• 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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  • Essential Oil Profiles: The Other Eucalyptus Oils

    Posted on January 26, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Eucalyptus essential oil is very useful during cold and flu season and it was the first oil I profiled 2 weeks ago. (Read the entire about Ecualyptus globulus post if you missed it.) But there’s more to Eucalyptus oil than just Eucalyptus globulus. There are several other varieties and I’m going to cover four of […]

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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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  • Essential Oil Profile: Eucalyptus globulus

    Posted on January 12, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    This is the first of a series of posts I’m going to write about specific essential oils. I’ll highlight oils that you’re sure to know like eucalyptus, frankincense, and lavender as well as ones you may never have heard of, but really ought to know, like lemon myrtle, Fragonia™, and Inula. I can’t guarantee that […]

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  • How to Pronounce the Weird Essential Oil Names

    Posted on January 5, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Have you ever wondered how to pronounce some of the weirder looking essential oil names? Me too! So I finally decided to look them up.  Below you’ll find an alphabetical list (you’re welcome) of the oils I hear mispronounced the most, the oils that aromatherapists often struggle with, and a few oils that I’d never […]

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  • A Few Alternatives to New Years Resolutions

    Posted on December 29, 2017 by in Health and Wellness

    Every year about this time The Great Resolution Debate happens across the country in homes, offices, and social media. Some people are all for making yearly resolutions even if they’re rarely kept, while others don’t see the point. And this causes some very heated “discussions.” I’m all for trying to create new or better habits […]

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    Start the New Year With Beginner’s Mind

    Posted on December 22, 2017 by in Health and Wellness, Stress, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    Have you ever went into a class, competition, client meeting, or other important event afraid that most of the people there are smarter or more talented than you? Have you ever pumped yourself up with reminders of glowing things clients, coworkers, coaches, and bosses have said about you? Have you ever tried to fake it […]

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  • Staying Grounded in the Midst of the Holidays

    Posted on December 15, 2017 by in Stress, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t go out without getting caught up in its wake… the traffic, the parking (NOT), the crowded stores. It’s enough to drive you crazy. If you’re going to make it to the new year with any sanity left, you need to find some ways to get (and stay) […]

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  • What to do When a Coworker Comes to Work Sick

    Posted on December 8, 2017 by in Health and Wellness

    Normally this time of year I do my annual rant about staying home when you’re sick. But… as nice as a good rant can feel, it’s not terribly productive. So this year I’m taking a little different tack. Since we all know that you can’t change someone else’s behavior, let’s look at what you can […]

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  • Why Blogs Are a Terrible (Yet Useful) Place to Get Advice

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in Health and Wellness, Stress

    2 weeks ago, Andy Richter massively informed a Twitter user on the realities of clinical depression. In case you didn’t see it, someone tweeted “Depression is a choice.” They needed to be schooled. Hard. And Andy did that. I’m not going to try to figure out if this person is completely heartless or if they’re […]

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  • Don’t Worry if You Have the “Tightest” Muscles

    Posted on November 24, 2017 by in Chronic Pain, Massage

    It’s not a competition You’ve heard the argument a million times: The only person you should compete with is yourself. I know you’re just trying to get some perspective on how “bad” your body is, but comparing yourself to other people isn’t the way to do it. Your body is different than everyone else’s. It’s […]

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  • Why Your Massage Therapist Won’t Come in Early or Stay Late

    Posted on November 17, 2017 by in Massage

    Have you ever wanted to get a massage outside of your therapist’s normal business hours? Did you ask them to come in early or stay late for you? Have you ever asked them to come in on their day off? Have you ever considered asking them to do one of these things? If so, I’m […]

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  • What is Integrated Massage?

    Posted on November 10, 2017 by in Massage

    When you look at a massage theraist’s web site, you’re probably used to seeing a whole list of techniques to choose from: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, etc. But Sometimes they only list Integrated Massage or simply Massage. What the hell is that Integrated Massage thing, anyway? If […]

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  • Yes, You Can (and should) Get Massage if You’re HIV Positive

    Posted on November 3, 2017 by in Health and Wellness, Massage

    A couple weeks ago, there were headlines about a politician who wanted to legally quarantine folks who are HIV positive. I almost blew a gasket when I read them. This lawmaker was a physician before getting into politics which made her statements even more appalling. You Cannot Contract HIV Through Casual Contact HIV is not […]

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