Donating Massage Services, the Benefits Are Many

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At this time of Thanksgiving, many of us like to express gratitude by giving back to others. Some may volunteer at a shelter or donate canned goods to a food bank. Some people write checks to their favorite charity.  As a Massage Therapist, I like to donate massage gift certificates. There are a few charities that Connective… Read more »

Surrounding The Pain Dragon

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In massage school, I took a class called Commonly Encountered Conditions. As the name suggests, we learned about common issues that we would likely come across in our massage practices. We then learned strategies for dealing with the conditions. The instructor would frequently use the phrase, “Surround the Dragon” to describe his approach to pain… Read more »

Massage: When Less Is More

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I am a big fan of long, luxurious massages. I love to give them, and I certainly love to receive them. But sometimes with massage, less is more effective. Often a client has booked a 90 or even 120 minute massage and said, “I only want you to work on my upper back and shoulders. I have… Read more »

Freedom to Fail

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Every year as I prepare to write my July post, I am naturally drawn to the topic of “Freedom.” This year I decided to write about a type of Freedom that I have had to learn to allow myself to enjoy, the Freedom to Fail. While it seems counterintuitive, without the freedom to fail one can… Read more »

Massage Has No Gender Bias

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Okay, sure. If you ask a male massage therapist, he would certainly say there is a gender bias. The truth is, if there is a gender specific request when someone is booking a massage, usually it’s for a female therapist. But that’s not what I am talking about here. What I want to address is the fact… Read more »

Massage for Mothers-to-Be

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Upon graduating from massage school I enrolled in a course to study prenatal massage. In my previous career I had worked with women who were on forced bed rest due to complications with their pregnancies. The stress and uncertainty was so hard on the women and their partners. If there was a way that I… Read more »

New Job, New Town…New Massage Therapist

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Moving to a different town, especially if it is for a career opportunity can be a very exciting time of transition. Anyone who has ever moved knows that the first few weeks are full of so many new things. You’ve got to set up utilities for your new dwelling and fill out countless Change of Address… Read more »

Self Care for Seasonal Sinus Pain

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Spring in Northern Virginia is gorgeous, but seasonal allergies can be a real pain in the sinuses. Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose can wreck havoc on your sinuses and leave you feeling like your head is in a vice. So here are some of my favorite self care tips to help avoid seasonal sinus… Read more »

Do Unto You as You Would Do Unto Others

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As children we are taught that it is wrong to be selfish, we must share our toys with other kids, don’t take the last cookie, it’s better to give than to receive. These are great lessons to help children grow in to kind and considerate adults. But there are times when selfishness is a good… Read more »

We Were All Newbies Once

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Driving home the other night I was listening to a news story about the challenge gym owners have at this time of year. They struggle to make new members feel welcome while keeping the regulars happy. I get the point they were making. I’ve experienced the onslaught of New Years Resolution fitness crowds at the gym…. Read more »