ADHD: Why Massage Works

adhdlogoAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 3-5 percent of children and it’s known that symptoms carry on to adulthood affecting about 4% of adults.  ADHD affects males at higher rate than females in childhood, but this ratio seems to even out by adulthood. While medication is often used to treat the condition, research suggests that periodic massage can have some profoundly positive results with dealing with the symptoms and helping sufferers clear their head, calm themselves, and focus.

ADHD condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.  Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioral, emotional, social, vocational, and academic problems.

Besides well documented symptoms like hyperactivity, other symptoms may include stubbornness, having a “short fuse” when it comes to temper, defiance, and a strong tolerance for very loud music or other noise. ADHD sufferers may also seek physical stimulation, including touch. It’s not uncommon to see a strong liking for very hot or very cold showers, back rubs, and activities that stimulate any of the senses, such as video games, sports and most any kind of exercise.  It’s that touch-seeking behavior, and lack of focus demonstrated by some with ADHD that drove researchers to see if massage could help. Continue reading “ADHD: Why Massage Works”

The Power of a Positive Attitude

somepeopleWhat if you could change one thing about yourself that was proven, time and time again, to have a significant positive impact on your business success, that helped build healthier and long lasting relationships, that improved the quality of your social life, and that had a measurable effect on your health and wellness–and it was FREE–would you do it? Introducing the solution everybody’s capable of, a positive attitude.

Having a positive attitude isn’t about being overly optimistic or super-happy all the time, it’s more about perspective.  It’s looking at the things, people, feelings, and environment in your life and changing the way you think about those things.  It means changing your focus from “I wish” to “I can”.  It’s addressing negativity, defeatism, and hopelessness with a perspective that redirects your thoughts toward solutions and positive change.

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Teens Are More Stressed Than You Think

 

Being a teen doesn’t prevent someone from experiencing stress. Teens need guidance to help reduce stress and massage can help.

It’s a fast-paced world.  Teens are surrounded by an always-connected, competitive, socially charged whirlwind of challenges. Teens are anxious about a lot of things in their lives and, like adults, they need an outlet for stress. On top of that, they are growing, which means aches and pains and lots of hormonal craziness. If we don’t suggest some options to reduce these stressors, teens will likely experiment for themselves, sometimes with unexpected and undesirable consequences. 

In a recent study by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, teens cited school, homework, and academic pressures as the #1 causes of stress. Parents/family, social life and relationships, and keeping up with deadlines/managing time and participation in team sports came in next.  Continue reading “Teens Are More Stressed Than You Think”