This year to celebrate my concussion recovery and injury anniversary I wanted to put together a treatment giveaway for someone in need. To be eligible to enter you or the person you are applying for should currently be diagnosed with a concussion or post-concussion syndrome, be able to demonstrate financial need, and share the impact that their concussion has had on their daily life.
The winner will receive 3 FREE session of CranioSacral Therapy and 1 Free Bodywork session for their caretaker/applicant submitter/or partner in crime. All applications are due by March 26th and the Winner will be contacted on March 31st to schedule their sessions. All information shared will be kept confidential. Entry form is available here.
Finding CranioSacral Therapy was a turning point in my concussion recovery and literally helped me get my speech back. I'm so grateful for the introduction to this bodywork modality during my time of need. My nervous system was on overdrive from the injury and couldn't tolerate much of anything (restrictive clothing, fans, riding in cars) let alone Massage or Physical Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch modality that helped calm down my nervous system so I could better focus in Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and get back to my daily life.
*All information shared on the entry form is kept confidential and the winner will be contacted via phone and email.
*All sessions will take place at True Blue Wellness at 550 Elm Street in Manchester NH. Applicants should be New England residents that are able to attend treatment sessions in Manchester New Hampshire.
You'll want a glass or ceramic bowl, hot water, bath towel, and your choice of essential oils/loose herbs/or camomile tea bags.
1. Heat up some water and add it to your bowl.
2. Add in your chosen scents:
~ if you are adding essential oils use 1-2 drops ONLY.
~ loose herbs can be a generous sprinkling.
~ 1-2 tea bags of camomile tea
3. Set yourself up so you are able to sit and have your face over the bowl and drape your bath towel over your head and wrap around the bowl to create a little steam tent.
4. Enjoy for 5....10....15 minutes. Add some relaxing music or guided meditation and you've got a simple at home self care retreat.
5. Finish up your mini retreat with washing your face and adding some lotion and drinking some water to rehydrate.
Some essential oil combo's I use regularly:
rosemary and wild orange - refreshing pick me up
eucalyptus - great for colds and clearing sinuses
lavender and thyme - relaxing and good for sore throats
Herbs I use regularly:
calendula and rose
lavender and eucalyptus
Standard disclaimers apply - if you are allergic or sensitive to certain herbs or essential oils don't use them, careful not to burn you face or throat on the steam, take breaks and/or vent your towel tent if you are heat sensitive, and, as always, drink some water afterwards!!!
One of the main reasons I chose to attend The New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts was the Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) Training. The technique that is taught is the European version and differs from Neuromuscular Therapy though many of the goals remain the same. Stanley Lief created NMT and it was further developed by Leon Chaitow with the goal that NMT would restore the bodys structure and function by normalizing soft tissue.
The technique uses the tip of the thumb to trace a specific series of pathways and muscle fiber directions to help improve communication in the nervous system. What is amazing is you can literally see the posture changes occur from the start of the session to the end of the session. These postural alignment changes can help treat a myriad of symptoms from scoliosis to migraines to Bell's Palsy.
I was thrilled with the posture changes I was seeing during classtime however I was floored by what it did to help my migraines.
As a lifelong migraine sufferer it was no surprise that my concussion amped up the frequency of my migraines and brought cluster headaches that frequently sent me to ER in the years following. At the time I started receiving NMT treatments I was on a monthly injection to treat migraines and as needed prescriptions to treat breakthrough migraines. With these prescriptions in addition to regular bodywork and physical therapy I had managed to get my once daily headaches and migraines to a handful a month. Thinking that I had done everything I possible could to manage my migraines it wasn't even on my radar that NMT would have so much to offer.
After a month of weekly NMT session in school, I spent my summer vacation from massage school in Michigan and had forgotten to refill my injections. Upon returning to New Hampshire we rolled right into moving to a new apartment and another month went by where my injections were forgotten. Another month of NMT and I realized that I had missed almost 3 months of injections largely in part because I had NO MIGRAINES as a reminder. I was floored and tentative about how well things were going. Throughout the rest of school and now into 2022 I've been able to remain off prescriptions and have experience the occasional headache but nothing like the migraines I'd become so accustom too.
Everyone responds to bodywork differently and there are no guarantees that NMT and postural reintegration and alignment will result in the same response.
