement. Massage therapy is only half of the solution, self-care and  proper exercise helps to maintain good health. After I become certified, I will also be able to write more articles and Blogs about corrective exercises as well that can help YOU move, feel, & BE  better!
Summer is always an exciting time for everyone and for me I am looking forward to learning more to provide YOU and the public with the valuable education about the many benefits of  therapeutic massage!

Happy 4th of July!

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Ethics
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“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”  

~Abraham Lincoln

Taking a moment to wish the United States of America a very happy birthday as well as wishing everyone out there a very safe and wonderful 4th of July! Be healthy and have a great time!