Probably the most Frequently Unasked Question in massage: Do I need to get naked? Short answer No. Absolutely not. Long answer Many massage therapists say, “Undress to your level of comfort.” That's a bit vague, though. And people new to massage have no idea what that means. Heck, I’m not even sure what that means. Here’s … Continue reading What to Wear (or not) During Your Massage
What happens when a family member falls ill, and you find yourself taking on the role of caregiver? There are many circumstances under which we may find ourselves in the role of caregiver for a sick family member. Your life can change overnight, and everything can be thrown in to chaos. Adding to the stress … Continue reading Strategies for Coping with Caregiver Stress.
Or a Mini Vacation Eyes closed. A smile on your face. The sound of gentle, ocean waves. A cool breeze brushes your face. Sand between your toes. Have a walk on the beach even when you don't have time for an extended vacation. Check out the new spa treatments. Be it achy feet, sore hands, … Continue reading New Spa Treatments
My professional association, ABMP (Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals) puts out a great publication for massage clients. The Spring 2015 edition has a great article starting on page 9, titled "Yes! You Need a Massage." The author discusses why massage can be beneficial even when you aren't in pain: "We automatically schedule routine maintenance for our cars, … Continue reading Do You Need a Massage?
That depends on the reason you are getting massage. Are you pampering yourself? That’s awesome! Get a massage however often you feel like it! Lots of people think massage is just a luxury, but is it more than pampering? Massage research can be tricky. One type of well-respected research is double-blinded, meaning that neither the … Continue reading How Often Should I Get a Massage?
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils (aromatic substances distilled from plants). Essential oils are commonly blended into massage oil or used in room diffusers. Here are a few reasons to add aromatherapy to your next massage: Massage can reduce stress, help with anxiety and depression, alleviate pain, and enhance the quality of sleep. … Continue reading 4 Great Reasons to Add Aromatherapy to Your Next Massage
The Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals puts out a great publication for massage clients (and folks who have never had a massage). I was flipping through the archives and the Spring 2012 edition has some great articles about posture, meditation, and the benefit of regular massage. Ready to become a massage convert? Schedule Appointment … Continue reading Posture, Meditation, and More!
I don’t really like the phrase “tipping is appreciated but not required.” Not just for massage but for other services as well. It causes me a bit of anxiety. If I don’t tip, will my next service be crappy? How much should I tip, what if I tip too little? Are they offended? Do I … Continue reading Should You Tip Your Massage Therapist?
Want to get a massage, but nervous about what to expect? I’ve been there. I had been wanting to get a massage for several years before I actually got one for just this reason. So here’s a few things to expect, and if you have any other questions, just ask me. Trust me, there are … Continue reading Your First Massage
Many of the photographs depicting hot stone massage can be a bit misleading. Usually, they show the stones simply being placed along the back. Here we actually use the stones as a tool to assist the massage (as shown in the image below). I find that I can work deeper with less discomfort than a … Continue reading Hot Stone Massage: What to expect