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What is the consensus regarding chiropractics? Is there one?

I just started going to a chiropractor -- not for any one traumatic injury, but more to help me deal with general stiffness and range-of-motion issues. I don't know much about chiropractics. What is the current thinking on this type of treatment? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Shoulder pain from working at computer, while sitting and standing

I'm in my 20s and spend all my time working on the computer. I have this recurring pain in my upper left back (Trapezius) which always bothers me towards the middle of the work day. When I massage the area, it feels knotted and tough. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Cranio-sacral therapy for babies

My son is four months old and has a couple of health issues. The physical therapist who sees him has been strongly and repeatedly recommending a practitioner who does cranio-sacral massage and myofasial release, but I'm nervous and confused! [more inside]
posted by honeyx on May 17, 2014 - 21 answers

My massage therapist broke me.

Last night I had a really painful massage and now I'm freaking out over how much it hurts. Is this normal? Should I go to a doctor? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 11, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find a backpack for my massage kit.

The duffel bag I use for my massage kit is falling apart and I have trouble finding a sturdier replacement. Can you help me find one? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by pressure for pleasure on Feb 12, 2014 - 11 answers

what are some popular resources for massage theapists and spa owners?

i'm just finishing up my bands latest cd, who's working title is "music for spas" (we're the house band at a resort/spa in bali) i'd like to sell it outside the resort and our shows, and in order to do that i'm going to have to promote it - mainly online as our budget is limited, but i'm willing to pay for some ads here and there if i think it will help out album reach a wider audience. tropical snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by messiahwannabe on Dec 16, 2013 - 5 answers

I think my back is dying.

I have been having some really really terrible back pain lately and I need to know roughly what it might be and what kind of doctor person I should see about it and what I can do in the meantime so that I don't end up defenestrating myself in order to escape it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Massage Therapists Help Me NOT Be That Client

I get regular massages from my local massage-in-a-box store. I want to know what kind of things NOT to do so that I am not an annoying client. I'd also like to know how to best ask for certain treatments so they get done properly. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Nov 15, 2013 - 13 answers

How to make your own massage wax?

I just started a massage course and I'm looking for a good recipe to make my own massage wax. Any professionals out there that want to share their recipe? Thanks!
posted by Sourisnoire on Nov 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Make Me Fancy.

For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2013 - 27 answers

Best "Robotic" Massage Chairs?

A family member with ongoing back and neck issues finds monthly massages from a masseuse quite effective at maintaining their functionality. Recently, they tried a demo of one of the high-end "robotic" massage chairs (Panasonic MA-70) at a trade fair and were quite impressed with it. Has anyone had experience with owning and using one of these chairs over a longer period of time? If so, what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Sep 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Specific Ideas for a November Date

Where Relaxation and Romance Unite! [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Great scrub massage in NYC

Looking for an awesome, exfoliating scrub massage in NYC. Salt, sugar, whatever the medium—I'm interested in trying anything. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for an unusual spa and for gluten-free dining in Victoria, BC

I'm traveling to Victoria, BC with a friend. Are there any spas in Victoria that are unlike the spas we could find here in Seattle? Also: any restaurant recommendations for an omnivore and a gluten-free pescetarian? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 8, 2013 - 5 answers

what makes for an excellent- or terrible- massage?

So you've been for a professional massage therapy treatment and something about it stood out to you as being really great or making you want to see that therapist again. Or You've been to a massage therapist and hated something about it, and left vowing never to return. What did you love or hate? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jun 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Working as a massage therapist in Vermont

Hi! I´m planning to move from Uruguay to the US around the end of the year. This will probably be the preface of many questions to come (as these two countries couldn´t be any more different). I still have to decide exactly where in the US to live, so please help me decide. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Massage gift packages in MA/NH?

I'd like a gift for a years worth of massage for my wife. Where can I find a company offering a deal on this? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Dec 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you recommend a spa in Portland OR?

Can you recommend a spa/salon in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Dec 17, 2012 - 7 answers

I'll take "Diseases I May Have" for $200, Alex

You are not my doctor. But you will probably spend more time thinking about what is wrong with me. What is wrong with me, anyway? I have an appointment January 4, should I go sooner. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Scalp massage in San Francisco?

Does anyone know where I can get a good scalp massage in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Dec 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me plan my spa week

I am going to spend a week's vacation at a resort that has a spa. This isn't really a spa getaway, but I've been to this resort before and the spa is very good. I would like to visit the spa on at least 6 days, to get either a massage or a body treatment. I know I will have both the time and money to do this. Can you help me plan which treatments to get and in what order? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Dec 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for good places for an Atlanta-area spa day.

I want to treat a friend to a spa day somewhere in the Atlanta area, I haven't lived in Georgia for years. Does anyone have suggestions? We'd be looking in the Virginia Highlands area if we decide to go into town or in the Jonesboro/Stockbridge/McDonough if we don't. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Nov 25, 2012 - 8 answers

I breathe deeply and their muscles relax. Why?

Please explain the science behind this phenomenon. I want to know about the effect MY deep breathing has on the release of my clients' muscle tension. I have experienced and observed distinct differences between when I am deeply breathing, and when I default to shallow chest breathing. When I breathe deeply, their muscles release tension and relax, opening more and "melting" more to my work. It's quite remarkable. [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Jul 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me find a (non-sexual) spa in Toronto that will hire a not-yet-registered massage therapy graduate.

Help me find a (non-sexual) spa in Toronto that will hire a not-yet-registered massage therapy graduate! [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jul 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Are massage parlors cheating?

