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April 5, 2020

I've been a massage therapist for about six or seven years, and it's one of the very best things I've ever done.

The only thing that rivals it is sitting onstage, playing principal flute in an orchestra (which I've also done).

They actually have a lot in common, you know...

March 30, 2020

I'm in a few excellent massage therapist groups on Facebook. These are usually the more dedicated, well-trained therapists who know that what we do matters (but it can't cure diseases), and are willing to put a lot of effort into our practices.

Right now, many are sayin...

March 29, 2020

Friends, things are weird everywhere, and I can only post so many "inspirational, we're all in this together" things before I get annoyed with myself.

SO! With details rearranged and some people made from a composite of several, these stories are at least MOSTLY true. T...

March 24, 2020

Hello, and welcome to The Weirdest Time Ever. 

Spring is here, flowers are trying to bloom, the sun is peeking out at us, and ... we're all stuck.

Because I can't help you relax your muscles and reduce your anxiety from my lovely massage therapy office, I'm going to try...

March 12, 2020

Luckily for all of us, there are smart and practical people in the world. One of my favorite smart and practical people is Tracy Walton over in Boston. She taught me Oncology Massage Therapy, but has standardized Levels of Pressure for the entire world of massage thera...

March 8, 2020

You're new to the massage business, and you're headed into a session. Suddenly, all of the techniques you learned in school have flown from your mind, and you feel a trickle of sweat behind your ears.

WHAT TO DO?

1:  Breathe.

Really. Before you walk in, take at least two...

February 14, 2020

How to have "Good Posture"?

Have LOTS of them!

“Ugh. My posture is terrible.”

“I know I need to work more on my posture.”

“My posture is giving me back pain, but I'm just too lazy to fix it.”

“I hate my posture.”

I've heard these statements so many times in my massage office...

April 18, 2018

Just off of Jolly Road, just barely in Mason, is a magical spot. The first time I visited, I could barely believe it was so near a highway, a university, and the big, stressful world. 

Firefly Farm, presided over by the magnificent Sarah Fowler. 

A woman of unexpect...

January 23, 2018

Years ago, decades? I was at my local YWCA where I exercised, and the locker room was humming with voices. The old ladies fresh from their a water aerobics class adorably called "Twinges in the Hinges," comfortable with their bodies, comfortably showering and dressing...

January 21, 2018

I led you down an odd little path with my title. Gretchen is a friend who started life as an oboist (who plays with our own Lansing Symphony Orchestra),

and also is a Board Certified Neurofeedback Specialist, Pain Management Coach and Stress Management Coach (I lifted t...

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