Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Below I am sharing an article I found so interesting, and I hope that you will too! As a massage therapist, I am allowed the opportunity to treat the “gut” and can closely see how massage helps with a wide range of issues from indigestion to something as abstract as how we feel about our decisions. Let me know…do you think about your belly? Do you perform self-massage here? How does it feel when someone else puts their hands here?

By Adam Hadhazy on February 12, 2010

The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eatBy Adam Hadhazy on February 12, 2010
As Olympians go for the gold in Vancouver, even the steeliest are likely to experience that familiar feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach. Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our “second brain”.

A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.

Although its influence is far-reaching, the second brain is not the seat of any conscious thoughts or decision-making.

Read more at Scientific American

Your Music Playlists

New for December 2020!

When you book your appointment you will see a part called Add-on where you can select “Your Music Playlist” to hear during your massage. Under “Notes” type in the title of the playlist. See below for “Your Music Playlist”.

Clicking will take you to the Pandora Music playlist where you can see the titles and artists.

a. Breathing Space Massage

b. Dre’s Soulful R&B Massage

c. Lo-Fi Massage


Two-Times-You Is Human Performance. Multiplied.


Symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.”

Symptoms include:

Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings

Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness

Irritability, restlessness

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

Fatigue and decreased energy

Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

Overeating, or appetite loss

Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Massage Therapy is proven to improve dopamine and serotonin.

FREE Color Therapy

What is your favorite color? Colors have been an important part of human history right since the ancient ages. Each color has its own distinct effect. Some colors encourage excitement, whereas others make a person angry and yet other colors give a person a feeling of peace and gratification.
What is your favorite color?

It may not seem very obvious, but colours play a greater role in our lives than most of us realise. In fact, colours can be so influential on the human mind and body, that they are even considered to have healing properties. Like many other alternative treatments, Colour Therapy has grown in popularity over the years and is one of the most sought after treatments today.

Benefits of Colour Therapy
Light is considered to be one of the purest healing forces in the universe. The presence or absence of light can affect the Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Pineal glands. This, in turn, can influence our physical and mental health. We’ve listed a few of the various benefits that come from using colour therapy below:
a) Safe and pain-free so it can be used for children, adults and elderly alike
b) Addresses the physical symptoms of an ailment and also its non-physical origin
c) Balances the Chakras in the body
d) Has a positive influence on not only physical levels but also mental and spiritual levels
e) Helps meditation and relaxation, and can enlighten and transform an individual
f) Eliminates emotional blockages before they can manifest as mental or physical illnesses
Apart from theses benefits, colour therapy can improve awareness and help individuals understand the need for including certain colours in their daily lives. It can also help natural healing in a body, enabling overall well-being.

Add-On this service to any of our massages for FREE!

Stay Healthy & Germ Free 2020

The Coronavirus IS NOT at Massage & Healthy Living! Other germs and viruses like the common cold/flu aren’t here either. Please help me keep the office a clean and germ-free environment by practicing fundamental hygiene in your daily routine, and especially prior to your massage appointment.

Best practices to help you stay healthy:

  1. Shower daily and specifically before your massage appointment to remove salty, smelly, and greasy perspiration.
  2. Disinfect the items you touch regularly i.e., doorknobs, car doors, car steering wheel, etc. using a spray or wipe.
  3. Wash your hands before eating or preparing food.
  4. Wash your hands before inserting contact lenses or performing any other activity that brings you in contact with the eyes or mouth.
  5. Wash your hands for 20 seconds and scrub under your fingernails.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  7. Carry an alcohol-based hand cleaner for on-the-go use. Disinfect shared surfaces, such as keyboards, cellphones, doorknobs, and remote controls.
  8. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

If you have a fever or are otherwise contagious, are coughing, sneezing, and/or have a runny nose, it’s best to reschedule your massage for another time when you are healthy.

The flu virus can generally survive on surfaces for 24 hours, according to the National Health Service. That leaves plenty of time for germs to spread among family members. Just one sick child can pass an illness to an entire family in the right setting.

Keep yourself and your family healthy by following these tips. As always, I look forward to seeing you at your next massage! Stay Healthy!

April Deal $58 Massage

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We are dropping our 1st time visit from $68 to $58 for a limited time.  If you’ve been on the fence about visiting Dre for a massage because of money, this is your chance to book an appointment at a discounted rate!  Book now so that you get your spot before someone else does.  We are located at 981 High House Rd in Cary, North Carolina inside of the building, Breakthrough Physical Therapy.

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The Sway Sway Back

Do any of these photos look like you? Email me to find out how to correct your posture and decrease your pain while increasing your flexibility and mobility!


🔒 Overactive/tight hamstring drives the hips forward causing:
🔒elongated and weak hip flexors
🔒 end of range hip extension in standingweak gluteal muscles
🔒 anterior translation of femoral head
🔒 elongated/weak external oblique
🔒 short internal oblique, pulls lower ribs forward/down
🔒over-active muscles in the thoraco-lumbar junction
🔒 upper cross syndrome

Common injuries associated with the Sway back posture

Hip: Arthritis, impingement, labral tears, bursitis, hip flexor tendinopathy, hamstring strains

Lower back: Muscular tension, facet joint degeneration, disc bulges

Shoulder: Impingement, bursitis, tears

Neck: Headaches, muscular tension, degneration

If you suffer from any of the above issues and have tried everything to try to get it better, your Sway back posture may be the leading cause! Come visit Massage & Healthy Living in Cary, NC. 980980-354-LMBT .

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