Can Massage Help with Headaches? 😖

Can Massage Help with Headaches?

“This project is such a headache!”

They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, really? And can massage therapy really help?

Different types, different causes.

Headaches are pretty easily defined, and we all know one when we feel it: it’s a pain in the head. But not all headaches are created equal.


Tension headaches
are the most common type of headache, with pain occurring on both sides of the head without other symptoms. The pain can range from very mild to severe.

Migraine headaches are often pulsing, and can be accompanied by nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, and hallucinations. Some people experience migraines only rarely, while other people experience them on an almost daily basis.

Cluster headaches are less common, and are generally experienced as severe pain around one eye. “Cluster periods,” during which many headaches occur during a period of time, are interspersed with longer periods without any symptoms.

Secondary headaches are not conditions themselves, but are symptoms of other conditions. These conditions can be as everyday as a sinus infection or conjunctivitis (pink-eye), or more serious, like traumatic brain injury or meningitis. While the pain from secondary headaches can be managed, it’s important to focus on getting the appropriate medical treatment for the underlying condition.

Headaches and massage

The good: 
Tension headaches, the type of headaches people are most likely to experience, seem to respond well to massage therapy. Not only does massage seem to reduce pain in the moment, but regular massage therapy also appears to increase the amount of time between headaches for those who experience them on a chronic basis. This could be a result of helping to manage stress or underlying mechanical issues that can result in headaches, but there’s no solid science yet on precisely why massage helps, only that it does.

More good news! It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that folks who experience regular headaches are also more likely to experience high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies have found that massage can help with these issues not just in the general population, but also specifically in people who live with chronic headaches.

Some people with secondary headaches can also benefit from massage. People with fibromyalgia, for example, who often experience headaches as part of their condition, can experience both pain and stress relief with regular massage therapy. While massage during a flare-up of symptoms may need to be modified to be more gentle, some people find that it can provide relief both for headache as well as for pain throughout the body.

The bad: 
Massage therapy is wonderful and often helpful, but it’s not a cure for headaches. While some people just need a bit of rest or a drink of water (dehydration is a surprisingly common headache cause), other people continue to experience headaches all their lives. While people who experience headaches caused by stress or muscular tension can absolutely benefit from massage, migraines triggered by things like foods or hormonal changes probably won’t see an impact.

Headaches can be a real, well, headache. But there’s help.

Sometimes a little change of environment is all that’s needed. If you have a headache and have been hunched over a computer for hours, try a stretch. A quick walk outside or a brief nap can help with a headache caused by eye strain. If you haven’t eaten or drunk anything all day, do that. It’s easy to get caught up in the business of our lives and forget to take care of our own basic needs.

For those who can take them, over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin can be helpful in treating a headache. Sometimes caffeine is recommended as well. For stronger headaches, medications prescribed by a physician can be a lifesaver to many people, enabling them to function at work and with their families when they might otherwise have been left incapacitated.

And then there’s massage therapy, of course. It’s not a magical cure-all, but for many people, it really does help manage the pain and stress of headaches. Are you one of them? Schedule your next massage, and let’s find out together.

✨ZennaBliss Massage ✨

✨It is official! ✨our newest massage, #ZennaBliss, A cannabis infused #massage is now at ZenGate Healing Arts!

✨It is official! ✨ ZenGate Healing Arts in Elmhurst Illinois newest massage is… #ZennaBliss! A cannabis infused massage with a high amounts of CBD oil at 100mg per ounce. Four lovely aromas to choose from energizing, relieving, relaxing and stimulating. Developed with chronic pain in mind, penetrates deeply into the muscle while providing an extended relief time.
ZennaBliss is a cannabis infused massage with Nature’s Root Sore Muscle Body Oil CBD 100 is all natural and all organic with 100mg of CBD per one ounce bottles. Created with chronic pain and therapeutic work in mind. It has a tremendous glide to it and quickly absorbs into the skin.

