Popping the Pill Popping Bubble

            Drugs are expensive, especially prescription ones. Which makes it quite remarkable that 15 million Americans abuse them (as of 2015). Opioids are the most popular, 5.1 million out of 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs abuse them. And 13% of Americans take them medically, due to various conditions with one common side effect- pain.

70% of Americans are on at least one prescription, according to the Mayo Clinic in 2013. And there’s a good chance it’s an opioid, or one of them is. Opioids have several unpleasant side effects, including constipation, drowsiness, potential drug interaction, nausea, and addiction. But they still kill the pain, temporarily.

How did humans treat pain pre-prescription drugs? Besides currently illegal opioids, which Ancient Greeks and other cultures had been aware of, and not always used medically, there were herbal and holistic treatments such as massage, essential oils, acupuncture, biofeedback, diet, which could be combined with physical activity, herbal remedies, and healers.

Although not all of these have been scientifically proven to work, or concretely proven, several have shown some success. Massage, and chiropractic work, have shown the most success. Combined with acupuncture, they can not only stop or decrease pain but also have many other positive effects on the human body. Massage is also often used in tandem with essential oils, which applied to the body not only make you smell good, but can negate pain.

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You can also just smell them, some have been shown to have a relaxing, happy effect on the brain, it’s kind of like biofeedback, but with your nose. Speaking of biofeedback, when you learn or monitor your own body enough, you can prevent, decrease or treat some degree of pain all on your own, with enough practice and mental discipline. There are high tech devices coming out or currently available to help you do this. When successful, it could save you a copay and a prescription. It’s great for headaches and migraines.

And quite simply put, diet and exercise generally make you healthier. Losing 100 pounds can do wonders for achy joints. Plus, ironically, moving more actually helps ease pain. When it comes to diet some foods are simply better for you, plus there are certain foods, like chocolate, that increase endorphins, easing mental and physical pain.

Herbal remedies are increasing in popularity, some are even officially approved.

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Although some must be taken with care, in certain amounts, for safety reasons, particularly for pregnant women, when taken and administered properly, herbs like St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Ginger, and Tumeric, have shown to relieve a range of physical ailments.

Healers aren’t the most scientifically proven, but there are tried and true believers who claim to benefit. If not the healer him or herself, the remedy suggested like Tai Chi or Reiki therapy can help just by simply moving or helping you be more aware of your own body. Something is bound to work eventually.



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Opioid prescriptions maybe easily available today, but other older yet effective methods are also more available and accessible. They may not come in a bright orange bottle, but there are few or no unpleasant side effects, or side effects. Plus if you get addicted to them, you’ll live. People feel pain, have and always will. But the difference is how they treat it. Do you want to be able to go Number Two AND live? I thought so.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy

            August is Happiness Happens Month, August is Goat Cheese Month, but August isn’t all happy and cheesy. It’s also Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a hereditary disease that attacks the nervous system, around the spine, resulting in the wasting away and shrinking of muscle, also known as atrophy. There are different types with varying degrees of fatality. Type 1 is the most deadly and starts in the womb. Type 2 starts in infancy or childhood, and has the same symptoms, but a slightly brighter outlook, below the 90% with type 1 who don’t make it to 10.

Type 3 starts in adolescence, and people with it will face the same difficulties, although in some cases less severe. They also have a minimally affected life span. Type 4 begins in adulthood, after 30, and fewer muscles are affected. Lifespan is also not affected.

There is no cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but there are proven, and potential treatments to make life, however long you have depending on the type, easier. Physical therapy, to decease pain and improve whatever muscular function is left, makes up the bulk of this. Physical therapy is a go to option. And as part of physical therapy, massage is part of the regimen.

Massage can decrease the rate of atrophy and stimulate what muscles are left. It also increases blood flow and gives the neurons under attack a helping hand. Massage, possibly in tandem with acupuncture, has also been used with some positive results. Although not Electrotherapy, another popular treatment that really kicks up the neurons, acupuncture can help decrease pain, stimulate blood flow, and wake up weakened neurons and muscles. As  complimentary treatments, combined with proven treatments, massage therapy and acupuncture can be a deadly combination-for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Plus, who isn’t not happy after a massage?

Holistic treatments, combined with medically proven treatments, can positively impact those suffering from diseases, or just experience similar aches and pains, similar to Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Making it a part of a treatment regimen is an easy and relatively affordable (compared to hospital bills), option. It’s also an investment in your overall health. Also, who doesn’t need a massage?

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Listen to Your Heart

On a scale of one to there is an erupting volcano in my backyard, how stressed are you? According to the American Institute of Stress Americans are 44% more stressed than they were five years ago. It also causes 60% of all human illnesses and diseases.

