WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: The importance of wiggling your toes

  Are your feet tight and stiff? Can you actually wiggle all of your toes? Here on the east coast we are moving out of flip flop, sandal wearing weather and into the season of socks and closed toe shoes. And so we are finding our feet more squished and compacted throughout the day. Most of us just get used to the feeling of being in shoes all day. We don’t even realize how tight all the little muscles and bones in our feet are. Something else you might not […]

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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 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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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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Why Your Neck is Tense & One Thing You Can Do Everyday to Help

Does your neck hurt? I’m not surprised. If you’re like most people, your head is probably not in the best position right now while you’re staring at this computer screen. When clients come in to see me for massage, I usually start their sessions with this question: “Anything you’d like me to focus on today, an area that’s particularly tense or painful that you need addressed?” Almost everyone’s answer … “neck and shoulders.” And as I watch them walk across the room to hang up their coat or sit down […]

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