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Even chair massages are popular at crafting events

As I have done in the past, I offered chair massages at the Cozy Cottage craft event as well as a craft fair that was held at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia over the M.E.A. weekend. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Massage can be beneficial for both horse and their riders

I recently returned from a fun, five days of horse camping. There are four of us that get together annually, and have for the last three years, to ride new trails and enjoy each other’s company. This year proved no exception. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

Stretches that can help eliminate sciatic pain

In my last article I talked about sciatic pain and how to determine if the pain going down your leg originated from your lower back or your gluteus (butt) muscles. Following is a quick review of the difference.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 10:51 PM

Detoxifying your body through massage

You may be wondering why you would even need to detoxify your body since our bodies are made to detoxify on their own. Sometimes life gets hectic and our bodies are unable to keep up with everything we are throwing at them.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 10:12 PM

Chair massage: A good introduction to the benefits of massage

What exactly is a chair massage? It is an excellent question that I was asked just last week. The person asking had read my article about giving chair massages during the graduation night event at Cherry High School. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 10:46 PM

Spring is here:

Time to get our bodies moving

While the calendar states spring arrived over two months ago, it doesn’t seem like it here on the Iron Range. With all the rain we have had and cooler temperatures outside it feels more like the beginning of spring. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 10:29 PM

What does massage mean to you?

While massage means something different to each person, for many it means relief from aching, knotted muscles. As young children, running and playing, we were invincible. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 10:44 PM

Simplifying our lives and accepting change for better physical and mental well-being

Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the faster time goes by? When we were kids, time just seemed to drag. We wished the school year would hurry up and finish so we could get to summer and experience fun in the sun with our friends. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 09:36 PM

Repetitive hand movement can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome

By Susan Santi  HTF Columnist   More...

Posted 3/2/2017 11:09 PM

Life happens, massage helps

There are some people who scoff at the thought of someone putting their hands on them to get a massage. Sometimes I think the scoffing is a defense mechanism to keep people from touching them. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

The new year brings opportunity for massage

So here we are celebrating a new year on the calendar. It is a time of new beginnings in many ways. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

Massage: Luxury or necessity?

Luxury or necessity? That really is the question, isn’t it? Just this last week I met two people who were struggling with thinking of massage as a necessity rather than a luxury. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Massage is good medicine

I am amazed and pleased at how massage can help people with aches and pains. More...

Posted 11/10/2016 09:47 PM

Why massage?

Have you ever wondered what all the hype about receiving a massage is? More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Massage therapy and Parkinson’s disease

I have a client whose spouse has Parkinson’s and they passed along some information to me about the benefits of massage for those with Parkinson’s.   More...

Posted 9/15/2016 09:40 PM

What statistics reveal about massage

I strongly believe in the power of healing touch from receiving a massage. And I don’t hesitate to encourage people to get one, especially when they are hurting. The statistical numbers are now backing what I have seen for myself. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 09:47 PM

What is Swedish massage all about?

I recently had a conversation with someone about Swedish massage. They believed it was only good for relaxation and they were looking for therapeutic bodywork. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 09:18 PM

Sleeping through a massage

Have you ever slept right through your massage? Or maybe this is the very excuse you use to not get one because you are afraid you will fall asleep and “miss” the massage. More...

Posted 6/9/2016 09:36 PM

Massage makes me happy!

I was recently at a continuing education class and for attending one of the things they gave us was a drink container with the slogan “Massage Makes Me Happy! More...

Posted 5/12/2016 08:52 PM

Should I use heat or ice?

Heat or ice - the great dilemma. Which should you use when you have an injury, strain, sprain or bruise? It all depends on when the injury happened. Just now, or three days ago? More...

Posted 4/14/2016 08:32 PM

Lower back pain and massage

Ouch! A hurting back is no fun. And lower back injuries, given how we are built, certainly do seem to abound with lots of people. Only when mine is hurting do I realize how much I truly use my back. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 06:43 PM

How’s winter treating you?

So how is the winter treating you? We haven’t been deluged with snow, like two winters ago and yet we have had more than last winter. If you are a winter sport participant, there’s been just enough to enjoy being active outside. More...

Posted 2/18/2016 07:50 PM

Brrrr, it’s chilly outside!

Have you ever noticed whenever you go outside, no matter how many layers you have on, you still hunch your shoulders instinctively to keep the cold out? More...

Posted 1/21/2016 09:07 PM

Taking care of those after Christmas blahs

Every year I hope for a stress-free holiday season, as much as I can create within myself, if nowhere else. After all I can only do as much as I can with the time given. More...

