Sunday, October 16, 2016

Healin' Feelin' Massage

It is almost my year anniversary of running the NYC marathon and while I was training, I tried to get at least one massage a month just to help with the intense pain I was having in my calves. It ALWAYS hurt like crazy, but the benefits were amazing. Between PT and deep tissue massage, I was able to get to that finish line and vow never to do another marathon again.

Since then, unfortunately, I'm unable to run because my knee needs replacing, but my muscles are still in need of some TLC. There is only so much The Stick, foam rollers, and my strong husband can do to get out those pesky knots. Whether your an athlete or someone who sits most of the day, you can benefit from massage and that is where Hannah from Healin' Feelin comes in! 

Hannah is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist from Raleigh, NC. She graduated from Wake Tech Community College in 2013. Being an athlete all her life, she has overcome several injuries, one of which was a broken back in 2007. She has always felt that natural therapies, such as massage, were the best remedies in her recovery. She has 7 years experience in the medical field and has always shown a passion for helping others. She uses her skills in sports and deep therapeutic massage to help relieve muscle tension, encourage relaxation and advance the healing process in each of her massage sessions. Hannah hopes to educate more people about the medical aspects of massage and although some may view it as a luxury, it is truly a vital component to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Why did you want to get into massage therapy? I have always wanted to help people like my mom who is a nurse. My original plan was to actually be a nurse but after a couple of years in school, I looked into the therapeutic massage program and decided to give it a try. Not even a month in, I fell in love with it. It's hands on and a natural way of healing. Whether it's focusing on one specific problem area someone has or giving them one hour to relax, I am helping them physically and mentally and to me, that's incredible.

Why do you think massage therapy is beneficial?I feel like massage therapy is underestimated in the medical field. It is seen by many as a luxury service instead of something that is medically necessary. Massage therapy is a holistic therapy that promotes healing to the body and I think any natural way to heal your body is significantly healthier and safer then using toxins and potentially addicting substances.

What type of massages do you offer? Do you specialize in a particular massage?I offer a variety of massages such as Swedish, sports and deep tissue massage. I also do hot stone massage and trigger point therapy. Just recently I learned a new popular modality, thanks to the Olympics, cupping. I have learned over the last 3 years of practicing that it's hard to say "I only did deep tissue during our massage today" or "I will only do trigger point during our massage today" because I incorporate a little of everything depending on what my client needs and what my client wants. I do not specialize in anything specific at the moment but I do a lot of deep tissue and trigger point therapy for the neck, shoulders and low back. 

What type of conditions and/or aliments, specifically, could benefit from massage?There are several conditions and/or aliments that could benefit from massage. A few that I have worked with are multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, arthritis, chronic migraines/headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and post cancer treatment. More common conditions I have treated are whip lash, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, frozen shoulder syndrome, and muscular strains/spasms due to athletic injury or overuse. Like I said, there are several conditions that benefit from massage and to list them all would take the whole interview! If anyone is interested in massage and has a specific condition, they should discuss this with their primary care physician before their first session. Also, athletic injuries that create swelling or deep bruising should be examined by a doctor before seeing a massage therapist just to make sure there isn't anything more then muscular injury. 

If I was someone who has never had a massage, what would you tell them to make them feel more comfortable?
I always ask my clients if they have had a massage before. If they haven't, I discuss briefly how the session will go. I ask them if they are experiencing any pain or discomfort. Then I tell them that because it is their first professional massage, I will maintain a lighter pressure and if at anytime they feel I am giving too much pressure just let me know and I will adjust for them. I then tel them that I will step out of the room so that they can undress. They can undress to whatever they are comfortable too, I usually say down to their undergarments. If it is a woman, they can leave their bra on if they are not comfortable taking it off but I always assure them that during the massage everything will stay covered and nothing will be exposed except the area I am working on. I have been trained on draping each body area so that my clients will not feel exposed. Lastly, I encourage communication. If at anytime my client feels uncomfortable or would like to end their session, they can.

As a former runner, I always had aches in pains in my calves and back. How do massages help athletes enhance their recovery? 
Massages help athletes in so many ways. It increases blood flow to your muscles which helps the muscle relax and it also promotes the healing process. With moderate to deep pressure it stretches your muscles which will help relieve strain where the muscles attach and increase your range of motion in joints. With intense training muscle spasms are very common and massage helps calm them. Massage can also help athletes mentally. It gives them a chance to connect with their bodies and mind-body connection is key to success in any athletic sport.

What is the difference between a relaxation massage and a sports massage?  

A relaxation massage or Swedish massage uses very light pressure. It stimulates circulation to muscles and lymphatic flow. It gives you that sense of feeling good and does just what is says, relax you. A sports massage is a little deeper then Swedish massage but not as deep as a deep tissue massage or trigger point therapy. Sports massage is good for manually stretching the muscles to relieve strain at the muscle attachment sights and increase range of motion in joints. 

