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Considerations for Clients Returning to Massage Therapy

Welcome Back
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You’ve booked your first post-pandemic massage session! Now what?

While you’re probably looking forward to your session with a mix of excitement and anticipation, throwing a bit of awareness into the mix will set you up for a successful reentry to bodywork. Specifically, this means creating an awareness of what you really need and want from the session and what your body is ready for.  

Massage and Emotional Wellness

From PTSD to Depression, Hands-On Work Offers Relief
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Massage therapy offers myriad physical benefits, but we sometimes forget everything hands-on treatments can do for our emotional well-being. Let’s take a quick look at the importance of touch and some of the specific ways it can help our mental and emotional health.

Treating Wrist Tendonitis with Trigger Point & Red Light Therapy

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Tendonitis (or tendinopathy) is a common injury that can be caused by sports, accidents, or repetitive use of a body part. It is marked by pain and soreness in the connective tissue and it is often a persistent injury that sometimes doesn’t go away with the usual protocol of rest and ice. For an athlete or a computer programmer who uses their wrist on a daily basis, wrist tendonitis can be devastating—even disabling.

Tears and Time: Being Mindful of Your Emotional Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sometimes the feeling quietly creeps up on you. Sometimes it hits you square on the jaw.

No matter how stoic, optimistic, or hopeful we might be in the face of this global pandemic, we are all subject to the onslaught of emotions it brings: Overwhelming sadness. Crisis exhaustion. Unrecognized grief. My moment came two weeks ago when the tears seemed to flow all day.

5 Common Causes of Muscle Aches & Tension

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Almost every massage therapist has encountered a client with chronically tense muscles that are so stiff it takes great effort to massage them. Others quietly suffer from muscle aches that affect both their work and leisure time, making them miserable. Some people don’t even know they are tense, while others are aware but have no idea why. There are dozens of less-common medical conditions that can cause stiff muscles, such as Lyme’s disease or lupus, but the following 5 reasons are among the most common.