Doctors’ orders.

Here’s an article validating the effectiveness of drug free approaches to pain.  I lean toward starting with the path of least resistance.  A hot bath with epsom salt is my number one go to approach to back pain or muscle strain.  Oh, and that genius approach called resting.  It’s a smart idea but for some of us it’s so hard to do, so get a massage; it’s kind of the perfect happy compromise.

New Schedule! (plus, my commute just got better..)

After nearly 15 years of working in Marin, I’ve decided to close up shop and make my practice in the Sunset my sole focus.
Beginning March 1st, I’ll be in my office at Raise the Bar Fitness, Sunday through Tuesday and Fridays.

I am so very thankful for those in Marin who have supported me throughout the years. I hold such a special place in my heart for each person who came to my table.

Susan Fox at Balance Restored in particular has been an inspiration and mentor for me throughout the years. She is a powerhouse of a woman and a highly skilled acupuncturist. If you’re ever in need and don’t mind the drive to Corte Madera (It’s not THAT far!) she’s your woman.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a hard time with change. A good routine helps to keep me grounded but every now and then, an opportunity arises that feels right, even when it’s scary. Jason & Nick at Raise the Bar Fitness asked if I’d be interested in renting the office full time and it just felt right. Providing massage in my community is one of the best perks of what I do. I look forward to seeing you on the table!

How often “should” I get a massage?

This is probably the most asked question I get as a massage therapist. The second most popular being, “Can you feel how tight my muscles are?” which I’ll address in another post.

Here’s my standard answer which doesn’t say much for my sales pitch but I believe is the “right” answer.

Typically, I say, it’s up to you. Listen to your body, factor in your time and finances to ensure that you aren’t stressed about making it to your next scheduled appointment.

I read that Bob Hope got a massage every day for 63 years and I think he lived to be 100. Not all of us can be Bob Hope so here are some alternate options.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to incorporate massage into a self-care regimen, maybe once a season is a good start. That’s 4 massages per year which isn’t likely to break the bank and is a rather nice way to welcome a new season.

If that sounds like too little, maybe every other month. I have a client who trades off between facials and massages throughout the year.

George Burns got a massage every day, but not everyone can be George Burns.

Ultimately, it’s an experiment and with time and consistency, you’ll find what works for you.

The Feel Good Effect

As I was on my run this morning, I felt a surge of joy overtake me.  The fog in my neighborhood was starting to lift and the air felt cool and fresh, a perfect blend of damp wood chips from the trail and ocean.  It’s the endorphins, I thought.  It’s the endorphins and my playlist and my realization that I get to do this for myself in some form everyday.  Lucky me.  I noticed the rest of us, out there either working to maintain the park or walking or running or even waking (lots of people live in this park too) and this part of me inside wanted to break out into dance with all of them flashmob style.  I keep running and smiling at those whose eyes I meet.  A lovely start to my day; a stage setter.

So as soon as I got back, I went online to find out what is it that makes this feel so good.  Yes, yes .. I know the endorphin thing but what is that?  Well, thanks inter webs..

How Exercise Benefits the Brain, by Leo Widrich

“Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzhe . . . . . .

Food as Medicine

Not groundbreaking news but I do appreciate a more conservative approach where prescribed meds are seen as supplements and not complete evil. It’s all about balance people.

In the tiny laboratory I lovingly call my kitchen, I know I feel better when I’m nourishing myself with foods my grandmother would recognize. I feel better because I’m getting the fuel I need but I also feel better because good nutrition is a form of self care, just like getting enough sleep, flossing & meditating.

Meds are also a form of self care and have their place. It’s an individual choice though that I believe requires careful consideration and probably some solid supervision.

The Link Between Eating Well and Mental Health, by Steve Holt

Should the Hippocratic maxim “Let food be thy medicine” apply to mental health care? According to recent res . . . . . .

Massage & Fitness

There are many benefits to massage but flushing toxins is not one of them. Here’s an interesting article on massage for runners which once again dispels the long standing belief that massage clears lactic acid build up.
The Pros and Cons of Massages for Runners