Water: fundamental yet grossly overlooked

“How much water do you drink?” I asked a client after massaging her back for about 10 minutes. “Not much at all. I had a tea at 5:00 yesterday and 3 teas this morning”. Why do you ask?” Our skin has the amazing ability to not only absorb substances (medication...

What *IS* Swedish Massage Anyway?!

Looking at a massage “menu” can be confusing, especially if it’s at a spa environment: California, hot stone, Thai, shiatsu, tonic, lymphatic drainage, lomi-lomi, deep tissue, sports massage, and the list goes on and on!  In a nutshell, Swedish...

Shin Splints

The term “Shinsplints” is a general term that describes a symptom of tibial stress, which can be anterior (front of lower leg = shin) or posterior (back of lower leg = calf). Pain is caused by triggerpoints and excessive tightness which causes the muscle(s) to pull at...

Getting More Stretch

Body muscle respond to three main things: 1. Pressure – the application of a physical/manual pressure such as massage with hands (includes reaction to trauma force, such as getting hit in the leg with a baseball, or slipping on ice and falling hard). 2. Tension – this...

Spinal Taps

How interesting!  In the space of a year, I’ve been contacted by two women who had spinal tap procedures and were suffering from the side effects of headache and upper body muscle pain/stiffness. The “spinal headache” is a result of the dura being...

Abdominal Muscles

I’m sure you must’ve heard this: “If you want to have a strong back, your stomach should be strong too”. It is true, but obviously there needs to be a good balance between the back and stomach muscles. Look at any image of a fetus or newborn and note that pretty much...

Laptop Ergonomics

Originally designed to be compact and portable for people on the go, laptop computers have become the primary computer choice for many. Unfortunately, the design doesn’t promote good posture, especially when used for extended periods of time. The keyboard and...