Yoga & Pets

I recommend yoga to clients a lot. But, I know practicing yoga at home, if you have pets, can really be a challenge sometimes. I saw this video today and it made me laugh, so I had to share.

Yoga with pets

– Jessica

Did you know?

At Endless Summer, we try to think of little things that may help our clients.

Did you know…

If you are cold natured, we can add an extra blanket or turn up the table warmer?

If you have long hair, but forgot a hair tie we have a supply in a jar on our desk. (Please keep them once used!)

If you are uncomfortable laying face down because of your bust size, we have a specialized pillow to relieve that pressure?

If you need to use the restroom mid-session, we have a robe you can put on to dart down the hallway (not ideal, but at least it’s an option!)

If you prefer lotion to massage gel (what we usually use in session) – just ask. If you have something you prefer at home, bring it with you and we will try it out.

If you don’t like the sleepy massage music, we can play other music.

If you have any other requests, just ask! You never know, we may be able to accommodate!

Neck Wrap for Tight, Sore Muscles

I’ve recommended this delightful neck wrap to many clients and today I looked it up online. I thought I would share it. I think *anyone* would benefit from this awesome wrap. You throw it in the microwave for a short bit (I usually do 2 min, but play around with it) and it stays warm for quite awhile. It’s better than other wraps because it actually drapes down in the back to give warmth to the tight rhomboids most everyone seems to have. Also, it has a removable cover so you can easily wash it. Good stuff for tight, sore necks. I use mine pretty regularly…

Here it is on Amazon.

wrap

Jessica’s New Adventure

As many of you already know, in the fall of 2013 Jessica started another new adventure. Wanting to learn more about health and wellness, she is attending school to become a registered nurse. Her long-term goal has been to evolve into a holistic practitioner helping clients in her office and patients in a medical setting  through healing touch and medical knowledge. While in school, she is attending classes in the mornings and seeing appointments in the later parts of the day. She also sees clients on Saturdays.

This week she got exciting news! She was accepted for an incredible learning opportunity at Duke over the summer (2014). The position is similar to an internship. While this is very exciting, it will present a scheduling challenge for her massage sessions. She will continue to see her established massage clients during that time, however because of limited availability, she will not be taking new clients.

During this time her appointment availability schedule will be more varied, since the shifts at the hospital will be rotating shifts. But, do not worry. If she isn’t able to arrange an appointment for a client, Theresa or Faith will be able to fill in during this busy time.

Best wishes to her for this exciting opportunity!

Happy Anniversary to Endless Summer!

April marks 4 years for Endless Summer Massage. It began with a small treatment room in our home, then quickly moved into the Couch building on historic 9th street in Durham. Then after about 1 1/2 years, we moved to our present location – the serene office building on Iredell, just a block away from 9th street and around the corner from Whole Foods.

It has been wonderful to help the practice grow and to meet so many wonderful people along the way. Thank you to all of our wonderful clients; you guys are what makes it so great!

How do you use a Theracane?

We regularly recommend the Theracane for home use as a tool to help clients work out some of the knots and tension that develop in our shoulders, neck and upper back. It’s a great tool, since it’s hard to reach those places on yourself! Plus it uses mostly leverage instead of strength.

I was recently searching for a how-to video for a client and I found a pretty good one that covers common areas that cause people trouble. But, if you want to learn more just do a web search for how to use theracane, or you can be specific and type in what is bothering you. It can be used on a lot of different muscle groups and I’ve found it to be very effective in warding off tension headaches as well.

If you decide you’d like to get one, they can be found on Amazon, or locally they are carried by the Healthy Back Store (if you mention Endless Summer Massage you get a discount – it doesn’t benefit us in anyway, only our clients.)

Here is a pretty good video with tips for how you can use your Theracane.

Foam rolling and Back Pain

I periodically get the question about using a foam roller for back muscles. The foam roller works incredibly well for a lot of different muscle groups, but the back can be a challenge. In researching something for a client, I ran across this website with some really helpful information on how to do it. 

Remember with foam rolling, or actually with any self-massage tool, it usually takes some practice to get it right. Learning how to position yourself, how to use the right amount of pressure, etc. may be challenging in the beginning. But, stick with it. The more you care for yourself between sessions, the better you will feel!

Cold and Flu season

Every year, about this time, we get calls from clients asking if massage would be good or bad if they are coming down with or recovering from a cold or a flu. The quick answer is to avoid massage if you are coming down with something or if you are actively sick. If you are recovering (a week or more past initial symptoms) massage might help to clear the last of the symptoms. Jessica wrote a short article in 2011 about the subject, which you can read here.

Healthy wishes for the new year!