Category: Massage

Take Home Massage

You know that old proverb, the one about how if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime? I really don’t know much about fishing. My grandparents were pretty good with their fancy wading pants back in the day, but those skills were not…

Queen of Comfy

When I was in college, my parents and little brother came to visit me in my dorm room when I was setting up my bed in my dorm room. Cushy mattress topper, high thread count sheets, fluffy comforter, just the right pillows. Little brother asked why I had all that stuff. My mom explained that I had to build my…

13 Ways Massage Can Make Your 2013 Brilliant

There’s a great acupuncture blog called AcuTake (now published on the Huffington Post) that I recommend to any and all who are interested in such things. They recently published a list of 13 Ways Acupuncture Can Change Your Life in 2013. What Sara says about acupuncture is exactly what I believe to be true of massage: that it helps us…

Shoring Up the Defenses

There is a massage technique for the hips that I love and incorporate into many massages. With the client prone and still tucked in cozy under sheets, I mobilize the leg — a gentle rock with one arm — and compress the muscles of the posterior hip with the other hand. Rocking the leg moves the greater trochanter of the…

Sliding Scale Saturday!

It’s Pay What You Desire week over at Sacred. As in, go to yoga (or Intensati or dance or new, fun kids’ classes), and pay what you want, what you feel like, what you can. I love it. Inspired by the new people walking through the studio door, by Sacred’s offer of affordable access to feeling good, by my own…

Massage and Self-Consciousness

It wasn’t the first time, and I very much doubt that it will be the last. A client who was new to massage, a woman in her late fifties who I had just met, urged me to prepare myself for the “ghastly” sight of “all [her] flab.” Another woman, 40 weeks pregnant at the peak of summer and suffering fatigue,…

New Study: Frequent Massage Sessions Boost Biological Benefits

Published yesterday by Emory University: Massage is purported to have an array of benefits, including alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, back pain, asthma, fatigue, and even HIV. A new study shows there are sustained, cumulative beneficial effects of repeated massage therapy. The effects persist for several days to a week, and differ depending on the frequency of sessions. Results of…

A Deal for the Dog Days

The dog days of summer have been here for a while now — thick air in the mornings, languid afternoons.¬†The grit of the city in summer is something else. While I’ve been hitting the A train to Rockaway Beach pretty hard this summer (I swear my feet have worn a groove in the heat-softened asphalt between my house and the…

Good News re: Massage and the Neck

A recent study¬†shows that therapeutic massage improves neck range of motion. 60 patients treated for neck pain received physiotherapy and kinesiotherapy. Half of the patients also received massage therapy. Both groups experienced pain reduction and improved function, but patients who received massage experienced greater mobility, demonstrating “a statistically significant improvement in the range of flexion, lateral bend to the right…