• 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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  • The One Buddhist Teaching That Can Lower Your Stress

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by in Stress

    There’s a Buddhist teaching that says, “When you eat, just eat.” It’s a simple way of reminding folks to be mindful of everything they do. It’s also a great reminder to not multitask. It’s also a great way to lower your stress level. Studies have shown that regular mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. On the […]

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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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  • 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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