In considering how to relieve constriction, pain (due to nerve impingement), numbness and possible muscle atrophy resulting from scar tissue, I use Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Scar tissue forms over the site of a wound or cut as part of the body’s natural healing mechanism. Scar tissue is connective tissue that is made of fibroblasts in newly forming scars and dense bundles of collagenous fibers in older wounds. Scar tissue becomes hard and can adversely affect the use of muscles and joints.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a slow, rhythmical, massage technique that enhances the natural flow of lymph and fluid drainage around the injured site. When used in combination with Swedish massage and applying vitamin E oil directly on the scar tissue the muscle’s normal movement is improved. Pain and numbness are reduced or eliminated and you are feeling better.
For more information go to: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2012-12-14/Massage_for_Your_Health/Scar_tissue_and_the_benefits_of_massage.html
How has healing from surgery affected the way your body moves?
So what are fascial adhesions? Fascia is connective tissue. It can be found superficially in the body just below the skin. It can also be found deeper in the body around our organs and muscles. Fascia gives support to the different body structures. Sometimes the fascia and the muscles beneath it stick together creating pain, burning sensations and reduced range of motion. When this happens, our muscles lack fluidity and we don’t feel free in our movements.
So what do we do?
Deep tissue massage to the rescue! Deep tissue massage is working between the muscle fibers. It can be uncomfortable for the client and good communication between client and therapist is necessary. I have found combining deep tissue massage for twenty minutes on the body areas that really need it along with Swedish massage and energy work to be highly effective. The beneficial results last longer and when you leave you are relaxed and feeling great!
If needed, soaking in a hot bath with apple cider vinegar or Epsom salts can deepen the relaxation and relieve any achiness. Putting an ice pack on the treated areas will also relieve any temporary discomfort.
For more information on deep tissue massage and fascial adhesions go to: http://www.transformationswellness.net/_articles/deeptissue.asp
What are your experiences with receiving deep tissue massage?
Fall always makes me think of apples. Growing up in the mid-west I have many wonderful memories of apple picking, cooking and eating apples around this time of year. It also reminds me of some other ways we can use apples in our daily living.
During my massage training I was exposed to many different ideas about health and healing of the body. Here is one idea that many of you may already use. After a long tiring day or a heavy physical workout, pour two or three cups of good old fashioned apple cider vinegar into a tub of hot water. Now sit and soak for a good twenty minutes and have some water to drink next to you to counteract the sweating that occurs. I usually just want to go right to bed afterwards because I am so relaxed and my muscles feel great! I recommend this to all my clients especially after receiving a deep massage.
What are your experiences with using apple cider vinegar as folk medicine? Check out this website for more information about how to use apple cider vinegar. http://www.theapplefarm.com/vinegar.htm
Stretching is something we all do intentionally or unintentionally. We can go to an exercise class or the gym or swim in a pool as an intention; focusing on certain muscles to strengthen and get a great workout. Or we can wake up in the morning, yawn and stretch without realizing, ‘hey, I’m stretching’. Moving in your body is stretching.
So how do we want to move in our bodies? Is there choice?
Yes there is!
If we think of movement as a release, like the ‘ahh’ of a yawn, rather than an effort that we have to make, then the way we move begins to change. Gradually we will feel more ease and less tension and constriction in our muscles.
Experiment with walking today as a form of relaxation and release. Feel warmth flowing through your legs down into your feet and extending beyond out into the world around you. Feel lightness under your arms as if a puff of air were buoying the weight. Allow yourself to enjoy just walking.
How could you use the idea of movement as a release while chopping vegetables?
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Thoughts about breathing…
Imagine you are standing at the edge of the ocean about knee deep in the swirling water. As the wave goes back out to sea the sand flows away from under your feet creating a space. Effortlessly the cavity begins to fill back up with water and sand until the next outgoing wave once again washes it away.
Now imagine as you are breathing your diaphragm relaxing and falling away from your upper chest creating a space. Effortlessly the lungs respond taking in and filling up with air; expanding into the larger chest cavity.
“Normally we conceive of the in-breath as being the active component and the exhaling the passive, but in this dynamic, the out-breath is the active while the in-breath is the action that follows your relaxation,” explains Jamen McMillan in THE FOURFOLD PATH TO HEALING, page 364,
When we allow the diaphragm to softly release which creates a space that immediately fills up as the lungs expand with the intake of air, without forcing, our breathing becomes deeper and more rhythmical. It is as if we are being breathed rather than us sucking air in and pushing air out. Then we are joining in the larger rhythms of life; day and night, low tide and high tide, summer and winter and sleeping and waking.
How are you breathing?
New beginnings…New creations…Radiant health to you all.
What does this picture make you think of?