Archive for October, 2011

Massage Therapy Awareness Week ~ Specials

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
Massage Therapy Awareness Week at Queen Anne Healing Arts


To celebrate Queen Anne Healing Arts will be offering: $20 off any Massage or Reiki treatment that is scheduled during this week. You don't have to necessarily come in this week, but either call to schedule or schedule online by using the "Schedule appointment" button.  This will document the day you scheduled, so I will know to give you the discount when you come in. You may also purchase

Massage Gift Certificates for $20 off this week only!

Use the coupon code:           MTAW11            for online store purchases

this coupon code is only valid for Massage Therapy Awareness Week

(expires 10/30/11)

give someone you know or love the gift of Massage, a profound experience especially for anyone who has never received a Massage before.  No one should go through their whole life without experiencing the joy of a Massage!  Perfect for Christmas gifts, which is really just around the corner. I have been getting Massages since I was in my teens.  It has helped me significantly with migraine headaches and neck pain.  I am a true believer in the benefits of Massage, it was through my own healing journey that I was inspired to become a Massage Therapist myself. I just love this profession, all that Massage can do for people.  I encourage you to keep getting Massage regularly.   I believe that a Massage once a month is enough to maintain wonderful health.  And eating chocolate of course...

Hope to see you soon!


Massage Therapy Awareness Week 10/23-10/30

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
In light of  Massage Therapy Awareness Week, I thought I would share these two stories about a great Low Back Pain Study that I participated in with Group Health.  This study proved the benefits of Massage for treating Low Back Pain.  The first story was covered by NPR on one of my favorite shows, "All Things Considered."  The second story just came out this Fall in AMTA's Massage Therapy Journal.  Maybe we can convince the medical world that Massage is beneficial!
This story can be found at
Got Low Back Pain? Massage Therapy May Rub It Out
Peggy O'Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O'Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.
Enlarge   Group Health Research InstitutePeggy O'Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O'Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.Low back pain is second only to cold symptoms when it comes to complaints that send people to the doctor. Sooner or later, back pain seems to get most of us.

