Body-Mind Connection at The Relaxation Center

The Relaxation Center is a terrific resource to help you stay focused on having a great body-mind connection. Many times we imagine we can play a fabulous game of basket ball or jump over a toy on the floor with grace and ease. Then we are in the moment to make that shot and over reach and pull a muscle or trip over the toy and it did not turn out how you imagined it. When we practice working with our body to stretch and strengthen as well as work on balance, we have a better match with what we think we can do and what we actually are able to do. That in essence is the body-mind connection. Yoga-2

Massage is one other very important part of the body-mind connection. When receiving a massage, one will imagine their body feels ok or might have a specific ailment or two. As the massage progresses, the reality of sore muscles starts to become apparent. Then a sense that we are not feeling as "super heroish" as we have imagined set in. Deep tissue massage is a wonderful way to check in with our body, to see what we need to do in our lives to improve, to feel better more often. Sometimes we need to do new stretches, get a little more cardio exercise, eat better types of foods or get more massages. 

In this fast paced environment, take the time to get your deep tissue massage and check in with your body. Your body and mind will be connected and you will feel on top of the world.

Call Susan at 650-591-2303  or email her at Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com


The Relaxation Center Revisits PROBIOTICS for Great Nutrition

The Relaxation Center promotes overall great health, which includes making probiotics part of your health program. I posted this information before and still have people who ask me about how to be more healthy. Reposting the benefits of probiotics seems like a great idea. Probiotics are good bacterial that should be in your digestive system naturally. They help to break down the foods that we eat. Then the body can absorb the nutrients. 

Years ago we did not have antibiotics. They came into our society on a regular basis around 1940's +. Antibiotics are great for getting rid of the bad bacteria, but they also get rid of the good bacteria in our digestive system. To put the good bacteria back into our system, we need to take the probiotics. When we take antibiotics, it is advisable to take probiotics. It will help keep yeast infections from developing and help to keep being able to get the nutrition from our foods to get and stay healthy. The probiotics would be in our digestive system, if we did not have antibiotics.

We also get antibiotics from the meat/chicken(animal products) because they are pumped full of antibiotics, to keep them alive, because of the poor conditions they are in. We eat them and get the antibiotics they ate. Vegetables and fruits in many cases have antibiotics on them to prevent contamination, because many vegetable/fruit farms are near animal farm, waste run off. We need to reintroduce probiotics on a regular basis once or twice a week to keep our digestive system capable of breaking down our foods to be able to absorb the nutrition. 

Jarro_Dophilus_FOSThere are many brands on the market. One of them is:  Jarro-Dophilus + Fos. This is kept in the refrigerated section of WholeFoods or many health food stores. It is refrigerated and should be kept in the refrigerator because it is a live culture and the Fos is the food the culture eats. It is recommended to take one capsule two times a week to keep the good bacteria in your system. Each person is different and you will find what works for you. The instructions on the bottle say 1-3 capsules a day.

Start with just one(good idea). It will help with having better elimination. You will not need more spoonfuls of fiber with this solution most likely.(Bowel movements are supposed to be fluffy and not hard). Hard bowel movements create pockets in the colon, where food can collect and possibly cause more challenges later.  It is best to take one capsule 20 minutes after breakfast. Why? Because usually we don't eat garlic with breakfast. Garlic can neutralize the probiotics, because garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is not going to get rid of any major infections, but it is enough to discourage the probiotics from doing their job at first. 

You might think yogurt is enough, but most yogurts do not have the full strains of probiotics in them. The Dophilus I have mentioned above has the full strains of it. I believe there are 7 strains and the yogurts have one or a few. For our digestive system to do it's job, it is best to give it the right tools. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Susan or call her at 650-591-2303

Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com

(This process is something that has worked for Susan and many of her clients, but ask your doctor if it ok).

 


Have Fun in the Sun - but don't forget to protect your skin!

The Relaxation Center cares about skin health as a part of over all health and would like to take this time to share some new sun screen ideas. I found an article that does a great job of explaining the concerns of sun damage. You can find a link to this article at end of this posting.                                                                                                                                                                             Unknown
This article highlights easy ways to protect our skin.  For example, by using an SPF 15 more frequently than a high power SPF less regularly, you'll get better coverage.The SPF 15 will cover 85% of the sun damage.  Also make sure your sun screen has UVA and UVB to protect the deeper layers of the skin as well as the superficial layers. Get your sun screen at a health food store or WholeFoods and consult with the person that works in the skin care area. You'll find something that works for your skin.

