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Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • What Should Massage Therapists Learn About New Clients?

    Posted on September 27, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    massageThe most successful massage therapists practice good client management. That’s because maintaining great relationships can make clients happy and drive future success.

    When meeting a new client, it’s important to learn as much as you can to deliver a great first impression. Before a client ever gets on your massage table, you should make sure you understand their preferences, needs, and concerns so you can deliver the best massage possible.

    Here are eight things you should be learning about your new massage clients.

    1. Basic Contact and Health Information

    New clients can fill out a brief intake form upon their first visit. This form should collect basic client data such as contact information and emergency contacts. It can request basic medical history, current medications, and other information that would be helpful in the case of emergency. The form can also include questions that help guide the massage.

    The questions on the client intake form should be grouped in a logical way, and shouldn’t require long responses. More detailed questions can follow in a verbal conversation.

    1. Prior Massage Experience

    Once you’ve collected the intake form, you can take the time to introduce yourself and get to know your client. This is an ideal time to ask about your client’s prior massage experience. Massage newbies may need more in-depth explanation and guidance, while experienced clients may want to spend more time discussing their personal preferences and what they have liked or disliked about prior massages.

    1. Preferred Pressure

    Always ask your clients to choose from a selection of pre-defined pressure levels. Of course, pressure is subjective, and different clients will have varying expectations. At the very least, you’ll get a starting point to work from, with the understanding that you may need to adjust throughout the massage.

    1. Goals for the Massage

    Every massage needs a goal. Some massages provide general stress relief and relaxation, while others may focus on a particularly tight muscle group. Make sure to establish a goal ahead of time to better address your client’s needs.

    1. Areas of Focus

    Most people have at least one area of the body that will especially benefit from massage therapy. Make sure to ask about areas that need extra attention.

    1. Areas to Avoid

    Your clients may prefer you avoid certain areas, either because of injury, ticklishness, or because they simply aren’t comfortable with you touching that area. You should go through all the areas you will be massaging, and make sure to ask if there’s certain areas you should steer clear of.

    1. Special Preferences

    If your client is a massage veteran, they might have preferred techniques, products, music, or other requests. Even newbies can make educated decisions with some help. Make sure to offer options such as aromatherapy to your clients and be prepared to provide some guidance.

    Other preferences may include whether the client likes to start face up or face down, whether they prefer conversation or silence, and whether they prefer massage, oil, cream, or lotion.

    1. Their Questions and Concerns

    Once you’ve asked all your questions, you should give your new client the opportunity to ask their own. They may have concerns ranging from basic to advanced. Giving your client a moment to ask their own questions can help them feel more at ease.


    This post was posted in Education

  • Six Tips to Help Schoolchildren Improve a Poor Sleep Schedule

    Posted on September 21, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    sleepMost schoolchildren are now well into the new academic year, but some kids might still be experiencing difficulty adjusting to their school schedule. If your kids are still struggling to get enough sleep, their everyday lives can be negatively affected. After all, quality sleep is important for a kid’s academic performance, physical and psychological health, and overall happiness.

    Children age 7-12 need around ten hours of sleep each night, while teenagers require at least eight hours. If your kids aren’t meeting this benchmark, there are steps you can take to troubleshoot your kid’s sleep issues.

    Here are six tips to improve your kid’s sleeping schedule.

    1. Cut Back on Commitments

    When a child has too many commitments, those obligations can eat into the time needed to decompress, spend time with family, and wind down for bedtime. An overloaded schedule can also put a lot of stress on a child’s shoulders, which can affect sleep quality.

    With homework, sports, extracurricular activities, and chores, modern kids can easily get overwhelmed. If your child is frequently doing homework until bedtime or rarely has a spare moment to relax, it might be time to eliminate a few things from their calendar.

    1. Set a Schedule

    A consistent schedule can help your kid’s internal clock adjust to their school schedule. Determine how much sleep your child needs, and then enforce a strict bedtime and waking time. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends, will help your kid improve their sleep quality and establish a working routine.

    1. Develop a Relaxing Routine

    Children need time to wind down as they prepare for sleep. An hour before bedtime, you can have your child perform a relaxing and quiet activity – such as reading, taking a bath, or working on a puzzle – to help them quiet their minds and get ready for bed.

    1. Avoid Overstimulation From Technology

    If your kids have gadgets like phones, tablets, and computers, it can be tough to pry them away. But technology can affect a child’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. The light produced by screens restricts the production of melatonin, which regulates the sleep cycle. Gadgets also tend to keep the mind active and engaged. Late night notifications can disturb your child’s sleep.

    You can institute a “no-gadget” policy leading up to bedtime and keep gadgets with notifications away from your kid’s bedroom.

    1. Exercise

    Exercise helps children fall asleep faster, while sedentary children have trouble falling and staying asleep. If you want your kids to get a good night’s rest, make sure they get plenty of daily exercise.

    1. Keep it Quiet

    Once your kids are in bed, try to maintain a quiet home. A loud television, music, and other noises can cause your kids to wake up and think they’re missing out on fun. For the sake of their sleep, keep your noise levels down.
     

