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Essential Medical Massage & Wellness

2301 Ohio Dr, Ste 214, Plano, TX 75093

Essential Medical Massage

Specializing in Acute Pain, Rehabilitation and Cancer Care

Phoebe Courcy, LMT, MMP, CPMT

Health Blog


Don't Overlook Self-Care

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Why do we wait so long to take care of ourselves?  Why must we experience pain before we really LISTEN to our bodies, and even then, how long does it take to do something about these body signals?  

We abuse and neglect our bodies, asking it to keep up with the hectic pace of our lifestyles.  If nothing hurts we must certainly be okay...right?  A perfect case of 'What we cannot see must not be there.' 

It's common to put the needs of others before our own...more so for some than others, such as caretakers of the sick, or parents of young children.  The kids come first.  Our parents come first.  Our clients or patients' needs come before our own.  You know this scenario.

Please take care of yourself now.  Make those necessary appointments.  Prevention, prevention, prevention.  Schedule maintenance bodywork and massage now.   Watch what you feed your body.  Get proper rest, both physically and mentally.  Make it a point to put self-care on your calender, just like anything else. 
Athletes in training, be sure to include bodywork sessions on your rest days. 

How can we take care of others if our own health is suffering?

The alternative:  Wake up one day in pain and wonder, "Oh no, What did I do?"

Get Outdoors for a Mood Boost

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Have you connected with nature lately?

No matter how hard we may try, our to-do lists pile up.  It can be easy to get overwhelmed with have-to-dos...loads of laundry to be done, refrigerator needs stocking, and those bathrooms won't clean themselves.  Our family needs attention, too.  What about those files piling up and bills needing to be paid? 

Where does taking care of yourself fit in to that hectic list of things to do?  The answer must schedule care for yourself now.  Take a break.  I find that getting outdoors for a little while really puts things in perspective.  The minute, little things that have surmounted themselves in your head, suddenly become less important once you connect with nature again.  It's truly a beautiful feeling!

One can make all kinds of excuses not to get outside, or not to exercise, or not to even get out of bed.  If you live with chronic pain this can be especially difficult.  But let me say this, even if you sit in a park for 15 minutes your mood will improve.  The earth, the vast sky, sounds of nature, and even people-watching are greatly therapeutic to the soul, mind, and body.  If it's a sunny day, let the sun's natural vitamin D boost energy and immunity levels.  Look up and allow the great weight of everyday worries drift up into the sky!  Take your shoes off and ground yourself to the earth.  Perhaps go for a brisk walk, run, bicycle, or spend time with kids and go exploring for nature's treasures.  Children find fascination in everything, and just being around them can boost your mood.

If you find yourself getting frequently frustrated, depressed, short-tempered and boggled down with life's daily stressors, than perhaps it's time to get outside.  Connect with your feelings and be mindful of the present.  Journal your feelings or even draw what you see in nature.  These are just a few examples, but the point being, 'life is too short to sweat the small stuff'. 

For an all natural mood boost, plan your visit with mother nature as often as you possibly can.  She welcomes the company!