Beside a good sun screen, even more coverage can be attained by applying antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, on the skin (a skin beauty product) as well as eating antioxidants such as fresh blueberries and some other super foods such as spirulina. These foods will help the skin protect itself from the sun to some extent. 

Even if you aren't walking around in the sun every day, something to think about is being in your sunny car.. Even though we don't think we are in the car for a long time, it all adds up and we need to protect our skin as much as possible.

We do the best we can, so let's make the time to eat some antioxidant foods, stay out of the sun and put on our sun screen everyday of the year. Below is a link to the complete article. I hope you find it as interesting and useful as I did!

http://www.natural-organic-sunscreen.com/

There is one more article I found informative and here is that link below.

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/?inlist=Y&utm_source=junesdfull&utm_medium=email&utm_content=first-link&utm_campaign=toxics

I welcome any ideas and suggestions.

Contact me at 650-591-2303 or email Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com 

 


Regular Stretching and Regular Massage -
A Great Combination!

The Relaxation Center in Belmont wants to remind you that regular stretching enhances your massage sessions. Why? Stretching in between massage sessions will make your massage better, because many of the tight places will be easier to work on.

What prompted us to revisit the topic of stretching is that my sister called me the other day. After years of my suggesting stretching, sending her pages of stretches and mentioning yoga etc. - she finally started to stretch and said the next posting on my website should be about stretching. She is feeling less tense and more relaxed. 

Stretch Book  At The Relaxation Center, specific stretches are taught to help with certain ailments. Overall stretching is a goal that takes time and effort. It pays off for good, quality of life. A suggestion is to take yoga, Pilates and read Bob Anderson's book first.

There are some great suggestions on how to stretch in  the book, "Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition by Bob Anderson and Jean Anderson." Here are some of their suggestions:

1. Learning how to stretch is the most important part of stretching.

2.  Listening to your body and knowing that you can stretch more tomorrow.

3. It does not all have to happen in one day.

Massage can get to those spots that are virtually impossible to get to on your own. The combination of regular stretching the right way and the extra "boost" of massage will improve your overall flexibility and your life will be more pain free. 

Don't take years to start stretching, try it today.  Call Susan at 650-591-2303 to set up a massage time for yourself or if you have any questions about stretching. You can also email at Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com.

 


Jack LaLanne Tribute:
Posture Focus Again at The Relaxation Center

LaLanne At The Relaxation Center focus was on posture a few months ago. Now as a tribute to Jack LaLanne with his perfect posture, it's time to refocus on it again. Correct posture will make a person look better, feel better, and have more energy  - not to mention look more attractive and approachable!  Here are some hints on how to improve your posture.

Doing exercises to strengthen the back muscles will assist a person in having better posture. One has to use the back muscles. Focus on exercises that train the back muscles to pull back. If one does not train the back muscles to pull back, they won't have the strength to do the job. Then the poor posture starts or continues.

Some back exercises are very simple. It is doing them that takes discipline. The rewards are high and you will look better, feel better, have more energy and therefore be more attractive.

One great exercise that you can do almost anywhere is to simply stand up or sit up straight and put your arms out straight from your shoulders forming a "T" with your arms out from your sides and even with your shoulders. Then bend your arms in, so that you your hands are out in front of your elbows.  Your hands, arms and shoulders should be the same level. Then start to pinch your shoulder blades together and try to pinch a pea between your shoulder blades. Release the tension and do it again. Each pinch should last at least 5 seconds. Repeat this process until you can't do anymore. Do this once a day and you will see and feel the results very soon.

I will do another post with more exercises for posture. But for now - stand and sit at attention. When we do this we instantly have good posture. Did you know that when you choose good posture, you can get up to 30% more oxygen in your lungs and therefore will get more oxygen to your body and mind. 

Until next time.....think tall! 

 


Start the Year With A Fresh Perspective on Food

 "We are what we eat" is an old saying....but it is so true.  With the new year upon us, we often re-evaluate things - dieting and what we eat is often one of those things.  Toward that end, I'd like to give you a recommendation about taking a look at what you eat from a different perspective.

It is all on an 80 minute documentary film DVD that I recently came upon called "Food Matters". It is about making the right choices for ourselves with fabulous information. The people that made the movie are experts in their fields. I think it is the best documentary I have watched. I took four pages of notes and am making adjustments in my food choices. I strongly recommend this DVD.

Take a look at this short video about the DVD. You can rent the DVD from online Blockbuster or Netflix. It is not in any store that I could find. Want to learn more?  Here is a link to the website to order or learn more .

