• 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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  • Geranium Essential Oil is More Versatile Than You Think

    Posted on May 4, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Geranium This is not your mother’s geranium… Unless your mother lives somewhere it’s HOT. This is Pelargonium graveolens, and it grows in several African countries like Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe where the summer is hot and the winter is mild. It also favors sheltered and moist habitats, so you’ll find […]

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  • 4 Tips for Gardening With Less Pain

    Posted on April 27, 2018 by in Self Care

    Are You Ready for Gardening Season? Now that 4th winter seems to finally be over, maybe we’ll all be able to venture out into our yards and gardens and get them into some sort of shape during the approximately 2 weeks of spring we’re set to have this year. Whether you managed to get out […]

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  • If You Like Tea Tree Essential Oil, You Need to Meet Manuka

    Posted on April 20, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Manuka Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a flowering shrub native to New Zealand and Australia. It grows in the bush and is harvested from the wild. Plants grown at higher altitudes have greater antibacterial properties than those grown at low altitudes. So if you find a reputable supplier listing a high altitude manuka, […]

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  • Spring Cleaning With Less Pain & More Fun

    Posted on April 13, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Stress

    Spring Cleaning: Brilliant or Bogus? It’s that time of year again… spring cleaning time. Many people use it as an excuse to open the windows and go on an all out cleaning binge while others refuse to have any part in this yearly shenanigan… I mean ritual. Regardless of whether you partake in any of […]

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  • Tea Tree: The Best Essential Oil for Spring Cleaning

    Posted on April 6, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Supposedly… according to the calendar anyway… it’s spring. That means it’s spring cleaning time. And there’s no better essential oil to help you sanitize your house after close to 6 months of progressively stagnating air and numerous coughs, colds, and other wintery infections, than tea tree. Basic Information About Tea Tree Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) […]

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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 You Need Violet Leaf Absolute This Spring

    Posted on March 23, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Violets: Harbingers of Spring According to the calendar, it’s officially spring. As I write this, however, it doesn’t feel like spring. In fact, it snowed earlier today. (Granted, as I write this it’s just a couple days before “spring”, but still…) One thing I love about spring are the early flowers. They’re not only a […]

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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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  • Aromatherapy for St. Patrick’s Day

    Posted on March 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential Oil Profile: Hop I’m part Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th. In my line work, St. Paddy’s Day doesn’t get the respect it deserves, imho… Maybe because we don’t serve green beer! (Check out the origins of green beer here.) But I digress. Anyway, I thought it would be fun […]

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  • 15 Signs Your Low Back Pain Might Involve Your Pelvic Floor

    Posted on March 2, 2018 by in Pain Relief, Self Care

    When is Low Back Pain Not Just Low Back Pain? Did you know that roughly 65% of women and 45% of men who have chronic low back pain also have some sort of dysfunction in their pelvic floor muscles? I didn’t until I went to the San Diego Pain Summit last year. One of the […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Cardamom Essential Oil

    Posted on February 23, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential Oil Profile: Cardamom Did you know there’s a cardamom essential oil? Not only is there one… it smells heavenly. A Few Basics About Cardamom Cardamom is a member of the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family of plants. Mmmm… ginger. But I digress. Along with an impressive root system, the plant has large leaves, green and white […]

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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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  • Essential Oil Profile: Jasmine Absolute

    Posted on February 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Few Basics About Absolutes First and foremost, absolutes are not essential oils and should never be labeled as such. If you find a company labeling absolutes as essential oils, do yourself a favor and don’t buy from them. Like essential oils, absolutes are highly aromatic extracts but they differ in how they’re made. Essential […]

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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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