Hamstring Strain Injuries

Oh, the hammies. Such a fascinating collection of muscles. The hamstring muscle group refers to the three muscles on the back of the thigh- biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. All three extend the hip, tilt the pelvis, and flex the knee. Also, they...

Why Your Massage Therapist Asks Health Questions

Before your first massage, I’m going to ask health questions to learn about your medical history. I have an intake form that will ask about what medications and medical conditions you have, and a whole host of questions about your health history. So why is this? Am I...

EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week

EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week (July 14-20, 2019) was started by one of our professional massage associations, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The purpose of this week is to promote the benefits of massage and bodywork. Many massage therapists...

Smashing the Toxins Myth

Maybe you’ve just come back from a vacation where you had your fair share of wine and delicious food. Should you detox with a juice cleanse? Or perhaps a massage will flush these toxins from your body? Many health-minded people are seeking new ways to benefit their...

Client Rights and Informed Consent

Just like with all other medical practitioners, you have rights when it comes to a massage therapy session. Some people may think massage just involves lying down on a table for an hour while a massage therapist does her thing. Well, there is more to it than that and...

How Massage Can Help Athletes Year-Round

You’re a true athlete. You’re used to working hard, exhausting your body, and developing your mental stamina— as well as your physical stamina— year-round. Even in the off-season, you don’t quit. You’re used to spending your downtime preparing for the next season, and...

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Foot pain? It must be plantar fasciitis! Right? Let’s start with the basics. Plantar means the sole of your foot. Fasciitis is inflammation of fascia. Plantar fascia is the fascia on the bottom of your foot. Fascia is connective tissue. The fascia on the bottom of the...

Should I Cancel My Massage if I’m Sick?

Yes, please. Cancel if you are sick. Great! We’re done here. Nah, we’ve got a bunch more to cover. There are lots of variables to being sick. What does that even mean and why does it matter? Let’s dig in. What is ‘sick’? For determining your ability to receive...