Please talk to your Doctor before making the decisions to go off a prescription medication and not do what I did and accidentally go off a medication because life had become so busy I'd forgotten to refill a prescription.
What is Clinical Massage?
For Clinical Massage at True Blue Wellness our goal is to address current or past injuries, symptoms, or restrictions in the muscular system. Our sessions include a thorough health history, gait and postural assessment, and range of motion for joints at the first session as well as treatment time. This added assessment time is a big reason for us changing over to a 90 minute Welcome Sessions instead of 60 minutes.
What to Expect During and After Your Session:
At the first Welcome to Clinical Massage Session we will spend some time reviewing your health history, doing a quick gait and postural assessment, and assess any joints or muscles that could be causing issues. From there we will talk about modalities and techniques that could help you reach your goals or find relief and make a plan for your session. You'll then be given privacy to disrobe and get on the table for treatment. You will be underneath and top sheet and blanket during the session. You will only undress to your level comfort and only the area or limb being worked will be undraped. Once on the table, depending on your treatment goals for the session, we'll work using a variety of techniques. At the end of the session you'll be given privacy to dress and once dressed we'll review your session and discuss any home care to do in between sessions.
How you feel after your session can depend on a variety of factors such as techniques used, how you were feeling before the session, and how your body responds to bodywork. Some can experience soreness like you would after a good gym day. Some can have spot tenderness if Trigger Point Therapy was used. Some can feel fatigued or super energized. For each session we send out a follow up email to see how things are going and discuss anything you notice after your session. As always rest, water, and ice on an inflamed area can do wonders.
What Techniques can be used during a Clinical Massage?
Neuromuscular Technique (European Version)
Trigger Point Therapy
What Does "undress to your level of comfort" mean?
Each of us has different levels of comfort with what we wear or don't wear while on the table and those can change session to session. Some people wear nothing, some prefer underwear and/or bra, others like to keep on a tank top or shorts, some wear leggings and long sleeves, and others choose not to undress.
It is easiest to work the full body if you are fully undressed or keep your underwear on and remove a bra. At all times during your massage the pubic area, intergluteal cleft, and women's breast are completely covered with the drape.
What are they: A healing reaction occurs after a Reiki Session when the body begins to detox and get rid of toxins that have been held in the body. This is a really wonderful thing as it is a good sign that Reiki was exactly what your body needed to jump start the healing process. Common healing reaction symptoms are: mild headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, or fatigue. Typically healing reactions occur when there has been a long term chronic illness; however we are finding in our own practice that they are occurring more frequently than before and believe this is related to the chronic stress and anxiety we have all been under.
Why do I feel like shit and when will it end: Detoxing can be uncomfortable but at least you didn't have to do a week long juice cleanse to get there. A healing reaction typically resolves within a day or so and it is unlikely that you will experience a healing reaction as strong as the first again, if ever. It is helpful to drink plenty of water, eat well, and rest as needed in order to help support the body as it releases and flushes out toxins. At this point in time it is important to trust that your body knows what it needs to do in order to heal.
It can be helpful to think of a healing reaction as the day after "leg day" at the gym, you know you've done a good work out because you can FEEL IT and in a day or so your going to feel better than before.
Now what: So you've made it through your healing reaction and you may or may not be feeling ready to get back on the table for some more Reiki. That is ok and we're here whenever you're ready. If you do experience a healing reaction it is strongly suggested that you receive 2-3 additional Reiki Sessions in order to best support your body energetically so it can continue to do the healing needed. Remember the healing reaction usually only occurs after that first session and your body will only do exactly what it needs to do feel better long term. As always we are here to answer any questions you may have about Reiki and Healing Reactions.
Let's face it. Heading back to school can be stressful for everyone involved even during a normal year. Now with the pandemic and so much uncertainty around returning to school it can feel particularly overwhelming for Parents, Guardians, Caretakers, Teachers, and Kids or Teens. Here at True Blue Wellness we're looking for a way to help everyone out with the transitions to come.
