Well, here's some good news! Oxford has begun human trials of a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are 80% sure it will work and hope that it will be ready by September of 2020. You can read about it here.
I'm excited to tell you about a clinical trial testing for blood serum antibodies to COVID-19 that's being run by the National Institute for Health.
Why is this so exciting? Once we know if we have antibodies to this, we can safely do massage.
While there are anti-body tests being done by private companies, the reliability of these private companies' tests is questionable. Because we needed tests as quickly as possible, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set aside its normal protocols for approval before allowing the marketing of tests. This means that there are tests on the market without FDA approval, and the reliability of these is not always as trustworthy as we'd like.
This is an important study in order to determine how prevalent COVID-19 is. There have been various studies suggesting that anywhere from 15-60% of the population have had this already with no symptoms or unnoticed symptoms.
Below is the information I just found from the NIH website. I'll be contacting them right after I post this and let you know how it goes. You may wish to do the same. If you and I both have the antibodies? MASSAGE!
People interested in joining this study should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the COVID-19 Pandemic Serum Sampling Study Launch, see the Questions and Answers. For more information on this study, please visit ClinicalTrials.gov using identifier NCT04334954. For more information on the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.coronavirus.gov.
We’re seeing the stirrings of people wanting to get back to work after our quarantine has flattened the curve in Ohio. While we may have helped health care workers not be overwhelmed by the number of cases they have to deal with at once, this virus is not going away any time soon. Some of my colleagues in massage therapy are talking about reopening and what measures they’ll be putting in place to sanitize their rooms between clients, which many of us were already doing anyway.
It is still too early for me to feel like I can reopen anytime soon. We are discovering that many people are carrying antibodies for this novel corona virus who were completely asymptomatic. They never knew they had the virus. Then again, questions remain whether or not these tests are accurate. It’s a mystery as to why some people exposed to the virus experience no symptoms, while others end up a few days after exposure fighting for their lives.
Because there is so much that is unknown at this point, I cannot in good conscience reopen any time soon. It would kill me to think that I might be responsible for the death of one of my beloved clients. I simply love you all too much to reopen until I am positive that doing so will not put any of us in peril. That’s the bottom line for me.
Before I can reopen my practice in good conscience, I will need to see the following: (1) widespread accurate testing for blood serum antibodies, (2) proven scientific knowledge about how long we’re immune to this virus once we know we have blood serum antibodies, (3) dependable widely available vaccines, and (4) access to certified proof that we are immune to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Because this is likely many months away, I have made the decision to move out of my office. When I can reopen, it will be in a new office.
Other massage therapists are taking other courses, and this is understandable. They have to work or risk starving. I am blessed to not have to make that choice, as most of you know by the generosity of time I can give you thanks to my husband’s good job. I understand if you need to find another massage therapist in the meantime because I know what it’s like to need a massage because you’re in pain. I deeply regret that I cannot in good conscience help ease your pain at this time, but my own risk for this virus due to the inflammatory response my body has is significant. My former colleague, Melly Imm, at California Medical Massage on Kellogg Avenue will be reopening with excellent sanitation protocols as soon as Ohio restrictions are lifted. You may also benefit from the good work I’ve received at Medical Massage Associates in Withamsville.
I will let you know where I land when this pandemic is done, in case you’d like to return. In the meantime, like and follow the Facebook page for Massage Ministration, become a follower, etc. I’m posting things there for self-care and pain relief.
I continue to pray for you as I lament this horrible situation. I’m so frustrated to have to do this because I was witnessing your progressive healing, and that is a beautiful thing to behold. What's more, I just miss you all and sharing in your lives. Please pray for me as I pack up the office and move. I think I’m still in the denial phase of grief because this just hurts.
Stay in touch, ok? (Yeah, I see the irony there. Sorry.)
Implicit in the last blog post is an understanding that physical pain comes attached with certain emotions and thoughts that are unique to the individual, depending upon their past experiences and situations that are still affecting the present. Often, we are oblivious to these subconscious processes that keep us bound in the past with its pain.
