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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 16 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 ways teens can benefit from massage

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Allissa Haines

Adolescence is a unique stage of life. In between childhood and adulthood, teens go through massive changes on both a physiological and a psychological level. Naturally, this means that teens also have unique health and wellness issues. While nothing replaces regular physical exams with a physician and an active lifestyle, massage therapy can be a...Read More

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Massage & Depression (pssst- massage can help)

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Allissa Haines

I learned about massage and mental illness by default. Nearly nine years ago when I started in massage, it wasn’t the kind of thing people put on their intake forms. My experience in pharmacy helped me to recognize certain types of medications clients would list. But some clients wouldn’t even write that down. Over time...Read More

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Your first massage

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Allissa Haines

Curious about massage? Maybe a little nervous? Here’s what a typical back massage looks like. But really, there is no ‘typical’ massage. Each treatment is customized to your preferences, to meet your goals for that day....Read More

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No gratuities accepted, but thanks!

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Allissa Haines

How come, Allissa? Money is awesome. Indeed, money is great. And I so appreciate your generous nature. However, I consider the massage I provide to be an important part of your regular wellness care, just like exercising and brushing your teeth. It just doesn’t seem professional to me to be accepting money above my published...Read More

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