PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 17, 2014) – Gerrae Simons Miller, owner of Mellow Massage Therapy Center, was among the 27 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Greater Philadelphia program in January.

Gerrae Simons-Miller

Gerrae Simons-Miller, Owner of Mellow Massage Therapy Center

Mellow Massage Therapy Center is a multiple award-winning Therapeutic Massage and Wellness storefront in East Falls, Philadelphia, a beautiful and burgeoning riverside neighborhood in the northwest section of the city.

The wellness oasis was born from the simple idea that all people deserve to live without the burden of the world upon their shoulders. Clients not only enjoy therapeutic massage services, but also wellness retreats, and classes such as Yoga, Meditation, and Couples Instructional Massage. Its staff of professionally trained, certified, and licensed healing professionals consistently work to bring relaxation and balance to a loyal customer base and a constantly growing list of new clientele.

“Participating in the 2nd cohort of the 10,000 Small Businesses program has completely changed the way that I think about business – I’ve learned specific points of focus that will help grow my business to its full potential. I am also honored to have studied with some of the most brilliant minds in the Greater Philadelphia region,” says Miller.

 “Since starting this program, I have completely reanalyzed our marketing and advertising plans and begun to implement changes that will allow our employees to feel even better about their place of work. We look forward to hiring more Philadelphians as a direct result of the growth that we’ve learned to forecast,” she continues.

Mellow Massage was named a “Top 25 Minority Owned Business” and a “Top 75 Women Owned Business” by Philadelphia Business Journal, and has been honored with a prestigious “Best In Philly” award by Philadelphia magazine.
 

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The business owners have spent 14 weeks – roughly 100 class hours – at the Main Campus of Community College of Philadelphia actively engaged in an entrepreneurial business curriculum designed by Babson College and delivered by the community college faculty. The curriculum covered all elements of running one’s business, from money and metrics to marketing and sales. The program also included one-on-one business advising, accounting workshops and advice from top law firms and Goldman Sachs professionals. 

Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at Community College of Philadelphia with June 9, 2014, as the deadline to apply for the next cohort.  The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. Applications may be downloaded at www.ccp.edu/10KSB.

 

For further information or assets, contact info@mellowmassage.com or visit www.mellowmassage.com.

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Karen Reveron has been a dedicated member of the Mellow Team for many years.  As her clients well know, Karen’s friendly personality is matched by her effective massage techniques. Read more…

 
1) Karen, you have been with Mellow since its inception.  What are your thoughts on its growth?

I believe we’ve grown quite significantly in the past five years. Our space is twice the size it used to be! We’ve all grown as therapists, improving our skills, and how we interact with our clients. We know how to create an environment of healing and tranquility so clients want to keep coming back to Mellow as part of their wellness care.

2) Your co-workers know about your love of Bruce Lee!  Has his commitment to fitness and internal arts influenced your self-care regime and/or the way you approach healing arts?

Bruce Lee is definitely a legend!! He did incredible feats that were basically impossible for most people to do. Because of his dedication to health and wellness he was able to do the impossible!! He influenced me by his approach to fitness because he would focus on strengthening the tendons (the support system of muscles), which in turn helped him to develop his amazing physique!

Eating well was very important to Bruce as it is to me. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. are key to internal health. I stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Bruce also valued his quiet space, as I do. Whether you pray, meditate, or receive massage, it’s important to find that space as often as you can to maintain healthy mental and physical balance. 

3) Your clients enjoy your deep tissue technique.  Do you have specific conditions that you particularly enjoy treating?  Why?

 I do love giving (and getting) deep tissue! I have to say it’s my favorite! I really enjoy treating repetitive injury issues because basically everybody suffers from chronically tight muscles, which we re-injure with every movement we make throughout the day. That’s why it’s so important to make massage a regular part of our muscular (and mental) healing. When you’re in need of a Mellow moment, I’m here to heal.

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Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the protective covering of the nerves are worn away. Once that occurs, the body’s immune system begins attacking the corroded nerve covering along with the nerve itself. This can lead to paralysis, numbness, and/or loss of vision. Symptoms vary from person to person.

How Massage Therapy Helps

Swedish massage strokes and acupressure (Shiatsu) have proven to be beneficial for those living with Multiple Sclerosis when the pressure and manipulations are gentle. This allows the body to relieve stress.Constipation is often a problem for those with MS. A study conducted by Glasgow Caledonian University concluded that abdominal massage along with proper bowel health management advice was more effective in decreasing constipation symptoms than receiving the advice alone.

Important Considerations

Consulting your physician is highly recommended before scheduling a massage especially if you are experiencing neuropathy, edema, or abdominal pain. Those who are pregnant and have MS should also consult with their physician before scheduling a massage.Therapeutic massage is recommended during subacute stages. During your session, proper communication with your massage therapist or shiatsu practitioner is key. Let them know if you are experiencing a change in sensation including numbness, tingling, or pain.

How Can Mellow Help?

All of Mellow Massage Therapists are trained in relaxation and Swedish massage. Other services at Mellow that may prove beneficial to those with Multiple Sclerosis are

Ayurveda
Private Yoga
Reiki
Shiatsu

For regular maintenance of Multiple Sclerosis with massage therapy, try the Mellow Friends Membership Program. Participants receive a monthly massage at a discounted rate. For more information, click here.

Resources:

National MS Society

U.S. National Library of Medicine National Health Institutes

 

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1. You have a background in massage therapy, esthetics, and massage therapy education, which makes you pretty well rounded…and busy! What do you do to keep yourself healthy?

