When In Doubt, Breathe With It.

It’s not uncommon when I’m working on a client, to come across a knot – a little spot in the belly of a muscle that somehow missed the message that it doesn’t need to contract anymore, and is stuck in a state of tension.  What I notice, when I start going to work on these knots, is that my client will hold their breath.  Their reaction to my locating this often painful, bean-sized offender will range from, “Ooh!” to, “What is that?” and sometimes even, “There it is!” And whether these are spoken or silent reactions, the natural accompanying reaction is to hold one’s breath, and wait for it to go away. Continue reading “When In Doubt, Breathe With It.”

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Why Self-Care is a Resolution You Should Keep

“I’m going to take better care of myself this year.”

“I’m joining a gym.”

“I’m going to eat better.”

“I’m going to learn how to meditate.”

“I’m going to treat myself to a massage every month.”

…Sound familiar? Resolution time!  New Year, New You, right?  But wait…cheese tastes good.  So does beer.  And cinnamon buns.  And it’s too cold to go to the gym.  And my mind’s too much of a jumble to meditate.  And the holidays really took a toll on my wallet…and I really don’t have time… Continue reading “Why Self-Care is a Resolution You Should Keep”

Why I don’t Do House Calls

It hasn’t happened very often in my career, but once in a while someone asks me if I do house calls. Many times, upon hearing that I do not, I’ve been met with surprised responses:  “Really?  I’m sure lots of people would love to have a massage in the comfort and privacy of their own home.”  “It seems like you could make a lot of money just doing house calls.”  Both valid points.  And there are certainly some massage therapists who do make a very good living traveling to people’s homes to give them bodywork treatments.  I, however, have chosen not to, for a few, equally valid, reasons. Continue reading “Why I don’t Do House Calls”

Pregnancy Massage: A Holistic Approach to Pre-Natal Care

Pregnancy is an exciting time in life.  The anticipation of a new addition to the family is a major change to life and body.  In many cultures throughout history, pregnant women are seen as goddesses for their ability to create life, honored for their ability to hold and nurture another life within their body.  Likewise, throughout history, women have been nurtured with touch during their pregnancies, to aid with discomfort and ensure the good positioning of the baby.

This can also be a stressful time for you as an expectant mother.  Like most women, you may be working in your career throughout your pregnancy, or busy with other children and/or family members, and along with the physiological changes taking place within your body, you are busy readying your home and adjusting your lifestyle in order to care for this new life. Continue reading “Pregnancy Massage: A Holistic Approach to Pre-Natal Care”

The Worst Massages I’ve Ever Had Were My Own Fault

Of the many massages I’ve had in my lifetime, I can think of two which stand out as the most disappointing. Now, given the number of massages I’ve had in total (and no, I don’t have an actual count, but it’s a lot), I can say that two bad ones, relatively speaking, is pretty inconsequential.  And on a “bad” scale of 1-10, they weren’t really even terrible; just…lacking.  You get so jazzed at the idea of going and having a massage, you look forward to it from the moment you confirm the appointment date and time, and then you get off the table when it’s over, and think, “Meh. That was a bummer.”  But despite that small number, even now, years later, I can still remember them as being standouts.  And, as I never saw either of those massage therapists again, being a standout on the negative side is not a good thing.

But as I said, those negative experiences were my fault.  And here’s why: Continue reading “The Worst Massages I’ve Ever Had Were My Own Fault”

How to Get the Most out of Your Massage

You’ve booked a massage.  You’ve blocked time out of your schedule just for you.  If you’re anything like me, you’re eagerly anticipating that “Yay!” moment when you get to leave whatever you’re doing in your day to get to your appointment.  And if you’re anything like me, that appointment flies by way too quickly.  It feels so good to be on the table, having all that stress and tension gently kneaded away, that when your time is up, you are left thinking both “Ahhh,” and “Awww….”

Whether you receive massages on a regular basis, or you are looking forward to your very first one, here are a few ways that you can get the most from your experience and prolong that “Ahhh” feeling. Continue reading “How to Get the Most out of Your Massage”