Rockstar Seminar; Rocking Your Mind

I just spent the weekend at Craig Duswalt's Rockstar Marketing System for Success seminar. It was so packed full of information and guest speakers and ideas I'm on overload. I'm sure it'll take me a few days, or weeks, to digest it all. A brief thing on Craig, he is the former personal manager for Axl Rose of Gun's and Roses and prior to that he worked with Air Supply and Russell Hitchcock. Thus the Rockstar title. Craig's seminar's are very warm, inviting, fun and interactive and for this touchy-feely girl it's just the right way for me to learn. During the weekend I was fortunate enough to gain great exposure for my business. Craig offered a table to me and I did chair massage to the other attendees and made a few extra dollars. Yet, the bigger scheme of things was the people and connections I met which were mostly from my area too, that should become really great contacts and/or clients. As well as a few people from a different seminar. Plus I got to reconnect with some friends and acquaintances that just made the time there that much more fun! Some of the highlights from the seminar were:

• Craig himself. He is personable, fun, has great stories, smart, charming, approachable and just overall really glad he's decided to take this direction in his life for the rest of us to benefit from what he does! And the rockstar stories he can tell are great, which have surprisingly all been clean so far.

• Listening to Glenn Morshower of "24" and "Transformer" fame speak. I was lucky to spend some one-on-one time with him talking even more. He is a passionate, inspirational man and I loved his "whispers" and need to listen to those much more often. There is also the fun side of this man as he told us about syrup in his shoes, bologna in his underwear.

• Being inspired by the 80-yr-old woman who started her new Hypnotherapy career at age 57

• Knowing someone personally who's used Craig's book writing training and created an amazing product. Harriette Knight wrote the book Chakra Power and it is now available at Barnes and Noble. How cool is that?

• Being surrounded by wonderful women that I could learn from as well as bounce off my ideas, and issues that I face. Thank you Linda Fleischmann and Tera McHugh...you really made it that much better for me!

All in in all it was an incredible weekend and am so thankful and glad that I was able to be a part of it!

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Simple Self-Massage

Ever have that nagging pain in your shoulder that you just can't quite reach? There is an easy way to do a bit of self-massage to get into some of those areas that you just can't quite reach. What you need is either a tennis ball cut in half or a kitchen towel with a knot in it. Once you have one of these items (1/2 the tennis ball), place it on the floor. You will need to do this on the floor instead of a couch or bed as that is too soft. Lay down slowly on the ball or towel. Do not rush this as it may place too much pressure as well as it will probably hurt. When you have laid down on the ball, slowly roll your body around it. This rolling gives your body the (self) massage. Do this for one to three minutes max. Any longer then that and it will counteract the pain and will make your knot even more sore. Slowly lift your body of the ball or towel and your done. That's it. Simple self massage. :)

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Chair Massage for your Company's Bottom Line

As stated in the previous post, 40% of job turnover is due to stress. These high turn-overs can continually cost your company money and lost time as spend time to search for a new employee in addition to the cost and time it takes to train this new person. Companies all over are looking for answers to reduce costly stress-related absenteeism, low morale, reduced productivity as well as the stated employee turnover. Supporting, encouraging and being proactive in your staffs' individual health is a wise investment in your company's bottom line. Heavenly Healing Mobile Massage encourages you to consider an easy, efficient, natural and cost-effective on-site chair massage program for your organization. I work to relieve the tension and pressure accumulated in the back, shoulders, wrists, and neck of your most valuable asset - your staff. Plus the results of chair massage are immediate. Take this into account:
  • Chair massage increases staff loyalty, employee retention and increased productivity
  • Massage reduces anxiety, stress, tension and muscle aches leaving the mind and body rejuvenated
  • Chair massage can be scheduled for the same amount of time as an employee break
  • A chair massage program shows the employer's proactive commitment to the health and well-being of their employees
Little space is required for chair massage and can be set up in an office, break room, or conference room. Chair massage is worked through the clothing utilizing a mixture of massage and acupressure techniques. With a chair massage program not only will your employees promote your company telling people about what a great perk they receive at such a terrific company, in addition your company's productivity and bottom will be improved as well.

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Does Stress Cost Your Company Money?

