Maternity Massage

23 Aug

Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby.
First Trimester
· Relieve headaches

· Help alleviate morning sickness Reduce fatigue
Second Trimester
Alleviate backaches Relieve leg cramps
Third Trimester
· Reduce swelling/edema

· Relieve pain from varicosities

· Enhance sleep

· Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms.

Massage during pregnancy is also a great way to relieve everyday tension and the general aches and pains your body is suffering. It stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing removal of excess toxins.

When receiving pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side to give the therapist access to your back, or in a semi-reclining position for massage on the front of your body. Your body will be supported with pillows or special cushions.


Many pregnancy massage specialists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending upon where you are in the pregnancy, I may utilize Ortho-Bionomy®, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, reflexology, swedish massage, joint mobilization, or connective tissue massage.


Women with normal, low risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained massage therapist. However, women in high risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell me immediately.


Massage during the weeks after delivery helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the  fundus in the pelvis.

Remember, touch is a very important part of bonding with your baby. Ask about receiving instruction in massaging your baby.


I may use essential oils during your massage. Since many have physical effects on the body; you should be aware of the oils being used. Oils which have stimulating effects should be avoided, such as basil, cinnamon, cedar wood, and peppermint. Clary Sage should also be avoided as it can cause labor to begin. The following are recommended as safe for use during pregnancy: lavender to relieve nausea, headaches, and constipation; neroli and ylang-ylang may help reduce stretch marks.

It is very important that you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving massage during pregnancy.

The material in this brochure is adapted from Maternity Massage by Connie Cox (May 1994), published by Stress Less Publishing, inC., 7000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. The book may be ordered direct from the publisher for $12.95 p/us $2. 75 postage and handling. You may also order by phone: 800-794-7066

© 1997 Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

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Why Should I Get Bodywork?

10 Mar

Massage is considered to be among the oldest of all treatments used by man. Records dating back as far as 3,000 years were made by the Chinese, documenting its use. The ancient Hindus, Persians, and Egyptians used forms of massage for some ailments and Hypocrites wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, massage is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has proven a benefit to many chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and bursitis. Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living


Massage provides relief to people from all walks of life.  The weekend or competitive athlete, the home gardener, the over stressed executive struggling to keep pace in today’s economy. Secretaries, laborers, waitresses anyone can feel a need for massage at some point in time. The older population, as well, will benefit from massage, as it enhances flexibility and circulation. The bedridden can also be helped in this regard.

There are some conditions where massage is not recommended, however there are no contra-indications for Ortho-Bionomy®. I will ask for information regarding any specific health conditions from which you may be suffering in order to determine if massage, bodywork, or somatic therapies are contraindicated. In some cases, I may need your doctor’s permission before providing services.

If you are in a car accident or have a job related injury covered by worker’s compensation, insurance may cover massage, bodywork, or somatic therapies when prescribed by a physician. If your insurance covers chiropractic or osteopathic services, the services of a bodywork professional may be covered when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of the prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered. The best thing to do is check with your insurance company to see exactly what is covered under what circumstances.
You will be responsible for payment in full at time of service, regardless of coverage and I will provide you with any information you need to file your claim.

With many chronic ailments, massage can relieve the pain and help heal. As with physical problems, emotional problems may also be stimulated into self healing with massage. In many cases, this helps eliminate the need to take harmful chemical drugs, which will unnecessarily burden the liver, kidneys and other vital organs. Drinking plenty of water the three days  after body work sessions assists in this elimination process.

Care of your body should be at the top of your priority list. You will feel and look better if you take the necessary steps regarding health and nutrition in this age of increased longevity.  Stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies should play an important role in your life. 8 oz. of water for each 20 lb. of body weight consumed daily to assist with proper body metabolism and 15 minutes of deep focused breathing every day, complimented by a weekly 4 lb. Epsom salt bath soak and an  extra liter of drinking water, green tea or herbal tea for flushing metabolic toxins will greatly improve one’s outlook on life.

Like I’m always telling you, “Breathe and drink water.  Take good care of yourself, no one else can or will …”

original body © 1997 Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals and modified by OB

Caffeine and

20 Sep
Personal experience has taught me not to consume Breyer’s coffee ice cream after 5 pm in the aftenoon
Too Much Caffeine? Go Figure
edited from (HealthScoutNews) — Without realizing it, you could easily be consuming enough caffeine to be affecting your sleep or other aspects of your health. Why? Because consumption of a little of this, a little of that and a bit of something else containing this stimulant will put far more in your system, far faster, than you may realize.

In addition to coffee, tea and many soft drinks, caffeine also is contained in chocolate and many prescription and non-prescription drugs. Scientists say that a combined consumption of more than 250 mg of caffeine a day can increase your metabolism, raise your blood pressure and heart rate, and accelerate breathing. It also can offset the effects of sleep deprivation, according to the National Sleep Foundation. is a enlightening site

Because caffeine content levels vary greatly from one food or beverage to another, differences based on such things as the type of coffee bean, brands of coffee, the way coffee is brewed and the way caffeine is presented. This can be a highly valuable tool for those who want to avoid caffeine for health or dietary reasons.

Educated Surgery Consumers

20 Sep
Surgery Smarts

Edited from (HealthScoutNews) –All surgery carries risks, so it’s best to know as much as you can before hopping onto an operating table.

In addition to getting a second opinion, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests you ask your physician these questions:

  • Why do I need the operation?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?  I encourage people to look into acupuncture, body work and activator chiropratic…while others swear by homeopathic and naturapathic techniques.
  • How will surgery benefit me?
  • What are the risks?
  • What are the risks for not having the surgery?
  • How many of these operations have you performed before? Interview you surgeon. Do you trust a “D” student to literally handle your heart or brain or knee? Does your surgeon have references? You expect them from your maid or babysitter.
  • What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  • Where will the surgery be done?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • How much will it cost?
  • I also encourage people to get a personal testimonial from at least one of their surgeon’s former patient who survived the same procedure, HIPPAA regs or not, being fully prepared and no surpises makes healing faster when you know just what to psych yourself up for.

Further to minimize post surgical stress to encourage faster surgical healing; speak with your insurance claims adjuster and the hospital billing department to get a realistic estimate for out-of-pocket expenses to minimize sticker shock when you really need to be focused on your own healing.

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Staying healthy during flu season

10 Sep
 “Supposedly anyone over 35 yrs old should have gotten it in the ’70s and the flu hits infants and children more than the elderly and those of us with chronic diseases ” Rev. Whitedove

Prevent Swine Flu – Good Advice
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

I suggest you pass this on to your entire e-list.  You never know 20 who might pay attention to it – and STAY ALIVE because of it.

Optomist’s Creed

8 Sep

Promise yourself to be so strong that

nothing can disturb your peace/piece of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity

to every person you meet. To make all

your friends feel that there is something in

them.  To look at the sunny side of

everything and make your optimism come

true.  To think only of the best.  To work

only for the best, and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success

of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and

press on to the greater achievements of

the future.  To wear a cheerful countenance

at all times and give every living creature

you meet a smile.  To give so much time to

the improvement of yourself that you have

no time to criticize others.  To be too large

for worry, too noble for anger, too strong

for fear and too happy to permit

the presence of trouble.

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