Opioid Epidemic Q & A

by Pamela Israel
Peaceful Spirit Therapeutic Massage & Wellness Centers
With the US opioid epidemic causing over 130 deaths every day, many healthcare providers and patients are looking for ways to ease chronic pain without taking pills. In the next two blogs, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic, including its history, what these drugs are, and what people are doing to help. In this first segment, we’ll be answering questions about the history of opioids, their use today, and the current state of the opioid epidemic.
First off, what is an opioid anyway?Opioids are a class of drugs that interact with certain sensors in the brain and body called opioid receptors. Examples of opioids include OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. Prescription opioids are usually considered safe when used as directed and for short periods of time. However, in addition to relieving pain, these pills also cause euphoria. In other words, they get the user “high”, which…

Meet Your Practitioner: Mary, LMT

LMT Since: 2019
PS Team Member Since: 2018
Favorite Modalities: Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, and Craniosacral Therapy
This Year's Focus: Thai Massage
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Hobbies: Travelling, Netflix/Gaming, ExercisingFavorite Quotes:   "Whether you think you can or you think you can't -- you're right." -- Henry Ford
"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people." – Tena Desae

Mary graduated in 2018 from a basic program of 750 hours and is in the process of completing an additional 250-hour program for a total of 1000 hours. During her interview, Mara found her massage to be very connected, with firm to deep pressure. She also has an excellent grasp of anatomy with strong palpatory skills. We are very excited to have her on our team. She has completed a variety of our internal training classes including body wraps, mud mask and our signatu…

Five Surprising Benefits of Hot Stone Masssage

by Pamela Israel Peaceful Spirit Massage and Wellness Centers
Hot stone massage is sometimes seen as an indulgence. For many people, it’s something they do to treat themselves, but not a treatment to get often. But hot stone massage can have some surprising benefits that you may not get with a regular Swedish massage. Here are five benefits of hot stone massage that you might not know.

Increased circulationUsing heated stones along with traditional Swedish massage techniques have been shown to increase circulation all over the body. Blood circulation is how the body delivers nutrients, eliminates waste, and heals itself. Increasing circulation helps to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the extremities and helps with cell growth and organ function. In addition, increasing circulation is healthy for the skin, which makes the body better able to defend against bacteria and other harmful microbes.

A word of caution: Hot stone massage can be beneficial for people with circulation issue…

Meet Your Practitioner: Annette

LMT Since: 2011
PS Team Member Since: 2018
Favorite Modalities: Swedish (focusing on upper back and feet)
This Year'sFocus: Sports massage, Injury Recovery
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Hobbies: Movies, Spending time with my family and partner
Favorite Quote: "Take one day at a time."

Annette LMT has been a licensed massage therapist since 2011. She is driven to help people feel better and wants to be of service to others. She takes a calm and slow approach to getting into the muscles, never wanting to cause pain. She takes her time and is patient. She works full-time Tuesday through Saturday and is an Experienced Level therapist.

Five Questions: Moxa and Moxibustion

by Pamela Israel Peaceful Spirit Massage & Wellness Centers
If you come to Peaceful Spirit’s Country Club Road location often, you may have smelled moxa.  Love it or hate it, moxa is used by many acupuncturists to treat a variety of different illnesses.  In this blog, we’ll give you an overview of moxa and moxibustion, including reasons for use, how it’s used, and how you can expect to feel after its use. What are moxa and moxibustion? Moxa is an herbal concoction that is usually made from Chinese mugwort (Artemesia vlugaris).  Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy where small amounts of moxa are burned close to the patient’s skin.  Acupuncturists use moxibustion to induce the flow of Qi – the life force. What are the benefits of moxa/moxibustion and what is it used to treat?Moxibustion is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture and many acupuncturists feel that the two complement each other well.  Benefits of using moxa and moxibustion include promoting circulation of blood and …

Meet Your Practitioner: Benita, LMT

LMT Since: 2016
PS Team Member Since: 2016
Favorite Modalities: Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy
This Year's Focus: Sports Massage
Cats or Dogs? DOGS!!
Hobbies: Biking (road and mountain), working out, reading
Favorite Quote: "The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me?" Ayn Rand

Benita's style is deeply relaxing while working deeper into muscles to improve movement, relieve spasms, and give pain relief. She has completed level one Cranio Sacral Therapy and Kinesio Taping. In the future she plans to add reflexology and deepen her knowledge and techniques with sports massage. Benita says she loves giving massage because it never feels like work! She is an Experienced Level therapist and works part-time. 

The True Arrival of Spring

By Mara Concordia,  CEO of Peaceful Spirit Massage & Wellness Centers

and Talena DeBaun, BA, M.Ac., L.Ac.,  Former Acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Massage & Wellness Centers
Here in our Southwestern desert, Spring sometimes seems to arrive early. With temperatures fluctuating between the 30's and the 70's (F) and wildflowers beginning to bloom in February, we are often fooled into thinking that Spring has arrived. In truth, it is the seasonal movement toward the equality of light and darkness, when the Sun is crossing directly over the Equator that Spring officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. This "moment" is referred to as the Vernal or Spring Equinox. From that moment on, the hours of light and length of day are increasing and the hours of darkness and length of the night are, of course, decreasing.

In Chinese Medicine, we refer to this time of year as the time of "rising Yang". Yang energy exemplifies active and rapid growth and expansion.…