How heavy has your head become?

As a massage therapist, one of the most common dysfunctions I see walk through my door is pain/tension in the upper back and/or neck. There can be many causes ranging from sitting for work 40 +/- hrs/wk, looking down at your cell phone consistently throughout the day, propping your head up while watching tv/reading and more severe cases due to motor vehicle accidents, whiplash and sporting injuries. The symptoms can also range from tension/pain that always comes back, headaches, jaw tension/TMJ, dizziness, tinnitus(ringing in the ears), difficulty swallowing, feeling like your head weighs 100 lbs and you just can’t hold it up.

All these symptoms are warning signs from your body that something is just not right and you have created a dysfunction. Pain and tension are only present because there is a dysfunction within your system. Recognizing these warning signs and getting proper assessment/treatment can reverse the dysfunction and spending as little as 5 minutes a day of doing specific home care can help you maintain a healthy pain-free life.

Book in with our NKT practitioner Nissa Cochran to have your dysfunction assessed, treated and then be supplied with home care specific to your case.

Medical Massage Team as a volunteer at The Commonwealth Games

Medical Massage Team as a volunteer at The Commonwealth Games
From the first shift until the last shift 15 days later I can honestly say it was a pleasure working in the Medical Massage Team for the Elite Athletes of the Commonwealth Games

 

We even got to meet Borobi a number of times.

Some of the Countries and Athletes that stand out in my memory like Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, Trinidad, Uganda, Rwanda , Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and many many more.

 

 

They stand out in my mind for lots of reasons but for mostly their warm and friendly approach to us and also how they thanked us each and every time we helped them. It really does make the long hours and effort all worth it.

 

If you have never Volunteered before I can really recommend it and it may not be for a big event like the Commonwealth however I am sure you will gain as much as I did.

I came away feeling much richer in life from mixing with like-minded professionals to mixing with the elite athletes to making new friends. I learned so much about my self in this process too which is just awesome, I learned that I am a good leader and that I have abilities that I had forgotten about. I can honestly say It’s one of the best things I have done of late and would recommend volunteering, maybe you could volunteer at a local hospice hospital , or old peoples home and give massage to those that need it. I know for sure I am now thinking of ways we can volunteer in our own community to help others that maybe don’t have the money for massage.

Massage is so beneficial not just for athletes but for all, it helps with stress, inflammation, anxiety and pain, so what better way to help others than to give them a gift of our time and our massage knowledge. Join me on a pledge to find ways to help others with massage!

 

Introduction To Acupressure for your own Wellbeing

Acupressure for your own wellbeing ans Self care.

Self-help tips for using Acupressure whilst at work or at home and using an acupressure mat for self-care and pain relief: Acupressure Mat 

Aloha, my name is Jen and I’m from Nalu Massage Training Academy here in Queensland, Australia. And today I’d like to share with you then benefits of Acupressure. I’m a trained massage therapist, have been for over 22 years, and massage educator. So, I’ve been teaching people the wonderful art of massage, including sports massage with elite athletes and also Hawaiian, lava shells, reflexology, Indian head, many different styles of massage. Acupressure is something that we include in the form of sports or remedial or therapeutic style massage.

Jen Barnett: And it’s also a treatment that you can do yourself at home, it’s so easy and so effective. We have some great results and acupressure continually surprises me with the results sometimes. So just to give you an idea, a simple, simple thing that you can do, which is a form of acupressure, if you’re having a headache and you really feel like you’ve got headache all in the front temples, a simple straightforward acupressure point that you can do as long as you’ve got your fingers and a thumb.

Jen Barnett: Put them together, place them on the nose, you’ll find the little area where the finger and thumb sit and push your finger and thumb in, slide it slightly up towards the bone in the forehead here and then just squeeze, hold it there six to eight seconds. So we’ll give it a go together, so hands together and push up, squeeze and hold it there for six to eight seconds and release.

