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  • 05/16/2022 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Massage as a Solution to Our Modern Life

    What can massage be for you?

    Receiving massage helps keep you doing the things you love. Massage is a fantastic way to re-connect to your body. Massage is a way to take time out to focus on our wellbeing, to listen to how we’re feeling right here and right now. As I begin to work with the tissue, and you begin to work with your breath, the body will open up and begin to reveal holding patterns. With a combination of techniques, customized to each individual client, I map my way through these patterns, holding on certain areas, while easing up and gliding over others, to encourage movement, release, and neurological re-mapping, to restore the body to it’s natural pain-free state. 

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  • 04/05/2022 - Michael Fink, CMT
    HEAT v. ICE: What to do, what to do?

    Should I heat it or ice it? I hear this frequently in my massage work, and I wish it was easier to answer.

    For years the loose guidance has been ‘ice for immediate injury, heat for general aches and improved mobility.’


    But there are a few nuances to consider and I think it’ll be fun to look at the history a bit. 

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  • 03/07/2022 - Michael Fink, CMT
    RICE or METH for Injury Recovery?

    Ditch the RICE and get on the METH method for injuries.

    The long held stance that we should only be using cold therapy when dealing with injuries is outdated. 

    Let's talk about it...

     

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  • 03/01/2022 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Permission Granted!

    Taking time out to take care of yourself is not selfish.

    When we care for ourselves, in the way we care for our friends and family, it allows us to be better at everything we do. 

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  • 01/04/2022 - Michael Fink, CMT
    6 Ways to Treat Yourself (That don’t involve money or food)

    Treat-Yo-Self!

     

    It’s not hard to think up great ways to treat yourself. We’d all love a spa day topped off with a meal prepared and served by someone else. Maybe get a sitter for the night, so the little angels are asleep when we get home. Or just a morning where the cat doesn't wake you up by sitting on your windpipe.

     

    But for every article about self care, I roll my eyes at least 12 times and think "Who can afford that?"  Yes, it would be great to have an afternoon to myself and a bucket of fried chicken and a cookie dough chaser. But that's not particularly healthy.

     

    I’m all about realistic self care. That is, activities that aren't expensive, don't involve food, and will make you feel good about how you spent that time. Here's a list of my favorites (bonus: most of these you can do with kids).

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  • 11/16/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Guide to Gifting Massage

    When you’re relaxing on a massage table, it’s easy to see massage as a gift. Whether you’re there to reduce pain, to ease anxiety, to help you recover from the physical and mental stresses work or athletic training or parenting or simply being alive, massage is a moment of freedom in an occasionally crushing world. If you’re thinking of sharing the gift of massage with someone else for a special occasion or “just because,” you are almost certainly doing so from a place of love and generosity. 

     

    Obviously, I’m a big fan of giving massage as a gift! But just as with choosing to visit a massage therapist yourself, there are some considerations when offering this kind of gift.

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  • 10/04/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    CBD 101: Fact, Fiction, and all Betwixt

    DISCLAIMER: This blog article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as advice, medical or otherwise. This is not a prescription or used to diagnose any particular disease or illness. 

     

     

     

    The legalization of marajuana in 11 states including Colorado, Maine and Alaska has paved the way for a new multi-billion dollar industry--CBD. 

     


    Unfortunately, because CBD has a close relationship to THC, like kissing cousins close, there are just as many myths as there are truths about it, its uses and benefits. 

     


    The use of CBD has gained attention for a number of conditions ranging from acne to Parkinson’s and even cancer and there is a growing trend of use among both professional and recreational athletes, yet the benefits and use of CBD are still relatively unknown to the majority of consumers. 

     


    Whether you’re #teamCBD or #TeamSnakeOil there is plenty of information on the interwebs to support or refute both arguments, let’s talk about some of the truths and myths about CBD and whether it’s the wonder drug people exclaim it to be. 

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  • 10/02/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

    How Massage Helps with Stress and Anxiety

     

    Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction to put their money on it. But aside from individual feelings, what exactly do we know about massage and how it relates to stress and anxiety? And what does the research have to say about that?

