Therapeutic Massage

10 posts

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 […]

BOARD MEETING June 21st Regulation Updates

The Board meeting following the end of the public comment period was this past Thursday (June 21). Most of the effects from the meeting were good. By and large, the Board listened to our concerns and some very problematic portions of the regulations were removed, especially the portions that would put most businesses out of […]

Board Regulation Updates- Action needed!

Updates on Board regulations! Thanks to persistent pressure from therapists and concerned clients, “the Board will vote on April 19, 2018 to amend the proposed rules to delete Rule .1005(1)(d) [minimum room size and 3 feet clearance] and to withdraw that portion of Rule .1005 from the rules to be proposed to the Rules Review […]

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 flow […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]