Jen Barnett: Then you’re going to repeat that three times and each time just going a little bit deeper. So meaning, squeezing slightly more and raising the fingers slightly. So again, we’ll do it together. Thumb and finger together, find the little area, you’ll know when you’re on it because you’ll feel the tension, the pain. Raise the hand slightly and squeeze. Hold it there for 12 to 14 seconds for the second and the third time.

Jen Barnett: Afterwards, you will instantly feel a release. You’ll feel instant release here over the eyebrows, sometimes you feel release here in the temples as well. But it stops us from frowning, I’ve got a great frown line here from sitting in front of a computer and from bright lights here in Australia, from the sunshine. If you don’t want your lines on your forehead to get worse then this is a really good one to do, because it just releases that tension.

Jen Barnett: The reason we frown is usually that there’s pain or we’re trying to adjust the eyes so that we can actually see. By doing that we’re opening the eyes more. If my eyes go a little bit foggy, I tend to do that and it releases it. So give it a go and, yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what benefits you get from it and how it works for you. Now, I always say with any form of treatment, any form of massage, and I’ve said this to my clients for years and years and years, we don’t have a magic wand. If we had it’d be wonderful, there’d be no such thing as needing doctors, nurses, hospitals, whatever.

Jen Barnett: But what we do have … We don’t have a magic wand, but realistically, in massage, the hands I would say are pretty much magic. The amount of release and relief you can receive from a good massage … Even if it’s not a fully qualified therapist, even if you’re just releasing tension from your own body with a simple technique like that on the forehead … I’ll show you lots more on other days as well. But basically, if you can release tension by the art of touch, which I believe is what the world needs and it’s amazing what we do release when we have touched in our lives.

Jen Barnett: Now, I know not everybody is in a position to be able to afford to go for a massage or in a position where they might have a partner or a friend or a member of family that would like to massage them, so in those cases, it’s really important that we start to do self-care, and that’s really where my passion is right now. I’ve spent over 20 years massaging people on a daily basis, between seven to eight people a day, and I love it and I still want to do that, but my time now is spent more teaching other therapists so that they can help other people as well and also teaching individuals how to take control of their own life so they’re not living a life in pain.

Jen Barnett: Whether that’s physical or mental pain, generally, with the art of touch and massage, then we can generally release some form of pain. Now, if you’d like to receive my free ebook, which gives you a little bit more information about what acupressure really is, and acupressure is probably the easiest style of massage that you do to yourself, it’s very difficult to massage your own back, rub oil on your own back and massage it, but we have some great techniques and great products that really do help you.

Jen Barnett: Our own Nalu Massage Acupressure mat  has been specifically designed to help treat people that suffer from stress, anxiety, trauma, and pain. And that includes chronic pain, things like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. We’ve had some brilliant results, and even in my own family, I’m seeing big differences. And so, yes, if you’d like to find out a little bit more about acupressure then download our ebook, You can find the Free Ebook on our Blog, hover over the blog site on our website and there will be a link that you can download the ebook.

Jen Barnett: It gives you a few diagrams but it tells you a little bit more about what acupressure is, where it’s from. It’s an ancient technique, it’s been around for thousands of years, as reflexology has, and also massage has. These days we’re finally going back towards the old traditional methods of medicine, which I’m thrilled about. So yeah, download the ebook, if you do want to try more acupressure then tune in, I will be doing some more self-help techniques, but also it could even be worth trying the acupressure mat. Have a look at a few of the videos and just see what release you can get.

Jen Barnett: Okay, thank you for joining me today and I hope you start to see some benefits from using Acupressure and I look forward to seeing you all next time. Bye for now.

Hawaiian Chants and Prayers

When we are massaging and healing in Lomi Lomi we use Oli – Hawaiian chants or prayers.

We may be calling upon our spirit guides, angels and ancestors to share wisdom with us and to guide us on our healing journey.

Hawaiian prayers are powerful and I like to use them at the start of a Lomi Lomi (kahuna) massage and also sometimes during a massage and at the end of the Lomi Lomi.

