Massage give is to receive

Having given a very long massage today to a very dear gentleman, I wondered how I would feel after. 
Would I be tired? Exhausted? Drained? 

 What I noticed was a beautiful peaceful feeling all over my body.  I felt  peaceful, at ease, happy, blessed and calm. 

Throughout this lengthy massage, I reminded myself to be mindful and in the moment.  I feel that I am at my best when I am in a mindful state, and it also affords a sort of protection from being drained by thinking. 

I really wanted to  do a wonderful job with someone that was trusting me with their body, face and head. 

When you are receving a massage for the first time, it is a leap of faith.  Laying on a table with a sheet over you and letting go can be difficult for some. 

C was great.  I used hot stones with his massage, and he was very patient with my inexperience.  They can get too hot, or not hot enough.  I really appreciated him voicing what felt good and what didn’t to me.  If a stone was not hot enough, he was sure to tell me.  Feedback is so important when you are establishing a theraputic relationship with someone.

But, back to my original point/question…Does anyone else feel “blissed out” after giving one?  I googled the subject and here are the findings from a study from the TRI about this. Elderly Retired  Volunteers Providing Versus Receiving Massage

Elderly retired volunteers were assessed after giving Infants massage for a  month versus receiving massage themselves. Results were: 1) they reported less  anxiety and fewer depressive symptoms and an improved mood after giving infants  massage; 2) their pulse decreased; 3) their cortisol levels decreased; and 4)  they reported improved self esteem and a better lifestyle (e.g. fewer doctor  visits and more social contacts) after the one month period. These effects were  stronger for giving infants the massages than receiving massages themselves,  suggesting that the massager can benefit from simply giving massages.

“Elderly Retired Volunteers Benefit from Giving Massage Therapy to Infants”,  Journal of Applied Gerontology, (1998), 17, 229-239

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What does this mean?  Simply put, I need to give more Massages and do more Reiki. 

How sweet is it that to give is to receive.


Proteins and Amino Acids

Proteins are amazing, versatile and vital cellular working molecules. Without them, we would not have life.
The word Protein comes from the Greek word proterios (meaning “of prime importance”), proteins have revealed countless secrets of the processes of life.

The structure of proteins enables them to perform many vital functions.
One key difference from carbohydrates and fats is that proteins contain nitrogen atoms in addition to the carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms that all three energy-yielding nutrients contain.

The word Amino means “nitrogen containing” and these atoms are the building blocks of proteins.

A big difference between proteins and carbohydrates is that carbohydrates have repeating units, glucose molecules, and are identical while the amino acids in a strand of protein are different from one another.  A strand of amino acids that makes up a protein can contain up to 20 different kinds of amino acids.

Amino acids have the same simple chemical backbone made up of a single carbon atom with both an amine group (the nitrogen containing part) and an acid group attached to it.

Each amino acid also has a distinctive chemical side chain attached to the center carbon of the backbone. It is this side chain that gives the identity and its chemical nature to each amino acid.

About 20 amino acids, each with its own unique side chain, make up most of the proteins of living tissue.

The side chains make the amino acids differ in size, shape, and electrical charge.  Some are negative, some are positive, and some are neutral with no charge at all.

What is an Amino Acid..are you a little confused in all this scientific talk? Plainly put, an Amino Acid is a building block of protein. Each has an amine group at one end, an acid group at the other and a distinctive side chain.    What is an amine?  This is simply the nitrogen containing portion of an amino acid.

A side chain is the unique chemical structure attached to the backbone of each amino acid that differentiates one amino acid from another.

And essential amino acid cannot be synthesized at all by the body or cannot be synthesized in amounts sufficient to meet physiological need. They are sometimes called “indispensable amino acids.”

Conditional essential amino acids  are amino acids that are normally supplied by the diet in special circumstances when the need for it exceeds the body’s ability to produce it.

Proteins are unique among the energy nutrients in that they possess nitrogen-containing amine groups and are composed of 20 different amino acid units. Of the 20 amino acids, some are essential and some are essential only in special circumstances.

Food Choices and Human Health

A Lifetime of Nourishment~

If you live for over 60 years, you will have eaten more than 70,000 meals and your amazing body will have disposed of over 50 tons of food.  The foods you choose to eat will have a lasting and cumulative effect on your body. As you age, you will understand these effects-you will learn what to look for.

The body renews itself on a continuous basis, and each day it builds muscle, skin, blood and bone.
It also replaces blood and old tissues with new ones.

The best food for you for your body then is the kind that will support the growth and maintenance of good, strong bones, glowing skin, and enough blood to cleanse and deeply nourish all parts of your body.  You need the right amount of energy and sufficient vitamins. Water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and minerals are all essential too!

There is a very strong diet and health connection.  What you eat has a huge impact on your health, both today and in the future. There are only two common lifestyle habits that are more influential: smoking and drinking alcohol.

Many older people suffer from debilitating conditions that could have been prevented had they known and applied good nutrition concepts.  The chronic diseases-heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, dental disease, and osteoporosis-all have a strong connection to eating unhealthy foods.

It’s important to state that these diseases cannot be prevented by a good diet alone; they are to some extent determined by a persons genetic constitution, how active they are and lifestyle.   However, the likelihood of developing these diseases is strongly influenced by what a person chooses to eat.

The top ten leading causes of death are:
1. Heart disease
2. Cancers
3. Strokes
4. Chronic Lung disease
5. Accidents
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes mellitus
8. Pneumonia and influenza
9. Kidney Stones
10. Blood infections
(Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

Eating healthy can be a challenge when you are busy and it’s just easier to grab take out, but your body will thank you if you take the time to eat healthy foods.

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