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February, 2012

Self-Care/Learning: Massage for Me

I had a wonderful massage this weekend as part of my determination to take care of myself this year. One thing I love about getting massages (apart from simply loving massages) is how much I learn from my fellow practitioners. My therapist did a full intake, learning about my medical history, asking about my current […]

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February, 2012

To Lifetime TV: We Are Not Prostitutes

This March Lifetime TV will be premiering a new series called “The Client List,” in which Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a down-and-out mom who gets a job in a “spa” as a massage therapist.  The thing is, this “spa” offers — wink, wink — a little bit more. The problem with this series is not […]

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February, 2012

Hands? Fingers? Elbow! Forearm!

I’m probably the last massage therapist to adopt the use of parts of my body other than my hands and fingers. My hands have developed such sensitivity to what is going in my clients’ skin, muscles, fascia; I’ve become resistant to the idea of not using my hands for every single stroke. But it takes […]

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February, 2012

Research: Massage and Recovery

Today, The New York Times reported a recent study, published in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine, which showed how massage heals sore muscles.  They actually did biopsies of muscle tissue before exercise, after vigorous (to failure) exercise and massage (for one group) and another 2-1/2 hours later, when the control group had […]

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February, 2012

Research: Massage and Labor

A study published just last month revealed the benefits of massage therapy during labor. 120 women were studied in 3 groups: massage therapy, an attendant, and a control group (no massage or attendant). The massage group showed lower pain and anxiety and higher satisfaction. Although I have not worked with clients in labor, I have […]

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February, 2012

Self-Care in 2012 (update)

My resolution for 2012 was to treat myself like an athlete so I can better care of my clients.  So far, so good!  I’ve been working out regularly, sharply reducing sugar and alcohol intake (in fact, no alcohol since Jan. 8), getting as much sleep as I can (need to work on this a little […]

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January, 2012

Massage and Immunity

Massage and immunity have been linked together, and I urge my clients to get regular massage for their long-term health. But is there research on this topic? Yes. One example is a 2010 study specifically aimed to determine whether a single session of Swedish massage would have an effect on healthy individuals. The study examined […]

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January, 2012

Research: Thyme/Eucalyptus vs. Staph

Many essential oils are antibacterial, which is why they are often recommended for home cleaning. But research shows that essential oils — Thyme and Eucalyptus in this study — fight Methicillin-resistant MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus or “Staph”). A 2009 study, published in 2010 in Phytomedicine Journal, concluded that the properties of essential oils suggest additional treatment […]

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January, 2012

Research: Reflexology Helps Constipation

In a recent study, reflexology was shown to improve symptoms of constipation.  This pilot study revealed that after a six-week course of weekly reflexology sessions, 94% — yes, 94%! — reported improved symptoms.  Even more intriguing is the fact that the subjects were suffering from idiopathic (i.e. unknown cause) constipation. Remarkable results and further support […]

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January, 2012

A New Year!

Happy New Year! I’m very excited about 2012 for a lot of reasons. First, I’m eager to get some new products to you, including a new Rose/Geranium Face Serum, 2 body washes (Lavender/Orange and Lime/Juniper), and some balms and salves for aches and pains. Our research and development group (me) is working hard to bring […]

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December, 2011

Self-Care in 2012

My self-care in 2011 was not exactly what I had planned, particularly at the end of the year. My exercise waned, and I increased the wine and chocolates during the holidays. BUT my business quintupled in 2011, so I must have done something right. For 2012, I am re-determining to take extra care of myself. […]

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December, 2011

Developing and Reformulating

Well, my whipped body butter seems to be a big hit. Lavender and organic shea butter and virgin coconut oil. Yum! But I’m working to make it even fluffier, even silkier, even smoother. I call it “fun in the kitchen,” like a mad scientist. I recently met with Rachel Winard, Soapwalla Chef at Soapwalla Kitchen […]

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December, 2011

Products, Diffusing, Holidays!

Out of touch. Is that what you’ve been saying about me? Very sorry for the lag in postings. My store has been buzzing with orders for Patrick Smith Natural Health products. The ones most in demand? Lavender Whipped Body Butter and Frankincense Face Serum (’tis the season, I guess). Boy am I learning about the […]

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December, 2011

Wash That Face!

One of the most natural things in the world: washing one’s face. When I was little…actually, I don’t know that I washed my face at all. When I was younger I used a bar of Ivory soap (didn’t we all?) to clean my face. I think we’ve all learned by now that those commercial soaps […]

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December, 2011

Introducing Patrick Smith Natural Health

I’m happy to introduce Patrick Smith Natural Health, my new aromatherapy personal care products now available online!  It has been quite a year as I’ve worked on my aromatherapy certification and worked on developing these amazing products.  As you may have gathered from past blog postings, I’m a(n)(almost) complete convert to natural products at home. […]

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November, 2011

Research: The Rose and Protection

It turns out that the simple rose is a powerful warrior in the protection of the skin. A recent study1 published in the Journal of Inflammation showed that rose tincture had significant protective properties against hydrogen peroxide on the skin and provided a model for future studies of plant extracts. Of course, aromatherapists have known […]

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