• The Hidden Reason Your Pain Isn’t Getting Better

    Posted on January 20, 2017 by in Chronic Pain

    Pain is a really complicated topic, and there’s a lot we don’t know about it. There are books and conferences dedicated to the subject. There is a ton of research being done trying to figure out what causes it, what makes it better, what makes it worse, and how we might be able to predict […]

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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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  • No, I Don’t Think Massage Should be Covered by Insurance

    Posted on January 6, 2017 by in Massage, Pain Relief

    “I wish my insurance covered massage,” is a lament I hear quite frequently, and I totally understand it. Massage can be a bit pricey, especially if you’ve gone and gotten yourself a bit jacked up and need a lot of work in a fairly short span of time. For the record, I also sometimes wish […]

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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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  • 21 Things I’ve Learned the Hard Way That Made Life Easier

    Posted on December 23, 2016 by in Stress

    We all have people in our lives that make us crazy. Some of them are permanent fixtures, i.e. our family, and others are, thankfully, temporary; although temporary can span a really long time that seems even longer. These people often feel like speed bumps on the road to happiness. I’ve dealt with a lot of […]

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  • No, I Can’t Fix You (Without Your Help)

    Posted on December 16, 2016 by in Massage

    Fix. It’s something you do to something that’s broken. An object. An item. A mechanic fixes your car, an HVAC technician fixes your furnace, and a cobbler fixes your shoes. (Yes, there are still people out there who actually get their shoes repaired instead of buying new ones, and there are still people who repair […]

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  • Since You Asked… Yes, I can Feel That

    Posted on December 9, 2016 by in Massage

    Rarely a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I can feel the muscular lump, thickness, or tautness that I’m working on. I used to be asked almost daily, but many of my current clients are regulars so they know all about my knot-feeling superpowers and don’t need to ask anymore. My knee jerk […]

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  • Why You May Want (or Need) More Than One Massage Therapist

    Posted on December 2, 2016 by in Massage

    Many people find one massage therapist they like and stick with them to the exclusion of all other therapists. Let’s hear if for loyalty! Yay!  But while I, and all the other massage therapist out there, appreciate your loyalty, you do yourself a disservice if you don’t seriously consider if your chosen therapist should truly […]

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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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