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Self-Care For Allergies


By Hanna Kim - June 13, 2018

You might have seen this video of a man tapping a pine tree and releasing a plume of pollen. It went viral a few months back, as it probably prompted a feeling of resonance amongst allergy sufferers. You might also have noticed clouds of pollen in the mountains while driving by the pine-filled forests of the Rockies, and it is no surprise why more people are dealing with allergies in Colorado this spring.
 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and National Wildlife Federation co-published a report in 2010 linking climate change to an increase in allergens. Their study showed that warmer average temperatures encourage plants to pollinate longer. It is now mid-June and pollen count for trees and grass in Denver are still running high, causing symptoms including runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and hives to be a lingering annoyance for many.
 

I’ve heard from a dozen or so friends and massage clients that they’re experiencing symptoms for the first time this year, or symptoms seem especially bad this year. For myself, allergies are generally so bad that over-the-counter medicines help, but don’t take away all the symptoms. Here are a couple of things I do to reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.


Keep Your Home Allergen Free

Have you noticed you might be fine throughout the day, but start feeling congested when you get into your bedroom? Pollen accumulates on your body and clothing when you go on hikes, and even when you’re just walking around in town. Pine trees and other plants can pollinate up to 300 feet away. Make sure to wash bedding, curtains, carpets, clothing, (and of course, yourself) regularly.

 

Enjoy The Indoors With An Activity Like Yoga Or Massage
Check the pollen count online, and if it’s too high for your tastes, try an indoor activity like yoga. RiNo Yoga Social offers a variety classes lead by independent yoga teachers. Lymphatic drainage massage targeting the lymph nodes on your neck as well as facial massage can help drain and decongest your stuffed-up sinuses.

While stress does not cause allergies, it can worsen the symptoms you already have. Stress releases hormones and chemicals, including histamines, into your bloodstream. Histamines are the chemicals that produce allergy symptoms.
 

By taking some time to de-stress, you can also decongest.
Try adding some
yoga or massage by calling our RiNo 720) 360-0035 or Highlands (720) 999-3336 locations or booking online: www.lodomassagestudio.com




                 
About The Author

Hanna Kim has been practicing massage therapy at LoDo Massage Studio since 2016. She ventured into the world of complementary healthcare through massage, after studying Advertising and Intercultural Communications in college. She enjoys combining her passions for writing and wellness, and loves sharing what she learns with others.

 
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Is the RICE or MEAT Method Right for My Injury?

Recover Quickly For More Fun In The Sun

Is RICE or MEAT Right for My Injury?

 

With more people out and about playing under the Colorado sun, it seems there’s also been an uptick in injuries. Fortunately, not all injuries are severe, but something like a first-degree sprain can still lead to the pain and discomfort that stops you from having fun.

 

The care you take after an injury plays a big role in how you recover. Like any other science, sports medicine has seen changes over the years, and more recent research is showing that a popular at-home treatment method, RICE, may be outdated, and for good reasons.

 

What is RICE?

 

You’ve  probably come across RICE at some point in your life. Dr. Gabe Mirkin coined the term in 1978 as a treatment protocol for athletic injuries, and it quickly rose to be the standard because it is effective in relieving pain caused by injured tissue.

 

RICE relieves pain, but it also reduces our body’s inflammatory reaction, which is our bodies’ natural response to an injury. Our immune system sends inflammatory cells to damaged tissue to rebuild after the injury. Below, you can see how RICE reduces inflammation, and thereby inhibits the healing process.

 

REST – Completely rest, especially for long periods of time, can slow recovery time after an injury. Continue reading to find out why movement might be a better alternative.  

 

ICE – Ice causes vasoconstriction, or the decrease of blood flow, which inhibits inflammation. A review in the Journal of Athletic Training found a lack of evidence that rest and ice helps with the actual treatment of soft tissue injury. Dr. Mirkin says you can still apply ice to an injury for pain relief, but for no longer than 10 minutes at a time, with a 20 minute break in between.

 

COMPRESSION – When joints and muscles are immobilized, we are no longer using them correctly and potentially reinforcing a new dysfunctional pattern. Blood flow that would otherwise bring the cellular materials necessary to repair damaged tissue are also restricted.

 

ELEVATION - There is not as much evidence for or against elevation of an injury. However, think of how stiff you get from staying in one position; for example, having to keep your leg propped up above heart level after an ankle sprain.

 

Dr. Mirkin has since recanted his view on the efficacy of RICE and you can now see why it may not be the best treatment method. As always, if you get injured, immediately stop your activity and get the proper medical attention you need.

