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Massage and lifestyle changes can help reduce stress

Do you have tight muscles in your neck, shoulders, or back? If so, does the pain keep you from getting a good night sleep or functioning normally? More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Life happens, massage helps

There are some people who scoff at the thought of someone putting their hands on them to get a massage. Sometimes I think the scoffing is a defense mechanism to keep people from touching them. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

The new year brings opportunity for massage

So here we are celebrating a new year on the calendar. It is a time of new beginnings in many ways. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Massage: Luxury or necessity?

Luxury or necessity? That really is the question, isn’t it? Just this last week I met two people who were struggling with thinking of massage as a necessity rather than a luxury. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

Massage is good medicine

I am amazed and pleased at how massage can help people with aches and pains. More...

Posted 11/10/2016 10:47 PM

Why massage?

Have you ever wondered what all the hype about receiving a massage is? More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Massage therapy and Parkinson’s disease

I have a client whose spouse has Parkinson’s and they passed along some information to me about the benefits of massage for those with Parkinson’s.   More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Massage at the Embarrass Fair

It’s fair time and you know what that means; a fun time in many different ways. We’ve had the St Louis Co. Fair come and go, the Minnesota State Fair is in full swing as I write this and will finish up Monday of Labor Day weekend. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

Stretching can compliment massage

While getting a massage to help destress your body is a wonderful thing, it’s also important to maintain flexibility in other ways too. Stretching is a great compliment to massage. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:52 PM

Does icing an injury really work?

Not long ago I wrote an article about heat or ice and which is best and since then I have come across newer information concerning icing that I feel compelled to share with you.  More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Got a flat tire? Get a massage!

I know what you’re thinking, how do a flat tire and massage go together? Think of it this way: when you have a flat tire you are not going anywhere until it gets fixed. I know, I had one last week. And I was at the tire shop a.s.a.p. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Stress: Everyone has it

To quote my husband, regarding stress: “Oh yes, everyone has it and everyone deals with it in their own way.” Isn’t that the truth? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Massage is a great complement

Massage really works well with stretching, rehabilitation or as part of a fitness maintenance program; like a hand in a glove. I have recently been reminded of this fact with several of my clients. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:36 PM

Massage for mothers-to-be

Are you getting ready to deliver a baby in the near future? How is your physical comfort level within your body at this moment? How are you feeling emotionally? Is this your first delivery? Are you anxious? Overwhelmed? More...

Posted 3/3/2016 10:53 PM

Good idea:

Chair massage at pool tournaments

Oh my, seriously! It turns out that offering chair massages at pool tournaments is a perfect way to offer relaxation and help the players increase their game productivity! More...

Posted 2/4/2016 09:47 PM

Will massage become regulated in 2016?

Getting massage state regulated in Minnesota is high on the agenda for the Alliance for Legislation of Massage Therapy (ALMT). More...

Posted 1/7/2016 10:46 PM

Why we need bodywork

What, exactly, is bodywork? What may initially come to mind is when we have had a fender bender and need to get our car’s exterior repaired. And it can be that but, in this case, I am talking about our own bodies.  More...

Posted 12/10/2015 11:13 PM

When do you say ‘enough’ or ‘more, please’?

Have you ever had a massage where the pressure wasn’t quite right for you? Too much or not enough pressure can make for a frustrating dilemma to say the least. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 11:31 PM

Anticipation: Enjoy it!

Have you ever excitedly waited for someone, something, or somewhere to be? For me as a child it was Christmas, my birthday and Easter. More...

Posted 10/15/2015 10:47 PM

Massage may benefit children, too

Our need for touch starts at infancy. We have skin that covers our entire body, making it our largest sensory organ. This could explain our desire to be touched. I believe that is why massage is so popular with so many people. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 09:45 PM

Massage and miscarriage

It’s interesting how our bodies function, especially with the mind – body connection. When one part is affected it, in turn, can affect the other part. And vice versa. I recently worked on a client who had had a miscarriage. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

Neuromas and neuropathy

Hello! My last article covered neuromas, what they are, and discussed whether massage can help. I wanted to do a follow up article about neuromas and thought I would also include neuropathy. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

The transforming power of massage

Even though I have been a massage therapist many years, the power of how massage can transform people’s lives continues to amaze and thrill me. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

How to stay relaxed in a harried world

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to get everything done? You know, meet those deadlines at work, and finish those projects you’ve committed to. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:38 PM

