Receiving a Massage Makes you Smarter

busybeeThere are two complementary systems to our bodies Nervous system called the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is in charge of your at-rest body systems that are responsible for the “rest-and-digest” activities. The Sympathetic Nervous System does the opposite and is responsible for the “Flight-or-Fight” response which helps from running from Tigers and Bears.

When we are at rest, in the Parasympathetic System, most of our blood circulates around our heart and brain. In this space we are able to feel our surroundings, and think clearer. When we are in stress our nervous system goes in to the Sympathetic phase and most of the bodies blood goes away from the brain and head and into our limbs to run away from whatever is stressing us.

In today’s society with so many distractions and things-to-do we are often in a constant state of stress and anxiety. We are so busy we often do not take the time to rest and repair ourselves. If you are in a constant state of Stress your Sympathetic Nervous System is constantly producing acids and feelings of “get-me-out-of-here”. When it comes to making business and life decisions, you may observe that making decisions in a state of peace are better than decisions made in a time of stress.

Observe a Medic, Doctor, Performers, or Pro Athletes which perform in pressure situations and the ones that do the best are the ones who can remain calm during a stressful situation. By practicing to stay in the moment of peace, one can persevere through stressful situations. By being aware of which state you are in and by practicing both you can better understand when you need to change from one to the other.

By taking a moment in meditation or reflection, is the space to recalibrate what our purpose in life is. Massage is one of those activities that can get you into a space of Parasympathetic activation. When one can take a moment and not think or speak you will drop into peace. Getting a Massage gets you in touch with your body and resets the blood flow back into your heart and brain. More blood in the Brain will make you smarter, which will lead to better Decision-Making , which leads to more money and time to do things that make you happy.

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Meet Jacob

massaging cutoutJacob Caldwell has been a Massage Therapist since 2002 and a Medical Intuitive since 2000. In 1998 Jacob used his college degree from Western Washington to get one of those “secure jobs” in the Airplane Industry. However, this experience inspired the great question in life, to find what he was ultimately passionate about and what his true purpose was. Three years later he graduated from Massage School where he was inspired to work on the “human machine” rather than robot machines.

Jacob comes from a family of engineers and with his technical skills he was struck with a passion for finding out how things work. Jacob will spend a lot of time in session going over the specifics on how an imbalanced issue was created. This detail work will help illustrate to the person how things happen and how to never repeat the same incident. When we can address the cause we can change the future.

There is no official formal training to become a Medical Intuitive. Being a Medical Intuitive is more of a self anointing process, either you can do it or you can’t, you can’t fake it forever. Jacob has accumulated many positive testimonials and his reputation can be easily found on the internet. Jacob has many independent positive reviews that can be found on http://www.Biznik.com, and Dibspace. In session Jacob will put his Intuitive skills on the line in such away that it exposes whether he knows what he is talking about or not.

Inspired by the books of Medical Intuitive Teacher Caroline Myss, Jacob worked with a variety of healers that helped him develop his Medical Intuitive skills. He has now developed his own system which has been effective with treating a variety of emotional issues and diseases. Through observing emotional and mental patterns that create diseases in the body Jacob has been able to help people recognize their own patterns and work to create the necessary changes. His work is inspired by the belief that everyone has the power to heal themselves. With this knowledge people can be truly empowered. When the body sends a message of pain it is time to stop and listen. Only then can people discover what causes disease and empower themselves to begin a path of self-healing. Jacob believes the job of a Medical intuitive is to help people interpret the messages of the body for the guidance of the mind.

