Tales From the Table

My Mom with Alzheimer’s, and I get a massage.

This is a story of the power of touch. My Mother is smart.  She is beautiful and kind.  None of that changed after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Her intelligence helped her hide it from the world and even from us for years.  Her beauty increased as her mind...

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Sneezing, snoozing and low back pain

Low back pain is a common side effect from being sick. It’s that time of year: cold and flu season. Managers scramble to arrange cover for sick employees and sales of nyquil soar. Additionally, massage therapists have their “hands” filled with lumbar treatments. The...

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Sicily, Roots and Saint Rosalia’s Very Cool Grotto

Unless you’re a Neanderthal, spelunking is an uncommon way to find one’s roots, but my quest took me to a mountaintop cave in Sicily.  The grotto was once the sanctuary for Saint Rosalia, healer and beloved patron saint of Palermo. Convertible top down, my friend...

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Banya Venik Platza Eucalyptus Spa Treatment

A spa treatment sure to satisfy thrill seekers was the “Banya and Venik Massage”.  It was an adaptation of a Russian bathing ritual called Platza and used to be available at a San Diego establishment that is no longer doing business. Platza combines...

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Sight for Sore Eyes – Eye Massage

Are you curious as to what eye massage looks like?  Please check out our video and let us know what you think. Eye Massage is truly a sight for sore eyes! On a ferryboat hopping islands in Greece, a young woman massaged the eyelids of her boyfriend as he lay supine on...

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Massage Insights From Seinfeld: Part 2

Check out the first post and video in this four part series. Read part three, and four here. JERRY: So she’s giving me the massage and I’m just making conversation. ELAINE: I don’t like to talk during a massage. JERRY: Neither do I, but I do it for...

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Massage Insights From Seinfeld: Part 3

If you missed the beginning of this four part massage insights series, catch part 1,  2 or 4 here. JERRY: So she’s giving me the massage and I’m just making conversation. ELAINE: I don’t like to talk during a massage. JERRY: Neither do I, but I do it...

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Massage Insights From Seinfeld: Part 4

Did you miss the beginning of this four part series? Read Part 1, 2 or 3 here. JERRY: So she’s giving me the massage and I’m just making conversation. ELAINE: I don’t like to talk during a massage. JERRY: Neither do I, but I do it for them. I figure...

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A Distilled Guide to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

The plethora of perfume counters in shopping malls is compelling testimony to a our profound interaction with scents.  More than just for pleasure, the sense of smell plays a crucial role in our survival. The human brain prioritizes information from olfactory system...

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Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Essential Oil History

Ode to Essential Oil of Eucalyptus Aromatherapy I got a puppy shortly after settling in San Diego and the high point of our walks together was a patch of fragrant forest in Balboa Park.  The scent from the trees was so delightful, that we would stop for a few minutes...

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My Roman Massage Adventure

Click through slider to see the world’s biggest gelato cone. I was on my way to Rome and dreaming of a gladiator with an arm cuff busting bicep and and hands to silence every ache in my body by smashing muscles right down to the bone. Ancient Italian reliefs of...

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Body Language Series Part 5: Mark Zuckerberg

Postural analysis reveals Mark Zuckerberg’s body language. Now I understand that adrenaline rush the paparazzi’s go through as I scrambled to find my camera. I was desperate to grab a snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg.  Instead of hiding behind some bush, I was...

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Essential Oil of Clove, the Game Changer

Clove bud oil distilled into a party drug produced hilarious results in a movie I caught at an  Italian film festival.  It’s called  Smetto Quando Voglio (I can quit when I want) .   The movie got me thinking about a time in my life when I had to take high doses of...

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You Are Precious To Me

You are precious to me. Twenty years have taught me this: regular massage prevents injury. Clients who call at the last minute because they’ve “tweaked” their back, suddenly realize that they can’t turn their head to see cars changing lanes or slowly find themselves...

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Inspiration

Musical Inspiration. Calves were burning for “The House of the Rising Sun”. Elbows running up & down the spine as Jimmy sang “All Along the Watchtower.” The knots were singing with Mick … “Let me introduce myself”, but there was no “Sympathy for the Devil” because...

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The Foot Rub Experience

There’s nothing like our foot rub! You lie on a table with a heated pillow under your neck.  The lights are dimmed.  Soothing music flows from somewhere above your head.  Then a pair of warm hands greet your feet.  The hands rock your feet from side to side.  They...

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Aromatherapy to Lift the Spirits

The brain’s electrical response to odors is about the same as the one correlated with emotions. That explains why some essential oils uplift the spirits and others calm. Mood goals matched with aromatherapy essential oils: Clear thinking:  try some basil or rosemary,...

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Trust Issues Dissolve with Long Term Massage

Massage Therapy and Trust. It all boils down to trust. My client tonight came it with acute neck pain. The kind that required two muscle relaxers followed by a shot of whiskey just to allow her to sleep. Emergency appointment. She was trusting me based on the results...

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Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Walking Massage

Deep tissue walking massage is gaining popularity. Deep tissue walking massage or Ashiatsu uses the broad flat surface of the feet to apply sustained compression on muscles. It has been around for at least 2000 years throughout Asia, and is rooted in martial arts....

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10 Great Couple’s Massage Tips

Wash your hands. The fingers carry the scents of everything they have touched throughout the day. When your hands come close to your partner’s face, unwelcome smells can take them out of their relaxed state. Furthermore, I recommend against chopping garlic or smoking...

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Touched to Tears in a Turkish Hammam

Touched to Tears in Turkey I laid naked on steaming marble surrounded by soapy women waiting to be selected by black underwear clad attendants with pendulous breasts swinging free.  I could not help wondering if this was what a Harem would have been like in the days...

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The Right Spot with Massage

Expert body work transforms you.  How do massage therapists just know where your body hurts? It is no mystery that most people who arrive for a massage are there for good reason.  Many times due to injury, chronic pain, or stress.  Sometimes all three.  Here is how we...

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3 friends on a massage adventure – India style

The diplomacy that blunt New Yorkers like myself learn with training seems to be a god given birthright of Californians.  So, when Sandy, one of two Los Angeles travel companions gave me a poke in the gut, I knew that I had said something wrong.  “Don’t give me a male...

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Massage Therapy Insights From Seinfeld. Part 1

In the Seinfeld TV series there are a few hilarious moments where Massage Therapy is discussed.  In the episode “The Note”, Elaine, Jerry Seinfeld and George offer up some massage therapy insights. This is the first part of four short posts geared toward...

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My First Massage

First Time Massage? “I’ll never forget my first massage. I was a nervous wreck and had a hard time relaxing at first because I had no idea what to expect. The person just told me to take off my clothes and hop on the table. It was an hour session, and about halfway...

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