Sports massage is a popular treatment option among athletes because it provides a way to stay injury-free as well as complete activity at optimal performance.

This practice is used to describe a range of techniques of massage therapy targeted at enhancing athletic performance as well as fitness training.

The professional therapist can provide techniques that will help with joint range of motion, provide passive stretching, compression, and other rehabilitative therapies.

If you play sports or take part in a regular fitness activity, learning more about the practice of sports massages midtown can help your performance.

 

Categories of massages used in sport.

There are three categories involved in sports massage midtown therapies: pre-event, post-event and maintenance. With pre-event, a massage will be provided the night before or on the day of the event.

Treatment can be set up on location if needed. The goal is to provide an increase in circulation for the muscles as well as to stimulate the nervous system. This helps to increase the mobility of your joints and provide relaxation.

Depending on the sport you take part in, range of motion as well as targeting active and passive stretching may be provided.

 

Sports Massage

 

With post-event, you have a treatment that is provided after an event or the next day of participation. The goal is to provide detox to the muscles and help the individual relax.

The massage will help to treat any muscle cramps as well as minimize any muscle spasms. It can also help to maintain flexibility as well as have a restorative effect. This treatment option can also be set up on site of an event.

With the last category, maintenance sports massage, you have a therapeutic option that will help you to enhance your performance over a season or during a training program. It can also be useful when preparing for a specific event.

Massage therapy midtown in this category provides an ultimate goal of addressing specific injuries as well as any aches and pains. Muscles and joints are treated based on the activity or sport of participation.

 

Sports Massage

 

With sports massage, you can have a treatment option that is specific to your individual needs. By visiting a massage therapist, you can speak to the professional about your overall goals.

If you are participating in a big event or play a seasonal sport, then maintenance sports massage is a great option. If you are an athlete that takes part in marathons and other high-level fitness events, pre and post massages would be a treatment to consider.

When you take part in athletics or fitness activities on a regular basis, the body needs recovery time. With sports massage, you have a relaxing way in which to allow the body to recover and operate well when performing.

Speak to a professional massage therapist today about sports massage and how it could benefit you based on your sports activities or fitness goals. You may be surprised to find how well your body responds to the therapeutic treatment!

 

via How Sports Massage Can Help Reduce Pain, Recover from Injuries and Improve Performance — Bodyworks DW

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Positive Organization Environment Business

Positive Organization Environment Is Helpful In Business

There are many organizations and small businesses out there that recognize the value of multiple bottom lines beyond simply profit.

Building an inspiring work culture and investing in the health and development of their people is an additional priority for long-term business success.

Research supports that certain positive psychological outcomes relate to greater organizational outcomes. Positive emotions and related processes can lead to greater motivation, fulfillment with work, and the ability to cope with stress and uncertainty.

Whether you are experiencing particularly rough times economically and professionally, or if you just seem to be coasting by without much satisfaction or joy with the work you do, here are a few ways to advance your performance and work experience.

 

  •  Strengths, virtues, and self-determination

Research has shown that employees who are fully engaged in the work they do, and who have a sense of intrinsic motivation, are likely to perform better and a have better work outcomes.

Taking an approach of self-determination offers freedom and autonomy for workers to flourish and become absorbed in the work they do best. This involves employees uncovering their signature strengths and having the freedom to use them.

These traits also lead people to experience flow, where they are fully engaged in a productive challenge. This is a state where time seems to fly by, and we feel like we’re “in the zone.”

 

  • Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capacity to identify and regulate emotions in ourselves and others, and has implications for both internal and external customer relationships.

Emotional intelligence allows us to recognize our own personality tendencies, and to better understand the personality traits of others so we can most effectively interact with them.

More specifically, EI is the ability to manage counterproductive emotions, such as stress and anger, and ultimately begin to harness more positive feelings such as optimism, hope, and creativity, so we can stay motivated and perform up to our potential.

 

  • Psychological capital and positive organizational behavior

Study of Positive Organizational Behavior (POB) has examined how to apply human strengths, resources, and psychological capacities to improve performance in the workplace.

Four basic capacities typically explored related to job satisfaction and performance includes: self-efficacy, hope, optimism, and resiliency.

With higher levels of these states, people are more confident, better able to manage stress and adversity, have a higher level of motivation and drive, and likely to pursue growth and development. They also build upon each other to increase Positive Psychological Capital or the maintenance of these positive capacities.

