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June, 2012

Research: Massage Increases Neck ROM

We know that massage makes our necks feel better and that we move better afterward. Now research shows that massage increases range of motion as well as physical therapy! In this April 2012 study, published in Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja, two groups were studied, both of people aged 37-82. One group received kinesiotherapy and physiotherapy, and […]

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May, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

It’s here! Memorial Day weekend is here! Once again we jump into summer, the blockbusters are all releasing (Aside: I still remember the releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi as Memorial Day approached…*sigh*), and we get ready to barbecue our lunch on the grill and ourselves on the beach. […]

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May, 2012

Keep It Simple

Yesterday I ran out of my Rose/Geranium Face Serum, and I was in a rush. So, instead of whipping up a new batch, I took out a bottle of organic argan oil (aka “liquid gold” — see my blog post about it) and poured a few drops into my palm. I rubbed my hands together, […]

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May, 2012

Debug That Massage!

I often use essential oils in my massage sessions (at no extra charge) and have done so mostly for therapeutic reasons. Lavender has many wonderful qualities, such as the ability to calm the nervous system, so I use it regularly if clients agree. But, as Robert Tisserand writes in a recent blog posting, there is […]

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May, 2012

Research: Exercise & Cognition

Last month we saw a study that showed how Rosemary can improve cognition. Now a study has been published showing that exercise can help cognition, as well. I think we always knew this, but researchers looked to find out the cause. It seems that exercise causes the output of various enzymes and other compounds that […]

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April, 2012

No Animal Testing Here!

As you know, in addition to doing massage and aromatherapy consultations, I also make my own organic skincare and aromatherapy products (Patrick Smith Natural Health), and I’m so happy that we were recently certified as a cruelty-free company by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics under the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny program. What does […]

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April, 2012

Research: Massage & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wearing a splint like Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids? It’s no joke; carpal tunnel syndrome can be painful.  But research shows that wearing a splint and performing a 3-minute self-massage once a day can help.  A 2011 study showed that performing self-massage, in addition to wearing a splint, was more effective than wearing the splint alone.  […]

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April, 2012

Clock Watcher

I’m a clock watcher. I admit it. When a client books a 75-minute session, I massage for 75 minutes. Actually, when I was in school, time management was one of the skills I mastered right away. In a spa or gym environment, time management is critical, as therapists often have 10 minutes or less to […]

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April, 2012

Research: Rosemary & Cognition

A recent study shows that Rosemary essential oil improves cognition. Robert Tisserand’s (current father of aromatherapy) blog details the 2012 study, which describes how the chemical component 1,8-Cineole (also present in Eucalyptus, Sage, Laurel, and others) improves cognitive performance (both speed and accuracy) when introduced into the blood. The study was designed to remove the […]

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March, 2012

Let’s Eat Chocolate!

Did you see the news?  We’re supposed to be eating chocolate!  I think we knew that, but now a study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine and reported in The New York Times, has come out noting that people who eat moderate amounts of chocolate on a regular basis had lower body mass index than […]

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March, 2012

NEW! Organic Lavender Massage & Body Oil

I’ve recently gotten into creating my own infused oils, taking organic dried flowers and herbs with therapeutic properties and soaking them for weeks in organic jojoba.  My latest batch is Organic Lavender Massage & Body Oil.  This is very different from jojoba with lavender essential oil.  The properties are the same: antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative […]

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March, 2012

MT in the WSJ

You don’t regularly read articles about alternative therapies in mainstream newspapers, but yesterday was an exception. A great exception! The Wall Street Journal summed up many recent studies and developments in massage therapy. Andrea Petersen’s piece gives a great overview of studies that prove the efficacy of massage, including those done for immune function against […]

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February, 2012

Massage: When and When NOT

Massages feel good almost all of the time, and they are good for you most of the time.  But is there ever a time when you should NOT get a massage? Yes.  There are times when massage is not recommended: Fever: Do not seek a massage when you have a fever.  A fever indicates that […]

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February, 2012

NEW! Rose/Geranium Balance & Repair Serum

We’re happy to introduce our new Rose/Geranium Balance & Repair Serum.  Rose and Geranium have both been shown to inhibit overproduction of sebum and balance the skin.  The Rose is soothing to the skin, and all of the essential oils in this blend (Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli) encourage production of new skin cells.  As a […]

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February, 2012

Water from Saratoga Springs

It’s important to drink water after a massage. The work breaks up adhesions and releases toxins into the circulatory system. Ever feel like you’ve gotten a cold after a massage? It’s just those toxins circulating throughout your body.  Plenty of water ensures that they are flushed out. We have always offered bottled water to my […]

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February, 2012

Research: Interval Training

Okay, this is not about massage, but it is about health.  I had always been taught that long, slow-burn endurance training was the best.  I figured if I could run a marathon (and I did run 2), I was in tip-top shape. When I started working out with Antonio and Annie, owners at Precision Athlete, […]

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