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12/31/11 3:28 P

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my sister is a new massage therapist (well, for about a year) and she wants to work with me. I had a massage from her a few months ago before I was diagnosed and she said every muscle in my body was tight and thought I may have circulation issues (I also have a small heart problem) She wants to have me come to her every other week for awhile and see how that goes. I feel bad taking her time away, she is so busy! She is very gifted in massage and I trust her completely. I think we will start in Jan and see if my muscles loosen up over time. she is also studing to be an herbalist and has offered to mix some things up for me.

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12/18/11 2:51 A

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Try just once a week and see how that works-- and maybe you can find someone who works weekends?...

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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METALMAMA2 Posts: 34
12/17/11 1:24 P

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If you are curious about the therapy go to massagetherapy.com. It will explain the treatment. I'm still thinking about it. I work 6 days a week 9-10 hours a day. Finding the time to go 2x's a week for 5-6 weeks will be the biggest challenge for me.

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12/14/11 11:53 P

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Lying on the side for massage is a technique they often use for pregnant women... LOL

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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12/10/11 5:14 A

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I will have to ask about that at the massage college that I go to for my hot stone massages. I just got another one Thursday.. She asked if I wanted myofacial and reflexology,, of course I did! I was not aware of the lateral massage(lying on our side) but will ask about that next week.
My insurance does not cover them, BUT this college uses senior students, ready to graduate, I have been fortunate enough to have the ones who are also halfway through their major in PT and PTA! Also, I could never afford a spa or even the hospital, but they charge $20 for a one hour hot stone massage, $30 for a1 1/2 hour.
Since I stopped some other meds, I consider this just that: a medicine to release that lactic acid and regain a bit of movement.
the perk of this is you must drink at least a gallon of water following the massage to flush the toxins out of your system, so you get your required Spark fluids too!

I returned to work after three months of no movement Monday, so my body was in agony, but after two massages, I am feeling about 80% better.

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12/9/11 9:14 P

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Please get the name of the therapy and I will check it out for you!

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METALMAMA2 Posts: 34
12/9/11 5:34 P

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I wish my insurance would pay for massage therapy. I haven't had one in years because I was always so sore for 2-3 days after. I think this program is along the lines of acupressure. My friend said that the first thing most people notice is that most, if not all, of their digestive issues go away. I'm still sceptical and the cost is 500$ for the first 5-6 week treatment twice a week then 60$ each month for "maintenance". That's a chunk of change.

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12/9/11 12:01 A

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when my insurance paid for massage, I loved it! It got all the knots out of my muscles.I was also taught how to massage myself with a "theracane". I haven't bought one yet, but I know how to use one. They're less expensive to buy on-line than in town. That's probably because we're not that big of a place.

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12/8/11 9:46 P

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Please ask what this methodology is called and let us know. I know a lot about massage and energy work and there is a neurological group that has done some research in this area. Be skeptical until you have completely checked it out. We are delicate and some things can really cause more harm than good.

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12/8/11 12:35 P

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Thanks all for your advice.

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12/7/11 11:13 P

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I have a friend for whom I played guinea pig when she was studying to become a licensed massage practitioner... and there is a special section of their training some schools have that deals specifically with different health issues, like diabetes and fibro.

For the fibro patients, her school concentrated on myofascia massage, NOT deep tissue... and she'd have me lie on my side instead of my stomach to work my back muscles--first time in my life a massage put me to sleep! LOL

Do take time to do your homework, and make sure your masseuse knows what they need to know... and give it a try. that's the only way to know if it's right for YOU...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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12/7/11 10:24 P

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My son is a massage therapist and a physical therapist assistant. He counsels me on a lot of things with my fibro. One of the things he is always stressing to me is keep your muscles moving in a non conflicting manner so they don't bunch or swell against the nerves. Massage is a good agent to accomplish this if you are not in a flare. Hands on during a flare can cause pain and amazingly enough the muscles can remember that pain sensation and bunch up badly . Sounds crazy doesn't it!! Massage done properly enables muscles not nerves to go into a relaxed mode. He cautions that all fibro patients need to investigate the type of therapy their practioner is schooled in and what preparation is needed before the massage, such as heat, stones or aromatherapy and when you last took a painkiller. Deep tissue massage might be too strong for FMS and the light Swedish can be simply relaxing. Not all trained massage therapists are skilled in medically approved techniques such as Rolfing and "Pulling". But if you are hurting and in a flare you might not get any relief from any muscle manipulation.

Because, I am so tender most of the time; the massages I have received have been somewhat painful and did not offer any loosening at all, so I do my warm ups and my stretching very gingerly and am looking into Tai Chi which comes highly recommended by my chiro and my son.

Friend or not, I would definitely do my homework on the technique and the practioner especially since she is talking "maintenance". According to my son, beware of any massage therapist who offers a diagnosis. They can tell you how the muscles and the tissue feels to them and how they are re acting to the application but not what caused the pain in the first place. Massage is definity a personal choice. It is a great stress buster and it can also be very expensive.

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12/7/11 10:19 P

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i love them my hubby gives me one on our night out

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12/7/11 7:58 P

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I used to think massage sounded wonderful. Now I hate it.

You never know....it may be worth a try. Everybody's different. Good luck!

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12/7/11 6:28 P

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Amen to that

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12/7/11 4:33 P

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I haven't heard of it but I love massage, it always makes me feel better. In fact, if I ever win the lotto ~ I WILL have one on call for me 24/ 7. LOL
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12/7/11 12:54 P

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I have never heard of it. But if you can afford it ,I think it's worth a try. the only thing is ,if a massage is a little too firm, i hurt the next day! I would ask about it!

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12/7/11 12:32 P

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Have any of you heard about a massage therapy designed just for fibro by a Russian Dr.? I have a friend who is a massage therapist and she has been trying to get me to go through a massage program designed just for fibro patients. Supposedly it helps to reset your nervous system. She says her clients have had good luck with it. I'm the untimate sceptic so eventhough she is a friend I'm just leary. It's a program of 2 sesions for 5-6 weeks and then once a month after to maintain. I know she believes in what she is telling me but I've had so many problems for so long it seems to good to be true. It won't get rid of all your symptoms but improve on them so you can to take less medication or even go off some.

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