March 02, 2015
Our Mission

PA Licensed Massage is dedicated to promoting the body's natural healing ability for the healthy growth of body, mind and spirit. By utilizing both eastern and western techniques, we provide a well balanced treatment based upon each client's needs and comfort level, leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease.

The Importance of Massage on the Body and Mind

During every massage, multiple body systems are affected - from the sound of the music and the scent of the lotion to the nurturing touch. Each subtle aspect gives rise to a healthier being, integrating the body and mind.

  • Lowers blood pressure (diastolic)
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph
  • Relaxes injured/tired/overworked muscles
  • Improves range of motion
  • Reduces minor aches and pain
  • Increases pulmonary function
  • Relieves migraine pain
  • Stimulates the skin, keeping it moisturized
  • Promotes tissue regeneration
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Releases endorphins
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Improves concentration
  • Alleviates fatigue

"It's easiest to ignore the self because the only one to whom you're accountable is YOU.

In the face of intense pressure to meet the performance expectations of the people around you at work, at home, and in the community you're naturally inclined to give yourself short shrift.

Focusing time and attention on yourself is too readily construed as being, well, selfish -- and so you're likely to feel guilty if you do so. Unfortunately, while it might seem noble in the short run to sacrifice the needs you have to cultivate your mind, body, and spirit, over time it's a recipe for burnout.

A sustainable life as a leader who contributes meaningfully to the world requires the discipline to take care of you, too.

How, then, to overcome the guilt? The key is to very specifically identify how, by better meeting the expectations you have for enhancing your mind, your body, and your spirit, you are indeed making things better at work, at home, and in the community.

It's not that hard: Just think, for example, about how you're more likely to perform better at work and at home and in the community -- according to the standards of those who evaluate you in these different domains -- if you get a full night's rest, exercise regularly, eat well, meditate, do yoga, take a walk, listen to music, or do whatever it is that rejuvenates and restores you."

Stewart D. Friedman, Wharton School, courtesy of Harvard Business Review, Sept. 2008
Getting Healthy (Part 4 - Fiber)
May 01, 2012 12:05PM

We’ve all heard it… Eat more fiber. But, why is it so important?

Here’s the skinny…

A diet that includes high fiber components helps:

(1) You feel full, so you eat less
(2) To normalize your bowel function
(3) To slow sugar and fat absorption
(4) To lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol
(5) Reduces the risk of developing heart disease or diabetes

It’s all great stuff, right? So, how much fiber do you need in a day? According to the Mayo Clinic, Women should have 21-25 grams of fiber daily, and Men should have 30-38 grams of fiber daily.

That doesn’t sound too difficult, so I rush out to the grocery and start reading labels, and what do I find? Most of the packaged foods out there contain 1 gram of dietary fiber or less per serving, now that’s a bummer; because, I certainly can’t eat more than one serving without going over my fat and calorie allotments. Then, I look at foods known for their high fiber content, and I find that there are 2 kinds of fiber – soluble and insoluble.

I just figured out that fiber is good and now there are 2 types. So, what’s the difference? By their names you can tell that one dissolves while the other does not, but which is better? What’s more important? And, why don’t all food labels include a listing for both soluble and insoluble fiber?

Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber is dissolvable and forms a gel like substance which slows the absorption of sugars and fats. But, how does it work?

Think of a Jell-O mold with fruit suspended within it. The soluble fiber gel travels slowly through the digestive system trapping nutrients within, like the Jell-O mold. The gel protects the nutrients from digestive enzymes which in turn allows for slower absorption.

The slower absorption keeps the blood sugar level more even, reducing the occurrence of extreme spikes (highs or lows). Without the spikes in blood sugar the body is able to maintain sensitivity to the presence of insulin and puts less strain on the pancreas.

But, wait… there’s more… The gel traps bile and bile traps fats. Once the fats are trapped they are able to pass through the digestive tract rather than being absorbed and finding homes in your arterial pathways.

Soluble fiber also makes stool softer and easier to pass, meaning less constipation and fewer hemorrhoids.

Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber provides bulk and speed up the passage of food and waste through your digestive system, and since it is not dissolvable in water they pass through relatively unchanged.

With proper hydration, fiber helps keep you feeling full, maintains an even blood sugar level, reduces the absorption of fat and keeps everything moving along. Whereby reducing your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

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