Love 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. 

Which is why we’re glad you’re reading about sun exposure. Because even though I’m not a dermatologist and you’re not going to burn while getting a massage, your skin is a friend I see regularly. And I want to be able to keep working with it for many healthy years to come…

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A personal note: My Maternity Leave

As you already know my husband Alex and I are excited to greet a tiny new addition to our family this September! We are very excited for this amazing change to our lives and are extremely appreciative of all the support that you have shown us through these past few months of my pregnancy, but I’m sure many of you are wondering when and for how long my maternity leave will be, and what you can do for self-care in the meantime...

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Massage Myth: Contraindications Edition

CONTRAINDICATION is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. But there’s a type of contraindication that seems to make the rounds on a regular basis: the mythological kind. Despite all the scientific advancements we’ve made in studying massage therapy over the years, there are a few persistent misunderstandings that just won’t seem to die. And while tales of mermaids and unicorns can brighten an otherwise dull day, these massage myths unfortunately prevent too many people from getting the professional bodywork they deserve. So here are four massage myths BUSTED…

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What to Ask Your Massage Therapist About Essential Oils

Whether you’re a huge fan or just a curious bystander, there’s no doubt that aromatherapy and essential oils are becoming increasingly popular. Massage therapists have long known that engaging multiple senses in their sessions can help clients to relax, which is why you’ll often see massage rooms include things like low lighting and soft music. Scent, when used appropriately, can be a natural addition to this multisensory experience. 

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Stress, Anxiety and 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 to put their money on it. But aside from individual feelings, what exactly do we know about massage and how it relates to stress and anxiety? And what does the research have to say about that?

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What in the heck is Cupping anyway?

There is a technique called cupping that has been around for at least the last 3,500 years, but has more recently become popular within our modern society. If you watched the 2016 Olympics, you may have seen Michael Phelps sporting a few purple spots on his back and shoulders. These pain free spots is what is known as as cupping marks, as he was using this healing technique in his self-care and recovery routine.

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Stop headaches before they start

I don’t know about you but when a headache comes on or worse a migraine I don’t want to do much of anything, but as someone with a hectic lifestyle I can undoubtedly say, ain’t nobody got time for that! So, we are going to jump right in and look at some ways to stop the pain before it starts. Are you ready? Let’s go.

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