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Connie Hodde

Therapeutic Massage for Women Introduces: Cupping Therapy

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Cupping therapy, as I have discussed in my previous blog post “My Experience with Cupping,” is an ancient practice used in traditional medicine, which involves local suction to points on the skin. This suction is thought to loosen and lift connective tissue, increasing blood flow to tense or sore areas on the body, and is even used in skin rejuvenation practices to promote cell repair. This time-honored practice has been implemented all over the globe, and is subject to ongoing clinical studies in regards to its benefits. And this year,…

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Dry Brushing for Beginners

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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…

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Introduction to the Far Infrared Amethyst Mat

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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…

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Introduction to CBD Oil

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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…

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Welcome To My Retail Space

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…and happy shopping! 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 and error, from my favorite brand…

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Why I Use Weighted Blankets

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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…

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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, And Massage Therapy

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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…

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Feeling Good For Longer

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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…

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My Experience with Cupping

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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…

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My Experience with Acupuncture & Gua Sha

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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…

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