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January, 2013

Essential Oils Pre-101

You’re walking down the supermarket aisle, and you see beautiful rows of oils.  Lavender, lemon, rosemary, orange…mmmmm.  You open them and take a whiff.  Hmmm, smells pretty nice, right?  But how do you know you’re getting the best stuff?  This is an incredibly deep topic (and there are others better qualified), but I’ll share some […]

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January, 2013

Research: Massage & Hand Pain

A 2011 study found that massage therapy helps hand pain. Now, you have to imagine that massage therapists would know this: we experience hand pain a lot, particularly after a long day of using our hands! It sure does take time to get one’s hands used to giving regular massage. I have found that in […]

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January, 2013

Did You Make Your List?

I love the New Year. And I love making resolutions in the beginning of the year. A while back, Buddhist friends taught me the real meaning of “resolution” or “determination,” as they put it. Of course, they were infinitely encouraging so I joined them, and I learned that the idea is that one makes one’s […]

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December, 2012

Sensitive to Synthetics?

I was smelling beauty products with a friend yesterday, and she told me that she is very sensitive to fragrances.  BUT, she confessed, she does not experience sensitivity when using my products. I’ve found this to be common.  People who say they are allergic to fragrances are actually allergic to the chemicals from synthetic fragrances.  […]

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November, 2012

Conquering Sebum Overproduction

A relative came to me recently asking for a recommendation for his skin. He presented with some mild acne blemishes on his cheeks, and his face was very oily. He had been using a major commercial brand of face cleanser and moisturizer, along with some aftershave from the 70s (those of you in my generation […]

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November, 2012

Research: Massage Reduces Migraine Intensity

A 2012 study showed that massage intervention can reduce the intensity of headache attack pain intensity. 10 men were enrolled in this study and submitted to an upper thoracic spine massage and manipulation (stretching). All subjects experienced satisfaction with the intervention, with an average 67% reduction in pain. More support for natural health solutions! See […]

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October, 2012

Massage Therapy Rate Increase

It was bound to happen! Over the past 4 years I have not raised my massage rates, but due to increased expenses and NYC’s requirement that massage therapists collect sales tax (more on that another time…), I will be raising my rates, effective January 1, 2013. The good news is that I will still be […]

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August, 2012

Research: Aromatherapy Massage & Menopause

A recent randomized placebo-controlled study showed that massage helps reduce menopausal symptoms and that aromatherapy massage helps even more than massage alone.  90 women participated in this 2012 study in Tehran, Iran, and they were divided into 3 groups: 1) an aromatherapy massage group, 2) a placebo massage group (w/no aromatherapy), and 3) a control […]

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August, 2012

Acupuncture Spotlight: Christine Bokhour LAc

Back pain. This seems to be the most common complaint of all my clients.  But why should that be surprising?  Our back keeps us upright and is constantly working.  I have lived a life mostly free of back pain.  Maybe a twinge here and there, but never anything that lasted.  Until recently.  I had been […]

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August, 2012

Research: Lavender & GAD

I use lavender for so many things, as it has so many wonderful properties.  It is antibacterial & airborne anti-microbial (good for cleaning the house!) and a strong anti-inflammatory (great for muscle spasms, aches & pains).  One of lavender’s important properties is that it calms the central nervous system (CNS).  In fact, a 2010 study […]

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August, 2012

Research: Thai Massage Helps Stroke Patients

More great research on how massage can help. In a study in Thailand, 62 stroke patients were enrolled and the result was “significant” improvement in pain, sleep patterns, and emotion. One more to add to the growing list of studies that show the benefits of massage to better health! Read the abstract of the study.

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July, 2012

That Was Refreshing!

It was a strange feeling to walk through the halls of my alma mater, the Swedish Institute, after 4 years since graduation. I attended a full body refresher class led by the great Janine Strenta, where a bunch of us — many who had been practicing since the ’80s — gave full-body Swedish massages to […]

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July, 2012

My Inbox is Full!

Is your inbox getting filled with email you don’t really want?  Tired of clicking the delete button?  I hate spam as much as anyone…but I do love a good sale.  Well, when it comes to emails from me please know that YOU are in the driver’s seat.  First, an explanation of my emails. I send […]

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July, 2012

Research: Lavender Helps Insomnia

Last year I wrote a post about how acupressure was shown to help insomnia.  A new study now shows that aromatherapy using lavender essential oil also helps.  67 women were studied and broken into two groups.  The control group had health education sessions with no additional intervention.  The experimental group had 20-minute aromatherapy sessions (using […]

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July, 2012

What’s on the Menu?

Spas have a full menus of massage treatments.  From relaxation massages to hot stone sessions, every menu item comes with a different price.  A Swedish massage may be $120, where a deep tissue massage (i.e. more pressure) will be $10 more.  It seems that every “add-on” also adds on $5-15. To me, a treatment is […]

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July, 2012

That’s Deep

A client had been having some lower back/hip/abdominal pain for a while and couldn’t figure out what was going on.  We decided to explore some work on psoas, a muscle deep, deep in the abdomen, at the back of the abdominal cavity.  The first time I went to work on it, I had to prepare […]

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