Why use Epsom Salt for baths?

People have been taking salt baths for centuries and Epsom salt baths in particular are known to have many health benefits. Soaking in these baths can increase magnesium intake through the skin, which is often depleted in our modern day lifestyle, and improve health conditions like muscle soreness, athlete's foot, sprains, and chronic pain. With the cooler temperatures, it's the perfect time of year to try it out!

Read more about Epsom Salt baths

Side-lying massage

Last month I took a few classes and a workshop for side-lying massage.  While I've had some prior experience of its benefits, now I'm even more inspired to share the magic of what this position can offer each of you in your unique physical states.  
Most people haven't received massage as they lay on their side so don't realize the therapeutic effect of how the therapist can access muscles and their attachment sites in the hips, adductors, hamstrings, shoulders, and neck from this comfortable positioning.
I hope to see you soon to give side-lying a try! 

New Location, New Hours

As of June 1st, I'm working out of a new Ashland location. It's across from SOU at the corner of Siskiyou Blvd and Garfield St, 1109 Siskiyou Blvd, upstairs in Suite B.

Park in the Reid-Hanna parking lot just off of Garfield St, in the first two parking spaces on the left. Follow the signs marked "Heart Waters Massage" upstairs to Suite B.

I've also extended my schedule availability to Mondays through Fridays from 9 am - 7 pm.
Sessions by appointment only.

 

Massage with medical benefits?!

Massage is proving to have medical benefits
-an article in The Wall Street Journal

I recently found a great article highlighting research from the last 5 years that supports the benefits of my chosen vocation. While I don’t need research studies to prove to me how this work can positively affect someone’s health and wellness on many levels, I always love to see it. 

Empirical evidence of massage benefits has been documented for a long time and it has been used as an adjunct to medical care for hundreds of years. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, considered to be “the father of Western medicine”, once said “anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage.”  I think he was on to something!

(Click on the title to read the article.)

Ahh...massage

After receiving a masterful massage last week, I was amazed how I felt afterwards.. renewed, invigorated, and nourished. Even while wishing I could have one every week with these kinds of effects, there's something to waiting and feeling my anticipation and excitement build. Given the physical nature of my job, I need to have regular massage to support my muscles relaxing and re-energizing. Unless there is something specific that needs extra attention, I like growing my desire by tailoring body treatments with a couple of weeks in between.

Why I Receive Massages

Recently I asked myself why it feels important for me to get a massage. Is it because I give them so often and long for the receiving experience? Am I just trying to follow my own advice for clients? Do I simply need my muscle tightness relaxed?  To some degree I can say yes to all of these. But what I discovered as the main reason I'm drawn to receive massage regularly is in caring for myself and receiving from someone who loves what they do and is nurturing in how they do it, while I enjoy taking it in.

Increase the Benefits with Regular Visits

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive bodywork on a regular basis? To enjoy a pampering treat that also produces lasting, therapeutic results? In my experience, budgeting time and money for massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health and self-care.  Consider massage appointments an integral piece of your health and wellness plan.  At your next session, ask me about establishing a treatment schedule that best meets your needs for your body.