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Grand Rapids, MI 49505


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Emotional Release and Massage Therapy: What is the mind-body connection?

By Dana J | January 8, 2018

Emotional Release and Massage Therapy: What is the mind-body connection? Most of us who receive regular massage do so for a myriad of reasons, and not just to alleviate physical tension or discomfort. As a matter of fact, most say they do so at least in part, for the overall relaxation this therapy provides –…

Term of the month – Range of Motion, and Essential Oil of the month – Wintergreen

By | December 20, 2017

Term of the Month – Range of Motion (‘ROM’): December’s Term of the Month is one that means…well, you might have guessed it, because, it’s just about exactly what it sounds like it means!  The official medical term for the full movement potential of a joint is indeed called its Range of Motion. In other…

Frozen Shoulder

By Dana J | December 7, 2017

Frozen Shoulder In this post we discuss a condition that, if you have it, you know exactly how it feels (it feels like “ouch”, and “yuck”, and “no thanks”).  Perhaps however, you know not what it is commonly called. It is a condition of the shoulder…so let’s start there. Like virtually everything else on our…

Term of the month – Sternocleidomastoid, and Essential Oil of the month – Lemon

By Dana J | November 22, 2017

Term of the month: Today we introduce you to a very important and vital anatomical feature, but one that can also be at times a source of pain and tension. Its name is Sternocleidomastoid, but at parties it introduces itself as SCM (ba-dum tsss). It’s a muscle, and you have two of them –  one…

Understanding Chronic Fatigue

By | November 6, 2017

What is Chronic Fatigue? Chances are that you have at some point or another experienced fatigue: that listless, lifeless feeling of way-beyond-tired, seeping down to your very core.  We have almost all felt fatigue at some point in our lives. But what is chronic fatigue?  Chronic fatigue is, at its most simple explanation, the inability…

Lymphatic Massage

By | October 17, 2017

Lymphatic Drainage Massage This month, let’s tackle a topic that can certainly be filed under, “so THERE’s something I never think about….but now that you mention it, that IS pretty impressive…:” That topic?  Your lymphatic system. Here’s the scoop: your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste.  A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural…

Mind Body Connection: Massage helps you focus

By UM | August 29, 2017

How does massage therapy help you focus?  There are many reasons your concentration could be suffering.  Some of the most common explanations include: Anxiety Depression Insomnia drug use ADHD Chronic fatigue Sleep apnea Hormonal imbalances Anaemia Alzheimers/Dementia How massage increases concentration An overwhelming amount of doctor visits are connected to issues that deal with stress,…

Heat Therapy

By UM | August 7, 2017

Heat therapy does the opposite of cold therapy. It brings warmth and blood circulating to the muscles, instead of constricting and chilling the inflammation. Heat therapy is the use of heat in therapy for pain relief. It can take the form of a hot cloth, hot water bottle, hot stones, ultrasound, heating pad, hydrocollator packs, whirlpool…

Cold Stone Therapy

By UM | July 31, 2017

Cold stone therapy is the process of using chilled marble stones that have been specifically cut to shapes that can easily be applied on the face or body. This is a wonderful modality for those suffering from tension headaches and migraines. Cold constricts the blood vessels in the body and which alleviates swelling. It promotes…

IT Band Syndrome – Attention runners!

By UM | June 30, 2017

IT Band syndrome will definitely throw a wrench into your summer training schedule when it flares up! Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common injuries on runners due to overuse. The IT Band is not a muscle but rather a sheath that runs along the sides of the thighs, from the hip…