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Alternative vs Holistic vs Homeopathic

There are a lot of terms that get thrown around when people are trying to be healthy. What do they really mean? Here is a quick rundown of the biggest and most often confused ones. Alternative Care: Alternative or Complementary medicine (CAM) is a constantly changing term, colloquially used to mean “not major medical.” It […]


Race Recover Repeat

  Marathon season is coming. But are you ready? Whether this is your first or your 50th, you’ve probably learned about a new… tweak your body is trying out this year. It seems as soon as you figure out one problem, another one crops up. It’s not your imagination. Your brain has a very simple […]


Post Competition Massage: Why should I do it?

You’ve run 26.2 miles, biked 112 miles, or swam 2.4 miles- or if you’re a little crazy and a lot determined, all three in one day. Your friend starts pulling you over to the massage tent, but you really don’t want to lay down because you might never get up. Right now, you want nothing […]


How often should I get a massage?

One of the most frequent questions I get is about how to schedule future massages. Without knowing your specific issue, response to massage, and level of commitment to self care, it’s a nearly impossible question to answer off the cuff.  Since that isn’t the answer you were looking for, here are the considerations that I […]


Medical Massage at Essential Therapy, LLC:

Medical Massage is a growing part of the massage industry. While many people have used massage in the past for aches and pains, the greater medical community is still unsure of how to integrate massage into traditional care; and with the insurance world being unwilling or unable to cover it, massage often is overlooked as […]


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Stretching notes

With all the new research into stretching, it’s hard to be sure you’re doing it right. Should you move or not? Bounce it out? Hold it? What is dynamic stretching, and how is it different from a warm up jog? Why Stretch? Of course, some of us still think we don’t need to stretch because […]


How to get the most out of your massage therapist

OK so the title of this post is a little misleading. It’s not about how to get the most out of your MASSAGE therapist. This is useful for any health care provider. Replace “I read on the internet” with “I’m concerned about this; why is this your recommendation?” With as many ‘Google accredited doctors’ as […]

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Massage and other Alternative Therapies for Post- Accident Care.

Or: Why Your Body needs a Tune-up, too. So you’ve been in a car accident. You’ve collected insurance information, pictures, police reports and, somehow, you managed to keep your cool. Now all you want to do is go relax. A massage would be a great thing, right?  Massage and Post-accident Pain So why does massage […]


Therapeutic vs Relaxation Massage

What’s the big deal? A massage is a massage, right? If this is the first thing that occurs to you, chances are good that you’ve never had a true therapeutic massage. (It may also be called remedial, medical, clinical…) An important thing to note: a deep tissue massage is not automatically a therapeutic massage. So […]


How to receive a massage

If you’ve never had a massage before, especially for therapeutic work, the idea can be intimidating. If you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time, consider the following guidelines to help choose the best therapist.   Gather Information Find out what experience your therapist has, especially in your problem area […]