Category Archives: Massage

  • A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist

    Posted on January 25, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    If Everything Happened on the Same Day Last week’s post was kinda weighty, so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit this week. As with any job or profession, massage therapists have things we do every single day (d), as well as things we do on a weekly (w), monthly (m), or even occasional […]

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  • Why Do I Hurt After a Massage?

    Posted on January 4, 2019 by in Massage

    The Obvious Suspects There are many reasons you might hurt after a massage. The most obvious ones are: The therapist worked too deep The therapist worked too fast The therapist worked too aggressively These 3 things happen far too often and you generally know when they’re happening. Heck you might expect or even want them […]

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  • Take the Stress Out of Gift Giving

    Posted on November 9, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Massage, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    Guide to Gifting Massage When you’re relaxing on a massage table, it’s easy to see massage as a gift. Whether you’re there to reduce pain, to ease anxiety, to help you recover from the physical and mental stresses of work or athletic training or parenting or simply being alive, massage is a moment of freedom […]

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  • Massage Myths, Contraindications Edition

    Posted on August 31, 2018 by in Massage

    What the [Bleep] is a Contraindication? Contraindication is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. There are local contraindications—things like a small wound—that shouldn’t be massaged directly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a perfectly good massage on other parts of […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Rotator Cuff injuries

    Posted on August 3, 2018 by in Massage, Pain Relief

    You’ve been doing Olympic lifting for a while. Or stocking tall shelves. Or cheerleading, throwing your partners overhead. Everything was great! Until suddenly, it wasn’t. Ice and ibuprofen didn’t quite do the trick, so you visited the doctor. And lo and behold, you’ve got a rotator cuff injury and two questions: How the heck did […]

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  • Sunburn, Massage, and You

    Posted on July 20, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    Caring for the Skin You’re in: Staying Sun Safe Massage therapists see a lot of skin. All colors, all textures. Freckles, scars, stretch marks, moles. Skin with lots of hair and skin with none. Skin doesn’t surprise us. Except when it does. That brown spot on your shoulder blade? It wasn’t quite that big when […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Headaches & Massage

    Posted on June 22, 2018 by in Headaches, Massage

    A Common Complaint “This project is such a headache!” They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, really? And can massage therapy really help? Different types, different causes. Headaches are pretty easily defined, and we all know one when we feel it: it’s a pain in the […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

    Posted on June 8, 2018 by in Massage, Stress

    Why do you Get Massage? Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction […]

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  • How Long of a Massage Should You Get?

    Posted on May 25, 2018 by in Massage

    The Best Massage Length I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me whether a 90 minute massage is better than an hour; always with an air of, “it is, right?” Now, I absolutely love doing 2 hour massages and the smartasss in me always wants to quip, “Everyone should get 2 hour […]

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  • Why I Have a Buddha Head in My Massage Room

    Posted on May 11, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    Some people have wondered whether any of the decor in my room has significance or if it’s just there because I like it. Well… To be honest, some of the decor is there just because I like it. Other things are there because they’re relaxing, somehow relate to my business name, or act as reminders […]

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  • How Long Should You Wait to Get a Massage?

    Posted on March 30, 2018 by in Massage

    I have been yelled at by my doctor more times than I can count for waiting what he considered too long of a time to come in to see him for some pain or problem. Well, he doesn’t yell at me exactly but he does ask why I wait so long to come in. My […]

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  • Why Does Your Massage Therapist Need to Know About Your Allergies?

    Posted on March 16, 2018 by in Massage

    An Allergy Story If you’ve ever gotten a massage from me, you know that the paperwork you have to fill out includes information about your allergies. A couple years ago I had a client who didn’t list any allergies. No big deal, a lot of people don’t have allergies. So, I’m doing my massage thing […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Booking a Pregnancy Massage

    Posted on February 16, 2018 by in Massage

    Booking a massage when you’re pregnant isn’t rocket surgery, but it isn’t as simple as when you’re not pregnant. Your therapist needs to know certain things about this pregnancy, previous pregnancies, medical history, medications, and supplements you’re taking. Even if you’re only getting a relaxation massage. You can greatly improve your chances of a wonderful […]

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  • How to Decide if Couples Massage is Right for You

    Posted on February 2, 2018 by in Massage

    It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that means an upswing in the number of requests for couples massages. It also means an upswing in the number of people who are going to be dissatisfied by some aspect of either the booking process or the massage itself. You’d think that it would be universally adored. But it’s […]

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  • Pro Tip: When to Cancel a Massage Due to Bad Weather

    Posted on January 19, 2018 by in Massage

    Here in Michigan, we’re in the thick of winter. It’s that lovely time of year when you feel like you need to dress like Randy in A Christmas Story just to brave the elements. Of course you don’t dress like Randy, because you have better fashion sense than that, but still you consider it… at […]

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