     

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  • 09/28/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Foam Rolling 101

    Most people have a love/hate relationship with their foam roller.

     


    Rolling can help the body feel more mobile and fluid after just a minute or two of rolling just the right spots. At the same time, rolling can be uncomfortable if you aren’t sure what you’re doing or ignore your body for a long time. 

     


    Foam rolling can be helpful in extending the benefits of massage, so it’s worth learning a little more to determine if it’s a useful technique for you. 

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  • 09/02/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Can Massage Therapy Help Me Sleep Better?

    A good night’s sleep is crucial to our wellbeing and our health. If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, then you know that being tired or craving sleep can impact your entire day. You feel drowsy or irritable, your thoughts may be foggy, and you may start to notice a difference in your body as well. 

     

    If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night maybe it’s time you consider massage therapy to help you sleep better.

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  • 08/09/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    How Massage Therapy Can Help Recreational Athletes

    LeBron James regularly sees a massage therapist to improve the jump in his jump shot. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe counts massage therapy as a crucial part of her all-too-necessary recovery regimen to allow her muscles time to heal after a hard day of training or a tough game. And remember those round red marks on Michael Phelps? Professional athletes often work with massage therapists before, during and after training and competition. 

     

    While you may not get a paycheck for completing your favorite workout or playing on a rec league team regular massage therapy can benefit your training and well being.

     

    Read on to learn how:

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  • 08/02/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    What Do We Really Know About Pain?

    Pain is one of those “you know it when you feel it” kind of sensations. But it’s also a strange phenomenon, when you think about it. A snowball is cold, and so it feels cold when you touch it. A block of concrete is rough, so it feels rough when you touch it. But a knife isn’t painful on its own. Neither is a pot of boiling water or the leg of a table. We handle these things safely all the time, and experience their mass and temperature and texture. But pain exists only in the body, and even more specifically (as people who’ve experienced anesthesia know firsthand) in our minds. But that doesn’t make it less real! So what exactly is happening when we feel pain, and how do we stop it from negatively impacting our lives?

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  • 08/02/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Headaches and Massage

    “This project is such a headache!”

     

    They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, really? And can massage therapy really help?

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  • 07/27/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    A Good Massage is Like a Nice Birthday

    It's all about you, it's all about making you feel good, and it's all about making you feel special...

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  • 07/19/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Is Massage Therapy Helpful for Shoulder Pain?

    Show of hands if you have ever experienced shoulder pain when reaching to fasten your seatbelt, grabbing something from an overhead cabinet, washing your hair, carrying groceries, or throwing a ball. Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint for many people. 

     

    You already know that regular massage therapy can help with your lower back pain, headaches, and anxiety. But is massage therapy good for shoulder pain too? Read on to learn about the types of shoulder pain, rotator cuff muscles, and appropriate treatment options, including massage therapy.

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  • 07/02/2021
    Common Myths About Back Pain

    A Deeper Look at Back pain

     

    There are dozens upon dozens of myths out there about what leads to back pain, what you should do to prevent back pain, and what kinds of treatments may solve your back pain troubles. 

     

    Today, I am here to tell you that you should think again about what may be causing your aches and pains and urge you to think twice about your course of treatment.

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  • 06/22/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    It''s Not Your Muscles, It's Your Fascia!

    We’ve all experienced body pain and stiffness. And we often attribute it to creaky joints or “tight” muscles. 

     

    And maybe you do a quick stretch or take a collagen supplement, but you can’t quite seem to get at it.

     

    What if I told you that the main source of that stiffness, achiness, and lack of flexibility could be from a body part you never knew existed?

     

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  • 06/17/2021 - Michael Fink,CMT
    Stress Management for the Whole Family

    Stress Impacts the Entire Family

     

    Stressors come in all kinds of forms: work and school pressures, relationships, health concerns, uncertainty about the future. Even changes that are generally positive can still be incredibly stressful, like gaining a family member or starting a new business. Left unchecked, stress can lead to a host of symptoms, including headaches, disrupted sleep, nausea, irritability, lack of focus, and poor impulse control. Tips for stress management are frequently repeated and generally well-known: Get some exercise! Talk with a friend! Breathe deeply! Get a massage!

