• Is Stress Really a Serious Health Concern?

    Posted on March 22, 2019 by in Stress

    Just because most people experience high levels of stress, doesn’t mean you can brush it off as no big deal. Why Do You Say That? There’s a saying I learned the first time I attended the San Diego Pain Summit: “Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s normal.” And nothing’s more common than stress. Amiright? […]

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  • Overwhelmed? You Can Cope if You Just Do the One Next Thing.

    Posted on March 15, 2019 by in Stress

    Sometimes life comes at you with both barrels. It’s not fair, but it happens to everyone. I’m not gonna sugar coat it… it sucks. It sucks big time. Your already lengthy to do list can grow to an insane level. So, in addition to the mental and emotional stress of whatever’s happening you’ve probably now […]

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  • 5 Essential oils for Your Next Vacation

    Posted on March 8, 2019 by in Health and Wellness

    I’ve just spent the last 5 days in the big apple not writing a thing. So, I’m recycling some content from the last newsletter. If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets both my practice newsletter as well as the blog, you get to enjoy this twice. Take These Oils on Vacation With You […]

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  • 8 Handy Ways to Stop Vacation from Stressing You Out

    Posted on March 1, 2019 by in Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    I’ll be gone next week on vacation. For a whole week. Not a workation, where I take a continuing education class or attend a conference and do some sightseeing in my down time. Nope. This time it’s an actual vacation vacation. I’m heading out to the Big Apple to get my Harry Potter geek on […]

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  • Why You Need Peppermint Essential Oil for Your Next Headache

    Posted on February 22, 2019 by in Aromatherapy, Headaches

    You’ve might have heard that Peppermint essential oil is a guaranteed cure for tension headaches. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is a great thing to have around when your head starts hurting. Lemme explain. Why Peppermint? Quick aside about where I got the info for this article: Sometime last year, an aromatherapist I […]

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  • A Simple Self-Treatment for Tension Headaches

    Posted on February 15, 2019 by in Headaches

    Some days I prattle on and on about a topic, but today I’m in more of a show, don’t tell kinda mood. So, I’m going to show one simple thing you can do that will help reduce your tension headache pain. All tension headaches involve muscle tension in the neck and shoulder area. Most of […]

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  • Essential Oils That Are as Crazy as Last Week’s Weather

    Posted on February 8, 2019 by in Aromatherapy

    It’s been a crazy week weather wise. Last week we had -30 degree wind chills and early this week we reached temps close to +50 degrees. I mean, these are not temps you normally expect to experience so close together in the same locale. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the 50 degrees right about […]

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  • What Exactly is a Tension Headache?

    Posted on February 1, 2019 by in Headaches

    Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and roughly 80% of adults will experience a tension headache at some point in their lives. The National Headache Foundation defines a tension headache as “a non-specific headache, which is not vascular or migrainous, and is not related to organic disease.” So, What Causes a Tension […]

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  • A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist

    Posted on January 25, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    If Everything Happened on the Same Day Last week’s post was kinda weighty, so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit this week. As with any job or profession, massage therapists have things we do every single day (d), as well as things we do on a weekly (w), monthly (m), or even occasional […]

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  • What Type of Headache Do You Have?

    Posted on January 18, 2019 by in Headaches

    Broad Headache Categories You’ve no doubt heard the terms tension headache, sinus headache, and migraine headache, but did you know that there are broader categories of headaches than those? Do you care? Well, you should. The broadest category helps narrow down the cause, and therefore the fix for your headache. It also helps determine whether […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Spruce Essential Oil

    Posted on January 11, 2019 by in Aromatherapy

    Just like the firs and the pines that I discussed in the last two posts, spruce trees are evergreen conifers. For those who aren’t fluent in plant speak, that means their leaves (needles) stay green all year and the trees have cones. But just as we discovered last time that pines and firs differ from […]

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  • Why Do I Hurt After a Massage?

    Posted on January 4, 2019 by in Massage

    The Obvious Suspects There are many reasons you might hurt after a massage. The most obvious ones are: The therapist worked too deep The therapist worked too fast The therapist worked too aggressively These 3 things happen far too often and you generally know when they’re happening. Heck you might expect or even want them […]

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    Happy New Year (a Couple Days Early)!

    Posted on December 28, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve tended to celebrate New Years Eve a little differently as I’ve aged. In my 20’s I used it as an excuse to drink far too much. (Not my proudest moments, tbh) Thankfully that method of celebration hasn’t appealed to me in quite some time. The past 10 years […]

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  • 6 Ways to Treat Yourself (That don’t involve money or food)

    Posted on December 21, 2018 by in Health and Wellness

    Treat Yourself? If you’re like most people, treating yourself is the last thing you’re thinking about at the end of December. There are so many parties, pageants, and functions to attend; a mini-fortune’s worth of gifts to buy; and enough food and drink available to break your bathroom scale. But if someone asked, I bet […]

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  • Can I Substitute Fir Essential Oil for Pine?

    Posted on December 14, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Well, it’s still “that time of year” where pine (and pine-like) scents rule. We often use pine as a generic term for any needle bearing, coniferous (cone-bearing) tree. But they’re not the same.  Pine, fir, and spruce trees are often used interchangeably as holiday trees (Yes, holiday. Christmas is not the only winter holiday to use evergreen […]

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