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The Connection Between Pain and Stress

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Allissa Haines

Stress can hurt. It can cause real, physical pain. Studies show that depression and anxiety can lower your pain threshold, potentially making minor aches and pains into major problems. If you’ve ever noticed your back pain getting worse when your job gets more stressful, you’ve seen this first hand. On top of that, a common...Read More

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43 Reasons I’ve Hated a Massage (and why you should speak up)

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Allissa Haines

I’ve gotten a lot of massage in the last 11 years. From students, new practitioners, well-seasoned therapists and instructors. I’ve gotten massage in spas, clinics, school, trade show floors and home offices. I’ve been worked on by practitioners who knew I am also an MT and by those who thought I was just a marketing...Read More

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3 Things Massage Can Help You With Right Now

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Allissa Haines

We know massage will make us move better and feel happier, but not everyone can make time for regular appointments. Luckily, massage is great preventive care and it can have some instantly-gratifying results. Check out these 3 things massage can help you with right now. Headaches Tension headaches (often called stress headaches) are the...Read More

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Things I will and will not do when you come in for a massage.

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Allissa Haines

There are many, many kinds of massage therapists. We’ve all got different styles, techniques, office setups, and radically different personalities. It can be hard to just ‘pick a massage therapist’ off the internet. And it’s a risk to drop your hard-earned cash on a massage, not knowing if that therapist is right for you. To...Read More

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5 tips for a happier holiday season

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Allissa Haines

Happy holidays! Happy ‘getting stressed out, trying to do too many things and please everyone’ season. Oh, wait. That’s not promising. Maybe this is the year to mix it up a little and make the holidays a little easier. Forget perfection Sometimes gingerbread men will be missing a limb. The tree may have a bald...Read More

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Massage and HIV

Posted on November 16, 2014 by Allissa Haines

We’ve come such a long way since the early ‘80s, when AIDS crashed onto the scene, killing many and frightening more. There was so little known at that time. It was through the hard work and advocacy of many people that we discovered HIV, learned how to prevent its transmission, and how to hold it...Read More

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3 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Allissa Haines

It’s very, very easy to become over-scheduled nowadays. When life gets busy, it’s even more important to take care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else, too. It’s not realistic to try to overhaul our lives with major fitness plans, trendy diets, and radical self-help theories, so I’m a fan of smaller...Read More

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5 Tips for Active Aging

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Allissa Haines

Everybody talks about active aging, but not everybody knows what it’s supposed to look like. Working to stay happy and healthy as we get older shouldn’t be a drag, something done to slow an inevitable decline into decrepitude. Some things get better and better with age! While the grocery store magazine rack offers all kinds...Read More

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Four ways to keep stress at bay

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Allissa Haines

As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and warmer weather of April, there can be a bit of a dark cloud hanging in the spring sky. Often the first few weeks of the month are a rush of receipts and 1040’s as the April 15 Tax deadline looms (that’s me), and a rush of...Read More

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4 ways to improve your sleep

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Allissa Haines

March is fun for a few reasons. Exciting basketball, green beer, and a confused body clock. Wait, that’s not fun. March is when we attempt to shake off the winter doldrums and see the light at the end of the tunnel in the form of forsythia and Kid’s Day Fundraising efforts. Daylight Savings Time robs...Read More

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