Wry Neck Pain

Has this happened to YOU?

You wake up in the morning and can hardly turn your head, severe pain in your neck and perhaps shoulders and you have no idea why. You didn’t do anything differently yesterday, just woke up like this in the morning. And … it hurts!

Wry Neck happens as a result of shifting or turning the head too wry1quickly (which can happen while we’re asleep). The Menisci between the vertebrae or joint surfaces in the neck becomes trapped during the turn and the joint locks.  So why doesn’t it happen every night? It may be that you slept with a cool draft on your neck muscles (open window?) or lifted something the day before that created a small muscle spasm which was made worse while turning during the night.

Why write about this? I have clients that come to me with this condition quite often. The pain can be severe and perhaps not just in the neck, but in upper back and shoulders too. Some experience headache as well.

First step is to REST! I probably don’t need to say this because the pain is so severe it is difficult to move anyways, but remember that the muscle needs some time to heal and release the spasm.

While many therapists recommend putting ice on the area, I always recommend to work with what feels best to you. For myself, I find heat works better. So while resting be sure to have an ice or heat pack on the areas.

wry2The next and most important thing is to get yourself in for a massage as soon as possible in order to loosen the spasm. A massage to the back, neck and shoulders often brings immediate relief. Massage for wry neck is wonderful! It loosens up the muscle spasm which encourages the joint to unlock and release the menisci.  Sometimes it will take a couple of sessions to ease the spasm.

After the massage continue to “baby” your neck. Keep the area warm, soak in an Epsom salt bath and the next day, very gently, stretch the muscles in and around the area.

Magnesium Massage in June

Holistic and natural health practitioners are discovering more and more that clients are magnesium deficient. I experience this with clients often, especially lately.

To help clients boost their Magnesium levels I often suggest taking a supplement or increasing your intake of Magnesium rich foods (Click here to a link with food suggestions). The second best way to increase your Magnesium is through the skin by applying Magnesium Oil to your skin.

From an article in Collective Evolution: 

Anything that makes you tense and tight could potentially be due to magnesium deficiency. If you can’t relax or you can’t stop — think magnesium! Full-blown health problems can even be tied back to this crucial mineral. Most people with ANY chronic disease or issue benefit greatly from magnesium supplementation therapy. This is because chronic illness = stress, and stress depletes magnesium.

Click here to read more…

Through the month of June you can request the addition of magnesium oil to your massage session plus receive some epsom salts to take home and soak in. Epsom salts help to nourish you with magnesium plus sulfur to nourish your liver. All this at no additional cost.

Available June 1 to 30, 2015 when requested.

H2H WonderWhyse Tips #3 ~ hydration!

Yes it is the “W” word

Why do I recommend you bring water to dance class OR drink extra water after a Spinal Touch Session or Massage treatment OR suggest that your body (usually the skin) is telling me you’re not hydrated enough?

Keeping hydrated is a major keynote in getting your body to give you it’s best!

Your Body needs regular watering just like the garden and it needs some extra before and during your dance and health session time. Here is why…

  • Drinking water before you dance, work out (and yes, a massage is considered a work out for your muscles) is going to give your body more umph! Water helps to convert your food into energy and helps your body to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. It also carries the nutrients and Oxygen to your cells. So more water = more energy!
  • Face it, when you workout, move about and dance, you sweat (ok, perspire) … and that means that your body is experiencing water loss which needs to be replaced. Water also helps to keep your body temperature regulated (ie. keeps the red faced flush on the cooler side)
  • If you’re dancing hard and fast you are likely breathing hard and fast and if you’re not hydrated you can get that yucky dry mouthed sticky feeling when you breath…but with enough water on board the Oxygen is moistened creating easier breathing.
  • As you are moving and shimmying and bending and twisting in your dance or your therapist is doing the bending and twisting for you, that water already in your system is protecting and cushioning your vital organs AND is helping to cushion your joints…perhaps helping you in your day to day activities to bend your knees a little deeper, tone down the joint noise as you go up stairs, letting your shoulder reach further overhead…
  • As you undulate your torso in dance or receive an abdominal massge you are doing wonders for your internal organs by giving them (especially the colon) a really good gentle session … water helps the process along by helping to remove the wastes.
  • Did you know that your body is comprised of large amounts of water? All of those parts that help you move. The bones that keep your frame upright are 22 % water, those beautiful muscles that move the bones are comprised of 75% water, the blood pulsing through your veins  is 83% water and that thoughtful brain of yours is comprised of 75% water
  • And your skin…a whole month of articles could be written about how vital water is to the healthy appearance of your skin, nails and hair!

Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

…so the question has to be asked…why wouldn’t you drink up and help your whole being get more?

