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MEET CAROL BELL

“My greatest joy in life is getting people excited about healthy food. I teach the what, where, when and how so that eating well is pleasurable and rewarding. Combining a great diet with relaxation and other lifestyle changes is powerful medicine.”

~ Carol

Carol Bell completed her Master’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition in 2013 with Eastern Michigan University. She did her massage training with Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield MI, in 1994 and was a teacher at that school until 2002. Currently, she utilizes bodywork approaches in medical massage, trigger point therapy, stretching, and craniosacral therapy.

Carol is a dynamic nutritionist, bodyworker, teacher, presenter, joke teller, and health foodie. As a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Massage Therapist, her primary focus is to help people transform the way they feel inside their body. With each client, she explains that given the right mix of nourishing elements, healing is possible.

Growing up in a small suburban home, her family had a backyard garden that was like their own personal fruit and vegetable store. This created a deep passion for healthy foods and respecting how nature can create produce with exquisite flavor for enjoyment. Carol enjoys being a mom, being outside in nature, hiking, biking, playing in the sand and soil, dancing a samba, singing in the kitchen, and reading silly novels, self-help books and People Magazine.

“My greatest joy in life is getting people excited about healthy food. I teach the what, where, when and how so that eating well is pleasurable and rewarding. Combining a great diet with relaxation and other lifestyle changes is powerful medicine.”

Carol Bell is also a licensed massage therapist and has been in practice since 1994.  Sessions typically consist of a variety of techniques to achieve the client’s desired result.  It is most helpful when clients request a specific outcome, such as “I’d like more movement in my neck and less pain in my upper back” or “I’m feeling stressed out and want to be more relaxed.”   Carol then determines which techniques can be used to achieve that result. Below are a few of the approaches she may use.

Medical massage is an outcome-based massage, using specific treatment to address an area of pain or restriction.  It can be helpful for relief from lower back, neck, or other joint pain, jaw pain, headaches, digestive issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica, plantar fasciitis or other similar types of discomfort.  Whether for chronic, ongoing pain or recent injuries, it is most helpful when a proper diagnosis has been made by a physician or physical therapist about the cause of the pain. This allows the massage therapist to be efficient in determining how to best address the issues.

Trigger Point Therapy applies steady, static pressure on specific points along a muscle to improve local blood flow and relieve pain or tension. It can be used as needed in spots that are achy or sore or as a treatment protocol to eliminate chronic pain.  Combined with massage and stretching, this approach is fast and effective.

Active Isolated Stretching is a technique that lengthens and relaxes tight muscles and strengthens them in the process.  It is used in combination with other massage techniques to improve postural problems, increase flexibility, and release tension. You may also learn some techniques and stretches to perform at home if desired.

Relaxation Massage is designed to calm the nervous system in a specific way.  It may include slow, calm massage strokes, gentle movement, breathwork, guided imagery and quiet music.  You will feel nurtured and enveloped in peace.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It uses a soft touch and a practitioner releases restriction in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  It is effective for a wide range of conditions including headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, and many others. See the Upledger Institute link here for more information. https://www.upledger.com/therapies/index.php

How to get the most of your massage session

  • Arrive a few minutes early so you can get the full amount of time for your session and have a few minutes to begin to relax before going in.
  • Be specific in how you want to feel after the session is done.
  • Stick to one or two objectives.  Clients who request too many things to be done in one session often don’t get the result they want because there is not enough time to address each concern.
  • Schedule enough time. A 60-minute appointment is fine for a simple objective like “I just need to relax” or “I’d like my neck to move better and have less tension in my shoulders.”  If you have several things to address, consider scheduling a 90-minute appointment or multiple appointments over a few weeks.
  • Plan to shower or bathe at home prior to your visit as we do not have a shower at our facility.  
  • Please refrain from wearing perfumes, scented lotions or hair care products.
  • If you have long hair, bring along a loose band or “scrunchy” to tie the hair back.

    

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