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4 Tips to Relieve Stress

October 15, 2015

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by Patricia Coldiron  
3/13/2015 / Health

You may feel like you should always be in control of your emotions, but you can’t ignore the pounding headaches, tight muscles, and short temper that you are suddenly experiencing. Everyone suffers from stress at some point in life, but by following some simple tips, you’ll soon be back to your cheerful self.

Here are 4 tips to eliminate stress:

Lean on God

God knows exactly what you need and is just waiting for you to call on Him for help. One of my favorite scriptures concerning stress relief can be found in Philippians 4: 6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Take It Slow

Taking deep breaths from the diaphragm allows full oxygen exchange throughout the chest and lungs. When you are feeling stressed, sit down in a comfortable position, put one hand on your chest, and the other on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose. If you are deep breathing correctly, you will see the hand on your stomach rise as you breathe, while the hand on your chest should only move slightly. Repeat 10 times and feel yourself relax.


You may feel like your thoughts are all over the place, and writing down how you are feeling will help you to clarify thoughts and put them into the proper perspective. Make a habit of journaling regularly, and you will discover the things that make you happy, while eliminating toxic people and situations.

Practice Gratitude

This tip has been the most helpful when I am feeling stressed. There are so many things to be thankful for, that even the worse problems don’t seem that bad. Practice gratitude by making a gratitude list of everything you’re thankful for. I like to do this in the morning and before I go to bed. Include everything you can think of. There is good food to eat, family and friends to treasure, a warm house to sleep in, and most of all a God who loves and leads us.

I have always felt called to write for God, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others.

After many years in the corporate world, I am living my dream of writing full-time.

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March 27, 2012

We treat many seniors at our massage therapy suite. Some of the seniors have been with us for several years. And we have noticed for a few that their brain functions have been slowly deteriorating. Massage does help the brain function some. But these senior need more. The online Mac computer classes mentioned is a good start. We will definitely recommend for some of our seniors to take the classes.

Do not forget that seniors and everybody need muscle exercise also. No one should sit or stand in front of a computer for long periods of time. The combination of brain and muscle exercises should help each one of our seniors live a more rewarding and fulfilling life.

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A Great Change

May 10, 2011

Guest post written by Chris Farson

Moving to South Virgina was a difficult change for my family. My wife has lived in one state her whole life and my kids are pretty young and had to leave their friends and the area they grew up in. We came down here because my mother and father are from this state. Now that they are a little older, they have had some health issues and I need to be closer to them so that I can help them out. They have been the best parents a guy could ask for, and they were always there for me. The least I can do is be closer to them.

I’ve already helped them with a few things. The other day I took my dad to get a free hearing test in a Virginia MiracleEar center. I helped my mother get to an annual doctor’s appointment, and I helped both of them move some things out of their home. While I know that I did the right thing, I hope my family learns to love this state. It’s going to be a big change, but I think it will be for the best.

Neurologic Pathologies

November 26, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

This chapter begins with an overview of the functions of the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for mental processes, behavior, and emotional response. It functions in conjunction with the endocrine system to maintain homeostasis. The neuronal structure is discussed next. More detail is given about the central nervous system that is composed of brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. A brief description of the peripheral nervous system is given next. The following CNS disoders are reviewed: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, spinal cord injury, ADHD, and autism. A brief discussion of proper etiquette and care for wheelchair-bound clients. Meningitis, encephalitis, poliomyelitis and postpolio syndrome are infectious diseases discussed. Neurodegenerative and vascular disorders overview follow. The chapter ends with an overview of peripheral nerve disoders. The peripheral nerve disorders discussed are trigeminal neuralgia, bells palsy, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, sciatica, carpal tunnel, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Identifying Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 12, 2010

It is important to be aware of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease because depending on what stage the client is in will greatly influence the type and length of time the massage is given. The first stage is unrecognizable, there is no impairment. The second stage there is some memory loss and forgetfulness. The third stage is still mild, in addition to the previous signs; there is also an inability to focus and a difficult time planning. The fourth stage involves a difficult time doing tasks and an inability to do numeric tasks. The fifth stage a person has trouble remembering present facts, like the month or day, and they may have some incontinence. The sixth stage is more severe, a person does not know facts about themselves, such as their name and personal history, and there is also a decline in physical abilities such as using the restroom. A person in this stage needs assistance is daily living. The last stage is very severe, a person may not be able to speak anymore and is completely unable to care for themselves, they would need 24/7 care.

Brain Cancer

July 30, 2010

I have shadowed therapists a few times, and on one of the occasions, the patient was a two year old boy who had just had a cancerous brain tumor removed. He was having some sensory difficulties, so the therapist and I worked with him. This was actually a fairly difficult process, but we did get him to do it. It was interesting to watch how this little boy who had just had such major surgery and was recovering from cancer worked. It was amazing though to see how the therapist worked with him and helped him overcome some of the sensory barriers.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Autism in Occupational Therapy

July 27, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, and tetraplegia will be especially prevalent in my field. The book even mentions that occupational therapy and rehabilitation will be necessary to maximize the patients’ independence and self-confidence with their injury. Having an interest in pediatric occupational therapy, I will need an extensive knowledge base of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. These are more commonly being diagnosed in children and early intervention with these disorders is very important. As an occupational therapist, I will need to know how to work with these children to build their strengths with touching different things (sensory integration) and their fine motor skills. I have shadowed at an autism school before, and the work that the occupational therapists do with the children is quite remarkable.

