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Ask Chuck: Let Easter jump start your way to better health

By By Charles Colson
March 22, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.


It seems like every Easter, I feel like jumping into action. I guess I just need the energy to jump-start me. Is it true that massage therapy can help me make this happen?

Most definitely. Massage therapy treatments are perfect energy builders. Massage has a tremendous impact on our circulatory system.

It is what I call preventive maintenance. Many times, regular massage sessions will actually prevent many illnesses from occurring. Since it affects the mind, body and soul, it is amazing how it strengthens our entire metabolism and immune system.

I used to wonder how my massage instructors knew how we were performing the right manipulations with massage techniques. They simply knew by looking at the final expression on the client's face when we had finished.

If the client had a nice rosy and glowing complexion when finished, the instructors knew for sure that we had caused the blood to flow correctly and, thus, the client's energy balance was enhanced.

So, yes, you can jump-start your body into good health.

My husband always complains about hurting so much when he has Charlie Horses in his legs at night. Would massage therapy comfort this problem?

Very much so. First of all, the therapist can give him exercises to do when ever this occurs during the night.

For instance, have him point his toes straight out on the leg that has the pain. Muscles have a tendency to enjoy tightening up and not worry how much pain we are in. Our bodies are like computers.

The therapist is the one that knows how to take control and computerize muscles in the correct ways. I have had clients who are troubled with these pains in their legs quite often.

After several massage treatments, the pains become quite minimal in occurrence. And, as stated above, the therapist can educate the client in how to keep these pains under control.

Quite often, I feel the spasms in my neck and shoulders knotting up. Will massage therapy help to conquer this gnawing pain?

Oh yes, plus many other benefits. When muscles spasm, it is what we know as coagulating muscles. Spasms that occur just in the neck and shoulders can actually cause pain throughout the entire body.

Your therapist should be trained to know the proper pressure points and the right amount of pressure to apply. Spasms can occur just by improper sleeping habits and sometimes from just not getting enough sleep. Strange headaches will even occur, but relief can be on the way. Wouldn't it be comforting to know that there are procedures where our muscles can feel ironed out?

I don't want to hurt any more than I do after a massage. Is that possible?

Of course, excellent question. Why would anyone want to hurt worse than when they came in?

Believe it or not, many massage schools are now teaching that a lighter touch will create a better balancing for all systems in our bodies. However, the day after, you might feel like you have been through a workout session simply because some of your muscles have never been worked on extensively.

If the therapist comes down too hard, just say, like I would, "let up a little, I'm just a Cub Scout." Offer sincere feedback to the therapist so each party is getting proper training.

Have a wonderful Easter.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to crcolsonrmt1 @sbcglobal .net or call 361-575-5331.

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