Self Care Items

You know I believe in massage, exercise and bodywork to help a person get and stay free from pain, But you can’t always find or afford a good practitioner.People need to take responsibility for their own wellness and these are things that can help you on your journey…

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000KK0AHS” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”110″]I was introduced to the Ma Roller in the early 80’s it was the first piece of equipment that made a day to day difference in my pain level.  It was affiliated with the Barnes and Upledger  Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.  In that course I felt like Hellen Keller at the well. Finally I met  other professionals who felt movement under the skin when their hands were stationary..  Here the principle that connective tissue can be molded with the right combination of pressure and time.  The roller is patient, does not get tired the width makes it so it is easily adjusted , the space between the center posts tends to be the right distance to clear the vertical pathways of drainage that line the spine.


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0014XHC6M” locale=”us” height=”89″ src=”” width=”110″] I love this Custom Craftworks Omni Cervical Relief Pillow so much that I use it with several of my clients and bring it in my house and use it  myself. it has the gentlest support for the neck reinforcing that cervical curve and has a soft only slightly elevated surface for the head to rest on.  Unlike the hard roller above this allows the whole neck to be supported and though it. most flat pillows tip the neck, this allows the base of the skull to slide slightly back creating a minute amount of distraction that encourages increased or at least less labor transporting air, blood, and nutrients to and from the cranial vault


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0084FD94C” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”79″] Inversion the best way I know to fight gravity. My personal belief that inversion benefits every system of the body. I like the bells and whistles on this model of inversion table, it is easier to get in and out of than mine is and had adjustable spots if you want a portable knuckle to push a spot while you are hanging around. Teeter is my favorite brand, but if shopping around,  look for what is most comfortable on your ankles.



[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001I4NOJG” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”110″] The Acu-Masseur is my favorite self massage tool for getting both sides of the neck at the same time in a way that no manual therapist has been able to do for me.  I wish the handles were just a little longer but with a little manipulation this is also the only tool   I’ve ever gotten to help the ‘flying squirrel’ muscles under the arm/shoulder. good for sustained work on arms and places where you need pressure from both sides  at the same time  and the roller, theracane or omni-ball just won’t cut it.


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B005P0CZMG” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”110″][easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000N8YXL6″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”88″]Theracane and the Back Buddy are tools used by physical therapists and massage therapists everywhere when they don’t have someone to work on them.  Used for self trigger point release, myofascial pain syndrome, and to reach places your own hands just can’t reach…behind the shoulder blades, paraspinal  muscles, either one can be used to achieve targeted stretches.


Nice little Thai manual therapy tools perfect for finding acupressure points  and meridian cleaning  [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00CKZWUN8″ locale=”us” height=”77″ src=”” width=”110″] they are excellent for ‘getting the spots’ in your hands, between your toes, behind your ear. We are all shaped differently and sometimes a thumb is the wrong tool, sometimes, thumbs wear out and these tools can be used as joint protection for a practitioner who has sensitivity and knows how to not push too hard with inanimate objects. If you are working on yourself, remember you are not trying to cause yourself pain but discover where the pain hides. Be gentle with yourself once you find the sore place, don’t mash, release


[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B006FTUI2U” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”110″]An Omni Ball is a portable go-anywhere self massager. Excellent for that spot behind and under the ear. I love that the Omni Ball can be put up against the wall and used like a personal scratching post.  What I personally use on my rib cage and pretty enough to keep on my shelf pretending it’s a decoration.They make a nice gift.


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My favorite massage medium. It liquefies on contact with skin and is the best makeup remover I have ever used.