The good news is that, with intentional work, we can uncover the thoughts and narratives we have surrounding our pain.
I like to work narratively by reflecting upon the story or stories around a particular pain and the injury that caused it. Why? Because our primary beliefs and thoughts about the world are often formed narratively. We make meaning narratively. We know who we are and our location in the world through the stories we’re told (“On the day you were born . . . “) or tell ourselves (“I’m just a simple pig farmer from Iowa . . . “). Stories are more complex than just thoughts. They include experiences, feelings, history, thoughts, and beliefs than we’re often unaware of until we examine the story. So what are the stories around your pain?
For instance, I was massaging my own neck and realized the fascial mess I was feeling was part of an old whiplash injury. I started thinking about what happened in the months of intense pain following that injury. My life was on hold. I had to take incompletes in my graduate work because I couldn’t finish the semester’s papers. It hurt too much to read and write, though I tried. I had trouble concentrating. And my husband at the time was emotionally distant, which was distressing to me. (More on this later. Interestingly enough, as I write these words, I realize that I’m holding the muscles in that area of my body. My life in this part of my body is still on hold, as it were. My body remembers this narrative, and it hasn’t figured out that that time has passed because, in many ways, it’s still stuck in the past.) As I’m gently working on this fascia, I tell myself that it is time to help my body let go of the past by doing some deeper narrative work.
Before I can tell you about uncovering my narrative around this pain, I need to lay down some background terms. As most of you know, I’m also a Christian theologian and minister. I’m gonna tell you about some Christian definitions because they’re helpful in thinking about how we all deal with pain. Your spiritual journey may have other terms that are similar, and I invite you to think about them in a similar way—not necessarily with the same outcome, but with a similar process that leads you to your own uncovering of the truths you’re holding about your own pain.
In Christian terms, uncovering the truth about something is an apocalypse. The Greek word apocalypse literally means an uncovering, like peeling back the various wings of the seraphim (angels) who cover God (see Isaiah 6). An apocalypse is a divine revelation. Part of an apocalypse, though, involves a judgment of what’s wrong with reality that keeps hurting us (we call that sin in Christian tradition). Keep these terms in mind as we recount the narrative.
First, though, a few more terms. One of the most interesting things about Jesus’ ministry is that he was a healer. And one of the ways in which he healed people was not only by laying hands on them, but by exorcising demons. Now stick with me here because I’m going to be speaking metaphorically about the importance of this for us today, despite our current scientific worldview. Exorcism is about casting out that that which has us bound in patterns of pain and destruction. Curiously enough, the Greek word for forgiveness is also about unbinding. To forgive someone is to unbind them from obligation to you, to forgive them their debt. Forgiveness also unbinds us as well, however. When we forgive someone, we let go of all our consternation around what they’ve done to us and why, etc., etc., etc. We just unbind it, cut it loose. We leave the judgment to God, cast out the evil in Jesus’ name, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill the space in our lives that we’ve given to being all bound up in sin that is now empty. This is hard, hard work, work that we often have to keep doing over and over again until our body, mind, and spirit all live into the new reality of more wholeness.
Now, back to the story of my neck (if you’re still awake). I thought about my first husband’s emotional distance, and I know the reason why: his mother gained cloying attention by being sick a lot when he was a boy, and he was expected to take care of her emotionally during those times because his father was away working. This was overwhelming to a child who didn’t know what to do with all of those emotions. So he learned early how to just tune out and He married me because I am quite independent, and when suddenly I needed him because I was in pain, he got all bound up in his past that he hadn’t had enough time and distance to work through. His mother was bound by the sin of her father’s alcoholism, and who knows what caused him to drink. Here we see the generational nature of sin and the pain it causes as it puts us in its bind.
I also had my own past demons that were at work. I grew up in a household where you were just supposed to suck up any pain you were feeling and carry on, and I embodied that philosophy. I was a theatre major in college where I also learned that no matter what, the show must go on. So I willed myself to carry on in spite of the pain, and I didn’t persist in seeking the treatments I needed, thus delaying my healing and setting up chronic pain’s vicious cycle. Growing up, I also came to believe that if I expressed hurt, it wouldn’t do any good; no one would respond, so I’d just have to take care of myself. When my husband didn’t respond sympathetically to my pain because of his own demons, this belief got reinforced.
