mfjanove on May 15th, 2013

Father’s Day Special

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, 2013.

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mfjanove on April 20th, 2013

Mother’s Day Special

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mfjanove on January 26th, 2013

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Special

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mfjanove on October 15th, 2012

Within the “Professionalism” portion of Code of Ethics for my professional organization, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) it says:
I shall always dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as attire suitable and consistent with accepted business and professional practice.
The field of massage therapy has changed over the years. Now, massage is a respected complement to medical treatment for everything from sports injuries to chronic pain. However, some people still associate massage with remnants of a less respectable past.
In order to ensure the comfort and safety of myself and my clients, I make sure to wear appropriate clothing to work. It is clean, neat and not revealing. I also wear comfortable, supportive shoes to protect my own body for the long term.

mfjanove on October 3rd, 2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview for a large Silicon Valley corporation to be part of their on site massage program. Having been self-employed for several years, it was a wonderful experience to check out a company from the inside and see how other people manage their massage practice.
Through the process of interviewing, having a position offered to me, and negotiating with the company, I used a career counselor, Jill Schontag, for advice. She helped me figure out what I needed in order to make a commute over the hill worthwhile for me.
Eventually, I realized that my private practice here in Santa Cruz is the best employment for me! I won’t be reducing my hours or going anywhere else to practice- I love my current clientele and I’m sticking around!

mfjanove on August 14th, 2012

While inAustria, at the Dr. Vodder School Wittlinger Clinic I spent an afternoon in arm bandages after studying bandaging for lymphedema.  This technique is applied to the affected limb after a lymphatic massage treatment, when the limb has excess fluid and requires external pressure to reduce the volume.  20120713-060735.jpgWhile the bandages can be somewhat uncomfortable because of heat or weight, they are the most effective tool in moving fluid out of a limb.  To increase my empathy for clients, I kept these bandages on for several hours and went about daily tasks, like eating a meal and using the restroom to see what it felt like.

I found that extra care was required in keeping the bandages clean.  For example, I chose not to eat a juicy peach for fear that it would drip all over and make me sticky for the rest of the day.  20120713-060758.jpg

I also found that basic activities like picking up my pizza or opening my wallet took a little more concentration and time because mobility was mildly hindered.  Over just a few hours though, I was moving better and had learned what worked and didn’t work.  I found I was getting used to having the bandages on!

 

mfjanove on August 9th, 2012

One essential aspect of lymphedema care is compression garments.  Anyone who has developed lymphedema should have compression garments in their toolbox.  Depending on the severity of the lymphatic swelling, garments may be worn every day for 20+hours a day or not.20120713-061028.jpg

Compression garments fit tightly in order to increase the pressure on the outside of the limb and encourage fluid and cellular waste to move into the vessels which can carry it away.  This reduces the swelling and creates a healthier limb and a healthier person!

Since the garments fit tightly, getting them on properly is a challenge! While in my course in Austria, I learned about a tool designed by Arion called “Easy Slide” which allows the garment to slide easily into place.

This green sleeve goes on your arm first.  Then the garment slides on over it.

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The tab near the armpit pulls to unlatch the velcro.

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And finally the green sleeve can be pulled out the top of the compression sleeve leaving the garment correctly positioned on the arm.

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These photos were taken without a compression sleeve so that you can see how it works!

mfjanove on August 2nd, 2012

While in Europe, I had some intense mouth pain.  Since I was in a lymphatic massage class and learning all about reducing inflammation, I worked on my gums, cheek and roof of my mouth to alleviate some of the pain and swelling.  With time, it helped.  Upon returning to Santa Cruz, the pain returned as well and after a visit to the dentist, I learned that I needed a root canal.  Though it’s something that’s never at the top of anyone’s list, I am appreciative that I had a relatively easy experience at Dr. Machnick’s office.

After the appointment, feeling lopsided with numbness in my cheek and lips, I used some light pressure Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to help flush the anesthetic out of my system.  It worked wonderfully and reduced the numb time from about 3 hours after treatment to only 1.5 hours! I highly recommend making a massage appointment after dental work- we can be very gentle and help you heal faster!

mfjanove on July 31st, 2012

During my trip to Europe, I spent 2 weeks in Walchsee, Austria (in Western Austria) near the German border, studying Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Afterwards, I met up with my mother in Vienna and we traveled to Venice, Florence and Rome. Here’s a little taste of our trip!

mfjanove on July 12th, 2012

Within the “Scope of Practice/Appropriate Techniques” portion of Code of Ethics for my professional organization, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) it says:

I shall provide services within the scope of the ABMP definition of massage, bodywork, somatic therapies and skin care, and the limits of my training. I will not employ those massage, bodywork or skin care techniques for which I have not had adequate training and shall represent my education, training, qualifications and abilities honestly.

Continuing education is an important part of keeping any professional up-to-date with the cutting edge of their field. I recently completed a 4 week (160 hour) course in “Manual Lyphatic Drainage” to broaden my perspective on bodywork and better serve my clientele. Though the danger of receiving massage is very limited, with proper training I can provide the highest level of service and address your concerns, pains and mobility issues with good background.