     

    But while most of us recognize at least a few of these symptoms from stressful periods in our own lives (and if you don’t, please teach the rest of us what your secret is!), stress isn’t exclusive to the adult world. Our children experience stress too. And while parents and children can often be high up on the list of one another’s stressors, we’re generally stuck with each other. So while it’s nice to talk about individual stress-busters, ways to help the whole family manage stress at once can be a lifesaver for parents and kids (and grandparents, stepparents, aunts and uncles, godparents, siblings, friends-who-function-as-family, and 32 flavors of cousins) to tackle their stress head-on.

     

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  • 06/16/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Self-Massage for Headaches

    Treating Tension Headaches With Self-Massage

     

    Most of us are familiar with the sensation of a headache. The location, cause, and severity can differ, but we all agree that headaches hurt! 

     

    When you have a headache, it’s hard to function normally until you find relief. That’s why there are so many techniques for treating headaches. Not all of these techniques are reliable, however. Some only work for certain types of headaches, others are more myth or anecdotal than medical fact. 

     

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  • 06/14/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    FREE Self-Massage Tools That Get Results

    Self Care is Self Love

     

    Yes, you can massage yourself at home. No, it won’t be as great as booking an appointment with me (obviously!). But the same way that brushing and flossing between dentist visits keeps your teeth and gums healthier for longer, self-massage can prolong the benefits of your sessions and help keep pain and stiffness at bay.

     

    Self-massage can (literally) be awkward as you contort your body to reach pain points. It can also cause pain and discomfort in your hands when you aren’t properly trained. While there are certainly many self-massage tools that you can buy online, there are a few common household objects you can put to use RIGHT NOW, no shipping required.

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  • 06/02/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Smashing the “Toxins” Myth

    Maybe you’ve just come back from a vacation where you had your fair share of wine and delicious food. Should you detox with a juice cleanse? Or perhaps a massage will flush these toxins from your body?

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  • 05/31/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    How Massage Can Help Athletes Year-Round

    You’re a true athlete. You’re used to working hard, exhausting your body, and developing your mental stamina— as well as your physical stamina— year round. Even in the off-season, you don’t quit. You’re used to spending your downtime preparing for the next season, and getting faster, stronger, and better at what you do. 

     

    The idea of using massage to improve your game might sound silly. Who needs a spa day to improve your game on the football field? But the truth is, more and more professional sports teams are employing full-time massage therapists to work with their athletes. Why? It really does make you a better athlete.

     

    So how exactly can a few sessions or regular appointments on a massage table work to improve your game, or make you faster or stronger? There’s a lot that goes into it. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding a regular massage into your training routine.

     

    So how exactly can a few sessions or regular appointments on a massage table work to improve your game, or make you faster or stronger? There’s a lot that goes into it. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding a regular massage into your training routine.

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  • 05/12/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    What You Get from a $100 An Hour Massage

    I’m going to say it, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage for most people. We don’t like to talk about money; it’s supposed to be private. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.

     

    I know this because...

     

    I walk the walk and I, too, get regular massage.

     

    I am crazy tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage just doesn’t happen.

     

    But if I expect you to budget for a $100/hr massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a $100/hr massage.

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  • 05/11/2021 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Getting Back to Offering In-Home Massage

    Everyone wants to know

     

    When will In-Home massages be offered again?

     

    The short answer is: I'm not exactly sure.

     

    The long answer is:

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  • 02/08/2021 - Michael FInk
    Let's Talk Butts: Buttocks, Glutes & Dierriere

    We all have our own name for our backside. The idea of “my butt being rubbed” (or not) can be a very sensitive topic for many people. Sometimes the sensitivity is mental or emotional, for others it’s physical.

    Let's talk about butts...

