Gifts- Day 6: Anti-stress Comfort Wrap

This wrap is great for hot summer days and cold winter nights. placed in the freezer, it retains cold which is great to use for bumps, bruises and headaches. Place it in the microwave for 1 minute and the wrap retains the heat where it can be used on tight muscles. the size and design of the wrap make it ideal to place around your neck, arms, legs, and back. The wrap is filled with rice grains and scented with chamomile and lavender essential oils. The Anti-Stress wrap can be found at many retailers but can be ordered through...

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Gifts- Day 5: Qi Gong for Stress Relief DVD

Qigong (“chee gung”) is an ancient Eastern practice widely used in China as a healing tool. More and more Americans are begining to search for natural ways to release stress and tension and to promote healing. Gaiam’s Qigong for Stress Relief, taught by internationally renowned instructors Francesco Garripoli and Daisy Lee-Garripoli, is a 30-minute Qigong exercise program featuring the 10 best exercises for reducing stress. It is specifically designed to promote relaxation. Meditative movements, focused breathing and...

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Gifts- Day 4: Thera-Cane

For the person who has a muscle knot on the back that can’t be reached, this is the tool for you. the theracance comes with a instructional DVD that shows how to use the theracane for all areas of the body. What makes┬áthis different from the competitors out there, is that the theracane is endorsed and used by physcial therapists and massage therapists. It is effective at working out those areas of tightness and pain due to myofascial trigger points. Theracane can be ordered through...

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Gifts- Day 3: Music

Well they say that music can tame the savage beast. And music has always been a great choice as a gift. The problem is that music is very subjective. And the type of music that people relax to can vary from person to person. This CD is a nice compromise that most people will enjoy as background music. It’s a Canadian import and may be difficult to find a physcial CD, but it is available as an mp3 download through the I-Tunes store or...

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Dr. Ed’s List of Stress Relieving Gifts

The holidays are right around the corner. And as the holidays arrive, the stress levels for most people increase. The reasons for the increased stress include shopping for gifts, not having enough money for gifts, too much socializing, over eating, over drinking, and being with people you don’t like, which might include family. All this stress can lead to symptoms of anxiety or depression. Many of my patients ask for tools that can extend the benfits of their treatments with me. Being a massage therapist for the last 26 years has given...

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The Good and the Bad of Massage

The Good and the Bad of Massage

As a massage therapist since 1986, I’m still surprised at some of the outlandish and outdated opinions about massage therapy. Some of it is geographic. In California, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a person to have their own psychiatrist, acupuncturist and massage therapist. People would say, “It’s very L.A.” But in┬ásome areas of the country many people confuse massage with prostitution. Or limit massage to relaxation only and who needs that? Well we all do! But for decades the profession of massage...

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