An ounce of prevention

P1050904I practice massage therapy and know all the research that proves that regular massage and bodywork can be one of the best ways to either improve ones health or maintain well being.

Even though a lot of people know that to be true as well, there seems to be an internal obstacle to implement this simple wellness solution into action.

Often the first response is- I can’t afford it.

One way I could interpret this is – I am not worth it.

I remember a client quoting her dad’s wisdom: The most important part in your life is good health, number 2 is good health, number 3 is…. good health. Our body is the one that is carrying us into old age. We only have this one. Is it worth keeping it in good health and well maintained? Are you worth it?

Most of us are pretty good at another maintenance; our car.

I always find this comparison interesting.  We accept that a car should get 4 oil changes a year. Other regular check ups are required. Once the car has over 100,000 miles, the yearly inspection might require additional repairs, which can easily reach $1000 a year. If you don’t want to deal with repairs, you most likely have a car payment of about $ 4-6000 a year. Additionally a lot of people invest in regular car washes and detailing.

For the money you spend on your car, you can receive at least monthly, if not weekly massages, acupuncture or other modalities of your choice and support your body to stay healthy, especially if you purchase package deals.

The one big difference between our cars and our bodies is that the car is a mechanical device that needs to get fixed when it breaks. Your car needs those repairs, even if they add up to $700. But our body is a living organism. It can adapt and compensate. If a muscle gets injured or is overused, the body starts a healing process, and perhaps tries to alter movement patterns. Another muscle with similar action might try to take over the work. Or you learn to live with the tight neck, the tension headaches, and accept that your shoulder can’t reach as high any more. This compensation can seduce you not to pay attention to your body- until you develop severe pain or become seriously ill.  To fix those conditions can be a long process of healing and be very costly. You also might not be able to work during that time, adding to the financial hardship.

An ounce of prevention goes a long way to avoid this scenario and so much more affordable in the long run.

Aren’t you worth it to invest in yourself?

I love regular massages, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatment, as well as fresh organic food.

What will nourish your body and sustain your wellbeing? Get that regular oil change and keep your body running smoothly.

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Winter Wellness Fair

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Here is the line up of Practitioner Talks at CWH Winter Wellness Fair

*11:30- Learn seated massage techniques for every day benefit, Antje Roitzsch LMT, Shiatsu, and Phenomenal TouchTM Master

Practitioner and Instructor will show you how to incorporate massage into your daily life. During this talk you will learn both, to give and receive seated massage. These simple techniques will help you shed the stress of the day.
We will be using regular chairs and be dressed in comfortable clothing.

*Noon- Mind-Body Medicine, Barbara Davis, LCSW, and Alison

Faulkingham, MD, will present the fundamentals of Mind-Body Medicine and demonstrate how these fundamentals can play a central role in health and self- care. The techniques introduced in this lecture will be expanded upon in an upcoming group they are offering at Camden Whole Health this March.

*12:30-Shiatsu Self Massage and Meridian Stretches, Michele

DiGirolamo LMT, will demonstrate and instruct techniques useful in shiatsu self massage as well as guide you in meridian stretches you can implement in any daily practice.

*1:00-Acupressure and Stress Relief, Amy Jenner M.Ac, Dipl. OM, L.Ac, will teach techniques of acupressure for yourself and others that will help

promote relaxation.

*1:30-Somatic Meditation, Willow Hall, LMT, Holistic Health Coach, and Yoga Instructor, will give a brief introduction of Somatic Meditation and then guide participants through a series of simple exercises designed to improve our understanding of the impact of posture and breathing on our emotions. This

mini-workshop is appropriate for people of all abilities – no prior meditation experience needed.

*2:00-Personalized medicine-how genetics is leading the charge to individualize care, Dr. Deb Moskowitz, ND, Founder of Camden

Whole Health, Ever feel like your body doesn’t respond quite the same way as others? Have sensitivities to medications? Diets that work for others aren’t working for you? Recent advances in genomics is opening a whole new field of medicine- that which is tailored to the individual based on their unique genetic code in addition to environmental factors and current health status.

*2:30– note- this talk is canceled

An Apothecary in Your Pocket: 10 Essential Homeopathic Remedies for Daily Life, Kelly Callahan CCH, Concentric Healing

Homeopathy, will introduce the basic principles of homeopathic medicine, review 10 essential remedies, and answer your questions about this time-tested modality. Learn effective, natural and gentle treatment for: head injury, grief and shock, fever, headache, bumps bruises and injuries, tick bites and stings, hangovers, flu, and food poisoning. Kelly especially encourages those who have long been confused by homeopathy, or have tried with no results.

*3:00-Essential Oil origins and Safe Use, Nancy Lubin, Certified Aromatherapist, will explain where Essential Oils come from, how they differ from other “oils”, and how to use them safely. She will discuss using dilution guidelines to determine what application methods are best for your desired outcome.

*3:30- Breast Cancer Research Review: Preventing Recurrence Naturally, Dr. Barbara MacDonald, ND, LAc, CranioSacral Therapist and the author of The Breast Cancer Companion: A

Complementary Care Manual, 3rd ed. will answer questions and share the latest research on lifestyle choices we can make to significantly reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer.

