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Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Massage

When you think of massage therapy, what comes to mind? Perhaps you consider those aches and pains in your shoulders and neck, or maybe your sore, tired, or swollen legs, or even a way you can cope with excess stress. However, the therapeutic nature of massage therapy extends far beyond … Continue reading “Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Massage”

Beyond the platitudes: how can we age well?

Beyond the platitudes: how can we age well? There are so many articles out there about “healthy aging”, but most of them are bizarrely vague. Like ads for menstrual products or incontinence, they seem to be convinced that we’d all run away screaming if they actually mentioned what aging is … Continue reading “Beyond the platitudes: how can we age well?”

Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

Stress, Anxiety, and Massage   Why get a massage? According to a surveyconducted 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 … Continue reading “Stress, Anxiety, and Massage”

Caring for the skin you’re in: staying sun safe

Caring for 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. That brown spot on your shoulder blade? … Continue reading “Caring for the skin you’re in: staying sun safe”

What to Ask Your Massage Therapist About Essential Oils

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. Aromatherapy was a $4 billionmarket in 2016, and is projected to come close to doubling by 2024. What … Continue reading “What to Ask Your Massage Therapist About Essential Oils”

Dealing With Rotator Cuff Injuries

Dealing With Rotator Cuff Injuries You’ve been doing Olympic lifting for a while. Or stocking tall shelves. Or cheerleading, throwing your partners overhead. Everything was great! Until suddenly, it wasn’t. Ice and ibuprofen didn’t quite do the trick, so you visited the doctor. And lo and behold, you’ve got a … Continue reading “Dealing With Rotator Cuff Injuries”

Need some help? Family therapy is awesome.

Need some help? Family therapy is awesome. If you feel like your family has been through some extra stressful stuff lately, or even if you just feel like you want to be doing a better job of handling stress as a family, seeing a therapist can be incredibly helpful. Family … Continue reading “Need some help? Family therapy is awesome.”

Contraindication

Contraindication is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. There are local contraindications—things like a small wound—that shouldn’t be massaged directly, but that don’t mean you can’t still get a perfectly good massage on other parts of your body. Then … Continue reading “Contraindication”

“This project is such a headache!”

“This project is such a headache!”   They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what areheadaches, really? And can massage therapy really help? Different types, different causes. Headaches are pretty easily defined, and we all know one when we feel it: it’s a pain … Continue reading ““This project is such a headache!””

Treating Tension Headaches With Self-Massage

Treating Tension Headaches With Self-Massage Most of us are familiar with the sensation of a headache. The location, cause, and severity can differ, but we all agree that headaches hurt!   When you have a headache, it’s hard to function normally until you find relief. That’s why there are so … Continue reading “Treating Tension Headaches With Self-Massage”