You've probably heard a meditation practice can help you manage stress. But it can feel like a Herculean task to sit in silence and focus on your breath. All those thoughts buzzing around! Enter Zentangle. It's basically a method of drawing that can promote a meditative state. I recently took a beginner's class and I'm … Continue reading Zentangle: An Alternative to Meditation? Ask the Expert.
We've all seen photos of super-bendy folks contorting their body into the shape of a pretzel. Pretty intimidating if you can't touch your toes or have trouble turning your head to the right. What is yoga? Yoga originated as a practice to prepare the body for meditation. In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, yoga is defined as … Continue reading How Flexible Do I Have To Be Before I Can Start Yoga?
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? It wasn’t quite that big when you came in a month ago. And it looks … Continue reading Caring for the Skin You’re in: Staying Sun Safe
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.
Welcome to myth #3 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1 here and Myth #2 here. Myth #3: You can’t get a massage while breastfeeding. This myth is so insidious, because nobody needs a massage more than postpartum parents. The idea behind this misunderstanding is the belief that massage somehow squeezes toxins … Continue reading Massage Myth #3: You can’t get a massage while breastfeeding.
If you've ever gotten a massage, chances are good your massage therapist has told you that you should drink a lot of water afterward. Many believe that deep tissue massage releases toxins from your muscles and that water is needed to flush it out. Let's start there. What toxins are we taking about here? Toxins … Continue reading Why is My Massage Therapist Always Telling Me to Drink So Much Water?
Welcome to myth #2 on our reasons-you-can't-get-a-massage-myth series. Be sure to check out Myth #1. Myth #2: You can’t get a massage while taking painkillers. You’re hurting, so you schedule a massage. But then you’re still hurting, so you take some ibuprofen … should that stop you from getting the massage you've scheduled? This myth … Continue reading Massage Myth #2: You can’t get a massage while taking painkillers.
“This project is such a headache!” They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, 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 in the head. But not … Continue reading Massage and Headaches