New & Improved Website

Well, hello there… It has been a LONG time since I last published a post and thought the best way for me to hopefully get-back-at-it is to let you know that I have a new and improved website; along with a new domain name and e-mail address. I am finally “mobile” now, too. Yay, lol!

Even though I have several re-directs, my main URL is now I thought that was much more fitting than the I have used for the past 10 years… Not personally much of an endurance runner, although I try on occassion, but that is a long story I am sure you can do without. Hehehe.

Anyway, that is all for now. Until next time…

P.S. Did I mention my new website is still a little Under Construction? 😉

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me


What About Massage Interests You?

Keeping up with a blog—posting at least once a week was my goal—is sometimes difficult for yours truly. There are so many things I could write about with regards to massage, but picking and choosing what I think may interest you is more of a challenge than I originally thought it would be.

I was recently told by a long-term client that she believes I have some perfectionist tendencies. Hahaha… I think I just proved her correct. 😉

Anyway, I will continue to go-with-my-flow by writing about what interests me, but please tell me what about massage interests you by taking a few seconds to complete my poll; your opinion matters!

UPDATE AS OF 10/11/12: I moved the poll to my blog’s sidebar.


Did You Know…

That Ohio was the first state to license the practice of massage, and the first applicant was licensed in 1916? In fact, according to the State Medical Board, Ohio is also unique in that it defines massage therapy as a “limited branch of the practice of medicine.”

© Nicole K. Ftacnik, LMT, CPNMT

For an interesting article on the history of massage licensure, please read Massage Therapy Licensing: An In-Depth Look.

This career is no longer bound by myths such as “work of the Devil” or “prostitution”, this career is a legitimate career with legitimate therapists who are proud of their work and that fully support the regulation of their career.

I’m all about rules and regulations when it comes to helping the public via therapeutic touch, and am very interested to see how the massage therapy field continues to change as we move forward in time.

As always, I hope you find this information informative!


Massage And My Facial Scar

Because of a similar accident my husband recently had, I decided to go ahead and share the following story with you; an experience that devastated me a while back. Luckily, my husband felt and continues to feel much better about his situation than I originally did mine, due to him witnessing the wonderful effects that massage had on my facial scar.

FYI – This post does not have much to do with PNMT per se, but rather massage as a whole… So I hope you don’t mind.

Back in 2008, I cracked my forehead open while we were vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Ugh! Call me vain, but I was so sick to my stomach; automatically assuming I would need plastic surgery in the near future… And of all places, on my face.

(I can’t believe I am actually including the first two pictures in this post, but it’s important for me to show you how powerful massage truly is.)

Right after the accident and with stitches. Can you tell I had some serious crocodile tears?

Check out that gash! I know it could have been worse, but I’m a female and sometimes females worry about these things. 🙂

In order to get with a Plastic Surgeon as soon as possible, we headed back to the States early. The doctor we ended up scheduling with told me—in a surprised tone—that the resort’s doctor actually did a really good job stitching me up. Thank goodness, right?! He also said that because it was vertical and perpendicular to my lovely wrinkles, I would definitely need plastic surgery down the road.

Having just graduated from massage school shortly before, I asked him if he thought massaging the scar would help, and his response was “The only way to know for sure is to massage half of it, but I don’t think it will help regardless.” Ummm… Half? Seriously? Not gonna happen! Instead, I decided to ignore his statement and addressed the whole darn thing on my own.

Goofy distorted self-portrait two months later.

After the scab was completely gone, I massaged it multiple times a day in the very beginning; paying special attention to the scar-tissue that was forming in and around it. Sometimes I used medium pressure; other times I used deep pressure, basically to a point where the area was pretty tender the next day. When that was the case, I would take a day off or lightly rub down—towards my heart—to increase blood flow. On a few occasions, I used Vitamin E oil, but most of the time I didn’t need to because my face tends to be on the oily side as it is.

About two months ago.

Well, here I am today… Four years later, and you can hardly see my scar. I did not massage my scar daily this whole time, just for the first six or so months. Even then, I probably missed a day, or two or three, here and there.

All in all, massage in general, works some serious wonders in my book. If you ever have an accident—which I hope you don’t—and worry about potential scaring like I did, try giving massage a try. It’s less invasive and has the potential to save you a ton of money.

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me