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    To swing or not to swing?

    September 7, 2016
    With this job I listen to peoples hopes, wants and desires everyday.  One that I hear more than others is how they wish they had a job that helped people or made a difference in the world.  I feel very lucky because I actually have the chance to do that every day.  This past week was a good example of that. What I do has not always been the easiest to explain.  I don’t really fall into a specific category; massage therapist doesn’t really properly describe what I bring to my clients.  My technique uses multiple modalities with a purpose, not just to get someone out of pain but also to find out where the true problem is coming from.  Over the next few months I will start posting client stories, video testimonials and video blogs about what happens and the types of treatments I do along with the results I achieve.  I hope that this will help better explain what I really do. The golf pro A man comes into to my office with almost all hope lost.  John is a golf pro.  Golf is his life, he teaches it, loves to play and hopes to get on the pro circuit one day.  John has had chronic neck and shoulder pain for the past 3 years but six months ago something happened and his condition got much worse.  He has now lost the ability to swing the club.  If he makes one or two swings, he is in excruciating pain for the next six days.  John went to his doctor, who prescribed physical therapy.  For six-month John went to PT 3 times a week, did all the exercises, also did yoga 3 times a week and did not swing a club, per their request.  At the end of the six months the PT informed John could finally swing a club again.  John goes out to the range swings the club and is in excruciating pain again for 6 days.  Six months of PT, time and money spend all to be in the same position he started.  This is when he found me.  John’s hopes were low and confidence that I could make any difference were skeptical at best. Just by looking at John in my initial consultation I had a pretty good ideas what was causing his pain.  PT was focusing on strengthening his shoulder in an attempt to make it more stable.  The first thing I noticed was his posture.  His head was forward; his hips were forward and he had almost no lumbar curvature. (Curve in the lower back).  I believed that his shoulder pain had very little to do with his shoulder but had more to with a compressed disc in his neck and a pelvis that was not sitting right. John prided himself on his good posture but what I pointed out, was that his good posture was actually not very good at all and was causing most of his pain. I opened up his

    Why can’t I stretch that far?

    August 3, 2016
    Every day I have clients come in complaining of stiffness that just won’t go away.  No matter how much they stretch, they just can’t loosen their muscles.  For example, they want to bend their leg past a certain point, but it just won’t go.  The thought is that their tight muscles are limiting their range of motion and if loosened, all will be well. When in reality their stiffness has very little, if nothing to do with tightness of their muscles. Their rigidity has more to do with physics and fulcrums then tight muscles! If you forgot what a fulcrum is from high school physics, here’s the simple explanation: The point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots. Most of the major joints in the body, like the hip and the shoulder, are ball and socket joints.  They rotate within a space and move as far as the capsule position will allow.  Now if you noticed I said the “capsule’s position”, if the position is off or displaced then the range of motion will be limited.   So what feels like tightness is actually an alignment issue.  Return the alignment back to normal and so will return the full range of motion. This same scenario can cause the misdiagnosis of many different conditions such as; carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis and knee pain just to name a few.  So before you opt for going under the knife or getting an injection, make sure you truly understand where your problem is coming from first. Author: Holden Zalma L.M.T, Alternative Health Practitioner and founder of the MetaTouch Technique and MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center.

    Pregnancy: You have a lot more control than you think!

