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So far Shalene Zarate, LMT, NMT, CST has created 19 blog entries.

Why I Don’t Like Working with Someone Only Once

By |2023-09-06T15:30:08+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. I took my time, paid attention to details, investigated, and geeked out on anatomy and physiology. During my advanced training, I had to do case studies in my practical work, witnessing and documenting the effects of consecutive bodywork sessions. After starting my private [...]

Why the 1st Massage with a New Client is My Least Favorite

By |2023-08-18T14:51:21+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, [...]


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 |2023-08-09T14:01:39+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 [...]


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 |2023-08-09T16:45:51+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 [...]


By |2019-12-08T21:48:09+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 individua, las 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 tune-up? Are [...]


By |2019-11-20T17:53:10+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 |2020-08-06T03:50:53+00:00February 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

What most people who receive bodywork are wanting to achieve is therapeutic beneficial change. What they expect in exchange for their resources and time invested is to feel less stress, less tense, more relaxed and have less pain. With the primary intention being to feel noticeably better (to heal); how they achieve it might look different for each person. The aim remains the same. So what really can one expect from the therapies they participate [...]


By |2019-12-08T20:11:58+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 [...]

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