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We're so excited to be part of the Bellingham Small Business community.  Whatcom Talk wrote a little article about us...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very common and complex disorder. It is characterized by high levels of stress and anxiety following a traumatic event. The event may or may not include physical injury or harm; even a minor injury or a psychologically disturbing event may contribute to symptoms. Studies show that massage therapy can decrease stress levels by soothing the over stimulated nervous system and providing a safe experience through positive touch. A traumatic life event...

A number of recent studies published in research journals like The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Applied Nursing Research, and Military Medicine have shown there is a connection between therapeutic massage and positive mental health outcomes. These studies show that individuals such as cancer patients, soldiers, and nurses who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress – all of which are mental health issues – show improvements after receiving therapeutic massage....

One in three people exposed to whiplash trauma is at risk of developing delayed TMJ Dysfunction symptoms that may require treatment, according to research published in the August 2007 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Pain is the most common TMJ dysfunction symptom. The pain is often described as a transient, dull ache in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear. Instead of pain, some sufferers only have problems in the...

Massage is not only for your physical health. The benefits also extend to your emotional and mental health. Your body is the archive to your daily life as well as your growing up experiences. That stressful meeting, that fight with your partner, those negative thoughts, past shame or emotional baggage – all get stored in your muscles and nervous system. Often we think, ‘no big deal’ or ‘I should let that go’, but your body...

By definition, Medical Massage refers to therapy prescribed by a physician and the massage performed following the directives of that physician. - As quoted by MedicalMassage.com. Though it sounds incredibly clinical, it actually incorporates many different modalities which can include treatments that can cause deep relaxation as well as healing.  What medical massage means to us, at Still Life Massage, is focused, specific muscle treatment work that has goal centered outcomes.  We assess posture, body movement...

No, this doesn't have anything directly to do with massage, but I found this talk so inspirational, I just had to share it! I believe this business will be successful, not because we give the best massage, there are a lot of great massage therapists in this community, but because we support each other and our clients in reaching their goals. Thank you for your support, Shannon [vimeo src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/26774102"] ...

In our practice, we talk a lot about fascia.  So what is it exactly? If you’ve ever cooked chicken, you’ve probably noticed it. The thin, transparent, filmy material that covers the chicken meat.  Our muscles are covered in fascia.  Fascia covers every muscle and keeps the muscle together.  Fascia covers and protects every single muscle bundle or fascicle that makes up the muscle.  Fascia also covers every single muscle fibre or muscle cell that makes up the...