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By Kevin Burgess

“Aging” can be a touchy subject around people in my age bracket.   The fitter people tend to feel good, motivated, positive, less sensitive to age.  Those of us in the 40 – 50+  age range that have not maintained a high level of fitness may look back and think “I wish I stayed fit!”.   We often feel it’s too late to become fitter and healthier and think that we are too old to make lifestyle changes or to be more physically active.  We shudder at the thought of each birthday because we are “getting older”.

Aging beats the alternative and we cannot stop Father Time!  But we can make changes that redefine our biological age – at any age.  There is little that makes it too late to become more physically active.  Activity is the key to a better quality of life as the years advance.  A good exercise plan with healthy nutrition and a sensible approach to fitness help you move better and feel fitter and healthier!

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By Lisa Poole

We can’t always get massaged as often as we’d like. I know that I certainly don’t. Here are just a few things you can do to prolong the health-giving benefits of your massage between sessions. Included at the end are a few self-care items.

  1. Take time to relax. Arrange your schedule to include more downtime. Go away for the weekend, or even just for an hour!
  2.  Stretch. Take stretch breaks during the day to prevent pain from building. Gently stretch tense areas in your neck, back, and limbs. (see my previous blog with stretch pics)
  3. Listen to your body. Body awareness is just what it sounds like, being aware of your body. Most of us walk around oblivious to the body we live in. The aches in your back, a persistent twinge between your shoulders, or the slight limp you develop are all body cues. If you feel your shoulders by your ears you need to lower them. They are not earrings smiley
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By Lisa Poole

The other day a person called and was full of questions. What did I charge, what were my hours, what services did I offer, what was I trained in and so on. Then the questions changed. Do you know about this XYZ treatment? I saw a video on Youtube.  What about this ZYX? I read it on WebMD. Oh and what about this ABC that I saw online….  They had my head spinning. I can only imagine what the Average Joe who is looking for massage help feels like. There is sooooo much information on the web. How can you tell what is good and what is bad? Like the TV commercial “How do you know he is a French model?….The internet.”

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By Lisa Poole

EENIE, MEENIE, MINEY, MO,….. PICK A MASSAGE THERAPIST THAT WORKS FOR YOU.

You want to get a massage. You have been stressed out lately and your neck and shoulders are killing you. You go online searching for a massage. You find my website and see lots of great reviews on Yelp and Google Plus and think you might want to come here.

I want to help you make the right decision. No one wants to waste their time and money. If you have something specific in mind it may be hard to decide from a website if what you see is really what you get. So let me tell you what you will NOT find at Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy.

If you are looking for a special pamper me day, I may not be the massage therapist for you.

I am not a spa (I sublet my massage room in another businesses office).

I do not offer spa services.

You will not be given a fluffy robe to change into and then wait in the “relaxation room” drinking cucumber water or funny smelling herbal tea.

There are no scrubs, mud baths or saunas and showers.

I do not offer hot stones or couples massage. I do not charge you a different price for a different style of massage.

I will NOT hurt you. There will never be a massage given where you will be told that the pain today will make you feel better tomorrow.

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By Lisa Poole

THE POSITIVE SIDE OF TOUCH.

In today’s society, we are all in some way a little afraid to touch one another. Too many news stories over the years of creepers and bad touch have led to a NO touch society here in America. This saddens me. I remember when my kids were little and my hubby requested that I be the “dugout mom” to help the little guys and girls with the tying of shoes, tucking in of shirts or any bumps and bruises that may happen. He did not want anyone to see him touch a child and think it was inappropriate. How sad that a man who is great at coaching kids has to worry that a pat on the back after a good hit or a hug after a strikeout as being “inappropriate”.

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By Lisa Poole

It has been a sad beginning to my new year. We lost our four-legged family member, Rufus. He was a wonderful golden retriever who was with us for too short of a time. Nine years may sound like a long time but it flies by and is never long enough.

As the saying goes cancer sucks. It is awful for humans and just as sad for our furry friends.  I don’t want to be Debbie Downer here so I want to share some of the wonderful life lessons I learned from Rufus

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By Lisa Poole

Yup another 365 days passed and we are in a new year.  What does this mean to you?  For me, it is just another page ripped out of the calendar and put in the trash (Metaphorically speaking.  I have not had a paper calendar in years).  Really, why all the hubbub about a “new year”?  Was the past year that horrible? Why now do we feel the need to declare what we will do differently?  We can’t make changes on a Wednesday in April…..that may be a tad sarcastic….as Nike says “Just do it.”

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By Lisa Poole

I hate to admit it but I am getting older. No matter how much I wish I wasn’t it is happening. It is happening to all of us. Slowly things are starting to change. Skin is showing some wrinkles, muscles are less defined, joints are less mobile, and things ache and hurt so much more after what used to be a light workout. How can we fight this battle of age? There are skin creams, plastic surgery, and personal trainers to kick our butts. It boils down to the basics. Proper diet, exercise, plenty of sleep and reduced stress.

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By Lisa Poole

What is your morning like? Do you wake up to the alarm and your first word spoken is a four letter word? Do you drag butt out of bed hollering to the kids to get up and get moving? Do you feel like every morning is a stressful soul-sucking mess? Rushing, yelling and getting angry.

I remember those days. My kids little; trying to get them dressed, fed, teeth brushed and all of us out the door in time for school and work. It was awful. I also had chronic back pain that added fuel to the fire. Being in pain enhances your stress (in some cases your stress can be the cause of your pain). Your patience is short (or nil), and you are exhausted from the lack of sleep due to the pain.

I hated mornings.

 

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By Lisa Poole

I can’t believe that it has reached the 4-year mark. For 4 years now I have been a licensed massage therapist. I  insanely decided to go it alone and not get a job with someone else. I have worked hard at becoming better at my craft. I have spent, and continue to spend, a lot of time trying to find the best way to help all of my clients. I struggle with the business side; marketing, networking, advertising, bookkeeping etc etc etc.  I always want to do better. For my clients and for myself. I want to be the best therapist and have the best business. It has been a huge challenge that I am proud to work at daily.

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16 reviews of Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy "Lisa does a wonderful and professional massage with a real focus on the individual and the problem area (s). I'm not seeking massage for stress relief (although that is an added bonus)... I actually...

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