Although it has yet to be definitively proven, there seems to be a link between stress and heart disease. Stress is also strongly linked to heart attacks. The fight or flight response, produced by the sudden release of adrenaline when stressed, causes the heart to beat faster, and over time can cause inflammation.

Besides this, the bad habits, like excessively eating or drinking, and smoking, and worse, caused by stress, can exasperate the heart even more. Combined with the natural effects of stress on the body, this can result in heart disease and other detrimental heart related conditions.

No one can really prevent stress, but you can prevent actions and reactions to it. There are obviously much better, and much healthier options than overeating, drinking, and smoking, and worse. Just talking and communicating your emotions and feelings as a result of stressful situations in a safe, supportive environment, with someone you trust, can squash anxiety right away.

There’s also the oft mentioned yoga and meditation. Not to mention exercising, or putting all that pent up energy and emotion into something creative and expressive. A study published by Psychotherapy Research, and a similar study in Behavior Modification, showed that journal writing greatly decreased stress and anxiety. If writing isn’t exactly your thing try another creative pursuit. Sitting down, creating something, and doing something fun or interesting for yourself can also greatly reduce anxiety.

All of these are great, productive healthy options, for when you can’t get a massage of course, massages are among the top, proven ways to reduce stress. Massage reduces toxins in the body, relaxes muscles, and makes your brain shoot out happy, good neurotransmitters. But if you sadly can’t get a massage, try the ones above. You’ll surely find one that can melt that stress away.

Everyone experiences stress, and everyone deals with it in some way. Good or bad. But whatever good way you find or decide on, your heart will thank you.





If You’re Happy and You Know It

You might have just gotten a massage. You are but you didn’t? Good for you, you can go get one and be even happier! Why, how do I know this? Science.

Serotonin, the happiness hormone/neurotransmitter, also does many other useful things such as regulating appetite. Sometimes you’re just really low on Serotonin, and there aren’t magical Serotonin stations with it on sale by the gallon. How would you become low on it?

You could be depressed, or a victim of trauma, stress, or a serious illness which in itself can lead to depression. Depression can also be inherited. Some drugs inadvertently do too. In the case of depression, there is a chemical imbalance in the brain and therefore interruption between neurons that should be receiving happy neurotransmitters like serotonin.

You could also not be consuming enough L-Tryptophan. So eat plenty of turkey, and carbs, a low carb, high protein diet can lead to decreased serotonin levels. Does this make cake medicine? No, but is it delicious, will it help keep you happy? Most assuredly, I’m sorry, what’s, I know, in moderation. Dairy, meat and grains also contain L-Tryptophan. So if you ever see a sad gluten free vegan, you know why now.

You could be lacking in Vitamin B6, sunflower seeds, pistachios, and Tuna are full of the stuff, so are rice and other nuts. See, more carbs, yay! Find yourself a recipe for pistachio cake, or tuna cake, whatever, pistachio cake would probably taste a lot better though. You could just go to Red Lobster for dinner first.

Then there’s Theanine, surprisingly not some Greek god, it’s an amino acid most famously found in green tea and used as a dietary supplement. That you might take after eating too much cake. Theanine is actually safe, nay beneficial in small doses, like a cup of tea, but concentrated in supplements it can degrade serotonin and interfere with the wonderful happiness producing neurotransmitters and neurons in the brain. So maybe slow down on the cake. You don’t want to look like one of those sad gluten free vegans do you? Of course not.

So you’re not depressed, you eat plenty of pistachio cake, eschew dietary supplements, then why are your serotonin levels still kind of low? You must obviously not be getting enough massages!

How will a massage make you feel better, deep tissue specifically? The Touch Research Institute in Miami found that massage (and other body work) increased serotonin by 28%, with just one massage. And decreased that nasty stress hormone/neurotransmitter, cortisol by 31%, with just one massage. The kneading and massaging of tissues and muscles help to release and produce good, happy hormones/neurotransmitters.  It’s not a cure for depression or low serotonin levels, but it’s an excellent complimentary treatment. Plus, less pills.

But can I still eat the cake? Of course you can still eat the cake, who doesn’t, that is a stupid question unless you’re diabetic or just allergic to cake. There are a variety of reasons why you might be feeling blue, but massage by itself or in compliment with another treatment can get you back in happy, huggy shape.

So the next time you’re feeling a little bit blue, or just really need a massage, get a massage. And carbs, eat lots and lots of carbs.