Yes, stress does cost your company money and time and the numbers are really staggering. Per the American Institute of stress website, consider these statistics:
  • 40% of job turnover is due to stress
  • Repetitive musculoskeletal injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome have become the nations leading workplace health cost and account for almost a third of all Worker's Compensation award
  • In California, the number of Workers Comp claims for mental stress increased almost 700% over eight years and 90% were successful with an average award of $15,000 compared to a national average of $3,420
Companies all over are looking for answers to reduce costly stress related absenteeism, low morale, reduced productivity and employee turnover. Supporting and encouraging individual health is a wise investment in your companies bottom line.

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The Self-Indulgence of Massage

Do you feeling guilty about getting a massage? Does it seem self-indulgent and selfish? Massage actually has many important benefits to your physical and mental health. It can help you maintain your emotional, mental and physical well-being, especially when it is part of your health plan. It addresses a variety of health conditions, with stress-related tension being the most common. Massage therapy offers a natural, non-invasive, drug-free and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Benefits of Massage
  • Relaxing: Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of peace.
  • Soothing: Massage eases tension and anxiety.
  • Healing: Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.
  • Improves breathing: Massage calms the body as a whole, which in turn quiets the lungs into its more natural state of breathing.
  • Improves circulation: Massage improves blood circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
  • Eases tension, stiffness and pain: Massage prevents and relieves muscle cramps and spasms.

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Prescription for Stress Relief

We know how much stress affects our body and our health. Serious health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers, according to doctors, have been linked to chronic stress. It can also contribute to difficulty sleeping, headaches, digestive problems and back pain.

When you receive a massage, it activates the nervous system and sends the mind and body into a state of rest and recovery, as well as giving you the much needed stress relief. And relieving your stress can and will be beneficial for your long-term health without the unhealthful side effects that modern medicine treatments can have. Maybe your next prescription should be a massage.

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Are you Drinking Enough?

How do you know if you are drinking enough water? "A good test is to look at your urine," points out Cleveland Clinic nutritionist Andrea Dunn. "If it’s clear or pale yellow, you’re doing a good job of staying hydrated. But if it’s intense yellow or gold, you probably need to drink more water."

But not everyone likes water. Many people prefer soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, coffee and other drinks. All these drinks can help quench your body’s thirst for fluids, but they typically contain 100 calories or more per serving. "The best alternatives to water are diluted fruit juices, and non-fat or skim milk" explains Ms. Dunn. "But these drinks shouldn't supplant water. Take note of how much sugar is in these alternatives. Sugar slows down the rate at which fluid is absorbed into the body. If you have trouble drinking water because you don’t like the taste, try adding a twist of lemon or lime or a splash of fruit juice. And cold water tastes better."

Ms. Dunn notes that while bottled waters are very popular, tap water works just as well and is more economical. It's also safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water and requires that it be analyzed for chemicals and bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water, doesn't require that it be analyzed for these substances. In addition to water and other drinks, many foods are also good sources of water. Juicy fruits like oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon and apples can help keep you healthy and hydrated. Carrots, tomatoes, tuna, yogurt, cottage cheese, soups, rice and pasta also contain plenty of water.

"The key is to think and drink small amounts," suggests Dunn. "The easiest way to stay hydrated is to drink a half-a-cup of water (four ounces) each hour you’re awake. When you get in the car, take along something to drink. When you sit down to watch TV, have something to drink. When you go to a meeting, take along something to drink." All the little sips will add up at the end of the day.

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Are you Dehydrated?

Is water really necessary? Almost everyone knows that you should drink eight glasses of water a day. Cleveland Clinic nutritionist Andrea Dunn says, "Absolutely. Almost every cell in your body needs water to function properly. Many of the patients I see don’t drink enough water. They aren't dehydrated, but they aren't drinking as much water as they should -- especially considering how much your body needs."

The human body, which is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water (lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat), is in need of constant water replenishment. Consider this: Your lungs expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal breathing - even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, that's six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about two cups of water (which doesn't include exercise-induced perspiration).

Ms. Dunn points out that a person would have to lose 10 percent of her body weight in fluids to be considered dehydrated, but as little as two percent can affect athletic performance, cause tiredness and dull critical thinking abilities. Adequate water consumption can help lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu and help prevent constipation. "I encourage patients to drink eight to 10 cups of water each day. Those who do report that they generally feel better," notes Ms. Dunn.

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Shoulder Care Checklist (Part 4)

This is the final part of the four part series on the guide and care of your shoulders. I hope you have learned something great about taking care of your body!

