After seeing so many sick people over the years, last year I decided to take responsibility for my own health. It’s easy to put your trust in other people, which is generally a good thing, but remember when you let others decide for you, which is easier, your going to have to live, or not, with the results.
I have seen patients who were conventionally treated for chronic illnesses with initially one or two medications progress to 7 or 8 medications. Instead of getting better they get worse. The treatments only seem to manage symptoms and over time the symptoms just multiply. It’s a good deal for the companies that make drugs.
For me, it’s about changing my life to reflect better more informed choices. But then the question becomes how do you know that those changes have led to improved health. You need feedback. One test, is very useful as a general indicator of your health. It’s your pH. Watch this video, “Body pH Balance Alkalinity the key to health”, to understand why this test can be so important, so helpful.
Dr Sharon Martinez, recently tested my pH levels using the saliva test.. I past with flying colors. If you would like to take the test, I’m sure Dr Martinez would be glad to administer the test to you. Just call the office. Chiropractic Advantage. By the way consuming apples leads to a more alkaline body. Maybe there’s something to that old adage…an apple a day….
Sometimes I chat with people on the street. Being a massage therapist your always watching people, the quality of their movement and their general posture. If your good, just by keen observation, you know where the person is feeling pain, even the source of their problem. Nevertheless, I don’t like to jump to conclusions. So when I work with a client I start from scratch and try not to make to many assumptions. Not everyone is that careful.
I’m not a doctor, so I don’t presume to diagnose diseases or disorders. It’s not my place. When it comes to the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel sometimes the doctor misses the boat, so to speak. It can be confused with other problems based up higher in the arm or shoulder area, even the neck, as my Chiropractor reminded me. See what this doctor has to say about carpal tunnel misdiagnosis.
So when I see a person I don,t know wearing a splint I wonder what they have been told is wrong with them. If they have the wrong diagnosis, surgery will not help them get better and they could be much worse off. Even when the diagnosis was presumably correct this study demonstrated improvement in the condition with the use of massage. In this case, self massage. Maybe you need a cannon, but maybe you only need a pop gun to solve your malady.
Over the years of providing massage you hear things. One reason some women don’t go for massage is they are so afraid or ashamed of their body to even consider being looked at by a massage therapist. Too bad, because massage offers so many benefits to it’s recipients. Most of this self concern is not warranted. There is no perfect body or person for that matter.
Guess what your therapist is not concerned about body image, he or she is just trying to help you feel better in your baby suit, so to speak. Feeling good in your body is step one to improving your self image. Massage can help.
If you are afraid but still want to try…u can work your way up the baby steps of massage. Perhaps, start with a seated massage, your fully clothed. It’s a good way to break in to the world of massage.
Another approach you might take is to have your therapist just work on an exposed area. Get your hands and feet worked on for example. Great, now your swimming in the shallow end of the massage pool. You can do it.
No matter what your body looks like, you are not your body. I know I see people all day long, not bodies.
Many massage clients, and perhaps massage therapists, often search the Web in quest of finding the best massage companies. In both cases the quest is futile because there are no best massage companies. Why? because massage is a one on one endeavor.
For example, after signing up for a health plan most people want to select their own doctor. They don’t want the assigned one. Pick one that you feel comfortable with, that you trust, that you can work with, one that’s competent.
When your enrolled with a massage chain they give you a therapist, you did not select. In big massage chain operations you end up having to pay for the whole operations, the owner,the staff, the facility, and the therapist. In these times, there is just not enough money to go around. The therapist is unhappy and cannot give you their best effort. They are often newcomers to the profession, underpaid and overworked. Those same therapists are googling, searching the Web, also, to find “top massage companies” because they are looking for a better place to work. Ah, we have come full circle.
I have worked with Dr Sharon Martinez for nearly 20 years. It’s been a great experience. I look forward to the next 20. You might be thinking I’m going to describe what a great chiropractor she is. She is, but I want to talk more about the person.
When I often would share my concerns about the direction the world was heading Dr Sharon never flinched, always responded in a upbeat way. Maybe it’s the scientist in her because every event or situation she views as a source of interest, not a problem but an opportunity.
Sharon’s favorite quote is “Rapid and dynamic change”. More than a motto, years before gardening was fashionable, she had the foresight to recognize what was needed and acted upon that knowledge. If I have a question Dr M. almost always has the answer because she is driven by a great sense of curiosity and is keenly observant.
In these times of great change and upheaval we need doctors who can anticipate the problems of tomorrow and provide innovative answers today. Dr Sharon Martinez is that kind of doctor. Thank you doctor.
In a article, “Massage envy affordable…….” at About Spas.com, author Anita Brown reviews massage envy’s service. As it turns out Anita was happy with her result. Of coarse she insisted on having an experienced therapist do her massage. She was able to book a therapist with 10 years experience. As she pointed out, Massage Envy has a reputation for mostly hiring therapists fresh out of school therapists. There are only so many experienced therapists to go around.
What the author did not point was why so many fledgling therapists? The answer is, to replace the “old” ones leaving the company. In my opinion, massage envy is a real turn style operation.You know, high turnover.
So what kinda of massage will you receive. I don’t know. But your therapist will likely be fresh out of school. Not everyone will be able to book the experienced therapist. Like musical chairs.