Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients

As with anything else, there are benefits and risks with Massage Therapy. Because Massage Therapy falls under the Health Care Consent Act, it is absolutely mandatory that your massage therapist explains what they will do during the treatment, how your massage will help you to set healthcare goals, and risks or side effects of the … Continue reading Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients

When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available

Finding a conscious and responsible balance between caring for my health, caring for my patients, and most importantly, never putting my patients at risk is a delicate balance. Like many of my patients, I have a chronic disease. In my case, it's neurological and not contagious, and 95% of the time is so well under … Continue reading When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available

Massage Therapy Homecare – Dry Brushing

Homecare is an important part of my massage therapy treatment plans. Different homecare assignments are tailored to individual goals. Most of the time I assign a basic homecare plan of heat, cold, stretching and strengthening, but some of my assignments might seem a little more unusual. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I … Continue reading Massage Therapy Homecare – Dry Brushing

Massage Therapy Helps Muscle Recovery

Massage therapy can help active people maintain flexibility and can help them feel better after strenuous activity. I've seen numbers as high as 60% faster recovery with massage therapy.

Resetting my Yoga Practice

Instead of joining a yoga studio with full hour or 90 minute classes, I managed my practice at home, using a combination of class sequences that I developed myself (modifications of the 12 asana sequence taught in Sivananda yoga) , and short sequences from youtube. I varied the length of my practices, and focused more on supporting myself than on increasing flexibility. After 3 weeks of yoga I very slowly began to fit my mental image of what a yogi looks like, with adjusted expectations, forgiveness, and plenty of room for growth.

Managing Self-Care with a Special Guest

My good friend Alex, a Registered Practical Nurse, is launching a new website on self-care for healthcare workers hersunnydisposition.com. It isn't live yet, but I'm a healthcare provider who frequently emails clients and updates her website at 11pm, so I thought I should get some tips. Jen: Your current project is a blog for healthcare … Continue reading Managing Self-Care with a Special Guest

Massage and Your Medicine Chest

Some days it's nice for massage to be a break from 'regular' medical appointments. To enjoy one-on-one attention, acceptance of where you are as a person, and the relaxing benefits. But before that can happen safely, did you remember to tell your massage therapist what's in your medicine chest? Medications ranging from prescriptions, to over the counter medication, pain-killers, supplements, blood pressure medication, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, sleep aids and decongestants will all change which techniques I use, how I apply them, and what I tell my patient.