 

What is MEAT?

 

MEAT is a newer mnemonic device you might want to think about using for future injuries. You may notice MEAT seems to be the opposite of RICE.

 

MOVEMENT – You want to mobilize the muscle or joint as soon after the injury as possible, but without increasing pain. Early movement stimulates blood flow and helps reduce the formation of poorly aligned scar tissue. A 2004 review in the Journal of Family Practice showed early mobilization has benefits, including earlier return to work, decreased pain, swelling, and stiffness, and an ability to maintain greater range of joint motion.

 

EXCERISE – Once you start feeling better, you can ease back into your exercise or sport. Start slow, and listen to your body and your doctor.

 

ANALGESICS – Instead of anti-inflammatory medications such as cortisone and ibuprofen, and ice, try natural pain relievers such as arnica or CBD’s.

 

TREATMENTS – Additional treatments such as massage and physical therapy can help you get back into tip-top shape. At LoDo Massage, massage therapists can combine their expertise with Apothecanna’s pain relieving CBD cream into an effective post-injury treatment!

 

*MEAT is paleo, vegan, and gluten free!

 

Pair MEAT with MASSAGE!

 

Once your injury is past the acute healing stage, getting a massage is a fantastic way to reduce your recovery time. Massage increases local blood flow and relaxes tight muscles. It also helps break up scar tissue limiting range of movement.

 

Especially with severe injuries, we recommend getting cleared by your doctor before coming in for a session.

 

One of our talented massage therapists can help you get back out there doing what you love as soon as you can. You can book your session online at either our RiNo or Highlands locations today!


 
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6 Health Boosting Tips

Surviving Summer in Denver

By Hanna Kim - May 30, 2018

6 Health Boosting Tips for a Summer in Denver
The snow and rain are coming to an end and making way for another sun and fun-filled summer in Colorado. It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself so that you have the best time. Keep these tips in mind to stay in optimal tip-top health:

1.Stay Hydrated
While 8 to 10 glasses is commonly the recommended amount of water to drink each day, remember: You’re at high altitude here in the “Mile High City.” You might even be at double or triple that elevation if you’re out on a mountain adventure. You may not notice how much water you’re losing, since the dry climate evaporates sweat more quickly. High altitude can also make you need to urinate more often.
The Institute for Altitude Medicine recommends drinking extra 1 to 1.5 liters of water daily when at high altitude (between 5,000 and 10,000 feet), and the Wilderness Medical Society recommends drinking 3 to 4 liters of liquid containing 200 to 300 grams of carbohydrates (think: sports mixes) above 10,000 feet. (source)

2.Use Sunscreen 
The high altitude means you’re that much closer to the sun, making UV damage a likelier risk if you live in or are visiting Colorado. Protect yourself from sunburn and skin cancer by using a skin and eco-friendly organic sunscreen instead of a harsh aerosol spray. Reapply often, especially if you’re getting sweaty or spending time in water. Make sure to grab some SPF lip balm too!
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3.Go Offline 
Remind yourself that it’s okay to miss a few hours of updates on your social media. Whether you’re on a multi-day backpacking trip or walking your dog through your neighborhood, resist the urge to snapchat a selfie or scroll through your newsfeed. Instead, see what happens when you're more present in the moment.  Researchers like Holli-Anne Passmore at the University of British Columbia have found empirical evidence that there are mental health benefits to taking time to notice the beauty of nature.

4.Eat Local and Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
We have a relatively short growing season here in Denver, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at flexing your green thumb. Hardy root vegetables like carrots and potatoes and leafy greens like kale and arugula grow pretty darn well in this mountainous part of the country. If gardening isn’t for you, there are plenty of farmer’s markets around town you can support!

5.Ride a Bike 
Denver has been ramping up bike accessibility, so you can ride around town more safely. There are B-cycle stations all around town if you don’t feel like lugging around a lock. Checkout where these stations are at this link: https://denver.bcycle.com/. Make sure to wear a helmet, and don’t forget your lights and a water bottle.

6.Massage 
After doing all the fun things there are to do in Colorado, it’s nice to take some time for yourself and relax with a massage. Massage helps regulate the parasympathetic, or “rest and relax” part of your nervous system, which is responsible for maintaining the calm and balance in your body. Book a massage with one of our exceptional therapists today! link here: http://lodomassagestudio.com/book

Get outside and enjoy your summer Denverians!  
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A Perfect Way To Say Thank You To Mom

Make This Mother's Day Special

"Thank you.” Those are two words we can’t say enough to the mother figures in our life.

