• What Do We Really Know About Pain?

    Posted on September 14, 2018 by in Chronic Pain, Pain Relief

    What is Pain? Pain is one of those “you know it when you feel it” kind of sensations. But it’s also a strange phenomenon, when you think about it. A snowball is cold, so it feels cold when you touch it. A block of concrete is rough, so it feels rough when you touch it. […]

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  • Why Lemon Essential Oil is Fabulous for Fall

    Posted on September 7, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    When you think of lemon, I’ll bet you think of summer. I know I do. It just smells like summer and that quintessential summer drink, lemonade. But… Lemon is also a great scent for fall. Why?  Because it’s a fabulous essential oil for anyone who needs help concentrating or whose memory needs a bit of […]

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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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  • Say Hello to Orange Essential Oil: Liquid Sunshine

    Posted on August 24, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little About Orange When you hear the word orange I’ll bet you think about the oranges you buy in the produce department to eat, juice, and/or zest. So do I. But… there are other types of oranges, and they are also used to make essential oils. I often tell you that you really need […]

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  • Fads, Fixes, and Fakes; Dealing With Health Hype

    Posted on August 17, 2018 by in Health and Wellness

    Is there anything more annoying than buying some supplement, health gizmo, or treatment only to find out that it doesn’t work; not even a little? Especially when the before and after pics looked so amazing or the pitch sounded like the exact thing you needed to fix all your health woes. “New year, new you!” […]

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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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  • What to Ask Your Massage Therapist About Essential Oils

    Posted on July 27, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Wanna Smell the Roses? Whether you’re a huge fan or just a curious bystander, there’s no doubt that aromatherapy and essential oils are becoming increasingly popular. Aromatherapy was a $4 billion market in 2016, and is projected to come close to doubling by 2024. What does all this mean? People seem to like their aromatherapy […]

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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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  • It’s Lavender Season!

    Posted on July 13, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Lavender is blooming like crazy. I was supposed to go to a lavender farm up north yesterday, but circumstances prevented me at the last minute. They have more than 23 varieties of lavender… 23!  I was going to tour the farm, walk through their lavender labyrinth, and take lots of pictures to share with you, […]

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  • Why I Have a Statue of Ganesh in My Massage Room

    Posted on July 6, 2018 by in Health and Wellness

    The First Time I Met Ganesh The very first time someone tried to explain to me who Ganesh was and what he did, they said he was “The Remover of Obstacles.” That’s it. That’s the full extent of their description.*  I can’t say I was super impressed. I mean, this is the most easily recognized of the […]

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  • Coriander Essential Oil: The Scent of Happiness

    Posted on June 29, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little About Coriander Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) has been used since ancient times as both a culinary and a medicinal herb. It’s also been used in the making of perfumes. It’s still used for all those things today. The plant is native to areas from Southern Europe to Northern Africa to Southwest Asia and has 2 […]

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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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  • Summer’s a Great Time for Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    Posted on June 15, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I know I mentioned this oil in a previous post about the Other Eucalyptuses but as it’s bug season, I thought it deserved it’s own post. Basic Info About Lemon Eucalyptus Lemon Eucalyptus is not a blend of lemon and eucalyptus oils as some people think. Rather, it’s an actual plant whose oil has a light, […]

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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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  • What You Need to Know About Citronella During Mosquito Season

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I heard the first mosquito of the year buzzing around my head earlier this week, so I think it’s time I told you about Citronella essential oil. A Little About Citronella Citronella essential oil is distilled from a grass that’s grown in Asia, Africa, and South America.  It’s Latin name is Cymbopogon nardus and it’s related […]

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