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Mary’s Spinning Explained: A Story of Aging and Vertigo, Part 3 – Final

Mary’s tests showed that her vestibular system was declining due to age. Presbyequilibrium is a result of the reduction in the gelatinous substance in the otoconial mass, causing the inability to sense gravity and linear acceleration. Aging also contributes to a … Continue reading

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Dizziness in the Elderly: A Story of Aging and Vertigo, Part 2

Chronic dizziness in those 65 and older is fairly common and presents symptoms such as lightheadedness, vertigo, disequilibrium, spinning, and faintness.[1]  Because Mary’s dizziness was increasing, she made an appointment with her doctor. Dizziness in the elderly can be caused by … Continue reading

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Meet Mary: A Story of Aging and Vertigo, Part 1

I am the massage therapist for a retirement community ranging in age from late sixties to late nineties. Working with this group is challenging because of the many age related conditions that can develop with advancing years. One of my … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons to Believe You Might be a Massage Therapist……

In honor of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, I’m posting one of my favorite lists pulled together from various sources. We all need a laugh now and again! You’ll know you’re a massage therapist if you laugh or nod your … Continue reading

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“Fixing is a form of judgement”

A client of mine passed away several days ago. I suppose this shouldn’t surprise me considering a segment of my massage practice is elderly and in declining health. When I began working in geriatric massage, I knew it was a … Continue reading

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I’m not done learning yet….

I heard a massage therapist make a comment the other day that just floored me. We were talking about the time spent in massage school and her opinion was that she had put in her time learning to do a … Continue reading

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To Retail or Not To Retail…

I have vacillated over selling retail merchandise in my Batesville massage office since I first opened….and I have received differing opinions on the decision. My massage instructor was a “purist” and saw no reason to be a sales person. She … Continue reading

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Oh, the things people say!

I was thinking this morning about things massage therapists say to their clients during a massage session and came up with a couple of gems that have been said to me.   Here’s my favorite from way back: “Wow, you’ve got … Continue reading

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Why I love/hate continuing education.

Massage therapy is not a static art. Like any career/vocation, we need to stay up to date, well-trained and excited about our work. Training doesn’t end with graduation from massage therapy school. In fact, the learning is just beginning with … Continue reading

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Can energy work complement massage therapy?

“It is possible there exist human emanations that are still unknown to us. Do you remember how electrical currents and ‘unseen waves’ were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.” ~ Albert Einstein Can energy work … Continue reading

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