Many in our society feel we're under constant stress. We often complain about our stressful job, boss, or family obligations. It seems life is just plain stressful. And all this stress leads to health problems, some seemingly minor (like your sore neck), some life threatening (like heart attacks and stroke). Stress is a serious problem. … Continue reading Is anything really stressful?
I was talking to another Massage Therapist the other day, and she mentioned the problem of à la carte self care and why it doesn't work. It really struck a nerve with me. She was talking about how you'll take this yoga class over here, you'll drink a green smoothie today, or you'll go for … Continue reading The Real Reason Your Self Care is Failing You
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you probably already know that! We as a culture are pretty sedentary. We sit at computers for work or school. Then we sit and binge Netflix at home. Maybe we'll go for a walk or head to our favorite local yoga class. Afterward we feel sooo … Continue reading Move More, Feel Better
Many look at the New Year as a chance at a clean slate. We make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, go to the gym 6 days a week. We start off with tons of enthusiasm. This time everything is going to be different! Better! It's our year! We set our alarm clocks and get up … Continue reading Resolutions and Creating Sustainable Change
It’s not hard to think up great ways to treat yourself. We’d all love a spa day topped off with a meal prepared and served by someone else. Maybe get a sitter for the night, so the little angels are asleep when we get home. Or just a morning where the cat doesn't wake you … Continue reading 6 Ways to Treat Yourself (That don’t involve money or food)
Way back when I wrote Choosing a Massage Therapist, I was the only one working here. We now have several amazing Massage Therapists at the office, so I thought an update was in order. If you haven't read that post, this sums it up: What really separates one Massage Therapist from another is what they are … Continue reading Which Massage Therapist Should I See?
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.
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
“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
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