In my 36 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist, my practice mainly consists of families. If you ask me why, I will have to say that it sort of happened as natural course of things. Because my massage practice takes me into people’s homes, I get to interact with everyone in the household. From … Read more about The Spiritual Side of a Massage Therapist.
The Crone Stories – Edna
The beauty of doing house calls as a massage therapist is you often get to meet your client’s extended family. Not only that, but there have also been quite a few times when my clients would treat their guests to one of my massages. I met Edna because her dear daughter in law would treat her to … Read more about The Crone Stories – Edna
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
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
Flexibility and Movement Class
I am excited to report the results of our last workshop to increase flexibility and movement. I recently enjoyed seeing a dear long-term client for her massage appointment. She thanked me for our workshop and told me she kept practicing the exercises she remembered. When I worked on her neck, her … Read more about Flexibility and Movement Class
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
Massage Therapist and Voice Actor?
As a massage therpaist, a practitioner in The Healing Arts and a caregiver, I have spent most of my time doing what I think should be done or what I have to do. I love my work and I've enjoyed being helpful to people I've taken care of, but I'm at a point in my life where I want to start doing … Read more about Massage Therapist and Voice Actor?
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
What Burns More Calories Than Running
I am not a runner. I am a walker. I walk every day, sometimes as exercise and others just as part of a busy life. I also work out regularly, but until very recently, my suspicions that the right type of weight training will burn more calories than running were only that, my own suspicions. I … Read more about What Burns More Calories Than Running
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
Body Balance and Massage Therapy
Baby Boomers, or those 65 years and older, are becoming the largest population on our planet. As these Baby Boomers age, there comes many unique changes in the human body, some of which are specific to each individual. Injuries occurring from falls are one of the most serious issues facing the … Read more about Body Balance and Massage Therapy
The Morning Shift
The summer morning sun is shining brightly as I drive up my client’s driveway. I have arrived at the home of an elderly friend I am a caregiver for. I tend to the chores that she can no longer handle herself , emptying the cat boxes, refilling waters bowls, feeding the birds and emptying the … Read more about The Morning Shift