This might seem not to be about massage therapy, but I look at massage therapy as prevention from ill health. In Chinese medicine, we do not separate ourselves from the environment like we do in Western medicine. What I mean by this is the earth is made up of five elements, Wood, Metal, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements are within the body, but we continue to separate ourselves from nature more and more. I am not going to get into to much of five elements of Chinese medicine. If you’re interested in that, please feel free to do some research on it. I’m sure you’ll find it amazing.

Why I bring up the five elements of Chinese medicine is when we are out of balance with nature we become as unhealthy as our surroundings. Example, the bodies of waters of the world are getting more and more polluted. The body of water inside our body is the kidneys and Bladder. The reason I bring up this element is because there is a taste, a smell, an emotion and the negative feeling   is FEAR to the water element, Now you say, what does this have to do with massage.

Well, I’ll try to simplify it for you. The world as a whole is finally hitting the bottom. I hope for our sakes this is it. For years we have looked at the government as the mommy and daddy. We never question them why? They’ll take care of us, no questions asked. Are any of you really surprised that we are where we are today? Did everyone think that they could just go about their business focusing selfishly without any foresight on what was and is going on? Now, panic and fear mode, which accomplishes nothing. We are all responsible for the environmental, economical and financial mess we are in.

Then healthcare. I should really say our lack there of heath care. We never, ever question the doctor, after all it is so much easier to be the victim of our ill health. How could this have happened to me? I watch TV, it informs me of the medications that I should take to solve all my problem. It tells me all about the healthy foods from the fast food joints, to the prepared food, to the white flour to the sugar blah blah blah blah blah.

Well, I my friends am fed up with the ignorance of lazy, unmotivated, selfish people. I tell my clients the truth. I am not here to fix anyone. I am here to help you to heal, to give you information and your on your own. The people that come to me thinking I’m going to put a Band-Aid on them I will not continue seeing.

We need to teach ourselves to focus on finding the solution. Blame never brings about change. Taking responsibility for the parts you play in every relationship as well as removing yourselves from the ones that are unhealthy, is our responsibility.

The problems we have manifested will take time to solve. Taking responsibility for changing our health will take time as well. The most important part is to take charge of the thoughts we think, the way we look at each day and most important, the way we treat and talk to others. That my friend is really all we have control over.

Again, how does this tie into massage therapy? You have one body, one mind, and plenty of healing to do. I can offer massage therapy that helps you reconnect to your body even if it’s only for an hour. It takes stress to bring about change. Stress will always be in our lives. It does lodge itself in our bodies. It’s what we do with it and again I offer a solution through massage therapy.

I only hope that all of us can have a shift in our thinking and open our minds to healing ourselves. A ripple effect will happen if we as a whole get on a path of healing. It’s funny, I am not a religious person but, I am spiritual. I also have attention deficit disorder, so remembering things doesn’t come easy to me. It does strike me as unusual that the one thing that I do know by heart, is the Lord’s Prayer and massage therapy. I know with out one doubt massage works and I believe we can have a heaven here on earth.

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  • Drink filtered water, at least 8 glasses.
  • Eat organically.
  • Eat only meat once in a blue moon.
  • Eat plenty of greens.
  • Read the labels on foods.Exercise and practice yoga.
  • Take time for reflection.
  • Get a Massage at least once a month from me.
  • Get Chiropractic adjustments with Dr Cohn who I work with at 609-683-3996.
  • Book an appointment with me today…609-683-1608 GotcherBack.com

I feel truly lucky that I have a job that I love. I can’t imagine my life without massage and I can’t imagine not receiving massage either, my body can’t live without it. I had to go quite a while without getting massages due to not being able to find a massage therapist that was not only a good massage therapist but, one that understood how to work with a body and how it responds to the right amount of touch. I believe that if all of the people that never received Massage got a Intelligent Massage they would be amazed at how stressed and how much tension they where holding inside them. At times there is necessary discomfort/ pain to heal in getting a Massage. It sounds like life doesn’t it?

The bodies response to massage is that persons willingness to start a healing process or not. It is truly amazing to see how environment, eating habits, attitude, emotional expression or lack thereof can either facilitate or inhibit their healing process. There are some people who want to stay in their pain, it serves some kind of purpose to them. Not everyone wants to move forward and we can find many ways to sabotage our path to healing to success and self peace. It can start out as low back pain, shoulder and neck tightness, or an injury that we may need to make us come to a screeching halt. I know this because I truly believe that’s what happened with me when I was hit and suffer major damage to a disk in my neck from a car accident.