ZennaBliss has four aromatherapy  blends to choose from:
Relieving camphor 
Relaxing chamomile & lavender
Stimulating  basil & eucalyptus
Energizing citrus

Our ZennaBliss Massage with Nature Root’s Sore Muscle Body Oil CBD 100 provides the necessary properties to relieve pain &  reduce inflammation. 
CBD is a non-psychoactive, inherent property of the hemp plant, recognized for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Used in our ZennaBliss Massage  for a deeper sense of relaxation, extended relief time and deeper muscle penetration. It works especially well for those individuals battling chronic pain, arthritis, nerve damage, and the sort.
Upon arrival, you will receive your own bottle of Nature’s Root Sore Muscle Body Oil (choice of 4 aromas) to take to your treatment room. What is not used during your session, will be our gift to you to take home.
Reserve your ZennaBliss Massage Now!

12 Days of Zen Day 9

12 Days of Zen Day 9

On the 9th day of ‘zenmas’ my Massage Therapist gave to me… 20 % OFF all in-stock Auriculotherapy Earseed Kits! Now until Christmas EVE purchase any in-stock earseed kit and receive 20% OFF! Mention 12 days of Zen for discount!

12 Days of Zen

We have zentastic daily deals & wellness tips coming  to you starting Monday December 4th – December 15th 2017! We have collaborated with local artisans at Judith B Salon, nV Skin & Brow Bar & MeganDownTheRabbitHole to offer wellness treats & tips that are perfect for giving and receiving!
Shop our 12 Days of Zen Sale Starting Monday December 4th 2017 at 10:00am!
Day 1 December 4th – Three 60-Minute Signature Massages For $199.99! SHOP NOW!
Day 2 – December 5th –  Purchase $100 in gift certificates and get a $25 gift certificate!
To purchase visit Judith B Salon 263 N. York St. Elmhurst IL or call (630) 359-3680
Day 3 – December 6th – FREE printable!!! A to Zen of Life! 
Day 4 – December 7th – 60-minute Zenergy Healing Reiki for $59.00! PURCHASE NOW!
Day 5 – December 8th – The Five Reiki Principles Printout- Our Gift to You!
Day 6 – December 9th – 20% off CBD Clinic Creams
Day 7 – December 10th – 1-hour Infant Massage Class for only $35 ($50 Value)
Day 8 – December 11th – Megandowntherabbithole Print Sale!
Day 9 – December 12th – ZenGate Earseed Kits 20% Off
Day 10 – December 13th – Purchase a 90-minute Prenatal massage for the price of a 60-minute session!
Day 11 – December 14th – Nv Skin & Brow Bar – Glow for the Holidays Facial 
Day 12 – December 15th – Coming Soon!

Offers may have restrictions and available for a limited time during its daily deal.  Discounts are not valid with any other coupons or offers. Discount does not apply to gift certificates (unless stated), shipping, or sales tax. ZenGate Healing Arts, Judith B Salon, nV Skin & Brow Bar & MeganDownTheRabbitHole reserve the exclusive right to cancel and/or change this promotion at any time. Available while supplies last. No rainchecks.

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

 

 

Small cheer and great welcome- Shakespeare

The holidays are kinda weird. For all the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ jingles, it’s also the toughest for many people. Some people over-commit to family, friends, volunteer tasks and find themselves over scheduled and unable to actually enjoy the season. Some of us dread the inevitable, obligatory socializing and the pressure of being ‘on’. Some of us are grieving.

So here are a few less-typical Holiday Survival Tips. Some of them are brilliant. Some of them are not. But maybe you’ll find a nugget in here.

Number 1: Ditch obligations
Just because you’ve always gone to Aunt Sue’s for Christmas Eve doesn’t mean you always have to. You can stop going.

Say, “I’m starting a new tradition this year, I’m really looking forward to cooking with my kids and having a quiet family night.” Then set up another time to visit Aunt Sue when you’ll actually be able to visit her, instead of just a hug between appetizers while stuffed into a small house with 30 loud relatives.

Number 2: Reframe obligations
When I hear people complain about all the ‘stuff’ they have to do, I usually say, “Dude. Stop doing it.” The typical reply is, “Oh, but I really like having 37 different types of cookies and seeing all my 3rd cousins!” Cool. I can respect that. But stop looking at (and speaking of) the tasks and events like chores.

This isn’t a martyr contest. Nobody gives a darn that Betty SUV Soccer Mom makes her bundt cake from scratch and you use a mix. Except Betty, and that’s her issue. Do stuff because you want to, because it brings you joy. And quit doing the stuff you don’t want to do.

Number 3: Stick with the people who warm your soul
Some of us are not close with our families. For many, many people, family relationships are rarely nourishing and often painful. We’ve built friendships that stand in for the sibling and parental relationships that will simply never be fulfilling.

