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Posts by Norm

Do you need a “stay at home” retreat?

A couple of days ago I listened enviously as a colleague shared his recent experience of sailing and resting on the sands of San Juan. We are in the midst of our hardest winter in recent decades, and the “Minnesota Slump” has become the standard posture for many of us. What can be done if…

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Reading to sink your teeth into

Recently I discovered that my credit card was compromised. Adding insult to injury, the culprits proceeded to fill their bellies at my expense — “feasting” on fast food. With all the choices available, they chose the quickest and least satisfying options, filling themselves up with mass produced, tasteless food substitutes. When it comes to reading…

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How Often Should You Get a Massage?

At the end of a massage, I am often asked “how often should I get a massage?” Wow! What an open-ended and difficult question. You may as well ask me how much exercise, food, sleep, and recreational activities you need. Certainly there are many factors to consider. And after answering just a few questions, we…

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Who says that you have to be perfect?

You don’t have to be perfect. Several years ago, upon returning to Minnesota from Texas, I was amazed at how often people used the term “perfect” to describe a variety of events. It seemed as though everything was perfect – or at least that was the case when things were not less than satisfactory. The…

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“Your massage felt like you cared . . . “

Massage can at times be a mystery . . . The part of massage that is welcoming for some is simultaneously a challenge for others — Touch! There is an old song that says “sometimes when we touch, the honesty is too much.” Within touch there is healing, but it cannot be entered into without…

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Hey! You with the Wheat Belly.

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Way Back to Health, by William Davis, MD   The proposition of “Wheat Belly” is quite basic: “the health problems of Americans, from fatigue to arthritis to gastrointestinal disease to obesity, originate with the innocent-looking bran muffin or cinnamon raisin bagel you down with…

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Step Outside of the Box!

Sometimes life has a way of forcing us into a rut. Many of us work 60 plus hours per week, simply to make the mortgage, catch up on car payments, buy groceries, and hopefully have a little “discretionary” income for some “me time.” In all of the rush it is easy to wonder if all…

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Sometimes it IS what you can’t see that hurts you!

Sometimes it seems that no matter how well we take care of ourselves, our bodies just don’t respond the way we want them to.  What can you do when frequent massage, healthy food and adequate sleep are not enough? In today’s blog we take a l0ok at a new book by Ann Louise Gittleman in…

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“How was your massage?”

People get massages for a variety of reasons.  For the massage therapist, feedback from the client is essential, as it provides us with a measurement of the effectiveness and quality of the service we provide. We value the honest, constructive input from clients, as it helps us to fine-tune future sessions, and helps us to…

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Are you a victim of the genetic lottery? Fight back!

Many of us have been led to believe that we are born with disease, or tendencies to disease and physical maladies. In many cases it is possible to truly reverse the aches, pains, and suffering that we experience on a daily basis through something as simple as our lifestyle choices.  I am speaking of the…

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