Author Archives: Michelle Doetsch

  • Why Your Massage Therapist Asks All Those Health Questions

    Posted on July 5, 2019 by in Massage

    Before your first massage with me, I’m going to ask you about your medical history.  I’ve got an online intake form that will ask about the medications you take, which medical conditions you have, and a whole host of other questions about your health history. So why is this? Am I being nosy? Why do […]

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  • How to Know it’s Time to Replace Part of Your Healthcare Team

    Posted on June 28, 2019 by in Health and Wellness

    How happy are you with each member of your healthcare team? Do you have a healthcare team? Do you even know who should/could be on your healthcare team? Who is on Your Healthcare Team? Your healthcare team consists of anyone who helps you with any aspect of your physical or mental health. Team members include: […]

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  • Why Your Pain Rating is More Important Than You Think

    Posted on June 21, 2019 by in Chronic Pain, Health and Wellness, Pain Relief

    “On a Scale of 1 to 10, where would you rate your pain right now?” On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate that question? If you’re like a lot of people your answer to the second question is somewhere around 11. And you’re probably not much fonder of the the […]

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  • Do You Really Have an Eyestrain Headache?

    Posted on June 14, 2019 by in Headaches

    What Is an Eyestrain Headache? An Eyestrain Headache* usually hurts in the forehead area and on both sides of the eyes. It’s caused by… *drumroll*… eye strain. And… it’s not as common as most people think. You’re more susceptible to this type of headache when one set of eye muscles is either stronger or weaker […]

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  • Smashing the Toxin Myth (Again)

    Posted on June 8, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    Before I begin, I’d like to say that I personally have grown to hate the word toxin. It’s thrown around willy nilly with, generally, only the vaguest of definitions given. It’s like the word “natural” on food containers at the store, it can mean different things to different people and often refers to nothing in […]

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  • A New (and Unusual) Take on Self-Care

    Posted on May 31, 2019 by in Self Care

    Everyone’s full of great self-care advice, aren’t they? “Make sure you drink at least 2 liters of water a day” “Avoid all processed foods. Only eat organic, non-GMO food” “Never use a microwave, the radiation will harm your food and you” “Make sure to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night” “Exercise […]

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  • 4 Types of Headaches You Can (Possibly) Avoid

    Posted on May 24, 2019 by in Headaches

    Nobody enjoys having a headache and if we knew one was coming, we’d probably do what we could to prevent it. So, with that in mind, I bring you 4 types of headaches that you can possibly avoid. Allergy Headaches* These headaches usually manifest as generalized head pain with nasal congestion and watery eyes in […]

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  • Resources You Need if You Get Migraine Headaches

    Posted on May 17, 2019 by in Headaches

    I’ve been bookmarking and compiling lists of migraine resources for a while now and figured it was time to share the best of the best with y’all. Directory of specialists Migraine Research Foundation National Headache Foundation American Migraine Foundation Books Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches by Teri Robert The Migraine Brain by Carolyn […]

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  • 5 Lies I will Unapologetically Tell Every Massage Client

    Posted on May 10, 2019 by in Massage

    I’m not usually one to advocate telling lies, which is an entirely different thing than never telling them, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. For me, that means telling the occasional white lie to keep my clients from being uncomfortable and anxious about things they seem to be prone to worrying about. […]

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  • The Physiological Effects of Monthly Massage

    Posted on May 3, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    Sure, it feels great to pop in and see a massage therapist every now and then. It’s a great way to pamper yourself, relieve stress during a particularly crazy time, and work out the inevitable kinks that develop when you overdo it or simply “sleep wrong”. Self-compassion and the idea of splurging on yourself once […]

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  • Will Drinking Water Relieve Your Headache Pain?

    Posted on April 26, 2019 by in Headaches, Health and Wellness

    Short answer: MaybeLonger answer: If your body isn’t hydrated enough, it can definitely cause a headache. If that’s the case, water can definitely help. Even muscle tension (which is a notorious headache cause) can sometimes be eased by drinking water for the simple reason that your muscles function best when fully hydrated. What Are Dehydration […]

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  • Why It’s Important to Know Your Massage Priorities

    Posted on April 19, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    When your massage therapist asks, “What brings you in?” the absolute least helpful answer is, “Massage.” Funnily enough we’ve managed to work that much out on our own. What we really want to know is what issues are bringing you in. Where do you have pain and/or dysfunction? What areas of your body feel tense? […]

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    Why Your Massage Therapist’s Words Matter

    Posted on April 12, 2019 by in Chronic Pain, Health and Wellness, Stress

    I cannot tell you how many times new clients have told me about some of the amazing things previous massage therapists, doctors, PTs, etc. have said to them. And by amazing, I mean completely unprofessional and rude. I doubt any of them intend to be unprofessional, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are. […]

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  • Why You Need Lavender Essential Oil for Your Next Headache

    Posted on April 5, 2019 by in Aromatherapy, Headaches

    You’ve might have heard that Lavender essential oil is a guaranteed cure for tension headaches. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is a great oil for to have around for many reasons, including an achey head. Pardon my lack of banter today, but it’s been a crazy week and I really feel the need […]

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  • How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis with Massage and Stretching

    Posted on March 29, 2019 by in Pain Relief, Stretches

    You swing your feet over the side of the bed, stand up, and ow!  What is that pain in your heel that and why do you suddenly feel like crawling isn’t such a bad option for getting around? You gingerly step down again and you can still feel it, a sharp, stabbing pain deep inside […]

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