Neurological Pathologies

July 21, 2010

While there is really no such thing as an unimportant factor to consider when deciding how to go about a massage therapy session, neurological factors are some of the more important factors to consider. One neurological disorder that is beginning to see more treatment by massage therapists is Cerebral Palsy. Often present at, during, or just after birth, Cerebral Palsy affects many children and has no cure. Through massage therapy, however, people with Cerebral Palsy can experience lower occurrences of spasticity due to the calming effects of massage therapy and can also experience greater flexibility and range of motion as well as even having more positive social interactions after several successful massage therapy sessions. It is important to note, however, that the massage therapists have to be extremely careful if and when they attempt to stretch a client with Cerebral Palsy due to the compromised bone density associated with Cerebral Palsy. Many massage therapists also find it beneficial to the patient to teach a family member or primary care giver some techniques that could help to calm a person with Cerebral Palsy in order to provide the best care for the client and to make the client as comfortable as possible when situations of severe pain or discomfort arise.

Nervous System Pathology

July 19, 2010

I found neurologic pathologies the most interesting. My mother is a registered nurse and we have often discussed first aid especially for people who are having seizures or are not mentally there, such as a grandmother of mine who had Alzheimer’s disease. Had I known more about it like I do now perhaps I could have used massage in correlation to her treatment plan. Also I work next door to a hearing aid clinic. To be able to know some sign language helps them feel more comfortable and will trust me to get on a table and get body work done.

Nervous System Pathology

July 15, 2010

I did have one recent experience while interning.  I treated an 80 year old woman who had Alzheimer’s. Her 45 year old daughter brought her in and they both had massages.  I was lucky enough to treat the 80 year old.  She was quite nice, and hard of hearing.  She had never had a massage so I was always trying to explain to her what I was going to do before I did it.  Unfortunately for the client in the next room, I had to speak quite loudly to my client (louder than I normally would in the environment).   I had to help my client get dressed and put on her shoes, which I gladly did.  Her daughter was quite thankful that I was so kind to her mother.  She was very generous with her gratuity.  The end

Pinched nerve/Herniated disc

July 12, 2010

An acquaintance of mine recently went to the hospital with severe pain radiating down his arm. The ER diagnosed him with a pinched nerve and recommended he get a deep tissue massage. I gave him a massage and after, the pain was manageable but still severe. He went to a chiropractor and found out he had two herniated discs, C5 and C7. Then he had to go back to the doctor who said it had apparently been there for a long time and he just didn’t know. He had to have his spine fused together and now cannot turn his head well. He has also learned about each vertebrae and the associated pathologies when they are damaged. Now he could develop recurrent throat conditions from the C5 damage and more frequent colds, thyroid issues, and/or bursitis from the C7 damage. He also has limited physical abilities at work. He is in his early 30’s, I wonder what his physical abilities will be like when he is older or if he develops complications at such a young age?

nervous system pathologies

April 29, 2010

The nervous system works in conjunction with the endocrine system to keep homeostasis in check. Millions of sensory cells are sending information to the central nervous system for evaluation, if anything out of its parameters will be corrected by direct action of the nerve system or by the release of hormones, many pathologies, that affect the nervous system, are acquired or congenital, either way, massage can help the client to release the tension created by this illnesses, so the body can heal itself. Many activities are realized consciously during the day, but many more are realized automatically and unconsciously all those decisions are taken by the central nervous system like the regulation of blood vessel diameter is achieved by the sympathetic nervous system, this system is the one responsible for the fight or flight, in other words, in case of an emergency you confront the situation or you leave the situation, all this surrounded by physical and mental changes like, increase of the heart rate, dilation of pupils, tunnel vision, faster breathing, the palms of your hands get wet with perspiration, the mind blocks and focuses in the threatening situation. When we are chronically in "emergency mode" stress, this will weaken our immune system and any illness can overcome us. In our assessment to the client, we should take in consideration the mental state of the client, if something calls our attention, like nervousness, jerking movements, abnormal breathing patterns, color of the skin, even the tone of the voice, can be an indication that a nervous pathology is affecting the client, some times little details can help us, to approach the problem in a better way. One of my clients, told me that needed a relaxing massage because of the stress she was having. During the assessment, I ask her, if her voice, always being like that, as she was chocking. She said she did not notice the difference, but, that I was the third person telling her the same thing in the last three moths. In a deeper evaluation I found the reason for the nervousness and the chocking of her voice. Using the proper modality she was able to recover her calm and her normal voice. It is important to have a healthy nervous system but many factors can damage it. Improper diet, lack of sleep, recreational or medicated drugs, emotional stress, deep and prolonged sadness. If any symptom let the client know, if necessary refer to a health care provider. People with nervous pathologies can benefit from a good relaxing massage mainly to release stress. It is easier to have a positive approach to difficulties if your mind is relaxed and calm.

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