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?
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
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.
Is there any time of year when people are more obsessed with health habits than the New Year? Even the “beach body” craze of late May doesn’t reach the same level of hype. Every time you turn a corner, somebody else is trying to get you to try a class, a supplement, a shake, a … Continue reading New Year, New You!
The holidays are kinda weird. For all the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ jingles, it’s also the toughest for many people. Some people over-commit to family, friends, or volunteer tasks and find themselves over-scheduled and unable to actually enjoy the season. Some of us dread the inevitable, obligatory socializing and the pressure of being … Continue reading 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays
Breath. Such a simple thing. It’s essential to life, but yet how often do we think about it? It ebbs and flows throughout our days and we barely give it a second thought. Are you holding your breath right now? (Fun Fact: when I was in Massage School, we had to put together a business … Continue reading Decrease Stress with Breath
As the weather cools down and we break out our cozy scarves and everything smells of pumpkin spice, I've taken some time to clean out my essential oil collection, like tossing bottles that are past their prime (we only use quality essential oils for our aromatherapy massage) and giving some that I never use to … Continue reading Getting Started with Essential Oils