Do you have some Tricks & Tips you use to keep yourself hydrated?

 Do you only Drink up for certain occasions or do you guzzle all day long?

Champissage Saturday

Champissage (or Indian Head Massage) is an Ayurvedic form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms … all of which connect with important energy centers within the body.

Take your hands off the mouse or keyboard for a moment and run your fingers through your hair. Take a deep breath, bend your knuckles and do this again with your fingertips, adding a little more pressure to the scalp. Take another deep breath,  gather some hair between your fingers and gently   pull it away from the scalp. Do you feel the smallest amount of stress being released?

When was the last time you went to have your hair done and as luck would have it you met someone who gave a fabulous scalp massage, if only for a few minutes, while shampooing your hair? Did you feel like your whole body had melted into the sink?

Each Champissage session includes circular, rhythmic strokes and other special techniques that alternate between simulating and calming the scalp. This relaxing form of massage has a balancing effect as it helps to release stress and tension, creating a sense of peace and well-being. It nourishes the scalp and gives rise to strong, beautiful hair.

Gentle relaxation massage to the facial muscles, neck and shoulders adds to the soothing effects.

This Saturday, Sept 22nd, I invite YOU to take just 45 minutes out of your day to just say ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
A short period of time to lie down on a heated massage table, put your feet up and enjoy peaceful quiet music in a harmonious atmosphere. Put yourself in my hands for just a little while.

I offer 2 different Champissage sessions….one with oil and one without.
For a session with oil: specially blended essential oils in a base of nourishing Sesame oil is used. Oils that nourish both the scalp, hair and face.
Session with Oil $60.00 (plus HST), Session without Oil $45.00 (plus HST)

Appointments available between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.


What Is It That I Do?

I have trouble with this question

What I have is a faith, trust and optimism in your body’s ability to heal itself. I know that it is far more able than many may believe. I’ve been in practice long enough to be a witness to the miraculous healing abilities the body and mind can create.
I’ve been given by some (but don’t like) the title “healer”. I don’t like it because  I honestly believe that each person heals themself, the therapies I offer facilitate that healing but it is ultimately up to the individual.

Over the years of training, observation and experience I’m then guided to say “I’m a natural health practitioner who facilitates and supports clients in achieving wellness on a holistic level. I have a number of skills to share and I employ those that are the best for each individual client.” But really, my “work” feels like it’s more than that…

My intuitive assessment skills have grown and developed through watching what your body movements or lack of movements are showing me, and through listening to what you’re saying, and sometimes not saying, about how you are doing. I’m honoured by the trust clients place in me as a partner in their healthcare plan as they move towards achieving and maintaining good health on all levels. What keeps my work interesting is how individual each person is on any given day, I learn constantly.

If I took the description of what I do further…while I do have a handful of male clients, through the past 17 years the majority of my clients have been girls and women of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, cultures, belief systems, … so I may further add to the job description that my specialty is more with assisting female clients.

As infants, girls and women come into my session room they are dealing with a number of common issues (teething, colic, menstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, stress, pregnancy, osteoporosis, cancer or its treatment effects, arthritis, …). As they enter I am watching and listening to how they are being affected as an individual…and each of them, every single one, is affected both physically and mentally in different ways… pain relievers, anti-anxiety meds or heat packs are not a cure-all for every one.

This is probably the aspect of my training that I appreciate the most, assessment skills that help me to assist each person, not solely the issue nor just the diagnosis or whatever else the “label” is, but as an individual dealing with life as it is presenting itself to them at the moment and how the body, mind and spirit are being affected by that.

It’s also the reason homeopathy appeals to me (something I’m currently studying) as it includes the assessment and the treatment of the whole individual, on all levels (mental, physical and spiritual).

I am listening when you talk about how this sore knee is making you feel, what you’re doing to help yourself, what you’re taking for pain (or about how you just grit your teeth and bear it) and how that may be affecting other parts of you (i.e. anti-inflammatories that may be giving you an upset stomach, pain that is waking you up at night…). Sometimes you talk to me about the food you eat, how stressful work is at the moment, a recent activity that you’ve done just for you. As you are speaking, my mind is creating a picture of your holistic well-being. I believe that well-being is the natural state of your body, mind and spirit…I’m listening to how you and your body are adjusting and adapting in trying to return to that state. It might prompt me to suggest drinking more water, taking more calcium, perhaps less ice or more heat…

As I provide a massage, reflexology or reiki session my hands are also listening. Feeling where there is excessive heat or cold tells me how your circulation is doing, how your muscles respond to my touch tell me where the pain is, flexing or spasms will tell me if I’m working too deeply, your speech and breathing will let me know when you’ve started to allow yourself to relax…

So what is it that I do?
Listen, ask questions, touch & feel/listen to your body’s response, put a picture together, pull out my skill set and select the tool your body/mind/spirit is asking to receive. Rather than have you continuously coming back to me for sessions my goal is to assist you to achieve a state of optimal wellness where occasional maintenance sessions may be in order.

