Saying Goodnight to Insomnia

I think one of the biggest issues I see are problems with sleeping and insomnia. Day after day in my news feed on Facebook, I see people praying and wishing to find that ever elusive thing called sleep. The mind doesn’t shut down, the body is tired, but they will not fall asleep. So then the sleeping pills are reached for, and those little things have quite a bit of side effects that aren’t good at all. Melatonin stops working, larger and larger doses are required. The daily stress continues to build, with the added pressure of no sleep or compromised sleep. Alertness, productivity, and well-being are a thing of the past.

There have been moments from time to time when sleeping has been an issue for me. Stretching ( the prolonged and long held kind) before bedtime, yoga, and meditation have all been things that helped me drift off. Thankfully I never had serious insomnia. For those who persistently seek sleep, you may also want to consider massage. According to the Institute for Integrative Healthcare, Serotonin plays a large role in the bodies ability to sleep. A lack of this chemical in the body leads to an inability to sleep. Massage has been shown to increase levels of Serotonin in the body. The brain has also been shown to have the ability to convert Serotonin into Melatonin. I’m going to venture to say that this form of Melatonin would be the most natural to the body and the most easily recognized. While science may be able to duplicate the processes of the body, for the most part, those processes that are naturally derived are always much more superior.

Integrate massage as part of your weekly or monthly routine. Along with the many other benefits you will derive from it, a good nights sleep is always welcome. Start by scheduling an appointment! If frequent massage is something that helps with this, set up a package that will reduce the cost per massage to make it more affordable. I look forward to helping you along this path!

Faith Foster, CMT                                                                                                                                                          757-695-8505

Beautifully Flawed

Unique – (Adjective) “Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.”

We grow up hearing how unique we are, how we are unlike anyone else who has ever come before us. That as an individual we have so much to offer the world, that no one else can quite contribute. There is some truth to it, but it is not the whole truth. It is even misleading at times. It can even go so far as to create a sense of separation from others.

Yes, we all have experiences that we feel and believe are completely owned by us. We believe we go through things in a way that no one else goes through and our stories are so very different from everyone else. We will even place more value on our struggle, and diminish another person’s experience by stating that no one else could possibly feel what we feel or experience what we experience. While this philosophy may hold some truth, it takes away from what the real truth. That uniqueness, much like beauty, is really only skin deep.

This is not to negate what we contribute and the individualism that we possess. It simply means that in our uniqueness we are essentially all the same. We go through the same things, we feel the same emotion, and we are not as unique as we think. At least, not in a sense that should lead to separatism. In today’s culture, even with all of our connectedness we still seem to suffer from so much separatism.

This collective sameness held by the masses is best seen in the way that our body responds to stress and emotion. As a massage therapist, I get a front row seat to the simplicity of what is perceived as complexity. Our bodies all maintain the same holding patterns. Muscles hold emotions, and our muscles and problem areas give away more than what we would like, to the person who knows how to interpret such things.

The neck tells the story of someone who stays in their head and dwells too much of their stress. It tells of the person who may not be able to voice their truth either because of circumstances or just the simple state of not knowing how. The back tells of financial woes, overbearing people or situations that become just too much to take on. The legs can tell of the uncertainty of what the future holds and how to move forward into it. And then there are areas that are not so obvious, that are to be held between the person and what they deal with. It’s not to say that I can put hands on someone and tell them their life, it’s just that I recognize that we all experience the same things. We cry, we fear, we hold anger and resentment. We worry and become overwhelmed. We are in control until we realize that we aren’t. And we all just really want to let it go and sometimes we just don’t know how.

I am privileged and humbled to be the one that gets a up close view to see a person for who they really are sometimes. To know the feeling of working on someone who seeks out massage to get some relief from the stressors of life. I am humbled by the evidence in someone’s face, the exhale of letting go, the pause of reflection. Mostly I am humbled when I feel the rapport established from affecting change. I live to affect change. I hope to inspire. To bring something to a situation that brightens, lightens, and changes a person in a positive manner. I am not the one who creates change. I am merely the facilitator. And for that I am grateful.