Valentines Day Gift Guide

Thousands of years ago two young men ran around Rome wearing animal skins and slapped people passing by. Now you’re stuck buying flowers and chocolates, or feeling very, very lonely.
But you don’t have to buy flowers or chocolates, or feel very, very lonely. Is there ever a reason not to buy something…most of the time? No, you can support your local economy too by shopping locally, or at least regionally and through producers and crafters themselves.
Here are some great gift ideas, for you or yourself, to help stimulate the economy this Valentine’s Day.

Pleasant Scents

How often does your man bathe? Often hopefully, isn’t it nice when he smells good?
Astrida Naturals’ Wiseman solid cologne, with shea butter (0.5 oz./$10.00) has a spicy, manly scent sure to please. Plus it doesn’t leak and it’s travel friendly, not to mention moisturizing and long lasting. Customer orders are an option too.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AstridaNaturals

Sure, she might practically already be hoarding bottles and samples on her side, but why not give her a small, compact, all natural perfume?
Hannas Herbal Farms’ Sweet Romance roll on Fragrance ($8.99), is a mix of rose and jasmine essential oils. All organic with a base of grapeseed, the smell of love will eliminate from you. A variety pf lavender blends are also available.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HannaHerbalFarms


Who doesn’t love cotton candy, and specifically themed gifts?
Soapaucity’s sugary, cottan candy flavored body butter (4 oz./$8.99), organic and handmade, there are also a variety of other scents, and accompanying products that would make a wonderful gift set.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Soapaucity

Need something more masculine? MiasWish’s Mr. Masculine scented and whipped body butter ($12) has an invigorating, manly scent. It’s also organic and handmade and incredibly moisturizing. The Mr. Lemon Verbana lotion is also highly recommended.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiasWish

Who doesn’t need a massage?
Massage gift certificates are a gift for all, mom, dad, grandpa, your cat, or that special someone in your life who doesn’t want or need $100 mortal flowers. The Massage Room has them in amounts of $25-$50, good for either a half hour or an hour. Plus, if you spend $75 or more, you get 20%.
Website: http://www.robertatippett.massagetherapy.com/, in store pick up only

Massage Oil

Want to really spoil your sweetie?
PuraBeing’s “Lovey” massage oil ($15.45) has a floral yet woodsy unisex scent, you can order a sample for yourself, and give it a whiff.  Try some in your bath, or bring it to your massage. Who said you can’t buy a gift for yourself?
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuraBeing


Need to set the mood?
AshsAmber’s long burning 100%, organic, beeswax candles (2 oz./ $5.50), come in scents from honey to orange, and are all made with essential oils and locally sourced Illinois farm products. There are recycled beer bottle candles too, for that person in your life who isn’t into the vino or liquor.
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AshsAmber

Gift Sets

Do you hate wrapping and packaging things? Want to just buy a bunch of stuff that’s already in a basket or box?
Vayas’ Devoted spa gift set ($30), of patchouli rich sugar scrub, soap, and mood spray is all handmade and organic, and not too floral, so it’s good for that manly man or person with a sensitive nose in your life. There are also more fragrant options, lavender and Awaken.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Vayas
Looking to buy for a girly girl or person who thinks she is a princess?
Bubblezilla’s Princess Spa Gift Set ($25), including bath bombs, perfume, soap, bath powder, and a bath poof, in a pleasant floral scent, will make anyone, man or woman feel like a princess. There’s also the Glass Slipper spa gift set.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BubbleZilla

So whether you’re shopping for a manly man, a pretty princess, or somewhere in between, here are some organic, natural, handmade, gift ideas sure to please, and won’t die either. There’s nothing wrong with flowers, jewelry, or chocolates, but how will they help you feel soft and supple and smell like love? And still be mostly vegan friendly?

Seriously, the two guys running around slapping people:

Have a product or service and are interested in being in our next gift guide? Or being featured in our blog? Email robertasmassageroom@gmail.com with all the details, specifications, and images to be considered! Send some samples our way too if you can!


Do you love yourself? Because you should and you’re awesome and unique and amazing. Should you love other people too? Yes, but if you don’t love yourself first, who could love you? What better month to start than Self Love Month, this month, January?

Not sure how to love yourself, outside of the 12 year old sense? There are many different ways to love yourself, and all around be a happier, well balanced person.

Take Care of Yourself

If you literally treat yourself like crap you will feel like crap. Your health should be the most important thing in your life, your life depends on it. It’s okay to eat cake and sit on the couch while watching My 600 Pound Life every once in a while, but not all the time.

Get up, do something physical, move, don’t eat like crap, don’t over eat, don’t under eat, just listen to your body, it’s the only one you’ll ever have. Know when the party’s over, get lots of sleep. It’s one of the simplest but most important things you could ever do.

