Inside Out: A Massage Therapist's Take

Inside Out, Pixar's newest movie, delves into the brain and processes of our emotional lives. While it is obviously quite fictional (we don't actually have tiny people in our heads, according to science) there is a lot of truth to the situations that Riley and her gang of emotions get into.

As massage therapists, we know that emotions can have a huge impact on your body. One of the most obvious ways that your emotions manifest in your muscles is when you use your muscles to hold back emotions that you either don't want to, or feel uncomfortable expressing. In the movie Inside Out, Joy tells Sadness to stay inside of her circle and not touch any of the memories in Riley's mind.

 

When we want to keep our own sadness pent up, we don't quite have the ability to go inside of our heads and draw a chalk line to keep Sadness where we think she belongs, so we usually clench our muscles in the front of our necks and often clench our jaw muscles as well. Constantly biting back our feelings and not saying what needs said can lead to chronic tightness in those areas as well as headaches and various throat and jaw problems.

No one is very good at stopping Anger in Inside Out, but in real life, many people are pros. Anger often manifests most in the jaw, and sometimes the back of the neck. Fear can clench up stomach and diaphragm, Disgust... well that usually just wrinkles the nose.

Everyone is different of course, we've seen clients hold nervousness in their hamstrings or elsewhere in the body. Keeping your emotions pent up can leave your body a mess, so learning to express yourself in a healthy way can lead to more than just mental health. Is your massage therapist always working the same area that has no real physical reason to be tight? Maybe you need to talk to someone, have a good cry, or dance all night. As you know, massage therapists aren't psychiatrists, but we do know bodies, and we know that constant clenching will do you no good. Maybe watch Inside Out again and feel all the feels.

-Breanna Kinman, LMT

Laurel Branch at Grimes Mill Winery

Have you been to Grimes Mill Winery? We have! Last Saturday, Arielle, Breanna, and Charley visited the winery for a tasting and to see Laurel Branch, a folk-Americana band with members Jane Tatum, Julia Sparks, Ann Caldwell, and Sara Pitney. We had a blast!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by two dogs who live on site. The location is beautiful! The vineyard is home to rows and rows of growing grapes (naturally) and several horses. The tasting room is small, cozy, and smells of cedar. The staff, including the two dogs, is friendly and knowledgable. Oh! And the wine! Simply put, the wine is delicious. We tasted several and liked each one we tried. Arielle and Charley left with a bottle of the Fantasia blush, while Breanna opted for the Chardonnay. 

The reason for our visit, though, was to finally see our friends' band, Laurel Branch. We're glad we did! These ladies know how to draw a crowd. People came from neighboring cities and even Tennessee just to hear them play! When you've been together as long as they have, you tend to have a few loyal fans, it would seem. Their music, if you haven't yet had the pleasure, is lovely. They sang some crowd favorites, insisting we all sing a long. Who doesn't love a sing-along? The style, as mentioned earlier, is a folk-Americana blend with all four members taking turns on lead vocals. They fell into perfect harmony, except when they didn't, and then we all had a good laugh. These ladies know how to have fun with the crowd and inspire a variety of emotions, which is something we can all appreciate in good music. 

A perfect evening was had by the White Willow girls, and a much needed break after the whirlwind that a new business brings. 

:::WW

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

The view is quite nice. 

The view is quite nice. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset. 

White Willow Progress

So it's been twelve days since our official business opening. We've got a few things in the works: 

  • Our logo has been slow-coming, and there have been some bumps along the way, but it's almost here! 
  • Our sign, hand painted by Charlie Campbell, is on the way and we have a feeling it'll be gorgeous. 
  • We commissioned an oil painting from Justin Birdsong. We've seen a sneak peak photo, and we love it! You'll see it hanging in our waiting room as soon as the paint dries. 
  • We now (finally!) have gift certificates available for purchase on our website. Massage makes the best gift, of course. 
  • We're working on putting together a grand opening party. Come see the space and have a snack. Stay tuned! 
Our waiting room, sans new painting.  

Our waiting room, sans new painting.  

Open for Business!

As of July 1st, 2015, White Willow Massage Therapy is officially open for business. We couldn't be more thrilled! We've dreamed big, worked hard, and we're feeling proud as peacocks. 

We want to thank you, lovely clients, for your continued support. We have the best clients in the world, or at least in all of Lexington. We truly appreciate you. 

Going forward, look forward to hearing from us here on the blog regarding all things massage, health and wellness, tasty recipes, local events, and White Willow updates. 

:::WW