Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Massage for Tendinitis


Whether you play tennis or golf, or you spend most of your time filing papers, tendinitis can affect anyone. Tendons are the tissues at the end of muscles that connects muscle to bone. Known for its painful inflammation ('itis' refers to inflammation), scarring of tendons, swelling, and a feeling of weakness, tendinitis can inhibit proper muscle function.

Tendinitis is sometimes confused with or occurs with a condition called 'tendonosis,' a degenerative condition of the tendon, which also causes pain and dysfunction. The most common sites for both are the shoulder, arms, hip, hamstrings and the Achilles tendon. You may experience pain at the site of the injury or pain can be referred, or radiated, to areas distant from the injury.

Pain and Repetitive Actions
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI's) develop from repeated movements and are characterized by pain, stiffness and tissue scarring. They often involve tendons that cannot adapt to forces placed upon them. Unless you've suddenly whacked your tendon, pain and dysfunction usually occur gradually through repeated trauma to the tendon. A thorough assessment will help determine the cause of your specific problem.

Massage therapy for tendinitis 
Massage is very effective in treating both acute and chronic tendon conditions. As a massage therapist, I can draw from my extensive background in clinical anatomy, and years of hands-on assessment and treatment skills. Massage relaxes and lengthens muscle groups in the area of injury and dysfunction thereby helping to ensure that the joint areas above and below the injury site stay relaxed and mobile.

Cross-fiber friction
Cross-fiber friction can reduce pain, and help heal muscles and tendons of the forearm. In cross-fiber friction, pressure is applied crosswise to the affected tissues for 2-5 minutes. The sensation can be numbing and uncomfortable at first, however, any pain should subside within minutes, and your massage therapist should make it a point to work within pain tolerance levels.

Scarring of the tendons means that tissue fibers are laid down randomly, limiting movement. In this case, deep friction is applied across the length of the forearm at the site of the injury. Realigning the tissues with cross-fiber friction often requires a series of treatments and the goal here is to reduce and mobilize areas of scar-like tissue, reduce pain, improve the overall function of the tendon, and restore muscle length and strength.

The point is this: you don’t have to suffer pain from tendinitis. I would be happy to discuss your therapy options and develop a treatment plan made just for you. Call, comment, or book your treatment session with me online. I look forward to helping!

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Springtime for Life


Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite season is autumn. Something about its warm glow and harvest season just gets my energy up. Spring, however, would be my close second. After all, you can’t have a fall harvest without spring planning and planting.

And, while MY idea of spring gardening usually involves “telling” Alex (that's my 'other half' in case you didn't know) where to plant this year’s greenery; I've discovered spring to be a perfect metaphor for reviewing my life and instituting changes for the future. It provides a clean slate, perfect opportunity to set clear goals, and watch them grow into reality.

So, this spring I decided to copy the growth you see in nature. I want to see how it affects my own goals, perceptions and desires for self improvement. I’m not generally one to meditate. I always thought of it as an alien experience for me and I thought you might feel the same way.

So, I thought I would outline my process to help you get started in this ritualistic process.

1. First, find a notepad, a pencil, and a favorite place to sit quietly. It can be indoors or out. I like the big recliner I have in my home office. Then, take a few minutes to breathe fully and deeply. Keep your attention on your breathing and don’t fall asleep. ;-)

2. Then, in the quite of your mind, simply ask yourself: What is working in my life right now, and what is NOT working in my life? How can I clear out or let go of those things that prevent me from moving forward into this fresh season of growth and rebirth? Observe your thoughts and feelings for 3 or 4 minutes.

3. Write down three things you would like to let go of. Then, put this ‘Let Go’ list aside.

4. Now ask yourself: What do I desire in this new season? What seeds would I like to plant? Again see what answers come to you.

5. Write down three intentions for the coming year.

6. Take the Let Go list and symbolically burn it (or, literally burn it if you like). The point is this: Resolve to release yourself from the briers and thorns that have stuck in your side and prevented your growth. If you need help, resolve to get help from a friend, family member or wellness coach.

7. Most importantly, review your Intentions list. Make it a point to post it up somewhere you will see it each day as a reminder of the seeds you have sown inside yourself (I like to use my bathroom mirror, but others like the refrigerator). Then resolve to keep and care for these seeds of change until they come to fruition.

I know this seems all ‘touchy-feely’ to some of you, but it is really more of a simple tool for letting go of the thoughts that strangle your growth (like weeds) and eventually kill your spirit, and focusing on the direction of health and happiness.