Yet the pain persisted. Decades later, it’s still bad some days. The damage in my neck’s soft tissue means that sleeping on the wrong pillow can mess my neck up for days. The resultant pain will kick in all these deep beliefs, and my pain vicious cycle is off and running.
So the other day, as I gently massaged the damaged fascia, I thought about all these things, and I decided it was time to let them go, to unbind them and set them free, sending all these harmful beliefs back to where they came from, and to invite the Holy Spirit to fill the space they’ve occupied with holistic goodness. As I saw why my husband responded the way he did, I forgave him; I let it go, expressing sorrow that he was so bound up by what had happened to him that he couldn’t respond to my pain. I forgave my mother-in-law, releasing her into the great compassion of God. I forgave my parents and their parents for their part in forming toxic core beliefs. They did the best they could at the time. I imagined the knot that was in my neck was being undone as I examined the narratives of belief I had constructed that were all tied up with my pain. As I did, more distant pain referral sites in my shoulder and head became looser. Pain dissipated. I felt unbound, free in mind, body, and spirit. In the days and weeks that followed, I was aware of how often I clench the muscles in my whole right upper quadrant, as though my efforts will secure me against pain, when, in fact, they cause more. And I’m able to graciously laugh at myself and release my toxic beliefs once again by relaxing the muscles I simply could not by myself before.
So I invite you into deeper work with your pain by getting in touch with the stories you tell yourself around your pain and its deep meanings that you’ve embodied. Look at yourself through the eyes of divine compassion and see what healing revelations emerge as you forgive and unbind yourself from all the harmful messages you’ve embodied around your pain.
In the last blog post, we talked about the physical input of pain gathered from our tissues and how pain is not processed in the damaged or diseased tissue itself, but in the fascia where the receptors of the nervous system reside.
Input of pain from receptors of damaged tissue is also mixed with other input in our nervous system from our thoughts, emotions, and memories of past experiences. In fact, these are the filters through which we process the physical pain, which accounts for how widely we experience what should be the same amount of pain for the same physical injury.
Let’s look at the environmental factors that feed into our experience of pain. If we grew up in a household where we were neglected unless we were sick, we might experience pain more intensely as a subconscious way of getting attention we crave. If we grew up in a loving, but stoic home where we were expected to suck it up and soldier on whenever we encountered an injury or problem, that’s probably how we still relate to pain; we’ll just not feel it as much. If we’re under a massive amount of stress to get a project done at work, we might tell our bodies that we need to power through this, and adrenaline will kick in to keep us from feeling pain so intensely, enabling us to get something done. This is how people do superhuman things despite being injured in an accident or on the battlefield, and this is also how we fall apart in a heap of pain or sickness after the adrenaline rush has subsided. Nearly all of this operates at a subconscious level most of the time.
It used to be thought that there was an emotional center in our brains somewhere that processed feelings. However, when Candace Pert went looking for this center, she discovered that our emotional centers were actually spread throughout the body's nervous system. This is why when someone touches us in a certain place and/or a certain way, a whole flood of memories or emotions may come rushing back. Our bodies tense up in anticipation of someone approaching a place of injury, especially if that injury was treated roughly in the past. Four years after my first husband had died and I was newly remarried, I got a massage after a long time of not having one, and I sobbed through the whole hour. Why? I had held the stress of grief and feeling so unsafe for so long in my body, and now that I was in a good place in my life and in a safe, caring place, I was able to let it all go. I was crying in relief.
