DIY Detox Massage
It’s that time of year again where no matter how hard we all try… we are still SO busy!
You’ve been dying to come in and get a massage or go to the sauna to help relax and flush out some toxins, but you just can’t find the time.
No worries I’ve got your back *wink wink*!
In this blog post we are going to go over a quick and super easy at home detox massage with a few variations to meet your needs!
Why Do a Detox Massage?:
What you will need:
How to do a DIY detox massage:
Once you have all of your materials gathered that you will be using for this diy massage, find a quiet relaxing spot to set up (PRO TIP: You can even do this before you shower or in the shower). Personally, I recommend having a towel nearby or sitting on top of one, because things will get oily.
Take some fractionated coconut oil and put it in your small tub or bowl (enough for you to use for your diy massage- it varies if you are only doing a certain portion of your body or the whole body). Add several drops of your choice of oil (Slim & Sassy, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir, or Deep Blue are all great options) to the fractionated oil in the tub and then mix the two together.
After mixing the two together, dip your hand or fingers in, and lather it on the desired portion of your body. Using either your hands, a fascia blaster or drybrush, massage the mixture into your skin at your desired level of deepness. You can do this as long as you would like. Enjoy your own relaxing getaway in the comforts of your own home this chilly season!
Looking for a more relaxing massage?
Treat yourself to a massage of your choice with me to have an escape from this hectic holiday season.
Siberian Fir Foot Soak
At last, the air is beginning to transform into the crispness of autumn weather...
Spinal Reflex Therapy
Are you ready for your crash course via my blog on Spinal Reflex Therapy?
Alright, then buckle up and here we go!
One of the primary massage aspects of of my massage business that I specialize & am certified in is Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT). Basically, SRT is a treatment for back pain that reduces pain in the deep tissue by addressing the underlying cause of chronically tight muscles.
SRT is one of the newer types of massage that is beginning to be more widely offered by massage therapists. This specific type of relatively newer massage therapy addresses the underlying cause & nervous system by using a pressure point technique.
2. What are the Benefits?
Being that SRT's main effect on the body during the massage is that it causes all of the muscles to relax benefits include:
• Feel muscles lengthen
• Pain is reduced immediately
• Range of motion is improved
3. Who is this for?
Spinal Reflex Therapy is mainly suggested and recommended for those who experience specific pain related to the back due to specific factors. Such factors include:
• muscle spasms
• a pinched nerve
• soft tissue fibrosis
• degenerative arthritis
One should know that these are not the only factors that may call for one to receive spinal reflex therapy.
This massage therapy provides benefits for your day-to-day life, so that you can start living pain free or as an athlete to reach your greatest potential! If you are looking to start living a pain free life EVERY day at an affordable price, book your appointment with me now!
Manual what drainage, Cindy?
I get it, the lymphatic system isn’t really a household name kind of organ like the heart or the central nervous system. It’s a funny sounding name that seems kind of made up. Interestingly enough, this vital part of your body is not made up at all and helps your body to stay healthy.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a very fundamental and necessary part of our body. A network of vessels that runs through our body composes what we call the lymphatic system. This network transports lymph- a clear fluid throughout the body. Lymph carries white blood cells to fight infection throughout our bodies.
By draining lymph the lymphatic system helps to get rid of harmful toxins and waste that can be found in our bodies. My manual lymphatic drainage massage helps to promote the lymphatic system and this process of detoxing the body.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a part of my Certified Advanced Therapy massage technique that I specialize in. MLD is a detox massage which helps in stimulating the lymphatic system. Gentle massaging strokes performed during the massage promote the stimulation of the lymphatic system to drain toxins and waste.
The lymphatic system is encouraged through this specific type of massage to eliminate waste, bacteria and excess fluids.
If you are looking for back pain relief or a lymphatic massage, book your appointment with me today at the downtown Fredericksburg office!
Ginger, the Gut + Back Pain
What does that weird looking root have to do with my gut… or my back for that matter?