If you rearrange your life so that you plant new creative ideas regularly throughout the year, you will be amazed by the increase in satisfaction you experience. You may even experience an even deeper connection to the flow of nature's seasons, too.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Your Connections Count


Monday sucked. I'd say that entire day just seemed to conspire against me for one reason or another and a ton of things I had planned on getting done didn't happen. Needless to say I was more than a little cranky by day’s end.

If there is one thing I hate is the feeling you get when you think you aren’t making any progress. That feeling compounds when you feel overwhelmed. I wasn’t happy and with a full plate for the week, I wasn’t in the mood for it. Good thing for me that I have a great family and the loving, supportive network of close friends, and readers and fans like you.

They say you gravitate toward those that share your views, interests and temperament. This is another reason I count myself blessed. Being a generally happy person, I have friends that freely share that trait.

And, while negativity usually breeds negativity, I take solace that the same can be true about inspiration and happiness. If you’re happy, there’s a good chance that your positive feelings will add to the happiness of other people — and vice versa. One person’s good mood can spread like the concentric circles that form when a rock hits the surface of still water.

For example, if I head home in a happy mood, I’m not just making my daughter and spouse happy. I’m potentially making their friends and connections happy, too. I’m not just making my life happy; I’m making life a happier experience for others.

So, when times get tough, I make it a point to reach out to my friends for help. It’s interesting to think that we are all connected to one another in a way that can get us through tough times, and pull us out of a cranky, blue funk.

But, what is happiness, anyway? It’s different for everyone, but for me - the qualities generally associated with happiness include a personal feeling of forward momentum and having a positive outlook about the future, enjoying life in the present moment, and the feeling that you’re valued by other people (particularly the people you value).

The bottom line message here: If you want a happier life, you’ve got to reach out and connect with positive people. I’m proud to say I have many of them.  To think that we’re connected to one another has caused me to take more responsibility for my own actions and to know when the emotional support of a friend is needed. That said; Ric, Robert, Debbie, Janet, and of course my loving family; Alex & Alexis – thank you for sharing your positive energies with me and helping make this week (if not my life) a better, happier one to live.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

How to Get a Day’s Worth of Fruits & Veggies


For most of us, it’s easy to get enough fruit in our diets. They are generally portable, snack-able and sweet – what’s not to love about that? Add bananas, berries, or dried fruit to breakfast cereal, slice a juicy melon for a cooling after dinner dessert, and crunch on an apple for a quick mid-day snack and you’ll probably meet the typical daily nutritional guidelines of 2 cups.

The REAL challenge is to get enough vegetables in a variety of colors into your day. That’s why I’ve listed some easy ways tips that I personally use to insure I add the recommended 2½ cups into my daily menus:


  • Start the day with ½ cup of vegetable juice (low-sodium of course).
  • Enjoy a spinach salad or other main dish salad for lunch.
  • Add vegetables instead of meat to pasta dishes, pizzas, soups, and stews.
  • Spoon salsa onto a baked sweet potato. (The spicy-sweet combo is delicious)
  • Keep bags of organic, pre-cut, pre-washed carrots, snap peas, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes on hand for quick snacking. They’re even better dipped in hummus!
  • Make a vegetable stir-fry with small amounts of chicken, lean beef, or fish.
  • And, the next time you whip up a refreshing fruit smoothie, be sure to blend some vegetables into the mix… You’ll never even notice they are there!

So, while challenging, you really can fit in all the benefits of fruits and vegetables into your diet. I've tried all of the suggestions listed above and actively look for new ways to fit more ‘plant food’ into my daily diet. Not only does this keep me trim & fit, but adds to my energy, focus and overall health.

Got any other suggestions on how you can increase your daily fruit and veggie intake? I would LOVE to hear them! Be sure to let me know by writing your comments below.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cravings Don't Mean You're Hungry


I’m sure I am not the only one to have ever taken their stress, anxiety, or depression out on a nice big bowl of ice cream or potato chips. Hey, when you hurt, you need comfort – right? Unfortunately, sometimes we forget why we have certain cravings and tend to go on auto-pilot when it comes to self-medicating with food.

There are two basic thoughts about why we ‘crave’ certain foods: One is that our body is lacking in specific nutrients, the other is that we have triggers that activate our cravings such as habit, or emotional events.

Whatever the cause, cravings are important to pay attention to and address.

So what can you do to stop stuffing down your feelings with food? Well, there is the usual “fight the feeling” theory that holds some merit. But, just fighting the urge can be tough. However, I discovered that the brain can misinterpret the body’s need for water as a craving for food. Weird, huh?

Try this, when you feel a craving, drink a full glass of water. Then “fight the feeling” and wait 15 minutes. Chances are, as it was with me, the craving will pass. If it doesn’t, then allow yourself to give into the craving without over-indulging.