What is your philosophy on healing? 

Healing is more then recovering from an illness or injury. It is mental and emotional as well. I feel you have to be connected with your body in order to heal. We hide so much in our bodies and massage is a way for everything to release. When we continue to hold things in we disconnect from ourselves and by releasing those emotions we are able to reconnect. Think of a glass of water, the glass can only hold so much before it over flows. Our bodies are just the same. You have to maintain that balance in order to heal. 

What is the toughest part about being a massage therapist?  

The toughest part about being a massage therapist is the physical and mental limitations. I love what I do and I wish I could do more but my body can only handle so much. Each massage takes mental and physical strength and after three to four one hour sessions, I am tired. I have to block out my personal life so that it doesn't interfere with my work but then I also have to guard myself from absorbing the emotions that my clients release. If I am not feeling 100% present, I don't feel like I am giving 100% to my clients and that's not fair to them, so that can be challenging at times!

What is the best part? 

The best part about being a massage therapist is seeing the change in my clients. Sometimes it's after just one session and sometimes it's after several sessions but when I see it, it makes me so happy. I have had clients come in and you can just see the pain in their face and in their body language and then after our session they smile or they're standing up straighter and I can see relief on their face. At that moment, I know I've helped them and it feels amazing. What's even better is on those days that I'm struggling or I'm tired there's that one client that reminds me that I made a difference in all of my clients lives that day and that makes any frustration go away!

What should you do to prepare for your massage?

Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated is very important. When we are dehydrated our muscles are stiff which makes it harder on your therapist and also increases your chances of being sore after your massage. If you are diabetic, please make sure you eat at least one hour before your scheduled appointment because during your massage blood sugar levels can drop and eating before hand lowers chances of dangerously low blood sugar levels. Always inform your therapist that you are diabetic! If you are taking any pain medication or medication that would decrease your sense of pain, schedule your massage at the end of one dose and before your next dose. Decreased sense of pain can increase chances of injury to your muscle tissue because your threshold of pain increases and the level of pressure may be more then what your body can handle. Always inform your therapist of medication you have taken and check with your primary care physician before scheduling your massage!

What should you do to after your massage to maximize your results?

You should always drink plenty of water after your massage. Massages will dehydrate your muscles exactly like exercise will do so replacing those fluids is very important. It will also help with any soreness afterwards. I usually show my clients stretches that will help any tight areas they have and doing those stretches at home can really help maintain the relief given from the massage. Depending on the type of injury or pain you are experiencing, applying heat or ice as needed will help as well. I always tell my clients that just because they are feeling better and their pain is gone, doesn't mean they should stop at home treatments they have been doing. You should continue the stretches daily and heat/ice application as needed to maintain it.

Do you offer any other type of services?

I offer pregnancy massage as well. Massage can be great for pregnancy. It gives them a chance to relax and it also helps relieve back pain from the pregnancy. Of course, their OB/GYN should give them the ok before scheduling their massage and they should wait until they are thru their first trimester before scheduling their first massage. 

If you had to give advice for someone pursuing this as a career, what would it be?

Therapists have to keep their body physically and mentally in shape. Know your limitations and trust yourself. You have to figure out how many massages you are capable of safely performing per day. You don't want to tire yourself out and have to end your career early because your body can't handle it anymore. 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing massage or want to enhance your recovery from your workouts, Healin' Feelin' can help. If you are interested in contacting Hannah, you can visit her Facebook page, contact via email at or call her at 919-971-9365. 

Everyone gets $10 off their initial visit, but if you mention this blog and you get an extra 10% off your service! 

30 minute massage: $40

60 minute massage: $70
90 minute massage: $100 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One Week Gluten Free

I have been officially gluten free for a week and I gotta say, I hasn't been as bad as I thought it was going to be. It definitely has had it's moments, but thank goodness my mocha frappe is gluten free. I've tried a few gluten free products and recipes and most have been great. Matt has been a huge help trying to find stuff that I can eat. The recipes I have tried are:

OK, the coconut bars were shit. I pretty much scrape off the coconut and eat the chocolate. Plus they were a total pain in the ass to make.

The taco bake was really good and I would definitely have it again. Matt says it was easy to make, so that's plus. I'm looking forward to leftovers this week. 

The Chex Scotchereroos were kinda a pain to make too, but they are really good and filling. I didn't add the butterscotch bc I don't like butterscotch, but it was good and I'll (well, ok , Matt) will probably make it again. 

I also tried Dominos gluten free pizza and it was really good. The cons are that they are only ten inches and costs approximately  $10.49 and in my opinion you have to order double cheese, and they are obviously smaller pieces. The pros are that it was delicious and I really enjoyed it! 