Posted 12/23/2015 08:59 PM

Grieving and massage

How does one process the loss of a loved one? When it’s sudden and unexpected it’s harder to comprehend that they are gone and there is no chance for good-byes. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

The rewards of massage

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.   More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Massage can be beneficial even for those who sit a lot

Does your job require you to sit a lot? Whether it be in an office or driving many miles, it doesn’t matter; sitting, is sitting. Researchers are finding out that too much sitting can shorten your life span. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Rainy weather couldn’t dampen a good time at the fair

The fair announcement was, “Come one, come all,” and they did! They came in big sizes, small sizes, and all sizes in between; most wearing some sort of rain gear. This year the Embarrass Region Fair was a rained out success.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 10:27 PM

True sciatica or pseudo-sciatica – which do you have?

I get a fair number of people who talk to me about their sciatic pain. One of my first questions for them is if they know what is causing their sciatic pain. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 09:26 PM

Sore muscles? Maybe what you need is a massage

It’s summertime! Time for fun in the sun, picnics, family reunions, summer weddings and road trips to parts unknown. How much fun can all of these be?  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 10:10 PM

Graduation night: A safe festival of fun

Have you ever been to a graduation night celebration either as a graduate or a chaperone? Graduation night can appear to be organized chaos. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 10:09 PM

Is massage a part of your maintenance program?

As we go through living and enjoying life, we have to figure out what works best for us. What helps us reach our goals? Life experiences can help us with that, as can mistakes we make along the way.  More...

Posted 5/11/2017 10:04 PM

Dissolving massage myths and being part of the healing process

For my regular column I am sharing an article I found about massage written by Kelly Madrone who is a massage teacher and bodyworker. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 10:08 PM

Massage and lifestyle changes can help reduce stress

Do you have tight muscles in your neck, shoulders, or back? If so, does the pain keep you from getting a good night sleep or functioning normally? More...

Posted 3/16/2017 09:01 PM

Anatomy of a knotted muscle

Have you ever been asked something and were surprised that you didn’t know the answer? More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Five interesting facts about massage therapy

I found this article in the Custom Craftworks blog and thought I would share it with you, to give you some food for thought. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Boost your immune system with massage

While it is that time of year for colds and flu, it doesn’t mean you have to succumb to them. You can be proactive and help strengthen your own immune system. More...

Posted 12/22/2016 11:25 PM

Patronizing small, local businesses

It certainly does my heart good to do business with small businesses. If you think about it that’s how this country was started. It was founded on small businesses. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

All things cozy in Palo, MN

Well the leaves have fallen, trees are bare and outside temperatures are slowly dropping, in anticipation of winter on its way. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Parkinson’s disease and massage, part 2

In my last article I wrote about how massage can possibly help someone with Parkinson’s disease. While I was okay with the article, I felt the need to expand on this topic. I have recently acquired a new pathology book. It   More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

Massage at the Embarrass Fair

It’s fair time and you know what that means; a fun time in many different ways. We’ve had the St Louis Co. Fair come and go, the Minnesota State Fair is in full swing as I write this and will finish up Monday of Labor Day weekend. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 09:23 PM

Stretching can compliment massage

While getting a massage to help destress your body is a wonderful thing, it’s also important to maintain flexibility in other ways too. Stretching is a great compliment to massage. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 08:52 PM

Does icing an injury really work?

Not long ago I wrote an article about heat or ice and which is best and since then I have come across newer information concerning icing that I feel compelled to share with you.  More...

Posted 7/7/2016 09:10 PM

Got a flat tire? Get a massage!

I know what you’re thinking, how do a flat tire and massage go together? Think of it this way: when you have a flat tire you are not going anywhere until it gets fixed. I know, I had one last week. And I was at the tire shop a.s.a.p. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

Stress: Everyone has it

To quote my husband, regarding stress: “Oh yes, everyone has it and everyone deals with it in their own way.” Isn’t that the truth? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Massage is a great complement

Massage really works well with stretching, rehabilitation or as part of a fitness maintenance program; like a hand in a glove. I have recently been reminded of this fact with several of my clients. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 09:36 PM

Massage for mothers-to-be

Are you getting ready to deliver a baby in the near future? How is your physical comfort level within your body at this moment? How are you feeling emotionally? Is this your first delivery? Are you anxious? Overwhelmed? More...

Posted 3/3/2016 09:53 PM

Good idea:

Chair massage at pool tournaments

Oh my, seriously! It turns out that offering chair massages at pool tournaments is a perfect way to offer relaxation and help the players increase their game productivity! More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Will massage become regulated in 2016?

Getting massage state regulated in Minnesota is high on the agenda for the Alliance for Legislation of Massage Therapy (ALMT). More...

Posted 1/7/2016 09:46 PM

Why we need bodywork

What, exactly, is bodywork? What may initially come to mind is when we have had a fender bender and need to get our car’s exterior repaired. And it can be that but, in this case, I am talking about our own bodies.  More...

Posted 12/10/2015 10:13 PM

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