October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from Mending Hands

May you have more Treats than Tricks!

October 28, 2010

A Little Soak of Epsom

And now... another moment for taking care of yourself!

Like most of you out there - I'm pretty busy. Working. Cleaning. Exercising. Cooking. Walking here. Walking there. Seeing friends and business partners.  Marketing Mending Hands Massage Therapy. Budgeting time and money and well...just trying to get a balance in life. 

Today, I'm having a take care day. (Yes, I know it's Thursday - but when you work on both weekend days, its better to take the time when you can!)

I slept in. I've eaten oatmeal for breakfast. I'm sipping some seltzer water. I'm going to book myself a massage in the next week. We have plans for a walk in the park and a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for some fall photo taking. Best of all I took an Epsom salt bath! Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfates. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts can relax your muscles, reduce inflammation, minimize pain, fade bruising, aid digestion, relieve stress and tension, and detoxify your body.

Below are some simple (yet awesome) ways you can use Epsom salts to get yourself back to good! 

October 24, 2010

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is here!

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week  is October 24-30 this year!

The Mending Hands blog invites you to peruse over a year's worth of massage info collected and celebrated in the name of love for massage therapy! Check out loads of info here at The Rub Down.

Mending Hands Massage Therapy is also celebrating your massage this week by offering clients $10 off their session when they mention this offer. Some appointments are still available - so e-mail for your Massage Therapy Week Massage!

(Massage Week offer good for Oct. 24-30, 2010) 

October 21, 2010

A Good Cry

Massage therapy has been known to be a great release of adhesions, trigger points, muscle cramps, tensions and contractions. This week I was witness (many times in fact) to another kind of human release that can be just as healthful.

A good cry.

I use this blog to share facts, research and scientific support for the amazing ways that massage therapy can help a person. This post is coming from my journey as a therapist.
I have had times in my life where I needed the physical and emotional release that comes with a good cry. I have walked into a massage therapist's office and said "I'm really stressed out right now, so I might cry." and during the massage, as my body was eased into relaxation - the cry that needed to happen  - happened.

October 18, 2010


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October 11, 2010

Stretching Exercises at Your Desk: 12 Simple Tips

Try these stretching exercises at your desk -- or anywhere else -- to ease back pain and boost energy.

1. Just stand up and sit down -- no hands:
* "If you stand up and sit down (over and over) -- without using your hands -- it can be a challenge," says Angela Smith, MD, orthopedic surgeon. "Do it while you're on the phone; no one will know."
2. Substitute exercise for sitting -- while you work:
* Get rid of your desk chair and substitute an exercise ball, suggests Smith. "I used it for a while when I was having low-back problems; it was great," Smith says. "All day you are engaging all the muscles in the back, legs, butt, everything, to stay balanced."

3. Shrug your shoulders -- to release the neck and shoulders:
* Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times.
* Shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: "Is your boss an idiot?" Move your head up and down, "Yes, yes, yes." Side to side: "No. No. No." (Shedding tension is as much mental as physical.)

October 05, 2010

Monthly Essentials: October

10 Health Benefits of Apples

We're told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what exactly are the health benefits of apples? Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that old proverb.