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November, 2014

New Home

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I moved a lot as a kid, so moving my office triggered feelings of excitement along with feelings of loss and anxiety. But the move happened, and I’m happy to report that the space is great to work in. It’s roomier, allowing me better body mechanics. It has a window. A window! And a true, […]

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February, 2014

Should I Exercise with a Cold?

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I got one of those colds that doesn’t seem to end and was out of the gym for 10 days. “When, oh, when can I get back to exercising?” I cried. But I kept coughing and coughing. Today I went back, determined to work out no matter what. And you know what? It felt great. […]

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January, 2014

Tea Ritual: Mug or Teapot?

Do use a teapot, or do you go for a tea bag in a mug? Do you use loose leaf tea? A bag on a string or free floating? My friend and colleague, Christine Bokhour, and her husband gave me a Teaposy teapot last year, and my tea life has changed forever. I used to […]

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January, 2014

Face Cleansing: Less is More

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Enjoying a bout of serious rosacea several years ago, I visited a dermatologist, who told me, “Less is more.” He recommended that I not scrub my face until it was squeaky clean. Rather, he suggested, just let the water of the shower and a tiny bit of shampoo from my hair drizzle down my face. […]

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January, 2014

Coughing Up a Lung?

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You know that cough at the end of a cold or flu? That hacking, never-ending, Calgon-take-me-away kind of cough? Yes, I got it. But essential oils can really help. What to look for are oils that are decongestant and expectorant to get the stuff up and out. But also consider an oil with strong anti-spasmodic […]

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January, 2014

LMT Remembers An Anxious Actor

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Leaving a reflexology session, relaxed, enjoying the cool night, I began to think about what an anxious person I was as a young man. An actor in New York City, I compulsively checked my answering service and worried about my next job. Many of these concerns haven’t changed for actors today (except for answering services…although […]

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January, 2014

Reflexology: The Real Deal

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I have been working out hard for the past few months, and today my lower back was a little stiff and painful. Not terrible, but annoying like you get after some heavy deadlifts. Now, I LOVE getting my feet massaged. There is absolutely nothing like it for me. But I had always been a little […]

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July, 2013

Aloha Sandalwood!

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Well, it seems that Indian Sandalwood (the real Santalum album) is not to be easily gotten anymore. Because of the threat of depletion, the Indian government is keeping close guard, and rightly so. It would be a shame to see it go altogether. There are other Sandalwoods out there, such as the lighter Australian Santalum […]

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July, 2013

Research: Self-Massage & Knee Osteoarthritis

A new study from March 2013 showed that self-massage to the quadriceps helps reduce pain and stiffness and helps improve range of motion in knees affected by osteoarthritis. Subjects were divided into two groups: one that was taught the massage protocol and the other was a control group. Over 12 weeks, the self-massage group showed […]

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May, 2013

(Rosemary)x75(Memory)

I just read an excellent article about continuing research on the effects of Rosemary on memory. Robert Tisserand outlines how researchers have shown subjects to be 60-75% more likely to remember to do things in the future when they inhale Rosemary essential oil beforehand. There is also reference to the ability to better handle mathematics […]

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April, 2013

No Pain, Gain!

Somebody told people that for their massage to be effective, they have to endure excruciating pain. This is absolutely false. There is a line between “good pain” and “bad pain.” True, sometimes the breakup of adhesions can be painful. But I have seen my fair share of clients who absolutely refuse to tell me that they […]

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April, 2013

Movement Is Key to Long-Term Health

Today I was engaged in a conversation with a workout buddy and our trainer. My friend was sharing his experience with a shoulder injury. His doctor had recommended surgery (often the case with shoulder, knee, and back problems), but our trainer had recommended rehabilitation through physical therapy-type mobility and strengthening. Over time my friend’s shoulder […]

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April, 2013

Research: Reflexology & Cardiac Index

A new study looked at the effect of a reflexology intervention, but applying pressure to points of the foot that are mapped to organs of the body. 16 subjects were tested, all of the them “reflexology naive.” The result was the the cardiac index decreased significantly when pressure was applied to the area mapped to […]

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March, 2013

Research: Aromatherapy Massage & BP/Sleep

A recent study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has shown that aromatherapy massage helps lower blood pressure and improve sleep quality. 3 groups of middle-aged women were evaluated. The experimental group had aromatherapy massage (i.e. with real essential oils) once a week and body cream daily. The placebo group had massage with fragrance […]

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February, 2013

Lavender Not Estrogenic!

At last! We can use lavender without fear of gynecomastia! For a long time it was thought that lavender essential oil mimicked estrogen or enhanced the body’s own estrogen production. In short, lavender was deemed a “hormone disruptor.” In 2007 a study showed some estrogenic activity, and — despite several rebuttals — this has been […]

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January, 2013

Are You Covered?

One of the sad things about our medical insurance is that it typically does not cover massage therapy.  Acupuncture is now mostly covered, and so is chiropractic care.  Yet, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that massage promotes wellness, insurance companies generally do not cover it (except, sometimes as part of an auto insurance claim). […]

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