People I meet will often ask what I do for a living. When I tell them that I am a professional massage therapist, I am usually met with one of two reactions. The first is, "oh my, I need a good massage." The second reaction is "what does a massage actually do for me?' What does a good massage … Read more about What Does A Good Massage Do For You?
I have a friend who jokingly calls me the happy healer. I enjoy that title. While I don't spend every waking moment of my life trying to be happy, I do work at maintaining a positive outlook no matter what is going on in my life. I have always been happy to have my massage … Read more about Val Boonstra, The Happy Healer
qi gong tai chi exercise I, Valentina Boonstra, am a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and I help people recover from surgery. A couple of days a week I also work at Sara Care. For over 30 years I have been in business in Brevard County. It's my home, and I feel very loving and … Read more about Intrinsiconnections
Whenever I talk to my friends these days and ask how they are doing, the response I get is "I am so tired, or I am exhausted or I just laid on the couch all day I couldn't get anything done". Many of us have been on some kind of lockdown since early March. The stress of trying to follow all … Read more about How Are You Doing?
As a massage therapist, I have an understanding of bodies. I know how they work and how they compensate for what is not working properly. When I work on a body I try to ascertain just what kind of training the person has already participated in. If they are not in sports, then what lifestyle habits … Read more about For Athletes
This is a reprint of a post written by fellow exercise and massage therapists, Julie. From time to time, my friend Julie Klutinoty shares some of her experience and expertise with us. Today, she is examining the differences between Pilates and Yoga. As a Certified Pilates and Yoga … Read more about Yoga or Pilates?
Did your Mom tell you to "Sit up straight", to "Stand up, don't slouch" and make you walk with a book balanced on your head? … Read more about Why Posture Is Important
I just read an article in Massage Magazine that I found to be very interesting. It was written by Amy Bradley Radford, L.M.T., B.C.T.M.B. I am going to use an excerpt from her article here so you can see what I am going to be writing about. Take a look: "Many years ago, a wise massage … Read more about Massage as a Healing Space?
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 20 years now, long before it became mainstream. Along the way, I also learned that preventing injury is nearly as important as helping to heal injuries. I have worked with top athletes, physical therapists, chiropractors and health … Read more about Massage Therapist
From time to time, my friend Julie Klutinoty shares some of her experience and expertise with us. Today, she is examining the differences between Pilates and Yoga. As a Certified Pilates and Yoga Teacher for over 30 years, one of the most common questions I find myself answering is, “What is … Read more about The Difference Between Yoga and Pilates
Can there really be such a thing as too much jocularity? Everyone has different ways to express their stress. One of my ways of relieving stress is through humor. I have had to learn to tone it down a bit when I was younger my humor was more biting and … Read more about Too Much Jocularity
Clients will often ask my advice to help prevent injuries. One of the easiest ways to prevent injuries is to warm up and stretch before you exercise. … Read more about Is It Important to Stretch and Warm Up?