Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy New Beginnings

It's a bittersweet change as I leave Vital Health and Wellness.  What an amazing group of practitioners to share the clinic with since we opened in June 2008!  I love this community because every person is so passionate and dedicated to their healing modality.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and fun, making this indeed a sad good-bye to my massage space here.  But, this isn't good-bye, I'm grateful to continue to be a part of the web of supporters that VHW has. 

It's always been a dream of mine to work from home, a dream now come true!  My husband and I purchased property in SE this year that has a 256 sf shop.  This old shop has been completely transformed into a fresh new massage studio.  Never before have I had the ability to choose every last detail that my space would encounter.  Details that I'm proud of that help our environment: Bamboo floors! High-efficiency windows! Zero VOC Paint!  Armed with a new knowledge of Feng Shui and Space Clearing skills, I've had a wonderful time with this massage studio's transformation. (New beginnings everywhere, I graduated this year from the Portland Feng Shui Institute. I'm now a Feng Shui consultant!) I'm thrilled to begin working out of the 'Soul Meets Body Massage Studio' January 6th, 2010.  What a great way to ring in the New Year! Thank you Vital Health and Wellness for your loving support. Thank you to the community surrounding VHW, your support and warmth will always be felt.   May you all be happy, may you be healthy, and may you and yours be safe.  Big love and 10,000 blessings! 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Moving My Massage Practice Home

I'm sad to leave Vital Health and Wellness because I loved it there so much but it's always been a dream of mine to work from home, a dream now come true!  The old shop has been transformed into a fresh new massage studio.  It's three times the size of my previous spaces! I begin working out of it January 2010.  What a great way to ring in the upcoming New Year!

I'll be working out of Vital Health and Wellness until the end of the year.

Blessings and Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Purell vs. Handwashing

 Most alcohol gels on the market, like Purell, follow a basic formula: ethyl alcohol, water, a skin moisturizer, and some type of fragrance. The alcohol itself kills 99% of germs on the outer layer of skin while the moisturizer ensures that the skin is not irritated by the alcohol.  The contact with the alcohol and friction of the hand rubbing allows the sanitizer to work into  the nooks and crannies of our hands. But what about the other 1% of germs?

No matter how effective hand sanitizers are, they are not intended to replace hand washing with soap and water.  They will not remove dirt and oils on your skin, where bacterias live and reproduce.
But, soap alone will not kill germs either, unless antimicrobial agents are added to it. The use of soap and water mechanically dislodges microbes from your hands, which is why 20 seconds of hand washing, followed by thorough rinsing, is recommended by the CDC. When you use Purell, the alcohol kills the germs by dehydration. Essentially, water gets drawn from the microbes, and this is what kills them. ( Ingrid Koo, Ph.D)

Washing your hands with soap and water is important not only for getting rid of germs, but also for washing away other toxic products and chemicals you may come in contact with. Purell may kill the germs, but the dirt stays.

So use Purell (or whatever brand) in moderation and don’t forget the importance of soap and water (warm to hot) with friction for 20 seconds!

Sources: Koo, Ingrid Ph.d, Infectious Diseases Blog, "Purell: Friend or Foe?" 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage

The healing art of Thai Yoga massage is an ancient system with roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhism. It is a powerful system of therapy that combines Yoga stretches, rhythmic massage, acupressure, energy work and meditation. Thai massage stretches and balances the entire body. It is comically referred to as the "lazy man's Yoga" since the receiver just needs to relax while the practitioner puts them into Yogic stretches. This system releases stress and tension and deepens the connection between mind, body and spirit in both the giver and receiver. It is practiced on a mat on the floor with the client clothed in loose, comfortable clothing.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall into a Traditional Thai Massage

Happy Fall!

I can't believe it's that time again, my favorite time of year! The weather is so beautiful today, it's 65 and the sun is so warm on my skin. So many changes going on right now, the leaves are beginning to turn.

Perhaps you're in need of some physical changes. Maybe a little detox to come down from the busy social summer or perhaps just a good overall stretch from your activities. Thai massage is such a wonderful way to get that head to toe stretch and to move those toxins out of the body. It's a fantastic way to ground into your body and relax into the upcoming Fall months. If you've never had a Thai massage, I would love to introduce you to this amazing healing art form at 50 percent off. Contact me today for more information.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Out of the Office

I will be out of the office September 3rd and will return to work Monday, September 21st. May you be well, may you be safe, may you be happy.



Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity. May you be prosperous!
Ganesha, the Hindu god that removes all obstacles.
Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts. May you be creative!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Stretch The Body, Mind and Spirit with Thai

Happy, happiest Summer! It's warm and you're on vacation going hiking, biking and moving more! It's a great time to get your muscles stretched out and limber for all your summer activities. Imagine a massage where someone stretches you out from head to toe. All you have to do is lay there and receive. Well welcome to the wonderful world of Traditional Thai massage!! The healing art of Traditional Thai Yoga massage is an ancient system with roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhism. It is a powerful system of therapy that combines Yoga stretches, rhythmic massage, acupressure, energy work and meditation. Thai massage stretches and balances the entire body. Listed are the many benefits of Thai massage:

The Physical Benefits:

* Increases flexibility and mobility
* Increases relaxation in the body
* Helps to detox the body
* Helps to boost the immune system
* Increases the circulation of blood and lymph
* Reduces blood pressure
* Facilitates proper breathing
* Improves posture and body alignment
* Relieves pain and muscle tension
* Diminishes foot and leg cramping
* Dissolves energy blockages
* Supports joint health
* Invigorates internal organs and the nervous system
* Helpful in relieving headaches, migraines and back pain

The Mental Benefits:
* Improves mental clarity
* Heightens awareness
* Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
* Boosts energy and stamina
* Promotes a feeling of well-being balancing the mind, body and spirit.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Root Chakra Meditation

This is a lovely two minute Root Chakra meditation video by 360content on Youtube.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is the first Chakra that is located at the base of the spine, more precisely located in the perineum. It's Sanskrit name is Muladhara, meaning "root support". Muladhara's main role is in survival and grounding. It's inner role is stillness, security and stability.
The element is Earth, the color is red and it's sense is smell.

The body parts associated with Muladhara are the Adrenal glands, legs, feet, teeth, bones and large intestine. Imbalances include weight problems, constipation, sciatica degenerative arthritis, hemorrhoids, and knee complications.

The animal associated with the Root Chakra is the elephant. The Hindu deities connected with this Chakra are Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who eliminates obstacles and Lakshmi, the beautiful goddess of prosperity whether you need the opportunity, knowledge, money or time. Ganesha and Lakshmi work together to release fear and bring in abundance!

Since this Chakra is all about grounding a great way to balance this Chakra is to rest deeply by lying down or just simply sitting in a chair. Massage is also a wonderful way to balance Muladhara! Foot massage is especially beneficial for grounding.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Detox Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai Massage helps to detoxify the body by energizing the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system eliminates metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria in your body. It carries many white blood cells - a vital component of the Immune system that protects the body from infections. Thai Massage's therapeutic deep massage and stretching approach invigorates this lymphatic movement which helps detoxify the body and heighten the immune system.

For those of you who need a boost in your detox, a Traditional Thai Massage will help move those unwanted toxins out of your body. Contact Maree at (503) 803-3296 or email with any questions you might have about Thai Massage. 10% off your first Thai Massage.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Benefits of Traditional Thai Massage

The Physical Benefits

*Increases flexibility and mobility
*Increases relaxation in the body
*Helps to detox the body
*Helps to boost the immune system
*Increases the circulation of blood and lymph
*Reduces blood pressure
*Facilitates proper breathing
*Improves posture and body alignment
*Relieves pain and muscle tension
*Diminishes foot and leg cramping
*Dissolves energy blockages
*Supports joint health
*Invigorates internal organs and the nervous system
*Helpful in relieving headaches, migraines and back pain

The Mental Benefits

*Improves mental clarity
*Heightens awareness
*Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
*Boosts energy and stamina
*Promotes a feeling of well-being balancing the mind, body and spirit.

Monday, January 12, 2009

What Are the Benefits of Massage?

Many people think of it as a luxury, but massage is much more than simple relaxation. The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be studied, but research has shown it to be effective in:

*Decreasing pain
*Reducing anxiety and stress
*Improving range of motion
*Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
*Reducing muscle soreness
*Boosting the immune system
*Lessening depression
*Relieving back pain
*Promoting tissue regeneration
*Easing withdrawal symptoms
*Treating cancer-related fatigue
*Easing labor pain and stress
*Relieving migraine pain
*And more

from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Friday, January 9, 2009

What is Massage Therapy?

Wall painting in the tomb of Ankhmahor (the physician's tomb), Saqqara, Egypt c.2340 B.C.

Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in health care was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh". More than two thousand years later Hippocrates-the father of modern medicine-wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word, massein, means to knead).

Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet. Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.

Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.