Posted by: Angela | April 30, 2018

Massage, as good as a hug!

From #4 – Touch People
‘Research shows getting five hugs a day for four weeks increases happiness big time.

Don’t have anyone to hug right now? No? (I’m sorry to hear that. I would give you a hug right now if I could.) But there’s an answer: neuroscience says you should go get a massage.

Via The Upward Spiral:

The results are fairly clear that massage boosts your serotonin by as much as 30 percent. Massage also decreases stress hormones and raises dopamine levels, which helps you create new good habits… Massage reduces pain because the oxytocin system activates painkilling endorphins. Massage also improves sleep and reduces fatigue by increasing serotonin and dopamine and decreasing the stress hormone cortisol.

So spend time with other people and give some hugs. Sorry, texting is not enough.

About this article

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Trust neuroscience.

How Massage Therapy Can Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

There’s been renewed interest and discussion about fibromyalgia with Lady Gaga’s recent announcement that she suffers from this often debilitating condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that includes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and sleep problems – and affects over 10 million Americans, which is approximately 2% – 4% of the adult population. About 80% of fibromyalgia patients are women.

<clip> Alternative treatments such as massage therapy have also been shown to greatly improve symptoms of this chronic condition.

Massage therapy has been shown to:

  • reduce headaches and migraines
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • improve mental clarity
  • improve restorative and restful sleep
  • reduce muscle tension

All of these outcomes greatly improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia, making massage a fantastic therapy option for these patients.

See full article at

Posted by: Angela | November 29, 2017

We’re baaack…..

So, long story….

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here on my website blog pages, but hey, good excuses.  Sit down, grab a cuppa, and rest your brain for a bit.

Back in January of 2016 (the 19th, to be precise) I had a freak accident – I was pulling a rug up the steps onto my porch, backing up to do it. As I was doing this, my non-skid shoe happened to not skid and stuck just as I was twisting my body to turn and walk. NOT!!!  The body twisted, the feet stayed in place, and I wound up on the floor.  In January. Outside on my porch. It was cold. My Dtr and grandsons were in the process of moving out into their own apt. and I thought this would help. Well, she wasn’t home, the boys were enthralled by their video game, and luckily my neighbor across the street saw me and came running over.  I knew not to move since I figured something was either broken or sprained.  He got the boys, who called their mom to come over – she was only about four blocks away.

So – we taped my foot and ankle with tons of masking tape, a little duct tape, and we proceeded to the ER. I couldn’t put my leg down so I put an exercise band around the leg/foot and held it up as they carried me to the car.  Once at the ER, it was onto a wheelchair with my leg still being held up and me and my dtr laughing hysterically.  For some reason, trips to the ER make us laugh.  Go figure.  Maybe because we are so pathetic or look so stupid it’s really funny.  Anyway, the ER front office thought it was cool and we did the right thing by taping it. Turns out I really did a number on my ankle.  Fractured it, requiring surgery.  Of course, I did not want the surgery at that particular hospital and opted to wait almost a week for the surgeon to do it at his surgery center connected to his office.  Much better.  Got a plate on the outer side of the ankle with about 5 screws, and a screw cantilever from the inner side of the ankle to the other to allow the ankle to flex properly.

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Posted by: Angela | August 3, 2015

Thanks for the Help for Ryan

I would like to thank all who have generously donated to my grandson’s fundraiser.  You can see updates on the site.  He’s progressing very well – it’s hard work but it’s paying off.  There’s still so much to go, so any and all donations are appreciated – whether monetary or bodywork and other similar healing modalities.


Click on the ‘Updates’ tab to find out the latest, and be sure to click on the Gallery to see photos of the work that he’s doing to straighten his spine and avoid surgery.

Posted by: Angela | August 3, 2015

Exercise – Good for your Brain

Never having been a big regular exercise buff, I’ve been participating in the Silver Sneakers exercise program for over a year now.  I started slow – just 2x a week and walking once a week – and am now up to 3 x a week of the exercise program and walk when I can (or feel like it – although just walking from the front of my home to the back bedroom 50 times a day would qualify for about 1/2 mile).   Part of the Silver Sneakers program is exercising the brain along with the rest of the body.  It’s pretty much patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time.  It’s surprising how difficult such simple things can actually be. Anyway, here’s an article about exercise and Alzheimer’s.

Health Buzz: Exercise Is Good For Your Brain

Research suggests regular exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

‘Three separate studies presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the District of Columbia suggest that regular physical activity may stave off the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, aka MCI, or dementia.

More specifically, the studies examined the effects of aerobic exercise on Alzheimer’s disease, vascular cognitive impairment – weakened thinking abilities due to damaged blood vessels in the brain – and MCI, a stage between normal aging and dementia.”

See the entire article HERE.

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