A Stretch a day keeps the Surgeon away – The StretchFlex Technique

The StretchFlex Technique can be overlaid onto any stretch that you already know, it just requires one more step.
When you do a normal stretch notice where the pain is. The pain is the tight muscle being stretched. While you are at the end of the stretch focus on precisely where the pain is located and then begin to flex that muscle in the opposite direction. Note: One always needs resistance to flex the muscle into something like an elastic band, door frame, bench, or Friend holding your arm or leg. Flexing into the air sort-of works but it is best to flex into an item. It is an easy technique to do…to the observer it may look like you are just doing the traditional stretch. If you can do multiple slight little flexes and stretches you will notice significant improvements and have greater range of motion and less pain with any appendage.
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If you are doing the traditional hamstring stretch where you straighten your leg over bench…stretch the back of your hamstring and then keep your leg straight and flex the painful muscle downward into the bench.
The same technique can be applied when stretching the Pectoral Chest muscle. Against a door frame stretch your arm backwards and when you feel that is far as you can stretch then flex the muscle forward focusing on flexing the painful chest muscle.
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If your neck is overstretched, and most peoples are, while lying on a bed tuck your chin and flex your head backwards into the bed. This will shorten and strengthen the back of your neck muscles which will help one have fewer headaches.
The StretchFlex technique will greatly improve your range of motion and you will have less pain doing it which will likely lead you to doing more stretches.
It is important to flex and stretch every appendage in both directions. Pain is usually from an over stretched muscle. However just focusing on over stretched muscles is only half the problem. By working both sides of the motion you will increase the integrity of that joint. This is often what Carpal Tunnel, Computer mouse arm, Headaches, and Arthritis is all about…the joint is being pulled too often in one direction and pain is the indicator that the appendage needs to be balanced.
Sometimes muscles can be so tight that they are unstretchable. A massage 2-4 times a month will help loosen that muscle and then the StretchFlex Technique will be easier to do.
Using the StretchFlex Technique will prevent Arthritis and any other potential injuries which will hopefully keep you off of the operating table.
By being aware of how to maintain your body and know when you are about to hurt yourself, will lead to better health and overall greater spiritual awareness.

Pain is the body showing you how to heal yourself – Pain Awareness
Often stretching is associated with pain which is probably the reasons why many don’t do it. But if you flex the pain you are putting awareness back into your body and awareness in and of itself reduces pain.

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Immune System – Protects the Body

In Acupuncture the meridian points in the fingers and toes are toning the corresponding organs. In the feet the Meridians are the Spleen, Liver, Stomach, Gall Bladder, Bladder, and the Kidneys. These organs help with overall strength and the immune system. Each of the toning points of organs encircles all areas of the foot. So it is important to tone the muscles of the foot evenly. If a part of the foot is often skipped by lack of circulation and stimulation that organ will have low energy or restricted flow making the organ “tired” or “sluggish”.

So walking correctly and excising the whole foot will increase overall energy and a stronger immune system.

Lymphatic System – Cleans the Body

In the circulation system the heart is the muscle that moves the blood throughout the body. In the lymphatic system there is no singular muscle that moves the water throughout your body. The lymph’s are in your arm pits, breasts, between the legs, and calves. When the surrounding muscles are flexed this pumps the water throughout the body. So walking and exercising is one of the best ways for water circulation. Where there is circulation there is healing and strength.

Massage is one of the best ways to support the lymphatic system. Squeezing muscles helps pump water through tight muscles.

 

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

monkeyWalking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Now that you have worked on improving your range of motion and getting some flexibility in your feet, now it is easier to work on some more intricate helpful techniques.

Our Muscles and joints work best when we can flex and stretch them to their full capacity. This is also very important with the feet. As a society we bind our feet in shoes that either have to big of a sole. Walking correctly really requires being able to feel the ground and squeeze the Earth below us. Our hands and feet have the same muscles; we should be just as strong in our feet as our hands.

It is important to master the beginning 1-4 Parts before being successful at this section.

1. When your leg is swinging forward, relax your foot and hit Step Point 1. Feel your foot spread out and open as wide as possible.
2. When you move toward Step Point 2 and 3 begin to flex your foot and really grip the ground.
3. When Moving through Step Point 3 and 4 your foot will begin stretching to its full range of motion outward.
4. Follow through – Like in every sport follow through is important. When your foot has left the ground keep pointing the toe inward and pointed and feel the full length stride.

This part is important to feel the full range of your foot fully relaxed and fully flexed in every stride that you take.

Note: Most Yoga Instructor talk about “old age starts in the toes”. When atrophy starts in your toes the rigidness slowly goes up our body and your joints become like concrete. Each joint becomes less and less flexible.
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Also getting a Massage 1-2 times a month is best to counter a full 40 hours a week at desk.

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

To keep the integrity of you arch requires having good dexterity in your feet. Gripping the ground and resisting the pull of gravity is important.