So why feel obligated to spend a holiday with anyone other than those who bring us joy and unconditional love? Create a holiday plan with the people you most enjoy and cherish. or at the very least, an escape plan to unwind with the people who will let you vent after a stressful family interaction.

Number 4: Step back from the gift-giving (and receiving) or just change it dramatically
Do you really want another gift set of oven mitts or perfumey bath gel and body lotion? Do you really want to be giving that to someone else? Blech. Maybe it’s time to reexamine your gift-giving habits. Instead of exchanging gifts with your adult friends and family, can you decide to spend that money having a great dinner together in January?

If you feel really attached to giving a tangible object, can you simplify the process? Find one universal gft, and give it to all your people. A jar of local honey from you favorite apiary, a holiday ornament purchased from a local charity.

Number 5: Rethink your assumptions
Just because you’ve always done the holidays a certain way, doesn’t mean you have to keep doing that. It’s all a choice. Sometimes you don’t even need to change the pattern, just recognizing that it’s a choice is enough.

What changes have you made to improve your holiday season? Help a sister out and share in the comments!

Wishing you a happy, merry, joyous whatever-you-celebrate. I hope you get exactly the holiday you want (and deserve).

 

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Massage

 

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Did you know only 32% of adult Americans got a massage in the past 5 years? And only even fewer get massage regularly. So it’s not surprising that most people don’t know much about massage.

Here are some fun facts to build your knowledge:

  1. Massage can help you sleep better. (Even if you don’t nap during the actual massage.)

2. When your back hurts, that might not be the only area that needs massage. Sometimes back pain comes from the hip, legs or even the abdomen.

3. Likewise, sometimes hand and arm pain is caused by dysfunction in the neck and shoulder. The body is so crazy and weird and neat-o!

4. You can stop a massage session at any time. You never lose control of your body. At any time during a massage you can say “no”, “stop”, or even “can you just work on my neck for the rest of the time and skip everything else?” If you are uncomfortable or feel like the therapist isn’t hearing your feedback, or if you just feel like the table is too hard and you have to pee and gosh, this is awful. You can end it. Seriously.

5. Massage can help your mood. It’s been shown to be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression.  

6. Even small therapists can provide dEEEp pressure. It’s not about size, it’s about the techniques we use!

7. Biggest Myth: Massage doesn’t ‘detoxify’ your body. That whole thing is a silly myth. It was taught in many schools and you may have heard me say it, back before I knew better. But we know now that it’s just not true.

8. Massage is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy (unless there are unusual health issues).  Some practitioners choose to not do it, but that’s a liability choice. Prenatal massage is our Speciality at ZenGate, its what we do and massage so many mama’s to help alleviate aches & pains associated with the 1st trimester such as heartaches, morning sickness & fatigue. 

9. Deep tissue massage, or any massage, doesn’t need to be painful to be effective. For reals. Run screaming from any practitioner who insists there needs to be pain in a treatment.

10. Scars are living tissue that can be transformed with massage and other manual therapies, no matter how old they are. And they can be affecting you in places farther away from the visible scar than you’d ever suspect.

11. It’s OK to focus on certain areas of discomfort and not always get a full body session. If you only want your arms massaged, that’s fine, too. Sometimes, just focusing in on a specific body area can be transformative in managing pain & tension.

12. Your massage therapist loves feedback. We like to know if you hate having your feet touched, and if you looove having your ears massaged. We like knowing your musical preference and if you prefer to start face down or face up.

13. We’re also cool if you just want to chill and let us use our judgement to design the treatment.

Just know that it is my honor to be your massage therapist & a part of your journey toward health & wellness. Do you have questions about massage? Contact me or ask at your next appointment and I would LOVE to answer them!

 

The Reboot for your Mind and Body

Let go and relax with Massage at ZenGate Healing Arts

Do you feel stretched in a hundred different directions?

Obligations, deadlines, appointments, meetings, work, housework, sports, everything. More often than not, it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week for all that needs to be done. We’re on constant high alert. We’re always moving.

All this chaos can be hard on your body and mind.

When this happens, we tend to be less mindful of our eating. Or chasing sleep like it’s a lively kitten. Or we get snippy with loved ones and coworkers.

