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APA Reports “Stress in America™” On The Rise

An APA report shows that American stress levels have risen in early 2017, reversing a ten year trend in overall stress reduction. This marks the first statistically significant increase in overall stress since the survey was first conducted in 2006. In all previous years, stress levels had steadily fallen.

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Ice vs Heat: When to Use What (And Why)

Ice and heat are cheap, easy and relatively risk-free therapies to use for self-care. But there’s no shortage of confusion and even some controversy about using them. Here is a simple break down of when and when not to use ice and heat.

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Health Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

When people talk about massage, it often gets lumped in with other spa day favorites and labeled an “indulgence” or a “treat.” But massage therapy has so much more to offer. Continuing research is showing what massage therapists have known for years. Therapeutic massage offers a multitude of health benefits. It’s a healthy lifestyle choice, not

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Client Review: Pain Relief & Warm Salt Stones

Jan has been coming to see Amber periodically for almost a year now and is a great example of how pain relief doesn’t have to mean “deep tissue” or “medical massage“. Amber frequently uses warm Himalayan salt stones to warm the tissue and bring an extra dimension of deep relaxation to her massages. Amber is

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Our Clients Don’t Envy Massage Memberships

Massage therapy is becoming increasingly commercialized and the explosive growth of franchise massage clinics is evidence of this trend. Not too many years ago, it was the veracious growth of Starbucks that was taking over the coffee industry. This new breed of massage therapy clinic is often referred to as the “Walmart of Massage” and opinions of those within the

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Client Review: “…pain free and able to start exercising…”

The most important line in this Yelp review is “…I was pain free and able to start exercising again“. A pattern I see all too often is that when people start to experience discomfort and pain in their bodies, they stop being as active. It’s natural. It’s hard to be active when we’re in pain,

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Client Review: “…best massage of my life…”

Just received this touching review on Yelp! I only hope I can continue to deliver this kind of experience to every one of my clients. 😉   “I had the best massage of my life with Zach Brown. It felt very integrative–he wasn’t just working on my body part by part separately, but as a

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Sports Massage For Runners With Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common complaints from runners that come in for sports massage. They may only experience a mild discomfort in the heel first thing in the morning, and others may have moderate to severe pain on a regular basis. The name sounds quite menacing, and for some runners it can be, but essentially “plantar fasciitis” just

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New CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain Relief & Opioid Use

In an effort to stem a rising tide of opiate addiction and overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new opioid usage guidelines for physicians treating patients with chronic pain conditions. 2014 saw a record-breaking number of opioid overdose deaths, and 1 in 4 people with a chronic pain condition

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5 Reasons for a Therapeutic Chair Massage

If you are looking for a low-cost way to boost employee productivity, lower office stress levels and have a lot more of your employees saying “I love my job,” it is hard to beat chair massage. From large corporations to small start-ups, more companies are adding chair massage to their corporate perks every year.