The healthiest thing that I do is get enough sleep. I find that when I don’t sleep enough, I don’t function properly. Every part of my body feels out of sorts, from my hands to my feet to my mind. I try to work out at least 3 times a week and eat the healthiest that I can, with one “cheat day” a week. For example, I drink soda on Fridays and water the rest of the week. I also make it a point to find time every day to do something that I find relaxing yet productive. For me, it’s being creative and getting in touch with my artistic side. I find that doing this keeps my mind healthy and having a healthy mind AND body is the best feeling there is!

2. How long have you been in the industry and what are your specialties?

I have been in the industry for 11 years now. It’s hard to say what my specialties are, as I find myself changing throughout my career. At this point in time though, I would say that I specialize in working with clients with medical conditions. I am not a medical massage therapist, but I have clients that I work closely with who suffer from various medical conditions. In many of these cases their treating physician recommended massage therapy. Some of my regular clients deal with: sickle cell disease, multiple sclerosis, brain aneurysm, endocrine disorders, cerebral palsy, diabetes, depression, and more. For each of these clients, massage therapy is a huge part of their healing process. While I enjoy working with any and all clients, I find myself drawn to clients with conditions that are more complex and need more attention. I have a background in psychology and spent 2 years working in psychological research. Through my research and experience in both massage therapy and psychology, I have found that massage has a profound effect on medical conditions both physically and mentally.

3. You have been a part of the Mellow team for a few years. What do you think makes Mellow different than other wellness centers?

There are so many things that make Mellow different. One of the great differences is the amazing massage therapists at Mellow. The staff is excellent and each person brings an amazing talent. We don’t just hire anyone, we bring in people that are of varying levels of training, have various experiences in the field, and who each bring something different and unique to the table. Having that kind of variety is a rarity in our field.

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By Vanessa Hazzard

1. Yoga

“If there was a drug that could mimic the effects of yoga, it would probably be the world’s best-selling drug.” says P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University.


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to view a clip of his interview on CBS news.

2. Meditation

Research published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging reports that people who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.  The control group of non-mediators did not show these changes. Other benefits of meditation include longer attention span and decreased blood pressure.

 

3. Massage

Stress affects everyone in some form or fashion. In an article published in The Huffington Post, massage therapy, Swedish massage in particular, has been linked to decreased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

 

4. Healthy Food

Creating healthy eating habits is quite different than dieting.  By eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein you get the vitamins and minerals needed to live a healthy life and boost your immune system. The fuel you put into your body can also increase productivity in the workplace according to a study published in Population Health Management.

 

5. Nature

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin
air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green
leaves, and the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”-Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk

 

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

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If you’re like two-thirds of the population, you’ve experienced the afternoon slump. You know the feeling — it’s only 2 p.m., yet you feel drained and want to call it a day.

This drop in energy is not all in your head. It is a physiological response from your body. Fortunately, you can employ methods to reduce the slump’s frequency and to shorten its duration. When you utilize these tips, you will turn the afternoon slump into a time of increased productivity.

Drink water. Your body uses water even if you’re not exercising. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and your physical and mental functioning may be impaired. Keep a water bottle handy all day.

Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates. While a mid-afternoon candy bar may give you a quick sugar rush, it actually worsens the slump. Sugar and simple carbohydrates get absorbed immediately into the bloodstream. In response, your blood sugar rises, and your body secretes insulin to bring your sugar level back down. To avoid this, incorporate more proteins and complex carbohydrates into your diet, such as products made with whole wheat flour, brown rice, etc. They won’t trigger blood sugar highs and lows.

Eat small meals. Try having a few small meals over the course of the day instead of three large ones. When you eat a big meal in one sitting, it may overwhelm your body and cause it to work harder to digest the food. As a result, the digestive process diverts blood away from your brain and extremities and uses it in the digestive track.

Evaluate your lighting. Most offices are lit with cool, white fluorescent tubes that have a terrible effect on how people feel and function at work. A better option is full-spectrum, fluorescent tubes, as these simulate the wavelengths of sunlight.

Take walks. Walking gets your blood circulating, helps you breathe better, and stimulates your brain due to the increased blood flow. Take a 5- or 10-minute walk during the day.

Meditate. Meditation is great for clearing your thoughts. By meditating for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, you’re keeping your mind continually energized and your body rested.

Frequent massage therapy. Needless to say, massages are great! Getting regular or even frequent, massages can work miracles for your body, mind and overall health. When you’re feeling particularly low on energy or notice more afternoon slumps, consider increasing the frequency of your massage therapy sessions.

Listen to music. Music can energize you, soothe you and has been medically proven to improve our moods. Numerous trials have shown that music can help lower heart rate, blood pressure and help relieve pain and anxiety.

Take time to breathe and stretch. Deep breathing exercises give you an energy boost by introducing fresh air into your system. Equally important are standing up and stretching. You increase blood flow in your body and stimulate the lymphatic system.

(Source: Massage & Bodywork)

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We can all use some extra motivation for getting fit this time of year. Exercise is a big factor in staying in shape but about 80% of it is diet!

With all sorts of remedies, quick fixes and fad diets, the prospect of losing weight and increasing fitness by eating right can seem daunting. In reality, the simplest answer tends to be the right one. “Eating clean” is a basic nutritional rule that can help. Eating clean is a “single-rule” lifestyle that entails balancing your diet with lean proteins, veggies, whole grains, and avoiding excessive sugar, packaged and processed foods, high sodium, and foods void of nutritional value.

Check out this quick video with great info and easy tips on how to eat clean:

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