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Bonnie Brown’s Giigle

Profile of a Former Google MT

Massage therapist Bonnie Brown is a delight. She’s friendly, funny, energetic, and an extremely positive person. If you read The New York Times, November 12, 2007, story on Brown’s rapid rise to wealth, you may think the fact that she’s a multi-millionaire is the reason for her view on life. True, the money she got from working at Google doesn’t hurt, and it has made Brown’s life easier in some ways, but her positive outlook is an inherent trait, which becomes evident when talking to her.

Trigger Point Therapy

fingertips for the client

If you’ve ever received professional trigger point therapy, you may be baffled at how it works. A therapist explores painful areas on the body with fingertips, searching for sore, tender trigger points. Once the trigger point is found, the therapist applies pressure with fingers, knuckles, or an elbow for about seven seconds.

Tick-Borne Diseases

pathology perspectives

When we think of contagious diseases, we often focus on infections that are communicable directly from one host to another: common cold and flu viruses are spread through respiratory secretions; hepatitis A is spread through oral-fecal contamination; and ringworm (a fungal infection) is spread through direct contact with an infected person or animal, or with a contaminated surface. Some contagious diseases are not directly communicable, however. They must be transmitted by way of an animal vector.

Boost Your Immune System

Taking Care of Yourself

Ever feel like your immune system is working overtime? If so, you might want to give it some help by working with a massage therapist or skin care professional trained in manual lymph drainage. This mysterious sounding name refers to a technique that was invented in Europe and is widely used there. The treatment can not only boost your immunity, it can help the body detox, move congestion out of the body, and reduce swelling, especially after surgery.

Healthy Aging

"The aging of the U.S. population is one of the major public health challenges of the 21st century. With more than 70 million baby boomers in the United States poised to join the ranks of those aged 65 or older, preventing disease and injury is one of the few tools available to reduce the expected growth of healthcare and long-term care costs.”

Julie Louise Gerberding, MD, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massage Now, More Than Ever

The Value of Massage

With the wild fluctuations in the stock market, financial sages keep giving the same advice: “Invest for the long term. Don’t be alarmed by short-term losses.” It’s a good reminder that the best investments usually are ones that require foresight and patience. It’s hard to keep in mind with all the scary headlines, but it’s an enduring truth.

Massage and Bodywork

Seasonal Self-Care

If you look at the natural world around you, you’ll be surprised by what it can teach you about your own self-care. We can attune to the cycle of the seasons, letting that awareness bring a healthy balance of self-care measures into our lives. Spring, for example, is the season of new growth and is associated with movement, physical exercise, and activity. Summer is the time of abundance and warmth, naturally associated with nourishing food. It is also a time for connection with others through social interaction, community activities, and travel.

Take the Tour

What exactly is shiatsu? Reiki? Structural integration? How do I find a qualified massage therapist for my mother who lives in another state? Which bodywork modality may be beneficial for arthritis? Would a massage be appropriate for my teenager? Am I supposed to tip my practitioner?