• The Massage Client’s Guide to Taking Off Your Clothes

    Posted on May 19, 2017 by in Massage

    Exposing the Truth About Getting Undressed (tl;dr version) Only undress as far as you’re comfortable. Really. Yes, I mean it. No, I really don’t have a preference. Let’s Cover That A Bit More Thoroughly Think about it. If you’re feeling a bit “exposed,” despite being covered by a sheet and blanket, you’re going to be […]

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  • Should You Really Take Your Time Getting Up After A Massage?

    Posted on May 12, 2017 by in Massage

    If you’ve ever had a massage, you know that some sort of time warp takes place once you set foot in the massage room. It speeds up, it slows down, you may even start to lose track of what day it is. Or maybe that’s just me. So much of massage is time-based that we […]

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  • The Real Reason to Drink Water After a Massage

    Posted on May 5, 2017 by in Massage, Uncategorized

    Make sure to drink plenty of water after a massage to flush out all the toxins. In massage school I was taught that massage worked the trapped lactic acid and other toxins out of your muscles and that we needed to drink lots of water afterward to flush it all out of the body so […]

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    How Often Should You Get a Massage?

    Posted on April 28, 2017 by in Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Uncategorized

    One of the most common questions I get asked, by massage newbies and veterans alike, is some variation of, “How often should I get massage.” I’m gonna sound like a broken record, and you might be tired of hearing it but… It depends. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I lied… I’m not really sorry. #SorryNotSorry […]

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  • 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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  • Your Heat vs Cold Cheatsheet

    Posted on April 14, 2017 by in Pain Relief

    Several times a week someone asks me whether they should put heat or ice on their painful area. I always tell them it depends. It depends on what’s causing the pain. There’s a tendency for folks to want to default to either heat or cold for all of their pains, but it really depends on what’s […]

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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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  • The Best Posture to Keep You Pain Free

    Posted on March 31, 2017 by in Chronic Pain, Neck Pain

    Posture gets a lot of press. Every week I see several articles about it in my email or social media feeds. Most of these articles are different versions of the same story of how your horrible posture is causing all your pain. This is nothing new, it’s been the accepted wisdom for a very long time. […]

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  • How Long Should You Wait to Treat Your Pain?

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by in Chronic Pain, Pain Relief

    Many people soldier through their pain as though it’ll just go away on it’s own. Some push through as though there’s some sort of badge of honor to be had by not getting it treated until they absolutely can’t take it anymore. Whether you think it’s more manly to work through your pain, are too Type A […]

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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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  • How Not to Stretch

    Posted on March 3, 2017 by in Stretches

    I’ve addressed the correct way to stretch in several other blog posts so today I’m gonna tell you what not to do. Now, I’m not normally one to focus on the negative but people will insist on stretching in ways that don’t work and then claim that stretching is useless. The only time stretching is useless […]

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  • Coloring As Stress Relief

    Posted on February 24, 2017 by in Stress

    Coloring for stress relief has been a thing for several years now, and it’s continuing to grow in popularity. Every time I go into the bookstore, it seems that there are more coloring books than there were the last time. At last count there were no less than 3 tables devoted to adult coloring books. But […]

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  • Essential Oils for Tension Headaches

    Posted on February 17, 2017 by in Aromatherapy, Headaches

    Let me start off by saying that you’re better off preventing a tension headache by reducing the amount of stress you have (it can be done), improving your stress management (it can also be done), and reducing the physical strain on the head, neck, and face muscles most likely to cause a tension headache. But […]

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  • When Healthcare Isn’t Healthy

    Posted on February 10, 2017 by in Massage, Uncategorized

    *Warning: You may find this post a bit political and wonder how on earth it pertains to massage. Bear with me and you’ll understand. The future of healthcare is in jeopardy and I don’t say that lightly. As I write this (in mid-January) the Affordable Care Act is supposed to prohibit healthcare providers from discriminating […]

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