Ginger is a powerhouse that many people do not know about.
When you start experiencing pain the first thing you start knocking back is some sort of over-the-counter pain reliever. We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a little bit of pain in the knees or hips or an aching feeling in our back. Ibuprofen becomes our best friend.
Unfortunately too much Ibuprofen can negatively impact our bodies and guts in the long run. Pain relief medication can actually damage our stomach causing gut issues. Ultimately, in the long run this can further the pain we experience in our bodies.
Back to ginger. Recent studies have shown that ginger can reduce pain and proactively help with preventing muscle soreness. Ginger is also beneficial for gut health and immunity!
Now, the results will not be seen immediately when you take ginger.
And, no. You do not have to gnaw on a piece of ginger root throughout the day to reap the benefits it has.
Simply incorporate a tsp of ginger in your daily diet and over the course of a couple of weeks you will begin to receive the benefits of ginger. You can add ginger into your tea, smoothies or even fry up some veggies with it!
PRO TIP: Try out doTERRA’s ginger essential oil.
PRO PRO TIP: To buckle down on combating any pain you are experiencing, quickly recovering from an injury or preventing injury and pain schedule regular massage appointments.
To book your appointment now give me a call 703-296-0994 or click here!
Fascia, Your Body and Massage
Okay, I can already see your face through the screen- you’re looking at me as if I am crazy thinking to yourself, “What in the world is fascia and what does it have anything to do with my body?”
Here is how it has to do with your body… it is all over your body! Fascia is the connective tissue that connects your muscles and your skin, surrounding all of your organs.
Most people are unsure of or completely unaware of what fascia is due to the fact that it is removed from most anatomical displays to provide better views of the organs in human beings.
In your day-to day life or even especially as an athlete receiving fascia treatment and massages greatly benefits and impacts your body and mental health.
Now you’re starting to believe in this mythical part of your body, but you are skeptically thinking, “Okay, so what do I do… with my… fascia?”
Binded fascia that is very tight can cause imbalances or weakness all over your body, so it is important to keep the fascia unbinded to promote range of motion and strength for athletes and your everyday life. There are various ways to unbind this integral tissue.
1. Foam rolling
Using a foam roller is a light way to help unbind the fascia and prevent any imbalances or weakness that may occur.
2. Fascia Blasting
This form of unbinding the fascia using a stick with claw-like knobs on it to loosen your fascia after working out or sitting in a sauna or hot shower.
3. Using a ball
By using a lacrosse ball or golf ball you can get those weird places, like the bottom of your feet that can cause hip, knee, and back pain due to tight bound up fascia.
The king of all- the massage! Receiving a massage from a certified massage therapist is an excellent way to loosen up fascia. Massage therapists, like myself, can loosen the fascia to your comfort level and needs.
Let’s do a quick review of the benefits of loosening/ unbinding your fascia:
Call or schedule your appointment today with me in downtown Fredericksburg to start increasing your range of motion, reducing imbalances and increasing your strength via massage, because everybody deserves to live a pain free life!
Deep Blue Essential Oil
Working in downtown Fredericksburg as a massage therapist with Alison Sullivan & Associates team that specializes in integrative health has helped me to learn so much and teach others about aromatherapy.
One of my personal favorite oils to use during massage is Deep Blue by doTERRA. After a long day of work, exercising, or working in the garden there is nothing like applying some deep blue oil and adding a little bit of the deep blue lotion to help soothe your aching muscles.
What all goes into this blend?
doTERRA created Deep Blue by combining Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus oils.
How do I use Deep Blue?
You will want to apply this oil topically! Apply it to areas where the muscles are sore and then add some Deep Blue lotion for extra relief.
Deep Blue is one of the oils that i using during aromatouch massages, so if you would like to try it out and get a massage, that is the perfect option for you!
As always, if you have any questions about this oil, any other oil, or any massages, please do not hesitate to contact me or call me.
