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Reader Response: As a massage therapist, could you give a rundown on what you would recommend for a client? What exactly are the benefits of Thai vs shiatsu vs deep tissue?

Well, first off: Thai and shiatsu are both deep tissue massage. All that “deep tissue” means is that it’s having an effect on the deeper tissues of the body beyond the initial layer of skin, connective tissue, and maybe the top layer of muscles. There are LOTS of muscle layers in the body–at any one… Continue reading Reader Response: As a massage therapist, could you give a rundown on what you would recommend for a client? What exactly are the benefits of Thai vs shiatsu vs deep tissue?

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We Are All Ghosts (made of connective tissue)

“Doris Taylor doesn’t take it as an insult when people call her Dr Frankenstein. “It was actually one of the bigger compliments I’ve gotten,” she says — an affirmation that her research is pushing the boundaries of the possible. Given the nature of her work as director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart… Continue reading We Are All Ghosts (made of connective tissue)

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Of Energetic Exchange and Captain America

Before I became a massage therapist, I NEVER believed in woo-woo ~energy~ things. Crystals, auras, all of that–it all sounded pretty farfetched. Since I’ve started working in this field, though, I’ve had to revise that opinion based on simple empirical, first-hand experiences. I have gotten nausea, headaches, and anxiety from clients before. It’s a very… Continue reading Of Energetic Exchange and Captain America

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Reader Response: Any suggestions on how to find a good massage therapist in a big city?

That depends on what your primary issue is. If you’re super-stressed out and need to relax, maybe go for a spa environment where everything is designed to be soothing and comforting–though watch out, they’ll probably try to sell you products while you’re there (usually they get paid by commission). If spa prices are too much… Continue reading Reader Response: Any suggestions on how to find a good massage therapist in a big city?

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Reader Response: This is a bit of an odd question, but here goes: I have a gift certificate for a massage. Is it polite to tip the massage therapist, like you would a beautician or a manicurist? If so, is it the same going rate of like 20%?

Not an odd question at all, I’m glad you asked! Tipping massage therapists (and how much you tip) can vary depending on the situation. If you see a massage therapist at a chain–like Elements Therapeutic Massage, Massage Envy, or the like–then the therapist is actually getting very little of the price of the massage, so… Continue reading Reader Response: This is a bit of an odd question, but here goes: I have a gift certificate for a massage. Is it polite to tip the massage therapist, like you would a beautician or a manicurist? If so, is it the same going rate of like 20%?