Hydration: What is in the Cup of Water by Your Bed?

Kids drinking spring water.
These kids are getting to enjoy one of the great gifts of life. Water, fresh from the ground.

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Improving Hydration

For those of you how keep up with my Facebook Page, you will have already seen the Live Video : 1 Easy Tip to Improve Hydration! (If not, I’ve added it below). This is the simple tip of keeping a glass of water by your bed at night and then first thing in the morning, drinking it. An easy action helps avoid many discomforts in the body relating into mild dehydration: headaches, muscle spasms, sluggish bowels, and so on. All you have to do is keep a glass of water by the bed and then drink it before getting up.

Not All Water is Created Equal

But exactly what is it in that glass of water beside your bed?

We are very blessed in Danville and Kentucky in general, to have so much water available at the turn of a tap. Yet most of us know now that there are many chemicals, pharmaceuticals, impurities, and toxins that come through the tap. Have you ever noticed the subtle odor of bleach when you turn on the water?

Spring water from old faucet
Spring water gently running forth from the faucet.

Would you ever just add a few drops of bleach to a pitcher of water and drink it? I know I wouldn’t. Yet it comes through our tap like that.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is distilled and reverse-osmosis water. Fancy words, right? These are about as pure a water that you can get—pure H2O.

This is great right?…Wrong.

It’s not that simple. We actually need to have trace minerals in our water so that our body can absorb the H2O. In fact, drinking pure H20 can strip our body of minerals and actually mildly dehydrate us.

Does it seem like this “glass of water by the bedside” thing is getting a little complicated? Worry-not, the solution is simple.

What to do About all This?

In the ideal world we would all have access to a pristine spring which we could harvest cool water from, for immediate drinking. How good this would be for our bodies! However, that dream is for the few, nowadays.

For most of us, we have to discover a different option. I’m going to give you two options that I have found to be practical and acceptable in the pursuit of hydration:

Filter your tap water!

There are many different filters to use from a Brita to a Berkey. It makes sense to me that no matter which one you use, no matter what your price range is, you are instantly improving your tap water. And the filters (unless they are reverse-osmosis) will not strip the water of trace minerals, so you will be sufficiently hydrated by the water. This is a practical solution, and the one that I personally use at home.

Add minerals to your distilled or reverse-osmosis water!

Years back I was chatting with an elderly man who was still going strong. He confessed is secret to me was water. He distilled his own tap water with a water distiller, and then added liquid trace minerals to the water. He swore by it. 

 There are various ways to approach this—the elder was obviously a purist—but you can also buy a gallon of distilled water from the grocery store and add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to the water, then shake it up. Why Pink Himalayan Sea Salt? If you research the product, it has the broadest array of trace minerals (an essential component in hydration)

What’s the Next Step?

Make a choice! It’s gonna depend on how you want to approach it, your finances, and how serious you want to be about hydration…remember, any choice you make will be good for you (it’s not about being perfect). Decide if you would like to filter your tap water, or use distilled water with minerals added. Decide what filter you are going to use or if you are going to distill your own water. And if you use distilled, decide if you are going to add the Himalayan Sea Salt, or use a liquid trace mineral.

Pump faucet for well water.
Deepwell brings up good water.

I Cannot Emphasize this Enough!

Not matter what choices you make from the options I have given, you will be making a good choice. Sometimes we can get hung up on figuring out what is right. Just make the choice that works best for you and know that it will be leading you to a better place.

October 2018 Revision

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How Does Massage Benefit You?

Woman Feels the Sun
Relax into your massage like relaxing into the warmth of the sun.

First off, exactly what is massage?

Webster defines massage as “manipulation of tissues with the hand for relaxation or therapeutic purposes.” This is a good general definition, and looking at it closely will help us to understand massage more clearly.

When thinking of massage and the word “tissues”, most people think of the muscles. And yes, muscles are a very important part of massage, but there are other tissues in our bodies that can be therapeutically treated to improve our sense of well-being.

Fascia is a hugely important tissue in the body; in my opinion and experience, more pivotal when relieving pain than even the muscles. Yet, it’s still not widely known by people. To learn more, read my blog: Fascia: Stretch It! Dance It! Massage It!

What about the nerves? This too is a tissue in our body that can be influenced by massage. Nerve impingement and aggravation can occur when the muscles and fascia tighten near the nerves. This can very easily create chronic issues in the body.

Water Flowing Over Rock
Let the healing water of your massage therapy session wash away the stress and pain.

There are also the fluids of the body: the blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid, which baths the central nervous system.

Can massage benefit all of these tissues? Absolutely!

How does massage benefit all these different tissues?

The word “massage” often brings to mind a candle-lit room in a spa with essential oils, relaxing music, and a gentle Swedish-style massage. This is certainly massage, but the world of massage goes far beyond just the spa experience.

There are many approaches to working with the tissues of the body. A licensed massage therapist can be trained in one or many of these modalities. Here are just some of these modalities: Deep Tissue Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Energy Work, Lymphatic Drainage, TriggerPoint Massage, Reflexology, and the list goes on.

