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Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome Massage
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : November 17, 2014
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  11.17.14 Basic Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome Massage Although the pain that accompanies sciatica and piriformis syndrome originates in the region of the sciatic notch, and therapeutic massage applied to this region can significantly relieve the discomfort, I treat adjacent regions of the body in my comprehensive plan for these conditions. The sciatic nerve emerges from the spine and...

Ambient Music And Massage
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  • Posted on : November 07, 2014
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11/7/14 Ambient Music and Massage In an earlier post, I mentioned I’m not tied down to playing new age music during my massage sessions. I frequently honor client requests, and I play a wide range of styles and artists, but I’ve found most people prefer something calming. Since I might be working for hours at a time, and new age music can be insipid and even irritating when played...

Acorn Squash Soup Recipe
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  • Posted on : November 04, 2014
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It is officially soup season, so here’s my contribution to your fall soup pleasure.  I had a great crop of organic white acorn squash this year, so my current favorite recipe follows.  You can certainly substitute your favorite squash.  Don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity.  It translates to simply delicious! Simple Delicious Acorn Squash Soup Ingredients 3-4 cups squash (I...

Thanksgiving Massage Post
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  • Posted on : October 21, 2014
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10/21/14 Thanks James I’ve seen several Facebook friends posting things for which they are thankful. I expect it’s the impending Thanksgiving holiday that is putting people into the spirit. It’s good inspiration for this post. I’ll focus on thanking the person who taught me shiatsu. A client noticed I’d been practicing massage therapy since 1997 and thought that was a long time to be...

Headaches and Trigger Points
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  • Posted on : October 15, 2014
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10/15/14 Trigger Points and Headaches Trigger points are often a common cause of headaches. Trigger points responsible for headache pain can be found in the neck and shoulders, and of course the head and face. Massaging trigger points can be enormously helpful in relieving referred headache pain. A trigger point is a tender point in the muscle or soft tissue that refers pain to some other...

Massage Therapy For Carpal Tunnel Pain
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  • Posted on : October 08, 2014
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10/7/14 Massage Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Pain Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the Median Nerve as it passes through the narrow carpal tunnel formed by the bones the wrist. Surgery to relieve this pain involves cutting the Flexor Retinaculum (Transverse Carpal Ligament) which holds the nerve and nine flexor tendons in place. Be advised of your options before having...

The Urge To Create
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  • Posted on : October 03, 2014
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10/3/14 The Urge To Create And when I put it off things go haywire. If I’m engaged in a creative endeavor, time disappears, I get lost in making something. I learned photography from Mr. Schaffer in 9th grade, was on the Jr. High newspaper, and then my favorite class in high school was photography. I continued journalistic photography for the high school yearbook, but was really excited by Mr....

Bring Chair Massage To Your Employees
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  • Posted on : September 26, 2014
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9/26/14 Bring Chair Massage To Your Employees Chair massage has been an integral part of my practice since 1997. Fortunately, my teacher included a decent Stronglite chair in my tuition at The Shiatsu Clinic & School. I’ve provided chair massage in a number of locations over the years: local businesses, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, various health and business fairs,...

My Version Of Mindfulness
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  • Posted on : September 23, 2014
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9/23/14 My Versions of Mindfulness Mindfulness is integral to Buddhist practice. I’m not sure when it became a hot and trendy topic in America. We now have a magazine called Mindful. I think it’s likely that thoughtful people have always been mindful. I grew up in a Christian family and I’d say both my parents modeled Mindfulness. I try to be mindful. An important part for me is an...

Massage Therapy Is Poetry
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  • Posted on : September 18, 2014
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9/17/14 Blog Massage Therapy is Poetry I began writing poetry in high school. It was a creative outlet and I had dreams of becoming a rock star. Forget that I’d never learned to play a guitar or drum kit; I’d be the lead singer. You can do that when you’re introverted, right? I wrote imaginary songs. Soon enough I realized I’d not be a rock star, but I could keep writing poetry, right? So...