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Body Positive Photo Session

In Art, art portraiture, body positive, Photography, Portrait, self care, Uncategorized on December 2, 2017 at 2:05 PM

I got to do a very inspiring photo-shoot recently. A woman contacted me about putting together a “Body Positive” session.  She’s given me permission to share the images from our time together – and here are just a few.

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Over the past few years her body has changed a lot. She’s had a baby, experienced lots of other life challenges and her perspective on what is sexy and what she values in the world has shifted…along with clothing size, stretch marks, etc.

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One goal of the photo shoot was to claim that who she is now is just as valuable, sexy and powerful as the person she was as a “size two”. We HIGHLIGHTED stretch marks because they are a proud sign that she grew the love of her life in her body. They are not something she felt ashamed of – and to witness this was beautiful.


It makes me sad when I photograph people who put themselves down throughout their entire session. I understand it – but it also makes me mad when I see a stunning soul standing before me, tearing themselves to pieces because they are not physically flawless.

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To define ourselves by a false definition of beauty that is endlessly marketed to us by companies who want to make us feel bad about ourselves in order to sell their newest product is disheartening. And to have someone stand before me, with confidence in and love for themselves was really kick ass.


If you’re on a courageous journey of learning to love and accept yourself as is – documenting the moment with photographs may be a powerful elixir.  I’d love to do more empowerment sessions like this…maybe with you.


Win a Free One Hour Massage!

In gift certificate, Massage, Refresh, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on December 1, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Are you or is anyone you know stressed out?  Massage may be part of the solution.

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Every time you come in for a massage between 12/01/17 and 01/31/18, you will be entered into a drawing to win a “self care bundle” that includes:  a gift certificate for a one hour massage; a handmade massage balm; and a microwaveable heat pack!


Small Business Saturday

In for sale, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 4:18 PM

I value experiences over things.  Someone in your life may as well.  This holiday season, rather than buying more “stuff” for your loved ones – why not consider purchasing them something that can offer peace of mind, reduction of stress, and some much needed self care time?  Starting today, till 12/31/17, you can purchase a gift certificate for massage for $10 off.  Bonus:  You’ll get a coupon for a FREE chair massage for yourself.

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Go HERE and choose the SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY gift certificate.

Have questions?  Call:  860-306-0067  Email:

Changing Sleep Patterns

In Essential Oil, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Fall is here. With that comes shifting schedules and potentially interrupted sleep patterns. Kids have to change their nightly routines in order to get up for school on time and our natural rhythms get messed with as daylight grows shorter and the time clocks change.

An easy self-care tool to support your sleep during all this change is to use high quality, pure essential oils.

A popular oil for relaxation is Lavender. [ Don’t get Lavender, Spike – as that is stimulating]




Here are a few ways to incorporate lavender into a nightly, calming routine:

1. Use an aromatherapy diffuser. Add approximately 3-5 drops of pure essential oil per 100 ml of water. You can start the diffuser 30 minutes before bed time to get the scent in the room, and then let it run all night.

2. Make your own linen spray. Add about 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one ounce of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well – and spray before bed. Add or remove the amount of essential oil based on your ‘scent preference’.

3. Give yourself a light massage by incorporating the lavender essential oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Add 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for a 2.5% dilution and massage into your feet, temples and pulse points.

My personal favorite is the diffuser method. It not only lulls me into a deeper state of relaxation … it also makes the whole room smell great.

Let me know if you try any of these and what your experience is like.

Have fun!

P.S. – Massage is another great way to help you relax. You can book your next appointment online by going HERE.

The Double Unwind

In Business, CT, for sale, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on September 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

I have news to share. Many of you know that back in February I had to leave the original location of the studio unexpectedly. For the past six months or so I’ve been improvising in make shift spaces, and for a short time have been sharing a room with a new yoga instructor.

The news: we are relocating and expanding our current space.

I’ll be back on Main St in Manchester – just a few doors in the opposite direction of my original spot. A local man has purchased the old armory in town and has plans to rehab it and lease spaces to local businesses. When I walk through the building I have visions of it being an artist / wellness spot in town – there’s so much potential!!

To welcome you to the new location I’ve teamed up with the yoga instructor, Ellen Mangiafico, to create a special for the month of November. Grab a friend and come in for an hour of unwinding for only $50 each!! You’ll get a half hour massage and a half hour one-on-one yoga session at an enormously reduced rate.

I’m excited for you to come see our new location and to continue to grow and expand in Manchester.

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**Note – we will be moving into our new spot sometime in October. Until then you can still receive normal services at our current location on East Center Street.

Book your next service online HERE.


