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To-do lists- 9 ways to set yourself up for success

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have to get done? Perhaps you occasionally find yourself uncertain of where to even begin, or what to do next. If you are anything like me, you’ve wrestled with both of these scenarios. Many of us use to-do lists, written out on scraps of paper or in a planner, or managed with an app. Well, here’s a handful of tips to help you get the most benefit out of your lists! 1. Write out your daily list the night before This allows your resting brain to chew on the

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21 wholesome ways to reward yourself

Feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, or under pressure? Anxious or frantic like a lab rat with no cheese at the end of your maze? If you’re anything like I used to be, you might be expecting a lot of yourself without giving enough back! Effective self care involves rest and play, and intentionally sprinkling little rewards in throughout your day can make the whole thing much easier, healthier, and, well, more rewarding! Brains love success and consistency. By giving yours a steady diet of rewards, you help reinforce new habits and support yourself mentally and emotionally. When you find yourself overwhelmed

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Four low-cost ways to connect

It’s February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and extravagant meals to ‘reconnect with the one you love’. But what if we pass on the chocolate and Hallmark cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just romantic partners, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention, or maybe your favorite uncle you haven’t seen in years. Share some time with someone

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Should I cancel my massage if I’m sick?

Short answer: Yes, please! Long Answer: Yes, please! Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always a great idea. As cold and flu season approaches again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment. Why? When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no

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Does poor body image keep you away from the massage table?

Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal, but some people have a much tougher time with their body image. It affects how they live and their overall happiness. When I tell some people that I’m a massage therapist they can have a strong reaction. They tell me, whether verbally or through their body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anyone else could accept them. The paradox here is that massage can really help with

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Do I have to take all my clothes off?

The short answer is “No. Absolutely not.” The long answer is a bit more detailed. This is one of the most frequently asked questions about massage and deserves some discussion. Massage therapists are typically taught to tell clients, “Undress to your level of comfort.” I find that alone to be vague, and it doesn’t really answer the question. At some point I switched to, “I’m going to step out for a few minutes. Go ahead and undress to your comfort level. For some that means undies on, others like to take them off. The chair in the corner and the

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