New hours and expanded availability in Montpelier for massage therapy. Many people have asked for evening and weekend availability, and as of June I'll be in evenings until 6:30 and Sunday mornings from 9am to 1pm. If you're looking for massage on an evening or a weekend, give me a call or send an email.
My massage practice is moving back to Downtown Montpelier as of May 1st. Stay tuned for updates and availability!
As many of you already know, in December I will be moving offices to The Confluence in Berlin. If you're not familiar with the confluence, it is a crossfit gym that houses many alternative health practitioners including other massage therapists, midwifes, personal trainers, yoga therapists and psychologists. For me, it is a great opportunity to continue to orient my practice towards therapeutic work and sports medicine by partnering with The Confluences personal trainers and fitness instructors, while still remaining in an easily accessible location near Montpelier and the highway.
For now, all appointments booked will still be at the same 174 Elm Street location. During the month of December I'll be available half time in each location, and then be fully at the confluence at the beginning of January.
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I've teamed up with Dana Woodruff of Dandelioness Herbals to offer a free 1oz Valentines Elixir to everyone that books a massage the week of Valentines Day
(Feb. 10th to 14th). You'll have a choice of:
Damiana*Rose*Vanilla Elixir with local honey & flower essences.
Relaxing, Clarifying & Sense Heightening.
Chocolate*Spice*Elixir with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao & flower essences.
Moving, Stimulating & Warming.
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True Sciatica results from nerve irritation at the nerve root in the lumbar spine, often as the result of a disk issue.
Piriformis Syndrome is a neuromuscular condition that arises from compression of the sciatic nerve by the Piriformis Muscle in the upper buttocks (1).
Per WebMD, the Piriformis "is important in lower body movement because it stabilizes the hip joint and rotates the thigh away from the body. This enables us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance. It is also used in sports that involve lifting and rotating the thighs -- In short, in almost every motion of the hips and legs.(2)"
Both conditions cause the same sciatic pain symptoms of burning, pain or numbness/tingling down the path of the sciatic nerve, but they are each are treated differently.
To test for sciatic nerve irritation originating in the lumbar spine, begin seated in a chair, then straighten the knee that is on the side of the sciatic pain until the leg is straight and parallel to the floor. This test will usually cause a temporary increase in discomfort if the sciatic pain is lumbar based.
To test for piriformis syndrome, pull that same knee into the chest until the thigh is against your torso and the knee is near the same side shoulder. Then, bring the leg across the body toward the opposite side shoulder. In piriformis syndrome this test will often cause a temporary increase in discomfort
Both conditions are possible simultaneously, and the tests do not provide a fool proof assessment of which condition is present, but they may help guide a care provider to more appropriate treatment.
Herniated disks in the lumbar spine require care during massage to prevent aggravation of the condition. Pressure directly on the spine is always avoided, and tight muscles in the lumbar region are worked with lengthening motions to reduce compression from tight muscles (3).
In Piriformis Syndrome, pin and stretch massage techniques in the external rotators of the glutes can be especially helpful. Stretches for the iliopsoas (commonly referred to as the "hip flexor") are also often helpful because piriformis pain is commonly associated with extended periods sitting and tight hip flexors. Stretches such as pigeon pose in yoga can also be helpful as they stretch both the iliopsoas and piriformis.
While these tests and treatments can serve as a handy guide to help an individual better understand their chronic pain, they should in no way be considered a diagnosis or a substitute for medical care from a qualified professional.
(1) Anatomy In Motion
(3) Massage Today
2014 Mid-Winter Series
Faeterri Silver Health Educator
174 Elm Street, Montpelier 802.426.3019
Classes: Thursday evenings 6-8 or Sunday days 12:30-2:30
Sunday, February 9 Seed Saving Basics
Thursday, February 13 Indoor Winter Gardens, Sprouts and Greens
Sunday, February 16 Foods and Food Families
Sunday, February 23 Nutritional Basics
Thursday, February 27 Planning the Garden
Sunday, March 2 Gluten and Grain Free Eating
Sunday, March 9 Starting Vegetable Seedlings
Thursday, March13 Food Combining for Easier Digestion
Sunday, March 16 Transitional Diets
Seed Saving Basics – A basic discussion about plant and families, what to start when, when to harvest, and how.
Indoor Winter Gardens, Sprouts and Greens – Learn how to grow your own sprouts, micro-greens, greens and herbs for food, nutrition and fun all winter long.
Foods and Food Families – Just as foods are primarily composed of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, we can categorize foods into their basic nutritional components. Here we look at nutrition from a food point of view.
Nutritional Basics – Nutrition is not that complicated. I present to you simplified nutrition covering proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and biotics.
Planning the Garden – Selecting varieties, starting seedlings, planting out, direct seeding, space requirements, inter- and successive plantings will all be discussed.
Gluten and Grain Free Eating – Many people are becoming aware of their wheat, gluten and other food sensitivities. In this class I share recipes that are gluten and grain free.
Starting Vegetable Seedlings – Here we look at scheduling what to start in which months, if any heat or light is needed, what materials to use, and when to plant out.
Food Combining for Easier Digestion – Learn how our bodies digest our food and how it is not just about what we eat, but how we eat and how that influences digestion.
Transitional Diets – A look at meal plans that cover the gambit of transitions from healthy meat eating recipes to raw vegan options.
Healthful snacks provided, limited seating, by donation
Plenty of street parking available (ramp entrance) at 174 Elm Street
Credentials available upon request
For more info or to register call 802.426.3019 or email email@example.com
I bet you didn't know I used to run a bakery in Central Vermont with my bestfriend/aunt. Here's an original recipe:
Apple Almond Butter Muffins
1/2 cup honey
2 cups apple sauce
1/3 cup almond butter
1 cup WW pastry flour
1 cup oat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a mixing bowl, combine the honey, applesauce, eggs, and almond butter; beat well, set aside. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Gradually add to apple mixture; mix well.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
Optional Oat/Almond topping: Melt 1/4c butter and add 2T flour, 2T sugar, 1/4c chopped almonds and 1/4c oats. Mix and crumble on top of muffins before baking.
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In case you missed the e-mail, the winners of the summer massage drawing are Ashley Portman & Jesse Conn. Congrats! Full details here.