Our Story featured on Built on Cape Cod - a cape made podcast

What an incredible opportunity to share our story on Built On Cape Cod. Have a listen to learn all about how Therapeutic Bodywork came to be!

Beth Madden opened Therapeutic Bodywork in 2004 as a sole proprietor offering Massage Therapy services in a single office. In the 14 years since then, she has grown her business from a one-woman shop to a booming Wellness Center offering numerous holistic wellness services + employing 11 practitioners. In this episode, Beth shares how she grew slowly + thoughtfully and gives insight into the many lessons-learned and growing pains-encountered along the way.

You can listen to the interview + learn more about her journey by searching "Built on Cape Cod" on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher, or at builtoncapecod.com/episode

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Complimentary Himalayan Salt Stone + Cinnamon Bark Add-On with theresa

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Experience the alkalizing and exfoliating benefits of the warm Himalayan Salt Stones, paired with the stimulating and stress relieving properties of the Cinnamon Bark Oil. For the entire month of November, Theresa is offering this complimentary add-on with every 75 + 90 Minute Massage booked. Don’t miss out on this treatment that will warm you from the inside out!

Moving from Yang to Yin - Tips for a Healthy transition into Fall

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Fall is in the air.

As we approach the Autumn Equinox on September 22, we say goodbye to the intense heat and exuberant social schedule of summer, and begin to embrace the quieter energy of Autumn.  It’s crisp cool air and brightly colored leaves are a welcome change.  For our ancestors, many of whom lived and worked on farms, this was a time of celebration for the bountiful harvest and of preparation for the long cold winter to come.  The Fall Equinox is seen as the transition from Yang to Yin energy ~ or from brightness, warmth, and outward activity to darkness, cold, and inward reflection.  The energy of this season is a drawing in and letting go.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this season is associated with the Metal Element, and with the Lung and Large Intestine Organ system.  The lungs govern our skin and respiratory system, both of which form boundaries between ourselves and the outer world.  When your lungs are in balance, you will have clear skin, a strong immune system, and the ability to set healthy limits.  The lungs’ paired organ, the large intestine, is responsible for letting go of waste ~ either through healthy elimination, or in the ability to let go of what is no longer serving us.  Weakness in the lung and large intestine organ systems will show up as frequent colds, allergies, spontaneous daytime sweating, low energy, pale complexion, and constipation.  Emotionally, we may experience excessive grief or sadness, and the inability to let go of the past.

Here are some suggestions to support our lung and large intestine systems, and to ease the transition into fall:

  • Clean your closets:  Spend some time creating order, and challenge yourself to get rid of 25 items that you no longer use.  This physical action of letting go will create energetic space and help to stimulate a release of old emotional baggage.  Practice letting go of unhealthy habits, and negativity.

  • Breathe:  Recognize that your breath is your connection to the outer world, and start to bring awareness to your breath in small moments throughout the day.  Practice deep belly breathing.  Shallow breaths taken into your upper lungs stimulate your sympathetic nervous system and the fight or flight response, whereas belly breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which has a calming effect.

  • Nourish:  As the weather becomes colder, start to incorporate more warming foods such as soups and stews.  Also, since this season is associated with dryness, choose foods which are moistening and supportive of the lungs.  Some to try include:

    • White Rice

    • White beans

    • Pears

    • Radishes

    • Sea vegetables

    • Potatoes

    • Cabbage

    • Turnips

    • Parsnip

  • Support:  Bolster your immune system with regular Acupuncture visits, and with a Chinese Herbal Formula designed to strengthen your body’s protective Qi.  Stimulation of Acupuncture Point ~Stomach 36, located one hands width down from the knee, has been found by researchers to strengthen and regulate the body’s immune response. Similarly, the herbal formula Yu Ping Feng San, made up of Astragalus, Atractylodes, and Ledebouriella root, has been shown to boost the body’s ability to fight off respiratory illness.  Clinically, it is used for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), spontaneous sweating, frequent colds, fatigue, and to prevent viral infections including SARS.  

Wishing you a happy and healthy transition into fall!

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540978/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823765/

 Chinese Herbal Formulas at Therapeutic Bodywork

Chinese Herbal Formulas at Therapeutic Bodywork

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-Pia Mezzacappa Lic.Ac. MAOM is a Licensed Acupuncturist who uses Chinese Medicine, Herbalism and Acupuncture to treat a myriad of imbalances and symptoms. Her specialties include women’s health issues, fertility and pregnancy support, Fibromyalgia and Thyroid conditions.

Pia is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and occasional Saturdays.

Reflexology for Fibromyalgia

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Written by: Charlene Shea, Reflexologist

As we all know, self-care is so important in this day and age as we are exposed to so many things that are detrimental to our health and well being. Whether it be our compromised food, environmental elements, or stress, we are forced to counteract the negative effects by committing to a healthy lifestyle. Often times this includes a regular practice of different healing modalities to maintain homeostasis in the body.

Reflexology is gaining recognition as one of the more profound ways to help balance the body. By working the reflex points in the hands and feet, a Reflexologist is able to stimulate different organs, glands and musculoskeletal parts of the body. It is truly like an internal massage.

For those suffering from Fibromyalgia, Reflexology has been a sought after and incredibly beneficial treatment for a variety of reasons. Below are five ways that Reflexology can benefit those suffering from Fibromyalgia:

  1. Relieves ‘Nerve Pain’ by calming down specific nerve endings.

  2. Helps Fight Fatigue by stimulating your pancreas and adrenal glands.

  3. Helps Digestion by stimulating your stomach and digestive organs.

  4. Promote Better Sleep by stimulating your pineal gland and triggering your parasympathetic nervous system.

  5. Improves Circulation by working the heart reflex and increasing lymphatic movement.

At Therapeutic Bodywork each Reflexology session begins with a warm foot bath and takes place in a Zero Gravity Chair, with a heated Biomat beneath you. We also offer a CBD Enhanced Reflexology session to help combat pain and inflammation in the body.

For a limited time, we are offering a complimentary upgrade to a CBD Reflexology session with Charlene.