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Good Posture hard to come by easy to learn.
The Spa Industry is a very physical job and proper body mechanics can help prevent wear and tear on the body. One key part of body mechanics is good posture. Posture is something that doesn’t come naturally to most people. I have come across a neat device to help training your body to have good posture, this devices name is the Upright Go. I came across the device through social media as I’m always looking for the latest gadgets to share with clients, colleagues and followers.
It’s a small and slim device that sticks to upper back. The adhesive strip didn’t irritate my skin and it comes with extra adhesive strips. The strips remind me of Command Strips that you use to attach hooks to wall. The strips come off easily when you want but stay on securely when you don’t. It comes with a small black case and a charger. See picture for example of the product.
Upright go monitors your vertical posture, are you leaning forward or hunching. It doesn’t monitor every aspect of your posture. But it does a good job of telling you when your slouching and offers a training mode. The training mode vibrates when ever you slouch. The vibration feels and sounds like a vibrating notification from your cell phone. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend doing training mode while giving treatment. As your client may think that you are on your cell phone while you are giving them a massage or facial.
Most massage schools go over body mechanics and how good posture can help you achieve a long career. The terms sky hook and earth hook are often used to describe how you should stand. The Upright go will help you with your sky hook or other terms keeping head up and shoulders back.
It was easy to set up. I charged the device, downloaded the app, sync the app and phone. Then I just stuck it on my back. That’s it.
At first, I hated the app because it showed me how bad my posture was. I slouched 80% of the time of day. I mean really? So, I wasn’t ready for such honesty. But I swallowed my pride and kept using it.
The first couple of days wearing the device the my upper back quickly became sore. Mainly because I was using muscles that had weakened from my poor posture. I ended up getting a massage and doing some stretching of the Trapezius, Pectoral, Rhomboids and all the various neck muscles. This helped to relieve the muscle soreness from the Upright Go. They recommend wearing it every day for a least a week. And then wearing it couple times a week to help keep you in habit of using good posture. I used everyday for three weeks. That is how long it took me to not think about sitting up straight up straight and for me to just do it on my own. I’m not perfect but it has been a huge help in relieving some of my back pain.
The app has two modes Training mode and tracking mode. Both are useful for resource. The data provided by app isn’t an exact science it won’t tell you if your hip is hiked up or if you are leaning more on foot or the other.
When in training mode, the Go will vibrate if you lean forward too much, lightly nudging you to straighten your back and correct your posture. The vibration never jolting just a gentle reminder to sit up straight. I would not recommend having it in training mode for long periods of time because it will drain your cellphone battery very quickly.
Tracking mode doesn’t change much. The thing just won’t vibrate if you hunch past the threshold. Whatever mode you’re in, the device still tracks the time spent straight or stooped, presenting them in colorful, accessible graphs and charts. The app provides all the product information you could want and even built-in chat to get at customer-support staff directly. The data isn’t perfect, but it is a good resource for helping to improve your health.
The upright go website states the following “Poor posture can cause fatigue, all kinds of muscular pain and headaches. It can impact your gait, circulation, breathing and generally accelerate wear and tear on your body. Hunching over and putting pressure on your intestines can slow down your digestive system. It can also sap your energy levels, harm your mood and affect how other people perceive you.”
The device I found is not a quick fix it will take a minimum of a couple weeks to truly train your body to have good posture. You do have to commit to use it. Making sure you take it off and charge it at night. I forgot one night that I still had it on, the battery died and had to charge it the next day. Before I could do my training session. To be fair to myself I had busy schedule at spa that day and little sleep night before due to my toddler being sick most of the night.
I think the device would great for spa technicians, students and clients. Really anyone can use it. But being in the spa industry and having taught massage for a couple years. I could see this device being used in massage school to help reinforce good posture while learning the basics of good body mechanics. I could also see this device being sold by chiropractors, physical therapist and massage therapist to help with their client’s treatments for back problems. I believe the Upright Go really can be used for almost anyone.
