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    Priorities Part 5: Self Care

    Posted on November 26, 2016 by in Stress, Uncategorized

    Part 5 of the Priorities series is going to focus on self-care. (If you haven’t read the previous posts, I’ve provided links at the bottom.) Perhaps self-care is one of the priorities on your list. If so, this post ought to help. If not, you’ll still need it because you won’t be as successful in […]

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  • What is a Healing Space?

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by in Massage, Stress, Uncategorized

    A massage office should be a healing place, right? For that matter so should any healthcare provider’s office. Sadly, I hear all too often about healthcare spaces in which people don’t feel safe; instead they feel fear, anxiety, dread, shame, and more. But what exactly constitutes a healing space? Attitude is Everything Contrary to popular […]

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  • Massage Client’s Guide to Contagious Conditions

    Posted on November 11, 2016 by in Massage

    This time of year I often talk about cold and flu season and the need to stay home when you’re sick. I stick by that sentiment; you recover faster when you allow yourself to rest when you’re sick and you don’t infect others. If you get upset when others bring their contagion to you, it’s […]

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  • Survive the Election With Aromatherapy

    Posted on November 4, 2016 by in Aromatherapy, Stress

    Everyone I know is more than ready for this god-forsaken election to be over. The never ending supply of insults, conspiracy theories, fake news stories, exaggerations, outright lies, and vitriol is getting on everyone’s last nerve, including mine. It has fractured friendships and families in a way I’ve never seen. If I could figure out a […]

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  • The Massage Client’s Guide to Time

    Posted on October 28, 2016 by in Massage

    Ever since reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I’ve wanted a time turner. Oh the possibilities… I could get all my work done and still have time for plenty of play every day! Oh, I would do other things with it as well. Good things. If you can put up with a paragraph […]

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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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  • The Massage Client’s Guide to Perfume and Other Smelly Things

    Posted on October 14, 2016 by in Massage

    There are a lot of smelly things out there, and smelly things can cause a lot of unhappiness… just ask anyone who’s been around when the local skunk has been upset. And that smell’s spread out over the entire neighborhood. When you work in  a small room all day, smelly things can be an even bigger […]

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    The Massage Client’s guide to Massage Therapist Credentials

    Posted on October 7, 2016 by in Massage

    When I worked at a day spa/wellness center, I got asked all the time, “Did you have to go to school for this?” I would explain that the “certified” part of “certified massage therapist” meant that I had graduated from a massage school. Now that my state licenses massage therapists, I still have to occasionally explain […]

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    15 Things Your Massage Therapist Won’t Tell You (But I Will)

    Posted on September 30, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    Because I’m feeling lazy today, I decided to write a mostly tongue-in-cheek post about things your massage therapist may not tell you. Warning: Contains brutal honesty aimed at less then 1% of massage clients. It’s mostly a backwards way of telling you how awesome you are if you don’t do these things or are concerned that […]

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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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  • Pop Culture Wisdom: Music

    Posted on September 16, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    Wisdom comes in many forms and from many sources. Sometimes those sources are rather unexpected, like pop/rock/country songs, fiction books, and popular (and cult classic) movies. Sometimes the wisdom can be as profound as anything the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King Jr. have said, and sometimes it’s more like an “oh duh… […]

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  • The Massage Client’s guide to Sleeping, Drooling, and Snoring

    Posted on September 9, 2016 by in Massage

    There are 3 things that massage clients (especially newbies) seem to fear doing during a massage session: sleeping, drooling, and snoring. Today I’m going to look at each of these in turn and tell you when each one is and is not a problem. Falling Asleep During A Massage At least once a week one […]

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  • The (Upside and) Downside of Being Fully Present

    Posted on September 2, 2016 by in Stress

    We’re often told that our life will be happier and more fulfilling if we’ll just be present for what we have in the here and now. We’re told that suffering is caused by longing for things to be some way other than how they are. Benefits of Being Present There’s a lot to be said […]

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  • Slow Down to Lower Your Stress and Pain (and be More Productive)

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by in Stress

    I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling stressed I tend to kick it into high gear. And by gear, I mean speed. I talk faster, drive faster (shhhh…. don’t tell the cops), answer test questions faster, scroll through Facebook faster, and even eat/drink faster. The trouble is none of that does me any […]

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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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