new essential oil healing protocols

oh, how we love utilizing essential oils to enhance the effects of your massage experience.  Jamye and Shannon have been playing with new healing protocols called “Symphony of the Cells” which use specific oils in a precise order along the spine and feet to offer support to our clients who experience chronic discomfort or illness, and we’re […]

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connection

In our modern world, it’s so easy to get caught up in technology. Between texts, emails, and social media, it seems like we’re on our phones more often than not. But is that constant connection really helping us? By staying so connected, in many ways we’re more disconnected than ever. Look around the next time […]

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finding space

 A few days ago I took inventory of my life. With a cup of tea, my journal, and a blanket crocheted by my husband’s grandmother, I sat.  I thought about joys and sadness; I focused on what I cherish, and acknowledged what I don’t. I made a list of the things I love to do and wondered […]

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what’s the source of your arm, wrist, or hand pain?

Do you experience hand, wrist, or arm pain? Tingling or numbness? Whether we spend our days typing at a computer, or (if we’re lucky) playing golf or tennis, this is a fairly common complaint on my massage table. Many people think that pain in any of these areas is caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In my 12+ […]

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what is “mbsr”?

“MINDFULNESS TEACHES YOU TO BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR MIND SO THAT YOUR MIND DOESN’T CONTROL YOU.”~ WebMD (click here for the full article) Mindfulness is all the rage these days. This can be both good and bad – classes have become more mainstream and available, but the increased hype also causes some people to look at […]

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what is contemplative yoga?

in western society, yoga has become synonymous with exercise. The rise of hot yoga, power yoga, and the new Buti yoga has moved the practice further from its therapeutic roots and more into the realm of the gym. There’s nothing wrong with this – everyone has their own way of exercising and relieving stress. I’m […]

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4 easy ways to be more mindful

In the late 1800s, a scholar named Thomas William Rhys Davids translated the Buddhist concept of satias “mindfulness”. A more direct translation of sati is said to be “memory of the present moment”; nevertheless, the concept of mindfulness was born. In the 1970s, John Kabat-Zinn saw an opportunity to separate meditation from its religious connotations, and defined mindfulness […]

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3 stretches to ease low back pain

Next to getting regular bodywork, stretching can really help relieve pain and stiffness in your low back. Many people don’t realize that chronic tightness in the front and/or back of the hips is often the cause of their low back symptoms. Quick (super basic) anatomy lesson: Your psoas muscle (“so-as”) runs along the front of your […]

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stop coping, start changing!

Pain, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms – we treat it all the same. When things aren’t right, our default is to go to the doctor, where they often give us pills which act as a bandaid and cover up the real issue.  However, if you don’t deal with the underlying issue, other symptoms will begin […]

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whiplash and auto accident recovery

“Have you been injured in an auto accident?” How many times have you heard that phrase? With all of the driving we do, accidents are unfortunately a relatively common occurrence. Being involved in a car accident can be a painful experience. It’s not unusual for even a minor fender bender to cause pain and headaches […]

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