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The Many Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Posted on: June 7th, 2024 by TouchStone Health

By Maggie Seegmiller, RMT

Massage therapy during pregnancy, often referred to as prenatal massage, offers a multitude of benefits for expectant parents. One of the primary advantages is a significant reduction in stress and anxiety. Pregnancy is a time of considerable physical and emotional change. The soothing nature of massage can help alleviate feelings of uncertainty and overwhelm that may accompany these changes. This is achieved through the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood enhancers, which can help to improve overall emotional well-being.

Another crucial benefit of prenatal massage is the relief of common discomforts associated with pregnancy. As the body adapts to accommodate a growing baby, aches and pains are often a side effect. Massage therapy can alleviate these discomforts by improving circulation, reducing muscle tension, and enhancing flexibility. This not only makes pregnancy more comfortable but can also improve posture and reduce strain on muscles and joints.

Additionally, massage therapy can improve sleep quality. Many pregnant people struggle with sleep disturbances due to hormonal changes, physical soreness, and increased stress levels. Regular massage sessions can promote deeper and more restful sleep by reducing tension and encouraging relaxation. Improved sleep quality is essential for the overall health and well-being of both parent and baby. Adequate rest helps to optimize body function and leaves one better equipped to handle the physical demands of pregnancy.

Moreover, prenatal massage can play a role in preparing the body for labor. By enhancing circulation and flexibility, massage therapy helps maintain muscle tone and elasticity, which may facilitate a smoother delivery. It can also help in managing pain and discomfort experienced during labor, through the practice of relaxation techniques during treatments.

In summary, massage therapy during pregnancy offers significant benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, relief from physical discomforts, improved sleep quality, and preparation for labor and delivery. By integrating massage into prenatal care, expectant parents can experience a more comfortable and positive pregnancy journey.

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Maggie Seegmiller is not only a Registered Massage Therapist but also a trained Midwife

Osteopathy: How it Affects the Whole Body

Posted on: June 3rd, 2024 by TouchStone Health

by Leann Mai, M. OMSc

“I am a mess!!” Well at least that is what people often feel like! Our bodies have multiple systems that rely on each other, therefore if one system is not functioning- it has a knock off effect on others. For example; holding our breath (respiratory system) affects our cardiovascular system, which affects everything!! I can’t think of one system that doesn’t need fresh nutritious arterial blood. How about our digestive system? Acid problems can impact the mechanism of breaking food down into absorbable units which will affect the nervous system and often the integumentary system (skin/hair/nails). Anybody getting heartburn from those wings?! 

Osteopathy works with all systems of the body and improves how they interact. This means overall an improvement to your health.

Osteopathy can help with multiple day to day symptoms such as:

  • Low back pain
  • Fluid build-up / Edema
  • Heartburn / Constipation, IBS
  • Headaches Migraines
  • Plantar fasciitis / Arch pain in the feet
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strains
  • Frozen shoulder/ Tennis elbow /Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Low energy
  • Arthritis

Osteopathy can help relieve these symptoms and improve your day to day functioning.   

Osteopathy can also help with some lesser known symptoms associated with:

  • Scoliosis
  • PMS
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Herniations
  • Osgood Schlatter disease
  • Bloating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Male and female reproductive system dysfunction
  • Asthma
  • Varicose veins. 

You may have an even more difficult diagnosis that you are coping with, Osteopathy can help support you and all your systems to give you the best advantage of improving your quality of life. Alignment of the skeletal system through the muscular system and fascia of the integumentary system can also set you up for a faster recovery if you have injured yourself or are set to have surgery.

So if you feel like your “body is a mess”, I hope you feel a little more hopeful in that with the way the body compounds dysfunction it can also compound improved function, making for better days ahead! 

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Ayurvedic Medicine: The Health Benefits of Cumin Water

Posted on: May 21st, 2024 by TouchStone Health

By Senthil Krishnasamy, Ayurvedic Practitioner

In Ayurveda, cumin water has been shown to have many health benefits including:

  1. Aids Digestion: Cumin water stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes, improving digestion and reducing bloating and gas. 
 2. Boosts Immunity: Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, cumin water helps strengthen the immune system and protect against infections.
 3. Promotes Weight Loss: It can boost metabolism and help burn fat, making it a useful addition to a weight loss regimen. 
 4. Improves Skin Health: The antioxidants in cumin water can help prevent premature aging and improve skin texture. 
 5. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Cumin water can help regulate blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for people with diabetes.
 6. Enhances Lactation: It is believed to improve milk secretion in lactating mothers due to its high iron content and other essential nutrients. 
 7. Treats Respiratory Disorders: Its anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues.
 8. Detoxifies the Body: Cumin water helps in flushing out toxins from the body, promoting overall health. 
 9. Reduces Inflammation: Its anti-inflammatory properties can help in reducing inflammation and pain associated with conditions like arthritis. Incorporating cumin water into your daily routine can be a simple and effective way to enjoy these health benefits.