There is no real right on wrong on this, it is entirely up to to the individual. In some cases I have given a full 90 minutes massage and done a silent prayer and no chanting and other times i felt the urge to chant out loud during the massage. I believe we are guided on this when we need it and its best to go with your flow.

It helps you connect, to relax and to guide you.

In ancient Hawaiian times prayers / Pule were used for many ceremonies and even today we use them to open the mind and allow spirit to help and guide us.

These are some of our  Hawaiian chants  or prayer we use in Nalu Massage Training.

E Ho Mai (1)

Aloha chant
Aloha chant

Ho oponopono prayer

Hawaiian Chants Mele: Music 

      Early Hawaiian music was in the form of chants. A chant is a type of song in which several words or syllables are sung in one tone. There were two basic chant forms, oli and mele hula. Oli were performed by a single person unaccompanied by any instruments. Oli were not composed for dancing. They were sacred prayers and genealogies of the spirits and aliʻi.

The other form was mele hula, or hula chant. Mele hula were poems and songs composed for dancing. They had definite rhythms to lead the dancer and were often accompanied by instruments.

Chants were composed for many reasons. Some were chants of birth, death, genealogy, love, naming, praise, prophecy or war. A chant composed for a particular person became the property of that person.

In our western ways of today many of the beliefs have some how got lost a long the way but i

Here is a  link to E H0 Mai, one of my favorites and thanks to Aunty Edith Kanaka’ole for having written this chant and also for Kumu John Keolamaka’ainana Lake for chanting it initially. 

Lomi Lomi Massage

Lomi Lomi Massage

We are asked many times what is Lomi Lomi Massage Lomi Lomi and I usually reply :

Hawaiian Lomi massage is like no other massage you will ever experience and once you have tried it there is usually no going back to other styles of massage.

It takes you on a heartfelt or sacred journey, it allows you to surrender yourself to your therapist as you have never before.

Every time I receive Lomi lomi I feel something different and really find it hard to fully explain, so my best advice is to try Lomi Lomi  for yourself and book in with a Lomi Lomi or Kahuna as its sometimes known, therapist.

We have many therapists that we have trained here at nalu massage in Australia and New Zealand. Please contact me for a recommendation.

You can also find  throughout the world many therapists have trained in this art of  bodywork and will give their own individual flow of  bodywork.

You won’t regret it and every therapist will give something different which is just amazing.

Sometimes this style of massage (Kahuna) can release deep-rooted emotions so we create a safe and nurturing space so you can allow yourself to surrender and heal. Many times people have laughed and cried during Lomi Lomi a session, this is ok and is quite common, It is nothing to be afraid of and will give you long lasting healing.

It is truly magical and I love to give, receive and also teach Lomi Lomi Massage.

When teaching Lomi Lomi I learn something new every-time from my students, we are all different and learn in different ways, with this in mind, my teachings are all hands-on so you experience receiving and giving Lomi lomi massage.

We create a safe and nurturing space so you can learn at your own speed with lots of one on one teaching.

By introducing Hot Lava Shells to your Lomi lomi Massage it starts to massage down to your soul, the extra added heat sends your body and mind to a deep relaxation state that you only tend to experience during a me-dative (deep meditation) state.

This is one of the best massages a body can experience and I guarantee your body and mind will thank you for it for a good while. The extra heat makes you massage benefits last even longer than Lomi Lomi without heat.

We have done a test with a couple of clients that have MS and have regular massage. The results were truly amazing and our client now has the hot Lomi lomi massage bi-weekly, it has reduced pain and discomfort like nothing else.

I am truly thankful to all my  Kumu (massage teachers) over the years for showing and sharing their love of Lomi lomi.

Aloha to my Lomi Lomi Ohana

 Lomi Lomi Ancient Hawaiian Art of Massage practised over hundreds of years by master practitioners (kahuna) and elders (Kupuna).

These Hawaiians were bearers of the light of knowledge that surrounded this spiritual work and they passed down the sacred gift from generation to generation.