    Sources:

    https://modernparentsmessykids.com/quiet-time-activities-perfect-getting-kids-settle-bed/
    https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/beauty-aging/ultimate-guide-childrens-sleep/
    https://sleep.org/articles/design-perfect-bedtime-routine/
    http://sleep.org/articles/ways-technology-affects-sleep/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/5887603/Exercise-helps-children-fall-asleep-faster-study-indicates.html
    https://www.uab.edu/news/youcanuse/item/7579-overscheduling-activities-can-cause-burn-out-for-children-and-parents


    This post was posted in Education

  • Stuck at a Desk All Day? Here are 6 Ways to Maintain Your Health

    Posted on September 15, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    deskworkThe typical office worker spends long hours sitting at their workstation and staring at a screen. But long sedentary periods have been linked to a variety of health issues including heart disease, diabetes, decreased mobility and back problems. Office workers should be mindful of the potential hazards and take steps to reduce the risk of developing health problems.

    Here are six tips for fighting the adverse effects of a desk job.

    1. Practice Good Posture
    Office workers are frequently drawn toward their computer screens, hunching forward and craning their necks. This puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the neck and spine. Ideally, you should sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed, your arms close to your sides, and your feet flat on the floor.

    2. Take Breaks
    You can counter some of the negative health effects of a desk job simply by getting up and walking around a bit. Taking regular breaks allows you to get some exercise and loosen up. How you do that is up to you, but you could try walking to a colleague’s office to chat in lieu of an email and setting regular calendar reminders to get up for a short burst of activity.

    3. Make Time to Stretch
    Sitting for long periods of time can cause tightness in the hips, legs, neck, and shoulders. Over time, this can lead to decreased mobility, especially in the hips. If you take time to stretch your hip flexors, neck, back, and other affected areas, you’ll maintain better mobility and reduce discomfort. You can get started by signing up for yoga classes or looking up a few stretches to perform at home or in the office.

    4. Place Your Monitor at the Right Level
    If your monitor isn’t placed at the proper height, you may need to adjust to save your spine. If your screen is too low, your head will point forward and down, which puts strain on your neck and spine. If your screen is too high, you may tend to lean back too far and tilt your head forward at an unnatural angle. For proper placement, the top of the monitor should be at or just below eye level.

    5. Get a Standing Desk
    Adjustable standing desks can be moved between standing and sitting positions, so that you can spend all or part of your day standing at your desk. Standing at work builds muscles, promotes proper posture, increases blood flow, and burns calories. If you’re used to sitting all day, you may want to gradually increase the amount of time you spend standing and be sure to practice good standing posture.

    6. Get a Lumbar Support Pillow
    Extended periods of sitting put an unnatural amount of pressure on the spine, which can lead to serious back pain. Lumbar support pillows provide support and comfort to your lower back and help you maintain proper spinal curvature. Plus, they’re easy to use and relatively affordable.

    Sources
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/yoga-desk-job_n_3707818.html
    https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html


    This post was posted in Education

  • 7 Tips to Avoid Injuries When Running

    Posted on September 6, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    runningWhen it comes to physical benefits, running is one of the best exercises you can do. Running can help build muscle, lose weight, reduce the risk of disease, and improve your cardiovascular health. It can also relieve stress and boost your mood.

    But, like any exercise, running comes with the risk of injury. While you can never fully eliminate that risk, you can reduce it by taking precautions.

    Here are seven tips for runners to avoid injuries.

    1. Avoid the Heat
    If you run outside, you know that intense heat can be unpleasant and even downright dangerous. To reduce the risk of overheating in the hotter months, avoid running in the middle of the day. Instead, run in the morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler (or hop on an indoor treadmill).

    2. Warm Up and Cool Down
    Five to ten minutes of light exercise (such as walking) can supply oxygen to your muscles and slowly raise your temperature and heart rate to prepare your body for a run. After your run, you should cooldown with another few minutes of light activity, giving your body a chance to gradually lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

    3. Choose the Right Shoes
    Not all running shoes are identical, and running in the wrong shoes could lead to injury. The right shoe depends on your foot size, foot type, and running style. While many running shoes may fit comfortably in the shoe store, they won’t necessarily give your feet the proper support and cushioning needed when running. Make sure to do your research, describe your specific needs in the shoe store, and pay attention to how they feel when you’re on the run.

    4. Stay Hydrated
    If you haven’t had enough fluids, running can quickly leave you severely dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your run.

    5. Increase Intensity Gradually
    Whether you’re a new runner or an old pro, you should gradually increase speed and distance based on your skill and endurance level. If you train too hard right out of the gate, you risk injuring yourself and putting an unnecessary strain on your muscles. Gradual progression will help your body handle greater workout stress and build up endurance and strength over time.

    6. Use Support Products
    If you already have an injury that makes running difficult, you may be able to reduce risk of pain or re-injury with the right support product. For example, the Performance Wrap Knee Support can help promote athletic performance and knee stability for people with persistent knee problems.

    7. Stretch
    Stretching is an important part of any running program, as it relieves muscle tension and supports flexibility and mobility. It’s important to make stretching part of your routine.

    Sources:
    http://www.active.com/running/articles/6-benefits-of-running
    http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/5-quick-stretches-when-youre-crunched-for-time/slide/4
    http://www.runnersworld.com/the-shoe-room/5-common-myths-about-running-shoes/slide/4
    https://www.verywell.com/how-to-warm-up-and-cool-down-2911285


    This post was posted in Education

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