    May 20, 2016
    Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life filled with much excitement and joy.  But along with all the happy feelings come the fear of the unknown, changes in her body, mood and being bombarded with too much conflicting information. I remember when we were pregnant with my son his mother went through horrible morning sickness, swollen ankles, back pain, numbness in her hands not to mention bouts of uncontrollable crying.  When we went to the doctor and asked if there was anything we could do to help with her myriad of symptoms, we were told all we could do was take Tylenol.  This didn’t seem like a good solution at all. As new soon to be parents, we were scared that everything we did might potentially hurt the baby, and searching the internet only worsened every fear and anxiety.  The irony was I had already been in the healing world for 5 years and she was a labor and delivery nurse!  It just goes to show you that practitioners make the worst patients!  But we did learn… Fast forward, my son is now 15 years old, healthy and happy and his mom is too.  But in those 15 years, being in the healing business and seeing thousands of pregnant women in our practice, the one thing I can say is that the human body is very resilient and so is the baby growing inside of you.  It is really hard to hurt your unborn child unless you truly want to; drinking, smoking, drugs and hard impacts or trauma to the body.  Other than that the baby won’t come out unless it really wants to! What I did find out is that most of the conditions that my son’s mother had during her pregnancy were treatable safely and easily without endangering the mother or child. The body during pregnancy goes through massive changes.  With the help of our specialized treatments we can lesson or eliminate back pain, swelling, numbness in the hands and feet along with stopping neck pain quickly and easily.  When pain is decreased and a proper diet and exercise routine is introduced, a lot of the symptoms of morning sickness and mood swings can be lessened. Also with the help of acupuncture and massage we work to balance the body making the pregnancy a smoother and pleasant process.  This same balancing can assist in the fertility process without harsh drugs or procedures to help get you pregnant in the first place. Happy bodies make happy babies! If you would like to have more information about how we can take care of you during your pregnancy, please check us out at Author: Holden Zalma, CEO, Alternative Health Practitioner of MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center Holden has been treating patients with his specialized MetaTouch Technique for the past 20 years and is seen as one of the top practitioners in his field. 

    The Belly…It’s more than just a button!

    February 26, 2016
    If you’ve read any of the other blogs I’ve written over the years, you’ll tend to see a bit of a trend…  I’m a firm believer that when you think something is coming from one place it usually is coming from somewhere else.  Today I’m going to discuss your belly, not because you have a stomach ache or want to see what new piercing you’re going to get, but to see how it can be a starting point for a lot of your pain. So think about it this way, the belly is in the center of your body.  Anything that happens in this area can effect everything above, below or both!  I know I said we’re not going to talk about a stomach ache but it does work as a good example.   What happens when your stomach hurts?  Because of the pain, you crunch forward, curling your back and flattening your lower spine.  So what if that pain was constant?  You would be constantly crunching forward.  This posture pushes your head forward, flattens your back and shortens your quads.  This can lead to low back pain, neck pain and your hands going numb, just to name a few. So what I’ve found, is if there is any trauma to the mid section (spasm, strain, surgery…etc) you run the risk of developing symptoms that can be completely unrelated to but end up originating from this area.  I had a client that couldn’t turn her head.  She had every treatment under the sun addressing her neck but the pain and mobility would never improve.  I opened up her belly and within 3-minutes her range of motion increased by 40% and her pain went from a 10 to a 2! One thing you can do for yourself when you’re not feeling 100%, is rub your belly!  With firm pressure make circles in a clockwise direction starting with big circles then moving to smaller more focused ones.  If you feel a tender spot, gently go over that spot till it calms down, you can do this with some lotion or dry.  Add a little peppermint oil or menthol rub to help warm up the area even more.   This move will aid everything from digestion to posture and back pain.  For anything else, give us a call at MetaTouch and let one of our expert therapists get to the bottom of what’s ailing you. Author: Holden Zalma, CEO Alternative Health Practitioner MetaTouch  

    The Harm of Static Stretching vs. Rolling

    February 19, 2016
    How much good is your stretching actually doing? This is probably one of the most common questions I get when it comes to exercising and working out.  When do I stretch? Or why should I roll? When I was in high school I played JV Volleyball.  I wasn’t very good, actually my nick name was “Feet o’ Cement” if that tells you anything about my speed and agility! The first thing I remember is that the coach made us do all this stretching before we even warmed up.  After all that stretching I never understood why I felt so exhausted and even slower than I was before.  If my nick name was any indication, I couldn’t really afford to do anything that would slow me down even more! So later in life, research finally gave an explanation for what was happening. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research proved that static stretching, which is when you hold a position for a duration of time, can actually decreases strength and power in the muscle.  The study concentrated on the effects that static stretching had on runners but the information can be applied to other activities. Part of the reason strength and power decrease after static stretching is that it relaxes the muscles and associated tendons. This relaxation reduces the stretch response. Because a muscle and its tendons store energy when being rapidly stretched (often called a countermovement), reducing this stretch response weakens the athlete. Essentially, running or exercising after static stretching requires more energy and decreases performance. This study demonstrated that static stretching does, in fact, reduce endurance performance, at least at the beginning of a run. The effect is probably caused by a reduction in running economy, and while it seems to fade over the course of a long run, it’s significant at the beginning of a run. Enough so that static stretching should be avoided even in long distance runners. So an alternative to static stretching is rolling, this can help bring blood to the area and help break up facial restrictions without reducing the stretch response.  This can be done both pre and post workout.  Rolling is also a very good tool to help break up spasms allowing the muscle to function normally again. So what this proved was that even though my coach thought he was helping us warm up and prevent injury, he was actually doing the complete opposite.  So I think that’s why I was so slow on the court….at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉 Author: Holden Zalma, LMT, Alternative Health Practitioner CEO MetaTouch  