Sometimes our chronic pain patterns are trying to get our attention to deal with emotions wrapped up around a past event. For instance, I recently heard about a man with chronic pain from a whiplash injury. He’d done everything for this pain—chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, psychological therapy, surgery. Nothing really helped--until a massage therapist asked him to tell her about the accident. He recounted how he’d gotten into the car after a testy argument with his wife and was backing out of the driveway to leave when he’d been hit from the side. “Do you think you being mad at your wife has anything to do with the pain you’re having as a result of your accident” the massage therapist wondered. He was quietly thoughtful, and then ears came to his eyes. “Ohmigosh! I just heard some part of me say it serves me right to be in such pain because I had been such an asshole to my wife during that argument. I deserve to suffer.” They continued to talk about whether that was really true as the therapist continuing massaging the neck muscles, feeling them significantly relax as he was examining and letting go of those deeply held, previously unknown and unspoken beliefs. At the end of that session, the pain he’d lived with for years was almost completely gone, and over the next few sessions, it was completely alleviated. Let me be clear: massage therapists are not psychotherapists, but if you want to process emotions and memories around your physical pain, we’re good listeners and can ask some questions that might be of help to you as you try to heal from your pain. This is deeply holy work that leads to wholeness, and it is a sacred honor for me to be allowed into that part of your healing journey even as I’m working with the fascia here, the muscle attachment and movement there.
So take about 15-20 minutes to settle yourself into a comfortable quiet state. Think about where you experience your chronic pain. What thoughts, memories, and feelings come up around it? What might your body be trying to tell you about what hurts and how it needs attention for further healing? For example, thanks to the gentle questions of an excellent therapist, I had a breakthrough one day on a massage table when I walked my memory back to how an injury happened and what I did afterward: after stepping out of my apartment onto black ice, I went up in the air and landed on my bottom on the top stair of a whole flight of icy steel steps. After clacking down all fourteen steps on my tailbone, I sat at the bottom breathless. I assessed whether or not anything was broken. No. Ok, so I just got up and went on like nothing was wrong when clearly it was. This patterned way of being in the world—going on like nothing was wrong when it clearly was (I had probably broken my tailbone)--was something my body was telling me I needed to change because it pains me in myriad ways. As I began to make connections with how I continue that destructive behavior over the next few weeks, I healed, and my pain dissipated. It comes back from time to time because it is a physical injury, but when it gets bad is usually when I’m just getting up and going on instead of giving myself some time to rest and recreate.
In your imagination, you may talk to that part of your body that’s in chronic pain as if it were a person to see what it says to you about what it’s upset about and what it needs from you. Just let your imagination take you where it leads you, and be open to what it will tell you.
Don’t overthink this. If you start to get into scary territory that overwhelms you, imagine yourself putting the issue away in a box in your mind that you can open later. Then go do something fun. You might also want to call a psychologist to help you with this issue.
The way our nervous system responds to pain is unique to each of us because of our unique thoughts, feelings, and memories. The good news is that even if our past is traumatic, full of horrific memories and emotions, our thoughts can change our pain levels through the practice of mindfulness. This is what our next blog post will focus on.
New studies on the nature of chronic pain are teaching us that pain is the product of a complex of physiological, emotional, attitudinal, and social factors. It is important to keep in mind that pain is not just one or the other of these factors, but a complex of all.
In spite of the danger of continuing the traditional separation of these factors, in the interest of your time, this blog post is going to focus on the physiological nature of pain. We’ll cover the other factors in future blog posts.
Pain is not processed in the location where you feel it, but in our nervous system. How many times have you been on the massage table to say, “It hurts here,” only to have the massage therapist find that that’s not really where the problem is? My left front hip pain is often from a problem with my right back hip, but I’d swear to you that the problem is my front left hip because that’s where it hurts—and I know better!
Why is this? Part of that may be because of a nerve being irritated in my left hip as a result of my right hip being off-kilter.
But part of it also has to do with how pain is physically processed in the nervous system.
Pain responses don’t actually come from damaged tissue, but from the nervous system’s receptors that receive information about what’s going on in our tissues from the nerves. Nerves move through fascia, the white gooey stuff that serves as the ground substance for and surrounds and divides all parts of the body into muscles, glands, organs, etc. In fact, the myelin sheath of a nerve is comprised of the same collagen cells as its surrounding fascia. The nervous system's receptors found throughout the body receive input about what’s going on in our muscles or our organs in order to tell our brains, “Hey, here’s what’s happening here. Do something!”