Reiki can be an excellent way to help reduce stress, bolster the bodies immune system, and work on personal goals. Reiki energy is very gentle and nurturing and a full body treatment can induce a calming meditative state that can help promote focus and create ease when faced with transitions. Reiki is suitable for all ages and has no contraindications.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork based in Osteopathic Medicine and has been utilized in the treatment of ADD/ADHD symptoms. Dr. Upledger found during his time studying at the University of Michigan that many children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD had the same restriction pattern at the base of their skull and if the ADD/ADHD was indeed caused by the restriction symptoms resolved over the course of treatment. That being said not ALL ADD/ADHD cases are linked to that restriction in the base of the skull but CranioSacral Therapy can still help with focus, memory, and offer relief for many symptoms or stress. Want to learn more about CranioSacral Therapy as a treatment option for ADD/ADHD check out this article. CST sessions are suitable for ages 9 and up. If you have a younger child you are interested in having treated I'd love to help you find a CranioSacral Therapist who has the training in pediatrics to treat ages 8 and under.
Our Kids and Teen Sessions of Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy can be a great resource for those feeling the strain. Both Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy are extremely relaxing and can help support the body and brain during times of stress. The Kids and Teen Sessions are designed to be short and sweet and budget friendly and we would only charge for treatment time. For example if your child isn't quite ready to get on the table that first session and we spend most of the session getting to know each other and maybe demonstrating some techniques we would only charge for treatment time. For example you book a session but your child is only on the table for 10 minutes of treatment that session would only be $10 ($1/1minute).
The truth is I didn’t find CST at all when CST came into my life I was severely injured and barely able to care for myself. A severe concussion left me alone, jobless, and struggling with Post Concussion syndrome. While far away from family and friends I received a phone call from my Mom saying she had booked an appointment for me and it was right by my apartment and could walk to it (I wasn’t able to drive at that time). I didn’t really understand what I was going to have done but I didn’t understand much at that point.
My first appointment offered deep relief I was able to relax fully and felt like it would be possible to make it through this injury. Before my CST session my speech was very slow and delayed due to aphasia after my first session my Mom could hear the difference in my speech the next day and was able to speak more smoothly and find words easier. Although I had a long way to go in my recovery it was the first positive progress I had seen since the injury over a month ago. CST quickly became the cornerstone of my concussion recovery and found it to be one of the few treatments that offered relief from symptoms and, I believe, sped up my recovery time.
As I was dismissed by Doctors and Neurologists and Counselors with my various symptoms I found that CST remained one of the few things that offered relief and allowed me to see and experience progress in my recovery. Most of all I wasn’t dismissed by the many talented and compassionate CranioSacral Therapists I had the chance to work with during my recovery.
Once I had recovered from my injury I began looking for ways to rebuild my life around my new normal and kept coming back to how important the CST work and therapists were to me during that difficult time. The more research I did into CST that more I came to understand that this is an extremely important skill that is deeply needed in the world today. A few months later I was enrolled in my first Human Anatomy and Physiology classes and signed up to study with the Upledger Institute. And now here we are, trying to get CranioSacral Therapy to as many people as possible in order to facilitate, empower, and support them to go after their healing goals.
I began studying Reiki in the Fall and fell in love with it. After my CST course I came in expecting there to be a big learning curve when it came to “feeling” what was going on when I was learning to palpate the CSR I was shocked with how easy it was to feel the Reiki Energy after my first class with Lourdes Gray at the John Gray Center for Reiki.
I chose to add Reiki to my practice because I was looking for a way to offer combined treatments of Reiki and CST techniques to those who are unable to tolerate a full CST session, such as those with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome who may have a cerebral spinal fluid leak. Due to certain physical ailments where a full body CST session would not be recommended click here to see what those contraindications are. Reiki has no contraindications and is suitable for everyone regardless of their physical condition.
After my class I found that I was no longer dealing with the extreme fatigue that I’d grown accustomed too during my recovery from Post Concussion Syndrome. It came as a very subtle change over a couple weeks of self treatment and a work trip to Phoenix that should have wiped me out. I found instead that I wasn’t drained or getting the usual low grade headaches I’d grown accustomed too because of Post concussion syndrome but instead felt as I had before the injury.
In addition to the personal benefits I was really pleased with how impactful it’s been during the CST sessions for my clients. Reiki is a natural energy that flows through a practitioner hands whenever those hands are in contact with a living thing (it’s great for plants and animals too!) I found the Reiki flowing most frequently during a CST technique known as a diaphragm release (what I think of as a hand sandwich) I found that the fascia was releasing much quicker and at times more dramatically I also felt that my hands had become more sensitive to the subtle movements of tissue release.
Jazmine Jade is a Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. She lives and works in New Hampshire.