The effects of this day to day stress are cumulative for most of us. Stiff joints get stiffer. Cranky shoulders get crankier, then one rogue golf swing or one heavy laundry basket makes it worse.

Massage is the mini-vacation you probably need.

Without the sand in your shoes and having to pull your computer out of your backpack.

Massage therapy is a reboot. It’s the control-alt-delete for your body and mind.

A massage resets your thoughts, slows your pulse, regulates your breathing, and recharges your mind.

Spend some time on my massage table, taking care of you. You can request an appointment right here,  or call me at 630-935-171 to make your appointment.

Annie Van Zeyl, LMT

Annie Van Zeyl is a Licensed Massage Therapist of ZenGate Healing Arts, who loves working with the most stressed out career professionals, moms with kids of all ages and individuals with medical conditions.  Annie uses an integrated approach of massage therapy, guided meditation, chakra balancing and energy work to help reduce stress, anxiety & muscle tension in her sessions for improving the overall well-being.

3 Easy Random Acts of Kindness

February 9 starts International Random Acts of Kindness Week. Their website is packed with great ideas on how to celebrate, and I especially love the approach of committing a random act of kindness for three different people:

  • Someone you don’t know
  • Someone you know
  • Yourself

Someone you don’t know

This is pretty simple and can quickly become a habit. (That’s a good thing!)

Smile. When you’re in a depressingly long line at the bank, watching a parent deal with their toddler’s public meltdown, or sitting next to another car in traffic. A kind grin goes a long way when you’re feeling a bit hopeless about the daily hassles in life.

Someone you know

Take a moment to think about who in your life may be a little touch-deficient. Maybe you know someone who is recently widowed, a single parent with older children, or a new empty-nester. Maybe even a young teenager in an especially introverted stage of awkwardness.

Make it a point to touch someone. It could be a warm hand shake, high-five, or great hug, whatever is appropriate for that person and situation. Touch is shown to make us happier and healthier, and it benefits both you and the receiver!

Yourself

People depend on you, so it’s important to take care of yourself. If you’ve only got a few minutes, steal away and flip through a great magazine. If you can set aside some more time, get a massage, go for a walk by yourself to recharge, or window shop at your favorite mall.

Kindness doesn’t have to cost you anything, and it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. All little goes a long way!

Massage and Arthritis

Massage can ease your arthritis symptoms.

Massage can ease your arthritis symptoms.

 According to The Arthritis Foundation, Massage can ease your arthritis symptoms. Recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms have shown regular use of this simple therapy led to improvement in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.

If you are suffering from arthritis pain or stiffness or know someone consider massage therapy a source for regular pain relief!


Annie Van Zeyl, LMT

Annie Van Zeyl is a Licensed Massage Therapist who loves working with the most stressed out career professionals, moms with kids of all ages and individuals with medical conditions.  Annie uses an integrated approach of massage therapy, guided meditation, chakra balancing and energy work to help reduce stress, anxiety & muscle tension in her sessions for improving the overall well-being. She is the owner of ZenGate Healing Arts and can be reached at annie@zengatehealingarts.com and zengatehealingarts.com.

Reduce Pregnancy Pain

ZenGatePreggo4 copyPrenatal Massage can help ZenMommas find relief from the pregnancy pains along with many other benefits that help create ease & joy while nurturing a child within.  Pregnancy Pain can be debilitating! From round ligament pain, sciatica, carpel tunnel, itchy skin, leg cramps and hormonal changes, no wonder pregnant women are looking for ways to relieve the aches & pains to fall in love with their pregnancy.  At ZenGate Healing Arts, Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is Elmhurst, IL Pre/Post-Natal & Infant Massage Specialist.  Offering a variety of services catering for all trimesters in pregnancy.

Annie is a 2005″ Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist” by Peg Johnson, RN from the formally known Wellness & Massage Training Institute, Woodridge, IL.  Undergoing an advanced certification level program in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Annie’s advanced prenatal education has helped improve the level of health of the expectant and postpartum woman for over 10 years. Whether it’s an opportunity to simply unplug and relax during this special time, or reduce pain and discomfort related to the changes your body is currently going through, a prenatal massage session with Annie is guaranteed to improve your overall health & wellness.

 Have more questions about massage therapy for pregnancy and postpartum? Call Annie @ (630) 935-0171 or send her an email. She is more than happy to answer any questions!