I recommend you try Upright Go to help improve you posture which in turn can help improve back problems and over all heath.
Upright go is currently having a special on the device with 2 to 3 day shipping. Follow the link to check it out. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.
Disclaimer: I did receive the Upright Go for free. I was not paid to review the device. My review is my honest feedback and opinion.
Comfy clients equal happy clients
There is nothing more annoying than laying down to enjoy a massage and the table is rock hard. One way to enhance your clients experience is to have a comfortable to table for clients to lay down on. Having a massage or an aesthetics table that has enough padding is key. No matter how good your facial or massage treatment is if you cheap out on the table clients won’t be able to relax and enjoy their service.
There are several types of tables out there that have extra thick padding. Oak Works and Earthlite are some of my favorite brands. I am also a huge fan of the electric table that adjust the heads and legs as well. There are also padding options that you can add to table. Massage Warehouse and Universal Spa Supplies are two companies that I like to get supplies from so check there if your looking for accessories to add onto your table.
Another nice touch to add to table is a table warmer. The two table warmers that I like the best by Oakworks and Earthlite.
Oakworks Premium Fleece Table Warmer
I like the Oakworks brand because it goes up to 135 degrees, down side for this heater that it turns off every 99 minutes. So, if you have cold treatment room and able to remember to reset the heater this is a good option for you.
Earthlite Deluxe Fleece Table Warmer
The Eartlite table warmer is another good choice it goes up to 122 degrees and this is heater will stay on for up to 10 hours. This heater is great when you have lots of back to back appointments. You can turn it on at the beginning of day and not have to reset it after each client.
Another must have for your treatment table is a water proof sheet that will go over table warmer and padding. That way you can wipe down and disinfect your table between clients. This will also protect your table warmer and padding from getting oil or product on them. You can find these at most spa supplies companies like I mention earlier.
Having a comfy table that is nice and warm is one of the many ways to enhance your treatments. So, if you haven’t laid down own your table in while, do it. See what your clients are feeling and make sure it’s comfortable. This is one way to make your clients have the best experience possible and keep them coming back to you.
Don’t let your spaghetti noodles stick together.
Over the years many clients of mine have asked “What causes the stress in their muscles?” “Why is that muscle so tight?”
My answer is usually your spaghetti noodles are stuck together. That sounds a little weird, but bear with me. If you stick noodles in a pot and don’t stir them, what happens? They stick together. What if you try to cook the noodles with not enough water? The noodles stay hard, don’t cook or they never soften.
Our muscles are made up of bunch of fibers, sorta like spaghetti noodles.
Frankly there are a lot if reasons why our muscles get tight. Usually if we don’t stretch our muscles, have a lot of stressors, are not active, poor posture or stay hydrated the muscle fibers will stick together. Just like the spaghetti noodles when we don’t stir them or use enough water. The noodles are a silly analogy for the muscle fibers. But usually everyone knows what spaghetti noodles look like and have a basic premise on how to cook them.
So how do you keep your muscle fibers from sticking together. One of the best was is through massage. Massage loosens the muscle fibers so they can move freely. This helps with improving range of motion and relieves tension.
I recommend getting a massage a minimum of every three months, once every two weeks is ideal. Just like our car needs a good tune up every so many miles, so do we. Hey, another analogy!
Now massage won’t fix every tight muscle if you are not taking care of your body. I will go into more details in another blog post so this article will not take a long detour and get off topic. Mainly staying hydrated, active and general healthy habits along with massage is the one of the best ways to keep our muscle fibers/spaghetti noodles loose and moving freely.
(I love this picture from AMTA website that shares some good reasons to get a massage.)
The website MassageTherapy.com list some of the many benefits of massage and has links for some clinical studies on massage. I have shared their information and links for resources below.
The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesion’s and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Review the clinical research studies examining the benefits of massage.
Review massage information from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.