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March, 2011

Those in Need

Although I’ve given hundreds of massages in the past few years, the ones I tend to remember are the one given to those in great need.  A mother at the Ronald McDonald House who was terrified of losing her child to cancer.  A man in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy who eventually broke into a broad, […]

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March, 2011

Can’t Stop the Music

I’ve been using the same massage music for a while now.  Although I chose it carefully and do like it, the other day for the first time I found myself humming it as I walked down the street!  So, I’m on a quest to find great, great music to massage to. One of my instructors […]

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March, 2011

BLS/CPR – Changes

I just returned from renewing my certification in basic life support, including CPR and using the AED, and there are some changes. In the past, we followed ABC: Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Compression.  However, the American Heart Association has recently changed its guidelines to CAB, meaning that after a quick visual check, one checks the pulse and […]

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March, 2011

Oh, My Aching Back!

After a long drive (and I drive a lot) or if I give massages without watching my body mechanics, my lower back can become sore.  This is a common complaint from my clients – sore lower back. The truth is that muscles in the lower back have a large share of the responsibility to keep […]

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March, 2011

Give and You Get Back

I’ve always said that I get as much back as I give during a massage.  There is nothing like the feeling of having provided such intense care (which good massage therapy is – intense caregiving, to use the phrase of one of my colleagues – thanks Marianna).  It’s exhaustion, bliss, and peace all rolled into […]

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March, 2011

Cash or Charge?

Massage Therapy has historically been a cash business, but our world has been moving away from cash.  Massage clients at spas and gyms are now accustomed to using plastic to pay for their treatments, and people are put off by having to stop at an ATM before making any kind of purchase. A few months […]

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March, 2011

LMT, NCBTMB, AMTA, MOUSE: What Are Those Letters?

The doctor’s door read: “Samuel Q. Johnson, MD, PhD, MBA.”  I knew right away that — apart from being proud of his accomplishments — he was a medical doctor, had earned his doctorate of philosophy, and had completed business school. But what about massage therapists?  We have letters, too!  Here is a rundown of the […]

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March, 2011

The Other Body Parts

We’ve all been through the classic spa/gym massage: back, back of the legs, front of the legs, arms, shoulders/neck, done.  But what about the other parts of the body?  Sometimes we forget to spend time on (or forget to tell our therapist to spend time on) other areas that can cause pain and imbalance. The […]

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February, 2011

Got a License For That?

New York State (along with Nebraska) has the most rigorous education requirements for licensure as a massage therapist.  Before a therapist can take a licensing exam, he or she must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of education.  For me that translated to 16 months of full-time school (while I was working full-time). What, you […]

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February, 2011

Jojoba: The Wonder Wax

There are many kinds of lubricants that massage therapists use.  There are creams (from Biotone and the like), the lotions, and the oils (e.g. sweet almond, apricot kernel).  I have settled on organic jojoba for my treatments. If you can get beyond the jokes (“It’s got jojoba, Jerry!”), you’ll discover that jojoba is a fine […]

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February, 2011

Organic in the Treatment Room

As much as I try to buy organic for my own food, I also do my best to provide an organic environment for my clients.  I cover my table (and clients) with organic flannel sheets, which are warm and toasty in the winter and breathe beautifully in the summer.  I use organic jojoba for my […]

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February, 2011

Physician, Heal Thyself

Okay, I’m not a physician (and may not diagnose as part of my scope of practice), and that quote is not really used correctly…  What I’m trying to say is that I need to take my own advice.  On Friday I had an excellent massage from one of my Swedish Institute classmates (Robert Nowak).  It […]

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February, 2011

Consistency is Key

I’ve been running my tootsies like mad to keep up with my massage practice and aromatherapy study, and for the past 2 weeks I’ve neglected — you guessed it — regular strenuous exercise, aka the gym.  Last night Coach Antonio put me through the paces with a killer finisher (“tailpiping” — don’t ask).  Today I […]

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February, 2011

Facial Serums? Yes, I Can!

Body Butters in the Making A couple of weeks ago, I took a look at the ingredients of a facial serum from one of my favorite skincare companies.  I trust them because they use only natural and mostly organic ingredients.  I was happy to see that not only did they use amazing ingredients, but I […]

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February, 2011

Massage Environment

I’ve been putting some finishing touches on my massage office, adding a round bamboo rug, new curtains.  It’s feeling more and more comfortable.  I have a diffuser to offer aromatherapy, comfy organic flannel sheets, music.  What else do you love in a massage office to make your treatment the best it can be?  I’m always […]

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February, 2011

Keep It Simple

I recently compared the ingredients of a popular brand of body wash and those of a castile gel soap I purchased. The Castile Gel Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive and Jojoba, Aloe Vera, Glycerin/Vegetable Gum Extract, Rosemary Extract The Popular Brand Water , Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate […]

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