Susan Mathason, LMT

Mindful Bodywork LLC

Your Mindful Minute

Ahhh-choo!  It's Spring!  5/7/17

Easy things you can do at home to help relieve your itchy eyes and stuffy nose...

Each allergy season, I help clients clear their sinuses, breathe better, and see better.  Using CranioSacral Therapy and lymph drainage therapy, we release tension and improve air/fluid flow.

But what can you do at home?

For itchy eyes, my favorite home remedy is using baby shampoo as an eyelid scrub.* 

Years ago, my eye doctor gave me this simple tip to gently rinse the crusty goop off of my eyelids.  I have ocular rosacea, plus I wear contact lenses, so allergy season used to be a nightmare.  But washing my eyelids with just a drop of baby shampoo in the shower each morning has virtually eliminated the problem.  For some more info on eyelid scrubs, here's an informative video.

And for a stuffy nose and sinus issues, there's nothing like a neti pot.*  

My doctor recommended I try this simple technique, and much to my surprise, I could breathe through my nose for the first time in my life!  My neti pot has helped me avoid what used to be almost continuous sinus infections. I use mine just about every day.  Here's a link to my favorite brand of neti pot, where you can also find a video showing you exactly how to use it. It's worth getting over the "ewww" factor and giving it a try.

Wishing you wellness,

Susan

*Disclaimer: The material contained herein is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute, nor does it replace, a professional medical consultation.  Consult your healthcare professional before starting any new health regimen.

 

 

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Care and Feeding - 2/6/17

 

Happy Health Year!

We all start the New Year full of resolutions to presumably fix things we're doing wrong. What if we started the New Year resolving to capture the things we already do well, and expand upon them?

We have owner’s manuals for our appliances, our cars, our electronic gadgets.  But how many of us have an owner’s manual for our body?  There are many books and references out there telling us how we should keep ourselves healthy and happy, but you won't find one filled with tips that always (ok, maybe even just usually) work for you.

How about creating a book entitled, "Care and Feeding of (insert your name here)"? 

I got the idea to create such a book years ago when I was sitting in the waiting room at a doctor's office.  This doctor treated patients who had serious, chronic conditions.  First, I noticed that many of the patients had huge loose leaf binders full of their personal info. Some of them even had rolling bags in which they carried all of their medications and supplements.  Second, it registered on me that hey, wait a minute -- I'm sitting here waiting to see this doctor too!  I wasn't very healthy either, and somehow it wasn't until that moment that I actually gave myself permission to acknowledge that...that I seriously needed some help too.

So I stole the loose leaf binder idea and decided to make it my own.  My "Care and Feeding of Susan" book is full of some of the obvious things -- a medication and supplement list, doctors' recommendations, test results, etc.  Some of the less obvious things are those I've accumulated along the way -- inspirational quotes, prayers, drawings, journal entries.  There are also lists of things that I refer to when I'm too stressed to make the best choices -- foods never to eat/always to eat, "fail safe" advice, meditations, breathing exercises, anything that helps me feel whole again. 

These days, the “binder” has expanded to include notes on my iPhone, iPad, a paper journal, computer files.  You get the idea.  I’m doing what works for me in the moment.

All that being said, what will go into your "Care and Feeding of (insert your name here)" book?

Here’s a start for you -- Click  HERE to download your Energetic Emergency card!

Happy Health Year!

Wishing you wellness,

Susan

 

*Disclaimer: The material contained herein is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute, nor does it replace, a professional medical consultation.  Consult your healthcare professional before starting any new health regimen.

 

 

 

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