Happy New Year Everyone!
- Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com

 


Good Posture is a Way of Life

Correct posture will make a person look better, feel better, and have more energy  - not to mention look more attractive and approachable!  Here are some hints on how to improve your posture.

Doing exercises to strengthen the back muscles will assist a person in having better posture. One has to use the back muscles. Focus on exercises that train the back muscles to pull back. If one does not train the back muscles to pull back, they won't have the strength to do the job. Then the poor posture starts or continues.

Some back exercises are very simple. It is doing them that takes discipline. The rewards are high and you will look better, feel better, have more energy and therefore be more attractive.

One great exercise that you can do almost anywhere is to simply stand up or sit up straight and put your arms out straight from your shoulders forming a "T" with your arms out from your sides and even with your shoulders. Then bend your arms in, so that you your hands are out in front of your elbows.  Your hands, arms and shoulders should be the same level. Then start to pinch your shoulder blades together and try to pinch a pea between your shoulder blades. Release the tension and do it again. Each pinch should last at least 5 seconds. Repeat this process until you can't do anymore. Do this once a day and you will see and feel the results very soon.

Desk posture I will do another post with more exercises for posture. But for now - stand and sit at attention. When we do this we instantly have good posture. Did you know that when you choose good posture, you can get up to 30% more oxygen in your lungs and therefore will get more oxygen to your body and mind. 

Until next time.....think tall!

 


Speaking your Mind during Theraputic Massage

At The Relaxation Center, expressing your feelings and thoughts during a massage is part of the two way street experience to having the massage you want. To have the massage you want, communication is key.

Speaking with your Massage Therapist An example in another situation might be...In a restaurant when a person wants a food item cooked "well-done", one person's idea of "well-done" might be burned almost and other person's idea of "well-done" might be slightly browned.

In massage,there is a difference between soft-"spa-massage", deep-tissue and reconstructive bodywork. Your idea of "soft" or "deep" might not be the same as the therapists. So, you should feel free to ask the massage therapist to apply the amount of pressure you desire at the beginning of the session, and feel free to comment as the sessions progresses. If you are more inclined to want a softer style or more deep pressure as the session continues, the therapist wants you to have what works for you, so comment or ask.  

Sooner or later, you both should be on the same page with what works for you. After all, you are the one paying for the massage you want. One thing about it though, you have to speak your mind. It is great once you find the massage therapist that can have the perfect pressure for you. It is also wonderful to feel comfortable to express your desired level of pressure each session to keep good communication continuing. Every time you have a massage, you have been doing other things that lead up to that moment. You have had other experiences and done other exercises, have other body tightnesses etc... so be open and express your level of comfort. 


The Relaxation Center CPR Reminder
- "Just in Case"

This month the Relaxation Center in Belmont helpful hint is not about theraputic massage but it is about something to enrich both your, and maybe someone else's, life.  It is about CPR - a reminder to “be prepared” - just in case. 

  

Crp_example2Every two years I get recertified for first aid and CPR. The certification lasts two years. I have been getting recertified for the last 20 years or more. I like being able to help people if there were to be an emergency. At this class I just took, very important information was given to us and I am passing it on for you. Please take a minute and put this phone number into your cell phone and post it at your house on the wall by the phone -just in case.

 

 

If you call 911, you will very possibly get a busy signal. If there is a wide-spread emergency, you will get a busy signal. If not, your call will get routed to Vallejo 1st. The operator will then send your call to your local emergency area, and then you can explain your emergency.

  

 

The better way to go is to call 411. The information person will answer and ask for your city and state and you tell them you want the emergency number for your area. You will have bypassed one whole step this way.

 

The best way…Put the emergency number in your area into your cell phone and have it at the top of your contacts. Our emergency number for this area is: 650-368-1421. This covers the following areas: Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City, Redwood City, San Carlos, South San Francisco, Half Moon Bay. For other areas call 411 to get your emergency number or call 1-877-743-8423 ICE Safety Solutions.

 

Even better ... you can sign up to take first aid and/or CPR so you too can be prepared to help out a family member, friend or even yourself in an emergency Find out more about classes available by going to www.getice.com. There is no test and the class goes by quickly. The people there are very nice and make it fun.

 

You will feel on top of the world, because you will be trained to be helpful - just in case!


The Relaxation Center in Belmont Welcomes 2010
- Focus and Attitude Can Make It a Great Year!

