Me, my mom, and my brother
About the Therapist at Denton, Massage Deep Tissue Oakmont Area
My journey with overcoming pain and fatigue naturally. I had a car accident in 1991. I hit a light pole head on and cracked a vertebra and had a traumatic brain injury. I spent the next several years trying to fully recover. Nobody could get to the source of my headaches, fatigue, and muscle pain. Pain medication wasn’t an option because I have a background in massage and knew I could heal naturally. I just had to find the right inputs. I put up with the headaches, neck and back pain, poor memory and lack of concentration for about 10 years after having a variety of body work modalities like Rolfing, Jin Shin Jyutsu, sports massage, medical massage etc and I even did yoga and a special core strengthening program.
Years prior to the accident, I was interested in nutrition and bodywork. I became a massage therapist in 1981. Then I moved from Tulsa to Dallas and started working with Dr. Jon Walker, a neurologist. We were seeing patients with myofascial pain syndromes and fybromyalgia. I did massage, taught water exercise classes, and ran the program. I got further training in advanced deep tissue techniques from Rolfers and Physical Therapists. I was still learning what it meant to take responsibility for my own health and healing, I discovered Physio Synthesis. This was the work of Amy Cochren, a mentor of Ida Rolf. I learned how to teach this whole body posture correction exercise in Dallas with Alice Ann Daily.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the sickness care system is headed in the wrong direction. After becoming a massage therapist and later having the accident, I needed a new career so I got a degree in nutrition from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Allied Health School. I worked with people with diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, kidney failure and other chronic diseases using clinical nutrition. But, the clinical environment was difficult and stressful seeing the condition people were in. I vowed to do what I could to help people avoid that “sentence.” I did help many people, especially those who wanted it. But, since prevention was the key factor missing in the sickness care system, my nutrition counseling soon became Wellness Coaching that included addressing the whole person, not just muscles. I found that I would be discussing someone’s diet on top of their stress, busy schedules, and exhaustion from an inflexible work environment. Those factors made it easy for them to give up, especially when going it alone. I started addressing the stress, and started getting results. I started addressing systems in the body like enhancing the immune system, digestive system, and others. Some got off medications and some even got a life! One women who complained about being alone while her husband always out being social took a position at a philanthropy organization and was now out most nights of the week at her events loving life. And there was the TI employee who was on two blood pressure medications, not sleeping well at all, now able to get off one medication, lose weight and was sleeping better than he ever had. Just recently, since taking over a Rolfing practice here in Denton, I saw a UNT professor who told me that the kind of work I’m doing is the only thing that helps his fibromyalgia.
But, during all this, what about my pain and fatigue. I found the missing link. We are exposed to many pollutants, stress, physical challenges. Were our liver and kidneys were meant to deal with man’s over 85,000 chemicals, many of which are sprayed on food, poured into the air, and exposed to our water? These organs are not keeping up with the environmental insults they have to deal with. Children are even getting fatty liver and type II diabetes! I have been finding people have pain due to acidic conditions in the body from chemicals, stress, and poor diet. I discovered I wasn’t getting the minerals and enzymes needed to deal with the inflammation like I did before my accident. When I started getting the nutrients that were being depleted in the soil, my body had what it needed to remediate the inflammation. I am now able to do 6 hours of Deep Tissue Massage, Corrective Massage, Sports Massage and not have headaches and fatigue the next day. (This is a miracle because when I started back in 2007 doing massage full time, I was whipped out by just one massage.) I discovered nutrition was the missing link. I gradually noticed the symptoms I was having after doing massage were fading away. One Tuesday I had 6 clients and at the end I was surprised I wasn’t whipped out. It was a normal tired. The next Tuesday I had 6 again but I ran out of the meal shakes. I was so exhausted I just sat in the coffee shop on the square starring out the window. Nutrition was the missing piece for me and I suspect it could be for you. Nutrition is 80% of our results and 20% is exercise.
I get to have many victories helping others be their best. That has me know I have the best job in the world. Thank you for visiting my site!