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So far Shalene Zarate, LMT, NMT, CST has created 22 blog entries.

BODYWORK FOR NECK AND TMJ PAIN

By |2024-03-11T16:30:38+00:00February 7th, 2024|Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Craniosacral Practitioner, Craniosacral therapy, Head Pain, Headaches, Health, Holistic Health, Massage, Neck Pain, TMJ, TMJ Massage, Uncategorized, Wellness|

Pain in the neck, head, or jaw can be nerve-wracking, making simple activities challenging. Activities like chewing, talking, turning your head, sleeping, concentrating, listening, being vertical without pain, or going out in daylight without sunglasses.  I've met so many people who have confessed to me that they aren't fond of the idea of taking pain meds every day because of the side effects of long-term use. Not feeling certain that a night guard while sleeping [...]

10 WAYS TO LEAD A LIFESTYLE ALIGNED IN HEALTH

By |2024-02-16T14:19:23+00:00January 7th, 2024|Adults, Health, Wellness|

There is no denying that we are bombarded with a plentitude of poor influences on our health every day. Go to almost any store, restaurant, or entertainment establishment, and you are left with hardly any choice but to offend your body. Yet, if you don’t want to take your health for granted, then finding ways to counterbalance the impact of living life on planet Earth is required. Here is an incomplete list of things we [...]

HEALTH IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION

By |2023-12-07T16:39:39+00:00December 6th, 2023|Health, Massage, Mind-Body, Natural Health, Wellness|

We are blessed with one body for our entire lifetime. Only ONE. That’s it! Our body is a blessing, to say the least. And, if you think about it, in a physical sense, our bodies are one of the most loyal and dutiful companions we will ever have.By divine design, the human body is built to be simultaneously sensitive and resilient, and capable of incredible healing abilities. We need a sturdy healthy vehicle to do our [...]

WHY I PREFER WORKING WITH SOMEONE MORE THAN ONCE

By |2023-12-06T14:57:15+00:00September 1st, 2023|Health, Massage, Uncategorized, Wellness|

When I first started massage school, I initially thought I’d be entering into the spa industry. However, before I was even finished with my training, I discovered that I had a therapeutic bent in my style. And then during my advanced training, I had to do case studies in my practical work, witnessing and documenting the effects of consecutive bodywork sessions. This provided context for how massage works as a therapy. After starting my private [...]

WHY THE 1ST MASSAGE WITH A NEW CLIENT IS MY LEAST FAVORITE

By |2023-12-06T14:58:22+00:00July 29th, 2023|Uncategorized|

It's not that I have an aversion to the first session with a new client. I do enjoy getting to know new people. It's just that, of all the bodywork we will do together, it's my least favorite. I'll explain... During the first session, I am getting familiarized with a person's body, tuning in to their nervous systems for the first time, barely beginning to assess the situation. I am learning about their health history, [...]

WHERE SHOULD YOU GO TO GET A MASSAGE?

By |2023-08-09T14:22:50+00:00April 30th, 2019|Massage|

When people are looking to go get a massage with a therapist they have never been to before, they oftentimes default to going to one who is the closest, cheapest, or most convenient. In some instances, that's your only option. I mean, some massage is better than none. Right? I imagine this is likely to happen, especially when the person has never had a professional massage before. When they don't really know the difference [...]

8 WAYS TO GET THE BEST RESULTS WITH BODYWORK

By |2023-12-06T14:59:12+00:00April 30th, 2019|Massage|

Whether your goal for receiving bodywork is to reduce stress, release tension, alleviate pain, restore balance, or you are rehabilitating an injury - - there is so much you can do to MAXIMIZE your experience. Here are 8 TIPS to LEVEL UP YOUR BODYWORK (massage, acupuncture, chiro, yoga, or other body-centered therapies). 1. Staying well hydrated. Benefits of hydration while participating in bodywork include: Tension melts more readily, with less resistance Minimized tenderness, making [...]

WHICH MASSAGE SETTING DO YOU PREFER?

By |2023-06-15T20:34:58+00:00April 30th, 2019|Wellness|

What is the best setting to get a massage? Once you have determined what kind of massage you need (relaxing or therapeutic) the next step is to consider what sort of environment should work well in your particular case. Are you looking for one session or many? Are you just passing through, on vacation? Are you a local in need of regular bodywork to recover from an injury? Is there something that you need [...]

THE “NO PAIN, NO GAIN” MINDSET WON’T SERVE YOU IN BODYWORK

By |2023-12-06T15:01:03+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Every now and then, a new client will come in and request a really deep massage for their session. Some of them tell me, I can't go hard enough. Let me preface that manual therapists work with a wide spectrum of pain thresholds. Some clients can only handle a very light, gentle touch. While others are on the other extreme - with a much higher tolerance for pain, often accompanied by a strong desire for a [...]

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET A MASSAGE

By |2023-11-07T15:07:50+00:00March 7th, 2019|Massage|

After their treatments, many clients ask me how often I think they should come to receive massage (ideally). My answer will vary for each individual, as there are many factors to consider. It really all depends on where this unique individual stands at this moment in time. · 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 [...]

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