The Shoulder Care Checklist
To prevent shoulder problems from occurring, always practice healthy shoulder habits with these helpful

  • Maintain good posture - stand with shoulders back and keep shoulders back when on the computer
  • Avoid excessive and repetitive use of your shoulders
  • If you sit at work, take frequent breaks and stretch
  • Don’t put undue stress on the shoulders with heavy backpacks or purses
  • Warm up your arms before exercising
  • Consult your chiropractor, massage therapist or doctor if you injure or develop pain in your shoulder, even if it seems minor
  • Do any maintenance exercises that is given to you
  • Stretch shoulders frequently
  • Strengthen shoulder muscles
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Shoulder Issues...Massage will help! (Part 3)

This is part three of a four part series on the guide and care of your shoulders.

Massage Therapy Can Help
Massage therapists can help when shoulder problems occur. More importantly, they can help prevent these kinds of problems from happening in the first place. Massage therapists can evaluate your shoulder through range of motion tests and other assessment procedures. They can then give you recommendations on the best course of treatment.

Their first priority is to make you feel more comfortable by getting rid of your pain. They can do this with specialized massage techniques. They may also use heat or hydrotherapy. To help the process along and to help prevent further problems your massage therapist can also give you exercises to help strengthen your shoulder and help maintain your mobility as well as refer you to a chiropractor for further treatment as needed. And again as the previous post, do NOT ignore your shoulder pain! The pain does not 'go away' it's more that you just get used to the pain until it gets so bad that you finally decide to get treatment.

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Shoulder Issues and Problems (Part 2)

This is part two of a four part series on the guide and care of your shoulders.

Shoulder Problems
The shoulder is prone to a variety of problems that can give you pain and limit your range of motion. Many of these are simply caused by wear and tear. For example, a common injury is tendinitis of one of the rotator cuff muscles called the supraspinatus. Through poor posture or overuse, the tendon becomes inflamed and painful. When the bursa becomes inflamed you develop what is known as bursitis. This can be extremely painful.

Trigger points, small knots in the muscles, are very common around the shoulder and can refer pain and tenderness into the muscles or joints. The referred pain can mimic other shoulder problems like tendinitis and frozen shoulder. Other issues such as sprains and dislocations typically result from falls. It’s a natural reaction to reach your arm out to catch yourself when falling, but the impact can strain or tear the shoulder ligaments. If the impact is severe enough, the humerus may be knocked right out of the socket and the shoulder becomes dislocated.

With a severe trauma, the bones may actually fracture or break. The collarbone is most likely to break although the humerus can sometimes break as well. When this happens the arm needs to be immobilized. Fractures can take up to three months to heal.

Whenever you have a shoulder problem, you tend to limit your movement to minimize the pain. This can lead to frozen shoulder. Your shoulder becomes stiff and you quickly lose mobility. It can soon become extremely painful to lift your arm. If you develop a frozen shoulder, it will take a long time and lots of therapy to regain your normal movement. Sometimes the only option is surgery. The best medicine in this case is prevention. As soon as you develop any pain or discomfort in your shoulder, see your chiropractor or massage therapist as soon as possible for treatment. Pretending like it doesn't hurt that much, or that the pain will go away will not make the problem better. Actually, ignoring the pain will make the problem worse. Don’t risk getting a serious and debilitating shoulder condition.

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The Anatomy of the Shoulder (Part 1)

This is the first of a four part series on the guide and care of your shoulders.

Shoulder Guide
Your shoulders are incredibly flexible joints that allow your arms to move through a large range of motion. They are used in almost every activity and they take a lot of punishment on a daily basis. As a result, they are prone to a wide range of injuries. It’s important to take good care of your shoulders because even small problems can quickly become debilitating if not taken care of immediately.

The Anatomy Lesson
The shoulder is made up of three bones. The humerus is the big bone in your upper arm. The clavicle (collar bone) attaches to your rib cage at one end and helps keep your shoulder out to the side of your body. The scapula (shoulder blade) is the third bone. Part of the scapula, the acromion, juts out and forms a roof over the top of the joint. Another part of the scapula forms a socket into which the round head of the humerus fits.

The upper arm is held in its socket by loose ligaments and four small rotator cuff muscles that cover the joint like a sleeve. Other back, chest and upper arm muscles help support and move the shoulder.

There is also a fluid filled sac in the shoulder called a bursa. This bursa is like a cushion that helps prevent the tendons from rubbing against the bones.

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