Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
– Tecumseh

So begins the “holiday season”, a time reserved to spread happiness, joy, and  give thanks to all the many great things we have in our lives.  Sometimes we get lost in  the  stress of the holidays and the expectations of others as to what the  holiday season really means.

I’d like to take this moment to pass on some thoughts that have helped keep me grounded and things that mean the most and that I can  be thankful for in this world.

(I preface this list with a reminder that I am not a psychologist or any type of therapist. These are things that help me and have been passed down by people who I consider to be quite wise. They help me and perhaps they will help you too! )

  1. My grandfather reads through the obituaries in the newspaper everyday and when you ask him why, he will  respond with “just making sure my name isn’t in here, means I’m still alive!” What I take from this is that life is important and  worth living, cherish it and make the best of the time you have here!
  2. It’s not always getting the best, but making the best of what you’ve got! Be appreciative of what you have already, there are many out there who have much less.
  3. Life is tough and can’t be handled alone and that is why you have family and friends. No matter what you may think, some one will always  be there for you and in my opinion that is something that can’t be appreciated enough!

All though the world may be a crazy place and can seem that there is not much to be thankful for,  think about the concepts I  spoke about above…there  is always something for which you can  be thankful.

Here’s wishing you a very healthy and happy thanksgiving to  you  and  yours!

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“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons  of preaching”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

This day in age the benefits of massage have been proven more and more to help people to reduce stress, recover from injury, and overall just feel better. These simple facts help to promote myself as well as other massage therapists out there as “healthcare providers.”

Many people will come into our offices or spas to seek relief, achieve better overall well-being, and even ask for our advice on health care topics and other related subjects.  Now it’s not in our Scope of Practice to  diagnose problems,  write prescriptions, design fitness routines and so forth; we leave that to the other healthcare professionals. We are here to treat the discomfort in muscles, reduce stress, improve overall wellness and we do that by treatments, education, and leading by example.

As therapists, it is important for us to educate ourselves on the latest healthcare topics and how they can impact us all. This education will assist us,  the therapists,  in providing the best treatments for you  as well as give us knowledgeable information that you  can utilize as advice in creating the best healthcare plan for yourself.

It is in my opinion, as well as many other’s, that the best way to promote health and wellness it to exude health and wellness. How do we exude it you  may ask? Following the old adage of “Practice What You  Preach!” I don’t know about you but it’s always been difficult for me to listen to a healthcare professional talk to me about being healthy when they are overweight,  have poor eating habits, drink often, smoke, and the list could go on. This is like getting pulled over by a police officer for speeding then being issued a ticket right before he speeds off for not particular reason. There are so many other metaphors out there that we could use, but  for time we will limit it. Feel free to leave your best examples in the comment spaces below. Sorry, I digress, but to me these situations just don’t make sense and almost seem hypocritical.

I love to write about health and wellness as well as suggest simple tips to achieve these goals as well as promote my profession and skills. You can rest assured that all of these things I have at least tried and experienced or still practice on a regular basis.  Back in 2005 I decided to lead a StraightEdge lifestyle which simply means that I don’t drink, smoke, or use an unnecessary drugs. This decision was based upon the fact that if I was going to talk about and urge others to be of a healthier lifestyle, I needed to follow it myself. I stretch daily, use dynamic warm-ups before activities, get massage at least once a month, and workout at least 3 times a week. These activities help me stay at the top of my game so that I can provide the best treatment for my clients. I have been vegetarian, vegan, tried many different workouts including P90X, practiced yoga,  meditations, and so much more all in the desire to see what works best for me as well as understand them more to see what may work best for YOU!

Call it leading by example, inspiration, or whatever you will; I feel that in order to help others you have to be the best you can be first. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as possible.