Don’t FALL for massage.

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Last month I attended a massage seminar on Balance and Postural Stability.  The presenter was co-author of a research study that looked at the effects of massage on ankle flexibility and balance.  He began his presentation by giving some statistics about falls. Falls are a big problem for our healthcare system  The annual cost of falls- According… 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 »

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 »

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 »

MO-vember for Men’s Health

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November is Men’s Health Awareness month, also known as Movember for the popular practice of growing a moustache all month (or supporting someone who does) to raise awareness of men’s health issues. According to the Center for Disease Control, Center for Health Statistics (2011-2014), the top two leading causes of death for American men and women… Read more »

Life Balance As Your Primary Medicine

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Those of you who know me well, know that I am not a fan of the pharmaceutical approach to health, except when absolutely necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are some amazing medicines out there that have saved countless lives. But in our fast paced world, we look for the quick fix for… Read more »

Is Your Vacation A Pain?

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With the weather getting warmer and the school year winding down, vacation planning is in full swing. If you’ve ever returned home from a vacation with a kink in your neck or a pain in the back that wasn’t there before, try these helpful tips this year to avoid some of the common pains of… Read more »

Anxious….how about a massage?

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I’ve recently come across several articles on stress and anxiety in various massage publications. It’s no wonder that people are writing so much about it when, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. In one article, the top 4 sources of stress were identified as 1) Finances, 2)… Read more »