Self-Care and Massage Blog

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Further Learning

Three reasons why active people need regular massage

If you’re active daily, or even just going for a long hike on the weekends, you could benefit from receiving regular massage sessions. Here are three reasons why massage benefits those who have an active lifestyle: Massage increases your range of motion and improves your flexibility. Stretching on your own is oftentimes not enough to

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Updates

I’m OPEN in Easthampton! ~ Accepting New Clients

I reopened my practice on August 20th at the beautiful Healing Tree Health & Wellness Center in Easthampton. I’m accepting a limited number of new clients during this uncertain time we find ourselves in. Please inquire if you have questions about availability or my services. Online booking is still open for everyone to schedule their

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Updates

My Commitment to Becoming an Anti-Racist Business Owner

I know that I am new to this work of becoming anti-racist. I recognize that I have been complicit in and have benefited from white supremacy and systemic racism. I hope to uphold the oath of “Do No Harm” in the context of supporting People Of Color and those who have been oppressed by systemic

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Further Learning

The “Do No Harm” Oath

“Do no harm” is an oath that massage therapists (and other healthcare providers) take when they pursue their work in the healthcare field. It sounds simplistic. Obvious. To me, it means: Listening (without interrupting) Asking carefully chosen questions without placing assumptions on a person’s condition Admitting when I don’t know or don’t have an answer

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Response to Recent Events + Business Update

Dear Community, I hope you are as well as you can be right now. The recent events of police brutality and white supremacy have been occupying my mind more than anything in the past two weeks. It is infuriating to witness, but I am doing my best to educate myself on my white privilege and

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Self-Care

Massage While Sick and During This Uncertain Time

With the current healthcare crisis sweeping the globe, I feel it is important to address this issue from a couple of different perspectives. Firstly, if you’re just starting a cold, flu, or have a sore throat, skipping your massage appointment is the best thing you can do. Massage isn’t going to help you get better

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Self Exploration

Massage for Trauma & PTSD

Working with clients who have PTSD and experienced a traumatic event is an honor and a privilege. PTSD develops in people who have seen or experienced an event that is shocking, scary, or dangerous. These events may be from war, domestic violence or abuse, or other trauma. It’s what happens to their bodies when their

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Further Learning

Deep Tissue Massage: What It Is & What to Expect

Last week I spoke in an interview with Caroline Ruderman about this type of massage. Deep tissue massage is appropriate for many different people with various health concerns. From chronic low back pain to an acute knee injury, to managing an autoimmune condition, massage can help alleviate pain while reducing stress. And from my own

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Further Learning

Body Respect Is My #1 Priority

I’ve had clients tell me that other massage therapists have commented on their bodies. Whether it’s a compliment or what sounds like a condescending remark makes no difference. Commenting on someone’s body without being prompted by the client is inappropriate. There are times when things come up, such as shifts or intentional movements made by

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Further Learning

Detoxing from Massage: Fact or Myth?

Does massage help release toxins from your body? No. Just no. I occasionally hear therapists make this claim with clients after a session. I think what they mean to say is, our bodies do an incredible job on their own releasing waste products. The major organs of the body, specifically the kidneys, liver, intestines, and

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