Stone massage has become more popular, especially in the winter when warm stones feel especially nice. During a massage, the warmed stones are used as a tool to relax muscles, soften fascia tissue, and allow the therapist to delve more deeply into problem areas with less pressure. Sometimes the stones are the focus of the… Continue reading Stones used in massage – what’s the difference?
Breathing. We all do it. It’s the first and last act of life. It’s automatic, so why would we need to think about it, or be taught or coached on it? This amazingly simple act does more than just keep us alive. Proper breathing not only brings in oxygen, but can stimulate the vagus nerve,… Continue reading Just Breathe!
It was just over a year ago that I reopened my office after being shut down when Covid-19 reached our state. We have all learned many things since then. We have learned to appreciate smiles, handshakes, sharing a cup of coffee in a café; technology, delivery people, and celebrating with loved ones. It still feels… Continue reading Benefits of Touch
I credit my mother with giving me a love for peppermint. We used to share a box of Junior Mints when she took me to the latest Disney film. Sometimes she would share her Dutch Wilhemina peppermints with me, and she always had a peppermint of some sort with her. But I didn’t realize peppermint… Continue reading Pep Me Up, Peppermint!
Sometimes people ask me why I became a massage therapist, and to be honest, it was based on a joke. As an elementary special education teacher I was receiving a massage one day when I turned to my therapist and said, “You know, my next career should be as a massage therapist. I could handle… Continue reading What Does it Take to become a Massage Therapist?
I remember walking into my massage therapist’s office and immediately being transported to another place. As soon as I inhaled that scent, my shoulders relaxed and a smile crept across my face as the tension inside me began to slip away. Lavender is known for its relaxing effects and can be found in everything from… Continue reading Lovin’ Lavender Essential Oil
The other day my friend and I, both small business owners, were talking about how our lives and attitudes had changed now that we are getting back into the “new normal” of work, school, and life in general. Pre-Covid-19 we would scramble to fit everything into our days, staying up late or getting up early… Continue reading Is there a silver lining to the Pandemic?
Whether you book a massage to address a pain issue or for relaxation, you want to get the most for your time and money. Sometimes clients get caught in traffic or have something come up at the last minute, causing them to run late. They arrive out of breath and frazzled, late to an appointment… Continue reading How to make the most of your Massage
Recently my brother told me about a time when we visited our cousins. He and my cousin Butch formed “The Litterbug Club.” They would walk around town singing “The Litterbug Club – Bug Bug.” Their slogan was “We toss our trash into the air; where it lands, we do not care.” However, the most they… Continue reading Want to feel better? Try a Little Kindness
When I wrote the blog “How Clean is my Massage” before the pandemic hit Iowa, I thought I was doing a great job providing a safe, clean environment; and I was, under normal circumstances. During my 10-week hiatus I studied up on the coronavirus/Covid-19 – how it spreads, how it is destroyed, how to lessen… Continue reading How Safe is Massage in this Pandemic World? (Or “How Clean is my Massage part II”)