Spring is always a good time for change so Erin Miller Massage Therapy is moving!
This lovely new purpose designed clinic is the bees knees. With much more space and a private entry it allows more scheduling flexibility, privacy and versatility.
New appointments are available from Monday 17th of September.
To entice you to my amazing new space I will be running a competition over the coming weeks where you can win a free 60 minute session along with other prizes and give aways. So watch this space or follow me on facebook, twitter or instagram for more details.
We all know that we are supposed to ice an injury right? Or are we supposed to apply heat? Or is it heat and ice… OK, so maybe there is still some confusion about what to do and if cryotherapy or thermotherapy (the fancy way of saying icing or heating). Both are cheap, easy, safe and sensible self treatment options for lots of common painful problems. So, which is for what, when should you use it and why?
Ice, ice baby
The general rule is ice is for fresh injuries. There is a bit of debunking going on of late about icing, and the backlash has some merit but the main reason for the application is pain relief, and there’s really is no problem with that. Red, inflamed, hot and swollen tissues are side effects of the inflammation process which although normal, can be incredibly painful. Ice is a drugless way to calm down inflamed superficial tissues. Less inflammation = less pain. For that reason ice is usually more effective for superficial injuries than deep tissue ones.
Heat is for stiff, aching muscles, chronic pain, and stress. Think warm baths, hot towels or a long shower. Heat is soothing for tight overworked muscles, reducing anxiety and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Reducing the stress pain causes and anxiety about having pain can actually reduce your pain levels leaving you feeling better in more ways than one.
Handle with caution!
They may seem pretty innocuous but ice and heat have the potential to do some minor, temporary harm if not used appropriately. Ice can aggravate stiffness and make a tight muscle tighter, heat can increase inflammation, and either can be stressful if the application is unexpected or unwanted.
So which one works?
So you ice an injury but heat is better for muscle soreness – So what do you use and when? Since most injuries are accompanied by pain should you apply hot or cold? It can be a tough decision but for the first few days ice usually wins out. A muscle injury usually involves obvious trauma during intense effort, causing severe pain suddenly. Most of the inflammation that accompanies an injury will occur in the first 24 to 48 hours so this is the best time to chill with an ice pack.
If you wake up the morning after leg day with sore legs dig out the wheat bag or take a nice hot bath. A bit of heat will soften and relax those tight muscles and help you sit without the wincing.
The good, the bad and the efficacy
Neither heat nor cold will instantly fix what ails you but they may both provide some pain relief or other mild benefits. Evidence shows that they are fairly equal in potency, which is to say not very potent, but do provide some relief. The reason for reason to drag those peas out of the freezer is because it’s a cheap, easy, and mostly safe method to help you recover. Once the initial pain and swelling has died down a good massage can help as well, especially one that utilizes hot towels or stones. Most importantly use what feels best to you. It’s your body and no-one else can tell you what feels right.
Did you know that August 26th is National dog day?
Well it is, and while i love the idea of a special day put aside for celebrating our furry friends i feel like one measly day a year isn't enough! These pugnatious pugs and dedicated dobermans are so good to us (and good for us) I feel they deserve to be celebrated every day.
Archaeological and genetic evidence indicate that our canine companions evolved from wolves. Over tens of thousands of years, the individuals best suited to living among us – those who had a taste for our food scraps, who were not too afraid approach us, and who were best able to trigger our affection – selectively passed on their genes, thereby strengthening those traits. Later, once dog-human companionship was established, humans took active control over their breeding to develop traits that made dogs even more sociable. Other dogs were bred to help us herd animals, or to hunt. Humans and dogs became interdependent.
Dogs, and the wolves they descended from, are profoundly social animals. To survive and thrive they must adapt to the customs of their group, figure out their place in the hierarchy, and be forgiving. While we influenced their development in major ways, we could not have done this with just any animal species. Dogs are trainable, and suited to being our companions, because they have an appreciation for the social order that is built into them from the start.
