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The Michigan winter has us all spending a lot of time indoors, sitting around. And that’s not necessarily relaxing for our bodies.
Leah Kasle, owner of Live Well Massage and Fitness, has practiced massage therapy for more than 13 years and worked at U-M’s spine program before opening her own establishment. She’s seen firsthand how sitting at a desk all day can be bad for your health. In fact, she referenced a study which shows that coal miners and desk workers share many of the same ailments.
“My clientele consists of athletes and runners who are struggling with spinal, knee and rotator cuff injuries,” she said. “However, the biggest culprits for these injuries are your desk and chair.”
If you’re noticing pain in your back, knees or/and shoulders, she recommends seeing a massage therapist. “Bones can’t shift without shifting muscles,” she says. “Unfortunately, sometimes the muscles will pull bones back.”
If massage therapy doesn’t ease the pain, she recommends physical therapy: “This is my life’s calling. If I’m not able to help a client I send them to someone who is as dedicated as I am.”
Have you managed to stick with your New Year’s resolutions so far? Marjorie Farnsworth, a hypnotherapist and shamanic healing practitioner at Spirit Assist Hypnotherapy in Ann Arbor, might be able to help.
Lady T: Which New Year’s resolutions do people frequently seek assistance for?
Marjorie Farnsworth: Weight loss (most common), quitting smoking, stress management, self-esteem breakthroughs and becoming successful.
LT: Are any of those resolutions easier for a person to tackle alone?
MF: Some people can lose weight or quit smoking on their own. However, sometimes people retain a habit because it helps them to cope with a memory or overwhelming emotions. They may not even be aware that the habit or belief is a coping mechanism, because habits, beliefs and long-term memory are part of the subconscious mind. People may not be aware of this part of their mind — the part they go to when they dream or daydream. Others may be afraid to go there.
LT: How long after making New Year’s resolutions do people contact you for help?
MF: Usually they start coming in the second week of January.
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