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...