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I1 .J 42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 HEALTH& FITNESS Hot-stone massage therapy promotes good health By Kerry Kester Donna's Touch recently added a new massage technique to the sa .... Ion's growing list of body thera- pies. Hot stone massage, which stimulates blood circulation, pro- vides a variety of health benefits. "1 use hot stones to massage": said Donna Zetts, massage thera .... pist and owner of Donna's Touch. "The heat promotes blood flow, which means the heart doesn't have to work as hard. "Circulation is better and the body's getting more oxygen, so more nutrients reach the skin. The therapy also helps the body release its toxins and boost its im- mune system." Zetts said hot-stone massage is a way of blending the natural ele- ments of the Earth with human healing. Stones are generally basalt and sunburst rock that are heated in water at various temper- atures. The hottest stones are nev- er more than 130 degrees. Some- times, she said, stones are also used for cold therapy. For example, using cold stones on the forehead and cheeks may be helpful for those who suffer from sinus ailments. "I'm sur- prised at how that felt," said one client. "At this time of year, I sometimes have some nasty pres- sure from allergies. The chill from the stones was a little sur- Dennis Forney photo Donna Zetts of Donna's Touch places heated stones on a client's back. The heat and weight of the stones help muscles relax. Zetts also uses heated stones to work on muscles dur- ing a massage. prise, but once I got used to it, my sinuses felt better." "The cold stones decrease cir- culation in the sinus cavity area, which in turn helps reduce inflam- mation and pain," said Zetts. Generally, however, it is hot stones that aid in deep massage for muscle relaxation, stress re- duction and natural healing. The stones may be used in conjunction with an assortment of therapy techniques, such as common mas- sage pracuces, reflexology, fa- cials, manicures and pedicures, or foot-and-calf treatments. A full-body massage would likely begin with a patient reclin- ing on his or her back. Whtt is unique, however, is the client would have up to six hot stones placed on each side of the spine and spanning from just above the waist to just below the neck. "It may sound a little strange, like it would be uncomfortable, but it's not,'"said Zetts. "On the contrary; the stones are very smooth and rounded, and they re- tain their heat. They work that heat well into the muscles while the rest of the body is being worked on." "What I felt was a firm pressure on my muscles just below my shoulder blades," said the client. "I had been doing some lifting the day before and felt sore. The heat combined with the pressure of my body loosened.them up.-" By the time Donna actually worked on my back, I didn't feel the discom- fort I had started with. When she finished with the massage, all my pare was gone." Once the massage is under way, Zetts rubs hot oil or lotion into the skin. but instead of using her hands to work out muscle tension. she uses the hot stones. At the same time, the client is also left to contemplate the small warm stones that rest between each of the toes. "At first I thought it was pretty weird to have these little stones tucked between my toes, but Don- na covered my feet with a towel, and pretty soon my feet felt warm," said the client. "When she removed the stones and massaged my feet with'other hot stones, though, I felt the ten- sion release all the way up my calf." "By using the hot stones," Zetts said, "the client gets a much richer experience. The heat penetrates the muscles, making it easier to get it to relax. We've also learned it increases the respiratory rate and sometimes helpspeople with chronic pain. Of course, it's very nurturing and relaxing, too." Hot-stone massage can also be used in conjunction with trigger- point therapy or reflexology, in which case the therapist uses a stone's edge to work more deeply into the muscle. Ironically, the therapist may get deeper to the tense area in the muscle, but the client will not feel as sore as wheh the therapist uses his or her hands. Prices for body work at Donna's Salon are as follows: one-hour massage, $55; one-hour hot-stone massage, $60; one-hour and 20- minute hot-stone massage, $80: pedicure, $30: hot-stone pedicure. $35; foot-and-calf treatment with hot stones and paraffin, $30; fa- cial. $40: hot-stone facial, $45: manicure, $15: hot-stone mani- cure, $20; and reflexology, $35. Zetts also offers individualized packages and gift certificates. To schedule an appointment, call 644-3699. Cyberseniors search for health information online "Cyber seniors, seasoned citi- zens, wired seniors." Who are these people? They are intrepid Americans older than 65 who are finding their way around the internet. They are part of an age group that has had to take considerable initiative to be- gin the trip. The Pew Internet and American Life Project has just re- leased a report titled "Wired Se- niors: A fervent few inspired by family ties," (www. pewinternet.org"). The report de- scribes how, urged on by their children and grandchildren, these older adults are sending email, getting hobby information, read- ing the news and weather and looking for health information. Athough only 15 percent of adults older than 65 - 4 million seniors - are online, they are Com- ing online faster than any other age group, and the women among them are coming online faster than the men. This figure com- pares with internet use by all Americans at 56 percent. Ninety- year-old Altha W. first went online seven years ago despite the fact she had never learned to type. HEALTH TOPICS Emily Wilson- Orzechowski Emily Wilson-Orzechowski is an internet researcher and writer for Jorie Kent As- sociates and may be contact- ed electronically at emily- wo@catskill.net or www. JorieKent.com or by phone at 684-4071. corner of her dining room and is covered by paraphernalia that mystifies her friends, she keeps in touch with her five children, sev- en grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. tired from his job at an upstate New York college, continued in- ternet access was part of his retire- ment package. He can keep in touch With his colleagues and campus events whether he is at home near the college or spending time in West Virginia. In an article about the Pew Pro- ject, msnbc.com/news contributor Lisa Napoli profiles 84-year-old Meyer Moldeven, who notes the internet form of communication is easier for him because he is hard of hearing. He says, "I got on [the internet in 1989] and have had an exhila- rating ride ever since:" Moldeven is part of an online community called SeniorNet, which has more than 4,500 volunteers involved in offering training in more than 220 locations. These classes are for adults 50 and older and are taught at a com- fortable pace by older adults. The goal of this group; found at www.seniornet.org, is not only to give older adults "access to and education about computer tech- nology," but also to "enable them to share their knowledge and wis- page has a list of classes by state and county and also information about volunteering to set up class- es. Online health information is one of the prime areas of interest for older adults. Already in 1998, the National Library of Medicine sponsored, in conjunction with other agencies, a project devel- oped by the SPRY (Setting Priori- ties for Retirement Years)Foun- dation to train older Americans to use the internet to access health information. SPRY has also de- veloped guidelines for creators of websites to make them easier for seniors to use, and it is working on a guide to evaluating health infor- mation already online. The SPRY homepage is located at www.spry.org. In February, W. S. "Ozzie" Os- borne of IBM told leaders in re- search, adult learning and technol- ogy that new technology will soon make the internet easier to access than ever before. At the same conference, SPRY President Russell E. Morgan said: "We are beginning to understand better how older persons learn and From the desk that sits in one When 66-year-old Paul B. re- dom." The SeniorNet web home- how to design websites that are less aggravating to them." Norman Mineta, U.S. secretary of commerce, has said: "I ask the most computer savvy group in our nation, our youngsters; spend some e-time with your grandpar- ents, so they too can boot up, log on and be part of the information revolution." Children and grandchildren who want to follow his advice may help their older family mem- bers access the federal govern- ment's Administration on Aging site at www.aoa.dhhs.gov. The easy-to-navigate site includes, among dozens of other inviting links, a link to www.web teacher.org, a tutorial in online searching for beginners. It doesn't take long to catch up with those already out there mak- ing contacts and getting the infor- mation they find useful or merely interesting. Right now, there may be a "gray gap," or a "digital di- vide." . But seniors such as Meyer Moldeven who feels "older adults in the U. S. have much to offer up- coming generations" are bridging this gap and helping others do the same.