Summary For Patients

Read a summary of the findings and their implications from the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Now, a study in the July 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that massage is an effective treatment for lower back pain. In some cases, researchers report, the benefits of massage lasted for six months or longer. Researchers headed by epidemiologist Daniel Cherkin, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, enrolled 401 people with chronic low back pain and no identifiable reason for the pain. Study participants were randomly assigned to one of three treatments. One group received full-body relaxation massage. A second received targeted deep tissue massage. The third group got the usual care — medication and physical therapy. In relaxation massage, often referred to as Swedish massage, a variety of maneuvers are used to promote a feeling of relaxation throughout the body and muscles. Structural massage, commonly referred to as deep tissue massage, targets specific pain related tissues, ligaments and joints. After 10 weeks, the results were dramatic: Nearly two-thirds of the patients who received either type of weekly massage said their back pain was significantly improved or gone altogether. Only about one-third of patients receiving the usual care experienced similar relief. "We found that both types of massage were equally effective in helping people improve their function and diminish their symptoms," Cherkin says. He says massage relieved the pain for six months or more. Prior studies of massage for back pain had tested only structural forms of massage, not relaxation massage. But relaxation massage is more widely available, and it's often less costly. 'I'm So Very Lucky' Peggy O'Brien-Murphy was among the study participants. In her late 60s, a retired state employee, O'Brien Murphy tried just about everything to get rid of the pain in her lower back. The massage therapy finally seemed to do the trick. "I'm so very lucky," she says. Prior to the study, O'Brien-Murphy says she had found herself increasingly debilitated by back pain. At one point, she says she could hardly get out of a chair. "It was really bad," she says. "In fact, I was pulling myself up the stairs by the banister." It was difficult getting into the car. And she could no longer walk the hills where she lives. For an active person, this was devastating. So when she came upon an ad in her HMO's newsletter, Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, she jumped at the chance to take part in the massage study. After just two or three sessions with massage therapist Loretta Lanz, O'Brien-Murphy said she felt better. After each session she walked around the block, standing straighter and walking further each time. By the end, she felt "back to normal," with a "spring to my walk and some energy in it!" For O'Brien-Murphy, the massage-therapy experience has been life-changing: She has traveled to China, where she walked all over without problems, and she's already planning her next trips. No one knows exactly how massage works to relieve pain, says Dr. Richard Deyo of Oregon Health Sciences University, who also took part in the study. "It may be that it helps with relaxation of muscles that are tense," Deyo says. "But it may also be there are simply more generalized effects of relaxation — in the caring and attention and someone laying hands on — that may all be important." Researchers say future studies should look more closely at the benefits of massage and focus on cost-benefit analysis. As for O'Brien-Murphy, she remains free of back pain, but not without some effort on her part. Other studies have shown that building strong and flexible muscles can help prevent back pain. O'Brien-Murphy never exercised before. But now she does weight training, muscle stretches and aerobic exercise — activities all shown to help prevent recurrence of lower back pain.
This next Article came from AMTA's Massage Therapy Journal
It can be found at
Low-back pain is one of the most common complaints of consumers, and now there’s research that suggests massage therapy may just be more ef- fective in dealing with low-back pain than other more traditional medical interventions. “This is important because chronic back pain is among the most common reasons people see doctors and alternative practitio- ners, including massage therapists,” explains Dr. Daniel Cherkin, Direc- tor of Group Health Research Institute and lead author of the study. “It’s also a common cause of disability, absenteeism and ‘presenteeism,’ when people are at work but can’t perform well.” The study comprised 401 patients aged 20 to 65 years old with non- specific chronic low-back pain and compared the effectiveness of either relaxation or structural massage versus usual care, including medication and physical therapy. Participants were asked about their abilities to per- form daily activities and then randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments. One group received full-body relaxation massage, often called Swedish massage, and another received focused deep tissue massage, where specific pain-related tissues, ligaments and joints are targeted. The third group received therapies including painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or physical therapy. Those receiving massage were giv- en a one-hour massage once a week for 10 weeks. The results speak for themselves. After 10 weeks, the researchers again surveyed the participants about their symptoms and mobility, and again at six months and one year. The two groups of patients receiving massage therapy reported their back pain was significantly improved or gone alto- gether. “We found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function,” explains Cherkin. “After 10 weeks, about two-thirds of those receiving massage improved substantially, versus only about one- third in the usual care group.” Although previous studies on massage therapy and low-back pain have concentrated primarily on the effectiveness of deep tissue massage, re- searchers are hopeful about the success of relaxation massage modalities offering significant benefits. Two reasons are that relaxation massage is oftentimes more widely available and more cost-effective. ␣ WHAT IS SWEDISH MASSAGE? Developed in the 1700s by a Swedish doctor, this type of massage is generally used to relax and energize you. Various techniques—including long gliding strokes, applying circular pressure with hands and palms, and firm kneading—are used to relax muscles and increase the oxygen flow in the blood. Lotion or oil is often used during a Swedish massage to reduce friction. Some terms you might hear in reference to Swedish massage: Effleurage. This term refers to the gliding strokes made by using the palms, thumbs and fingertips. Friction. This technique involves using the palms, hands, thumbs and fingers to make circular pressure. Percussion. To tap briskly. AMTA RESOURCE 24 mtj/massage therapy journal fall 2011

Fertility Massage increases your pregnancy chances.