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  • 11/18/2020 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Massage Myth: Contraindications

    Contraindication is a long word with a simple meaning: a reason you shouldn’t receive a particular treatment, such as a massage. There are local contraindications—things like a small wound—that shouldn’t be massaged directly, but that doesn't mean you can’t still get a perfectly good massage on other parts of your body. Then there are general contraindications, or situations in which you shouldn’t get a massage at all. Contraindications can be an illness like the flu, a treatment or medication like a strong blood thinner, or even something environmental, like a bedbug infestation at home. 

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  • 10/16/2020 - Michael Fink,CMT
    COVID Precautions

    The health and safety of my clients, myself, my family, and the community at large has always been  of the upmost importance. As I begin to re-open, I will be taking extra steps to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy. 

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  • 06/20/2020 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Should I Cancel My Massage If I’m Sick?

    Short answer: Yes, please.

     

    It happens. At least once every winter, a client comes into my office with a fever and awful cough or sneezing, thinking that a massage is a good idea. Sigh. It’s hard to turn people away, even when I know I shouldn’t touch them. Prevention is the best option here, and that means educating my clients, so they know to cancel when they are sick.

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  • 06/18/2020 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Why Drink Water After a Massage?

    We all know that we should be drinking more water, right? Your doctor tells you to drink water instead of soda or juice. You’re told to drink water before, during and after physical activity and you may have even been told to drink water to flush the toxins from your body after a massage.

     

    Hold on. Nope. Myth alert! 

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  • 06/18/2020 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Do I Have to Get Naked for Massage?

    What to Wear (or not) During Your Massage

    The most Frequently Asked Question in massage: Do I need to get naked?

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  • 06/17/2020 - Michael Fink
    Black Lives Matter

    I stand with the Black community in the fight for equality, and against racial injustice in this country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Corey Jones, Oscar Grant, and so many other senseless killings continue to highlight the racial injustice and imbalance of power in our country. Words are not enough. We must begin to put our money where our mouths are, put feet in the streets and demand change at the highest levels of government. Actions will be the only valid evidence of a genuine desire to be part of the progress to dismantle structural racism.

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  • 04/04/2019 - Michael Fink
    6 Tips for In-Home Massage

    When i bring the bodywork to you, there are a few things you can do before our session, to ensure that you’re getting even more out of our time together. Here are a few key tips.

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  • 01/09/2019 - Michael Fink, CMT
    In Regards to Being Blind

    I am legally blind. I was born with a genetic condition called Stargardt’s, which is a form of Macular Degeneration. As the macula begins to breakdown, I lose more of my central vision, which is responsible for detailed vision. My peripheral vision is good, thankfully because it’s what I’ve got to navigate the world, and is more of a soft-focus.

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  • 01/08/2019 - Michael Fink, CMT
    How often should I get massage?

    How often to get massage will vary for each of us. I suggest you speak with your massage therapist about your goals and work together to come up with a plan specific to your needs. Here I will speak in more broad and general terms to give you a basic understanding of how frequently you might want to consider receiving massage.

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  • 01/05/2019 - Michael Fink, CMT
    In the Beginning

    Allow me to introduce myself and give you some background as to how I got into massage therapy / bodywork. In 2005 I had transferred to SFSU as a Junior, to study business management. Was taking International Business, Business Calculus, Business Management and Holistic Health Eastern Perspectives. About 6 weeks into the semester I realized business school did not resonate with me and that I was not going to make it through 2 years of business school.

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  • 01/03/2019 - Michael Fink, CMT
    Cancelation Policy

    Last Minute Cancellation 

     

     One of the more challenging parts of running a service business is deciding how to handle last-minute cancellations, missed appointments and late arrivals. I aim for a thoughtful fairness. The new policies are below. I’m usually happy to be flexible about the policies when illness or emergencies strike. No doubt, if we’re working together, you will be someone who is respectful of my time, so this won’t be an issue.

     

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  • 01/01/2019 - bodyworkbymichael
    Site Launch

    Our new website is finally up. We’ve worked hard to get a beautiful new site ready and we’re proud to show it off. Thanks for reading our blog. We have lots of great blog posts in the works. Please check back or contact us now to find out how we can help you.

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