Pain Relief

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy I became interested in research into Lymphedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) due to my relationship to the love of my life of 33 years, my wife.  For as long as I have known her she has suffered with congenital lymphedema ( a birth defect of the lymphatic system). Many […]

Meet Perry!

I’ve been doing massage over 12 years and I intimidate to learn that their are two main things that are important to be in an excellent massage therapist. One is to be dedicated student of anatomy and physiology. The more knowledge the therapist has about the tissues, the connective tissues, the fascia, the joints, the […]

KinesioTex Tape- Train like an Olympian

If you’ve watched the Olympics over the past several Games, you probably have seen at least a few athletes with some crazy looking tape on their shoulders or knees. I’m sure you’ve wondered “what it could possibly be doing?” or “why does it split like that?” or even “should they be competing if they need […]

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 […]

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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 […]