By Hanna Kim - September 20, 2018
International Day of Peace is a global effort established by the United Nations to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. You can take small steps to create peace within yourself and with others in your life. By making a deliberate choice to think and live with more positivity, you can bring peace and happiness into your life and the lives of those around you.
How do you see yourself and your life in the present moment? Are you loving every moment of it or are you constantly seeing things you wish were different? While it’s great to notice the areas of your life where you want to see change, it is also important to consider the attitudes you adopt.
Start With Positive Thoughts
A peaceful life begins with positive thoughts. You may find it helpful to make a mindful effort to notice how you think, especially when you are experiencing stress. Notice the next time something irks you. What about the situation is irking you? Maybe you are hungry and the wait at your favorite restaurant is an hour long. In this situation, you have the option of turning a negative situation into a positive one by finding another dining place you love. Perhaps you are extremely tired and/or frustrated by your long commute. Make it a point to have a conversation with your boss about changing your schedule to avoid rush hour, or use it as motivation to find a new job.
Being positive also comes with health benefits you may not have realized. According to the Mayo Clinic, thinking positively could help you better cope with stress and therefore reduce the impacts of stress on your body. Replace negative thoughts with a positive spin and see how this reflects in your life.
Express gratitude for the things that bring joy to your life. Taking the time to acknowledge the things that are working in your life will enable you to appreciate them all the more.
Try journaling one thing you are grateful for each day for a week and see if you notice any change in your attitude. The things you are grateful for may be something planned, like seeing your favorite band perform, or perhaps they may be something you regularly take for granted, like having a warm bed to sleep in each night or a partner who loves and cherishes you.
Tell your loved ones, co-workers, and others who are involved in your life that you are thankful for their existence. You can express your gratitude in the form of a thank you note addressed to the person who brings your mail, or to your friend for always being there when you need them. This not only brightens up their day but also reminds you of how intertwined our lives and attitudes are with the people around us.
Hanna Kim - 9/12/2018
Fall is just around the corner and we’ve already begun to see the aspens and other foliage change color. It’s a beautiful time of the year to get out and hike local favorites like Maroon Bells or Lizard Head. Whether you’re adding in more hikes to your weekend plans or bumping up the intensity on your tried and true workout, having a post-exercise recovery routine helps keep your body ready for your next adventure. Massage can be a valuable addition to your recovery routine for the following reasons:
After a vigorous hike or workout, your muscles are still tightened and contracted, especially if you decide to hop right into your car instead of getting in cooldown time to stretch. Deep tissue massage helps release these overused muscles and myofascial therapy can help work your connective tissue to get your body back into a more neutral position.
When your muscles are used for an extended amount of time, you create tiny tears in the fibers. The tears aren’t bad, but actually a necessary step for creating stronger muscle tissue. Normally, this leaves you feeling sore in the following days as your body recovers, but a research study published in Science Translational Medicine shows massage can facilitate your body’s healing process.
The small tears in your muscles from exercise fire up an inflammatory response to begin healing those areas. Massage has been shown to reduce the production of a compound called cytokines which play a critical role in inflammation, while also stimulating mitochondria in the cells, which are responsible for converting glucose into energy required for cell function and repair. This means massage can both reduce pain and increase cellular repair.
While popping an aspirin might seem to provide good pain relief in the short run, the way anti-inflammatory medications work is different from massage and may actually inhibit the healing process according to the study’s senior author, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky.
While deep tissue techniques are great for relieving physical tension, there’s nothing like Swedish massage to really help you zone out. Gentler massage modalities can be just as impactful as deep tissue work by getting your mind and body to relax.
With the Mile High Massage offered at both LoDo Massage Studios, you have the option of having your massage therapist combine different techniques to create the best results towards for your recovery. For example, you can have your therapist use deep tissue to work your muscles for the first half of the session, followed by a soothing relaxation massage for the last half.
By Hanna Kim - September 5, 2018
In an effort to streamline the massage experience here at LoDo Massage Studio, we offer one main service, the “Mile High Massage,” in different time allotments. However, one service does not mean one experience. There are nearly 50 massage therapists between our two studios in RiNo and the Highlands neighborhoods. This means 50 different combinations of experience and training in modalities clients have available to choose from. These different massage modalities each have their own benefits, so here are three options suited for different people:
Massage for Minors
If your child is like the many other students in Denver participating in school sports, chances are they could use a massage to relax overused muscles after a long season of training and matches. Or perhaps they are also suffering from neck and shoulder pain due to hours spent sitting and studying for exams or maybe they have “text neck,” a modern ailment from the overuse of technology.
Massage is available for minors who are under 18 years old at LoDo Massage Studio. A parent or guardian must accompany younger clients and co-sign their liability waiver.
A fairly common misconception that massage is bad for pregnant women still lingers today. There is no research that shows massage will stimulate an early labor or miscarriage. In fact, massage has many benefits for pregnant women.
Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy that can lead to pain, most commonly in your lower back and hips, as well as discomfort in your joints. Prenatal massage helps relax your body so you can get as much restful sleep as you can before the baby comes.
We recommend receiving a prenatal massage from massage therapists with the proper training since there are some additional precautions to take.
Injury Recovery Massage
An injury recovery massage can greatly decrease the time you need in order to get back up and running at 100% after an injury. Massage can help reduce the compensation patterns you may develop in response to an injury such as a muscle strain, sprain, fracture or bone break. After these injury sites are past their acute stage of healing, massage therapists can also help loosen tightened and scarred muscle tissue to encourage proper healing.
We strongly recommend getting any serious injuries cleared with your doctor prior to coming in for a massage.
By learning a little about the different types of massage, you can make your Mile High Massage completely unique to your needs. Stay tuned for future posts on even more types of massage offered at LoDo Massage Studio!
By Carolina Cuartas - August 27, 2018
By Hanna Kim - August 7, 2018