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Featured Massage Therapist at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing: BETH!

Beth has been a massage therapist at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing from almost the very begining!  She has become like a family member to me and many of you as we have watched her get married, be pregnant, and become a mom of two, Kendra and Theo.

We asked Beth a few questions about her and her massage, and here are her answers:

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Wordle for PCCHH

 

A dear, wonderful client made this wordle for us.  What words would you add?

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Bonding at It's Best

 

   (Image of Lily relaxing and giving thanks for her mommy & me service!)

Over the last year, I have been fortunate enough to be one of the therapists to provide Mommy and Me sessions here at the Pittsburgh Center. From the first session I was grateful to be a part of this unique dynamic between another parent and child. The children come in so happy to be be having an “adult” experience, and the icing on the cake for them is sharing it with their Mommy or Daddy. Mommy and Daddy, on the other hand, come in half looking forward to the relaxing experience, but a bit reproachful and unsure of how their child is going to relax in this situation. They are hoping for the best. One of the rare qualities of this experience, to me as a therapist, was watching this parent showing their child how to relax by example, as well as spending some wonderful one on one time together. My favorite part in every session was getting to watch as either child or parent looked at the other relaxing, then closing their eyes with a satisfied and tranquil smile. Inevitably, a moment or so later the other would do the same exact thing. To me this is touching beyond words.

    As many of you may or may not know, I have been attending school again over the last year. Fortunately most of my schooling is home study, but the “hands on” days of instruction & lecture I have to travel leaving my little Lily for 5-6 days at a clip. Lily (age 6) has had such a hard time with this particular portion of my studies. So, the last time I went away, prior to leaving I scheduled a Mommy & Me session for us to look forward to when I got back.

    I thought I had really appreciated the session as a therapist, but this was brought to a whole new level when getting to experience it for myself with my Lily! The attention to detail that everyone at the Center offered made this such a special experience that was so touching to me. We were both greeted with nice warm neck wraps, got a soothing vanilla and orange scented foot soak while enjoying vanilla cupcakes with decadent orange frosting from Vanilla. The time that we were left to soak was so precious. I will always remember her delighted face at the chance to be doing something so special, just her and Mama, and her cute 6 year old antics. After the soak we both got to enjoy our tootsies being scrubbed. Then it was off to our warm “squishy” tables (as Lily refers to them) where we enjoyed a delicious head, hand and foot massage. I was a little uneasy as to how Lily was going to relax with someone other than me working on her, but I was quickly amazed at how quickly she responded to Beth. This by far was the most memorable part for me. I just LOVED watching her go from animated and observant, to so very tranquil and soothed. It was so awesome to have us both relaxed at the same time! Needless to say when our session was over Lily did not want to leave & became quite vivacious again, asking when could we come back again!

    I asked her when we left what her favorite part of our time together at the Center was and she said “Getting to relax and see my Mama taken care of.” I almost cried because then I knew those times when my eyes were closed she was watching me as I had watched her. I feel so blessed that my little bug and I got to have this experience together. We are looking forward to the next time I come back from class to have this special time together again.

    If you have the opportunity to take time out like this with your little one, I am sure it will be an experience you won’t soon forget!    
Bonding at it’s Best

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The Benefits Of A Dead Sea Salt Bath

If you are not aware, we have sessions at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing that offer a 15 minute foot soak prior to whatever session you have chosen for your visit.  This foot soak can also be added to any session of your choice if it is not already included.  You can unwind from a busy day with a heated shoulder wrap and sip on some hot tea while your tired, achy feet soak in a warm bowl of water combined with dead sea salts and aromatherapy.  It is an amazing space of time for grounding yourself and preparing your body and mind for an amazing massage or energy session that follows.  You may be wondering how a "dead sea salt" bath may benefit you.  Here are some interesting facts about the salts that may tempt you to add the soak to your next session. It can be so simple, to be feel so goodEmoji

 

  • Dead sea salts come from the Dead Sea.  It is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west.
  • The Dead Sea is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.
  • The salts are rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium, and bromide. 
  • When you soak with the salts , your body will absorb the minerals that your body may be lacking.
  • This absorption can help stimulate blood circulation. 
  • Some other benefits of soaking in the dead sea salts are that it can be helpful in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.
  • It helps reduce wrinkling of the skin.
  • The high concentration of bromide and magnesium can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.
  • It can also manage and improve arthritis, dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Be Aware of Your Stress and Take Some Time For Yourself!

 

Here it is, the summer is almost over and the first day of school is creeping up, or has already started.  And if you’re anything like me, you still have a long “to-do” list that you thought would already be done!  In today’s society, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day life that I want to remind you how important it is to take time out for yourself.  Its easy to get stressed over the never-going-to-end list that seems to continue with you through life, but then you add the balancing act that you have between work and home, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the bills, the cooking, etc, etc.  Need I say more?  But how much stress is too much?  With so much to do, it’s easy to put your health and well being on the back burner.  That’s why it’s so important to dedicate some special time to yourself, because if you keep waiting for that “extra time” it may never come.  

It’s important to become aware of the stresses in your life.  The dangerous thing about stress is that your body becomes used to it and it starts to feel “normal” to you.  And once it feels “normal” it’s really hard to notice the affects it’s taking on your body.  Stress can affect your mind, body and behavior.  It can damage your health and relationships, cause irritability and mood swings, deplete your energy and level of productivity, and lessen your quality of life.  Long term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems.  It can raise your blood pressure, increase your risk for heart attack or stroke, increase your number of headaches, suppress the immune system, upset your stomach, contribute to infertility, and even increase the aging process.  Finding natural, healthy ways to manage your stress is crucial.  Stress becomes even more harmful when people try to use alcohol, tobacco or drugs to suppress it.  Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems.  I recommend finding something that you like to do that doesn’t feel like work.  Find something that fits into your schedule and budget.  If you can’t sit still at home because you can see everything that needs to be done then you should go somewhere that eases your mind.  Take a walk in the park, read a book in the grass, meditate, get a massage or energy work session, or take a hot bath with some Epsom salts and lavender oil.  What ever you choose, the important thing is to just take the time and do it.  With demands so high on our bodies, everyone deserves some “me” time.  Pay attention to the results of your relaxation and it will be proof enough as to why you should do it!  
 

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