Caregiver Burnout

There is a specific group of people that sometimes go unnoticed. They are the caretakers out there. The ones that are assisting the elderly parents or spouses that are ill, or children that need special attention. Sometimes the stress involved with that can make it hard to move and sometimes there is a rigidness that comes with it. Always on edge and full of startle. So not only does it work with pain and ease of movement, it can also help with the unbearable strain that comes with being a loving and giving caretaker. Bowenwork can assist you through all of these issues, so that you can be there to help your loved ones when they need you the most. Wendy Seiler has over 30 years in the holistic/self-care arena and is a licensed esthetician at Bodyworx Spa & Massage. Sixteen of those years she spent practicing massage, and ten years as a Certified Professional Bowenwork Practitioner.

Over the years, pursuit of knowledge, her passion has helped her pursue her education and bring this to her clients. With the utmost knowledge she will ask you questions and listen to your answers so that she can personalize your treatments to suit your individualized needs. The goal is to assist you with health, self-care, stress relief, and pain reduction. Her life goal is to be of service to others by bringing harmony and peace to other’s lives. Read more on how Bowenwork can help you by searching “treatments” on our website.  

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care When You’re Fighting Cancer

Cancer shakes up everything. Your previously calm, predictable life becomes a flurry of specialist visits, treatment plans, and insurance claims. It’s enough to make anyone feel like they’re going insane. If you’re going to keep your head above water during this difficult time, you need to be deliberate about self-care. Here are five things you can do to take care of yourself through the cancer journey.

Cultivate moments of normalcy

In the chaos of cancer treatment, moments that you might have once considered banal become precious. Cherish your family dinners, your Netflix marathons, your walks with the dog. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, these ordinary moments transport you away from cancer stress and back to a time that work deadlines and mortgage bills were your biggest sources of stress.

Don’t give up on your hobbies

Yes, it’s hard to find time for hobbies in this whirlwind you’re living in. Yes, it’s hard to feel up to it even if you can find the time. But you need to keep doing the activities you enjoy in order to maintain balance in your life, and hobbies are a much healthier distraction than drugs or alcohol. Hobbies are also an important way to stay connected to your social support system so you have people to lean on when you’re struggling to stay upright on your own.

Seek sleep

If your diagnosis has you feeling stressed and anxious, you may find you’re not sleeping as well at night. But sleep is critically important for physical and mental health, so rather than accept insomnia as your fate, find ways to help yourself sleep. The National Sleep Foundation offers tips for better sleep, like avoiding electronics before bedtime, keeping a consistent sleep-wake schedule, and winding down with a relaxing activity before going to bed. If it’s negative thoughts keeping you up at night, try writing them out in a journal each night before you go to bed.

Don’t let addiction sneak up on you

Some of the drugs used in cancer treatment have the potential to cause addiction, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid medicines that can help you. Prescription opioids can provide important pain relief for people experiencing cancer pain, and they’re safer for long-term use than over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs. But you do need to take caution to prevent addiction from developing. Risk of addiction is low as long as you take the lowest effective dosage, follow your doctor’s instructions, and never mix medications without your doctor’s approval.

Focus on what you can control

One of the scariest parts of a cancer diagnosis is feeling like your health and future are out of your hands. Rather than focusing on what you can’t change, put your energy towards what you can. You can’t stop chemotherapy from having nasty side effects, but you can adopt lifestyle strategies that minimize their blow. (For tips on how, read this advice from the University of Iowa.) You may have no choice but to cut your hours at work, but you can still find other ways to feel productive and contribute to the household. While negative thoughts will still creep in, this strategy stops them from taking over.

When you’re fighting cancer, self-care is more critical than ever. But self-care during cancer isn’t about spa days, and it’s not about avoiding the realities of your diagnosis. Instead, it’s about doing the things that make you feel like you — not a diagnosis or a number on a medical chart.

Scott Sanders

Author and Creator of cancerwell.org

[email protected]

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NEW Dermalogica BioSurface Peel

Bodyworx is proud to announce that we are one of the first spa’s in the area to be able to offer the NEW Dermalogica BioSurface Peel.

So what’s so great about it? Many chemical peels today are too tough on the skin — so tough they can damage living cells and cause adverse side effects. But NEW Professional Expert Strength BioSurface Peel is different.

The product of years of research by the skin health experts at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, the BioSurface Peel powerfully targets fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts, to take skin health to a whole new depth — even for sensitive skin.

If you would like to find out more about this amazing product, or would like a consultation, call us and we will be glad to give you more information. I would be more than happy to discuss with you how this product would best suit your needs, and make you look and feel your best!

