Caregiver for Post Operative Recovery

I have been working with bodies for so long now, and I am well-known here  in Brevard County, and when there is a situation involving pain of surgery, my people often call on me for more than massage work. I also help some of these clients as they are  preparing for or recovering from … Read more about Caregiver for Post Operative Recovery

Why Is My Gluteus Maximus in Pain?

People will ask me, "Val, why do the tendons in my butt hurt"?  There could be several reasons, but let's start with the most straightforward one.  If you ask someone who does yoga they would explain how the hips shorten and tighten. Through lack of exercise and movement, most of … Read more about Why Is My Gluteus Maximus in Pain?

Massage, Kangen Water and Medication Management

    I have written here several times about becoming a Caretaker for my aging Mom. In case you haven't read the previous posts, let me fill you in a bit. Around 2002 she moved from my house into an apartment in Vero Beach and for the first time in her entire life, she was on … Read more about Massage, Kangen Water and Medication Management

Caregiving for Momma

It's dark, I am wandering down a hallway , I am cold and the floor is icy slippery.  Suddenly, I am accosted and thrown into a room where I am forced to fight off these mutable demons that are lashing  out at me. I raise my sword to fight them off, but it's heavy and I can hardly lift it. … Read more about Caregiving for Momma

Moving Is Important

I see it in myself, I see it in others. There is a saying that goe something like this, move it or lose it. And if we don't move it, then we lose it. Our society is increasingly sedentary, and even people like me, who have always been active, have found ourselves sitting more than ever. This is bad, … Read more about Moving Is Important

Massage & Exercise for Lymphedema

I first heard of lymphedema when I worked on a surgical floor at a hospital. I asked the nurse what she taught the patients about when they were about to undergo a mastectomy. She explained to me that there were side effects from having lymph vessels removed. That was the first time I heard of … Read more about Massage & Exercise for Lymphedema

Nutrition and Our Bodies

There used to be a book that food conscious Mom's read in the late 1950's. It's title is, "You Are What You Eat". When I was a child, I thought, that sounds a little extreme. Turns out it isn't.  When I attended a workshop recently the teacher discussed personal responsibility for one's … Read more about Nutrition and Our Bodies

Val, Why Are Your So Kind to Me?

  I am not what anyone would consider a delicate person. I am big and strong and capable. I and my siblings are funny and kind and we are a big presence in any room. That's a nice way of saying that we can be loud. But I am also kind and very tender hearted. I think people sometimes think … Read more about Val, Why Are Your So Kind to Me?

Watching The Signs of Illness In Our Elders

As the caregiver for my elderly mother, I try to pay attention to signs that she is about to be in trouble. When people reach their late 80’s, they can suddenly go south faster than you can say what happened? First, my sister noticed she was extra grumpy. Then we noticed her appetite had … Read more about Watching The Signs of Illness In Our Elders

I Don’t Need to Exercise Any More Because I am Old.

Just because you are getting older, that's not an excuse NOT to exercise. In fact, it's almost more important that you get regular exercise as you age. It's helps your circulation, it keeps your muscles strong and it's great for your brain. If you don't believe me, read this from Web … Read more about I Don’t Need to Exercise Any More Because I am Old.

Care Giving With Dignity

When we care for someone how do we deal with the challenge of personal​ care and keep the patient's dignity intact? Whether this is a patient we're treating in the medical profession or our family member at home the issue will come up. It is very important to remember that although this person now … Read more about Care Giving With Dignity

Making Momma Well Again

This is a guest post by Cindy Fletcher, my eldest sister.   Our Mom is strong, independent and feisty. She is the quintessential Italian woman. Food and cooking are her currencies. She has no greater gift to give, she believes, but we know better. She is smart and loves all kinds of … Read more about Making Momma Well Again