February 26

Look for the Hearts….. by Andrea Lopes, LCSW-C

MASSAGE THERAPY

ALL BODYWORK SERVICES ARE $105 PER HOUR  

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Therapeutic Massage is a full body customized massage which includes the use of various techniques to include trigger point, deep penetrating hot/cold contrast, deep tissue, and swedish techniques (based upon individual assessment).

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MANUAL THERAPY

Lymphatic Drainage Manual Therapy is a specialized body work technique that is provided by advanced trained licensed and certified health care practitioners such as nurses, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. This therapy applies repetitive pressure at lymph node sites and a stroking technique along lymph vessels that stimulates the movement of lymph fluid. This therapy assists with post surgical swelling and inflammation due to numerous heath complaints such as sinusitis, arthritis, gastritis, back pain, neck pain and more.

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology – The principles of reflexology embody techniques designed to keep the body’s systems operating at peak efficiency. Providing gentle pressure along points in the feet can help achieve balance in the body by normalizing the function of the internal organs and stimulating the body’s natural healing process.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

Trigger Point Therapy – A trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referred pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point massage therapy is specially designed to alleviate the pain at the source through cycles of isolated pressure and release. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can alleviate a lot of stress associated with chronic pain.

GERIATRIC MASSAGE

Geriatric Massage is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly. This type of massage uses gentle and light application of massage techniques with oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without excessive friction to the skin. Geriatric massage has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.

One of the most common issues I deal with as a therapist is helping people change their negative thinking.  As humans, we are wired to negative input more easily than positive.  This most likely evolved for a good reason—to keep us out of harm’s way. From the beginning of human history, our survival depended on our ability to avoid danger. The brain developed systems that would make it notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it.   Having the built-in brain apparatus super-sensitive to negativity means that the same bad-news sensitivity also is at work in every other aspect of our lives too.   We no longer have the need to be hyper-vigilant, but many of us still are and therefore we notice the negative and discount the positive.

One day a friend brought a large, beautiful, decorative glass jar filled with rocks to my office.   She explained to me that she had started to collect these rocks on the beach at St. Michael’s.   One day she picked up a rock and noticed that it was shaped like a heart.   She decided to start “looking for the hearts” on the beach.   It surprised her how many heart rocks she started to find.   When she was intentionally looking for the hearts, she started to find them everywhere.   In the past, she had never noticed the rocks that were shaped like hearts.   She just saw rocks because she wasn’t trying to find the hearts.

I realized that this was a way that I could explain how our thinking and what we focus on is what we will find.   If we are expecting negative and on the alert for it, that is most likely what we will find.   If we want to find the positive, we must look for it in our every day lives.   The more we try to notice and look for the positive, the more it will appear.  Trying to change our negative thinking bias is much like building a muscle.  We have to keep working at it for it to get stronger.   Over time, it does grow stronger and the positive thinking bias is stronger than the negative.

I encourage all of you to start looking for the hearts.  I bet you will find a lot more than you ever knew existed.


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One of the most common issues I deal with as a therapist is helping people change their negative thinking.  As humans, we are wired to negative input more easily than positive.  This most likely evolved for a good reason—to keep us out of harm’s way. From the beginning of human history, our survival depended on our ability to avoid danger. The brain developed systems that would make it notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it.   Having the built-in brain apparatus super-sensitive to negativity means that the same bad-news sensitivity also is at work in every other aspect of our lives too.   We no longer have the need to be hyper-vigilant, but many of us still are and therefore we notice the negative and discount the positive.

One day a friend brought a large, beautiful, decorative glass jar filled with rocks to my office.   She explained to me that she had started to collect these rocks on the beach at St. Michael’s.   One day she picked up a rock and noticed that it was shaped like a heart.   She decided to start “looking for the hearts” on the beach.   It surprised her how many heart rocks she started to find.   When she was intentionally looking for the hearts, she started to find them everywhere.   In the past, she had never noticed the rocks that were shaped like hearts.   She just saw rocks because she wasn’t trying to find the hearts.

I realized that this was a way that I could explain how our thinking and what we focus on is what we will find.   If we are expecting negative and on the alert for it, that is most likely what we will find.   If we want to find the positive, we must look for it in our every day lives.   The more we try to notice and look for the positive, the more it will appear.  Trying to change our negative thinking bias is much like building a muscle.  We have to keep working at it for it to get stronger.   Over time, it does grow stronger and the positive thinking bias is stronger than the negative.

I encourage all of you to start looking for the hearts.  I bet you will find a lot more than you ever knew existed.

One of the most common issues I deal with as a therapist is helping people change their negative thinking.  As humans, we are wired to negative input more easily than positive.  This most likely evolved for a good reason—to keep us out of harm’s way. From the beginning of human history, our survival depended on our ability to avoid danger. The brain developed systems that would make it notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it.   Having the built-in brain apparatus super-sensitive to negativity means that the same bad-news sensitivity also is at work in every other aspect of our lives too.   We no longer have the need to be hyper-vigilant, but many of us still are and therefore we notice the negative and discount the positive.

One day a friend brought a large, beautiful, decorative glass jar filled with rocks to my office.   She explained to me that she had started to collect these rocks on the beach at St. Michael’s.   One day she picked up a rock and noticed that it was shaped like a heart.   She decided to start “looking for the hearts” on the beach.   It surprised her how many heart rocks she started to find.   When she was intentionally looking for the hearts, she started to find them everywhere.   In the past, she had never noticed the rocks that were shaped like hearts.   She just saw rocks because she wasn’t trying to find the hearts.

I realized that this was a way that I could explain how our thinking and what we focus on is what we will find.   If we are expecting negative and on the alert for it, that is most likely what we will find.   If we want to find the positive, we must look for it in our every day lives.   The more we try to notice and look for the positive, the more it will appear.  Trying to change our negative thinking bias is much like building a muscle.  We have to keep working at it for it to get stronger.   Over time, it does grow stronger and the positive thinking bias is stronger than the negative.

I encourage all of you to start looking for the hearts.  I bet you will find a lot more than you ever knew existed.

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