 

  • Level of innovation and change

A major factor in a healthy organizational culture is the fit between an organization’s values and the disposition and values of the employees. A specific value is to examine is where on the continuum your organization falls between change and stability. Some organizations are prone to change where others are much more stable and stagnant.

How employees respond to change and innovation is important to consider in order to have a good fit with personal and organizational culture. Having a good fit will help employees be energized, have a positive attitude, and feel safe and secure in their role.

 

  • The virtuous organization

According to the article, “Virtuous organizations infuse an ethical perspective into their cultures, have multiple bottom lines, promote self-determining, emotionally intelligent, and team-oriented behavior patterns and develop supportive leaders that enable others to succeed, all of which can lead to productive and creative outcomes (Froman, 2010).”

During times of economic stress and uncertainty, an organization can benefit from developing a culture of integrity, trust, and respect.  An environment of negativity, cynicism, and mistrust are not as productive or satisfying as those of positivity, confidence, optimism, hope, and resilience.

Organizations can learn to coach employees to set challenging, measurable, personally valuable goals, as well as realistic pathways and approach strategies to accomplish these goals and overcome obstacles. Through using strengths and achieving growth, Positive Psychological Capital can enhance job-satisfaction and performance.

 

 

Reference

Froman, L. (2010). Positive Psychology in the Workplace. Journal of Adult Development, 17 (2), 59-69.

 

Words by Sarah Petty

Art by Chloe Papas

Expertise from Marina Payne

It seems as though there’s a new way to achieve optimal health every day. It’s hard to keep up. Suddenly, foods we’ve been eating for centuries are suddenly slowly killing us. Menus and supermarkets are very difficult places, a maze of this week’s health foods, whether it’s coconut oil or hemp seeds, celery juice or gluten-free diets.

 

In 2019 there are a lot of mixed messages about healthy eating. So I thought it was about time someone sat down with a dietician to set things straight and dispel some of these food fallacies and fantasies. Marina Payne, an accredited dietician and friend, offered her expertise.

 

Why do you think we get obsessed with new foods?

A lot of food obsessions stem from a lack of control in aspects of someone’s life. For those who feel out of control, food is something they can control. And of course, body image and weight issues is another huge problem with diet culture. But in general, people get obsessed with ‘health foods’ because they feel like they’re doing something really good for themselves, it makes them happy. But in reality, food is just food.

How can you have a healthy attitude when changing the way you eat?

People can get really worked up about dieting when all you really need is balance. That means not labelling food as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ It’s about intuitive eating, listening to your body and what it wants. It’s okay to give yourself permission to eat previously restricted foods.

 

Why are people so against carbs and dairy? 

We’re told that we need low fat and low carb if we want to lose weight. That’s because we know carbs are made up of sugar or break down into sugar, and the media tells us that sugar is extremely bad for you. As for dairy, it’s the fat that people fear.

The portrayal in the media and by health professionals play a large role in giving carbs and dairy such bad press. Even though carbs get broken down into sugar and dairy has fat it in, our brains and body need both. Foods aren’t evil but we need to know when to strike a balance.

 

Would you like to reveal the truth behind any other food myths or trends?

There are so many huge food myths and trends. Like the Ketogenic diet, which is when people barely eat any carbs and just eat high fat and high protein. It’s all about achieving a metabolic state of ketosis, where your body becomes super efficient at burning fat for energy.

When people do this diet, they tend to see huge weight loss because your body is using fats to produce energy instead of carbs. But with most diets that aren’t sustainable long term, a lot of people gain that weight back. Coconut oil was also a really bad food myth. It has just as much saturated fat as butter.

 

What do you recommend everyone adds to their daily food consumption?

A lot of people overthink food. At the end of the day, it’s about getting adequate nutrients and individuals usually meet the requirements because they eat a variety of foods. So, I would say only change your diet if you aren’t getting a lot of different food groups. Remember, it’s as simple as making sure you eat some fruit, veg, dairy and carbs.

 

via Health Hysteria — Esperanto Magazine

Panic Attack

Before The Panic Attack

Your heart is pounding. You can’t catch your breath. You feel consumed by fear and may even think you’re dying — even though you’re really in no danger.

This is what it feels like to have a panic attack. Recently I experienced a panic attack and it was the scariest thing I have “felt. My heart was racing and a few times I thought that I was gonna faint in the store I was walking around calmly a few moments before all the madness started. I really thought that I’m having a heart attack even though I do know that I have no cardiac problems what so ever and I’m a very active person.

These episodes of extreme fear often happen without warning. In my case happened out of the blue and even I tried to focus on my breathing and control my body it was impossible.

