Massage Therapy Center Blog

Make Time for Quietude

As the days become shorter and the dark becomes longer, Fall is an auspicious time to turn inward to honor quiet times of inner listening and being still within our bodies. At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto we support and encourage these precious living processes through professional bodywork that soothes our nervous system into quietude and healing.

Wishing you, your family, and dear…

Our Inner Clock Needs Regular Sleep

Three scientists earned a Nobel Prize last month for their research that helped discover the clocks running in every cell in our bodies. ‘With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day,’ the Nobel Prize committee wrote of the work of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young. ‘The clock regulates critica…

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation,…

Meet Loretta Starkey, Advanced Therapist

Loretta Starkey, Advanced Therapist

Loretta has been a full-time professional bodyworker since 1984, and has been with Massage Therapy Center for over 20 years! She has close to 1000 hours of training, and her work has evolved through continuing studies. The styles Loretta primarily employs are slow and relaxing Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release. Our clients love her soothing, healing touch and presence.


Make Room for Contentment

“Contentment if a paradox,” writes yoga teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, for Yoga Journal. “If we seek it, it evades us….It is like a shy cat that hides under the bed. If we try to catch it, we never will. But if we sit still and wait in patience, the cat will come to us.”

By creating space in our bodies and minds, contentment can find a place to live within us, Judith reminds us. By…

Self-Massage for Headache Relief

Statistics show that one out of every six Americans suffers from chronic headaches—that’s roughly 45 million sufferers every year.

Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine.

More than $1 billion is spent on over-the-counter medications to treat headaches and migraines.

The lost work due to migraines costs more than $13 billion…

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