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Creating Wellness with a Spiritual and Psychological Inventory

In the final project for HW420 Creating Wellness – Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Healing, I created a list of questions to build a spiritual and psychological inventory that can be used to determine one’s current state of wellness. According to The 4 Spiritual Laws of Self Renewal (2017) building a personal inventory, helps to assess our current spiritual and psychological state, and explore our deepest thoughts.

“The very first step in taking a personal inventory is to survey your valley — are you standing with mostly dry bones? That failed relationship, depression, divorce, the death of a loved one, the business that failed or the career that never took off. These can physically, emotionally and spiritually consume our very existence and block any hope of self-renewal or personal growth”. -Keisha Blair, 2017

To view my full project, please click the link below.

HW420 Final Project – Angela Moss

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“How Bowling Affects the Body and How to Care for it.”

5 of the best massage guns: How to choose, health benefits, and more

Since I have a love of bodywork, self-care, and bowling, I chose to speak to the bowling community a little about where these topics intersect. I designed a three-week course with a class syllabus, lecture notes and handouts. To be clear, I am neither a bowling coach, nor a pro bowler. I am pulling together my bodywork, health and wellness, and bowling knowledge and resources thus far to hopefully help the bowling community with injury prevention and wellness while doing what they love. Thank you.

HW499 Unit 5 Bachelor’s Capstone Project

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“Massage Therapy and Self Care, A Well-Kneaded Practice”

I hope to educate my clients and the community on the importance of massage and daily self-care. I believe there are a lot of people suffering from pain and discomfort living in bodies that feel like a prison, and if I could help some of these people live a better-quality life, well that is why I do what I do! <3

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Health & Wellness Resources

5 Bookmark-Worthy Health and Wellness Websites – This website hosts a plethora of physical fitness education articles organized by category for easy navigation. There is something for everyone on this site – If you’re just starting out and curious about all things physical activity and fitness, or a seasoned weightlifter and looking to improve your knowledge base, you’ve got to check out this fitness resource. – A physical therapist, and one of my favorite professionals in health and wellness, Dr Jo has spent many years helping people with at home exercises and tutorials for pain relief and much more. She has a website as well as a YouTube channel, and when I am trying to explain things to my clients, I often reference her videos. Bonus, her site is user friendly, with videos and text, organized into pages for each area of the body (ex: back, neck/shoulder, hips, etc.), and she does it all for free! – This website hosts several articles, podcasts, and blogs on movement. One of my favorites on this site is “Seven Pathways For Getting Out of Pain” by Todd Hargrove, the author of Playing with Movement.

The seven pathways according to Hargrove are:
1. Rest
2. Strength training
3. Mobility (e.g. stretching, dynamic joint mobility drills)
4. Coordination/motor control (e.g. corrective exercise, pilates)
5. Mind-body/awareness (e.g. meditation, yoga, Feldenkrais)
6. General health (diet, general exercise, sleep, stress reduction)
7. Manual therapy (e.g. massage, mobilization, manipulation)

Check out the website and article to read more. – This is an excellent resource for mental, physical, and emotional health and wellness. Mindfulness is not only being mindful of our own thoughts and emotions, but also of our movements, how our bodies feel, our sleep quality, and of others around us. When we are mentally, physically, and emotionally mindful, it pours out into the world, and improves our lives and the lives of others around us. Check out this resource for meditations, sleep tips, and several helpful wellness articles. – Yoga with Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe. She is one of the top health and wellness professionals I recommend following. I’ve been subscribed to her YouTube channel from her earlier days & she is nothing short of a phenomenal yoga instructor. Adriene teaches the fundamentals and tools of yoga, and various approaches, including yoga in your PJ’s curled up with a blanket (yes, there is restorative yoga for those sleepy/burnt out days too!). She also has several 30-day yoga programs, and shares new content regularly. She does have a paid membership called Find What Feels Good for those interested in accessing her premium content on any device with no ads, but her website and YouTube channel bring wellness to comfort of your home at no cost to you!

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What is Causing This Pain in My Back?

McIntosh’s article describes the many causes, risks, various symptoms, treatment approaches, and ways to prevent back pain. Various stacked factors can cause back pain, such as one’s diet, stress levels, sleep quality, posture, inactivity, overactivity, obesity, genetics, and using incorrect form in exercise. These are all things I try to bring light to when I am in session with my clients. Massage therapy including but not limited to deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, and sports massage, are excellent for pain management. The article goes on to explain that much of the time, back pain can be resolved with a few lifestyle tweaks and complementary therapies such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic and seeing an osteopathic physician. Check out this article for more information on what might be causing your back pain!

Article: “What is Causing This Pain in My Back?” by Cleveland Clinic

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Why Does My Body Feel Worse After a Massage?

This is a great article explaining how massage therapy does create that inflammation response, and can leave you a little sore sometimes, especially after a deep tissue massage. Sometimes you need more than one session, and rushing results can leave you in pain. Massage therapy does not have to hurt to benefit you, so please speak up if something is uncomfortable. We can get the results without the pain during and after your massage by adjusting technique, working slower, and allowing the treatment of a specific issue to take multiple sessions when needed. It’s best to get regular massages, so that your body stays nice and relaxed, and we can work out the tension as it builds. Check out this article for more info on why we might feel sore after a massage the next day.

Article: “Why Does My Body Feel Worse After a Massage?” by Cleveland Clinic

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Addressing Myths About Massage Therapy

This article addresses just five of the many myths about massage therapy. These include the “no pain no gain” misconception, how massage isn’t just for muscles, and that it actually can help migraines! The article explains how different types of massages are effective in their own unique ways. If you aren’t up to date with all of this, you could easily make the mistake of going to a spa and booking a stress relief massage, when you really needed to book a therapeutic style massage to relive a trigger point in your scalenes (neck). Take time to learn the different styles of massage, different massage therapy environments, and shop around for your perfect therapist. Absolutely communicate with your massage therapist, and ensure you’re getting the massage you need. Check out the article about the myths of massage therapy below!

Article: “5 Myths About Massage Therapy” by Cleveland Clinic

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Massage Rollers and More: How to Ease Neck, Back and Body Pain with Simple Tools

If you are a client of mine, or have had a massage before, you have probably been reminded many times of the importance of self-care between massages. This can be done with proper hydration, diet, exercise, stretching, sleep, stress management, and the help of a few optional tools. Of course, carving out the time each day and making it a priority is of the utmost importance as well. Check out this article for more information on foam rollers and massage tools!

Article: “Massage Rollers and More: How to Ease Neck, Back and Body Pain with Simple Tools” by Cleveland Clinic

Some of my favorite affordable tools include the standard foam roller, therapy ball, and a Theracane. If you’re willing to invest a little more cash, check out the Hypervolt (and get training on how to use it!), Chirp wheel, Melt Method hand & foot kit, as well as Christine Koth’s Hip Hook & Hip Flexor Release Ball, and the Pso-Rite psoas release tool.

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Types of Massage Therapy to Try

There are various massage styles such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, Shiatsu, and sports massage. Many of these are excellent for pain management, mobility, stress management, and more. You can find massage therapy in local spas, resort spas, chiropractic offices, hospitals, or you could have a mobile massage therapist travel to your home or work. It’s a good idea to book a monthly massage for maintenance. Depending on your career and how much you ask of your body, you may even do weekly or bi-weekly massages. Don’t feel guilty for taking care of your body, you only get one! So, treat it with love. Check out this article on the various styles of massage therapy!

Article: “Types of Massage Therapy to Try” by Cleveland Clinic