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Scented or unscented?

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  3 comments
Scented or unscented?

I offer clients the choice of scented or unscented products in their massage and foot reflexology treatments. Yet we ask clients to avoid wearing scented products when they come to see us. Is that fair? Why I use essential oils Scent…

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“I want total, delicious relaxation.”

Posted on September 6, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  no comments yet
"I want total, delicious relaxation."

Our brief intake forms ask clients what they want from their treatments with us. Clients’ goals include relief from particular aches and pains, increased mobility, support for better sleep, reduction in anxiety and depression, or a complement to their fitness…

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Fearless

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  no comments yet
Image of a shiny brain on a blue background

That’s how a client described me after his treatment yesterday: Fearless. Why? Because I worked areas that many people regard as too sensitive or unpleasant to have touched. In this case, the client was referring to muscles of the chest…

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When the massage therapist has an aching back

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  no comments yet
"Compassion": Stained glass window of a woman comforting a child, at the Washington National Cathedral, courtesy of kslyesmith at sxc.hu

It happens.  Of course it happens. Clients have told us they’re surprised that Chris and I experience illness and even muscle spasm. Healing touch is special. Bodywork can be utilized as health care, palliative care, personal service, pleasant diversion, and…

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Night light

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  2 comments
Night light

Chris has done bodywork for over 30 years, I for more than 20. Yesterday we flipped the switch on our very first lighted sign. I surprised myself by feeling self-conscious. Maybe because I know that an illuminated sign shining out…

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Hush.

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  5 comments
Sunset over Massage Vermont building

A client told me she is usually quiet when receiving a massage and didn’t really want to chit-chat. I assured her I would talk only as it related to her session, such as checking her comfort with my pressure or…

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“Do you do couples’ massage?”

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  no comments yet
"Do you do couples' massage?"

The other day a client who was picking up a gift certificate asked if we do couples’ massage. Chris and I looked at each other to see which of us would say what we said before moving to Montpelier. We…

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What is this I feel in my back?

Posted on May 1, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  1 comment
Master Observers. felines Bailey & Sammy the Serpent

When I feel a sensation in my body, I have several choices. I might feel sharp pang in my right low back and think, “It’s my kidney” or “My low-back hurts.” Or I could step back from concluding anything. I…

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No Pain, No Pain

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  2 comments
Gentle neck massage. Photo courtesy of ABMP.

One of my Muscular Therapy Institute teachers used to say that. She was drawing a contrast to the counterproductive cliché “no pain, no gain.” My massage therapy teacher was right. When your nervous system senses noxious input – like too…

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Why you probably like your massage therapist

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  2 comments
Sheryl massages a Farm Sanctuary resident

Walk into any room and notice how you feel. Are your muscles more relaxed or tense? Do you feel more energized or drained? Did your mood change when you entered the room? Now look around the room. Listen for ambient…

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