In our busy, everyday lives, we often leave out the “me” time we all desperately need. We think things like, “I’ll do something for myself tomorrow”, or “I just don’t have time for myself”. The truth is, those reasons, or any other reason we come up with to forsake the necessity of giving ourselves what we need, are never good enough. It doesn’t take much to focus ourselves on a daily basis. It is amazing what only thirty minutes can do for our minds and emotions. When we don’t take time to ourselves, we can become snippy, easily frustrated, or downright unbearable to be around. That is why I decided to learn more about massage therapy, yoga and their benefits in regard to mental acuity, physical health, and increased energy.
Tina Mclean, founder of BACS Body Alignment and Core Stability in Springfield, Missouri, is a medically licensed cranial sacral massage therapist, certified RYT yoga therapist, yoga instructor for Infinity Martial Arts, and the United States Ambassador for the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Research and Science in India. Tina has been a massage therapist for ten years and has made quite the name for herself. Her name seems synonymous with the idea of achieving a happier, healthier life.
I sat down with the talented Ms. Tina Mclean for an in-depth look at her everyday achievements. We need to first delve into her base of operations.
Tina’s Amazing Hands
Tina works with soft tissue, but she uses the soft tissue to adjust the bone, stating,
“I basically do the same thing the chiropractors do, but I don’t pop people, I just gently re-align them.”
She starts with the hips, saying
“they are the foundation of the house…. Having the hips straight is vital to the human body. If the hips aren’t centered, nothing in the body will be centered.”
She explains that the hips are often responsible for everyday aches and pains, such as shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, and all because of the hips being off-center. Because of this, Tina begins all of her massages with adjusting the hips into alignment, working her way down the legs individually, and finishing the lower body with the feet.
Once she has aligned everything there, she then turns her attention to the back, where she adjusts any curvature in the spine and neck. After she completes those adjustments, she then ensures all of the ribs are securely placed in their designated sockets- which feels absolutely amazing, might I add.
She then has her clients turn over onto their backs and finishes the adjustment of hips, tilting them either forward or backward- dependent on what is needed- followed by a release of tightness in the psoas muscles. Once she and the client are satisfied, she then tends, yet again, to the neck, stretching and manipulating the tendons to release undue pressure in the neck and jaw.
Lastly, she realigns the jaw- so that her clients can actually chew their food without pain- and decompresses the spine, which happens to be my most favorite part of the incredible experience. Not because it feels the best, but because everything seems to fully fall into place and I feel as though I could melt away into her massage table. The entire process is beyond wonderful and keeps her clientele, myself included, coming back for regular appointments.
Spotlight on Tina Mclean, Massage Therapist in Springfield
As I said before, Tina Mclean is extraordinarily talented and a true healer, which of course is something she just cannot turn off. She loves what she does and wants to be able to help everyone, but unfortunately can’t due to her only having two hands and 12-hour work days. For whatever reason, she is determined to sleep at some point each day. Because she can’t “turn off” her desire to heal others, she began thinking of more permanent ways to help her clients.
“I am the only therapist that does this form of massage in the Ozarks, unfortunately, which is sad. I wish this could be more widely spread and known.”
Massage Therapist in Springfield…. Who Prescribes Yoga!
Due to the lack of medically licensed massage therapists in this area, Tina developed a new form of yoga to pair with her massages. The new form of yoga is called Core Stability, and focuses on the individual clients needs.
Rather that doing a generic yoga session, Tina closely evaluates the clients’ body structure and designs an individualized flow meant specifically for their body. She put it into laymen’s terms for me,
“Consider when we drive, the psoas, or main core muscles, which controls our hips, tightens. This forces our right hip to tilt forward and down and our left hip tilts backward and up, causing a figure 8 which takes our pelvic floor to one side. This can be counteracted by yoga. Rather than do yoga poses evenly on both sides, I look at my clients and adjust their poses so that they can stretch and strengthen the parts of their bodies that give them the most discomfort.”
I caught myself thrown off slightly by her new form of yoga because of its long-term successes. I asked her how that will affect her business, for her client’s need to schedule with her will lessen astronomically. She laughed and simply replied,“Great! I want to heal people, not make money off of them!”
She went on to explain her desire to save people time and money by providing a long-term, effective way of managing their own bodies and needs. She does this by video recording the yoga session that directly follow the massages. She then burns a copy for her clients, sending them home with their own personalized yoga routine. She suggests each client spends 30 minutes a day, three days a week utilizing their poses to pull themselves back into alignment.
Another great thing Tina spoke to me about were the benefits of couples’ yoga. She discussed strengthening intimacy, communication, and understanding of each other’s points of view by working together to strengthen each other’s core. I had never thought about yoga in that way. I knew one could achieve a greater understanding of themselves through yoga, or find great pride in the achievements in balance, flexibility, and agility provided by yoga, but it hadn’t dawned on me one could learn so much about their partner through yoga.
It makes perfect sense. Yoga partners rely on each other to build themselves physically, why wouldn’t they need to rely on each other when building their center? All couples experience hardships which cause issues in their communication with each other, or understanding of needs. To know there is a way to avoid a continued discourse of unfamiliarity and frustration, is a comforting thing, one which my husband and I have used to benefit us after stressors infiltrate our relationship. We have built a new way to communicate through yoga and look forward to continuing our dialogue of openness.
Benefits of Massage Therapy Coupled with Yoga
Merely four years ago I lost the use of my legs. I could no longer stand without assistance. I had spent my entire life, 27 years at the time, walking, running, jumping… living, only to discover the ball joints of my femurs had never housed themselves within my hip sockets. My muscles had grown and strengthened in such a way that would carry me through every step of the day. I had always felt pain in my hips and legs, but as a child never told a soul having thought everyone lived in such a way. Alas, my time ran out, and so did the life in my legs so to speak. I became wheelchair bound, endured corrective surgeries, physical therapy, the whole nine. But, I was not healed. I was not “fixed”.
Three years since my last surgery and I never spent a day without pain… Well, three years until last Saturday. Last Saturday I spent my morning learning how to “do” yoga based specifically off of what my body requires in order to belong to me and not the pain I’ve always suffered. No, last Saturday I aligned myself, I took charge of my life, I became me, and I did it with yoga and a quick adjustment from Tina.
It may seem strange, or sound like a whole lot of malarky, but in one session i was able to achieve what I have wanted for as long as I can remember. One moment, one hour, one day without pain… but it has been days now and I am still pain-free all because this magical woman taught me how to “put myself back in alignment” as she calls it.
Ms.Tina Mclean is dead-set on ensuring her clients can fully appreciate the benefits of their adjustments, thus leaving WeDames convinced there is no better remedy for all ailments than the dual assets gained through her sessions. Having completed my first session with Tina only days ago and enjoying the sensation of dictating what ails me rather than the other way around, I am hooked.
Have you given yourself what you need lately?