Val Boonstra, The Happy Healer

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

Dealing With Stress During The Holidays

We are lucky. Our Valhealing blog has lots of readers and sometimes they even ask us to print a post they write. It's a nice compliment that people take time to let us know they like what we write. Today, we received a request from Levada Elrod to post this on our blog, and to supply a link to their … Read more about Dealing With Stress During The Holidays

Yoga Nidra – A Path to Peaceful Sleep

Another Guest Post by Julie Klutinoty- Yoga Nidra - a path to peaceful sleep If you practice yoga, you are among over 20 million people, in the U.S. alone, stepping on and off ‘the mat’ on a regular basis. With a rich history over 5,000 years old, Yoga is to the 21st Century what Jane Fonda … Read more about Yoga Nidra – A Path to Peaceful Sleep

Yoga For Anxiety and Depression

Featured Image by Justyn Warner from Unsplash As an alternative health practitioner, I am always on the hunt for methods to help my clients with stress, anxiety, injury prevention and pain relief. I know from my own practice that regular massage is helpful for each of these things, and can even … Read more about Yoga For Anxiety and Depression

Massage and Pilates

Massage and Pilates, what does one have to do with the other? While it may seem as though they have nothing in common, let me present you with these words and we will proceed from there. One relieves pain and the other helps to prevent injury in the first place. During my career as a masseuse, I … Read more about Massage and Pilates

Massage Therapy and Exercise for Pain Relief

The majority of my massage business is out calls. I go to people's homes with my own massage table to work on them.  The advantages of doing house calls is that it provides me with information about their lifestyles.  When I start working with a new client I make it a point to observe … Read more about Massage Therapy and Exercise for Pain Relief

Fixing Ourselves

I was taking a walk down memory lane looking at some old photographs. It's funny how people take so many pictures now and back in the day that just wasn't the case or maybe it was just my parents that wasn't the case with I don't know. I found a photo of myself wearing a beautiful dress my mother … Read more about Fixing Ourselves

The Gift of Massage

Massage as a gift. How lovely is that? I don't know of too many other professions where the actual work you do can be given as a gift. Every so often, not just on Valentine's day, some sweet person will call me and ask that I give a massage to their loved one. Sometimes it's a wife calling to get … Read more about The Gift of Massage

Yoga and Meditation

  Did you know there is something you can do every day which will  improve your brain's ability to retain information? It's true. No appointment needed. It's yoga. Many aspects of yoga have been proven to increase brain function and memory. Yoga stretches your body, it helps you to … Read more about Yoga and Meditation

Exercise Helps With Depression

Exercise and massage can help people with depression. For some it is the only way to keep depression at bay. I am not advocating that those who are on medication stop taking the prescriptions, I am saying that even if you are on medication, exercise can help keep depression from overtaking your … Read more about Exercise Helps With Depression

Massage Therapy Brevard County

I, Valentina Boonstra, have been helping people relieve stress and reduce their pain through massage therapy for almost 30 years now. What I know from working on bodies is when people get up from my massage table, they are relaxed, their pain is gone. Massage is known to aid the body in healing … Read more about Massage Therapy Brevard County