I strive to be a partner in your natural self health-care.

Healing Heel Pain with Reflexology

Plantar Fasciitis…

a pain in the bottom of the heel…and it’s becoming a more common problem for many.

What is it?

For those dealing with this condition it’s usual to experience sharp pain first thing in the morning (which may or may not improve through the day) and again in the evening after resting.

If you study the structure of the foot and it’s biomechanics it all makes sense. There is a band called the plantar fascia that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. This band doesn’t stretch easily and when it is forced beyond it’s “elastic limits” it can tear at it’s weakest insertion point, the heel bone.

There are many sites with information about Plantar Fasciitis and what causes it…let’s explore what can be done to help heal it. (this is assuming that you have a correct diagnosis)

Natural Solutions

  • Reflexology benefits this condition because it relaxes and stretches the muscles of the foot and the calf. Through specific techniques it also increases circulation to the area…and increased circulation always brings healing oxygen and nutrients to the area, while at the same time taking away toxins.  It will likely take a few treatments to help the area to heal…you didn’t develop this condition overnight so be patient with your foot.
  • Some times what feels like Plantar Fasciitis isn’t that at all, but instead is actually referred pain caused by tightness in the calf muscle, especially the Soleus. Be sure to have your muscles assessed … if the Soleus is the cause then no amount of treatment to the plantar fascia is going to release it.
  • Any term that ends in “itis” means inflammation and Ice is a great help with reducing that. Applying an ice pack to the bottom of the foot, placing your foot on a bag of frozen peas or rolling a can of frozen juice under your foot all help to ice the area BUT remember that ice causes things to contract (like muscles) so BEFORE you get up and move around take a break from the ice and let some warmth return to the muscles.

    Reflexology Path

    Reflexology Path (Photo credit: kingcountyparks)

  • Stretching & strengthening the plantar muscles is vital. When something hurts we tend to want to keep it still but these muscles need to be worked (gently!) to begin healing. Warm them up in a foot bath (with Epsom salts to help reduce soreness) and then scrunch your toes, flex them, pick up pebbles with your toes starting with golf ball size and gradually working with smaller ones…
  • REST! The area needs to be given a break…this is when you really need to just “put your feet up”!  If you have to be up on your feet be sure that you are wearing shoes with a lot of support, especially in the arch. When walking the only part of your foot that should be moving is where the ball of the foot meets the toes.
 “Reflexology is a foot-focused therapy that I think is more than just a relaxing spa treat. It’s a health-supporting treatment. I’ve prescribed Reflexology for Plantar Fasciitis and other foot and ankle problems, with good results.”  Dr Andrew Weil

Have you experienced Reflexology?
Have you used it to help with Plantar Fasciitis?
What other natural remedies have helped you to deal with foot pain?

May Health Session Special

A Healthy Spinal Alignment to flow through Spring

Spinal Touch Therapy is May’s Health Session Special

Spinal Touch Therapy is a gentle, non manipulative, holistic treatment with the objective of assisting clients to achieve perfect mechanical balance of the body through relaxation of the muscles and rejuvenating the body’s energy field. Most clients quickly feel an almost immediate change in their posture and a lessening of pain as their muscles relax and circulation improves. It’s key to note that it is muscles that move bones and not the other way around….tight restricted muscles pull bones out of alignment, relaxed muscles don’t.

Book your 3 Spinal Touch initial assessment and follow-up appointments (2 days in a row, miss a day and come in the day after). Usually a cost of $45 each…Book all 3 and pay for the 3 on your first visit for $120 (plus HST)

Appts may be booked for: Tuesday Wednesday & Friday or Wednesday Thursday and Saturday
(please note that all Friday appointments and Sat. May 5  are at the Chilliwack Clinic, all other days are in Fort Langley)

IF you have already experience your initial 3 assessment and follow-up appointments and would like to book a maintenance session your May special will cost $35 (plus HST)
(you must have already completed your initial Spinal Touch 3, of 2 days in a row miss a day and come the next day to qualify for this special!)

May’s Spinal Touch Special is available for appointments booked and received between today and May 31, 2012. Gift Certificates are not available and cannot be used towards monthly health session specials, sorry, no exceptions.

To book your sessions please email Teresa at handtohealth@gmail.com

You will be amazed at the difference!