Here you can see the ulnar nerve (+ and white arrow) as it emerges out of and is encapsulated in some deep fascia (black arrow). The white shiny, wet substance is also a type of fascia. The red areas are muscles. The ulnar nerve is a major nerve, unlike most tiny nerve endings which are found in the fascia throughout our bodies.
Our muscles then receive information from the brain about how they should respond—should they tighten up or loosen (that’s pretty much all muscles do)? If we perceive a threat, our muscles tighten in order to explode into action at full force. If this tightened muscular spring doesn’t get released, our muscles can become chronically tight. This is why exercise helps us; it releases the wound-up spring in our muscles. This is also why, when we’re under a lot of stress, the muscles in our shoulders can feel like a concrete block of pain—so much so that they have trouble getting information in from the nervous system to “loosen up already!”
If you’ve had an injury to a muscle, collagen repair to a tear or strain from the nearby fascia leaves the tissue less responsive to input from the nervous system. Fascia in the area can coagulate to help shore up a stress or weakness in the area, but this normally fluid substance can get stuck, leading scars or adhesions that result in abnormal input from the nervous system. There may be little or no feeling from the nerves (tingling or numbness), or the fascial thickening could be irritating the nerves to the point of constant pain. This is when you need the outside intervention of a massage to help you do what you can’t do yourself--relax the muscles.
Even if you don’t have access to a professional massage, you know that just having a loved one rub your shoulders (or wherever you’re tight) can bring you some relief. Part of this is not just physical, but emotional and social as you feel cared for enough to relax. However, if you have a beef with the family member who’s rubbing your shoulders, you may actually become more tense and sore. This is because of the other inputs that affect how we process physical input from our tissues’ receptors. These other inputs include information from our social environments and our own thoughts and emotions processed through memories of past events, which we will talk about in our next blog post.
On Saturday, March 14, after consulting with the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Ohio Medical Board, I made the decision to temporarily close the office in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Even though I took every precaution previously, the more I researched this virus, the more concerned I grew. This is not a normal flu. Humans have no immunity to this. For some the symptoms are similar to a flu; for others it can be deadly. I researched first-hand accounts and learned that this is one sneaky virus. Folks think they have a cold or flu, think they’re getting better, only to end up with pneumonia the next day and ventilated a couple days later fighting for their lives. Those who are at high risk are those with compromised immune systems, but also able-bodied men have become seriously ill. Others who test positive have no symptoms at all. It’s baffling. Because it’s a new disease, data is still being collected and is awaiting full analysis. We just don’t know yet exactly what we’re up against, especially because symptoms are so varied.
In response to this pandemic, our country has called on us to do what doctors have been begging for worldwide—practice social distancing, as well as being vigilant about washing our hands like surgeons and not touching our face. Because this virus is spread through respiratory droplets, that means that just talking to one another in close proximity is risky. When we cough or sneeze, which is common now with seasonal allergies kicking in, respiratory droplets can spread up to 6 feet. This is why we’ve been asked to stay 6’ away from one another if we can’t just stay at home for the next two weeks.
You may ask why, if we’re pretty much all of us going to end up with this sooner or later why shouldn’t we just go ahead and get it and get it over with? Doctors are asking us to slow this epidemic down by practicing social distancing now so that we don’t overwhelm limited health resources. In northern Italy right now, hospitals are stressed to the max. There are only so many ventilators, and if too many need them, choices have to be made as to who will live and who’s on their own. For a great visual on how much of a difference we can make by limiting our contact with one another, check this out. This is why our President has urged us to avoid travel and gatherings of over 10 or more, and to stay at home as much as possible for the next two weeks. This is why our restaurants and bars have closed, sporting and artistic events have been cancelled, and why most religious institutions have suspended worship service, something that hasn't happened since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919.
For all of these reasons, it is the only responsible thing to do to close the office. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I understand that massage really helps. Not getting a massage in a timely manner can mean more pain. I get that, but I cannot in good conscience risk the health of my clients. Like it or not, we’re all in this thing together, so out of consideration for those who might be more at risk, we’ve all got to sacrifice some.
