Conversations on Wellness

For most of us, the achievement of wellness is a journey down many paths, not all of them leading us to where we want to go. We created this blog in order to share with you some resources and ideas that we have found helpful for ourselves and our clients. We hope that you, too, will share your resources and experiences.

Open-Heart Meditation

  Many people come to us with pain they believe is caused by stress, for which massage therapy can be very helpful. Meditation is also well known to reduce stress, and has the added benefit of requiring no more than a quiet place and a few moments. I have found...

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Another Look at an Old Remedy

Note: The following is offered as a report of my research and experience, and not as medical advice. Please check with your physician before using this product. Castor oil packs should not be used by pregnant women or where there is a malignant tumor. You may know of...

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Kids Need Massage Therapy, Too

Kids need massage for all the reasons that adults do and more, because they cannot even survive and  grow without loving touch.  Like adults, some children suffer from injuries and from general muscular tightness and pain—think heavy backpacks, and too much computer...

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Foot Fitness

Do your feet ever hurt after a long walk, or after an event in high heels or tight-fitting dress shoes? After a long day mine did, that is until I trained in Yamuna Body Rolling and discovered Yamuna’s Foot Wakers, two rubber hemispheres that can change the way our...

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Live Dirty, Eat Clean

“Live Dirty, Eat Clean”  is the mantra of Bethesda, MD gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan.  In The Microbiome Solution, subtitled: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out, Dr. Chutkan, who heads The Digestive Center for Women, writes not only from...

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A Simple, Cheap Remedy for Colds and Flu?

Note: The following is offered as a report of my experience, and not as medical advice.   You are likely to own a bottle of this purported remedy, because it is 3% hydrogen peroxide,* the same H2O2 you have probably used on cuts and scrapes or, as a doctor suggested...

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Magnesium Oil: A Supplement with Obvious Effects

Deciding whether a given supplement is effective, or doing anything at all, is often impossible without expensive tests, and even then one might wonder. This is not so much the case with magnesium oil, which is not an oil but a slippery brine made of magnesium...

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Do I Need Vitamin D Every Day?

Almost everyone now seems to know that Vitamin D levels are low in industrialized populations, and especially as one moves away from the equator. In recent years we have noticed that more and more of our clients report having had their D levels tested, which is the...

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It’s Not Me, It’s You

  When you praise one of our massage therapists for her miraculous healing powers,  in addition to feeling gratified, she is probably also thinking, "if you only knew that it's not me, it's you!" Clients tend to be somewhat incredulous if we tell them that in the...

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Butter Is Better

The American public has been told for a long time that healthy eating requires a low-fat regimen and so it can be a little shocking to find that there is current thinking supporting a return to an older way of eating in which saturated fats like butter and tropical...

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Free Vitamin D Time

Not summer yet, or even spring, but according to the Vitamin D Council, "March is the first month that everyone around the world can receive adequate vitamin D from safe sun exposure."  But this is only possible at certain times of day at our latitude, so how do you...

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Viniyoga for Pain and Stiffness*

I have practiced Yoga on and off  for 44 years, but until a client raved about what Viniyoga had done for her, I had not heard of it.  Like other forms of Yoga, it can be used therapeutically, and it was this aspect that interested me.  I ordered the Viniyoga back...

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The Moral of the Story Is . . . .

Move it! We now learn  from researchers at Northern Illinois University that typing on a tablet screen causes more shoulder tension than typing on an ordinary keyboard. This is probably because the arms and hands must hover over the board, which requires more muscular...

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Want to Dump Some Cortisol?

Many of us have too much of the stress hormone, cortisol. Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy has discovered that if you adopt a "power pose" for just two minutes, you can change your physiology in such a way that your cortisol will be reduced and--your testosterone...

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Got Ticks?

We have seen the ravages of Lyme disease in our practice, and anything that helps prevent Lyme gets our attention, so I'm happy to recommend a product that appears to do a good job of preventing ticks from taking over the  yard. Right now tick larvae are emerging and...

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Some Medications May Cause Muscle Problems

When a client describes a bothersome condition that appears to have no clear cause, or that has been resistant to treatment, we need to consider the possibility that the issue is a side effect of a medication. We can help check on possible side effects via our online...

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Simple Help for a Common Ache: Yamuna Body Rolling

When you have muscular pain, you just want to get rid of it, not wait for an appointment, right?  I feel the same way. So until I can get an appointment (yes, I have to wait for the right spot to open up, too), I turn to various tricks I have learned or invented. A...

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Massage Oils: What Do You Put on Your Skin?

When it comes to massage oils, we like to keep it simple. Oils are not readily absorbed by the skin, but additives may very well be, and any oil applied to the lips is likely to find its way into the blood stream.  In addition the EPA is concerned about pollution to...

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