    Service business vs. Product what are the challenges?

    December 3, 2015
    In the next few months I’m going to be talking a little bit more on what it takes to create a successful business in addition to my normal tips and insights….Let me know what you think in the comment section! I think owning a service business comes with its own set of challenges.  Our revenues are dictated by time and people instead of units and products.  For us who charge by the hour, because we can’t add more hours to the day, this means we can only grow by adding staff and increasing the number of people serviced. This comes with its own set of challenges, every time you add additional staff, your overhead increases.  You will then need additional space, supplies and increased personnel costs.  This compared to a product driven model, where if the demand increases you just increase production.  The cost of that increase in production can be factored into the price of the product.   The other difference between a service business and a product driven model, is relationships.  A service business is built on the direct interactions it has with its customers.  Those relationships can make or break the business.  Word of mouth and referrals are the main drivers in sustaining a repeat clientele.  With out that referral stream the cost to constantly generate new clientele would absorb any profits gained. With a product based business; exposure, presentation, need and functionality are the main drivers of sales.  With a product the customer sees it, wants it and buys it.  The guy in the back that is putting it together doesn’t matter.  With a service it is all about the guy in the back!   So the way you create a successful service business is focus on your relationships!  This starts from the first point of contact.  This can be the person on the other side of the phone when they call or how you interact with a potential new client when you meet them in the grocery store.  Professionalism and compassion must be conveyed at all times.  The customer experience is key!  If they are led through the entire process with a white glove and a soft shoulder you will have them for life.  So what do I mean by a soft shoulder?  Humans like to feel wanted and listened to. Make the customer feel like they are the only person in the world and do this with genuine intentions.  If you follow these rules you will be amazed at the results.  Your concern and quality service will differentiate you from the rest of the crowd. Author: Holden Zalma Healer and founder of MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness center

    Thanksgiving Thought…

    November 27, 2015
    I woke up this morning with an immense sense of gratitude. So many people are constantly asking, why don’t I have this, or why don’t I have that? Filling with anger or depression. I believe we have a tendency to not see what really amazing lives we truly posses. Things sometimes might get rough, but we should remember the fact that we have a roof over our head, food on the table and people around that love us. That our future and present are completely determined by our own actions and passion. That the person that is most commonly standing in our way is our self. I have had the privilege to work with thousands of people over my life. Each one of them trusting me to help them with some sort of problem. What these people didn’t know, is that they all helped me as well. Whether it was their smile, a nugget of information, or just showing me sometimes by example what not to do! Every single person I have touched has touched me back, for that I’m thankful. Because without them I would not be the person I am today. Without my friends and my family who have supported me through all the highs and lows, I would not be the person I am today. So today I thank all of you in my life for blessing me with your kindness, your trust and your love. Happy Thanksgiving   Holden  

    Carpal Tunnel has nothing to do with your hands!

