Uncovering the Mysteries of the Illiopsoas Muscle

Illustration by Heather Fraelick Uncovering the Mysteries of the Illiopsoas Muscle The illiopsoas muscle is making a name for itself in many sessions as of late and I am writing this article to share some more information on it in an effort to shed light on what it is, where it is located in the

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Massage…More Than A Luxury?

Photo by Andrew Stamm Massage…More Than A Luxury? Modern thought is that massage therapy is a luxury and only good for pampering. However, if one considers recent studies that are showing 90% of disease in the body is stress related and massage therapy is a tool to help manage stress, it may be beneficial to

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Thoughts on Deep Tissue Massage

Photo by Andrew Stamm On July 21, 2011, results from a Consumer Reports survey showed that hands on treatments, such as deep tissue massage therapy, were more effective than prescription drugs for ailments such as neck pain. The survey even shows that deep tissue massage was found to be as effective as drugs for fibromyalgia.

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What is Craniosacral Work and How Can It Help Me?

Photo by Andrew Stamm Over the past few months I’ve been dedicating time to learning a form of bodywork called Craniosacral Work or commonly known as Craniosacral Therapy. Some of you may have already experienced this work in your sessions while others have not. Regardless of whether or not you’ve experienced this form of healing,

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Intro to Reiki

Intro to Reiki Reiki is a gentle healing technique that originated in Japan during the 19th century and was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui. “Rei” translates to “universal” and “ki” means “energy” or “life force energy.” When these two words are combined to create the word “Reiki” it ends up translating to “universal life evergy.”

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Reflexology 101

Reflexology 101 Recently many people have asked what Reflexology is and what the benefits are of it. If these are questions that cross your mind, below you will find some basic information to help provide answers. The Feet and Their Function – There is more to the feet than meets the eye. Within the feet

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To Laugh or Not to Laugh? That is the Question.

To Laugh or Not to Laugh?  That is the Question. Within recent weeks, a long term client was receiving a therapeutic massage on their left arm and suddenly felt the need to laugh. After a few chuckles, this client commented that they were sorry for wanting to laugh during the session and proceeded to cover

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Massage & Stretching – A Beautiful Partnership

Massage & Stretching – A Beautiful Partnership Have you ever wondered why stretches are recommended post massage session? Do you think that there are similar benefits to massage therapy and stretching? Could stretching be a helpful component to you on your healing journey or have you ever wondered what stretching can really do for you?

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5 Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Session

Photo by Andrew Stamm 5 Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Session Have you ever wondered if there is anything you can do to make the most of your sessions? For example, is there anything that can be done during the session to make it fit your needs or to help the

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The Benefits of Breathing

The Benefits of Breathing Life can get pretty hectic, can’t it? Living in Chicago, we are constantly being overstimulated. With the sound of honking car horns and the blaring noise of sirens from fire engines to people rushing off of the El trying to get to work on time; there is a sense of harried

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