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November, 2011

Certified Aromatherapist

I did it! Just before Thanksgiving I completed my aromatherapy certification program with Aromahead Institute under the brilliant instruction of Andrea Butje (and Cindy Black for Anatomy & Physiology). This 235-hour program looks at the body and its functions, plants and the chemical properties of their essential oils, the process of distilling the oils, and […]

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November, 2011

It’s Okay to Speak Up

As I use a soft fist to strip my client’s iliotibial band (ITB), I notice him holding back a wince. “A little deep?” I ask. “Agg – yeah,” he whispers reluctantly. So, I ease up on the pressure. It’s okay to speak up during a massage. Too deep? Not deep enough? Need a little more […]

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November, 2011

Research: Massage Reduces Stress in Fish

Yes, you read that headline right: in fish.  But there’s more to it, and it is easy to infer similar results in humans. A study was just published in Nature Communications on November 15, 20111.  In the study, Martha Soares and her colleagues show that the fin “massaging” of sturgeonfishes reduced cortisol levels.  When the […]

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November, 2011

Enter the Holidays

Do you ever feel that the period from mid-November through the first week of January is a great big rush?  A lot of fun, for sure, but it can sure be taxing on the body.  Maybe too much food or not-so-good-for-you food?  Too much booze?  Stress of shopping (Who am I forgetting?)?  Travel here and […]

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November, 2011

Citrus Oils for Immunity

I love diffusing citrus oils in my home, and I’m particularly drawn to Sweet Orange.  But there’s a benefit beyond the wonderful smell.  The citruses are powerful immune system boosters.  This is due to their high d-limonene content.  As I read in Andrea Butje’s blog post on this topic, there is a lot of research […]

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November, 2011

Compression for Cramping Muscles

Working the ING NYC Marathon yesterday was an eye-opening experience, where I learned a lot more about acute care and the difference between it and care in the subacute and chronic stages. The major complaint of the runners I saw at the end of the finish line was muscle cramping in the calves, quads, hamstrings. […]

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November, 2011

Research: St. John’s Wort for Eczema

Last week I had a little patch of eczema on my foot.  It wasn’t terrible, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to try to heal it.  With a cotton swab I applied some olive oil infused with St. John’s Wort.  The itching calmed down with hours, and I noticed that the patch […]

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October, 2011

Research: Massage and Metastatic Bone Pain

A 2011 study1 has found that massage therapy makes a significant difference in the lives of patients with metastatic bone pain.  The study of 72 Taiwanese patients included 2 groups: one group had 3 45-minute massages and the control group had 3 45-minute sessions of social attention.  The massage therapy group showed statistically and clinically […]

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October, 2011

Volunteering: ING NYC Marathon

Just went through orientation for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon, where I’ll be volunteering with the medical team. Last year I worked in a tent that treated 1,000 runners after they had crossed the finish line. I addressed cramping calf after cramping calf through compression mostly. It was remarkable to me how effective compressing the […]

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October, 2011

Renew That Skin

I’m in the midst of writing a paper on essential oils and skin care, and I’m happy to learn that ALL essential oils are cytophylactic (i.e. cell regenerative) to some degree. One of the benefits of using essential oils is that they encourage the production of healthy cells to replace the older ones at the […]

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October, 2011

What’s That “Fragrance”?

Look at the ingredients of any number of products, and you will invariably find “fragrance” listed among them. But what does that mean? According to the FDA the term “fragrance” means “any natural or synthetic substance or substances used solely to impart an odor to a cosmetic product.”1 This means that any aroma-causing chemicals could […]

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September, 2011

Lotions and Serums and Creams (Oh my!)

The discovery of simple face serums has truly changed my life.  Okay, it has mostly changed my morning and evening face routine, but what a difference it has made.  As I posted a while back, I have used a facial moisturizer since my first year of college (so, at age 17).  I recently changed to […]

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September, 2011

Home Made Infused Oil

This week I ordered a batch of raw materials to make my first batch of herb-infused oil for pain and inflammation, and I’m SO excited!  Arnica, Comfrey, and St. John’s Wort are on their way to me.  And some Lavender. Arnica: More and more well known for the treatment of sprains and muscle pain/strains, including […]

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September, 2011

Research: Sleep & Alcohol

Now, I like a glass of wine as much as the next guy. Wine is one of life’s great pleasures. BUT I’m sure you have noticed that after one too many, your sleep is not nearly as deep as you’d like it to be. A recent article in The Huffington Post by Dr. Michael J. […]

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September, 2011

A Correction and an Apology

This past Monday I wrote about my experience at a pharmaceutical company and decried the seeming worthlessness of both the industry and those who rely on computers for their livelihoods. I’m so appreciative of someone who wrote in to gently and kindly remind me that 1) pharmaceutical companies do, in fact, have value in the […]

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September, 2011

Research: Acupressure Helps Insomnia

A 2010 study set out to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure as an intervention for insomnia in residents of long-term care facilities.   50 subjects were divided into 2 groups of 25.  Over five weeks, one group had standard acupressure applied to Heart-7 point of the wrists, while the other group had just “light touch” […]

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