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Hidden Connections

In last month’s newsletter, I asked you to consider the question: “What is YOUR body telling you?”. The basic idea is that when you tune in to your body, you gather information and clues about what may be contributing to your aches, pains, or injuries. And oftentimes you’ll discover connections between “totally separate” issues that you never realized were connected, or you may even become aware of issues that you hadn't previously picked up on.

This process of “tuning in” can provide new hope when you thought that you were just going to have to live with that pain forever. It can provide a new understanding of your body and new self-care strategies. It can be the beginning of the road to long-term results and can help you identify what you need to do to achieve those results. And as an added bonus, "tuning in" can help you continue to participate in the activities you love and which perhaps have even become a part of who you are.

Here are just a few examples of some "hidden body connections" that are quite common.

Did you know…

….that tight calves are often a major contributing factor to plantar fasciitis? Learn more below in this month's "Clinical Corner."

….that nagging physical pain can be relieved through releasing negative energy and/or stored trauma? Check out this month's "Reiki Report" to learn more.

….that tight IT bands can contribute to hip pain and bursitis? Read about my personal experience "Breaking up with bursitis."
Clinical Corner

Plantar Fasciitis: The Calf Connection

One of the most common “not-so-hidden body connections” that I find – especially in runners – is the calf-to-plantar (sole of foot) connection. Many runners, including yours truly, have known the dreaded pain of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly defined as an  inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue on the sole of your foot; however, recent research also indicates that in addition to good old-fashioned inflammation, plantar fasciitis may also indicate a slow and steady degeneration of the plantar fascia.

If you don’t have firsthand experience with plantar fasciitis, consider yourself blessed. If you do, rest assured that there is hope beyond cortisone shots and surgery.

One of the major contributing factors to plantar fasciitis –tight calf muscles – tends not to show up in the body as pain, or at least not pain that we notice. So you may be walking around feeling no pain at all in your calves, but let a massage therapist start to work on them, and “yowza!" And all the while, your poor little feet had been the ones screaming in pain.

Read more about the anatomy behind this connection, and learn about some self-care techniques you can try.
Reiki Report

"Mind Body Connections"

The concept of "mind body" has become commonplace over the past couple of decades, and we see it everywhere -- in our workplaces, grocery stores, gyms, billboards, magazines, churches, and the list goes on.

However, as with many things, it's easier said than done; in other words, it's easy to talk about a "mind body connection," but it is often difficult to really feel that connection in everyday life. It is easy to lose touch with the metaphysical in today's fast-paced world.

For me, 
Reiki has served as a bridge to the metaphysical. By providing me with powerful yet concrete experiences, Reiki continuously reminds my logical mind that there is more at work than meets the eye.

As a result, I am slowly learning to trust myself more and to pay better attention to those gut feelings, or to that little voice in my head -- because sometimes our deeper "Selves" actually do know better than our fallible minds. 

Read a story about how the power of Reiki helped me move through grief toward healing.

Curious? Want to try Reiki? Ask me about incorporating Reiki into your next massage.
Rave Reviews

"I have struggled with plantar fasciitis for several years. Massage therapy... has helped, but it always left me too sore to run for several days after treatment. Then, I saw Molly..." Amanda F.

"I was introduced to Molly after a 5k race. I was having pain that turned out to be achilles tendonitis... I have been getting massages from Molly for several months now and I'm so happy that I am!...." Amy W.


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