I also tried Wow Chocolate Chip Cookies that I found at Target thanks to a suggestion for a my friend, Danielle. They were different for sure, but they were good. They were soft and chewy.

We tried gluten free spaghetti and it was so good, I'm definitely a big fan! Matt did a great job and I gobbled it in seconds! 

I did really great this week, and I'm not going to lie I wasn't excepting to do so well. I definitely feel better, but I noticed two issues. Now I am taking Saxenda shots daily and I think those issues are coming from the shots. Hopefully they will go away soon. The issues I'm having are insomnia, nausea, and headaches. They are not horrible enough to stop the medications, but definitely annoying. I was in bed most of the day today in the dark.

Unfortunately, I haven't been to the gym since Sunday, so I've got to get on that this week. I think I was little distracted since I was dealing with the whole gluten free deal. I'm thinking about trying a yoga class from at Rex Wellness and see if I like it. 

My lipsticks were a lot of fun this weekend, but I definitely have a LONG way to go before I perfect any eye makeup. I LOVED every color this week. I was especially surprised with a brand I haven't tried yet call Rimmel. It truly stayed on while I was eating messy wings! Super impressed! 

Remmel:  Kiss Fatal 

KylieCosmectics: Kristen

ColourPop in Beeper

ColourPop in Clueless

I've have some more looks and swatches this week from ColourPop Tie Dye collection and FrontRow Cosmetics lipsticks and glosses on my Instragram (JenHaught) and on my blog next week.

I also went to FrontRow Cosmetics shop this weekend and it is so cozy and inviting! Go check them out but be careful where you park, because I got a damn parking ticket! 

Address: 14 Glenwood Ave #25, Raleigh, NC 27603

The Rio Olympics are finally here and I'm loving it! I love watching track and field, the marathon, gymnastics, swimming...pretty much everything! It is so fun cheering on Team USA! I have been following a lot of them on Snapchat and it is really cool to see the behind the scenes and their experiences! Good luck to all our athletes! 


Finally, I tried to end my blog with some pictures of Jager and Sammy because they are adorable!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Three G's: Gluten Free, Graves and A Giveaway

I've been pretty busy lately, so I haven't blogged in a bit. I think the biggest news is that I got my three month assessment from Rex Wellness and my labs from Dr. Tank's office and they weren't great. My fitness assessment was pretty much a bust. My body mass index, body fat and skinfolds have significantly increased. All my measurements increased, except for my waist which shrunk three and a half inches.

I had a lot of blood work done at Family Wellness Clinic and Regenesis MD and it included an extensive cholesterol panel. My cholesterol is the highest it has ever been at 287.  In fact, majority of the panel is bad. My fasting glucose in elevated at 107 which still puts me in the pre diabetic phase. The labs are very eye opening and I wasn't expecting those results at all. 

Some of you may know that I have Graves disease and was diagnosed about ten years ago. I have struggled with the symptoms of hyperthyroid (exhausted raging skinny bitch) and hypothyroid (depressed overweight bitch) on and off for years. It is a total pain in the ass to deal with because I'm always bouncing back and forth and trying to keep my labs stable. I've been on two thyroid meds to control my levels for awhile now, now we are trying a new medication. After talking to Dr. Tank, she recommended that I try going gluten free. 

Honestly, at first I thought she was joking, but as the conversation continued I realized that she was not.  She was dead serious and I started to panic....internally of course. 

I left very overwhelmed, but in a good "Oh, my god. Do M&M's have gluten in them?!" way. It is nice to have a doctor who values your health and cares about your well being. So, starting tomorrow, I'll be gluten free and see where it takes me. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be googling "Does _______ have gluten in it?" a lot. 

So, I have a nutrtionist appointment tomorrow with Shelly at Rex Wellness and have a new gym routine planned. I'll be going to the gym two days on and then one day off. I know how to use all the machines now, so I have a lot of different routines so I'm not doing the same thing all the time. I'm also going to make it a goal to attend two different classes in August as well. Hopefully, I can get in some pretty decent shape and lose the weight for good this time. 

I have been trying out lots of new lip shades and I have been posting them on Instagram (JenHaught). I'm not going to post them all here because I wear something different everyday, but here are a couple. 

I've been loving ColourPop because they have great quality makeup at an even better price. The Ultra Mattes have been said to be pretty much the same as Kylie Cosmetics. Kylie has come out with an eyeshadow palette ($52 shipping/tax included) that I do like, but $54 for nine colors? I looked online and there is a similar palette (shown below) by Carli Bybel that is only $14.50. I personally can't vouch for the quality, but according to the reviews of others it is rated five out of five stars. I can't lie and say I'm not excited for her birthday themed makeup. I'l totally in love with the cream shadow in Rose Gold and her new matte shade Leo. 


