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My friend recently died of breast cancer. She was an amazing woman who lived fully until the end. Everyone who knew her loved her, she made everyone feel special. I hadn't known her all that long or even that well but she had an impact on my life out of proportion to our time spent together. When her cancer recurred, I wanted to do whatever I could to help.

The increasing use of essential oils has been accompanied by an increasing number of poisonings, especially of children, and other adverse effects. Unsupported claims about their purity and medicinal properties are made. Buyers should beware of fraud, get reliable information before using these highly concentrated oils, and keep them out of the reach of children.

"How does massage work?"

Forget Black Friday, Support Small Business Saturday!

Remember how amazing you felt after your last massage? Why not share that experience with your loved ones by giving them a gift certificate for massage with Massage-StLouis? We know our clients are not looking for the cheapest but are looking for the best.

If you'd like to learn some safe and easy ways to do massage at home, come to our Massage for Couples class. This class is meant for non-professionals but massage therapists who would like to learn some basic Russian Massage strokes are also welcome to attend.

There is still room for two couples in this Saturday's Massage for Couples class at Forest Park Community College. You can get information about the class and how to register at this link.

Our next class will be on Saturday, April 23, at Meramec Community College.

Hope to see you there!

We've moved, but not far. If you've been with us for over three years, you'll recognize that we are back in the buildings on Clayton Rd. at Hanley where we had previously been for thirteen years. We're in the West Building of Clayton Plaza in a small suite of our own.

Forget Black Friday frenzy, crowded parking lots at impersonal big box stores, and waiting in long lines. Relax in the comfort of your own home and shop Small Business Saturday online. Our online gift certificate purchase is easy and stress-free.

Christopher Moyer, Ph.D., is a psychologist who has done research in massage therapy and meditation.

If you'd like to learn some safe and easy ways to do massage at home, come to one of the Massage for Couples class. This class is meant for non-professionals but massage therapists who would like to learn some basic Russian Massage strokes are also welcome to attend. 

In 1974, Richard Feynman delivered the commencement address at Caltech. The speech has endured and is often referred to as the "Cargo Cult Science" speech.

I love this speech. It's about intellectual honesty and integrity. It's about how not to fool yourself.

In late February I went to the first San Diego Pain Summit: Clinical Applications of Pain Science for Manual Therapists conference. Professionally, it was as if I’d died and gone to heaven. It was off the scale amazing.

Massage & Fitness Magazine, a science-based magazine focused on massage therapy and fitness, went public with its pilot issue yesterday.

The labeling of nociceptors as pain fibers was not an admirable simplification, but an unfortunate trivialization under the guise of simplification. 

From Patrick Wall, eminent pain scientist and author of the gate theory of pain.

Clients never mention it, but occasionally in more personal conversations someone will bring it up: chronic pain can interfere with intimate relationships.

Added 2/9/15:  Please note that this Saturday's class on February 14 is full. The Saturday, April 11, 2015, class is still open. We have also added a second class to the summer session on Saturday, June 27, at the Forest Park campus. 

Registration is now open for this semester's Massage for Couples classes.

Online purchase of gift certificates is easy! It only takes a few minutes, a laptop, and a credit card. Print it out yourself or have it emailed directly to the recipient. You can send a gift certificate for massage from anywhere in the world!

During this time of year, I start seeing a lot of billboards along the highway from the massage franchises competing with each other for massage gift certificate sales. The thought occurs to me that, while they may be able to compete with each other over price, they cannot compete with us when it comes to quality.

Forget Black Friday frenzy, crowded parking lots at impersonal big box stores, and waiting in long lines. Relax in the comfort of your own home and shop Small Business Saturday online. Our online gift certificate purchase is easy and stress-free.

I love massage. I’m passionate about it. I think it has many benefits and a lot of unrealized potential. I think it’s so awesome that I see no need to exaggerate or make unsupported claims. I am also committed to client-centered practice and part of that commitment is providing honest, accurate information.

Our commitment to excellence and to a client-centered practice means that we make every effort to make sure the information we give clients is accurate and reliable. We spend hours every week reading research and discussing it with other well-informed professionals.

Many massage therapists are suspect of science. Some reject it outright, believing that somehow it will make massage therapy cold and take the sense of wonder and depth out of it. In fact, when I went to massage school in 1991, many massage therapists objected to learning anatomy and physiology because they thought it would ruin the therapist’s intuition.

Ever since I got a website, I see a lot more pregnant women for prenatal massage. I don't know if there's a baby boom happening or if it's just easier for them to find me. I have learned that a lot of massage therapists don't do prenatal massage and many of the franchises will not accept pregnant clients, either.

There is still time to register for the September and October Massage for Couples classes. 

People come to my office for a variety of reasons. Some come to relax and that’s great. I think if we all got a massage about once every three weeks, the world would be a kinder, gentler place.

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