RACHAEL SUMMERS

4475 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. Suite 201

Portland, OR 97225

www.rachaelsummers.com

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This last Sunday while leaving work, I accidentally slipped down some stairs and sprained my ankle pretty badly.  Besides this just sucking all together, it especially sucks since I'm a new business owner and I fully and completely rely on myself to pay the bills.  Besides that, I'm fully booked for the next three weeks, so I was really hoping it wasn't anything major that would inhibit me from working.  Luckily for me, it's just a good old-fashioned sprained ankle. 

As some of you may know, sprained ankles and other similar injuries are actually far worse than a broken bone.  Why, you ask?  Well when you sprain your ankle, often times you roll out to the sides.  This causes the tendons and ligaments to overlengthen, which cannot easily be undone, if ever at all.  That means that you're even more prone to rolled or sprained ankles because your ankles are weak. 

So, in lieu of my recent ankle injury, here are some excellent strengthening exercises you ca...

For those of you who have had a massage from me, you'll probably remember that at the end of the session, I always make a point to go over stretching and at-home exercises with you.  I can't stress enough how important these are.  I can massage you every week, but unless you're stretching and doing at-home exercises, you're never going to experience lasting results - it's that simple. 

Since you can't take me home with you, I wanted to share this video with you on hip and glute stretching so that you can practice these exercises on your own.  Glute (aka butt) and hip stretching not only helps with those particular areas, but also with the lower back, which is a common complaint. 

Make sure you hold the stretches for at least 30 seconds, although I've had some Physical Therapists even tell me 90 seconds.  As always, work within your comfort zone, range of motion, and abilities.  If something really hurts, and not a good hurt, then don't do it or talk to me about a modificat...

March 11, 2016

Everybody seems to talk about what you should be doing during a massage, but what about after?  What you do after a massage is just as important, if not sometimes even more important, than getting a massage.  Continue reading to learn about the 8 best things, in my humble opinion of course, to do after you receive a massage!

1. Drink Water.

We as human beings, and I feel like especially Americans, do not drink enough water.  75% of our bodies is made up of water, and when we don’t get the necessary amount, our body literally starts to shut down, starting with non-crucial functions first.  Also, when we’re consistently not drinking enough water, it makes it harder for our body to filter out toxins and allergens, making your body that much more toxic.  I always suggest that after a massage you should be drinking at least a liter of water – that’s about 4.3 cups of water for all you non-metric folks – to help your body flush out

toxins that the massage is pushing through.  Mas...

March 4, 2016

   1. I’m Authentic.

 

I’m not trying to sell you.  Yes, I want your business, but I’m not afraid of telling you to go for a shorter session, if that’s what I think you would benefit most from.  I’m also not going to try and sell you product.  When I do eventually add products to my business, they will be local, ethically created products that I truly believe in.  I am genuinely here to help you heal.  I am also not afraid to refer you to someone who I think might be a better fit for you, depending on what your needs are. 

 

  2. I’m Highly Skilled. 

 

I have 9 years of professional experience.  First off, that’s huge.  Most therapists don’t make it past 7 years.  Massage Therapy can be hard on the body if you don’t work in proper alignment, and that’s another reason why I’m so happy with the education that I received at The Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Colorado, especially Fort Collins, is a mecca for sports and athletics.  The owners of H...

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