About kerrymassage

Im a licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher and mother. I love music, yoga, dance, the human spirit, laughter, spirituality, the beach.

Conscious Breathing is My Anchor.

Kerry Massage Newsletter Winter 2015­-2016

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.                                                                               — Thich Nhat Hạnh

Hello all. It’s been a while. Since my last newsletter almost 2 years ago, things have settled down quite a bit and I’m happy to say that I am back to doing massage therapy on a more full time basis and accepting new clients. I have added teaching group yoga classes at Shiva Shanti Yoga School along with my individual private yoga classes. This coming year I will be teaching my own group classes at the Alpine Community House in Alpine, NJ as well as exploring other yoga opportunities.

This is exciting for me, and a long time coming, because I have always wanted to combine the benefits of both massage therapy and yoga. Now is the time. I’m looking forward to bringing these holistic modalities to my clients this coming year.

Holiday Special!

Gift Certificates are available for regularly priced Massage and Yoga Sessions at $10 Off. Call, text or email if interested by Dec. 26, 2015. I can mail this out to you or you can stop by Kerry Massage and Healing Space to purchase and pick up. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Debit accepted as well as checks and cash.

In this newsletter I have included an article by Nadya Andreeva on the benefits of yogic breathing. I hope you will read this and it makes you curious enough to add this to your daily life. If you would like to explore breathing techniques further we can also set up a session including this.

The rhythm and the depth of your breath directly affects the state of your mind and the health of your body. According to yoga and ayurveda, breath is a carrier of Prana, the energy that gives life to the body. No breath, no life and no energy!

 1. Breath = Life. Our energy level depends in a big part on our breath. The fuller you breathe, the more energy you will have. Taking deeper breaths will bring in more oxygen in to the body and improve your energy levels.

2. Less Stress and Better Digestion. Slow deep breaths help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is when the body gets the chance to recuperate, regenerate, and heal. It’s very important to help keep a healthy immune system and get out of our “flight or flight state”. Those of you suffering from poor digestion, bloating, or constipation will benefit from learning how to put your body into a “rest and heal” state and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the only state when your body can digest food efficiently.

3. Less Inflammation! There is a lot of talk about how cancer and many diseases can only live in an acidic body. Deep breathing is said to reduce the acidity level of the body making it more alkaline, reducing your risk. It reduces the stress levels which when elevated can increase the acidity levels.

4. More Awareness. The more awareness you have in the present moment, the more likely you are to connect with your intuition or internal teacher. Your body knows how and what to feed itself to be healthy, how much and how often to move, and how much to rest. It is a matter of learning to listen to that voice and understand it. The slower you breathe, the more likely you are to hear that internal teacher.

5. Better Relationships. Most relationships would be better if people were less reactive. Can you imagine if instead of saying something mean, you were able to mentally step back and chill before talking? Wouldn’t that be nice? The state of your mind affects the breath, the reverse is true as well. When you are angry your breath is fast and shortened. When you are relaxed, your breath is slow and complete (hopefully!). The next time you are arguing with someone try taking longer deeper breaths. Notice how that can quickly reduces anger and allow you to look at the situation from a new perspective.

A good thing about breathing: you can do it anywhere and anytime. Even 5 minutes of slow deep conscious breathing once or twice a day can make a huge difference.

Thank you all for your patronage and I look forward to working with you in the coming year!

Peace,

Ms. Kerry Ann Fernandez, LMT, RYT

NJ Lic. #18KT00128500

NY Lic. # 005348-1

Kerry Massage and Healing Space

Business Mobile 201.681.5626 call/text

http://www.kerrymassage.com kerry@kerrymassage.com

omkerry@gmail.com

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday ~ 9am-9pm

Tuesdays 1pm-9pm

Friday and Saturday ~ 9am-5pm

 

Don’t Wait to Show Your Love

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Kerry Massage April 2013 Newsletter and Specials!

Don’t Wait to Show Your Love

As some of you already know, there was a death in my family a couple of months ago. My sister age 51 died in a car accident leaving her 2 beautiful children for us to raise and move forward with. This has been a trying two months for many reasons, but one thing I am consoled with is that my sister knew how much I loved her and I knew that she loved me too. We had our disagreements at times, but always knew the importance of resolving them and for that I am grateful.