Here’s how to prepare it:  

Ingredients:

1 to 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds

2 cups of water

Instructions:

Measure and Boil Water: Pour 2 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil.
Add Cumin Seeds: Once the water is boiling, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds. 
Boil the Mixture: Let the mixture boil for 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the seeds to infuse thoroughly into the water.  Strain and Cool: After boiling, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down to a drinkable temperature. Strain the water to remove the seeds. 
Serve: Pour the strained cumin water into a cup and drink it warm.
Optional Additions: Lemon: Add a few drops of lemon juice for additional flavour and vitamin C. Honey: Stir in a teaspoon of honey for sweetness and extra health benefits. 

By boiling cumin water, it can enhance its flavour and potential benefits.

“In our Ayurvedic practice, we employ numerous therapeutic strategies for gastrointestinal disorders, utilizing various herbal medicines to treat these conditions.”

“If you have any questions, please send an email to sencajal@gmail.com.”

We are Triune: Health on all Levels

Posted on: May 14th, 2024 by TouchStone Health

by Leann Mai, Manual Osteopathic Therapist

We are triune (Merriam-Webster 2024, meaning: three in one/ b: consisting of three parts, members, or aspects)

We are a combination of body, mind and spirit…Beautifully put together to move, learn, think, and feel. We may think of these aspects as all being separate, especially if we are trying to satisfy each one separately for self care but it is simply not possible. When we affect one, we affect all. Physical pain like sciatica can be exhausting and it can prevent you from getting out and “filling your spirit” through activities like gardening, swimming or playing with your family. Pain can also drain us mentally.

If we look at the flip side…There is a scene from the movie Parental Guidance that always brings a smile to my face. In the movie the grandparents play a game of “kick the can” with their grandchildren. I see this scene as being a perfect example of the body, mind, and spirit all being rejuvenated through movement strategy and connection!

When our body is out of alignment, it signals to our brain there is a problem. Our mind then interprets this signal as pain. We don’t live a life where we wish to become structurally aligned and not move in order to stay that way. We wish to be able to move, feel, enjoy and recover efficiently and with as little discomfort as possible. We work all day and suffer with low back pain, sore shoulders and stiff necks in order to live for the joy of playing sports, experiencing vacations, playing music and raising a family- seeking to connect the three aspects (mind, body, spirit) of ourselves.

Our bodies were created with the same complexity of relationships, and we respond or react differently to a variety of therapies and practitioners, that’s why a healthcare team sets you up for the best success. Find your team, find your health! 

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Don’t Worry, Your Brain Has Got Your Back!

Posted on: April 26th, 2024 by TouchStone Health

by Leann Mai, Osteopathic Manual Therapist

Having a bit of an optimistic point of view can be beneficial for body and mind. Our body is designed to take the path to health and it is programmed to do whatever it can to keep you upright and get through the day. Our nervous system navigates through these challenges whether we are aware of them or not. Oh!- you didn’t realize you were holding your breath or your shoulders have somehow crept up and feel like they are almost touching your ears!? That’s the sympathetic nervous system kicking in to give us the edge and awareness where we need it (a.k.a. our fight/flight/freeze response) in order to get through the urgency of our experience. Now that the stress is gone you can safely take a deep breath and lower them! That is when our parasympathetic system kicks in to level out the tone between the systems and bring symmetry back to the functions of our body (a.k.a. our rest/digest/repair response). 

When there is dysfunction in the body it can cause an imbalance of motion in our daily activities and quality of our daily functions that we don’t even think about- like digesting our food or rate and rhythm of our heartbeat. Our nervous system is amazing how it signals the body to get through our day controlling everything from muscle tension to reflexes for our safety (ouch! That pan is hot!) to nutritious blood supply.

Osteopathy thinks about the MAP of your body, that is why individual care is the best care- your Mechanics to your Anatomy to improve your Physiological processes. Using principle based treatment to bring balance, so that your body can do what it is designed to do- bring health.

Leann is now taking on new patients!

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564-572 Weber Street North, Unit 3A
Waterloo, Ontario
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