It can be hard to figure out who the best Massage Therapist for you is. Several years ago, I wrote a post entitled Choosing a Massage Therapist to help you decide. I've grown as a therapist since then, so I thought an update was in order. If you haven't read that post, this sums it up: … Continue reading Am I the Right Massage Therapist for You?
Before your first massage, I’m going to ask you about your medical history. I’ve got an online intake form that will ask about what medications and medical conditions you have, and a whole host of questions about your health history. So why is this? Am I being nosy? Why do I need to know such … Continue reading Why Your Massage Therapist Asks All Those Health Questions
Many folks (including some massage therapists) view massage as a way to fix what ails you. Fixing is something you do to something that is broken. A mechanic fixes your car. A plumber fixes your leaky pipe. I understand what you mean when you say your back hurts and you want me to get rid … Continue reading Can Massage Fix My Pain?
You are constantly stressed. Crunched for time. Feeling like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. And sure, sometimes you do something nice for yourself, like get a massage! And you feel amazing afterwards. Fully present in your body. But soon after, that dull ache between your shoulder blades comes back, and … Continue reading What is BodyMind Coaching?
These are not your typical massage sessions.Integrative Massage Sessions are designed to leave you feeling more at ease and bring relief from the physical discomforts that come from living with chronic stress. Personalized for you At Restoring Balance, you receive so much more from your session beyond your time on the massage table. These sessions … Continue reading What You Get With Your Integrative Massage Session
So you just had a fantastic massage! You're no longer wearing your shoulders for earrings. You feel like you can take a full breath again. You feel like you could float out of the building. What's next? Rush back to the office? Run to the grocery store? Squeeze in just ONE more thing?! We're busy … Continue reading What Should I Do After My Massage?
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. A snowball is cold, and so it feels cold when you touch it. A block of concrete is rough, so it feels rough when you touch it. But a … Continue reading What Do We Really Know About Pain?
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 … Continue reading Stress, Anxiety, and Massage
Massage is kinda weird. We aren’t a high-touch society. We don’t touch strangers, and we may even feel weird touching our friends and family. So it can be awkward to get massage. We don't know what we're supposed to do. Just telling us to "Relax!" doesn't cut it. To start, allow the full weight of your … Continue reading What Should I Do During My Massage?
Welcome to myth #4 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1, #2, and #3. Myth #4: You can’t get a massage if you weigh too little or too much. There are so many variations of this one. Skinny people don’t have enough “meat on their bones” to get a massage, so … Continue reading Massage Myth #4: You can’t get a massage if you weigh too little or too much.