February 8

What is a Toxic Versus Healthy Relationship? By Vicktoria Molokin, LCPC

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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.

Relationships are complex, complicated, and most of the time difficult to navigate for a variety of reasons. There are different factors of a relationship that can help you differentiate healthy versus unhealthy relationships in your life. These factors are but not limited to communication, respect, trust, honesty, equality, personal time, and sexual choices. Let’s dig into some of these on the relationship spectrum so that you can assess strengths and weaknesses within your intimate relationships with others.

Relationship Spectrum

Communication:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to openly talk about your issues, feel heard, and respect each other’s opinions.

In a toxic relationship, communication can be one-sided, involve personal attacks, hurtful comments, and abusive behaviors. When you “talk” about your issues you would end up fighting or not talking at all due to someone shutting down. Past issues are continuously brought up with judgment and rarely lead to a resolution.

Respect:
In a healthy relationship, you value and accept each other just as you are while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

In a toxic relationship, there is no honor, lack of boundaries, manipulation, mistreatment of each other, and lack of respect for feelings and safety.

Trust and Honesty:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to believe each other, promote transparency, and maintain confidentiality on private matters unless given permission to disclose it to others for additional support or comfort.

In a toxic relationship, there is a lack of trust and honesty to the point that you don’t believe one another and assume false accusations based on no or poor evidence. The people in the relationship may continuously jump to conclusions that there is a form of infidelity. Control issues are apparent and at times the primary source of arguments.

Equality
In a healthy relationship, you are able to make positive decisions together, hold each other to the same reasonable standards, and help each other succeed in personal and mutual goals.

In a toxic relationship, one or both of the parents feel that their own choices and needs are more important than their partner and others. They must always have their way which forces an individual to be compliant in order to maintain peace. When problems due arise, you are made to feel that all the issues stem from you and nothing you do is right.

Personal Time
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have a sense of harmony or balance of enjoying time spent together and respect each other when you need personal time alone.

In a toxic relationship, a partner becomes isolated from others due to the partner’s control issues or insecurities and must always know where and what they are doing. You get guilted when you care or are interested in other things outside of your relationship and are considered selfish or neglectful when you want to attend to your own interests independently.

Sexual Choices
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have an open discussion about sex, what is okay and what is not. You are able to provide a safe and enjoyable experience and attend to each other’s needs.

In a toxic relationship, one partner will push into engaging in unwanted or abusive sexual activity.

Now that you are more knowledgeable on the different aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships you can begin to work on areas where improvement is needed. If you need help to navigate, discuss, and explore your personal or relationship issues with a professional counselor, we are here to help and listen.


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Relationships are complex, complicated, and most of the time difficult to navigate for a variety of reasons. There are different factors of a relationship that can help you differentiate healthy versus unhealthy relationships in your life. These factors are but not limited to communication, respect, trust, honesty, equality, personal time, and sexual choices. Let’s dig into some of these on the relationship spectrum so that you can assess strengths and weaknesses within your intimate relationships with others.

Relationship Spectrum

Communication:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to openly talk about your issues, feel heard, and respect each other’s opinions.

In a toxic relationship, communication can be one-sided, involve personal attacks, hurtful comments, and abusive behaviors. When you “talk” about your issues you would end up fighting or not talking at all due to someone shutting down. Past issues are continuously brought up with judgment and rarely lead to a resolution.

Respect:
In a healthy relationship, you value and accept each other just as you are while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

In a toxic relationship, there is no honor, lack of boundaries, manipulation, mistreatment of each other, and lack of respect for feelings and safety.

Trust and Honesty:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to believe each other, promote transparency, and maintain confidentiality on private matters unless given permission to disclose it to others for additional support or comfort.

In a toxic relationship, there is a lack of trust and honesty to the point that you don’t believe one another and assume false accusations based on no or poor evidence. The people in the relationship may continuously jump to conclusions that there is a form of infidelity. Control issues are apparent and at times the primary source of arguments.

Equality
In a healthy relationship, you are able to make positive decisions together, hold each other to the same reasonable standards, and help each other succeed in personal and mutual goals.

In a toxic relationship, one or both of the parents feel that their own choices and needs are more important than their partner and others. They must always have their way which forces an individual to be compliant in order to maintain peace. When problems due arise, you are made to feel that all the issues stem from you and nothing you do is right.

Personal Time
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have a sense of harmony or balance of enjoying time spent together and respect each other when you need personal time alone.

In a toxic relationship, a partner becomes isolated from others due to the partner’s control issues or insecurities and must always know where and what they are doing. You get guilted when you care or are interested in other things outside of your relationship and are considered selfish or neglectful when you want to attend to your own interests independently.

Sexual Choices
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have an open discussion about sex, what is okay and what is not. You are able to provide a safe and enjoyable experience and attend to each other’s needs.

In a toxic relationship, one partner will push into engaging in unwanted or abusive sexual activity.

Now that you are more knowledgeable on the different aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships you can begin to work on areas where improvement is needed. If you need help to navigate, discuss, and explore your personal or relationship issues with a professional counselor, we are here to help and listen.

Relationships are complex, complicated, and most of the time difficult to navigate for a variety of reasons. There are different factors of a relationship that can help you differentiate healthy versus unhealthy relationships in your life. These factors are but not limited to communication, respect, trust, honesty, equality, personal time, and sexual choices. Let’s dig into some of these on the relationship spectrum so that you can assess strengths and weaknesses within your intimate relationships with others.

Relationship Spectrum

Communication:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to openly talk about your issues, feel heard, and respect each other’s opinions.

In a toxic relationship, communication can be one-sided, involve personal attacks, hurtful comments, and abusive behaviors. When you “talk” about your issues you would end up fighting or not talking at all due to someone shutting down. Past issues are continuously brought up with judgment and rarely lead to a resolution.

Respect:
In a healthy relationship, you value and accept each other just as you are while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

In a toxic relationship, there is no honor, lack of boundaries, manipulation, mistreatment of each other, and lack of respect for feelings and safety.

Trust and Honesty:
In a healthy relationship, you are able to believe each other, promote transparency, and maintain confidentiality on private matters unless given permission to disclose it to others for additional support or comfort.

In a toxic relationship, there is a lack of trust and honesty to the point that you don’t believe one another and assume false accusations based on no or poor evidence. The people in the relationship may continuously jump to conclusions that there is a form of infidelity. Control issues are apparent and at times the primary source of arguments.

Equality
In a healthy relationship, you are able to make positive decisions together, hold each other to the same reasonable standards, and help each other succeed in personal and mutual goals.

In a toxic relationship, one or both of the parents feel that their own choices and needs are more important than their partner and others. They must always have their way which forces an individual to be compliant in order to maintain peace. When problems due arise, you are made to feel that all the issues stem from you and nothing you do is right.

Personal Time
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have a sense of harmony or balance of enjoying time spent together and respect each other when you need personal time alone.

In a toxic relationship, a partner becomes isolated from others due to the partner’s control issues or insecurities and must always know where and what they are doing. You get guilted when you care or are interested in other things outside of your relationship and are considered selfish or neglectful when you want to attend to your own interests independently.

Sexual Choices
In a healthy relationship, you are able to have an open discussion about sex, what is okay and what is not. You are able to provide a safe and enjoyable experience and attend to each other’s needs.

In a toxic relationship, one partner will push into engaging in unwanted or abusive sexual activity.

Now that you are more knowledgeable on the different aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships you can begin to work on areas where improvement is needed. If you need help to navigate, discuss, and explore your personal or relationship issues with a professional counselor, we are here to help and listen.

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