My heart was beating so fast, my chest was so tight and my breathing was so short that I basically felt that I was racing up on a mountain where the air is way too rarefied. You may have one or more panic attacks during your life, or you may never have one. So what happens inside your body and brain during a panic attack?

 

What You Feel

A panic attack means you have four or more of these symptoms:

  •  Feel like you’re losing control or going crazy
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • An out-of-body sensation
  • Like you’re choking
  • A fear that you’re dying
  • Tingling or numb hands, arms, feet, or legs

Many people mistake a panic attack for a medical emergency, like a heart attack. I also thought I’m having a heart attack and called the ambulance.

However by the time paramedics came the episode was over. The EKG was normal and O2 saturation was 99%, which clearly showed I was hyperventilated. The symptoms can seem similar, but panic attacks aren’t life-threatening.

They usually pass in several minutes, but they can sometimes linger for hours. Afterward, you might feel drained and exhausted. Lasted around 25 minutes for me and after that I started too feel cold and freezing.

 

What Happens Inside Your Body

Your body’s “fight or flight” response is behind these intense physical symptoms. Normally when you encounter a threat — whether it’s a grizzly bear or a swerving car — your nervous system springs into action. The hormone adrenaline floods into your bloodstream, putting your body on high alert. Your heartbeat quickens, which sends more blood to your muscles.

Your breathing becomes fast and shallow, so you can take in more oxygen. Your blood sugar spikes. Your senses get sharper.

All of these changes — which happen in an instant — give you the energy you need to confront a dangerous situation or get out of harm’s way quickly.

With random panic attacks, your body goes on alert for no reason. Researchers don’t know exactly what triggers them. But the physical effects are real: During a panic attack, the adrenaline levels in the body can spike by 2 1/2 times or more.

Panic attacks may not come as unexpectedly as they seem. The physical changes may start about an hour before an attack. In one study, people with panic disorder wore devices that tracked their heart activity, sweating, and breathing. The results showed lower-than-normal levels of carbon dioxide, a sign of rapid, deep breathing that can leave you breathless, as early as about 45 minutes before the panic attack.

 

What Happens in Your Brain

Scientists are still studying how panic attacks affect the brain. It’s possible that the parts of the brain that are tied to fear become more active during an episode. One recent study found that people with panic disorder had lots of activity in a part of their brains tied to the “fight or flight” response.

Other studies have found possible links between panic disorder and the chemicals in your brain. The condition may also be linked to an imbalance in serotonin levels, which can affect your moods.

 

How long does it take to feel normal after a panic attack?

Drained, exhausted, emotional and always shivering uncontrollably, after a panic attack it feels as though my body has gone into shock; shut down, given up on me until I can have a good sleep and try another day. Still, I am in my second day after PA and still don’t feel like before.

Firstly, keep warm (although if you’re hot and bothered, fresh air will help too). Hyperventilating can make your blood flow less effective and if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel freezing after the attack is finished – and the shakes will only make you feel worse.

Much of anxiety is due to a feeling of no control; which is why it’s helpful to remember that our breathing is a bodily function that we can take back control of if it’s out of whack. Focus on your breathing, such as inhaling, holding for a count of five, and then exhaling.

Try to think positive and realize that it was just an episode, you’ll be prepared next time when things will start again. You know what is this, you can control it!

If you experienced a panic attack and you have any advice about aftermath recovery please let me know.

 

Who am I

Who Am I?

Who am I? Who am I now? I’m Between “ Who I Was ” And “Who I Want To Be”.

I’ve been talking recently with a client who I’ll call Robert. A bright guy who’s moved way up in the high tech industry.

But he’s not a happy camper. For a few years now, he’s been thinking of getting out, shifting to his first love: he wants to see if he can make a career out of being a crossword puzzle writer. He’s written puzzles, had some success getting them published. But could he make a go of it, full time? Would it really satisfy him?

It’s quite a change. He knows he’s not there yet, not ready to make the break from the “golden handcuffs” of his current work. At the same time, he knows he’s headed in that direction. And he knows that it takes time. And effort. Effort to stay with living in the unknown. Contemplating change. (For more on the process of change, I highly recommend an oldie but goodie, Changing for Good by Prochaska, Norcross, and DiClemente.

 

So who is he? Who is he now?

He’s between “ Who He Was ” and “Who He Wants To Be” , more correct between selves.

