October 23, 2016 @ 2:36 AM

A tension headache often feels like there is a tight band around your head, squeezing tighter and tighter around your temples. You may also experience pain in your scalp or neck. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, which may be triggered by responses to stress, depression, anxiety, or injury.

Here is some self massage tips to help alleviate that pain...

  • Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
  • Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, ......
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February 18, 2015 @ 7:45 PM

Many clients wonder, “Should I talk during treatment?”

Our answer: Do what you find comfortable, and we will follow suit.

Our goal is to ensure your comfort during treatment, which allows us to provide the most effective massage. All our RMTs are skilled at what they do, and can adapt to each individual they see. If you need to talk, we can listen. If you want to remain silent, our lips are sealed. Need a little mix of both? We can do that too! Never hesitate to let your RMT know what works best for you, and what you need that day, as it may change each appointment.

Need help deciding what might work for you? We’ve highlighted some positives about both talking and remaining silent during a massage treatment.

 

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February 14, 2015 @ 5:25 AM

 

Adolescence is a unique stage of life. In between childhood and adulthood, teens go through massive changes on both a physiological and a psychological level. Naturally, this means that teens also have unique health and wellness issues. While nothing replaces regular physical exams with a physician and an active lifestyle, massage therapy can be a valuable component of a teen’s health and wellness. Here are three different issues often occurring during adolescence that massage has been shown to help:

Poor body image and eating disorders.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 3% of American teens suffer from an eating disorder, and the majority of them go untreated. Depression, social pressures ...

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November 24, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

 

Happy holidays!  Happy 'getting stressed out, trying to do too many things and please everyone' season.  Oh, wait--that's not promising.

 

Maybe this is the year to mix it up a little and make the holidays a little easier.

 

Forget perfection

Sometimes gingerbread men will be missing a limb.  The tree may have a bald spot.  The kugel may not taste exactly like your Grandma's.  Know what?  None of it matters.  Decide what's truly important to you over the holidays and focus on that.

 

Enlist help

Once you drop the desire for Norman Rockwell levels of perfection, it gets much easier to ask for help and delegate tasks.

 

Kids can sign the names and .........

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October 1, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults in a given year. Anxiety is described as a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension often with no clear justification. Most people experience symptoms of anxiety at one time or another, but for those with a disorder, normal daily life is often interrupted and limited

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A few common anxiety disorders are panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social phobia (Social Anxiety), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While there are varying symptoms with each, many physiological responses overlap with the different disorders. Many people are able to function with symptoms while others are unable cope with them.

 

Some disorders manifest with physical symptoms like.........

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September 8, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

(excerpted from Massage Therapy Today, 8/29/14)

 

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage therapy that is used to realign the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues—addressing and resolving the underlying problems that can lead to chronic pain and stiffness. It differs from regular massage treatments; in that it addresses deeper, more rooted issues in the muscles and ligaments, and allows treatments to be more vigorous, successful and long-lasting.

When a person experiences ongoing stiffness, tension, or sustained injury to their muscles, tendons and ligaments, these form a band of rigid inflexible tissues called adhesions (known colloquially as “knots”). While most adhesions are relatively minor, ...

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May 1, 2014 @ 6:19 AM

 

 

Whether you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, Mothers Day is time to honor those who've played this important role. Stepmothers, birthmothers, and godmothers too. While there are as many ways of being a mother as there are moms in the world, one thing is certain: it's a tough job, but a rewarding one. Here are just three ways massage might be of service to the mothers in your life.

 

Expecting Mothers

Prenatal massage is a growing field, as training programs for massage therapists increase and old myths about massage during pregnancy fade. Massage can ease the aches and pains associated with increased weight, loosened ligaments, and shifts in center of gravity. There are all kinds of cushions ...

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April 1, 2014 @ 4:52 AM

As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and warmer weather of April, there can be a bit of a dark cloud hanging in the spring sky. Often the first few weeks of the month are a rush of receipts and 1040’s as the April 15 Tax deadline looms, and a rush of new schedules as the kids’ sports seasons fire up. Maybe that’s why April is Stress Awareness Month; to remind us to take care of ourselves, and not let stress go unchecked.

Meditation

Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60 secondsof meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your ...

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January 31, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

 It's February!  We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, bling, and extravagant weekends in wine country to "reconnect with the one you love".

But what if we pass on the chocolate and Ziggy cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about.  Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention; or maybe your favorite uncle who was always quick with a lousy joke and equally fast in sneaking you a cookie when Mom wasn't looking.

Share some time with someone.  Make a pedicure date with your best friend.&......

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October 1, 2013 @ 1:35 PM

 Although medical insurance usually does not cover massage at this time (but check with your carrier to make sure), many clients have found that their FLEX plans will cover massage.  Yes, it's your money, but being pre-tax dollars would save you money over time.  Check with your plan--also see if you need a doctor/chiropractor authorization.

 

Additionally, if you have been in an auto accident or injured at work and on workers comp--I can provide therapeutic massage and bill the insurance company directly.  These massages DO REQUIRE a written authorization/prescription from your attending doctor or chiropractor.

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