Slowly but surely the idea of therapeutic massage as self-care rather than an indulgence seems to be taking root.
And not only with the public but also the formal health industry, including medical schemes.
Today I can announce that another major medical scheme has added massage to their claims list.
It takes more than just a good looking body.
Every September is dedicated to a healthy human heart.
Organisations like The Heart and Stroke Foundation use this opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa and to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle and appropriate treatment.
And they do it with good reason: heart disease and strokes is the second biggest killer in South Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
I want to tell you how massage can contribute to keeping your heart healthy and help those whose hearts need some extra TLC after a cardiac procedure.
The intention of every hairdresser I have ever met, and I have seen several in my massage practice over the years, is to make their clients look beautiful, to help them feel better about themselves and to improve their self-confidence.
But this quest does not come without a price. Hairdressing is a demanding job for the stylist as well as everyone else on the salon team.
To achieve their maximum potential as employees and experience life joyfully, stylists have to look after themselves and develop simple, sustainable wellness practices.
Are you a hair stylist and you are not sure how to do that? I have a few ideas ...
In Africa, pre-natal massage and compassionate touch during the childbearing years have been around for centuries and has always been much more than just a pampering session.
In this month when we celebrate African Traditional Medicine Week (26-31 August) I thought it fit to look at the integral part of massage in maternity care as both a touch therapy and a ritualistic tradition .
Is it necessary for small businesses, micro businesses and solopreneurs to implement a formal workplace wellness strategy?
I think it is and that is what I told a group of business women at the Durbanville Chapter of the Xtraordinary Women recently.
To find out why I think it is important, continue reading and watch the interview with Barbara Stander of Business Partners Western Cape and Xtraordinary Women Durbanville chapter leader at the end of the blog post. It was recorded after the talk.
And so the new year has kicked off!
Can you believe it is just a month ago that we were rushed off our feet trying to finish a hundred and one things before going on leave?
Can you remember how our tempers flared and our relationships unraveled as our nervous systems were run ragged?
How we kept saying to ourselves to hold on and to keep going until suddenly it was holiday time and we could switch off!
And then just as abruptly it was all over and we are back on the hamster wheel and the whole cycle starts again.
But what if I told you we get it the wrong way round every year?
On 20 October every year we mark World Osteoporosis Day.
It gives me an opportunity today to talk about a fear often expressed about how safe it is to receive massage when afflicted with decreased bone mass.
Well, here is the answer ...
During the first week of October we celebrate Older Persons Week and on 1 October it is the International Day of Older Persons.
The theme of the 2017 International Day of Older Persons, is Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.
In my work as a massage therapist, I come into contact with older people very often and I am always impressed with the knowledge, skills and wisdom they have accumulated over the years.
At the same time it saddens me that society and often, older people themselves do not value or apply what they know to improve our world.
The widely held image of older people as sickly, boring, worthless and decrepit cannot be further from the truth. Older people are just that, old. And mostly they are wise with incredible skills of adaptation. Rather than being a burden, they can make a rich contribution to our lives.
Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength. - Betty Friedan
Here is how I know:
(It is b)etter to feel bad for a moment saying no – and stop it – than to get harmed.
― Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir
Massage can be an effective tool for victims of violence and abuse to regain confidence in their bodies and to learn self-compassion on their road to healing.
There are many ways in which massage can facilitate the process. In the two previous blog posts in this series, I looked at how massage helps:
This time I discuss ways in which massage offers a safe space for victims of violence and abuse to learn to set boundaries.
To improve our health and wellness we have got to take action.
But the last thing we need is to add yet another chore to our daily to-do list.
So here are a few ways to gently introduce wellness into your workplace and your life.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!