Remember: Craving is NOT the same as hunger! 

If you haven’t had a meal in a few hours, your body is actually HUNGRY – So, eat! Strive to consistently eat healthy meals and snacks to avoid going more than four hours without eating. This will keep your blood sugar from dropping so low that you feel out of control.

So, to clarify; A craving occurs when you’ve eaten or are contentedly full, but still feel something is missing or that you need a bit of ‘something’ more. Ever crave something sweet or salty after a meal? It’s like that...

Using a food diary to keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and how you’re feeling (especially if you tend to binge on snacks and sweets), can really help. There are plenty of digital versions that you can find online or in the app store of your cell-phone or tablet computer. Using a log will help you identify what your body may be lacking in nutrient and thus address this need before you become a gorging eat-it-all-monster.

But probably the most significant thing to come away with from this post is this: sometimes cravings come from somewhere deeper. Sometimes the “something” that is lacking in your life is –connection. Try a visit with a good friend or family member. Reconnect with your pet, your church, yourself… Sometimes, when your body signals a food craving, what it needs is attention from you. Pay attention to your body. It survives on more than just food.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Massage Offers Headache Relief

Research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, the American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Child Neurology supports the notion that massage can reduce the frequency and intensity of stress and migraine headaches. This further supports the experience of many massage clients who report a decrease in both headaches and headache pain.

How It Works:
Massage relaxes tense muscles. When tension held in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. Blood flow improves and muscle spasms are often relieved.

Trigger points in the neck, head and shoulders can be another cause of pain which respond well to specific massage techniques.

These factors add up to relief of tension or migraine headaches.

Massage therapy often reduces the anxiety and worry that can accompany headaches, too. As overall stress eases and muscle tension that can trigger headaches lessens, headaches can be prevented as well as relieved.

Tips for Tension Headache Relief:
If you can't get in for a massage, the following moves can help relieve stress and pain.

  • Press the palms into the center of the forehead; using a comfortable pressure, stroke across the forehead outward.

  • Find the center line of your forehead with the first two fingers of each hand. Move the fingers about one inch horizontally to the sides of the center line. Press and release from the hairline downward.

  • Move your fingers one inch more away from the center line, and repeat the press and release movements. Keep inching away from the center line and vary using the fingers to press into points with making small circles.
  • Place your thumbs or index fingers at the center of your forehead, just above the eyebrows. "Draw" a line from the midline to the temples. Smooth the skin across the eyebrows, making small circles at temples.

  • Trace with your fingers from the temples down to the jaw. Make small circles into the jaw.

  • Move the fingers to the center of the forehead, and repeat the movements, again finishing at the jaw.

  • Place the fingers near the hairline and repeat the sequence.

If you'd like to know more, let me know. I can help to develop one or more techniques to help manage your "hot spots."

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Happiness and Aging


I've never been an extremely outgoing person. So, given my introverted personality, I tend to have a small and tight circle of friends. Imagine my surprise to learn that if you want to age well, having strong social relationships are equally important as having a positive outlook on life. The unfortunate thing for introverts like me is this: unless the circle of friends is replenished, their numbers reduce with time.

Sickness, physical distance or death will inevitably make an impact on your social circle. So, in addition to planning for financial security, I’ve learned we must invest in the behaviors that can add not just years to our life, but life to those years.

So I distilled three main points that I use as a ‘template’ to lead and live my life to those lofty, aged, senior goals. They are as follows:


  • Despite being ridiculed, I often try to imagine living 120 happy, healthy years. No, that's not a 'type-o.' I plan on living at least to the ripe old age of one-hundred-and-twenty! And, I try to plan ways I will enjoy those years. 
  • Every day I do my best to establish routines in my home and social life that will help me reach my goals. Like; I do something physical such as exercise, schedule calls and or face time with friends, and I watch what I eat. All important to helping stay fit.
  • And while some old dogs still refuse to learn new tricks, I try to find new activities that excite and fulfill me. I seek to make new friends, and avoid relying on a job or any single relationship to meet all of my emotional needs. There isn't a single person on the planet that can do that…


The way I see it, life is an asset. Use it wisely because whether you like it or not, you will need to pay the tab at the end. Even if you are a pessimist and pride yourself on growing into a miserly curmudgeon, you have to take some ‘joy’ in being such – Or, what’s the point? As for me, I’ll be grumpy when I need to, happy when I have cause and healthy because I choose to be. I hope you will do the same.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

5 Ways to Love Your Body

When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? You should, but if you don’t, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from negative body image.

The key to developing positive body image is learning to appreciate & accept who your are and what you've got. Love you. Love your body. And, treat it well, because -like it or not- your gonna be in it for life...