According to Cassydaraiche on Instagram here are the prices for Kylie's new limited edition birthday products:

Don't forget that you have til tomorrow at midnight to enter my HaughtMakeup Giveaway. Just go to my Instagram (JenHaught) and go to my original giveaway post from 7/25/16, repost, tag two friends and tell me your number one makeup item/beauty product on your wishlish. If you follow me on Snapchat (JenHaught79), you still have some time to get a extra entry or two before the giveaway ends. I'll be annoucing the winner on 8/3/16. US Residents only and winner will be picked at random.

So, that's it for now! Wish me luck on my gluten free adventure! 


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cardio Sucks, Makeup Rocks

I made it to the gym three times this week and it was great. I was able to add ten pounds of weight to my abs, triceps, and quads. My issue hasn't been get my strength training in, it is always cardio. Urgh, cardio is the worst. I switch my cardio up with the elliptical, stationary bike, and the rowing machine. I feel like it takes FOREVER. Thankfully, re-watching 30 Rock has helped the time go by faster, but urgh, cardio sucks. Anyone else loathe cardio?

My goals this week is to get to the gym four days and on that fourth day I want to focus on trying to like cardio-haha! I'm also on working on increasing my protein and veggies. 

I was able to try a lot of my ColourPop colors I got and pretty much loved all of them. I have another order on the way, so stay tuned for those. I'm going to be trying their four mini glosses this week. I think I also found the best mascara for me, thank goodness. The ELF formula isn't super thick or sticky and it doesn't clump my lashes together.  Plus, it is only TWO DOLLARS! 

I Heart This (Matte)

LLB (Matte)

Scoorge (Matte)
Lady (Matte)
More Better (Matte)
My New Favorite Mascara by ELF

This weekend Matt's parents came in and we had a nice weekend. We ate some BBQ, went to Joanne Fabric's and I got some super cute bandanas for the pups. I also started looking on Pinterest for a new sewing project because I found a disney princess fabric I love. I'm thinking of trying to sew a cosmetic bag. 

Taking pictures of dogs is NEVER easy for us and thankfully the dogs sat pretty well for Matt's mom. They didn't sit as well for Matt and me.

I'm doing a giveaway starting tomorrow and I hope you will enter. So you can win all these Medi-dyne and 2Toms products below by posting on Twitter or Instagram why is it important for you to stay in shape OR why you want start getting in shape with the hashtage #haughtsummer
Check out my Snapchat (JenHaught79) tonight to get the inside info on how to get better chance to win! 

US Residents Only

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pretty Uneventful Week

This week was pretty uneventful. I got to the gym three days this week and aiming for four this week. I'm definitely getting stronger which is awesome, I just wish I could see the results when I put on my clothes. It is frustrating, but we have to schedule our three month check at Rex Wellness and get weighed, measured etc. Hopefully, I'll get some positive results! 

This week I had a lot of fun with make up. I'm loving Kylie's Lipkit in MaryJo and it stays on pretty much all day. The only two things that kinda sucks about it are that it is VERY drying and the price.

I had read that E.L.F. cosmetics were good quality and cheap, my favorite combo! I have yet to find a great mascara so I bought their brand, a lip plumper/primer and a lip exfoliator for those days I wear Kylie's Lipkits. I'll try them out this week and let you know how they hold up. All three items cost only eight dollars.  

Saturday I had a facial, so I just wore Front Row Cosmetics lipgloss in Baby Doll and their Nude lip liner.  I loved the shine! 

I finally placed my first order with ColourPop and I'm so excited to try it all out, especially the Ultra Matte Lip colors because they are supposed to be a great as Kylie's but way cheaper (they are only six bucks a piece compared to Kylie's at twenty nine dollars plus shipping!). I'm hoping ColourPop lives up to it's hype because you really can't beat their prices! 

If you love fashion and looking for some fantastic deals head over to SoSimpleYet. com. Morgan puts together some great looks and she travels to fun places! You can also follow her on Instagram at SoSimpleYet.

I'm still obsessed with YourCam Makeup app! I can't tell you how addicting and fun it is! They just added the Kardashian line of cosmetics to their library.  

Please don't forget that you can still get a TigerLady 20% off with code HAUGHTIGER. It is small, light weight, and needs no batteries or charging. To activate the three claws, all you have to do is close your hand and make a fist. The retractable claws protrude between your knuckles ready to meet your attacker. Stay safe and protect yourself! Don't be distracted by your phone when walking to your car; replace it with a Tigerlady and stay alert. Don't be a statistic and protect yourself! Give her the gift of safety, give her a Tigerlady!

Finally, our pups have doing well. Jager has a check up next weekend, so fingers crossed! 

Hope everyone has a great week!