Massage for Pain Relief

I have two sisters and a brother. They all suffer from various back ailments and when they hurt, I help. My oldest sister has chronic sciatica and some bad discs in her lower back. She sometimes has so much pain and stiffness that she can only walk a few feet at a time. Because she likes to be … Read more about Massage for Pain Relief

What To Know About Back Pain

I received a call from a client I have worked on for years, “Val, my back is in a lot of pain, when can you come see me”? As always, when my clients are in pain, I take that very seriously and I got to him as quickly as I could. When someone says they have back pain, there are so many varieties … Read more about What To Know About Back Pain

Caregiving for Momma

It's dark, I am wandering down a hallway , I am cold and the floor is icy slippery.  Suddenly, I am accosted and thrown into a room where I am forced to fight off these mutable demons that are lashing  out at me. I raise my sword to fight them off, but it's heavy and I can hardly lift it. … Read more about Caregiving for Momma

Moving Is Important

I see it in myself, I see it in others. There is a saying that goe something like this, move it or lose it. And if we don't move it, then we lose it. Our society is increasingly sedentary, and even people like me, who have always been active, have found ourselves sitting more than ever. This is bad, … Read more about Moving Is Important

Taking Care Of Mom

I have mentioned the caregiving issues I have been handling with my elderly mom in past blogs. My sisters and I have been trying to help our Mother deal with the changes her body’s been going through.She went from being fit and mobile and active to sedentary fragile and weary. We're so use to … Read more about Taking Care Of Mom

Massage & Exercise for Lymphedema

I first heard of lymphedema when I worked on a surgical floor at a hospital. I asked the nurse what she taught the patients about when they were about to undergo a mastectomy. She explained to me that there were side effects from having lymph vessels removed. That was the first time I heard of … Read more about Massage & Exercise for Lymphedema

What Do Massage Therapy and Clean Eating Have In Common?

If you have been following my blog, you might be wondering, why the heck is this Massage Therapist telling me about clean eating and my health. I will explain. I have been in the body business for well over 30 years now. When I started out, my main focus was providing stress and pain … Read more about What Do Massage Therapy and Clean Eating Have In Common?

What Are Clean Foods?

I posted a couple of blogs on the importance of eating well. As a result, I have had some questions from those who follow my blog. I can give the answers in my own words, but sometimes they carry more weight when the explanation comes from the experts. From and NBC post "Clean foods are … Read more about What Are Clean Foods?

Nutrition, Our Health, Our Bodies, Part II

  I am taking the time to address the issue of food in relation to our health in this month's blog posts. Take a look at an excerpt on this issue from the NBC Website, further studies which show exactly how nutrition and exercise affect our overall health: "Smoking and poor eating … Read more about Nutrition, Our Health, Our Bodies, Part II

Nutrition and Our Bodies

There used to be a book that food conscious Mom's read in the late 1950's. It's title is, "You Are What You Eat". When I was a child, I thought, that sounds a little extreme. Turns out it isn't.  When I attended a workshop recently the teacher discussed personal responsibility for one's … Read more about Nutrition and Our Bodies

Val, Why Are Your So Kind to Me?

  I am not what anyone would consider a delicate person. I am big and strong and capable. I and my siblings are funny and kind and we are a big presence in any room. That's a nice way of saying that we can be loud. But I am also kind and very tender hearted. I think people sometimes think … Read more about Val, Why Are Your So Kind to Me?