‘Thank you’ might be for the years of her being your personal chef, assistant, cheerleader, taxi driver, nurse, coach, caregiver, and party planner. Or the years of warmth, encouragement, energy, sacrifice, love, and supply of perfect mom hugs.

She holds it together through the roughest of waves and weathers the storm. Please, make sure this Mother’s Day she knows her hard work doesn’t go unnoticed!

Be sure to give her a gift she will truly love - a massage! You know she deserves it. It’s also the gift that keeps on giving. Relief lasts well beyond the massage itself, as targeted tension relief can improve your entire month. Who wouldn’t love receiving the healing and relaxing power of a massage? 

We won’t tell anyone if you buy yourself one too!  ;-)

LoDo Massage makes it as easy as 1…2…3  [Buy Now!]

Types of Moms’ Who Deserve a Massage:

Tense Moms.  Massages = tension relief. We offer CBD upgrades too.

Exhausted Moms.  1 hour massages are also code for 1 hour naps.
 
Do-Everything Moms.  Massages = a well deserved time for nonstop/on-the go moms.  Our studio is open 9a - 9p every day, so massages are easy to schedule and plan into her day.

Chill Moms.  So, she’s already chill, which means massages are perfect for her personality. Her naturally relaxed body will actually allow a massage  to have more depth, if needed.

Hot Mess Moms.  Frazzled? Needs her coffee? Walking around with her clothes inside out? We can help with that. We don’t judge.

Crunchy Moms. Kombucha-fueled vegan mommy? She’ll LOVE the holistic approach of massage to soothe her aches and pains. We’d be happy to see her after her Kundalini yoga class.

Workout Moms.  Burpees with a baby on her back? Bet she’ll need a massage for that.

Career Moms. High powered career and kids can add quite a bit of stress to this mom’s life. Massage will be perfect for her to unwind.

Dad-Moms.  Know a single dad who pulls both mom & dad duties? Don’t forget to honor him this May 12th with a massage too!

All in all, the gift of massage can recharge mind and body, so keep mom’s mind clear, boost her mood, relax her muscles, promote better sleep, and so much more!
 
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What Your Therapist Wants You To Know

Our Therapist Answer The Questions You May Already Be Asking

By Carolina Cuartas - August 17, 2017

What questions do you have?
Ask anonymously here: https://ask.fm/LoDoMassageStudio

 

"Crying in a session is totally normal and completely welcome.”

We all know that massages can relieve muscle tension, but it also relieves emotional tension and stress. It's completely normal to shed a tear or two during your massage and your therapist doesn't mind. So, don't think you're crazy because you are not alone: “The limbic system in our brain controls our emotions, responses to stimuli, behavior and memories,” says Amy Olthoff, Spa Director of Spa Nalai at the Park Hyatt New York. “When the nerve endings in our tissues are stimulated, it’s not uncommon that this releases trapped emotional memories, even if you may not feel a sense of trauma or sadness."

 

"Hydration. If you're not properly hydrated, your body can be more sensitive during treatment. You may also feel sickly afterwards."

If you ever had a massage, you’ll remember your therapist telling you to stay hydrated. Kneading and working muscles gets fluids pumping out of your tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads towards your kidneys.

 

First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That’s why many people have to pee right after a massage. Also, muscle tension can cause restricted circulation, which inhibits the ability for your body to flush out waste. So drink up!

 

"Showering before your massage is really appreciated.”

This one is more important than you think! Think about it, you and your therapist are in a tiny room for at least an hour. For example, if your getting a massage after working out, make sure you rinse off before getting your massage. Both of our studios have showers, so feel free to come early and take a quick shower before your appointment.

 

"For female clients... we really don't care if you forgot to shave your legs or don't shave them at all.”

It happens and don’t feel bad or embarrassed about not shaving your legs. “Once I had a female client and she said, ‘I’m so sorry I haven’t shaved in like 3 days.’ I laughed. Men don’t typically shave their legs at all (unless he is a competitive  swimmer). Your therapist is happy to work on your legs.

 

"Massages are good for your health and is not just a luxury. It is part of a self care routine that will help you connect to your body and mind.”

Massage therapy is beneficial for everyone and shouldn't be seen on as a luxury. Getting massages regularly can help prevent serious medical issues, which will cost much more than a massage every month. There are tons of reasons to get a massage. Massage therapy improves circulation, relieves stress, relaxes tight muscles, reduces inflammation, improves joint mobility, increases energy, lowers blood pressure, improves posture, and so much more.

 


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