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00AY0G6J0″ locale=”us” height=”95″ src=”” width=”110″]  TENS (Transcutaneous Electric Neuromuscular  Stimulator) Our bodies run on electricity, Ion transfer through cell membranes is one way nutrition nourishes, how nerve impulses are transmitted. TENS has been used in physical therapy treatments for decades for pain relief, spasm reduction, and biofeedback training.  supplies listed here will work with most types of TENS units [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00E24AB04″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”109″][easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00AKQCW7S” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”” width=”72″][easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B0011YY9YM” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”82″]


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Sugar scrubs and Salt scrubs are good take care of the largest organ in your body. They remove old layers of dead skin that trap waste products inside.  Your body works hard to rid itself of waste products. Many people underestimate the skins job in helping to keep a person well. Defoliants help more than one way….Good ones not only remove the outer layers of dead skin making it easier for the ‘bad stuff’ to leave the pores but also nourish the skin.   People forget that skin acts not only as a barrier to protect us but also soaks in substances from the outside, like a plant soaks in moisture from the air .  So use products with good things in them. It’s not the same as eating, but you do nourish your skin and when your skin is clean you  both absorb nutrition and moisture and discharge waste products much more efficiently[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00E7AW53Y” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”110″][easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000XA7FGE” locale=”us” height=”74″ src=”” width=”110″]


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This is here mostly so I can re-order for myself quickly. If you have heard of ear candling, that is what I use these for.  If you haven’t, Don’t try it yourself until you have been trained and understand the precautions

[easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B003OGKCDC” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”” width=”60″]Coconut Oil currently holds the place of most favored oil in my home.  I use it as a massage medium, I use it to cook with, I use it to deep condition my hair and to moistuize my skinand even to deep clean my teeth and gums with a process called oil pulling.


Did you ever want a magic wand? For those who don’t need a crystal ball but want the energetic magnification of quartz   [easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B00BJGWA7A” locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”” width=”160″]

Sometimes it’s just nice to help out by doing what you already do…. Like pencils? check out this concept… [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00F1Z7TTE” locale=”us” height=”67″ src=”” width=”110″]   You plant them after they get too short to write with… a good start for an herb garden


*As always, if you have questions of a medical nature, I am not a doctor, check with our own medical professional to see if they agree any of these items are a good idea for you.

4 replies on “Self Care Items”

  1. Dawn says:

    I have an omniball massager, and I keep trying to attach it to a wall, or post, so I can REALLY rub against it. I have used wires, nails, tape of all kinds, etc. but nothing will hold it permanently to the wall. I had it in a door jam really good, but it finally came off and I’m trying to jerry-rig a way for it to STAY there. Any thoughts?? I mean, I push HARD against that thing. It’s taking the place of a chiropracter and boyfriend. haha

    • jeanine says:

      First, the idea is not to push as hard as you can but to find ‘the spot’ and use sustained pressure to create a deep tendon release or as that stationary object that takes the place of a friendly thumb or knuckle. The back of many couches are soft enough to allow the back of the omniball to sink into it and the weight of the body leaning into it usually creates enough pressure to keep the base stationary and the ball to roll. I have also tied a ribbon around the base and suspended it from a pull up bar that I have. The same setup with ribbon or elastic tied around the base and instead of suspended from the pull up bar, a large loop could go around the back of a chair. If you are looking to ‘get’ the area closest to the spine, the omniball may not be as good as a wall corner or a doorway as the stable point. You can isolate the either side of the spine with the corner,lean in and then used neck flexion or rotation to provide changing pressure along the thoracic spine or the shoulder blade. Mounting it permanently kind of defeats the portability of the omniball. If you have never used a back buddy or a theracane, they are easier to manipulate and have more of a thumb like shape where I would compare the Omniball to an elbow or heel of the hand type of feel.

  2. Dawn says:

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

    • jeanine says:

      I’m always happy to answer questions with the understanding my answers are my opinions. My dyslexia literally gives me different perspectives and view points. if you are continuing to have certain postural muscles constantly in battle, don’t forget you can stretch the muscles that pull the other direction. Sometimes those very tight muscles on the back of the neck are simply trying to balance the pull of tight muscles on the front that do not press on pain creating nerves.

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