I have recently made a trial change to my online booking system. I have tried to keep as much of an open schedule as possible to help make it as easy as possible to find an open spot.

My schedule is fairly full and I need to better stagger my appointments on Saturday and Sunday. With automatic approval of appointments, I am getting too many 12 hour days on weekends.

Moving forward, when you book online, you will get a notice that your appointment will need to be approved. Generally, in most cases, I will approve the appointment. However, I need a method that gives you the flexibility to find a slot that works for you and allows me to prevent overscheduling a day where I do not have time for breaks or resting between appointments.

This may turn out to be a temporary change if I find it causes to much confusion. I would rather not take entire chunks of time out of my schedule because that doesn't always fit your schedule.

So please bear with me as I try this new approach and feel free to let me know how this works out for you.

My Vaccination Journey

On February 16th I received my first Moderna Covid-19 Vaccination. Other than a slight sore arm, there were no side effects.

While I've been fortunate to not have any issues with exposure both personally and with my clients, I want to make sure all existing and new clients are in as safe an environment as possible.

My second shot will be on March 18th. 

I have to admit I'm a bit apprehensive, if not down right nervous about the potential reaction to this shot. Friends and colleagues have had such a varied response, there is no telling how it will affect me.

I am clearing my schedule for a few days just in case I'm knocked out of commission for the expected 24-48 hour period following the vaccination.

See you on the other side of #2!

Phase 2 - Step 2 Open

For Our Mutual Health & Wellbeing 

Important Update - 6-19-20:

I hope this finds you and your family in good health. While many things have changed in a short time, one thing has remained the same: my commitment to your safety and health.

As of today, the massage therapy profession is allowed to open on Monday June 22nd as Phase 2 / Step 2 begins! 

Hooray!

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For Our Mutual Health & Wellbeing 

Important Update - 4-6-20:

As promised, I'm reaching out to keep you informed on resuming service.

As you may be aware, the State of Massachusetts has since ordered shutdown of non-essential businesses and based on their guidelines, that includes massage therapy.

This statewide order has a new targeted end date of May 4th.

That unfortunately extends my voluntary shutdown by one week. Of course as this situation continues, this may change yet again.

I promise to keep you informed as this continues to unfold and evolve.

I will however leave you with a quote from Governor Charlie Baker that helps to keep everything in perspective.

"Here's the truth: we all have a role. We all have purpose as we battle this disease. Protecting one another from the spread of COVID-19 by limiting physical and social contact and staying at home is profoundly purposeful. Every single act of distance has purpose."

I hope you and your families are all well and safe. 

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What is the endocannabinoid System?
The System in your Body That School Never Taught You



The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors located in the brain and throughout the nervous system; it is the body’s way of maintaining and regulating the homeostasis of crucial body functions. The system is comprised of two different receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors function primarily to interact with and breakdown the cannabinoids that our body makes, AKA endocannabinoids (‘endo,’ meaning inside the body). It uses these endocannabinoids to regulate important body functions like sleep, stress management, pain tolerance, inflammation, reproduction, motor learning, memory and more.

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Position Statement

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those who suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Background Information

“Fibromyalgia syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that include chronic pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. It is one of a collection of chronic disorders that often go hand in hand. [sic]  Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is frequently seen with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, sleep disorders and several other chronic conditions.”  

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Why You Should Turn to Massage Therapy for Pain Management

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. You might be wondering how to treat your pain, and massage therapy is one option that is showing promise.

Research continues to support the health benefits of massage therapy for pain management. Find out how massage therapy can help these five painful conditions.

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Everyone knows that a good massage can make you feel like a new person. And now, people of all ages are beginning to understand the many benefi ts of massage therapy, including the role it can play in overall health and well-being. Recent research suggests that massage can enhance the immune function in preterm infants, decrease blood pressure and improve stability in older persons, as well as reduce stress and anxiety in cancer patients.

Below are summaries of recent medical research about massage compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association which suggest that massage therapy can be an effective tool for a variety of health and medical conditions.

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Massage for Computer Athletes

There’s no doubt that technology has been a huge boon for many people. But, there are downsides to technology as well, particularly for those who work with devices such as computers and tablets every day. Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll.

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