Dry Brushing for Beginners

Why Should I Dry Brush? Skin brushing is an age-old practice that has popped up in multiple ancient cultures, including the Greek, the Japanese, and the Egyptian holistic health practices. In modern times, it has become popular due to the understanding that your skin is your body’s largest organ, and one that is constantly exposed to toxins. By regularly brushing your skin, you can keep your pores clear – allowing for you to perspire in a healthy way – while also increasing the elasticity and strength of your skin. Many…
September 5, 2018

Introduction to the Far Infrared Amethyst Mat

Those of you who are regulars at my office know that there are few things as pleasant as getting onto a massage table and finding it warm and welcoming. Heating pads have long been a staple in the massage experience, especially come colder months. But recently, I've discovered a unique kind of heating heating mat that has therapeutic benefits unto itself. For my skeptics, don't shudder - it's called a Far Infrared Amethyst Mat. It might sound "out there," but don't turn away just yet! Amethysts have long been purported…
September 5, 2018

Introduction to CBD Oil

Terms to Know I want to make the uninitiated aware of what CBD actually stands for. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound of the hemp plant. Hemp and what we traditionally know as cannabis both come from the same plant, but different parts of it, and they are bred for different reasons. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, that is somewhat inaccurate. Hemp is grown to contain drastically lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what gets users "high." Additionally, hemp's high CBD…
May 1, 2018

Welcome To My Retail Space

...and happy shopping! The waiting area and retail shelves. Since opening my bodywork practice two years ago, I have had the privilege of working with over a hundred unique women in their pursuit of a healthy, pain-free life. A large part of my practice has been choosing the right products for the right women. Will this client benefit from certain essential oils incorporated in her session? Does this client prefer lotion to oil, or vice versa? Additionally, I've been asked for dozens of product recommendations based on years of trial…
March 21, 2018

Why I Use Weighted Blankets

Why Use A Weighted Blanket? Weighted vests and blankets have long been used as a therapy tool, particularly for children on the autism spectrum, and for those who suffer from ADHD and sensory issues. Due to an inability to filter out sensory information, individuals with these disorders often experience anxiety, leading to irregular sleeping patterns, an inability to focus, and even emotional breakdowns. But the effect of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), using weighted blankets, can help soothe the struggle for anyone who experiences stress and anxiety. DTP is a form…
February 27, 2018

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, And Massage Therapy

For many with fibromyalgia, chronic pain is simply a fact of life. It's a disorder that affects at least 5 million Americans over the age of 18. 90% of sufferers are women. If you've never heard of this disorder, here's a quick summary from the Mayo Clinic: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or…
August 8, 2017

Feeling Good For Longer

You've just gotten off of the table. Your muscles are loose, your mind is clear, you're feeling more positive and pain-free than you have in days. You're feeling good. And then you walk out of that office door, right back into the craziness of everyday life. All those good feelings slide right away. You find your muscles tensing again, your mind is back to racing, and the stress comes back in a flash. If you've ever experienced this, you're not alone. Massage can be a profoundly beneficial experience - physically…
July 20, 2017

My Experience with Cupping

I've recently been trying out some alternative remedies for an an injury, which I talked about in my previous post, "My Experience with Acupuncture & Gua Sha." I'm doing this for a few reasons, the first being to spread awareness about alternative medicine and the skilled, trained practitioners who perform it. But I also want to share my personal experiences in the hopes that it will dispel fears, combat myths, and provide an honest look from someone who is in the natural health field and using its services. So, keeping…
April 1, 2017

My Experience with Acupuncture & Gua Sha

Having dealt with chronic pain all my life, it sometimes feels like I've tried every trick in the book to find relief. When my chronic pain clients come to see me, I know that they're often searching for the same thing I am: a break from the pain. But I also know that the search can come with lots of doubt. Is this experiment worth the money? What if trying this treatment makes it worse? Is this kind of treatment even legitimate? Today, I hope to shed some light on…
March 29, 2017

What’s Your Resolution?

Happy 2017 to you all! January is the perfect time to start incorporating changes into your life. At the start of a new year, it's easier to begin working on a long-term road-map to a healthier, happier you. So, what's your resolution and how can massage therapy help you achieve it? 1. Lose Weight If your goal this year is to lose weight and tone your body, massage therapy can be a huge benefit. Working out can create stress and tension in the muscles, making you susceptible to injuries that…
January 18, 2017