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
Lately, I have been doing more Fertility Massage than usual and I just love it!  I have had some great success stories, particularly using Castor Oil Packs for women early in their cycle.  Castor Oil Packs are a great way to increase blood circulation to the Reproductive organs, Uterus and prepare the body to conceive.   It is also very detoxifying and soothing, even for those who are not trying to get pregnant.  If you would like to try a Castor Pack, let me know when you schedule your next massage.  There are also several potent acupressure points that can be done to increase fertility.  I generally like to use these points and also teach my clients so they can do self acupressure at home.  I am working on a video and e-book right now on Fertility Acupressure so people can treat themselves when trying to get pregnant. I wish there was more research about the benefits of Fertility Massage, I did find this one.  A study at Harvard showed that Women who received Massage for stress reduction while undergoing IVF treatment had a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those who do not: 52 percent versus 20 percent.   Acupressure is especially beneficial for getting pregnant, as many of my clients could prove.  There are some great Acupressure points for regulating the Menstrual cycle and improving conception.  Fertility Massage helps you sleep better, too, one of the primary complaints I keep hearing from all my clients, lack of sleep. Fertility Massage is particularly beneficial to women over 40 who are trying to conceive.  As Susun Weed so elegantly put it, in her article about Fertility over 40, "this is nothing new, women having babies after 40, what's new is women having their first baby over 40,"  Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers all had children over forty, it was just more likely that it was their 6th or 7th child, not first.  This inspired me, as I am forty one myself and considering having one more child. Here are some of the benefits of getting Fertility Massage when you are trying to conceive.   Benefits of Fertility Massage: •         Relieves Stress and increases relaxation to assist the body to reproduce. •         Massage (along with certain Acupressure points) can increase Libido and appetite, as they say “feed and breed” eating            well and having a libido are key to getting pregnant! •          It has been shown that receiving a Massage twice a month can improve egg quality, ovarian function and regulate                    ovulation. •         Massage can also improve Sperm quality and libido for men. •         Massage to the pelvic region can decrease Fibroids, treat PCOS and resolve blocked Fallopian tubes, all barriers to                        conceiving pregnancy. •         Fertility Massage can help reposition a tilted Uterus. •         Massage of the Pelvic region can bring fresh blood to the Uterus and Reproductive Organs. •         Reiki for Fertility can remove energy blocks and open reproductive Chakras. •         Fertility Massage twice a month can bring regularity to Menstrual Cycles and balance Hormone levels. Take care & remember to have fun when you are trying to get pregnant!  

Goodbye Steve Jobs…

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary..."from Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address ( I think the death of Steve Jobs is particularly painful for me because my mother is suffering from the exact type of Cancer as Steve Jobs had..."Neuroendocrine Tumors", which affects less than 3% of people, a very rare form of tumor.  Here's the scary thing, she grew up in Los Altos, Ca, right around the corner from where Steve Jobs grew up.  Coincidence? I don't think so!    There are certain places where the environment may be affecting us more than we know.  They did have an electrical power grid not far from their homes.  It seems like tumors are becoming more prevalent, I have seen several clients who either have tumors or love someone with tumors.  It's a tragic trend. I've been reading about how eating a more alkaline diet can prevent tumors from growing.  I'm including a chart of Alkaline & Acid foods,  seems like a simple change in diet could help prevent tumors.  I'm willing to try this.
Alkaline Forming Foods
VEGETABLESGarlic Asparagus Fermented Veggies Watercress Beets Broccoli Brussel sprouts Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Celery Chard Chlorella Collard Greens Cucumber Eggplant Kale Kohlrabi Lettuce Mushrooms Mustard Greens Dulce Dandelions Edible Flowers Onions Parsnips (high glycemic) Peas Peppers Pumpkin Rutabaga Sea Veggies Spirulina Sprouts Squashes Alfalfa Barley Grass Wheat Grass Wild Greens Nightshade Veggies FRUITSApple Apricot Avocado Banana (high glycemic) Cantaloupe Cherries Currants Dates/Figs Grapes Grapefruit Lime Honeydew Melon Nectarine Orange Lemon Peach Pear Pineapple All Berries Tangerine Tomato Tropical Fruits Watermelon   PROTEIN Eggs (poached) Whey Protein Powder Cottage Cheese Chicken Breast Yogurt Almonds Chestnuts Tofu (fermented) Flax Seeds Pumpkin Seeds Tempeh (fermented) Squash Seeds Sunflower Seeds Millet Sprouted Seeds Nuts OTHERApple Cider Vinegar Bee Pollen Lecithin Granules Probiotic Cultures Green Juices Veggies Juices Fresh Fruit Juice Organic Milk (unpasteurized) Mineral Water Alkaline Antioxidant Water Green Tea Herbal Tea Dandelion Tea Ginseng Tea Banchi Tea Kombucha   SWEETENERS Stevia Ki Sweet   SPICES/SEASONINGS Cinnamon Curry Ginger Mustard Chili Pepper Sea Salt Miso Tamari All Herbs   ORIENTAL VEGETABLES Maitake Daikon Dandelion Root Shitake Kombu Reishi Nori Umeboshi Wakame Sea Veggies
Acid Forming Foods
FATS & OILSAvocado Oil Canola Oil Corn Oil Hemp Seed Oil Flax Oil Lard Olive Oil Safflower Oil Sesame Oil Sunflower Oil   FRUITS Cranberries   GRAINS Rice Cakes Wheat Cakes Amaranth Barley Buckwheat Corn Oats (rolled) Quinoa Rice (all) Rye Spelt Kamut Wheat Hemp Seed Flour   DAIRY Cheese, Cow Cheese, Goat Cheese, Processed Cheese, Sheep Milk Butter NUTS & BUTTERSCashews Brazil Nuts Peanuts Peanut Butter Pecans Tahini Walnuts   ANIMAL PROTEIN Beef Carp Clams Fish Lamb Lobster Mussels Oyster Pork Rabbit Salmon Shrimp Scallops Tuna Turkey Venison   PASTA (WHITE) Noodles Macaroni Spaghetti   OTHER Distilled Vinegar Wheat Germ Potatoes DRUGS & CHEMICALSAspartame Chemicals Drugs, Medicinal Drugs, Psychedelic Pesticides Herbicides   ALCOHOL Beer Spirits Hard Liquor Wine   BEANS & LEGUMES Black Beans Chick Peas Green Peas Kidney Beans Lentils Lima Beans Pinto Beans Red Beans Soy Beans Soy Milk White Beans Rice Milk Almond Milk
  Steve Jobs will continue to inspire us, as he was someone who did not waste his precious time here!  It is a good reminder to value each day as a precious gift and contribute as much as you can. Thanks Steve!  