Also don’t do drugs or smoke, you’ll die. That’s very important to remember too.

Dump Negative Influences

Haters suck, especially when they’re disguised as your friends or acquaintances. Dump them, being alone isn’t always fun but it’s better than feeling lonely. Making friends isn’t always simple, but it’s one of the best things you’ll ever do-as long as they’re real friends. No man is an island, everyone needs help and support.

Especially when dumping negative or destructive things or habits. Being accountable or at least semi-open with someone in regards to that makes such a prospect much more likely to be successful. Support Groups can never be just one person.

Find Something You Love

Or find some other activity or outlet to channel your energy into. If it’s underwater basket weaving and you meet some nice new people, it’ your life, and legal, and not detrimental to your health, or a cult.

Are you filled with rage? Try kick boxing or some other energy releasing activity. A bit obsessive compulsive? Into details? Try something like embroidery. Or just do something crazy and try something you’ve always wanted to do, that’s legal. You never know until you try.

Be Kind to Yourself

Cut yourself some slack, you’re not perfect or ever will be. If you were absolutely perfect you would never have to learn anything or grow as a person, and your life would be very boring.

People who strive to be perfect usually end up becoming high strung nut cases, whether they actually realize it or not. Although everyone else around them certainly does. Always do your best, but learn from your failures and mistakes. And understand that no one else is perfect too.

Treat Yourself

Life is tough, fight back by pampering yourself every once in a while. Be it a gift for yourself, a vacation, a staycation, or just maybe a really good chocolate cookie. One won’t kill you. But if it actually could, and are sadly extremely diabetic or allergic to chocolate, there are other options.

Human touch is very powerful, in fact those who don’t get enough of it, or a lot of it in a negative sense, feel the side effects in their lives and daily functioning. A good massage, be it an hour or half hour, releases happy neurotransmitters in the brain, and makes you feel like blissful jelly, and is an excellent complimentary treatment for a plethora of conditions.

It can seem expensive, but how much do you spend in Starbucks and things that you really don’t need per month, week, or day? You could probably afford at least one investment in your overall health and well-being per month.

However you celebrate Self Love Month this month, just remember that you’re not perfect, and to not let people or life get in the way. And to be kind, and less hard on yourself. Just find your own special way, thought, action, or good deed that makes you feel happy, positive, and optimistic about life. Also, get a massage, I’ve heard that those really work great for that.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, and Good for You too!

Rose essential oil is good for your skin, Violet is too, so is Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Lavender …boop boop da doo. Catchy? No, but true? Yes, all of these floral essential oils do something for your skin.


Rose is best for dry and aging skin, it keeps skin moist by making water in the skin stay put, while also decreasing levels of cortisol in the body, one of the wonderful neurotransmitters responsible for stress.


Violet is also good for dry skin. But Violet has also shown to be effective in combatting acne, eczema, and inflammation. Why doesn’t everyone just love flowers, seriously? Also try it if you’re stressed with a cold and can’t sleep, you’ll be sleeping like Jimmy Hoffa at his currently undiscovered location in no time.

ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang is good for every skin type, it combats acne by inhibiting oil production, and can help regenerate skin cells. It does wonders for elasticity and fine lines too. Plus, it smells really good. Who doesn’t want their face to smell really good?

Although Ylang Ylang seems to pack the most powerful and purely metaphorical punch, and Rose and Violet are pretty awesome, Geranium and Lavender really are one stop shops for skin care, and more.


Geranium is amazing when it comes to fighting acne, acting much like Ylang Ylang. But while doing all that it tightens skin, reducing wrinkles. Who doesn’t want to look 29 forever? But wait, there’s more! Are you cut, burnt, accidently stumbled into a forest fire? Dump some Geranium essential oil on your face to increase blood circulation and heal faster. It also is a great treatment for a plethora of other skin conditions.


Another essential, essential oil is Lavender. Not only will your face smell like Provence, it’s also a great stress reliever. Besides being a great skin regenerator and healer like Geranium, in fact, a big vat of this stuff is what inspired the modern study of aromatherapy in the first place (See: https://robertascomfortzone.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/fire-lavender-and-mummies-how-pleasant-scents-became-medicine/).

Are celebrity endorsements great? Does Justin Beiber have feelings too? Yes, but as you can see nature’s Proactives don’t need them, their abilities and applications speak for themselves. Be it aged, dry, loose, saggy, wrinkled, or injured skin, there’s a natural solution for it.

So Roses are great, Violets are too, likewise Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Lavender, so why not try one or two?



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