Category Archives: Self Care

  • How Many Massages Will it Take to Fix Your Problem?

    Posted on April 21, 2017 by in Pain Relief, Self Care

    New clients often ask if I have any idea how long it will take to fix their problem and/or relieve their pain. I’m afraid my answer disappoints many of them, at least at first. I tell them, “It depends.” The Answer to Every Question When I was in massage school, one of my instructors was […]

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  • Let Your Dreams Drive Your Self-Care

    Posted on April 7, 2017 by in Self Care

    It seems like everyone has advice on the self-care you should be doing. I guess I’m no different. But hopefully I’ll have a different take on it than you’re used to… at least this time. If You Can Dream It Today I want to talk about your dreams and what you’re going to need to […]

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  • Have Fun Building Healthy Habits and Getting Stuff Done

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by in Self Care

    Let me tell you about a rather fun, and oddly surprising, way to build healthy habits, get rid of bad habits, and be more productive. It’s called Habitica. I wish I could take credit for finding this gem all on my own, but like many of the best things in life, it took a team effort. […]

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  • Realistic Mantras for Every Aspect of Life

    Posted on March 10, 2017 by in Self Care

    This might shock you, but it shouldn’t… I’m not a big mantra or affirmation person, at least the way they’re normally used. I do, however, find they can come in handy as reminders when I’m struggling with something. They can also be a great tool to keep me on track with a goal or to […]

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  • Stop Letting Your To Do List Stress You Out

    Posted on January 27, 2017 by in Self Care, Stress

    A lot of stress comes from our long to do lists. The longer the list, the more stress you feel. Crossing things off the list not only makes you more productive, it frees up energy that you’d otherwise be using to dread doing all the things on your list. I’m sure you’ve experienced this. You […]

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  • Priorities Part 6: Your Achilles Heel

    Posted on January 13, 2017 by in Self Care, Stress

    This is the 6th and last installment of the Priorities series. To catch up on any installment(s) that you missed scroll to the bottom and click the appropriate link(s) at the bottom of this article. Now that you’ve been at it for a while, you may have noticed that certain things trip you up as […]

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  • Getting Massage After Sexual Assault

    Posted on December 30, 2016 by in Self Care, Uncategorized

    I know I tend toward the lighter side of topics, even when I’m being totally serious, but there is no light side to sexual assault. The term sexual assault is a broad term used to encompass both completed and attempted rape as well as groping, fondling, or any other form of unwanted sexual contact. It’s a weighty, highly […]

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  • Priorities Part 4: Resources and Limitations

    Posted on October 21, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    In parts 1-3 of the priorities series you determined your priorities, made a list of the costs vs benefits of your current life choices, and prioritized your priorities based on the analysis of those costs and benefits. Now it’s time to find your strengths and weaknesses, also known as your resources and limitations, that will either help […]

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  • Priorities Part 3: What Needs to Change?

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    It’s not enough to know what’s stressing you out; you also have to know what needs to change in regards to those stressors. For instance, would it be enough to change departments or shifts at work or do you need to work for a totally different company? Here’s where the work of the last 2 Priorities […]

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  • Priorities Part 2: The Cost Benefit Analysis

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    It’s been several weeks since I asked you to determine your priorities. It’s time to pull them out of the drawer you stuffed them in or pull them up on your phone. I’ll wait… Now that you have them in front of you, give them a quick review. Imagine how good it would feel if each […]

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  • How Mindfulness (or Lack of it) Affects Your Body

    Posted on July 22, 2016 by in Self Care

    I caught myself doing it again – standing at the sink filling the Brita pitcher with my body all tensed up ready to fight, flee, or at least multitask. All Tensed Up And No Place To Go One foot was forward supporting most of my weight while the hand I had resting on the faucet […]

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  • Setting Priorities to Reduce Stress

    Posted on July 1, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    Note: This is the first in a series of intermittent posts I’m going to be doing about setting priorities and making the necessary changes to your life so you’ll have less stress, less pain, and greater quality of life. Today is just an overview, to get you thinking. There will be more posts to come […]

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  • Why Yoga Nidra is (Now) an Essential Part of My Self Care

    Posted on April 1, 2016 by in Self Care

     At the beginning of the year I decided to do a better job at self-care. I take care of everybody else all day long, but don’t always put as much effort as I should into taking care of me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t take care of myself at all. I do. […]

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  • How to Minimize the Stress of the Spring Time Change

    Posted on March 4, 2016 by in Sleep

    I admit it: I’m a bonafide night owl and daylight saving time used to kick my *ss. It still does if I don’t plan for it. This year, daylight saving time* starts on March 13th. This time change throws more people for a loop than the fall change, since we’re essentially losing an hour of sleep. […]

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  • How to Add More Joy (& Less Stress) to Your LIfe

    Posted on January 29, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    Joy is one of the best antidotes to stress there is. It’s also one of the first things we give up when faced with responsibilities. We even shun it when it comes to our down time. We often choose to sit in front of the TV or computer at the end of the day when we’re […]

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