Allergies anyone?!

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Today was a particularly rough day for me and my constant companions, ALLERGIES.   I often joke that I have sensitive skin EVERYWHERE, but it is far from a joke. The surface of my outer skin has proved itself to be incredibly sensitive  to chemicals, making everything from lotions, shampoos, deodorants and soaps to laundry detergents, clothing, and sunscreens, a treacherous experience. The surfaces on the insides of my body, today most particularly my entire respiratory systems surfaces, are just as sensitive with often more frightening reactions.  It amazes me, every single time, how swiftly my body can move from detecting a smell or sensation, to swelling, itching, wheezing and struggling to breathe.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (www.aafa.org) gives information and statistics on allergies in the US:

  • Allergy is characterized by an overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance (“allergen”) that is eaten, breathed into the lungs, injected or touched. This immune overreaction can results in symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat. In severe cases it can also result in rashes, hives, lower blood pressure, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, and even death.
  • Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18 years old
  •  An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies (1 in 5 Americans) including indoor/outdoor, food & drug, latex, insect, skin and eye allergies. Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.

AAFA_AsthmaAndAllergies_BarGraph_final-Smallfrom http://www.aafa.org

Wow, that is a lot of people struggling with these same allergy issues!  In many life situations, I find that I feel alone, surrounded by people that have no understanding of what I am going through in my body. I want you to know that I understand. Let me repeat myself. I UNDERSTAND.

That is why in my Massage practice, I strive to be as ALLERGEN FREE as I can and will make whatever additional changes that need to be made to provide you with a safe and relaxing space for your bodywork. I personally use almost entirely scent free body products on myself, so I will NOT be carrying fragrance allergens. The lotion that I use for massage is unscented, hypoallergenic and USDA Certified Organic. I also do what I can to keep the space I work in as clean and scent free as possible. If you have specific allergy issues and needs please contact me prior to your session so that we can work together to create a trigger free massage experience for you.

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New Moon. New Year. Its Your Time to ReAwaken.

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I can feel it. Can you?  That sparkle of a new beginning, a new day, a new opportunity to know and grow.  I believe PASSIONATELY in the power of Touch to reawaken you to the wonders of YOU, giving you the knowledge of self through both reconnecting to YOU and rediscovering all of those fabulous bits and pieces that are YOU.  It may not be as easy or pain free as it reads, but trust me-YOU are worth the investment!

I want to assist you in this great journey.  There is no better time than NOW to get started! From TODAY through February 2, 2015,  purchase a  package of 5  Massage Sessions and I will include 2 hours of Private Massage Instruction OR  2 hours of Private Meditation Instruction.

To purchase a 5 Massage Session Package of 60 Minutes Each, Click Here                               To purchase a 5 Massage Session Package of 90 Minutes Each, Click Here

Lets make this year YOUR time to ReAwaken!

How Can I Help You?

Investing in Massage is an investment in your health. All sessions are individually designed around the needs, goals and concerns of YOU.

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My energy and massage bodywork are extremely Calming, Soothing and Nurturing. Because of this energy, my Services are especially suited to individuals in need of a slower pace, giving time to adjust and trust.

I specialize in services for everyone including those living with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, terminal illnesses, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, trauma, and chemical dependencies.

All of my massage sessions are Individualized and Integrative. Here are some of the types of massage that may be included in your sessions:

Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Massage
Sports Massage
Medical Massage
Integrative Massage
Therapeutic Massage
Relaxation Massage
Post-Natal Massage
Acupressure

Your sessions with me may also include services such as:  Focused Breathing, Chakra Clearing, Stretching, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Energy Work, and more.

Please discuss with me your needs and goals for each session. Massage works best when we work as a team united in our vision.

 Massage Rates:

30 Minutes   $60

60 Minutes   $100

90 Minutes   $140

Massage Packages:
Buy 4 and get 1 free!

30 Minutes   $240

60 Minutes   $400

90 Minutes   $560

* If your financial situation is keeping you from the bodywork you need, do not hesitate to contact me. Lets see if we can come up with a solution!

*Payment may be made by CASH or Credit Card at the time of your session OR in advance through PayPal.   Please contact me to schedule PRIOR to making a payment through Paypal. 

Party Anyone?

How do you transform your next party from ordinary to unforgettable? Just add MASSAGE.  The party possibilities are ENDLESS! Not sure what I mean?  Here are some ideas:

 

 

Weddings

 Brides

     

  or Grooms  

   

 

* Girls Night In

   

* Birthdays

* Promotions

* Holidays

* or Just Because!  No one needs an excuse for a Massage Party!

 

And who are Therapeutic Massage Parties PERFECT for?  

                 Women…Men…Kids…Teens…Young…Old…EVERYONE!!

 

 

So how does a Massage Party work? You can chose from a few options that can then be Individualized for your specific group. These options are:

*Single service: You choose 1 service type for your entire group, such as foot massage, head/neck/shoulder massage or hand massage.

*Multi-Service Menu: A selection of services and lengths are available for your group to choose from, such as 60 minute table massage, 30 minute foot massage, or 15 minute hand massage.

*Instructional: Your group can be taught basic massage for sharing touch with friends and loved ones.

A Massage Party is the PERFECT way to spend time with friends and nurture yourself at the same time. What a fabulous combination!

Contact me today for Rates and to schedule your Party! Dawn Welburn LMT at ReAwakenThroughTouch@gmail.com or 347-522-3450. 

***Massage Parties are for the experience of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch and potentially the learning of basic massage techniques, in a safe, trusted environment. All services are for therapeutic purposes. All information and instruction is for Personal use only.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, and Gay Men | Massage St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

I recently posted an article on the benefits of massage in aiding those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is an article discussing the effects of growing up as a gay man, the trauma very often faced and the resulting issues with addictions and post traumatic stress disorder.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, and Gay Men | Massage St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.

Massage for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often misunderstood. The media highlights the returning troops afflicted with this disorder, but little is ever told of the multitude of others living with this every day. Any traumatic event can result in PTSD: natural disasters (hurricanes, tornado), combat, violent crimes (assault, rape), domestic and childhood abuse. The effects of this disorder on physical and mental health is astounding. PTSD causes your body to constantly be in the ‘fight or flight’ response, resulting in chronic pain which can ultimately lead to even more serious system-wide health issues.

Massage can make a dramatic difference in the lives of those suffering the devastating effects of PTSD. Massage and the receiving of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch can not only relax and relieve the stress of constantly contracted muscles, but bring the calming, soothing effects of touch on an emotional level.

This is a great article from the website of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine  on Massage and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Massage for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.