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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

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Emotional Balancing

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 11:53 PM Comments comments (0)
  If you know children, you can probably foresee when a child is about to have an emotional breakdown--when they are overtired, hungry, or hurried!  Unfortunately, adults are often unaware of the great impact of low energy and high stress on their own emotional lives.  We should take notice of childrens' activities such as nap time, quiet time, and story time...all designed to help them relax.  Adults can benefit, too, from regular rest and relaxation to restore physical and emotional balance.

Rest and relaxation are essential for renewal and emotional balance.

A positive emotional life comes from the conscious guiding and directing of our internal energy.   When we are unaware of the subtle influences that affect our moods, it is easy to become dominated by our emotions, and we tend to identify ourselves completely by our emotions, rather than just a single component of our lives.

Convert your emotional energy to health-enhancing energy!  Through meditation, massage, and mind-body exercises such as yoga, tai chi, or qi gong, you can promote the endless cycle of internal negative energy into beneficial physical or spiritual energy.

To learn more about meditation, here are a couple links:

I'll see you on the massage table!

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Muscle spasms

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)
 There are more than 600 muscles in your body, reponsible for gross and fine motor movements.  Muscle spasms can occur when a muscle contracts but fails to extend back to its original resting position.  Inactivity, anemia, tobacco use, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, arthritis, dehydration, and activity without proper warm up are just a few reasons why spasms occur.
  Spasms are caused by an imbalance of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the muscle tissue.  Pain and spasms can also be caused by lactic acid or toxin build up as a result of muscle metabolism, viral infection, or muscle injuries.
 Massage therapy is excellent in treating muscle spasms, including in the acute phase.  With slow, gentle to moderate to deep pressure, a skilled hand can usually locate the source and aid in quicker recovery. 
It may be interesting to also note that in Chinese medicine, most muscular disorders are caused by stagnation to the liver energy and its inability to rid the body of toxins.
Here are a few natural home remedies should a muscle spasm arise:
-For acute back injury, apply an ice pack to the painful area for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a day, during the first 24-48 hours.
-Take an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes to allow heat and Magnesium to relieve muscle tension.
-Make a natural anti-inflammtory cocktail by mixing equal parts of unsweetened black cherry juice with dark grape juice.  Drink 3-6 glasses a day until pain subsides.
Daily Supplements for Muscle Health, Inflammation, Spasms:
-Calcium (1,000mg), Magnesium (400-500 mg), Potassium (25 mg) are essential.
-Bromelain enzyme (450 mg) natural anti-inflammatory, helps counter muscle         and joint pain.
-Vitamin B complex and folate
-Omega-3 Fatty acids
**If pain and cramping are constant throughtout the day, you should see a physician to rule out any other disorders.
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Breathing Massages the Heart

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)
The yogis are right - breathing can massage the heart!

As the heart's fibrous pericardium is attached to the diaphragm's central tendon by ligaments, the heart literally rides up and down on the diaphragm as you breathe. It is directly affected by the motion of the diaphragm. So go ahead, take a nice, big deep breath - it's good for you!
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Post your questions!

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM Comments comments (0)
Have any questions regarding massage, specific injury, or treatment?  Post your questions here!
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