Going on vacation? Don’t forget the massage

Getting ready to pack your bags? Got that resort destination in mind? Have you scheduled your massage while there? If not you might want to think about it. Many places offer massage and many also include couples’ massage on their menu. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Repetitive hand movement can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome

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Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

Anatomy of a knotted muscle

Have you ever been asked something and were surprised that you didn’t know the answer? More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Five interesting facts about massage therapy

I found this article in the Custom Craftworks blog and thought I would share it with you, to give you some food for thought. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:27 PM

Boost your immune system with massage

While it is that time of year for colds and flu, it doesn’t mean you have to succumb to them. You can be proactive and help strengthen your own immune system. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

Patronizing small, local businesses

It certainly does my heart good to do business with small businesses. If you think about it that’s how this country was started. It was founded on small businesses. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 11:39 PM

All things cozy in Palo, MN

Well the leaves have fallen, trees are bare and outside temperatures are slowly dropping, in anticipation of winter on its way. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Parkinson’s disease and massage, part 2

In my last article I wrote about how massage can possibly help someone with Parkinson’s disease. While I was okay with the article, I felt the need to expand on this topic. I have recently acquired a new pathology book. It   More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

What statistics reveal about massage

I strongly believe in the power of healing touch from receiving a massage. And I don’t hesitate to encourage people to get one, especially when they are hurting. The statistical numbers are now backing what I have seen for myself. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

What is Swedish massage all about?

I recently had a conversation with someone about Swedish massage. They believed it was only good for relaxation and they were looking for therapeutic bodywork. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Sleeping through a massage

Have you ever slept right through your massage? Or maybe this is the very excuse you use to not get one because you are afraid you will fall asleep and “miss” the massage. More...

Posted 6/9/2016 10:36 PM

Massage makes me happy!

I was recently at a continuing education class and for attending one of the things they gave us was a drink container with the slogan “Massage Makes Me Happy! More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Should I use heat or ice?

Heat or ice - the great dilemma. Which should you use when you have an injury, strain, sprain or bruise? It all depends on when the injury happened. Just now, or three days ago? More...

Posted 4/14/2016 09:32 PM

Lower back pain and massage

Ouch! A hurting back is no fun. And lower back injuries, given how we are built, certainly do seem to abound with lots of people. Only when mine is hurting do I realize how much I truly use my back. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

How’s winter treating you?

So how is the winter treating you? We haven’t been deluged with snow, like two winters ago and yet we have had more than last winter. If you are a winter sport participant, there’s been just enough to enjoy being active outside. More...

Posted 2/18/2016 08:50 PM

Brrrr, it’s chilly outside!

Have you ever noticed whenever you go outside, no matter how many layers you have on, you still hunch your shoulders instinctively to keep the cold out? More...

Posted 1/21/2016 10:07 PM

Taking care of those after Christmas blahs

Every year I hope for a stress-free holiday season, as much as I can create within myself, if nowhere else. After all I can only do as much as I can with the time given. More...

Posted 12/23/2015 09:59 PM

Grieving and massage

How does one process the loss of a loved one? When it’s sudden and unexpected it’s harder to comprehend that they are gone and there is no chance for good-byes. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 08:45 PM

A collection of massage notes

Hello I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. I recently had the opportunity to be at Cozy Cottage for their 10th Annual Fall Sale event, held at the Palo Community Center (in Markham area). More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Lyme disease and massage

Lyme disease seems to run the gamut here in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

A weekend at the Embarrass Region Fair

We all have our reasons for enjoying the fair. As a kid I loved to go see the animals, ride the rides and of course eat the food. As I got older my priorities changed and I became a participant of the fair. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 PM

Massage is not negotiable for some

For some of us, the title of this article is so true. We depend on massage to keep us moving and functioning at a normal pace. I know for myself if I was not receiving massage on a regular basis I wouldn’t still be a massage therapist. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

Neuromas and massage

What exactly are neuromas? I first heard the word years ago when I had a roommate who had been plagued with them. More...

Posted 7/9/2015 08:54 PM

Self-care: Schedule it and benefit

Life can be too busy for many of us, rushing here and there with work, errands and chores. They seem to be never-ending. I don’t know about you, but my to-do list never gets done. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Celebrating spring, and that achy-muscle thing!

Hey, spring is here! Wahoo!! This last winter was fairly mild with not much snow and we’ve had a relatively early spring. The early part has most of us anxious to get out and get our gardens planted, whether they be vegetables or flowers. More...

Posted 5/14/2015 08:37 PM

Top 10 reasons to get a massage

I came across an article another massage therapist had written and felt she made some good points. I’d like to pass them along to you.   More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 PM

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