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The Best Massage
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  • Posted on : January 23, 2017
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1/23/17 The Best Massage Let’s make your massage the best you’ve had! It is my intent to offer a premium service. I’m committed to presenting myself in a positive and professional manner, regardless of your reason for receiving therapeutic massage. If you’re here to relax, de-stress, or escape for a while, or to receive deep, penetrating shiatsu, trigger point therapy or deep tissue...

Teaching And Massage Therapy
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  • Posted on : January 06, 2017
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1/5/17 Teaching And Massage Therapy Before I began my career in massage therapy, I taught middle school language arts. I was fortunate to work with a lot of gifted students, and was even able to help several of them publish their writing. It was quite satisfying in some ways, but when the drawbacks of teaching 11-14-year-olds began to outweigh the benefits, I knew it was time to move on. After...

Peroneus Longus (Fibularis Longus) Trigger Points and Ankle Pain
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  • Posted on : November 12, 2016
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11/12/16 Peroneus Longus Trigger Points and Ankle Pain Trigger points or tightness in Peroneus Longus (Fibularus Longus) may cause ankle pain. The origin of Peroneus Longus is the proximal 2/3 of the lateral fibula, or the upper part of the smaller lower leg bone. The long tendon of the muscle then descends the outer leg, curves around behind and under the lateral malleolus, or outside ankle...

Appointment Policies
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  • Posted on : October 26, 2016
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Appointment Policies • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time. I try to be timely and hope you will too. • Your first appointment will typically last 15 minutes longer than scheduled. • If you are late for your appointment, the session will still fall within the allotted time scheduled. • If I am late for your appointment, the session lasts for the full time allotted or...

Cupping To Release Fascial Adhesions
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  • Posted on : October 11, 2016
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10/11/16 Cupping to Release Fascial Restrictions I have provided cupping therapy since I opened Iowa City Shiatsu & Massage Therapy in 1997, but because of its exposure during the summer olympics this year more people are asking about cupping. Can it be worked into their massage routine? Will it enhance the benefits they already receive from shiatsu and massage? What does it do? Is it...

Common Cold Season
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  • Posted on : October 03, 2016
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10/3/16 Common Cold Season We’ve finally gotten to the transition from summer to fall and I love jacket weather! But it seems like every other client I’ve seen in the past week has had a bad cold, so I’ve begun my boost the immune system routine. I generally do not take many supplements, but rather try to get reasonably good nutrients by eating as smartly as I can. However, in...

Deep Tissue Massage Class
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  • Posted on : September 21, 2016
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9/20/16 Deep Tissue Massage Class I spent last Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines completing my continuing education requirements for relicensure. I attended a workshop in Deep Tissue Massage taught by Dr. James Mally, who’s been a leader in the massage therapy profession for over 40 years. Since I have been practicing deep tissue work, trigger point therapy and shiatsu for many years,...

How Often Should I Receive A Massage
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  • Posted on : September 02, 2016
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9/2/16 How Often Should I Receive Massage? It seems your reason for receiving massage and your budget are two primary factors when considering this question. First, what are your reasons for getting massage? Are you in a myofascial crisis? Have you strained a muscle? Are you recovering from surgery? Do you have low back pain after lifting heavy objects while moving? Are you suffering from a...

Summer 2016, Part 1
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  • Posted on : July 27, 2016
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7/27/16 Summer 2016, Part 1 Summers inevitably go by quickly. This one is no different. I have been busy with shiatsu and massage sessions at the office, have been watching my wife and kids with their activities, and wishing time would slow down a bit. As soon as school was out, my 17-year-old son was off to Ireland with his high school orchestra. They visited Limerick, Killarney, Kilkenny,...

Conditions I’ve Treated Recently With Massage
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  • Posted on : July 15, 2016
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7/15/16 Conditions I’ve Treated Recently With Massage Cervical Dystonia, or Spasmodic Torticollis, a painful condition in which muscles of the neck contract and rotate the head and neck to one side and do not relax. Medical science does not yet have a reason to explain why this happens, and offers little treatment protocol. Massage therapy can sometimes provide temporary relief from...