How a Reiki Class can benefit you

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
I have 2 spaces left in this Monday 10/10/11 Reiki 1 class, in Seattle, which is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Reiki and how they can heal themselves, family and friends. Here are some ways a Reiki Class can benefit you: • You will receive a Reiki Attunement which will begin a 21 day cycle of healing, which includes detoxification, increased immune response and greater health.  Sometimes a Reiki Attunement can begin an amazing transformation!  It’s hard to define how all the benefits of emotional, spiritual, physical and mental healing you may receive. • You will learn how to do Reiki self healing, which you can use daily to keep yourself well.  This is a particularly nice time of year to have the ability to heal yourself. • You will gain a lifetime of healing touch and energy in your hands which you can use to facilitate healing for your family and friends.  I have found it to be wonderfully soothing to my 4 year old son, when he gets injured I always have Reiki to soothe his boo boos!  He asks for it by name now, as he has felt the relief. • You will get to experience giving and receiving Reiki with a fellow Reiki practitioner, which is like a whole day of free treatments. • You will receive the Reiki Handbook, full of techniques for using your newly acquired Reiki skills. • If you are a bodyworker or Therapist, you will receive 7 CEU hours. If you'd like to sign up, you can call me at 206-285-8350 or e-mail me at or sign up through Schedulicity which is found on my Contact Page, under Schedule your Appointment, it gives an option to Schedule a Reiki Class. Namaste  

Dr. Bill’s Immune Soup

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by healing_arts_admin
This chicken soup recipe came from my favorite Yoga Teacher/Naturopath, Dr. Bill.  He was one of the founders of Bastyr.  He gave us this recipe in Yoga class, along with the recommendation to increase your consumption of fish oils this time of year to get your Vitamin D.


1 onion, yellow or walla walla

1-5 cloves garlic, crushed

3 tbsp grated fresh ginger root

1 tbls grapeseed oil

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 cup Shitake Mushrooms

1 Quart broth (chicken, miso or vegetable)

2 carrots chopped

3 tbsp fresh minced parsley

Add any fresh herbs you may have growing, such as Rosemary, Oregano or Thyme.


Saute' the  onion, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, carrots in grapeseed oil, for 5 minutes, until onions are shiny.  Then add broth to simmer for 20 minutes.  Next add lemon juice and herbs, put cover on and cook for 5 more minutes.  Eat often when fighting a cold.  That is the recipe as it stands from Dr. Bill. When I am fighting something, I like to add a little spice, maybe some red pepper or cayenne.  Sometimes I add coconut milk and curry to this recipe, to make it more like Thai soups.  I find the coconut milk is particularly soothing on a sore throat.  Another tip, for when you are just beginning to get a sore throat, is to cut a fresh pineapple and eat immediately.  When you first cut the pineapple, it releases bromelain which gives you that little tingle.  You don't get the same effect from canned pineapple or even pineapple that has been stored for a bit, because the bromelain has a very short lifespan, so you have to eat it or juice it and drink it right away to gain the best throat soothing effects.  Hope this helps you strengthen your immune for the long winter to come. Thank you Dr. Bill, you continue to inspire good health!