A Pain Experience

A Pain Experience

Many people look to massage for help to cope with chronic pain and for pain relief. It was the reason for the first massage I ever had- chronic back pain from scoliosis. Because a large part of my practice is providing massage to people living with pain, I’ve spent a...
My Massage Approach

My Massage Approach

Get comfy because I’m a bit wordy here. After a few moments of listening to me speak, it’s quite evident I’m a transplant from south Louisiana. The southern drawl is real. I grew up and went to school there (Geaux Tigers!) but have been in Oregon since 2011....
The Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method The Feldenkrais (Fell-den-krise – rhymes with rice) Method is somatic education that teaches movement through purposeful awareness. It was created by Moshe Feldenkrais, an engineer and martial arts expert who studied body mechanics, human...
Anatomy 101: The Forearm

Anatomy 101: The Forearm

It started with a twinge. You know, that sensation between a tickle and a tingle. Then it progressed to an ache. And then a throb. And now it hurts every time you try to type (which, let’s be honest, is all day long) or hold your coffee mug. For such small muscles, a...

Steps to a Clean and Disinfected Massage Room

When considering massage, an important question you may be asking yourself is: How clean is a massage room? What steps are taken to clean and disinfect? This is especially true during the COVID-19 outbreak. I want to explain the steps I take to clean and disinfect my...

Reopening Info

My practice has reopened and I’m ready to see you. But first, here is the reopening information you need before booking your appointment. Michelle Obama was once asked how she would get her life back on track after leaving the White House. Her response was that...

Massage Therapy and Sleep Issues

A good night’s sleep is crucial to our well-being and our health. Sleep issues can impact your entire day. You may feel drowsy or irritable, your thoughts may be foggy, and you may start to notice a difference in your body as well. If you’re having trouble falling...
Uncoupling with Gratuity

Uncoupling with Gratuity

Before I opened my practice at LifeQual, I worked at a local spa. I was paid a percentage of the cost of the massage and I graciously accepted gratuity. When I was creating a business plan for myself, I made the decision to not accept gratuity. There are several...

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Let’s start with the Iliotibial Band (ITB) The iliotibial band is an extremely thick, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs the length of the lateral leg from the iliac crest to the tibia. Specifically, the IT band is a thickening of the tensor fascia...