Wellness Outside of Sessions: Prioritize Mindfulness

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.
11.23.2020

“Go ahead and take a deep breath.”

We’ve all been in a massage session that perhaps began with that instruction. However, when is the last time that you stopped for a deep breath as you go about your day? When you get a massage you have the opportunity to take time out of your life to process, recharge, and recover. Why do we stop that process once we leave a session?

Especially as we are going through this difficult time, investing in ourselves is becoming more fundamentally vital. So much research is being released on meditation and “flow state” and the correlation with our productivity and fulfillment. While most of us are familiar with the benefits of mindfulness sometimes we don’t allow ourselves the moments to recharge.

As we experience abnormal amounts of trauma and loss during this difficult time, personally I find it more difficult to allow myself mindful moments to recharge or process. Part of this for me is that when things pile up, it feels like ten minutes will make no difference in the overwhelming feeling of crisis. One of my clients recently told me, “today I was told that I don’t need to thrive, and that was the nicest thing I’ve been told.” So, I challenge you. If you feel like you are in a tough spot emotionally, physically, mentally, sexually, or spiritually, please take one minute and complete these steps.

Take a deep breath
Tell yourself that you are magnificent.
Do not say “I am magnificent because….” There is no justification necessary.
One more deep breath

With just that, you have given yourself one moment, extra oxygen, one positive thought, and an opportunity to recharge. For more insight into mindfulness, I highly recommend Widen the Window by Elizabeth A. Stanley. This book specifically discusses training the brain during times of stress and trauma. It may not be our time to thrive. Today is our time to survive, and that’s okay. Stay well, friends.

Wellness Outside of Sessions: Prioritize Sleep

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.
11.16.2020

“If you have to choose between taking the time out to stretch or sleep, please choose sleep.” Many of you have heard me say this after giving suggestions to prolong the effectiveness of a treatment session. Studies continue to highlight the irreplaceable value of allowing the body and mind to go through a full sleep cycle.

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Ethics – Boundaries for Practitioners and Clientele

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
11.02..2020

“Lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.”

We’ve probably all heard this saying as we talked with a friend about a difficult situation. As practitioners in many different fields, we have all taken classes and spent hours studying and discussing ethics. As a client, however, how does that impact you? There are a few ways that ethics are just as valuable to a client. Consider these:

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Ability, Mobility, Stability: The Value of Perspective


Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.19..2020

Having recently visited my favorite local Physical Therapist, Jason with Vital 6 Pain Solutions and Physical Therapy, I wanted to share a few gems from our conversations. I spend hours obsessing over the correlation between physical and psychological. So, naturally, with another professional that’s exactly what we discuss. Specifically, we began digging into the effects of choosing athletic sports or even workout styles that tend to aggravate pre existing imbalances or put the person at greater risk of injury.

To highlight this, some studies have been conducted to show correlations between things like core stability and a variety of movements. It concluded, “There appears to be a link between a core stability test and athletic performance tests. Ideally, specific performance tests will be able to better define and to examine relationships to core stability. Future studies should also seek to determine if there are specific sub-categories of core stability which are most important to allow for optimal training and performance for individual sports.”

So, as we discussed the variety of needs for different athletes, the idea arose that screening an individual while young to determine some specific sports which would be optimal for their individual physical makeup could potentially allow people to intelligently make decisions for themselves or for their children. What would be some assessments included for this screening?

Signs of hypermobility or hypomobility
Height
Weight
Body proportions
Tonicity of tissue
Imbalances
Pre Existing conditions
Personality or emotional demeanor
Exposure to specific sports and movement patterns

Of course, this can be expanded upon, but imagine creating a way to start athletic activities at any age with the confidence that you are doing activities that are optimal for your body and decreasing risks of injury at the same time. If you want to begin that process, we recommend Jason highly! Of course, we will be here along the way, as well, ready to help with recovery and maintenance.

Collaboration Means Pain Mitigation

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.13.2020

We’ve all been told, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” However, how does that apply to your wellness and healthcare?

Sometimes, as professionals we get so focused on our own success and impact in our community. However, rather than vying for business or clientele, what would happen if we each communicated with other outstanding healthcare professionals to work towards common goals? How many more people could be positively affected if, as collaboration researcher Thomas Stallkamp noted, “(we) gang up on the problem, rather than each other.”?

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Foam Rolling: Life Saver or Torture Device?

Megan Hanriot
NASM CPT, NASM PES, NASM CES

How often have you heard how great foam rolling is for you? And after trying it, I’m sure you found yourself wondering why.
First, what exactly is foam rolling? It’s a form of self myofascial release, or SMR for short.
Recently, one of the biggest and most interesting subjects of research in the fitness industry is fascia and it’s purpose. Fascia is under your skin and it’s a connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and internal organs.

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Complementary Medicine: Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.6.2020

We often discuss imbalances within posture and structure with our clientele, and then usually we give you information for one of our trusted partners. As clients experience pain relief, they will ask, “So, how do I stop this from happening again?” As we are all unique with individual needs and complaints, there is no “one size fits all” answer. However, we do work very closely with other professionals who have helped us on our personal journeys to remain pain-free.

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Fascial Stretch Therapy – A Focus on the Big Picture

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
9.23.2020

Starting November 2020, we will begin offering Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST). I promise you, we have found the thing that will turn our 2020 year around!

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a highly effective, pain free, and full body functional movement restoration program. Ready to try it? After having personally experienced it, I immediately asked, “where do I go to learn this?” I felt taller and “bouncier”, with noticeable decompression in my low back (which you all know is my trouble spot). Not only that, but the results lasted about 9 days, and probably would have lasted much more had I not fallen 4 feet down while trying to stand on a chair and clean. Seriously, my results were incredible!

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Intricate Communication – Fascia and Its Function

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
9.1.2020

“Well, I guess everything is connected?”

I’ve heard this question over and over again during a session. As you probably know, I answered simply “oh, yes!” Let’s talk about just how connected, though.

Fascia is essentially the connective tissue in the body. What does that mean, though? As one text puts it, “fascia covers every structure of the body, creating a structural continuity that gives form and function to every tissue and organ. The fascial tissue has a ubiquitous distribution in the body system; it is able to wrap, interpenetrate, support, and form the bloodstream, bone tissue, meningeal tissue, organs, and skeletal muscles. The fascia creates different interdependent layers with several depths, from the skin to the periosteum, forming a three-dimensional mechano-metabolic structure [1]. Let’s break that down.

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