Massage Therapy Center Blog

Embrace the Whole of Nature

Our task must be to free ourselves

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

as well as the whole of nature

and its beauty.  ~ Albert…

Emotional Impacts of Low Back Pain

emotional aspects of back pain

No matter how healthy or well-conditioned your body may be, at some point, your lower back is almost destined to cause you problems. For most people, low back pain is just a minor annoyance that emerges once in awhile, sticks around for a couple of days, then goes away. For other people, there’s no break from the pain. When pain becomes chronic, it goes far beyond a physical sensation. It can…

Neuromassage Bodywork

Neuromassage Bodywork

Neuromassage Bodywork incorporates gentle and deep techniques for addressing unhealthy chronic tension patterns and structural imbalances. It is used to re-educate and encourage the nervous system to allow rather than to resist release. Founded by Langdon Roberts, this work combines both neuroscience and therapeutic bodywork while ‘teaching’ the client’s nervous system how to achiev…

Meet Lara Berthiaume, Advanced Therapist

Lara Berthiaume, CMT, has been a professional massage therapist since 1999 and has deepened her practice working at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto since 2000. Says Lara, “I have always known that I wanted to be a professional masseuse—to me, it is such spiritually rewarding work and keeps me in touch with myself, as well as the human spirit.” Besides her basic training in Swedish massage,…

Emotional Stamina in the Workplace

coping with emotional stress at work

You know this kind of boss — the screamer, the door slammer, the pointing finger. Maybe you’ve had the misfortune of working for such a person and watched haplessly as your job performance withered and frustration level rose. Now a university researcher has come up with a novel theory about what causes supervisors and co-workers, too, to lash out at others in the workplace and what you can do…

Struggling? Make Self-Care a Priority

Make self-care a priority.

If you’re struggling, you deserve to make self-care a priority. Whether that means lying in bed all day, eating comfort food, putting off homework, crying, sleeping, rescheduling plans, finding escape through a good book, watching your favorite TV show, or doing nothing at all—give yourself permission to put your healing first. Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and today,…

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