Yearly Archives: 2016


Meridian Massage

First, let's take a look at a brief background to lead up to Meridian massage. In Tuina, the ancient medical system of China, the theory of qi (chi) energy flow tells of how, where, and when this life force of chi circulates the body. There is a pattern, or biorhythm clock, where chi energy reaches [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Massage, Massage Therapy|0 Comments

Self-Massage for the Thigh

One of the effects of repetitive activity, either athletic, recreational, or professional, is that tension builds in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Think about any athletic ready position with a slight hinge in your hips. This stance automatically loads the thighs as well as the glutes in order for a movement reaction to be [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|Comments Off on Self-Massage for the Thigh


Tuina can be translated as push/pull or push and grasp in Chinese. It combines both massage and medical theory and practice that includes the modern Swedish massage we commonly know today. In China, Tuina practitioner's study for over 7 years to learn more than relaxing massage techniques. They are the equivalent of our massage therapist, physical [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Fascial Stretch Therapy, Massage, Massage Therapy|Comments Off on Tuina

Self-Massage for the Lower Leg

This is the second part of our self-massage series following part one which covered the feet. The lower leg is comprised of the calf muscle, or gastrocnemius and soleus, the peroneals which lie to the outside, shin or tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus in the front, and the deep toe flexors and arch stabilizers [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

How to Self-Massage Your Feet

The feet are the most obvious place to start with self-massage after a long day hiking, running, or working over long-distances and rough terrain. They endure hundreds of pounds of repetitive force in the often hot, wet, enclosed spaces we call shoes. They absorb shock, mold to uneven surfaces, and offer us a temporary connection point [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Hiking, Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

The Power of Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy, FST for short, is a unique way to stretch the body using a series of natural pain-free movements. Developed by Ann and Chris Frederick in Tempe, Arizona, FST has been used by elite athletes around the globe including the most recent 2016 Olympic Games. . More information can be found on their [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Fascial Stretch Therapy|Comments Off on The Power of Fascial Stretch Therapy

What’s Your Reason for Massage?

The thought of receiving a massage often brings up images of a spa where one has the time and space to fully let-go and relax. This type of relaxation stress-relieving massage is crucial for our busy task-laden lives. Time spent away from technology, our work space, and distraction is why so many are flocking toward [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Massage, Massage Therapy|Comments Off on What’s Your Reason for Massage?

Loowit Trail #216- Hiking Around Mt. St. Helens

Since my two day trip around Mt. Hood via the Timberline Trail last year, I've been wanting to visit the Loowit Trail. I read it was between 30-32 miles depending on the access trail chosen and that the terrain was very difficult, only recommended for experienced hikers. The Loowit Trail is known for limited waters sources, [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Adventures, Hiking|Comments Off on Loowit Trail #216- Hiking Around Mt. St. Helens

A quick snack option

One of my favorite ways to snack is by combining various natural ingredients into a bowl. Here I added sliced banana, chia seeds, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, and kefir together for a nutritious and easy snack before bed. Other additions that have gone well are cinnamon, berries, chocolate milk, and a nut butter. A great [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Nutrition|Comments Off on A quick snack option

Coconut Power Balls

I first heard of these densely-packed energy balls from a patient who came into our studio in Portland. Thankfully, they left a recipe that I quickly snapped a picture after tasting them. Here is the link from the recipe: I love these for longer days at work, around the house for a quick snack, and [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Nutrition|Comments Off on Coconut Power Balls