SELF MANAGEMENT TOOL BOX: Roleo – Roll Your Pain Away!

This weeks self management tool, Roleo,  is one of my FAVORITES! I am so thankful for this tool as it has helped the longevity of my career as a massage therapist.

The Roleo can also help YOU if you if you use your hands for a living and help keep your hands, wrists, and forearms feeling well with all of the upcoming summer activities like golf, tennis, gardening, paddling, etc!

Just over a year ago I developed a “bump” on a tendon in my dominant hand.  I had pain, inflammation, and difficulty with basic activities.   In addition to the bump, the wrist flexors in my forearm were extremely tight, tender, and fatigued. It felt as though after 12 years, my massage career would be coming to an end.  I saw a hand specialist and was diagnosed with flexor tendonitis.  In conjunction with my doctors plan of rest, stretching, cutting back on clients, and managing the inflammation with ice  etc., I tried massaging my forearm with my left hand… Well this just wasn’t effective enough for me – I was starting to get fatigue in my left forearm because I was compensating for my right arm!! I needed massage, but couldn’t see my massage therapist every week!  What to do…… ROLEO!!!

My brother in law-to-be introduced me to the Roleo.  He works as a scientific glass blower and had also experienced fatigue & pain in his forearms and hands. Seeing his massage therapist on a regular basis was just not enough.

The Roleo allows you to have a firm and specific massage for your forearms, wrists and hands and helps alleviate any symptoms you may have from repetitive activities in your home or office.   It is easy to use  and requires no batteries or electricity.  It reminds me of putting my arm between two rolling pins!  There is a pressure gauge on the top of the product so you can increase or decrease the amount of pressure you feel comfortable with during your Roleo massage! I use the Roleo after working with a client, after a round of golf, or whenever I feel my forearms, wrists, & hands need some TLC.  It has made such a difference and I don’t experience any pain in my hand or forearms anymore!

The Roleo was developed by licensed massage therapist, Paul Klieman.  You can read his testimonial and how Roleo was developed at http://www.rollyourpainaway.com. There is also a wonderful instructional video and detailed written instructions on the website to show you how to use the Roleo.

You can order the Roleo at  www.rollyourpainaway.com.  I have seen it priced between $27 and $30.  It can also be found at:

– GAIAM (gaiam.com)
– Massage Warehouse (massagewarehouse.com)
– Bodywork Emporium stores in Southern California, and other retailers.
– Amazon.com (search: Roleo Massager)

Happy Rolling Everyone!!!

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It’s Sunday afternoon… How about a manicure.. & a chair massage? :)

It was gorgeous, sunny, and 35 degrees today in Corning, NY.   After a long walk this afternoon, I felt refreshed but was in need of a bit of pampering.. Winter is leaving my hands a bit dry and tired…

I decided to explore a new spot for a quick manicure.

Modern Nails & Beauty Spa, located at –  Arnot Mall 330 Chambers Road South, Horseheads, NY 14845

(607-796-2866) was open until 6:00 – walk ins welcome…

Here  I come!

Staff was friendly and attentive upon my arrival… Nice selection of colors. I chose – Essie  DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free  polish –  playa del platinum

I decided on their basic manicure, $12.  I was seen promptly by the nail technician.  He did nice work cleaning up my cuticles and shaping my nails.  The hand massage for each hand was done very quickly with no forearm work… ehhh.

I did appreciate the warm, moist towel after the massage, covering my hands for a moment and removing excess lotion from the fingers and nails.

The manicure was over with in less than 15 minutes, but my nails do  look nice.

  • I noticed 2 massage chairs in the middle of the spa and decided I could really use a quick shoulder and neck massage… 20 minute chair massage $20.. Sign me up!

The massage chair was comfortable and clean.  A face shield was used.  The therapist did not introduce herself or ask me any areas I would like there to be a focus.  I told her I felt most of my tightness in my neck & shoulder region.

Shortly after starting, she began coughing and another therapist took her place.  I appreciate that she did not continue working on me if she was feeling ill, but no introduction to the new therapist.

Pressure was moderate throughout, and overall the chair massage was fair.  I did not enjoy  the use of  lotion near the end of the massage on my neck and upper traps.  I had on a nice long sleave top and did not like feeling the lotion stick to my shirt while he was working on my neck.  I did not expect the therapist to use lotion on the neck or upper back during a chair massage.  I  have only experienced the use of lotion on hands & forearms in a chair massage session.  I did feel relaxed after the session.

I would revisit Modern Nails & Beauty Spa in a pinch or on short notice for a mani or pedi, and appreciate their customer service and am happy with how my nails look today.  I would pass on the chair massage at this location.

Ahhhh, Lovely Day 🙂