Archive for February 26, 2013

What I’m Loving in Wellness This Week

Holy alliteration Batman… ok, help me out with a new title for future posts like this!

I used to be really good at being healthy. Then I got cocky about it and let a few (a lot) things slide, broke my foot, gave up sugar which led to ALL BUTTER EVERYTHING!, and now I’m *bad connection* pounds more than I should be. I have declared that 2013 is the year I take my body back… but unfortunately butter and wine are SO DELICIOUS. Uuugh. I digress. Here are some things that are helping to keep me on track: Read more

Between Appointments? DIY Some Self Care!

Today in Wisconsin, it is 12 degrees and FALLING. I’m so tired of winter. So grab a cup of hot tea, put on your fuzzy leopard slipper boots, and grab some simple supplies to relax your way into spring. Here’s what you’ll need:

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Project 1: The self-massager

Put one tennis ball in the toe of one sock, which will make placing the tennis ball between you and a wall much less tricky. Roll on the ball (on the wall) like a bear, and work out those tight spots. If a spot is a little spicy, hang out there- but don’t overdo it. Work until the spice lets up, but if it’s not changing, move to another area.

Project 2: The neck warmer

Take your other sock and fill it with plain white rice (the slow-cooking kind). I used a 2 pound bag for my Target knee sock. There is just enough moisture in the rice grain to deliver a nice, moist heat to your weary muscles (this is great a) during a long day b) after a wonky night’s sleep c) when you feel a tension headache knocking at the door). The weight of the rice will also keep your shoulders from creeping into your ears. Let this hang for about 15-20 minutes while you catch up on celebrity gossip the news and enjoy a cup of tea, which will also heat your neck up from the inside. Depending on the quality of your sock, this might be a little dusty for the first few uses.

Project 3: The still-point inducer

Still point induction is a Cranialsacral technique that is akin to hitting your body’s “reset button”. This is great for when you need to “wind down” after a stressful day, have a headache coming on, or are having trouble sleeping. You can buy these for $24, or you can make your own. Take one sock and two tennis balls, and either tie your sock in a knot or twist and roll like a bread bag. It should look like an adorable peanut when you’re done. Lay on the peanut so that it is just at the occipital ridge (the base of your skull, on those pointy parts). Set a timer for about 15 minutes because this will probably knock you out. 🙂 (While filming the video, I did NOT want to get up!!)

Project 4: Not really a project!

If you suffer from a tight chest (from, say, working on a computer all day, driving a car, holding children, living on planet Earth), this is a great counter-pose for your day. Take a rolled up yoga mat, towel, or even a pool noodle (cut it down to about 3 feet) and lay down on it lengthwise, so that it’s along your spine. If you like, you can make a neck roll with a small towel (or use your still point inducer!) Let your arms flop to the sides. Zzzzzzzz….

Here’s a quick video showing you how to do all of this- enjoy!

Did you try any of these tricks? What did you think? Comment below!

On the Table: When Should You Speak Up?

On the Table is an ongoing series where I try to address concerns from the client perspective. Have a question? Comment below!

Being on the massage table creates an interesting dynamic: one of you is vulnerable and horizontal, and the other is fully dressed and mobile. We call this a power differential. If the therapist is careless, the power differential can swing to the point where the client feels like they are not “allowed” to give feedback about their treatment. When you are in the process of finding a therapist, you should feel like your treatment plan is a partnership. And with any healthy relationship, communication is key!

There seems to be a lot of confusion about how much communication is appropriate during a massage. When it comes right down to it, this is YOUR massage, and you should never feel like you are enduring (or suffering!) in any way. Granted, this is often easier said than done. Read more

Sneaks on my Feets

cortezA perk that I love about being a professional massage therapist in my own practice: I can wear all the yoga pants and sneakers I want!

When I was in massage school, it was required that we wear “cross trainer style shoes”. Along with our uniform khakis and polo shirts, we looked like refugees from a Best Buy training camp. Many of my classmates hated the idea of wearing shoes, believing their shoes were blocking their connection to the Earth (never mind the carpet, concrete, and everything else below their toes). I was fine with the shoes- it was the khakis and polos that were stealing my mojo. Read more

Let’s Do This.


Hi everybody!

My name is Jess, and I have things to say. This is my first post out of the gate, so let’s rip the band-aid off, shall we?

I want this to be a place for clients, bodyworkers, students, and the world to feel at home. Read more