Use Your HSA/FSA For Massage!

Ok, I’ll have to apologize to those who didn’t know, but I’ve been accepting Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) for a while now. I know these accounts have become more popular due to higher deductible plans and many companies contribute to these accounts. For the moment, these accounts are the next best thing to accepting insurance in my practice.

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Your Comfort Is My Concern

In this video blog, I explain why its important to be comfortable for your massage session.  The more comfortable & relaxed you are, the more effective the treatment will be.  I'll be going over communication, expectations, proper body draping & more.

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10 Reasons Why You Need Massage

Massage isn't just something you do just because you're on vacation.  It's a viable option for your own self-care needs.  You may not know it yet, but you're probably in need of a good massage.

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Give the best present this holiday season

Massage therapy brings so many benefits for those who get them regularly.  Need to relax and de-stress after a crazy holiday season?  There's no better way than laying on a heated massage table with warm towels, relaxing music, soothing massage, and disconnecting from the world (I suggest turning cell phones off).  Is the cold weather making pain symptoms worse?  Massage therapy can help!  Who do you know that could benefit?  You probably don't have to think too hard about who could really use a massage this season.

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Fight Chronic Pain with...Sheepskin?

Sheepskin is a natural medical marvel that can benefit anyone, but especially the elderly and those who suffer from chronic pain. As an soft, all-natural fabric with unparalleled comfort value, this material contributes to a healthier, more hygienic environment and lifestyle. Its primary benefits include improving circulation, friction resistance, natural anti-bacterial properties, and sheer comfort value.

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What is cupping therapy?

Most people had no idea what cupping therapy was about until the 2016 summer olympics.  Michael Phelps sported dark purple circles all over his body which left people asking "what the heck is Michael Phelps doing to himself?".  Phelps is a firm believer in an ancient form of Chinese medicine called cupping.  He used it in recovery from all the hard training he endured getting ready for the summer games.  So what is cupping therapy and how does it help?

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Running In Pain? Massage To The Rescue!

Outdoor running season is now upon us!  With that said, more people are getting back into running or running a lot more.  Most runners are used to aches and pains that are associated with the repetition of running on the roads & trails.  However, when the pain from running doesn't go away and persists, it can easily put a halt to your training.  What are some of the conditions that massage can help relieve?  Read on to find out.

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Massage Therapy Is a Process

Recently a client I'll name Joe for privacy's sake came into the office for chronic low back pain.  It was his first visit to my office, and what I call a "massage newbie".  Joe has never had a massage before, and was told by a friend that it may help with his low back problems.  This is when I educated him about the massage process.

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Happy New Years Everyone!

Wow, it sure was a busy 2016.  I hope you all had a great holiday season!  Now that we're getting into 2017, I know many of you are looking to take better care of yourselves.  Whether thats through better eating habits or creating self-care routines, it's important to stick with those new routines (which of course is way easier said than done).

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Sports Massage in Rochester, NY

Did you know that sports massage can enhance athletic performance?  Some athletes see an increase of 30-40% in performance after sports massage.  How is that even possible?  Sports massage is performed on muscles used most during training; so you will be ready come time of the event. 

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The Male Massage Therapist Stigma

I enjoy being in a career field that's predominately women.  I get to "stand out from the crowd" so to speak.  Of course being a male massage therapist does have it's set of challenges to overcome.  There are so many people I could have helped with their pain situation; if they would have let me work on them.  Sadly however many out there wouldn't ever let a guy perform bodywork on them.

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