For all of these reasons dogs, possibly more than any other animal species, are able to influence us in ways that are good for our physical and mental health. Simply having a dog has been linked to greater health and longevity. Though the precise reasons for this are not known, some likely explanations are that the act of dog walking is healthy exercise, and that having a canine companion protects us from loneliness – and loneliness is deadly. Just being with a dog can reduce stress, and petting a dog has been shown to reduce blood pressure and to stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and love.
Of course, dogs benefit from our companionship, too. In addition to getting their basic needs for food and shelter, they want and need our companionship – anyone who has come home from work to a bouncing, tail-wagging pooch can testify to that. And much like humans, dogs like and benefit from touch, though each individual dog has its own preferences; some may only want to be petted very little, others a lot. Petting should be adapted to suit the individual dog.
If a dog likes to be petted, does it logically follow that she might really enjoy a massage? Well, why not? Though you may never find a dog that is as into massage as this Corgi, if your dog likes to be petted there is no reason not to give her a basic canine massage. With practice, you should be able to customize the massage to best suit your dog. Meanwhile, you’ll be strengthening your bond all while getting your own health benefits.
Wait – what did you say? After all that you don’t even HAVE a dog?! Consider adopting one. The RSPCA has local chapters in all parts of the country that can help connect you with wonderful dogs (and other companion animals) that need a forever home.
August 25-31 has been officially named Be Kind to Humankind Week so I've decided to make a list of nine kind of unusual (and some more usual) ways to reach out and be kind to your fellow humans.
Randomly offer to help someone with a task. Rake their yard. Hoist their kayak onto their car. If you see someone bogged down with grocery sacks, offer to lighten their load. Chances are they’ll wave you off with a “no, but thanks you,” but no doubt the unexpected offer of help will be remembered.
Say thank you.
Crazy isn’t it? Two simple words can have a way of making someone’s day. I recently heard a story about someone who manned a drive-thru window, she said the amount of people who acknowledged her presence was minimal. As long as they got what they wanted, they didn’t even say a word or look her in the eye. A drive-thru window may seem like such a brief exchange, but it can still have an impact.
Be open to conversation.
We all have busy schedules, things to do, and places to be. We stand in line at the bank, the grocery store, medicare. Each line is an opportunity to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know. Think about it, every time you walk past a homeless person is also an chance to converse with someone who’s had a very different journey.
Give the benefit of the doubt.
If you live in an area that is prone to road rage, flipping people off, and flat out confrontation, this one might be difficult. Maybe they are going through something and maybe their not. Giving the benefit of the doubt can be a way to be kind to yourself, too, since it lets YOU off the hook from stressing about it.
Make extra soup.
And share some with your neighbor. I have a neighbor that was kind enough to help when we needed someone to look after our cats. She didn’t have to come over but she saw a window to help and she did. Since then, every time I make chicken noodle soup, I bring over a large bowl... And then she leaves me homemade cookies (and cake. and pie. and slices…. I think I’m making out in the deal here.) The point is we continue to help each other and that’s so awesome.
Yep. Not much to it. A smile can go a long way.
Tell people you love them.
Even the difficult people. We all have reasons to not speak to someone who use to be close but has since drifted away. Maybe someone in our lives has changed so drastically we can’t stand to be around them. Whatever the case, if you love them, say it. It might be cliche to go on about how life is short and blah blah, but you have no idea when speaking lovey words might no longer be an option.
Get them a massage.
One of my favorite ways to be kind to humankind is massage. Surprised? Nah, didn’t think so. I could list for days the benefits of a great massage, but no one has time for that. Giving a gift certificate for massage is really sending two messages: 1. I care about you. And 2. You should care for yourself. And who doesn’t love massage? (Ok, some people might not, so get them a gift certificate for a foot rub instead.)
Get you a massage
You count. Be kind to yourself. ‘Nuff said.
Be Kind to Humankind Week doesn’t have to be all big and flashy, unless you want it to be. If big and flashy is your thing - have at it. There are so many ways to be kind; volunteer, join community organizations, and, if you’ve got them - act on those big ideas!