    November 17, 2015
    As humans we like to see pain as something local. Some times this is true, if you cut your arm and it hurts, that’s where the pain is coming from.  But when we feel a pain in our wrists and hands that is a burning or an ache, automatically think there is something wrong with our wrists or hands.  We go to the doctor or someone who specializes in hands.  There options will be to prescribe treatments for just that area.  They will inject the area, splint it, give you exercises to strengthen or even operate on the wrist and hand.  Rarely looking past that specific area. So what if I told you the pain you were having has nothing to do with your wrists and hands but is merely a symptom of a different problem somewhere else on your body?  Would you think I’m crazy?  That wouldn’t be the first time someone told me that!  But this time I am actually right and me being right will help save you from months of pain and sometimes invasive treatments. The majority of Carpal Tunnel pain comes from the neck and shoulder.  When the shoulder is overly rotated forward or back usually due to the pectoral muscle (chest) being over developed compared to the back.  All the tendons and nerves can get compressed shortening the entire chain down to the wrist.  This can cause pain or numbness radiating all the way into the fingers.  Spinal compression in the C6-C7 area of the neck can also occur from this same scenario.  Burning pain down the entire arm can then result. So how do you treat this?  At MetaTouch our therapists release the muscles up the entire chain fixing the route of the problem.  This aligns the neck and shoulder back into place taking the pressure off the hand and wrist. To help this problem on your own you will need to release the Pectoral muscle yourself.  This can be done with the use of a tennis or soft ball.  Go against the wall, press the ball against your chest and the wall and roll it between the shoulder and the midline of your chest.  Find hot spots and sit on them with the ball till they release.  This won’t fix the problem but will take some of the pressure off the shoulder resulting in less pressure in the wrist. At MetaTouch we see the body as a whole instead of a bunch of individual parts.  By treating the body as a whole we are able to create lasting beneficial change to the body. Author, Holden Zalma, founder of MetaTouch has 21 years of experience treating the body and has developed methodologies to help find the root of pain and help eradicate it from the body. All his therapists are trained in this methodology. If you would like more information or to book an appointment please visit us at:

    5 Ways to Be Successful in Your Life and Be Happy!

    August 14, 2015
    Everyone is jockeying to be more successful, make more money, be more relevant and find where they fit in this world. But no matter how much we make excuses for our current condition; the economy, our parents or even bad luck, the reality is that the main factor that hold most of us from reaching our full potential is staring at us in the mirror! Here are 5 tips to help breakdown some of those roadblocks and achieve all that you want and desire in your life. 1.  Move your thinking from the darkness to the light and see how bright it can get.  As humans we have a tendency to fall into negative thinking or let the “I can’t” mentality slip into our daily lives. A metaphor for this is that we have a dark cloud hovering over us; we can see the light right in front of us but no matter which way we move the cloud stays fixed overhead. The reality is that we have the power to move away from the cloud and leave it in the dust! By staying in the positive and focusing on our future potential we can achieve almost anything! Energy begets energy. I’ve found when I am in a negative mood or state that is all I attract. Change that energy and poof! Positive healthy things start crossing my path. You try! 2.  98% of your fears will never come true, so cross the street already!  We all do this. An opportunity comes about and we automatically start doing our risk analysis. Going over everything that could go wrong and focusing on the worse case scenario. Think about it this way, across the street is an ice cream truck offering the most amazing ice-cream sandwiches you have ever had. Instead of just crossing the street, your mind and risk analysis kicks in. “I could get hit by a car crossing the street!” “I might break my ankle stepping off the curb!” I might have to stand in a line to get my ice-cream?” “If I eat the ice cream I’ll get fat.” “What if the person selling the ice cream is mean?” “What if the ice cream is spoiled and I get Salmonella and die?” So you have just taken a simple positive experience and made it into one that is rote with danger. Remember 98% of your fears will never come true, but if you let yourself be ruled by fear you will never accomplish anything or progress because it’s too dangerous. So the moral of the story is go across the street and get that ice cream sandwich and while you are there bring me one too! 3.  The best way to fail is never to try, the best was to succeed is fail every once in a while I was speaking with my son the other day and we were talking about trying new things and taking risks. He has amazing talents and succeeds at almost anything he

    Massage Can Help in Muscle Recovery

    August 6, 2015
    In a study published in the US national library of health: ( , Massage was shown to improve muscular strength and proprioception in the gastrocnemius ( calf muscle) when performed after vigorous exercise. It was found to reduce EIMD or Exercise-induced muscle damage. The study showed that massage can help speed the recovery from muscle damage caused by vigorous exercise. Why does this happen? Massage helps breakup adhesive tissue, reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation and aid in tissue healing and regeneration. So what does this mean in English? If you work out hard and become sore or are in pain, massage by a trained professional can help you recover faster, grow your muscles faster, increase flexibility and decrease pain all at the same time.