To help; Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself that don’t involve your appearance. Refer to it often.

Think about everything that you could accomplish with the time and energy you spend focused on your body and your appearance. Start doing some of those more productive, more enjoyable activities. If you are concerned about being overweight, set a healthy target for your Body Mass Index based on expert recommendations, and don’t expect to get to your target any faster than one pound per week.

Create a list of people you admire — people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Ask yourself whether you think appearance was important to their success/accomplishments.

Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.

Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people who remind you of your inner strength and beauty.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Source: National Eating Disorders Association, www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Look at the Here and Now


‘You've got to live in the present.’ Doesn't that phrase just sound a little pretentious or preachy? In fact, sometimes just hearing that phrase would get me downright pissed off. What does that phrase mean, anyway?!?! Of course I am living in the present; in the here now! Where the heck else would I be?

It just so happens that my ‘here & now’ is jam-crammed full of unresolved issues and the responsibilities of determining how my life is going to pay off the future promises that my bigmouth and ambitions committed me to in the past. My reaction when I hear that phrase is to say, “Don't tell me to live in the here and now when you haven't sat in my driver's seat. You haven't peered through my rear-view mirror, seen where I've come from, nor looked toward the long miles of road I have before me. I am absolutely in the here and now - you can't tell me otherwise.”

I now realize that I have stumbled upon my own understanding of the 'here and now.' Being in the driver’s seat of my own life is much like being in the driver seat of my own car. My here and now is the view from this seat. It is everything from the view from my windshield and the information that is on my dashboard to the music that is playing through my speakers. It is how comfortable I am sitting right where I am sitting: neither moving forward or backward.

I realize that while we all have a long road ahead of us, the future is still on the horizon. And though we all have a past filled with experiences, both good and bad, like looking through a rear-view mirror they slowly fade into the distance of time. The trouble begins when we only observe life from these two perspectives, the past or the future, because it is then that we forget to check in with our own personal dashboards. Do you have enough to fuel? Is your engine cooling properly? Are you traveling the appropriate speed?

To me, these are the indicators of the here and now: the present. If we never take time to address these indicators, we can rest assured that sooner or later, somewhere down the road we will have unexpected road bumps, detours or a complete breakdown. Thus making life less of a fantastic journey and more of a drudgery.

That said, today I'm going to focus on my here and now. I'm going to temporarily forget about the road that lies before me (in all it's twists and turns) as well as the miles of heartache and/or happiness that I've traveled in the past. It's time to check my gauges. Maybe I'll stop off at a diner to refuel, or maybe I will just find a pretty spot, park in the shade, turn up the radio and just enjoy the view. I'll get back on the highway of life tomorrow.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Massage Erases Pain


Your body aches and you can’t wait to get to your next massage appointment to help alleviate the pain. You absolutely know how much better you will feel after getting your massage. massage helps manage pain. But, have you ever wondered how it works? Well, there’s much more to it, but I’ve managed to condense it into small easy to understand bullet points

  • Massage stimulates the release of natural pain-relievers such as endorphins. 
  • Massage stretches tight muscles and sends messages to the nervous system to relax. 
  • Massage not only increases circulation, but flushes irritating waste products and floods tight muscles with healing oxygen and nutrients. Combined with stress relief, improved circulation may be enough in itself to help you relax and allow the pain to recede as you let go.
  • Massage releases trigger points. These are highly irritable spots that feel like lumps or knots, which send uncomfortable sensations to other parts of the body. 
  • Massage softens contracted muscles and their connective tissue coverings, called fascia. As a result, tension and spasms are often relieved. 
  • I tend to vary my application of massage to suit the needs of my client. Using certain massage techniques help heal recent injuries and minimize the discomforts of old, poorly-healed ones. Massage does this by: (1) relaxing tension in areas surrounding an injury, (2) reducing the painful buildup of fluids in swelling, and (3) helping to improve the condition of the tissues so that they are both stronger and more pliable.Massage helps you regain energy and restore normal movement. Feeling good will make you want to exercise, regaining your most important means for maintaining good circulation. 
  • Massage can improve your sleep, helps your body heal and rejuvenates you for the next day's challenges. 
  • Massage helps you perceive and "listen" to your pain, which is, after all, a vital signal from our nervous system that we sit up and pay attention. 
  • Sometimes the perception of pain is changed when receiving the skilled and focused touch of massage. Without even trying, you may find you allow the new, pleasurable input of massage to take precedence over the painful sensations, at least temporarily.

Follow-up massage in times of stress can also help keep old pain from flaring up. So if you haven’t seen me in a while - Remember to schedule that next massage!

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program.