Body Sense

SUMMER | 2018

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Published for ABMP members by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Body Sense magazine is published for the purpose of educating the general public about the benefits of massage and bodywork, along with additional well-being topics. The information contained in this magazine is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before under taking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. No par t of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without specific written permission from ABMP. Publisher cannot be held responsible for content of adver tisements. The information contained herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for a licensed health-care professional. Volume #20, Issue #2, Summer 2018 © 2018 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living LISTENING Do you listen to your body? And do you pay attention to what it tells you? Some people have an intuition about their bodies, understanding their weak points, their strengths, their limits. For me, learning to listen to my body has been imperative as I've used what it's told me to manage my hypoglycemia over the past 30 years. If I didn't listen, I'd end up passed out on my face. Not a good look. Most of the time, the messages our bodies relay are more subtle: • An unexplainable sore jaw you woke up with this morning • Tension headaches that settle in across your forehead • Shoulders that quietly creep up toward your ears If you stop and listen to your body's signals, you can ward off the chronic stress and physical symptoms that accompany it before the damage is done. By listening, you allow yourself to address the source of the stress, recognize its symptoms, and hopefully do something about it—like scheduling that next massage! E D I T O R ' S N O T E K A R R I E O S B O R N , E D I T O R K A R R I E @ A B M P . C O M Karrie Osborn, Editor Darren Buford, Contributing Editor Brandon Twyford, Editor, Online and Digital Strategy Mary Barthelme Abel, Contributing Editor Tracy Donley, Director of Advertising & Partnerships Andrea Brown, Advertising Coordinator Amy Klein, Art Director James Sutherlin, Senior Designer staff Body Sense Editor Karrie Osborn Is massage part of your ongoing wellness strategy? 68% I receive weekly or biweekly massage as preventive care to keep my body healthy. 14% I receive occasional massage, but do not include it as part of my wellness strategy. 9% I only get massage when something hurts. 7% I get regular massage, but hadn't thought about it as part of a wellness strategy. I will now! online poll, 2017 Body Sense 3 TIP! When your mind is frazzled and your stress level is topping out, it's not uncommon to fi nd your shoulders have inched up to your ears. When you realize you've made your neck disappear, stop. Become aware of your body. Then, tell your shoulders to "drop." Let those tightened neck muscles relax and feel the release. Then, do it again. Repeat this exercise 3–4 times in total, or until you feel you've found the muscles' resting point. Challenge yourself: how far can you drop those shoulders?

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