Each year there are those few weeks that are just so stressful and busy- it seems almost impossible to get any self-care in to reduce your stress. Here are four quick + easy ways to reduce your stress and give yourself a little bit of self-care when you need it, because you deserve it!
1. Take a short walk, run, or just get in a little bit of activity.
Exercising helps you feel better and just has so MANY incredible benefits for your body. Even if you just take a short 15 minute walk it will help to clear your mind AND give your body some exercise.
2. Take a hot bath!
Just soak away in a tub and escape to 30 minutes of paradise. Add essential oils, such as lavender, chamomile, or marjoram, and Epsom salt for some extra stress reducing!
3. 10 minutes to yourself
Okay, i’m serious this one can help to make a WORLD of difference. Take 10 minutes to yourself, to journal, meditate, read, or just practice breathing techniques.
4. Get a massage
Massages are one of the BEST ways to reduce stress. You can get 30 minute massages for under $50. If you come to me, I will diffuse oils to help you relax and alleviate stress during the massage, as well!
If you want to give yourself a little self-care by starting with a 30 minute massage or a 60 minute massage, schedule your appointment now!
Black Pepper & Allergies
Black Pepper has grown to be one of my favorite oils, especially during the spring time!
If you’ve been in my office these last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard me sneezing or coughing.
I, like most of us, have spring allergies.
I had been experiencing some irritating wheezing when lying down at night to go to bed that was keeping me awake. After googling my symptoms and ruling out lung cancer, I discovered that my wheezing many be attributed to post nasal drip.
I then googled treatment for post nasal drip, and discovered black pepper was an option.
The article I was reading wanted me to crack some black pepper and cook it in a skillet and then breath in the fumes. However, I happened to have some black pepper oil that I had not really found a good use for yet, so I decided to use that instead.
I put a few drops (about 4-5) in a small glass of water (about 6 oz) and drank that twice a day.
The first night, I noticed my wheezing was greatly reduced.
A few days later, I was out of town for the weekend and did not have my oils with me and unfortunately, my wheezing resumed. I have since gone back to my twice a day habit and have not had any problem sleeping.
For more information about the wonderful benefits of black pepper, check out the doTerra website, or if you would like a free consultation on the many benefits of essential oils, let me know and I would be glad to set up a 30 minute appointment with you so we can discuss it further.
Do I Give Your Pet Cats Massages?
A lot of people have asked me if CATS massage means that I give massages to cats.
While that is a valid question due to the name, the answer is no I do not give massages to your pet cats (I am so sorry for that let down, BUT there is good news too!!).
CATS is an acronym that stands for Certified Advanced Therapies and Massage. There are two main types of CATS that I practice; Spinal Reflex Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Spinal Reflex Therapy:
Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT) is a type of massage that’s great for people who have had a sudden or unexpected injury, such as a fall.
SRT is a treatment for back pain that reduces pain in the deep tissue by addressing the underlying cause of chronically tight muscles.
This type of therapy addresses the underlying cause & nervous system by using a pressure point technique.
SRT's effect on the body is that it causes all of the muscles to relax.
• Feel muscles lengthen
• Pain is reduced immediately
• Range of motion is improved
This massage therapy provides benefits for your day-to-day life, so that you can start living pain free or as an athlete to reach your greatest potential!
Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
Another type of CATS is Manual Lymphatic Drainage. This type of massage is highly beneficial for people with swelling, particularly after surgery such as knee or hip surgery
MLD is a detox massage which helps to stimulate the lymphatic system.
This stimulation is caused by gentle massaging strokes performed during the massage.
The lymphatic system is encourage through this massage to eliminate waste, bacteria and excess fluids.
MLD has numerous benefits for your lymphatic system & entire body!
This form of detox massage's benefits include:
If you're ready to try a results-driven & Science backed therapy with lasting results, give me a call today or book your session here!
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Hi there! My name is Cindy Dojcak, CMT. The CMT stands for Certified Massage Therapist. Every body deserves to live a pain free life, so my goal is to help you on your journey of living yours!