WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: Self care massage for your hips and lower back

  This week hip and lower back tension are on my mind because last week was Thanksgiving. I did a lot of driving over the holiday week and my hips and back were feeling it. So whether you’ve also been driving a lot lately, or can simply just relate to having hip and back tension, I think you’ll find my Wellness Tip Wednesday video useful this week. I’m sharing how I followed my own advice and loosened my hip and glute muscles with an easy self massage technique that made […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: Self care massage for those knots in your shoulders

  Do you have knots in your shoulders? You know the ones I mean… those deep tension spots that can sometimes feel like the size of golf balls at the tops of your shoulder blades and base of your neck. Getting massages can be great for working those knots out. But the fact is, in between massage sessions, life happens and those knots have a way of regularly creeping back in. Especially if you sit at a computer a lot. I always recommend to my massage therapy clients that they […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: How to know whether to ice or heat your sore muscles

  Do you ever have muscle strain or tension and wonder which would be more helpful – putting ice on it or heat? Well the answer to that question depends on what kind of muscle strain or tension is causing you the pain and basically comes down to one thing – inflammation. On this week’s Wellness Tip Wednesday I share tips for how you can tell the difference and ways you can apply the ice or heat so you can get some relief from your pain and discomfort. In this […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: The number one thing your desk chair needs if you have neck and back tension

  If you sit at a desk all day I bet you’ve had your share of neck and back tension from being schlumped over a little too much. When I work with my massage therapy clients, there is one tip I always share with them that is THE key to preventing chronic computer posture pain. It’s an easy adjustment you can add to your desk chair. I describe it here on this week’s Wellness Tip Wednesday video. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Have you tried a strategy like […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: How to manage plantar fasciitis (that horrible pain in your foot)

  Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? It’s a sharp, awful pain in the bottom of your foot. If you’ve ever had it, you know. And the biggest problem you probably also know is, once you’ve triggered it, it’s not easy to get rid of. Here’s the important key — what often sets it off is your tight calves and hamstrings. If you find that your lower back and the backs of your legs are often tight, or if you have ever tried to recover from plantar fasciitis, this week’s […]

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Your lazy belly

  You probably can imagine that in my massage therapy practice, one of the main things people come in needing addressed is their back pain. So many of us have back tension – and of course the reasons vary. But underlying most of the reasons, is actually one key – something that can make a huge difference once you’re aware of it. It’s your lazy belly. You see, our spines are amazing — the way we’re built to hold our torsos in an upright position. But the truth is, most […]

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Sore, Tight Muscles… Should I Ice or Heat?

  “How do I know whether I should ice a sore muscle or whether I should use heat?” This is a question that comes up all the time in my massage therapy practice.   The answer depends on what kind of muscle strain or tension is causing your pain and discomfort, and ultimately comes down to one key thing – inflammation. Lots of things can trigger muscle soreness – a twist in the wrong direction, overexertion (from lifting something too heavy, for example), or the variety of overexertion where you […]

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