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February, 2011

I Can’t Go Back!

So, I’ve been working with natural products for a while now, studying aromatherapy, reading ingredients on my various skin and haircare products, and I’ve been using my homemade skincare products in the meantime.  Today in my hotel room I used one of those little bars of soap, and I realized that I’ve become addicted to […]

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February, 2011

Aromatherapy Certification

I’m still working on my aromatherapy certification with Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute (aromahead.com).  I’m pretty much through all of the classes, but I must finish up the case studies, write my final paper, and take the exam.  I’m discovering how much of a new world aromatherapy is.  So many people don’t know anything about […]

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February, 2011

Self Care in 2011 (3)

Okay, this isn’t really an update on my self-care progress for the year.  But after a full day of massaging on Sunday, my hands were a little sore yesterday.  I reached into my bag of aromatherapy balms and pulled out a pain/inflammation butter (palm kernel oil, arnica, calendula, St. John’s Wort, beeswax) and rubbed it […]

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January, 2011

Pregnancy & Massage

It was by accident that I began doing pre- and post-natal massage.  I have seen one of my regular clients after one pregnancy and into another.  It’s gratifying to work with these women as they create a new life.  But, oh, the lower back pain they suffer!  And the upper back after birth, carrying the […]

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January, 2011

Warming Up

Getting ready for a full day of massage. I must remember to warm up, stretch, watch my body mechanics, and cool down afterwards. Drink water. I love working on Sundays because my office building is empty, and the place is totally quiet. Okay, off we go!

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January, 2011

Self Care in 2011 (2)

Well, I’ve been doing pretty well with 1, 2, and 3. Eating much better, drinking less wine.  I am sleeping longer and better (therefore), and I’ve continued working out in spite of an arm injury.  Picking up running again, doing intervals to get my wind back.  Now, I haven’t been stretching enough, nor have I […]

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January, 2011

Drumming

Remember drumming on your or a friend’s chest and talking at the same time?  It made that wonderful vibrating sound and sounded so funny.  Well, little did we know that this massage technique (called “tapotement”) yielded therapeutic benefits.  The light pounding (usually on the back) has a stimulating effect during the first 30 seconds, but […]

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January, 2011

Self Care in 2011

As we wrap up this year, I’m thinking about how to take better care of myself in 2011. I must admit, for all of the work I’m doing in the world of natural care, I haven’t been taking the best care of myself. SO, for 2011 here are my determinations: 1. Eat well. Minimal sugar, […]

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December, 2010

Don’t Skip the Arms!

Before I studied and started practicing massage therapy, I often had my therapist skip my arms when I received a massage.  “What’s the point?” I thought.  “Spend extra time on my feet, my back.”  But the more I work with my hands and arms, the more I realize just how much they do.  Think of […]

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December, 2010

Ikea Hands

As a massage therapist, I rely on my hands. As such, I pride myself in strong, adept manual dexterity. So, would assembling 2 large, complex cabinets from Ikea be the perfect project for me? Oh, no. Not at all. Although I have become fluent in Ikea instructionspeak, putting together one of those (ingenius) contraptions requires […]

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November, 2010

The Right Setting

As I’m in the process of furnishing my new office space, a trip to Ikea was in order.  Perfect place for office furnishings with clean lines, inexpensive.  I’m planning a space that finds the right balance between clean/professional and spa-like.  The key is that my clients are comfortable and can relax.   I’m going to […]

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October, 2010

It Really Works!

One of the pleasures of massage school was learning that something actually worked. We learned that the use of cross-fiber friction could realign scar tissue. Normal, healthy muscle fibers are in line, which gives them strength. Scar tissue (from injury), on the other hand, is formed in a kind of random pattern, which leaves it […]

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October, 2010

Kettlebell & Bicep

An avid kettlebell user, I recently overdid it and found myself in pain. Lifting a glass and turning a doorknob caused my left arm (anterior, just distal to the elbow crease) increasing pain. Thinking about the movements of the kettlebell clean and snatch, I realized…biceps tendon (flexion, supination). So, some Traumeel, some cross-fiber friction of […]

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