In Part 3, Between Step Point 2 & 3 is when you flex your outside foot to the inside foot. At this point is where you want to grip the ground. Squeeze the ground and feel yourself holding your body up. Falling arches is due to flaccid and sloppy foot technique which allows your feet to flop around. Strong feet will have strong arches. Plantar Fasciitis and Falling arches can be prevented here. This technique is so detail and requires so much patience to understand that a bone just a 1/16th of an inch out of place can cause extreme debilitating pain. With a little foot flexing, many of your foot pain issues will go away.

The StretchFlex Technique for your Arch. Step on a tennis ball and massage the ball along your arch while flexing and stretching your foot. <<>

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Now we get a little more detailed and break up the foot into 4 specific contact points.

Step Point 1: Heal
Step Point 2: Outside Ball of Foot
Step Point 3: Inside Ball of Foot
Step Point 4: Big Toe

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It is important to hit each point individually. Often outward pointed toe walkers will combine Step Points 3 and 4 together. This will lead to very tight outside IT Bands, shin splints, and low back pain. Inward pointed toe walkers will skip Step Point 1, which will lead tight front hips.

It is important to hit Step Point 1 and 2 when your leg is in front of you. Step Point 3 and 4 occur when your leg is behind you.

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Take notice of the muscles in your legs while you’re walking. When your leg is in front of you is when you will use the outside leg muscles. When your leg is behind you, you are going to use your inside leg muscles.

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Your feet should behave like a wave fluctuating from outside to inside rocking back and forth. However, to the observer it will look like nothing is going on.

Tip: Use some deep tissue massage therapy on the inside arch of your foot.

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

In a full length leg stride it is imperative to have your toes pointed forward the whole time! It is easy to think you are doing this when your leg is in front of you. But what people miss is the technique when your leg is behind you. When your leg is behind you it is easy to turn your foot outwards. 80% of people will point their toes outwards and the other 20% will point their toes inwards.

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If you walk with your toes pointed outward you will only be using more of the outside leg muscles. Like in Part 1 it is key to achieve full range of motion in all joints. If you are only using one side of your leg this is where shin splints, hip issues and low back pain will develop later. People who have their toes pointed inwards will have plantar fasciitis, toe arthritis, and tight front hips.

Your hip muscles are in charge of changing direction when you are walking. Deep Tissue Massage and stretching these areas will help with improving toe direction. Sitting on a Yoga ball while flexing into the ball will help break up tight hip muscles.
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Toes pointed forward will help you get ready for Part 3.

Take note to follow Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10 which will go in to detail on how your Mental Pattern creates which way your toes point.

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: Range of Motion of the Ankles is equal to Range Of Motion of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Flexibility and excising the full range of motion of any appendage should be a major goal to focus on. This is what I like about yoga; it puts you in positions you would not ordinary get into yourself. But what yoga does the best is tone and strengthen joints while utilizing full range of motion. Body awareness and foot presence is key to mastering the full 10 Part Walking Series.

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I have observed that most people’s ankles are stiff and are stuck at the 90 degree ankle. When the leg takes a step forward the front of the foot should be lifted upwards as well. Making sure to hit the heel and not be flat-footed. You should feel your Tibialis Anterior working very hard and if it hurts you are doing it right.

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When you lift the foot an inch more upwards this will allow your leg to mover farther forward in its stride. People with hip issues and tight IT Bands often fall into this category. If one is NOT lifting their foot and allowing their leg to move forward you will be causing the front of your hip to become atrophied and stale. Staleness in a joint will become hard because blood circulation cannot move through the muscle. This will make your joint less maneuverable and may make it susceptible to being injured later. Tight muscles are like glass and if jarred suddenly they shatter. Keep your muscles and joints lucid and flexible with a full range of motion technique so they are more tolerable to outer circumstances.

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It is good to massage your Tibialis Anterior to help loosen up the ankle . Hold the muscle and flex your foot up and down. Flex into the muscle while pressing into it. Continue to press into it while stretching it downwards. This is a bit of the StretchFlex Technique.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

 

Introduction on “How to Walk Correctly”

The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

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WARNING: The 10 Part Walking Series is for people who want to empower their own self-healing and take control of your life. Do not read any further if you have a closed mind and are looking for excuses to why you are not getting better. Without an open mind the upcoming text may be very disturbing and frightening to you. If one reads and carries out the 10 Part series you may become healthier and happier. The 10 Part Walking Series is For Perseverant and Personally Responsible People only. You have been Warned! Good Luck!