Massage is not simply rubbing the muscles. It’s much more than that. Depending on the training of the therapist, massage sessions can be as different as the people receiving them. There can be the massaging of muscles with oil; there can be sustained holds to help the fascia release; there can be very gentle holds that help the body to heal itself.

How can these different types of massage benefit you?

Pain in Elbow
When you feel pain in the muscles, it’s your body asking to you schedule a massage appointment.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these modalities and how they can benefit you. I’m going to primarily focus on the modalities in which I am trained. I chose to develop this tool set because I have a goal at Listening Hand Therapeutic Massage to help people live as pain free as possible. I’ve found that this “tool set” (this combination of modalities) has consistently helped people with relief from and management of chronic pain, greatly improving their sense of well-being.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage helps the muscles to relax and the fluid (particularly the blood and lymph) to move through the body more freely. This nourishes and improves the overall functioning of the body. It also increases flexibility, decreases cortisol (which means you will feel a decrease in stress) and increases serotonin (which means you will feel relaxed and happy).

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is often thought of as the same as deep- or heavy-pressure massage. But it is not. It can involve a heavy pressure, however, a truer description of deep tissue massage is that it works through the layers of tension in the tissue to get to the deepest tissue. This can often be done with a very soft touch. It often includes working with the fascia and the muscles.

This therapy is great for relieving chronic pain, optimizing the body for people who want to improve their sense of well-being. And because the body feels better, it lends itself to improving the way we think and feel about life.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a type of massage that is very different than what is commonly thought of as massage. Instead of focusing on the massaging the muscles tissue, if focuses on relieving the tissue around the central nervous system. It does this by releasing restrictions in the fascia through a very soft touch and gentle tractioning.

Because it relieves tension around the central nervous system, it can have one of the profoundest healing effects on the body. It can quickly correct chronic issues that other modalities can’t address. It goes to the root of the problem.

To learn more about CranioSacral Therapy, read my two blogs: What Is CranioSacral Therapy? and What Everyone Should Know About Pain Relief and CranioSacral Therapy.

Man by beautiful mountain lake
Like the relief and peace that comes from the grand views of nature, a massage therapy can quickly change the way you view your life.

How do I know which one is for me?

Great question! I’m glad you asked ;).

A well trained and experienced massage therapist will be able to guide you to the modality that will best serve you. If the therapist is not trained in a particular type of massage, they should know a therapist that is and can refer you to where you will get the best help.

My hope as always is that this information empowers you to make choices to feel better in your body!


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Things To Make You Feel Better!

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Welcome!

As a massage therapist, I care about the whole health of my clients. I care how they feel during the massage as well as how they experience daily life when they leave the massage table.

The body, mind, and emotions are all related—there is no separation. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients feel their best, and this includes considering how the body, mind, and emotions are connected. Care in all areas can contribute to overall well being.

First of All, Why Do We Feel Pain?

Pain in knee
When your body speaks to you through pain, it’s asking for a massage.

Putting it simply, there are many contributing factors to making us feel pain in our bodies. Most of us know the common reasons for pain:

  • injuries from accidents
  • injuries from overuse (like a torn muscle)
  • soreness from intense exercise (or a new exercise routine)
  • stress tension from worrying

However, Have You Ever Considered:

  • your body can feel pain from inactivity, like sitting at the computer all day?
  • rolling your ankle could eventually lead to chronic headaches?

    Stretching at Dawn
    Feeling better is never too far away.
  • injuries you experienced as a child can still effect you today?

Even though an injury or overuse always contribute to pain, there is more to it than simply that.

What Can You Do To Make Things Better?

Most of us know many ways to improve our health and there is always more to learn. Think of the things that you already know that can help your body feel better:

Woman enjoying nature.
When massage takes away the pain, you can get back to enjoying life again.

 

  • massage
  • yoga
  • rest and relaxation
  • healthy eating

But, do you know that breathing full breaths can help your body feel better? What about the way you are thinking: Do you know positive thinking can decrease stress and improve your overall well-being?

There is a wealth of knowledge to learn that can make your experience in life better and a variety of self-care techniques to suit your personality and schedule.

There Is Always More To Learn

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The healing touch makes all the difference

Since early 2000 I have been on a journey to learn about healing and whole health. I’ve tried many things that don’t work and found many more that do work to improve my over-all well-being.

In the Listening Hand Blog series, each one will offer information and suggestions that empower you to improve your health and well-being! I educate about massage as powerful healing tool. I also share techniques you can use at home to heal yourself and keep healthy.

So I invite you to look around my blog, which is available through my website. Begin or continue your journey of learning through this resource. Read on and return many times!


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Massage in Danville, KY!

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Massage in Danville, KY! Welcome to Listening Hand! 

Welcome to my new website! I’m excited to connect with you and share about Listening Hand, massage in Danville, KY. Take some time to watch this YouTube video set in the beautiful North Rolling Fork, just outside of Danville, KY. It is an introduction to me, Clive Robinson, and my massage practice, Listening Hand. I have over a decade of experience working consistently to help people relieve and in most cases be free of pain. I know I can help you too!

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