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April is stress awareness month – held every April since 1992. Stress can affect your health and well-being in several ways. Stressed people are more susceptible to: headaches high blood pressure heart disease depression a lowered immune system insomnia To alleviate the effects of stress, you can: exercise – exercise and time spent outdoors can [...]

In previous posts, we’ve covered ways that massage therapy can help with specific, individual health issues. But as you are more than just the sum of our individual parts, so are the effects of massage on your health overall. Per research with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage can help with each of these [...]

On occasion I’m asked what type of reference works does a professional massage therapist need? One of the most useful has been: Stretching Anatomy by Arnold G. Nelson and Jouko Kokkonen (authors) and Jason M. Alexander (illustrator). Champaing, IL: Human Kinetics, 2007. I find this book to be not just an important resource in my [...]

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