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Why I Don’t Rent a Commercial Space

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Friends sometimes ask, "Don't you want to rent a commercial spa space and ramp up your business?" NO. Absolutely no. And here's why: I lived in Bali on and off across the years. It is a village culture where life –and business–centers around the home compound.  That means that you turn to your host/landlord with…

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Your massage contributes 5% to Frontline Fighters

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  5% of Every Bodywork session donates to Inclusion for All I have set up monthly recurring donations to organizations working for the health and well-being of us all.  Typically my giving pattern is one-offs during crisis times. This is the first I've decided to commit financially to the long-haul for equality and safety for…

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Men’s Oppression and the Avoidance of Pleasure

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In a recent workshop on Overcoming Oppression, we looked at the phenomenon of Male Oppression. (I know, what's that?) Well, it opened my eyes and heart to how boys get systematically toughened up and cheated out of the pleasure. In my world, the marvelous, restorative pleasure of massage.  It answered some puzzling male trends in…

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Heat or Ice?

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Heat or Ice? A super common question. This is a repeat for many of you, my dearest massage clients, but always a good reminder.  The question to ask is When:  "When did it happen?" (acute injury) or "When does it happen?" (chronic pain).   Acute sudden injury Did it happen today? Ice it. You want…

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You are a Smart Rat

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Recently I caught a podcast featuring a story about personal thoughts impacting the behavior of others. In this case, how the lab technicians' assumptions affected the performance of lab rats. I found myself laughing out loud: this was exactly what I do during massage sessions! (Listen to the Invisibilia podcast for yourself via NPR) The…

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“Why ‘Wellness’ isn’t the answer to overwork”

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"No amount of multivitamins, yoga, meditation, sweaty exercise, superfoods or extreme time management, as brilliant as all these things can be, is going to save us from the effects of too much work." Amen! Never ever feel guilty for scheduling a delicious massage. Self-care is important! You deserve it. Thank you to 'The Conversation' for publishing…

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“Listening from your Fascia”

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"Ever wonder what intuition actually is? Well look no further than your fascial matrix which covers all your muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, organs, bones: in fact every structure in your body. It’s the skin of things. Everything needs a skin to contain and support itself. It also acts as the communication system of the…

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“Hacking Your Nervous System”

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The Vagus nerve, the master controller of inflammation in the body, turns out to be controllable. Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing can soothe this "lord of the nerves" and thereby bring health to all your organs and joints. Humming and cold water faces plashing may well help too! Learn how: One nerve connects your vital…

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Holiday Heels and Your Posture

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December means holiday parties. Which means gorgeous holiday heels. Which means achey tootsies. Which means you should get yer Bliss Feet on. Enjoy the hell out of your holiday parties and take care of yourself afterward. While you probably most notice the extreme pressure on the ball of the foot, rest assured that your ankle,…

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