Gifts come in many shapes and forms. It’s if you choose to look at them and how you look at them and even if you want to look at them. There are a lot of people that won’t agree with this. My intention is not to gain a popularity contest. It is to speak the truth as I see it, one body at a time. What I do for a living is a gift. My favorite people to work on our athletes.The problem is, most people that do repetitive sports, running, biking, college sports, swimming and all the rest of the sports not mentioned need to realize that massage and stretching are imperative to staying injury free and keeping them at peak performance. Do your body and mind a favor book an appointment today, be open minded and give it a try!

I have a couple people in stores and products I would like to highly recommend. I guess I’m fortunate that when I don’t know how to do something I have no problem asking for help. I watch people at the gym, some of my clients, friends and people just running by, not knowing what they’re doing. Please learn to ask when it comes to working out, running or any sport or practice. You can injure yourself and you don’t need to. Plus learning to do it the right way first saves a lot of time. When I recommend someone my credibility is on the line so, when I recommend someone you can bet that I’m pretty damn sure that they are excellent at what they do.

I would like to recommend an incredible fitness trainer, Clyde Mealy. Clyde is a personal trainer that I would recommend to any parent who wants their child to have the best training possible. I would say, he rates on a scale of 1 to 10 on every level is a 10. Please contact him at phase4llc@gmail.com or phone him at 732-309-4667. I can promise that you will not be disappointed. I would also like to highly recommend, which I believe goes hand-in-hand with massage is chiropractic. Dr. Ari Cohn is by far one of the best chiropractors in Princeton. You can reach Ari at 609-683-3996. I did a lot of research on chiropractors, because I knew that I wanted to have my massage practice with a chiropractor and I’m happy it is Dr. Cohn. There is also another excellent body worker, who I admire and aspire today like Laurie Latner who specializes in Rolfing/structural integration. You can reach Laurie at 609-497-3232. Although I do not know any excellent craniosacral therapists. I find that if you have a family member that has had a stroke. This might be where you want to go. There is a web-site called http://www.upledger.org there is a practitioner locator on that site. I recommend that they have several levels in several years under their belt. I study craniosacral one and I apply it in sessions. I would not consider myself a cranio-sacral specialist.

Here are a few stores in Princeton, that I would like to endorse as well. One is The Walking Company. Their phone number is 609-252-9255. The people that work there are wonderful. And I want to recommend one of the most genius pair of shoes I have ever worn. They amaze me every time I put them on. The shoes are called MBT’s. If you treat yourself to one thing this year buy yourself a pair of these shoes and you won’t be disappointed. I would like to say something to all the runners and joggers in Princeton the only place I know that is truly knowledgeable about what type of shoe you should be running in is The Princeton Running Company. They can be reached at 609-252-9110. The two of these stores are located on Nassau Street here in Princeton, New Jersey.

If you work out on a regular basis there are a few things I think you should own. One is a yoga mat, first to do yoga on and there are plenty of you classes here in Princeton too. This yoga mat can be used for stretching and to stabilize yourself on your physio- ball. You need to buy a physio- ball as well. The next item is a Foam Roller or The Stick. If you’re a runner, biker, candlestick maker you need to loosen that ilio tibial band (That’s that tight band that runs down the outer sides of both of your legs, that starts at your hip and runs down to your knee.) Also, your quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. The only other way to get relief from these tight areas is through massage. The stick by the way is a little bit more handier. It’s a flexible plastic tool that is used to strip the quadriceps, calves, hamstrings and shoulders. I sell these items in my practice, along with a wonderful foot roller, which is great to prevent plantar fasciitis. Please feel free to contact me and stop by to purchase them.
SuzanneNewmanCMT@aol.com or 609-683-1608. These items are relatively inexpensive and are extremely helpful in preventing injuries, and that’s what it’s all about, prevention.

As a runner we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a build up of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the blood stream.

Massage Therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.

Runner’s muscles are contracted in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendentious, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesions that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.

Massage breaks up adhesions as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the stain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw Massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance.

Plantar Fasciitis pain, occurs on the bottom of the foot because of tight fascia. A sharp pain occurs at the base of the heal and some times the arch. Place both golf ball and or frozen water bottle on the floor and roll the bottom side of your foot back and forth over your Massage tool. Go easy at first and realize this will feel uncomfortable at first because you are breaking up adhesions, so be patient and go easy.