Posts in Wellness
How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis with Massage and Stretching

You swing your feet over the side of the bed, stand up, and ow!  What is that pain in your heel that’s got you holding one foot while hopping up and down on the other? You gingerly step down again and you can still feel it, a sharp, stabbing pain deep inside your foot. A quick Google search offers a possible diagnosis: plantar fasciitis.

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How Massage Can Help Athletes Year-Round

You’re a true athlete. You’re used to working hard, exhausting your body, and developing your mental stamina— as well as your physical stamina— year round. Even in the off-season, you don’t quit. You’re used to spending your downtime preparing for the next season, and getting faster, stronger, and better at what you do. 

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Massage for Knee Surgery Rehab

Ouch! What did I do to my knee?  

If you’re experiencing knee pain, you’re not alone. Most Americans will have knee pain sometime in their life, whether from an accident, overuse, or general wear and tear as they age. Besides being uncomfortable, it’s often debilitating and holds you back from doing the activities you enjoy most. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt treatment…

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6 Ways to Treat Yourself (that don't involve money or food)

With the holidays almost over, its important that you take some time for yourself! And it’s not hard to think up great ways to treat yourself. We’d all love a spa day topped off with a meal prepared and served by someone else. Maybe get a sitter for the night, so the little angels are asleep when we get home. Or just a morning where the cat doesn't wake you up by sitting on your windpipe.

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What do we really know about pain?

Pain is one of those “you know it when you feel it” kind of sensations. But it’s also a strange phenomenon, when you think about it. But pain exists only in the body, and even more specifically, in our minds. But that doesn’t make it less real! So what exactly is happening when we feel pain, and how do we stop it from negatively impacting our lives?

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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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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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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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