I am telling you this for no other reason than to explain the title and point of this newsletter and the importance of expressing love to all those you truly love. Are those disagreements worth being stubborn about? Anyway, I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I think this deserves attention. Let it go, work through the disagreement, tell them you love them no matter what. Then, when they are no longer with us and “resting in peace”, hopefully we can be at peace as well. Love to all.

April Specials at Kerry Massage and Healing Space!

Dry Brushing Massage Special– save $15! Help the body eliminate toxins and balance through the skin. Includes Dry Brushing the entire body (you get your own body brush with the treatment with home care instruction) and a full body 60 minute Swedish Massage with Organic Coconut Oil. $110; with Deep Tissue $125.  (reg. price $125 and $140; add NJ Sales Tax 7%).

Prenatal Massage $10 Off! Swedish style bodywork focusing on the common imbalances occurring during pregnancy. The entire back, hip joints, legs, feet, issues of water retention and anything else the mother-to-be is feeling will be addressed. Deep work on contra-indicated pregnancy points is avoided. This is also a wonderful way for the pregnant woman to feel complete, since in most cases the belly is usually the focus for the duration of the pregnancy. $65 (reg. $75; add NJ Sales Tax 7%).

 

 

 

Benefits of Holistic Bodywork/Spa Treatments/Therapies/Specials 2013 !

Benefits of Ear Candling

Ear Candling is a very relaxing, nurturing and restorative treatment
dating back to ancient Egypt which assists in removing impurities as well as enabling the body to rid the ear of excess wax. Hollow paraffin or beeswax cloth candles between 10 and 12 incheslong are used, its tapered end gently inserted in the ear. The other end is lit
and the burning candle creates a slow vacuum and gentle smoke within the hollow
candle that dries and pulls out the toxins. Includes 2 candles per ear as well
as a gentle massage to the sinus areas of the face. Helps cold related symptoms
like sinus problems, sore throats, and ear aches, as well as allergies, hearing
difficulties, some chronic headaches, and swimmers ear.

Benefits of a Toning Detoxifying Wrap

A combination of Kombu, Kaolin and Spirulina, this body wrap aids in detoxifying and firming the body as the active ingredients permeate the skin leaving it toned and smooth. Kombu is a mineral rich seaweed powder packed with skin nurturing vitamins which helps to draw out damaging toxins, rejuvenate the body and significantly reduce bloat. Its high mineral content stimulates and increases circulation. Spirulina provides the vital amino acids that are needed to help restore and firm the tissues. Kaolin Clay stimulates the skin’s circulation, gently exfoliates and cleanses it, while not excessively over drying the skin.

Benefits of a Sea Salt Polish

A full body exfoliation utilizing three separate sizes of Dead Sea and Mineral salts and a combination of Jojoba, Avocado, Peach and Sunflower oils. This effective, yet gentle formula enhances exfoliation, increases circulation and removes accumulated residues and skin impurities while replenishing the skin to provide a healthy radiant glow.

Benefits of Swedish Massage

A blend of oils or creams are applied onto the body and firmly, but gently worked into the muscles to release and ease tension, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and increase joint and muscle mobility. Swedish massage can be relaxing, therapeutic, stimulating and grounding.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks and shoulders, and back tightness, although this can be applied anywhere the person is feeling tension, blocked circulation or limited movement. Slower, deeper pressure is applied to break down adhesions with the goal being pain relief as well as restoring normal movement.

 

Kerry Massage and Healing Space January 2013 Specials!

$35 for Ear Candling-Helps with Sinus, Ear Aches, Sore Throats! (reg. price $40), sales tax
not included

$15 Off Revitalize Spa Package-Detoxify and Rejuvenate After the Holidays!

Revitalize combines a full body Sea Salt Polish, the Toning and Detoxifying Body Wrap and ends with a 30 minute Swedish Massage or Deep Tissue Massage.
90 Minute Package. (Reg. Swedish $165, Deep Tissue $175) sales tax not included.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey

Kerry Massage December 2012 Newsletter and Specials!

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
– Stephen Covey

As the year draws to an end I look back and reflect on 2012. I saw more learning about myself and humanity, some sadness, some laughter, more growing, and always the motivation no matter what obstacles come my way to move into a positive light. Prayer, Faith, Love, Self Nurturing, Courage, Trust and Forgiveness come to mind.

I look forward to 2013 and also look forward to spreading a little healing light to you as well. I wish you all a Wonderful Holiday Season and an Amazingly Beautiful New Year!

December Specials at Kerry Massage and Healing Space!

