I remember mom saying quite often “a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
I apply that approach to my massage sessions. I have never enjoyed being forced to do anything. Our bodies don’t respond well to that approach either. Here are two examples of people who didn’t much care for the massage they were receiving:
As I have experienced and studied the science and art of massage therapy, I have found that our bodies respond more fully and deeply to the benefits of massage when the person receiving the massage is allowed to feel at ease and to completely relax.
ˈkīn(d)nəs / noun
The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
The ability to make your body release chemicals and for brain signals to make muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain is called the Relaxation Response. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes the Relaxation Response as “having broad health benefits including the reduction of pain, restoration of sleep, increasing energy, motivation, productivity and improves decision-making ability.” The Relaxation Response also lowers stress hormone levels and lowers blood pressure. According to “You Really Need to Relax: Effective Methods,” 2003, Dr. D. A. Williams, Dr. M. Carey, University of Michigan, this Relaxation Response cannot be brought about by laying on the couch or sleeping. It is a mentally active process that leaves your body relaxed and is best done in an awake state. Deep breathing is a fantastic way to achieve the Relaxation Response. With my training in massage therapy and also as a Certified Breathwork Facilitator, I use encouragement and kindness to help you breathe deeper and get the full benefits of massage.
Hi, I'm Darlene Niemeyer!
I loved giving massages in the school clinic. Many clients there, after hearing that I had been a court reporter for 25 years, told me that I was now doing my calling, that I was born to be a massage therapist. I’m passionate about massage therapy and I love giving long massages. My supervisor in the school clinic often had to gently knock on the door to remind me it was time for the massage to be over.
It was so surprising for me to learn in school that only about 20 percent of adult Americans have received a massage. There are a lot of people who have not enjoyed the benefits of massage. I would love to be the one who introduces you to your first massage experience. I specialize in...