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…

Working Toward Stillness

Yesterday, I returned to yoga after a hiatus that began with my 3-week trip and that continued a little longer than it should have upon my return to the city. My wonderful flow yoga teacher announced that we would be devoting the class to Vishnu’s Couch, the side-lying pose in which Vishnu reclined in stillness before creating the universe. That’s…

Back in Brooklyn

When last I wrote, I was leaving for my honeymoon road trip. Two plane rides, over 4,100 car miles, 8 National Parks, several hot springs, and many visits with dear friends and family later, I am back in Brooklyn. I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss this: Or this: Or everything in between. But I am grateful…

Taking a Break

As of this coming Saturday, I will be on vacation for three weeks. My honey and I will be road tripping around the stunning southwest, restoring and rejuvenating. There’s lots of self-care planned in the form of hot springs, massages, and basking in the glow of nature so pretty I’m not sure how I’ll ever wrap my head around it.…

Acupressure for Labor

A recent study in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health found that acupressure to LI-4 (a powerful point on the large intestine meridian) applied for the duration of each contraction at the beginning of active labor decreased labor pain immediately and up to two hours afterwards, and reduced the duration of overall labor. I’ve only read the abstract (and the…