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The Newsletter for Clients of Celtic Hands Massage
As this issue goes to press, I am tentatively
planning on taking a vacation to visit family and
As our world grows ever more complex, we
friends in Arizona and Southern California from
often become “stressed out.” Most of us think
November 26th through December 5th. Since I
stress results from those times when everything
won’t have access to my computer while I’m on
seems too rushed, when life seems more than a
the road, I figured it might be a good idea to make
little bit out of control. Holiday shopping,
commute traffic, crying kids, yelling bosses, tight
deadlines … these are truly situations when stress
In the last issue, I listed my availability in
studio and outlying areas. Upon reflection, I
decided that format was not as clear as it could
However, stress can be accumulated through
have been. Therefore, I’ve switched formats -
more than the circumstances of everyday life. We
beginning with this issue, I’ll include a monthly
add to the stress in our lives by inhaling toxins in
calendar showing dates and times of my the air, eating certain foods, or drinking too much availability in my Roseville studio as well as caffeine. Stress can also be created by negative scheduled dates for travel to outlying areas. I
Our bodies react to stress by increasing the
I’ve had to change my studio hours a bit. I
production of certain hormones, such as adrenalin
recently started to work at a local Massage Envy. and cortisol. It can sometimes be very difficult, I’m working there every Monday and Friday with our modern lifestyles, to eliminate the evening from 5 pm to 10 pm, and alternate situations causing the stress, and to flush the body Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. I’m still available
of the excess chemicals caused by the extra stress.
for studio appointments - check out the calendar
An animal in the wild, when under extreme stress,
on the back page for dates and times. If you need
will shake for a period of time after the event
a massage on a date and time not listed, call me. (such as being chased by a predator) to release the I’m sure we can make arrangements.
stress from their systems. The same effect happens to humans as well; we know it as the
Show your loved ones how special they are
in your life. Give them a Gift Certificate for a
Massage. You can bet they’ll love a Swedish,
Stress, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad
thing. We all need a certain amount of stress in
Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries,
Thanksgiving , Christmas, or “just because!”
Gift Certificates are available in any amount,
Call or email today to book your next massage!
While it may not be possible to eliminate all of
our lives - it helps us to grow and to learn. It can
the things that cause stress, we can change how
help us face life’s challenges, and lets us stay at
we react to them, lessening the effects of stress we
the top of our game. It’s when we internalize the
feel. Relaxation techniques can help us to slow
stress and keep it inside our bodies, rather than
our heart rate and breathing. They can also help
allowing it to be released, that problems can us to clear our minds, thus enabling us to calm begin. Prolonged or chronic stress can often lead
to psychological and emotional problems, as well
One of the best ways to manage your stress
levels is through massage therapy. Massage is a
Our muscles respond to stress by contracting,
manual therapy that uses hands-on manipulation
preparing for the “attack.” This constricts the of the muscles, joints and other soft tissues to veins, arteries and nerves. This process places
reduce muscle tension and reduce stress. Even
additional pressure on our heart. Someone with
though massage affects the entire body, it is
low cholesterol and high stress is just as likely, if
especially beneficial for the circulatory, musculo-
not more so, to suffer from heart problems skeletal, lymphatic and nervous systems. because of the extra pressure on the heart to pump
additional blood when the circulatory system is
Even the simple act of deciding to make an
appointment to see your massage therapist will
put you on the path to reducing your stress. Once
We are stuck in the “flight or fight” mode
your session gets underway, you’ll obtain even
until we do something to release that stress. more profound results. Massage can help to Exercise, movement and massage are some of the
manage stress by promoting relaxation, increasing
best ways to release the accumulated stress. circulation, reducing muscle soreness and pain, Massage can help to relax tight muscles and to
increasing your energy levels, and improving your
teach us to be more aware of when they are
starting to tense up. Being aware of the things that
are adding to your stress level is one of the first
A good massage therapist can help you tune in
steps toward making positive changes in your to your body, to learn how to interpret your stress, health.
pain or stiffness. Getting established on a
program which includes a regular massage can be
Stress, when unchecked, can be a fundamental
one of your best tools for living a long and
factor in many injuries and diseases. Chronic
muscle contractions may also cause additional
problems, such as strains/sprains, herniated discs,
Other techniques to help you relax your stress
back and neck pain, etc. Our bodies seem to have
an amazing capacity to compensate for stress.
• Count to Ten. If a situation gets really bad,
Then, like the camel who has one more piece of
slowly count to ten. This will give yourself
straw added to his burden, our system overloads.
time to think about the best way to react.
We bend over to pick up a pencil and find we
can’t stand up straight again. That’s our body’s
• Write it Out. Writing can be good therapy.
way of telling us that the stress in our lives has
concerns and possible solutions the problems.
Each of us, as we wend our way through life,
• Take a Bath. Add some soothing music and
finds different ways to unwind. Some read a
scented bath oils, and let your stress just melt
book, some listen to music, some go for a walk.
1. Take a ten to thirty minute walk every day. And
12. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else
while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti
13. You don't have to win every argument. Agree
2. Sit in silence for at least ten minutes each day.
14. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil
3. When you wake up in the morning complete
the following statement, “My purpose is to __________ today.”
15. Don't compare your life to that of others. You
have no idea what their journey is all about.
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants
and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
16. No one is in charge of your happiness except
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan Salmon, broccoli, 17. Frame every so-called disaster with these almonds & walnuts.
words: “In five years, will this matter?”
6. Try to make at least three people smile each
19. What other people think of you is none of
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip,
energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will
8. Do your best to maintain a Positive Mental
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are
sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
9. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince
and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all
10. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the
11. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.
Your time is valuable. So is mine. When you make an appointment for a massage, I ensure that I’m in the
studio and that the table is set up, ready for your massage.
I’ll always try to call you a day or two before your massage, to confirm that it’s still on. If you find that you
cannot meet your scheduled appointment, please call me as soon as you can, to let me know the change in your circumstances. You can reschedule your appointment, up to 24 hours ahead of time.
Cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment time, and no-shows, will be charged $25.00, as the time was
For your planning purposes, here’s my tentative studio/road trip schedule
for the months of November and December.
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