$15 OFF Every 30, 60, 90 Minute Massage and Bodywork Treatment. This includes Gift Certificates purchased this month of December. Give the Gift of Healing, but don’t forget to heal yourself!

To purchase a gift certificate with this special please call/text* or email** to info below. (This special only to be used at Kerry Massage and Healing Space. House visits not included).

Peace,

Ms. Kerry Ann Fernandez, LMT;  NJ Lic. #18KT00128500;  NY Lic. # 005348-1
Kerry Massage and Healing Space
Business 201.766.4458
Mobile 201.681.5626 call/text*
http://www.kerrymassage.com
kerry@kerrymassage.com**

Displaced

No inspirations came to me last week as I tried to find something to write about for this newsletter. Even after I got power, although living with candlelight was very interesting, all I could think about were the difficulties that many people on the east coast were experiencing due to Hurricane Sandy. And though more people are coming together to help with supplies and relief, it’s now cold, snowy and some people are completely frustrated. So I will keep this brief and simply express gratitude for what we have and send prayers for those struggling through this challenging time. We will get through this. I wish you all love, patience, faith, hope and peace.

 

Where to donate:

www.redcross.org/Hurricane_Aid or Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.,www.salvationarmyusa.org/ or Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.,  The Humane Society http://www.hsus.org/ or  Text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10., http://www.njfoodbank.org/, http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/, http://newyorkcares.org/donate_now/, http://www.worldvision.org/ or Text the word GIVEUSA to 777444 to donate $10.

Some Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy for Inflammation After Exercise                                               
Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study found evidence at the cellular level that massage therapy may affect inflammation in a way similar to anti-inflammatory medications. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with musculoskeletal injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease, according to the lead author of the research.
Massage Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain                                
Research released in July 2011 expanded on previous studies demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain. Researchers found that “patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function”. The study was conducted over 10 weeks through Group Health Research Institute. Participants had a 60-minute massage once a week for 10 weeks. Massage patients also said they reduced the amount of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications they took. The study compared both relaxation massage and “structural massage” therapy and found no difference in the results from the type of massage given.
 

Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia Syndrome affects between 2 and 5 percent of the U.S. population, which is roughly 6 to 15 million people. Most FMS clients are women aged 25 to 50.1 Yet the definition of FMS has a number of variations.2

FMS Symptoms

The range of symptoms for Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) include widespread pain, fatigue, severely disturbed sleep and, all too often, digestive system distress. However, the causes almost always lie elsewhere, and not in the tissues where the pain is being felt.

My objective in helping FMS clients will include any or all of the following:

*   Easing anxiety and encouraging better sleep patterns

*    Deactivating trigger points

*    Improving general circulatory and lymphatic flow

*    Recognizing and helping improve breathing pattern disorders

*    Improving muscular tone, function and balance.

*    Working with compassion and empathy

When working with Fibromyalgia clients I primarily use gentle Swedish style strokes with massage oil or cream and therapeutic grade plant (Aromatherapy) oils. All symptoms are discussed and addressed to get the most out of each session. I may also combine Foot Reflexology to also address pain issues of the body as well as deepen the relaxation experience. For your first session, you may choose to start with 30 minutes, just to see how your body feels later, as you sleep, and how you feel the next day. If the results are positive you can continue with 30 minutes or if you choose, slowly increase the time. Again, you will observe your body’s reactions and at this point decide what amount of time works for you.

Some info you should know

With FMS clients, when massage and movement therapy were compared with relaxation and movement, there were far more benefits in the group receiving both massage and movement therapy. The greatest benefits were noted in areas of mood and depression, as well as in reduced pain levels.3

Disturbed sleep, a symptom of FMS, causes far more problems than fatigue. One of the functions of sleep during its deepest stages is production of the growth hormone (GH). It is also produced during aerobic exercise. GH performs many vital repair and regeneration tasks. Gentle massage therapy is important, but deep tissue work that would contribute to traumatizing tissues should be avoided, because less GH means less or slower healing of tissues.

1. Wolfe F, et al. “Serotonin Levels, Pain Threshold, and Fibromyalgia Symptoms in the General Population.” Journal of Rheumatology. 1997; 24(Mar): 555-559.

2. AmericanCollege of Rheumatology. “Criteria for the classification of fibromyalgia, arthritis and rheumatism.” 1990; 33:160-172.

3. Field T, Delage J, Hernandez-Reif M. “Movement and massage therapy reduce fibromyalgia pain.” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2002; 7(1):49-52.