We awaken a very deep level of spirit, which penetrates an ancient realm of wisdom and truly inspires healing from a core level

 Its a flowing dance like movement where we create a space for our clients to experience their healing.

To totally understand Hawaiian Massage its good to understand the meaning of Huna.

Huna means that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love.

Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is “Loving Hands” massage.

The reason for this, is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be

Joining with The Amazing Krishna Village for Lomi Lomi Training in 2020

Lomi Lomi Training at the  Krishna Village Retreat

Lomi Lomi Massage Training

For 2020 we are so excited to be joining forces with the amazing Krishna Village  in Eungella, northern New South Wales.

Krishna Village and Learn Lomi Lomi Massage in retreat-style, heal and nurture yourself into a new career path or new life.

We will be taking you a level deeper with the added bonus of daily Yoga and meditations along with three organic meals a day.

The krishna Farm  has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and is well established to grow a variety of high-quality produce, free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They grow as much of our own food as they  can and otherwise buy locally wherever possible.

On our retreat we have three delicious vegetarian meals every day at the temple kitchen, with food served at the prasadam hall at the top of the hill on weekends.

Additionally, the village kitchen prepares a bountiful vegan lunch on all days except Saturday, when the volunteers take their day of rest, focusing on produce from the organic gardens and catering to gluten-free diets. This lunch is served in the village dining area.

All Krishna Village food whether served at the village or the temple, is prasadam – sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service.

Like in other cultures, they “offer our” food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy… Lomi Lomi Massage training

 

Lomi Lomi is an Ancient Hawaiian Art of Massage that has been practiced over hundreds of years by master practitioners (kahuna) and elders (Kupuna). These Hawaiians were bearers of the light of knowledge that surrounded this spiritual work, and they passed down the sacred gift from generation to generation. Lomi Lomi awakens a very deep level of spirit, which penetrates an ancient realm of wisdom and inspires healing from a core level.

Lomi Lomi is a flowing dance like movement where we create a space for our clients to experience their healing. To totally understand Lomi Lomi, it’s good to understand the meaning of ‘Huna’. Huna means everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi – the “Loving Hands” massage. Lomi Lomi works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be.

Lomi Lomi is like no other massage you have experienced with its long flowing moves, just like the rolling ocean waves. It takes you on a journey, discovering how to link the mind, body and soul in a deeply connecting way.

Acupressure Mat – Massage at Home?

Recommendation from Professional Massage Trainer – Nalu Acupressure

While suggesting personalized treatment plans for my clients, I also offer them some additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.In addition to techniques, I suggest using Nalu’s massage mat and acupressure mat that I sell online too. These mats are perfect partners to use anywhere for relaxing any stiffness or stress; at work, home, while traveling or on vacations, doing exercising or yoga.

Why Nalu Acupressures Mat?

These mats are custom-designed by a licensed massage therapist. It has been designed to assemble a product that relieves not only back, neck, shoulder, hip, sciatic pain but also fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, stress, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues. It induces a state of complete relaxation and even enjoyment while you meditate only for 20 minutes of your time on this mat.

The Nalu acupressure mat comes with a wall chart and e-book guide that teaches you to use the mat more effectively, comfortably, and quickly.

As this massage mat and acupressure mat is a time tested product it comes with the money-back guarantee in case you don’t feel satisfied with your acupressure mat pillow and spiky reflexology ball set.

Spiky Reflexology Ball with the Mat

Spiky reflexology ball with the mat is a freebie which is a great product to relieve foot and leg pain, plantar fasciitis, muscle tension in the hips flexors, Buttocks, hands, muscle pain, and spasm. It is a sort of full-body treatment in the form of reflexology through the feet or hands.

Wrapping Up

Take my words; this mat is certainly going to be of great help to you promoting stress relief after long days work schedule. It helps prepare your body and mind for a sound sleep.

This massage mat and acupressure mat will give you maximum benefits of massage therapy rendered by any specialist, at the comfort of your own home, and as many as times you like. No need to visit or arrange for expensive sessions with the chiropractor.