Author Archives: Michelle Doetsch

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    5 Things I’ve Learned During the Global Pandemic

    Posted on November 21, 2020 by in Health and Wellness

    I didn’t go into this pandemic looking to learn anything. My only goal was to get through it, if not unscathed, then the least scathed I could manage. To do that I’ve used my well (some say over) developed sense of gallows humor, my ever present desire to do no harm (but the Covidiots are […]

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  • Mask Up the Right Way

    Posted on November 7, 2020 by in COVID-19, Health and Wellness

    Some of you will undoubtedly know that I’m currently quarantining because I had contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID. Both of us were properly masked when we had contact so I’m confident I did what I could to prevent transmission (assuming they were contagious when we had contact) but I’m being tested […]

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  • Why You Have to Wear a Face Mask in my Office

    Posted on June 29, 2020 by in COVID-19

    When it comes to decisions to reopen a business during a pandemic, there are no easy answers. There are always going to be people who think you should have opened earlier and some who think you’re opening too early and aren’t ready to come back to your business just yet. Let me tell you, it […]

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  • Pandemic Ponderings Part 3: Lessons and Loss

    Posted on June 5, 2020 by in COVID-19, Health and Wellness

    *This post was planned and outlined prior to the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest that resulted. On June 1st I made a very public statement about that situation on my business facebook page. Follow the link if you’d like to read it. I just checked and I’ve only been at home for […]

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  • Pandemic Ponderings Part 2: Safety Vs. Safety Theater

    Posted on May 17, 2020 by in COVID-19

    Many of the states that had imposed some form of shelter in place order are starting to open back up. With businesses re-opening to the public there’s a lot of talk about keeping customers, clients, and employees safe. Emails and websites are filled with long lists of what businesses are doing to make sure that […]

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  • Pandemic Ponderings Pt. 1 – Missing People and Buying Things

    Posted on May 8, 2020 by in COVID-19

    Missing People It’s been 7 weeks since I’ve given a massage to anyone but my husband. No offense to my beloved, but that’s not enough for me. I really miss doing massage. I miss my clients. I miss the feeling of being a productive member of society. So, why haven’t I written any blog posts […]

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  • How Massage Therapy Can Help Recreational Athletes

    Posted on March 21, 2020 by in Massage

    Soccer star Megan Rapinoe counts massage therapy as a crucial part of her all-too-necessary recovery regimen to allow her muscles time to heal after a hard day of training or a tough game. And remember those round red marks on Michael Phelps? Professional athletes often work with massage therapists before, during and after training and […]

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  • Why You Should Use Your Massage Therapist’s Cancellation List

    Posted on March 7, 2020 by in Massage

    You finally have an opening in your schedule so you go online to schedule a massage with your favorite massage therapist only to find they don’t have any openings that day. Gah! I hate it when that happens. I know you do too. But did you know that you might be able to get a […]

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  • Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Massage

    Posted on February 22, 2020 by in Massage, Pain Relief

    When you think of massage therapy, what comes to mind? Perhaps you consider those aches and pains in your shoulders and neck, or maybe your sore, tired, or swollen legs, or even a way you can cope with excess stress.  However, the therapeutic nature of massage therapy extends far beyond just relieving stiff muscles or […]

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  • Massage For Lower Back Pain

    Posted on February 8, 2020 by in Massage

    If you’ve ever battled lower back pain, you know how nagging and exhausting it can be.  Pain medications can be dangerous to take for extended periods (and frequently only dull the pain, instead of dealing with it), relief found from injections is ineffective or short-lived, and some therapies can even make your lower back pain […]

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  • Common Myths About Back Pain

    Posted on January 25, 2020 by in Massage

    There are dozens and dozens of myths out there about what leads to back pain, what you should do to prevent back pain, and what kinds of treatments may resolve your back pain.  Today, I am here to tell you that you should think again about what may be causing your aches and pains and […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Tattoos and Massage

    Posted on January 19, 2020 by in Massage

    I’m currently caring for a fresh tattoo, a large piece that takes up most of my back. It’s my third tattoo and each time I get some new ink I get loads of questions about being able to give and receive massage while the tat is still healing. If you’re considering getting your first tattoo, […]

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  • A Few Lessons From 2019

    Posted on January 4, 2020 by in Health and Wellness

    Was 2019 a challenging year for you? It was for many people, myself included. But that’s nothing new. Every year brings challenges, some are just more comfortable than others. You’ve been dealing with the challenge of Uncle Bigot all your life so he’s less challenging than say all of your appliances futzing out in the […]

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  • Can You Still Get a Massage if You’re Injured/Broken?

    Posted on December 5, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Pain Relief

    So you broke your ankle (oh, wait… that’s me), or arm, or leg, or dislocated your shoulder. Or maybe you sprained or tore something, or had surgery. Your body probably hurts in places you didn’t injure as a result of using splints, braces, crutches, knee scooters, or other mobility aids, or possibly from tightening your […]

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    What I Learned by Taking a Dissection Class

    Posted on October 26, 2019 by in Health and Wellness

    Back in July I wrote about my rationale and excitement for taking a week off to take a dissection class this October. (Click here to read it, if you haven’t already.) I was gone from Sunday October 6 through Sunday October 13, so I’ve been back just over a week now. I promised to tell […]

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