How to Walk Correctly”, is so simple of a statement it doesn’t make sense. “Of course I know how to walk; I’ve been doing it since I was born.” Yes, you have been. What we have also could have been doing is creating inflammatory diseases and ailments at the same time by not walking correctly. In sports, technique will win out over strength most of the time.

As a Massage Therapist my focus and passion has always been to empower people to heal themselves. Healer means “To Inspire”, Doctor means “To Teach”, and in my book if you are not being taught or inspired by your practitioner on how to resolve your issue, then this is called Failure. Failure in medicine and therapy is when you repeat the same practice and getting very little progress with the same level of pain for the client. The same definition applies to “Insanity”.

I have always been curious on how an injury occurs. It always seems like a game to me, finding the mystery to how the pain got there. Often many people do not know how source of their pain and usually practitioners don’t bother to find out. It is imperative to find out that hip pain got there. Was it from a fall 10 years ago or is it from walking your dog every day? If we can prevent an incorrect actively that is causing us pain then we can administer the correct healing procedure. However, we need the person to stop hurting themselves so that they can progressively heal. If the person is currently hurting themselves on a daily basis is quite difficult to have an effective treatment plan.

The most profound and preventable injury that I see is that people do not walk correctly. As a society we don’t really walk anymore. We walk to the bathroom, to the car, down the hall, but now we rarely walk a mile or 2 to work or to the store. Sometimes I will here, “I had to park 3 blocks away to get here!” If you have trouble walking 3 blocks, you need to walk those 3 blocks. We are such a technological society that we have stomped on Nature for egotistical technology. We think an MRI and surgery is going to help us with our knee issue when really it comes to flexing your muscle correctly. We think technology is going to save us from everything, but if we can listen to Nature it has all the solutions already. The problem is we have to listen to Nature and accept things are easy, which is the hard part.

I have seen many different pain issues such as Arthritis, Scoliosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Bursitis, inflamed joints, ACL/MCL tears, shin splints, falling arches, tight IT Bands, bunions, low back pain, chronic neck pain, and one leg shorter than the other. As far as I am concerned these issues all have to do with one thing: HOW YOUR FOOT CONTACTS THE GROUND. If you have ever constructed a house you would know that the leveling of the foundation is an important part of the building process otherwise you will have crooked windows, walls, and roofs. So goes the same with the body.

The full range of motion of the leg and foot must be exercised otherwise if one continually skips parts of the steps it will be like a house on a slowly sinking foundation. Soon you will have chronic issues above the waist and no matter what kind of therapy you do the issue never resolves and continually reappears. Usually where the pain is, is not the problem, but the symptom. If the window is crooked it has nothing to do with the window itself, it is the crooked foundation, the same thing happens with the body. Often crooked hips and low back pain has to do with the simple technique of not flexing your big toe. You can rub that back all you want but if you do not flex that toe your back is going to keep hurting for a long time.

There have been many devices like orthotics, ointments, and surgeries but all of these are temporary solutions. If you do not flex that foot correctly nothing will change. I have had people lay on my massage bed and they think all I need is for you to rub that spot and it will be gone. And then I have to apologize and say this session is only effective for inspiring you on how to heal and you sir need to flex your foot properly.

Unfortunately walking correctly is not an easy thing to master at first and takes a lot of discipline. Breaking habits is very difficult but the rewards to being able to heal yourself and prevent further injury is quite empowering. I like to think if I was thrown out into the forest would I have to need anything? I don’t want to have to depend on needing something like pharmaceuticals, orthotics, or syringes. I want to be truly health empowered with self-knowledge. After learning the “Walking Correct Technique” you are going to have to ask yourself, “If I can heal this what else can I do? Answer: Everything!

At first learning how to walk again requires a lot of thinking about your feet and can seem overwhelming. So I have broken the steps up so that you can focus on one thing at a time. It is tough to do them all at once but if you can do one you can do the next.

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

 Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

 Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health