• A Simple Self-Treatment for Tension Headaches

    Posted on February 15, 2019 by in Headaches

    Some days I prattle on and on about a topic, but today I’m in more of a show, don’t tell kinda mood. So, I’m going to show one simple thing you can do that will help reduce your tension headache pain. All tension headaches involve muscle tension in the neck and shoulder area. Most of […]

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  • Essential Oils That Are as Crazy as Last Week’s Weather

    Posted on February 8, 2019 by in Aromatherapy

    It’s been a crazy week weather wise. Last week we had -30 degree wind chills and early this week we reached temps close to +50 degrees. I mean, these are not temps you normally expect to experience so close together in the same locale. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the 50 degrees right about […]

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  • What Exactly is a Tension Headache?

    Posted on February 1, 2019 by in Headaches

    Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and roughly 80% of adults will experience a tension headache at some point in their lives. The National Headache Foundation defines a tension headache as “a non-specific headache, which is not vascular or migrainous, and is not related to organic disease.” So, What Causes a Tension […]

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  • 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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  • What Type of Headache Do You Have?

    Posted on January 18, 2019 by in Headaches

    Broad Headache Categories You’ve no doubt heard the terms tension headache, sinus headache, and migraine headache, but did you know that there are broader categories of headaches than those? Do you care? Well, you should. The broadest category helps narrow down the cause, and therefore the fix for your headache. It also helps determine whether […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Spruce Essential Oil

    Posted on January 11, 2019 by in Aromatherapy

    Just like the firs and the pines that I discussed in the last two posts, spruce trees are evergreen conifers. For those who aren’t fluent in plant speak, that means their leaves (needles) stay green all year and the trees have cones. But just as we discovered last time that pines and firs differ from […]

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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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    Happy New Year (a Couple Days Early)!

    Posted on December 28, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve tended to celebrate New Years Eve a little differently as I’ve aged. In my 20’s I used it as an excuse to drink far too much. (Not my proudest moments, tbh) Thankfully that method of celebration hasn’t appealed to me in quite some time. The past 10 years […]

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  • 6 Ways to Treat Yourself (That don’t involve money or food)

    Posted on December 21, 2018 by in Health and Wellness

    Treat Yourself? If you’re like most people, treating yourself is the last thing you’re thinking about at the end of December. There are so many parties, pageants, and functions to attend; a mini-fortune’s worth of gifts to buy; and enough food and drink available to break your bathroom scale. But if someone asked, I bet […]

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  • Can I Substitute Fir Essential Oil for Pine?

    Posted on December 14, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Well, it’s still “that time of year” where pine (and pine-like) scents rule. We often use pine as a generic term for any needle bearing, coniferous (cone-bearing) tree. But they’re not the same.  Pine, fir, and spruce trees are often used interchangeably as holiday trees (Yes, holiday. Christmas is not the only winter holiday to use evergreen […]

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  • Should I Ice My Injury?

    Posted on December 7, 2018 by in Health and Wellness

    I’m often asked about icing injuries when inflammation is present. The question is never “should I”, but how often and for how long. In order to answer those questions, and to really understand the answer, you need to know a little about the inflammatory and healing processes. I promise to keep it super simple. And […]

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  • Why We Have a Penchant for Pine in Winter

    Posted on November 30, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

      A Little About Pine and The Winter Season These days, pine is heavily associated with the Christmas season. It should, however, more rightly be associated with the winter season. You know, those cold months when you’re sequestered inside with,  while trying to avoid, everybody else’s germs. You see, evergreen trees like the pine were brought […]

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted on November 22, 2018 by in Health and Wellness, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    I’m showing up in your inbox or social feed a day early to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. (that means no blog post tomorrow… this is it for the week) I don’t want to keep you long since you’re probably looking forward to spending the day with family and eating yourself stupid while watching […]

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    All You Need to Know About Bergamot (and a little you don’t)

    Posted on November 16, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little Background on Bergamot Most people are familiar with bergamot (pronounced BER ga mot) through Earl Grey tea, as that’s what gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste. But what do you actually know about bergamot? Bergamot essential oil comes from a citrus fruit that kinda looks like a green orange with a nub on one […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Juniper Berry Essential Oil

    Posted on November 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    **Important note if you think this looks awfully familiar: Yes, it was just over a week ago that this showed up in your inbox or social media feed. But… that was right smack dab in the middle of the week in which I changed hosting companies for my website. When all was said and done, […]

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