What do I do with a husband who has been getting handjobs @ massage parlors...help! [more inside]
posted by momtothreedc on Jun 13, 2012 - 64 answers

Massage School?

Careers for massage therapists? [more inside]
posted by gpoint on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Massage Therapists, What Are You DOING?

More often than not, when I get a massage, the practitioner spends what feels like a ridiculous amount of time near the end just firmly cradling my head in their hands (while sitting behind me while I'm face-up). This has happened during most of the Western-style massages I've gotten at fancy spas, cheap utilitarian saunas, and woo-woo yoga studios alike, and it doesn't seem to matter what sort of massage I request (I tend to request deep tissue, though there's great variation in what that actually gets me). What on Earth are they doing? Why do they do it for so long? And how can I ask for a massage that uses that time to knead my ouchy bits rather than cradle my head while I lie there half-asleep, half-annoyed?
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Massage therapist in Philadelphia?

Licensed massage therapist in Philadelphia? (that will talk to me a bit about anatomy?) [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Holistic, beautiful, affordable retreat in nature for the Breast Cancer threatened

After scary "you may have breast cancer" tests over the last year and a winter of too much flu and allergy-induced misery, I need a long-weekend getaway to a beautiful, allergen-free or almost free retreat in our majestic country. For a very affordable price. I feel like I need physical and emotional healing and restoration on this trip. I like restorative (or Iyengar) yoga, organic food, massage, hikes/walks outside, swimming in warm water, etc. I want to be around DOWN TO EARTH, interesting (not spooky spiritual) healing people. In a lovely place. I can do a house swap or retreat swap and a barter thing - I have good massage therapy skills and license....and a charming place in a hip village in a cool-to-visit city with a lovely guest room to rent. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Any tips to find a massage package for a friend in a foreign land?

Osaka-filter Massage/Spa Package-filter. I like to buy a lady friend a good women oriented massage package she could use to relax massively while in Osaka. Any tips on how to find massage/spa resorts that offer this sort of deal? One difficulty I prefer to arrange/reserve/buy it while overseas. [more inside]
posted by Bodrik on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me help my SO relax her neck and back

My SO's back and neck seem to be permanently tied in knots. She doesn't seem like a tense person, but her muscles indicate otherwise. I can massage her for a while, but it only does so much for her. Can anyone give me suggestions to help her relax her back and neck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 32 answers

I want to become a massage goddess. What to read, where to learn?

I want to become a massage goddess. Help, advice, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 3, 2012 - 8 answers

The best massage in Hong Kong please

I'd like to buy my awesome aunt in Hong Kong a voucher for a (western style) massage - does anyone know a great venue? She lives in Discovery Bay, in case that helps. Thanks.
posted by superfish on Jan 21, 2012 - 3 answers

My breasts are large for my frame, how can I downplay them and avoid back pain?

My breasts are disproportionately large for my frame (34E/F, 5'2", upper-normal BMI). Because of this, my posture is terrible and my style has been decidedly cramped. Short of getting a breast reduction, how can I dress better, improve my posture, and keep my back from hurting all the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 - 26 answers

Oh yes, full massage please.

Non-creepy inner thigh massage. Possible? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Where do they sell massage oil?

Where can I buy massage oil in Toronto (actually Richmond Hill)? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Stiff shoulder muscles that always want to stick together

When I shrug my shoulders or stretch my arms above my head after not moving around for a while I can feel/hear the muscles kind of schlicking apart as though the different muscles were kind of sticking together (no pain). This doesn't happen with any other muscles though. Anyone else get this? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Nov 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Which muscle's giving me pain?

Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Non Woo-woo Massage Therapist In San Francisoc

I am looking for a non-woo-woo massage therapist in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on Sep 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Massage Questions (sorry no snarky title)

First time massage. It's a legit massage. I'm a guy, I wonder if I should get a guy or a girl to do it? Not sure which would be more awkward really. What is the norm for this sort of thing? Also, what are the norms of tipping? I can barely tip functionally at restaurants without getting anxious. I don't even know where to begin with what to tip for a massage.
posted by Napierzaza on Aug 19, 2011 - 26 answers

A crunchy shoulder that produces odd sensations?

I have a knot or something similar in my left shoulder. I've been trying to work it out in the last week, and now I'm feeling a sensation that's very peculiar. Can someone explain what's causing it? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Aug 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Who should teach me to rub people the right way?

I'm thinking about training as a massage therapist. Local options seem to boil down to Soma or Cortiva Institute, and I need help choosing! [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

How many massage therapy appointments did it take for you to notice improvement in your muscle tension?

How many massage therapy appointments did it take for you to notice improvement in your muscle tension? Did these improvements last?
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Foot Massage techniques using other feet (not hands)?

My wife was introduced to a foot massage using one's feet (not hands). I'd like to know more. Is there a recognized technique or method that involves massaging feet *with other feet*? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Jun 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Is this massage legit?

What kind of living does my Chinese Masseuse make? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn on Jun 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Tried to relax -- got a pain in the neck

Massage therapist pulling on neck? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on May 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Looking for a day spa south of Boston

Suggestions for a really good day-spa somewhere south of Boston? I'm looking to book a day spa vacation for some folks who live in Weymouth and the Mid-Cape area, so ideally something midway between the two places.
posted by rmd1023 on Mar 20, 2011 - 0 answers

Fainting when my shoulders are pressed/squeezed

Why do I faint when someone presses on or squeezes the tops of my shoulders (on my trapezius)? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Mar 4, 2011 - 3 answers

What kind of massage should I ask for?

What kind of massage do I want to ask for? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Feb 28, 2011 - 10 answers

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