In the meantime, I went into the office to completely disinfect everything. And I mean everything. I'm going to be spending more time with each of my clients' files in order to update individual treatment plans. I'll be doing some online continuing education to become certified in pregnancy massage. I'll also be adding information that may be helpful to you on the Facebook page and here on this blog.
So until I see you in person, know you're being held in prayer. Be well and take care.
Sanitation has always been something important at Massage Ministration. I routinely diffuse DoTerra’s On Guard in the room, which has a sanitizing effect in the atmosphere. I’ve also been putting On Guard in everyone’s essential oil mix because it’s been scientifically proven to boost the immune system. I'm mixing up a batch of oils from a recipe that warded off the plague in the Middle Ages to anoint clients with as well.
In addition to wiping down the table, bolsters, face cradle, room surfaces, and door knobs with bleach, I'm now also wiping down all door knobs you touch to get into the massage room and paying more attention to sanitizing the shared restroom and everything we touch in there. In addition, I’m giving folks their own Clorox wipe to use as they leave the building.
I've always had a policy that doesn't penalize anyone for canceling if they're not feeling good because massage can intensify the proliferation of any virus, and the point is to feel better, not worse, as a result of a massage. If someone comes in sick, it’s not just me who might be affected. I might pick up and carry a virus that’s asymptomatic for me that I might inadvertently give to another client whose system is more fragile. So it’s not all about you when I tell folks, “DON’T COME IF YOU’RE FEELING THE LEAST BIT SICK or feel like you might be coming down with something.” To be honest, this is also simple self-preservation: if I get sick, I can’t work.
The thing I love about my clients is that they’re all beautiful, thoughtful people. I trust them to do the right thing, and they do! Any virus that might be lurking about the office despite our best efforts will be met with me, armed with sanitizing essential oils and bleach.
The other thing we can all do is wash our hands properly using ample soap, rubbing all surfaces on the hands and wrists for at least 20 seconds. I wash my hands (on up my forearms) like this before and after each massage, as recommended by the World Health Organization.
Also, if we have to cough or sneeze, we should do so into our elbow. Here's why.
You've also no doubt noticed that hand sanitizer is in short supply in all stores. Not to worry! It's quite simple to make your own. The recipe is above. Go to a local discount store and get aloe vera gel from the sunscreen section. Grab some 90% rubbing alcohol and reuse some old bottles to put it in. I got some travel size bottles from the travel-size bins to put some in so that I'd have it readily available in my car, purse, office, etc., during those times when I couldn't wash my hands. Remember, hand sanitizer is to be used when soap is not readily available. It's a last resort, not your first line of defense. Good old-fashioned soap is our best friend.
When you're out in public where you'll be touching a lot of surfaces, you might want to consider wearing gloves. Just be sure that you DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE, NOSE, EYES, OR MOUTH! This is probably the most important and most difficult thing to do.
Diligent, vigilant, and thoughtful of others, we can face any viral threat together. The massage room may be one of the safest places around since it has the cleanliness of a medical office without all the sick people in it.
Massage is about lengthening tight fascia and muscles. But how we stand and move also determines how our muscles lengthen or shorten into set patterns over time. This is why massage is only one part of healing and wholeness.
Believe it or not, how we walk is an important piece of the healing puzzle. It’s why I spend time really opening your feet and calves so that you can walk correctly, which is something most of us have never learned. We just stood up and started walking, and everyone cheered. But if you really want the full benefit of a massage, you’ll also want to practice good posture and walking patterns so that your body can release its old painful patterns and create new healthy ones.
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Since CBD oil is harvested like an essential oil, each person responds to it in the way that their body needs, discarding what it doesn't need without any of the side-effects of drug metabolites. Taking it sublingually provides maximum bioavailability, but some folks like applying the salve (or oil) topically to sore spots. I have some cream I will be using for those who request it during massage that I personally use, too.
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Teresa Eisenlohr is a Christian theologian, Presbyterian pastor, and licensed massage therapist. And, no, that's not the start of a joke.