Reduce Stress with Easy Online Resources
From the desk of Jen Jaynes, LMT...
As a massage therapist, I find that the more tools my clients have to manage their stress and tension, the more progress they see from massage. I find this a useful image: imagine your body is a cup. The water in the cup is muscle tension. Everyone needs a little muscle tension to be able to move, breathe, and live. But most of us have an additional helping of water in our cup, our chronic tension that just doesn’t go away. If your shoulders are always held high, or your hips are always tight, that is your chronic tension. This is the tension you want to get rid of when you come to my massage office.
And every single day life stress adds additional water (tension). You run your fastest mile ever and your quads are screaming; you carry your toddler and your right shoulder develops a shooting pain; you get locked out of your car and your neck muscles knot up in frustration. This daily stuff layers on top of your chronic tension. If you were to get a therapeutic massage, your massage therapist would need to work through the buildup of daily stress to get to your chronic tension. You’d get much more benefit from your massage if you had an effective way to pour off those daily stresses on a regular basis. Then your massage therapist can get right to work on releasing your chronic tension!
There are some great online resources to help you let go of the tension that builds up throughout your day.
Kripalu Yoga Breaks are 5 to 10 minute audio files for relaxation, energizing, or stretching. Many of these yoga breaks are short yoga routines that require nothing you wouldn’t have in your home or office. You can choose your break based on the result you want to feel, for example “Neck and shoulders release” or “Open hips, balanced body.”
The Huffington Post has six mental relaxation suggestions. They vary from music to meditation to imagining a wonderful vacation, and give you the science behind each relaxation method.
If you like a whole range of choices neatly laid out before you, “60 Self-Care Tips” might be your speed. Divided into Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual, these brief prompts give you ideas and let you fill in the details.
Jen Jaynes Licensed Massage Therapist
Jen Jaynes is a licensed massage therapist and a 2006 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, MA (now the Cortiva Institute in Boston). Jen enjoys working with clients to meet their wellness goals through massage. Through discussion with the client and careful observation, she creates a custom ized massage and treatment plan for each client, drawing from Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, and sports massage techniques. She works both specifically, to release tight muscles, and generally, to help clients integrate all their muscles into a smoothly working whole. Using this variety of tools, Jen creates a deep and effective massage.
Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University and is a member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She is dedicated to ongoing education, and regularly takes workshops to develop additional massage skills, including prenatal massage, myofascial release for shoulder dysfunction, hot stone massage, and sports massage. She brings these techniques to each session, to create the ideal combination of massage methods for each client.
Jen enjoys finding new sports and ways to use her body. During massage school, she also trained in a western martial art of full-contact sword fighting, and learned first-hand how effective massage can be for hard-working muscles. She is currently learning aerial arts, such as silks and static trapeze. Because of her experience in several demanding sports, she has an understanding and open mind for how clients use their body and the demands they place on it daily. Her massages focus on helping her client’s body meet all of the challenges of their every day life and physical activities with ease and comfort.