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Zalma: Not having enough time. People working so hard that they feel like they don't have enough time for themselves, let alone their families, dogs, pets ... It never seems like there's enough hours in the day. Americans, in general, are very bad at time management. In European countries, there are siestas! I'd still love to see the day that we can take a nap. (chuckles) Especially during work.

Moderator: Lets talk about traffic for a second. How can we remain unstressed and calm while stuck in a car in traffic?

Zalma: (laughs!!!) Okay .... I wish .. I'm going to be hypocritical because I have the same problem! But, I recommend ... getting in your car and stuck in traffic, you have no control, and because you're losing control of that situation, that stresses you out. It's easy to say "don't get flustered over it" but not easy to do. Make sure you have some good music, give enough time to get where you're going. When you're rushing, it will make you more stressed, cause you're pissed off at the person in front of you for going slowly but also at yourself for not getting there on time. So, if you can leave earlier, that will lower your stress. Make sure you're comfortable, buy a pad for your back. Keep breathing! (laughs) ... try not to carry a shotgun! But, don't take everything so personally. People that get angry in the car are usually not mad at that individual but at everything that happened to them that day. The long commutes are even worse. But, a lot of people think ... they tell me that's their time to unwind .. they think about their day, what they want to do, and there's no one there to bother them, they turn off their cell phone. So, it can be beneficial. If you have the cell phone on, you've never left the office. On top of that, you've got someone cutting you off!

Moderator: What can a massage therapist provide for a patient that a physician can't?

Zalma: Time.

Zalma: The average physician visit is 10-15 minutes tops.

Zalma: The massage therapist visit is a minimum of 1/2 hour. We listen, too. We'll read your file and talk to you, ask you what you're feeling. During a massage, you're not only getting physical ailments treated, but also getting mental treatment. Most people getting a massage are surrendering their body to someone and when the body surrenders, the mental will, too, it will open up. Because the therapist is listening, they'll find the actual root of the problem and they have enough time to treat it. Opposed to a normal doctor, where if it's not written in the chart, most of the time they're not going to find it.

Moderator: What can be used other than massage to relieve stress and anxiety?

Zalma: Just finding time for yourself and the things I've mentioned above.

bzalma_WebMD how does massage relieve stress?

Zalma: Someone asked me that the other day. We all think massage=stress reduction. Technically, you're increasing circulation to the areas you're working on, so there's more oxygen, more glucose, which is the sugar that your muscles burn to contract. By loosening those muscles and increasing the circulation to the body, tension will reduce. Tension is things contracting and your mental state being constricted, so if your body starts relaxing, your mental state will, too. And, all this equals reducing stress! That's about as technical as I can get.

Moderator: What do toxins do to us and how important is it to evacuate them from our body?

Zalma: Most people, if they've never had a massage before, will be sore the next day. Not because the person pressed too hard, but because the body harbors lactic acid. It's a toxin the body produces to protect itself. That's why when you exercise, you're sore the next day because the body says, "I need a minute to recover!" So when that acid is released, your body is trying to prevent itself from hurting itself further. Those toxins accumulate over time. The only way they're flushed out is if you contract the muscle, so if you're sitting all day without exercise, the toxin level will build up higher. There's different ways to release them. Massage is one way to flush them out into the blood stream. Drinking water will help as well, hydrating you. Breathing deeply. Sounds funny, but really does work. The more oxygen you bring in, the more carbon dioxide you breath out, the less there is in the body. So, it's not going to kill you, but it helps. Getting the toxins out will help your body work at peak performance.

Moderator: How do we accumulate lactic acid?

Zalma: Anytime you contract a muscle. It's when you fatigue a muscle, actually. Like I said before, it's when your muscle is being used too much. When I worked for the swimming team, we'd do rubdowns afterwards because they'd be using their muscles so intensely and quickly that their lactic acid would build up and we'd have to flush it out before the next event.

Zalma: Some of them were getting 5-10 quick massages a day depending on how many events they were showing. I envied them! I didn't envy me! (laughs)

Moderator: What have we learned about stress in the past twenty years?

Zalma: That it's actually there. And, we've learned ways to remedy it. People now use the word freely when they would have said before, "It's just me, don't worry about it." Stress is an actuality not only being recognized by individuals, but by companies, corporations and the medical field. It plays a big role in our health. How many studies have you seen that say "high stress levels can cause certain cancers" or "stress related to health" ... So, avoiding it and lessening it makes us healthier humans.

Moderator: How does a company acquire your services?

Zalma: There's a few ways, you can call us directly: 310-397-3422. You can see our website: A Touch Of Magic Therapeutic Massage. You can email me at And, if they call us, I can set up a free demo and we can come to your office if it's in Southern California and introduce our services.

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