 

In Safe Hands | Massage and PTSD

Here is a repost for an article from the Massage Therapy Journal on Massage therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I currently am reading a lot on the collaborative approaches of psychotherapy and massage therapy.  More about that later. I am thrilled to see an article in the Massage Therapy Journal addressing possible treatment for clients that have suffered trauma. Here is an excerpt of the article with a link to the whole story:

…….For clients with PTSD seeking massage therapy, Fitch believes working through their trauma history with an experienced psychologist or psychotherapist is a must. “If clients with PTSD seek massage therapy before they have done some reflection with a psychotherapist, they could be at risk of worsening their symptoms, becoming triggered by the touch, or feeling depressed or angry,” she explains.

How Can Massage Therapy Help?

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According to Fitch, some of the massage therapist’s most powerful tools come from how the massage therapy session itself is handled, from the informed consent and opportunity for a client to ask questions that start each session to the therapist’s ability to respond to the individual’s needs during a session, whether that’s stopping altogether, changing positioning or adapting levels of pressure. “All of these actions ensure that clients are safe and know they can stop the treatment at any time, providing them a safe environment to experience touch,” she explains.

Massage therapists can also provide clients with self-care strategies to help prolong the positive benefits achieved, not only in massage therapy sessions, but with other integrative treatment approaches as well. “People who have been traumatized are no longer at home in their bodies,” Fitch says. “Massage therapists can teach clients safe and effective ways of self-soothing and stress management.”……….

Read the whole article- Source: In Safe Hands | Massage Therapy Journal

Chair Massages during Community Clinic

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Seeing the benefit of the 10 min chair massages inspired me to offer them on a regular basis.

Here is how it works:

Location: 91 Elm St. Camden at Camden Whole Health.

Amy Jenner, our acupuncturist has started a community clinic.  A Community Clinic is a group experience where the healing effects are made more potent by the energy of the group.  We will be gathering in the large front waiting room. Amy will offer acupuncture treatments by appointment only. Please call (207) 542-1575 to reserve your spot.  I will offer chair massages, one after the other, for everyone who shows up. Other practitioners might join us in the future.

Date: It will be every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Time: It starts at 5:15 pm and goes to about 6:15 or 6:30 depending on how many people show up.

Since I can only work on one person at a time, I suggest you call ahead and reserve your time slot, especially if you are planning to come later. Or come and prepare to wait a little, surrounded by the relaxing and healing energy of the community setting.

Payment: Camden Whole Health is donating the space and I as well as Amy are donating our time, so the session itself is free. But we are collecting donations to go to the food pantry and hope you generously participate. Again- this is in the spirit of community- if you can’t contribute much, that is fine as well.

Contact: call me at 542-4285 or email info@healingartsmaine.com

I hope this offer is well received.  Please join us and stay well during this holiday season.

 

Give the Gift of Nurturing

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Give the Gift of

Relaxation, Compassion, Tenderness, Healing,

Time for Self, Nurturing, Soothing

With a Gift Certificate for a Phenomenal Touch Massage

by Antje Roitzsch

As part of the “buy Local” movement, each gift certificate includes a hot stone massage, $ 20 Value

call Antje Roitzsch to reserve your gift certificate:

542-4285, or email: info@HealingArtsMaine.com

91 Elm St. Camden, at Camden Whole Health

or go to this link and get a gift card online: Gift Cards

follow the ONLINE Store to gift cards

 

Massage at Whitehead Light Island

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The table is waiting for you.

This Post is for a private group, receiving massages on Sunday September 25, 2016.

Here you can sign up for your massage and prepay.  We will be 2 Massage Therapists and will give Gigi the order in which we will be able to do either  60, 90 or 120 min. sessions between the two of us. You then can pick the timeslot you prefer.

We look forward meeting you and giving you a relaxing experience.

Sign up through Paypal (the link will include 3%processing fee)

60 Min Massage $125          Buy Now Button

90 Min Massage $155          Buy Now Button

120 Min Massage $ 185      Buy Now Button

Or you can send a check (without the 3% processing fee) directly to :

Antje Roitzsch

20 Mill St.

Rockland, ME 04841

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What is my first Phenomenal Touch Massage session like?

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The first session of Phenomenal Touch™ Massage can take up to 2 hours. The intake form you fill out prior to the session will be the starting point to, hear your story as well as establish your comfort level and our boundaries. There is space for you to voice any expectations, goals and concerns.

I step out of the room while you undress to your comfort level and get under the sheets on the table. I will keep you covered during the massage, just uncovering arms or legs being massaged.

We work on the massage table listening to your body’s story, finding spaciousness in tight areas; discovering how your muscles like to be stretched and moved and what feels nurturing and restful. There is no set routine, each session is based on where you are at the moment and what your goals and needs are.

After the massage I will step out and you can observe the changes in your body. When you are dressed you open the door for me to come back in, so we can have a short check in and see what felt great and if there was anything that felt challenging. This is a good time to reschedule your next session. For future sessions it is actually nice to prepay and pre schedule a number of sessions, so you don’t have to deal with logistics after your massage.

Call to set up your first session 207-542-4285