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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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