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The “No Pain, No Gain” Mindset Won’t Serve You in Bodywork

By |2019-04-03T20:43:24+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Every now and then, I come across a client, who wants a really deep massage during their bodywork treatment. They want it as deep as I can give it. Some tell me, I can’t go hard enough. Let me preface that I work with a wide spectrum of pain thresholds. Some clients can handle only a very light gentle touch, while other's are on the other extreme and have a high tolerance. Sometimes with a [...]


By |2019-03-23T13:26:04+00:00March 7th, 2019|Massage|

After their treatments, many clients ask me how often I think they should (ideally) come to receive massage. It really all depends on where this unique individual stands. My answer will vary as there are many factors to consider. Do they have an active injury? Is it in an acute or chronic state? Are they in a healing crisis or do they just need a tune-up? Are they receiving massage to reduce stress, manage symptoms, [...]


By |2019-02-11T23:09:55+00:00February 2nd, 2019|Massage|

I often tell my clients to give any type of bodywork treatment, a couple of days to “land.” For 2-3 days after a session, your body will continue to release and repair. As a massage therapist, I don’t like to plant seeds in my client’s mind, that indeed the pain WILL get worse before it gets better. Because most of the time, it doesn’t play out that way. But in some cases, it does, and [...]


By |2019-04-12T00:49:21+00:00February 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

When we start receiving bodywork and initiate the release of tensions held within our body, that we've probably been building up for quite some time; we  cannot always be certain of what will come up for you. To be felt, both during and after your treatment.  I never could predict what you will find and what will result. It's an adventure.  The ONE thing you CAN be certain of on this journey is CHANGE. A [...]


By |2019-02-01T03:51:14+00:00January 5th, 2019|Massage|

Bodywork is body-centered therapies performed by a qualified practitioner to help improve health and well-being. It includes therapies such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic-osteopathic care, craniosacral therapy, and such.  Bodyworkers are licensed professionals who understand the structure and functions of the human body and can employ therapeutic techniques intended to benefit the receiver. Bodyworkers are trained to access the posture (or feel pulses), formulate treatment plans, and apply their specialized knowledge to address physical symptoms based [...]


By |2019-03-17T21:01:28+00:00January 5th, 2019|Head Pain, Massage, Mind-Body, Neck Pain, Wellness|

People schedule themselves for bodywork because they want to improve the way they feel in their body. They (me included) want to feel better. We want to be less tense, restricted and uncomfortable in our own skin. We want to be able to move about more easily. More times than not, people put themselves in therapy because they had a recent misadventure – a physical injury of some sort or something super stressful. Surgery even. [...]

Spa Vs. Private Practice

By |2018-11-27T22:53:19+00:00September 4th, 2018|Massage|

One day, not too long ago, I was chatting with a relative. While we were talking, she confessed to me that she had made the decision to sign up for a year-long membership at her neighborhood corporate massage franchise – and was regretting it! She had experienced my therapies before, so she was coming to me knowing that I would appreciate this industry feedback. She went on to say her experiences so far had [...]

14 Ways to Love and Protect Your Body: #5 – Have Your Medicine Cabinet Stocked Before Illness Strikes

By |2018-12-04T18:08:02+00:00April 8th, 2018|Health, Massage, Natural Health, Wellness|

You have the best chances at nipping illness in the bud if you start taking medicine right at the onset of symptoms. You can help prevent getting sick by boosting up your immune system before or at the time of exposure. But at the latest you want to start attacking it the second your head starts feeling funny, your throat gets scratchy, or you become lethargic and achy. It is NOT wise to wait until after [...]

14 Ways to Love and Protect Your Body – #4 Be Your Body’s Advocate

By |2018-04-07T20:32:35+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Having a small grasp on how your body functions and what nourishes us (#3 Understand Basic Human Physiology and Nutrition) is just the beginning of loving and protecting your body. You must also be able to walk into any health care practitioner’s office and make informed decisions. While navigating the healthcare system, you will at times need to ask some serious questions and take the necessary time to research. You may have to defend yourself against the [...]

14 Ways to Love and Protect Your Body: #3 – Understand Basic Human Physiology & Nutrition

By |2018-01-18T23:46:45+00:00December 12th, 2017|Health, Massage, Wellness|

Confessions of a Massage Therapist In an ideal world,  we would all carry knowledge about how to care for our body. Healthfulness would be emphasized more comprehensively during our formative years. We would learn human physiology (how the body functions) and nutrition to the same degree we do math and reading. This knowledge would be passed along to us from our tribe - our parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and caretakers. It would be a cultural thing.  [...]

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