Get the Massage You Want

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “Ask and you shall receive.” While there are no guarantees, asking for what you want greatly improves the odds that you will get it. This is certainly the case when it comes to your massage. My husband and I recently took advantage of a spa package that included a couple’s… Read more »

Massage Nutrition

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March is National Nutrition Month, so to celebrate I dedicate this post to “Massage Nutrition”.  Let me start by saying that I am NOT a nutritionist or a dietician. And as far as I know, there is not a specific field of study on nutrition as it relates to massage.  So what do I mean by “Massage Nutrition?” … Read more »

It’s An Adventure!

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ADVENTURE is defined as: 1 an undertaking involving danger and unknown risks, 2 an exciting or remarkable experience. Last month I posted about the 3 words I chose to guide my quest for growth/improvement in the New Year. One of my words is ADVENTURE. If you ask my octogenarian mother her keys to staying young,… Read more »

New Year’s Themes

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I just read an interesting article about a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions. The article identified a high rate of resolution “failure” as a major reason many people don’t make resolutions.  Apparently only 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. And only 8-10% of those report success in keeping them.  The author suggests that rather than making a specific… Read more »

The Massage Enthusiasts Gift Guide

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What do you get for the person that has everything? How about a massage gift certificate? I am slightly biased, but massage is something that pretty much everyone can benefit from and that most everyone enjoys.  Massage is good for young and old, active and sedentary, stressed out or calm as a cucumber.  But there are some… Read more »

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 »