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Lifestyle Tips for Enriching Massage Results and Increase Your General Health

Common Trigger Points Charts to Help You Understand and Describe Pain 

Active Isolated Stretching & Strengthening

Example video from a continuing education class where Aaron Mattis is teaching stretches for the chest muscles (Pectoralis Major and Minor). 

Insights into chronic pain in soft tissue:
What is Fascia? How does it contribute to chronic pain? It's a common question bc it's a common problem that can cause pain, neuropathy, and joint damage. 


At Restored by Touch, we use gentle techniques to target every layer of soft tissue. This eliminates the harmful changes in the soft tissue resulting from trauma, chronic overload or irritation nerves.


Most people interpret these changes as tight muscles. Problems in the soft tissue can cause irreversible problems if left untreated. A few examples include torn muscles, stress fractures of bones, tendonitis and bone spurs. 


Some common conditions include plantar fasciitis (PF) and shin splints (SS). The origin of PF is NOT where the pain is felt. It's typically a simple fix when treated early. It comes from further up the body towards the head. Thus the importance of evaluating tissues to determine which areas are involved. 


Shin splints are one example of how the tissue pulls away from the bones. It's common for runners, but with good self-care, it's totally avoidable. If caught early, it's easily reversible.


See more wonders of fascia in this video.  

Hydration is featured in the above video. This article describes how it manifests in our lives in ways that few of us understand. 

Your Body's Call for Water: Keeping a Whimper from Becoming a Shout by Carole Suzanne Jackson


Other tips to help raise your awareness and motivation for self-care:

Arthritis - Benefits of Massage for



Creative Financing 
Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzyn - may help budget for making massage a regular part of your life.


Cold and Hot Therapy Instructions and Products

Following are detailed instructions about the effective use of cold and heat therapy. Please review. Do call us with any questions.

Cold Therapy Reduces Inflammation


All these in the following link are great commercial cold pack. Except the neck one doesn't conform well unless it's pulled too tight.

An ice massage with water frozen in a paper cup (peel the cup down as the ice melts) is especially effective for inflamed tissue. Keep the ice moving—it’s a massage. Holding in one spot can damage tissue. Follow the instructions at this link carefully.


Gardening for Health provides an easy way to garden urban or country.
Click here to access the current version of our spreadsheet giving basic garden planner information for starting from seed.

Muscle Health Books for Great Self Care 

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual (2nd Edition)
by Devin J. Starlanyl & Mary Ellen Copeland

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Second Edition by Clair DaviesStrength Book: Active Isolated Strengthening: The Mattes Method

Specific stretching for everyone by Aaron L Mattes

Active Isolated Strengthening: The Mattes Method
by Aaron L. Mattes


Favorite Recipes - (yummy, healthy, quick economical)

Ratatouille - click here 
(French origin; vegetable medley ideal for homegrown veggies)

See our referral tab for markets providing exceptionally fresh veggie. 

Self Care Journal Check Sheets

Stress Factors Guide - click here
Stress Busters Weekly Guide - click here

Food and Water Intake Guide coming soon
 1200 calories - click here
     1300 calories - 
click here
 1500 calories - click here
     1800 calories - click here


Spine & Posture 

Unexplained Chronic Pain
Muscle Imbalances
Pinched Nerves


Cervical (neck)

Chronic pain resulting from: Migraine Type Headaches (80% resolve completely)
Forward head posture

Shoulder Pain

Hand Pain

Lumbar Related (lower back)

Unexplained chronic Pain


Osteoarthritis (Yes, knees)

Plantar Faciitis

Foot Drop Gait


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