I challenge you to make this coming year more meaningful. Last year I focused on Pilates and yoga classes.  At first it was very difficult and I could not believe how inflexible I was. I did a modified attempt in the beginning and built up to a more mid-range ability. Meditation I am pleased that I have been working on this. Yet, it is something that I have to keep working on. Too bad, I do not remain stretched out. I can see how Pilates and yoga can keep me moving much better for the remainder of life. It is like laundry- have to do it and it is nice when it is done.

I am focusing on getting the attitude of enjoying the journey. That may take some time but I know I can do it if I keep a positive attitude. One thing that I keep in my mind when the going gets tough is that the alternative of being tight is not as good for me.

I welcome new ideas for becoming a better person. Feel free to email or call with suggestions that work for you. Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com or 650-591-2303.  Thank you.

Sincerely, Susan


Healthy Living Habit Resolutions

Here at the Relaxation Center we are always ready to work with you on the best programs for healthy living. We have tips for having a positive mental attitude - to massage, and exercises/stretches you can do at home.

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Developing a desireable, health level can be easier when working with a health coach such as at The Relaxation Center. Step by step, progress is made and you will see the results and be a happier person. We all go at our own pace. Patience and persistance will get us there.

Call The Relaxation Center for your massage session and take the time to focus on improving. Feel the benefits of this expert bodywork. 650-591-2303

 


Get a Massage to Relieve Holiday Season Stress!

Holiday Greetings from Susan Fleming at The Relaxation Center in Belmont, California.  Healthy Living during the holiday season is a challenge for many of us.  In my massage therapy practice, I've found that making the time for a little exercise can make us feel happier. Exercise will provide us with a more positive mental attitude, an ability to have a few more calories and a great feeling of being more in shape.

Making the time to get a massage allows us time to focus on our well-being. While you are getting your massage, you will discover if you need to stretch more, if you need to do another type of exercise or if you need to perhaps make more fun time for yourself. Massage time is a perfect time to totally focus on your body, mind and spirit. Getting regular massage will make sure you are all connected and if not, what you can do to feel your best for daily life and for the holidays. 

Call or email your healthy holiday suggestions and I will put them in my next newsletter and on the website. Susan@TheRelaxationCenter.com or call 650-591-2303


Healthy Living Tips - What Are Yours?

At least once a month we will have a healthy tip to share with you - some about massage therapy - some on healthy living and more.  Contact us in Belmont at The Relaxation Center with your great suggestions for topics. We all want to feel our best and we can do this by sharing our knowledge.  Regards, Susan Fleming, Director at the Relaxation Center.


Massage and The Right Gym Makes the Difference

The Relaxation Center info: Massage is just part of the total package to make your life the best it can be. The total package is massage, cardio workout, weight bearing exercise, stretching (yoga, pilates, etc.) good diet, enough sleep.....and a positive mental attitude.  

Today I'd like to focus on how going to a good gym is a key part of this package. A good gym will have the cardio, weight bearing exercise and stretching that you need. What makes a good gym? One of my favorite gym's is Golds Gym.  I go to Golds Gym in San Mateo and find it to be a clean place with great teachers.  The most important part is the quality of the teachers and trainers.

The teachers at Gold's are well qualified and inspirational. Mary, who teaches pilates, is an expert. Ben, who teaches yoga, is also one of the best teachers I have had in almost 25 years of taking classes.

The kind of classes that inspire you and make you feel good are the ones that make exercising fun. Just start one step at a time ....try one class, if you don't like it, try a different one - or maybe talk to the teacher afterward and get their advice. But don't give up. And if you want another opinion or advice, give me a call or send me an email. I'd be happy to help.


Happy Life Hint – Positive Mental Attitude

Every day we wake up with the choice to have a Positive Mental Attitude, also known as PMA. It is our choice to have PMA or not to. If we ask ourselves, "How is the world treating us"? And then ask ourselves, "How are we treating the world"? It is about the same.  Curious thoughts.

You know how beneficial deep body work is for you. Let your friends and family feel great too. Give them a business card or a gift certificate to start feeling great. Many people don't know about deep body work. They might have had a "massage" before, but understanding how great they can feel when the pain and unmovable body parts are trouble-free is another level. Pass the word on....

Take care of yourself - you are worth it!


"It's time you both feel and do your best!"

Welcome to my blog.... the focus is on BodyMind Coaching and Professional Massage Therapy

Why? People who receive massages regularly feel more balanced: mentally, emotionally and physically. Add feeling great to gaining clarity about your purpose, values and goals in life and you become unstoppable!

So, stay tuned .....