Here are some other examples. As with Robert, details have been changed to protect their privacy:

  • There’s Florence ( as I’ll call her ), who wonders if her most recent ACL injury will jeopardize her skiing career;
  • Or Stephane, a business executive who couldn’t pass up a lucrative buyout. She’s now trying to figure out what’s next;
  • Or Andrei, who—yet again—lost an audition he was sure he’d nailed.

        Each of these people—well, all of us at one point or another or another, whether it’s related to work or health or activities or relationships—is dealing with being “between selves.”

Imagine two large hills, one on each side of a river. On one side is your old self, who you were BEFORE. On the other hill is your new self, who you are going to become, AFTER. At various times in our lives, we are neither the old, known, familiar self nor yet the new, untried, person who we’re going to become.

Instead, we are swimming in the river. We may be splashing, floundering, or swimming strongly as we move from one side to the other. We are between selves.

The concept of being between selves isn’t new. Sociologist Robert Weiss used this phrase while researching the experience of adult couples who had recently separated. (His book, Marital Separation, another oldie but goodie, offers vignettes of the stresses, challenges, and exhilarations at the end of these relationships.)

Expanding the concept to different times of change in our lives can be helpful. Just being able to label this experience and this process—“I am between selves”—offers comfort and is therapeutic in and of itself. It recognizes process and change. It allows for self-forgiveness for at least some of the uncertainty involved in change. It gives temporary identity to the person whose identity is so very disrupted.

As people walk—or run or are shoved—down the metaphoric hill of their old self, there comes a point where it actually feels impossible to climb back up. Who I am now no longer can be who I was. And yet….who will I become? What parts of who I was will come with me on this journey? Which parts do I want? What do I wish to discard? What have I learned about me?

While swimming in the river, can I find an occasional rock on which to rest, to pause, to assess how far I’ve come? Do I get tangled up in odd (old) tree branches or stub my toes on lurking sharp-edged stones? Does a white water eddy swirl me in the wrong direction? Do I need to float on my back for a while or just find some temporary water wings? How do these experiences inform my progress?

That other hill, the new me, may seem far away. Beginning to climb its banks may seem extraordinarily challenging. Meanwhile, it’s vital to let myself swim between selves, reflecting, anticipating, being in the murk. Who I will become—at least for now—will emerge.

And so, back to Robert and his challenge. We’ve been using the swimming metaphor for a while now. Here’s what he says:

            “I’m trying to be here for real. I’m trying not to say ‘yes’ to opportunities that I could agree to when I sense that they wouldn’t move me forward toward who I want to become.

         “The swimming part knows: Don’t take it! Don’t be a buyer right now. It feels weird. I don’t feel settled. I need—for now—to not feel settled.”

Robert has been writing in a journal; he’s been talking with me. His partner knows he’s working on this process. Mostly, he lets himself stand still, ask the questions, see what answers develop. It’s the hardest work that he’s done. He’s scared, but also excited and committed to this process.

Achieve Success

How to Achieve Success

This past days I’ve thought a lot about success, and how to actually achieve it, and I’ve come up with several ideas to fallow up on your personal journey to success.

  • Personal success relies on the value you create for yourself and for others.
  • No successful person has had success on their own. You enhance your value by enhancing your friends’ and customers’ value. Always find a way.
  • Take a step back from your expectations. Accept the fact that you’ll be looking for some theoretical utopical definition of success and/or happiness that you overheard some random time from some random brag of some random guy trying to verbalize his thoughts as naturally as possible.
  • But like the guys from X-Files said: the truth is out there.
  • Don’t settle for what anyone tells you. Or gives you. If they give you too little, you’ll think that’s normal. If they give you too much, you think THAT’S normal. Neither is. But then again, they both are. Find out which is which.
  • Find out what drives people. Find out what drives you.
  • Be curious. Be humble. Fear things, but be brave, take them on, then fail. But always learn, always improve, always re-iterate, always succeed.
  • And aim higher, always aim higher.

From reading something on a website to actually trying stuff out, there’s usually a long road. It’s a road paved with doubt, disbelief and distrust. I understand. Why would you trust a stranger that you’ve got nothing in common with? How’s that even possible? But you do.

Do you know Oprah Winfrey personally? Brad Pitt? Steven Spielberg? Neil deGrasse Tyson? Do you chat frequently? You might, but most likely don’t. You do remember them, though.

You remember the a-ha moments you had while watching them. The glass shattering moments when you realized what an idiotic thing you’ve done earlier. The feelings you felt when good won over evil.

Your subconscious remembers all of them and it acts on the conclusions you reached. So try for yourself. And know that feeling good tomorrow relies on doing good today.