In Massage, Refresh, self care, Specials on May 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM


Summer’s coming. This is the time of year to rest and rejuvenate. If you can’t escape for a week, how about an hour?  I’ve heard that a one hour massage can be the equivalent rest of one full night of sleep! Could you use a little down time?

When you book and receive your next regularly priced one hour therapeutic massage in June 2017, you’ll receive a coupon for $30 off of your massage in July 2017.


Give the Gift of Massage

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on December 17, 2016 at 8:56 AM


Purchase the GIFT of MASSAGE for someone right now. Click HERE.

Online Booking for Massage Appointments!

In Massage, Refresh, self care, Uncategorized on August 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

“Self care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”  ~Jennifer Loudon~


Finding time to fill your well just got super easy!  Just click on the “booknow on MassageBook” button to book your next appointment. Then take a big sigh of relief as you anticipate the peace and relaxation that awaits you.


Book Now on!


Looking for the perfect present for a loved one who needs a mini vacation?  Gift certificates can now be purchased online too. What could be more simple?


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14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #7

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM

(March 15th marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA. I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.)

#7  Pressure is subjective

A common question I’ll ask a new client is “What kind of pressure do you like?” Then I’ll remind them that pressure is subjective and ask them to communicate with me throughout their session if anything is too deep or too light.

I have an idea of what a light amount of pressure feels like from my perspective as the giver [about 4 pound of pressure] and let my clients preference guide me in regards to how much deeper to go. The challenge is, we all live in our bodies differently. Some of us are sensitive and others have high pain tolerance levels. Some of us think we need pain in order to heal and other people think gentle prodding works better. Occasionally people are so checked out from their bodies that they don’t feel much of anything at all.


A regular client I had asked for moderate to light pressure.  As we worked together I quickly learned that what I thought of as extremely light pressure felt very deep to them. They came to see me every two weeks. Each time I backed off the pressure more, trying to find their sweet spot. They joked around that they felt like my Goldilocks client. During one session I had backed off so much that I felt like I wasn’t massaging them at all.  I didn’t believe it would be possible to use less pressure. As I gently used my thumb to work on the upper part of the Trapezius they burst out laughing and said, “Oh great … here comes that thumb again. It feels like you’re trying to reach down from the top of my shoulder to the bottom of my scapula and just wrestle a knot right out of me …”

We both laughed for the next 5 minutes of the session. I actually believe that the laughter was a release of a holding pattern for them because afterwards the same amount of pressure didn’t cause as much discomfort.

Please know that it’s your body, your massage session and your right [and responsibility] to let us know what’s going on for you. We do our best to honor what you’ve asked for, and every once in a while you may have to bust out a ‘back off sister’ or ‘I could use more pressure there’ because we don’t know what it’s like to live in your body.

14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #6

In CT, Manchester, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 23, 2016 at 12:05 PM

(March 15th marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA. I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.)

#6  I am not a masseuse.

OK well technically, semantically, I am. defines masseuse as: “A woman who provides massage as a profession or occupation.”

What some people think masseuse means is better defined by

“Generally considered to be a woman who practices massage therapy, however this is a misnomer. A masseuse is a woman who practices massage and has none of the western medical training and is not licensed and may be associated with prostitution. In most states this is illegal.”

Even though I know that it’s likely that most people mean no harm when using the term, I cringe whenever I hear it. I’m not sure if other licensed massage therapists feel this way or if it’s just one of those things I’m sensitive to. Unfortunately, over the course of my career, I’ve had one too many people ask me if a “happy ending massage” was an option, for me to let a word slide by that may be encouraging that kind of mentality. I’ve received repeated offensive phone calls. A few times it’s been necessary to “fire” my clients when their behavior has crossed a line that has made me feel unsafe.

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It has been disheartening over the years to have to wonder if that potential new client on the phone is really understanding what a professional therapeutic massage is. My massage school was 17 months long. It included 650 hours of in class instruction and a tremendous amount of out of class time spent not only studying but giving massage to friends / family members in turn for their critique / review which was handed in and reviewed by the school. I had to pass an exam in the state of WA, where I went to school, and in CT so that I could become nationally certified as a Licensed Massage Therapist. In order to maintain my license and insurance I am required to continue my schooling every year, taking continuing education classes on different massage modalities.

I may be a bit sensitive to the way the word masseuse can be used to imply services that are illegal. It may be just because I’ve had some uncomfortable experiences with people. I’m curious to know what you think. Have you ever heard someone mention a masseuse with a wink and a smile? Did you laugh? Feel uncomfortable? Maybe I need to rethink this word that makes me cringe … or maybe it’s cool that I ask you to refer to me as your Massage Therapist.

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