Massage Therapy
for the Body and Soul
Many times I am asked what type of Massage I give. I’d like to explain my philosophy on Massage.

First, the session is catered to your needs, and I don’t have my own agenda. This session may include Deep Tissue, Swedish, Energy work, Integrative, or many other types of massage. I feel like I take from all different teachings to make the session the absolute best for you.  Also, your massage may include some emotional or breath work, and plenty of body awareness. Many times, clients become more aware of what they are feeling in their body once they are on the table.

I provide a warm, calm and safe environment for you in your session. This will promote deep relaxation, and a wonderful period of time where you will feel both relaxed and rejuvenated.

Your session will be catered to your needs at the time you come in. I have extensive experience in working with moms, children, athletes, gardeners, those that need a break from working an 80 hour week, and those that are recovering from surgery, or a vacation after your vacation. I have worked with clients with TMJ, Fibromyalgia, Scoliosis and Arthritis, and feel very comfortable finding the right combination to make every client feel relief.

I invite you to take some time today to feel invigorated and renewed!

You will be glad you did! We are very conscious of our health, and we take care of our body, mind and spirit. Or do we? How much time in a day do you truly take just for yourself?

What is of utmost importance is to not keep ourselves at the bottom of the list. It is my personal  belief that we need to spend as much time thinking about what we as individuals need, as we do about our work assignments, kids, and demands of our house and family.

After all, isn’t it essential that we are  positive, energetic and  feeling good in body and mind to be able to take care of others?

Consider yourself important and  worthy enough not to be at the bottom of the list…

Your healthy mind and spirit are worth it!            

cindy mayhew, owner

Massage Therapy for the Body & Soul
700 Front Street   
Suite 104
Louisville, CO 80027


Body Awareness: Are We Ships Without Sonar?

By Sean Eads

Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring 2002.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

That pain in your jawbone. The ache in your back. Or is it a persistent twinge between your shoulders? Do you pay attention to what your body is telling you? Or do you turn a deaf ear?
"Our bodies often tell us about stress before we consciously perceive it," notes Dr. Matthew McKay, who with Drs. Martha Davis and Elizabeth R. Eshelman co-authored The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook. "Without an awareness of how the body responds to external stimulation, we're like ships without sonar. We're trying to guide our lives without having half of the data necessary to make an informed decision."

According to McKay, while everyone responds differently to adversity, there are certain generalities we can make when it comes to the body and stress. Anxiety, for example, is usually expressed in the shoulders and abdomen; anger, in the jaw, forehead and upper chest; sadness, as a heaviness in the legs.

"It is not unusual that the physical location of pain or discomfort provides vital clues to what kind of stress you're being exposed to long before you're actually aware of it," Davis adds. "Body awareness is a way to deal with stress -- before it overwhelms you -- by becoming a more conscious being. Often we're busy with appointments and schedules. It's important to 'check in' with ourselves during the day, to remind ourselves why we're here."

Several simple exercises can help refine your ability to listen to your body:

- Learning Awareness - Learn the differences between your body and your environment by making deliberate shifts from inner to outer awareness. McKay describes this kind of shifting as a "muscle" that needs to be developed and flexed. Begin by getting comfortable, shutting your eyes and taking stock of your surroundings. How much sensory stimulation have you learned to overlook? Announce out loud everything you can hear or smell or touch. Then shift into your body, following the same pattern. Does your foot itch? Acknowledge it. With this new perception, you will likely find your body is alive with positive and negative sensations. Shuttling back and forth between your internal and external worlds will help you appreciate your individuality and the forces that influence it.

- Body Scanning - "There are several ways to perform body scanning," says McKay. "A typical way is to imagine a band of light moving down your body from head to toe. As it does, imagine it 'scanning' you and stopping when it detects areas of pain or discomfort. Once a tension is discovered, ask yourself why is it there? What caused it? What is my body telling me that I haven't consciously realized?"

- Letting Go - Once pain is detected, let go of it. "Breathe it away," suggests Davis. "Lie down in a comfortable place and continue focusing on your body. When you find areas of pain, exaggerate it a little so you can more clearly feel it. Then take a few deep breaths and exhale the discomfort from your body."

Sean Eads is a freelance writer living in Denver.
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