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massage therapy and gluten free living 

About Me: I am a licensed massage therapist and gluten free lifestyle coach 

I have been doing massage therapy for over 10 years professionally, but I actually started doing massage as a small child! I've always had a natural inclination to make people feel better. I believe that as a society we are incredibly touch deprived and massage provides an essential service in helping with our general well being, as well as easing stress, pain, and treatment of injuries.  

In 2003 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Prior to that diagnosis, I was morbidly obese, diagnosed with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, depression/anxiety disorder, hypoglycemia as well as having high blood pressure, hypothyroid function, and high cholesterol. The treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a diet free of gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye). Since cutting all gluten out of my diet I have lost 115 pounds and am off  all of the prescriptions that I was on.

me before                                                                     me after!

I am now on a mission to help others who are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or those who think they may have Celiac or may be gluten intolerant  

Symptoms of Celiac Disease    

I am also an amateur chef (I love to cook) and I have been doing healthy food Food Demo's with Dr. Joe Esposito and Lori Walth, and Lori and I have been asked to do Gluten Free Demos in addition to what we do with Dr. Joe Esposito! We are very excited about this!                                                              

Gluten Free Food Demos 

I also offer individualized Gluten Free Lifestyle Coaching sessions! Click link for more info! 

Gluten Free Lifestyle Coaching 

Customizable Gluten Free Gift Baskets! 

Nini's Fun Dough is a gluten free play dough that is safe for children with Celiac Disease or Autism. It is handmade by me and kid tested and approved by my daughter and her friends.

Gluten Free Playdough 

 

 

Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

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Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation

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Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

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Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy

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Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

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Reduces muscle spasms

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Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion

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Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work

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Promotes deeper and easier breathing

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Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids

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Reduces blood pressure

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Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain

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Enhances the health and nourishment of skin

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Improves posture

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Strengthens the immune system

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Treats musculoskeletal problems

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Rehabilitation post operative

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Rehabilitation after injury

(Source: AMTA)

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Fosters peace of mind

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Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

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Helps relieve mental stress

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Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

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Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

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Emotional Benefits

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Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch

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Fosters a feeling of well-being

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Reduces levels of anxiety

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Creates body awareness

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Increases awareness of mind-body connection

(Source: AMTA

 LINKS: 

Dr. Joe Esposito, Health Plus Wellness Center 

Celiac.com  

Atlanta Metro Celiacs Support Group 

Allergy Grocer

What is Massage Therapy? 

Recipes 

If you have scheduled your first massage appointment with me, in order to save time, please print and fill out these forms, and bring with you to your first appointment. Thanks! 

Client Intake Form

Health History 

If you are a newly diagnosed Celiac or are thinking about trying the gluten free diet, click on the link for my Newbie Survival Kit

Newbie Survival Kit Zip file If you have Windows XP you may have trouble extracting some of the files

Newbie Survival Kit Files These are inividually posted so you can download one file at a time


 

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