Lynette Haynie, Licensed Aesthetician
Dermalogica BioActive Peel Certified

New Staff and New Algae Supplement

MEET OUR NEW THERAPISTS

Kate Rosa joined our staff recently as a licensed massage therapist, and has been a huge asset to Bodyworx since she arrived. Her go to technique for solving major issues that cannot be accomplished with standard massage techniques is her “cupping” that she applies during a massage. Cupping is a massage technique that has the same effect as a deep tissue massage with even faster results.  A suction cup is placed on a tight area like the shoulders, low back, legs/IT bands. It pulls the “old” blood and lactic acid up to the surface allowing for blood flow and flushing out the area. If you check out our earlier blog, you can learn much more on “cupping”, and the benefits you can achieve from this therapy.

Kate moved here in March of 2017 from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been married  to her husband Giovanni, a Federal Police Officer, for seven years. She has two babies – a Labrador Retriever, Maggie, and an English Mastiff, Sally. Clearly she has a passion for little pups!  And when she is not working, you can catch her walking anywhere and everywhere to get her daily count of steps in on her fitbit! Even if it is circles or down the hallway at the spa! If you haven’t yet met Kate, we hope that you will soon.

 

Tamar Rivas also recently joined our staff as a massage therapist, and has been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 14 years. Bodywork is her passion, and her goal is to have her clients feel and move better so that the quality of their life improves.

Her love of health lead her to pursue and expand her knowledge of the human body, and thus become a licensed massage therapist. She is certified in Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, hot stone, hydrotherapy, pregnancy, oncology, posture and gait assessment, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. She incorporates the PNF stretching into many of her massages as it helps her clients learn how to stretch on their own, and help themselves with problems that can be alleviated by learning simple body mechanics.

She is married to a Montgomery County Firefighter, and has three daughters – all of whom she home schools. She has two little dogs, Little Foot and Cutie Pie. (Guess which one is the 100 pound Mastiff?)…..When she is not homeschooling, she is making her own essential oils, exercising, or traveling the U.S. in her new RV she just purchased. Her goal is to hit all 50 states eventually!  For all you avid exercisers, come see Tamar! She will help you work out whatever injury you are dealing with so that you can get down to the business of being fit!

 

NEW ALGAE THAT KEEPS YOU HEALTHY?  SAY BYE-BYE TO THE FLU!

Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In fact, this blue-green microalgae is partly responsible for producing oxygen in the planet’s atomosphere that billions of years ago allowed the planet’s originating life forms to develop. Spirulina is the world’s first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth.

Spirulina has between 55 & 70% protein (more than beef, chick, and soybeans), 8 essential, and 10 non-essential amino acids, as well as vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, and much more.

There are so many benefits to taking spirulina but to name just a few:

  • Contains a ton of protein
  • Contains numerous vitamins and minerals in high amounts
  • Fights allergies
  • Anti-inflammatory agent
  • Fights oxidative stress
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Enhance your workout
  • Regulate blood sugar levels & prevent/treat diabetes
  • Increase satiety and lose weight
  • Increase immune system response, protecting against a range of infectious diseases
  • Treat arthritis pain and inflammation
  • Speed up wound healing

You can purchase Spirulina in loose powder form. This allows you to measure out the dose you want, or to add directly into soups, breads, cereals, juices, and so on. You can also purchase in capsule form which is a convenient dosage for the algae powder. The most common recommended dosage ranges between 2,000-3,000 mg per day according to the University of Md. Medical Center.

So start the New Year with this amazing supplement, and ward off any germs that may be out there waiting to take hold of you! And who doesn’t love an product that controls blood pressure and helps you lose weight naturally?????

Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping?

According to the March 2017 Issue of “DaySpa” Magazine, cupping seems to be misunderstood, but it is actually an effective alternative health service that’s been used for thousands of years.   This treatment has numerous variations and methods which date back to Ancient Egypt and Middle Eastern Times, and some of which are rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Cupping is favored for its ability to relieve back and neck pain, increase blood flow and help heal overworked muscles – which is why it is commonly used amongst professional athletes today.   The technique can be used to provide clients with everything from deep tissue release to lymphatic drainage, and some even believe the therapy lowers cholesterol, alleviates migraines, and relieves arthritis pain.   Whatever it’s intended purpose, the process often transports people into a deeply relaxed state of mind, which is always a positive experience.

How does cupping work?   Across the entire  body is a fibrous tissue called fascia that lays between the skin and the muscles.  When the fascia grips onto the muscles, it can prevent them from being able to relax.  Cupping uses various types of suction to create a negative pressure which pulls up on the skin and fascia and allows the muscle underneath to release.   Fresh blood and fluids can then flow throughout the muscle fibers and between the interstitial tissues.  By drawing stagnant blood and metabolic waste close to the body’s surface, the cups stimulate fresh blood flow to restricted tissues and fascia, flushing them with oxygen and nutrients to support repair and healing.