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Why Massage Should Be a Year-Round Gift


Sure, earrings are pretty and clothes are nice, but what do you Why Massage Should Be a Year-Round Gift dreamclinic massagethink about giving a gift that can boost your friend’s mood, improve immunity, and make a positive impact on his or her overall health? Giving the gift of massage is treating a loved one to an experience, one that will soothe a stressed, achy body and will allow your friends and family to feel their best. And, it’s an experience you need to give yourself as well.


Massage is the gift that keeps on giving. The more you get massages, the more health benefits you will experience. It can increase your range of motion, strengthen your immune system, and provide an improved sense of well-being.


Giving Thanks Has Real Health Benefits


What if there were a solution to stress so simple that it onlyGiving Thanks Has Real Health Benefits involved saying two words? There is, and you’re in luck because the turkey and pumpkin pie are right around the corner to remind us of it. Yes, that’s right – saying “thank you” can lead to feeling healthier and happier, all year long.


Giving thanks feels good, and not just in that fluffy, heartwarming way. One study found those who wrote down what they were grateful for each week exercised more, had fewer health complaints, and generally felt better about their lives. Grateful people also experience less stress, are more optimistic, and have a stronger immune system.


3 Subtle Signs You’re Stressed and What to Do About It

As working professionals, we’ve mastered the balancing act. We3 subtle signs you're stressed and what to do about it work full-time, have a lively social life, and make time to be active. We move fast and that’s how we like it. 
However, in between the happy hours and work meetings, stress can creep in without your knowing. Stress doesn’t always trigger a loud, red siren. Many times, there are quiet signs telling you that you may be stressed.
You don’t need to sacrifice your busy lifestyle to reduce stress, but you should be aware of three important, subtle clues and listen to your body when it’s time to slow down: 

Massage as Anti-Aging Therapy

By Larisa Goldin, MBA, LMP


Massage can help reverse the aches and pains that set on with age, serving as an enjoyable and highly effective form of anti-aging therapy.


For most individuals, muscle aches and areas of chronic tension tend to set in around age 30, and for some at an even earlier age.  We have our own ways of dealing with this – a hot bath with Epsom salt, a glass of wine, an Advil or a muscle relaxant - but in the long-term the muscle aches persist.  Anti-aging Deep Tissue Massage for Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle to treat muscle achesOn good days, with plenty of sleep and exercise, we feel ok, but on bad days, we really notice that the muscle tension is interfering with our quality of life.   Yet, many of us don’t have any sort of long-term regimen to address our muscle aches and knots. We regard them as the unfortunate inevitable side-effect of aging. 


5 Things You Need to Know about Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury, Timothy Miller, L.Ac. and Larisa Goldin

Acupuncture has moved into the mainstream, so much so that most insurance companies now cover acupuncture services. Its benefits are extolled regularly in the media, and ongoing research is being performed to validate its effectiveness. But what is acupuncture and how does it work?

Here are 5 important things you need to know about acupuncture.

1. Acupuncturists are highly-trained and licensed healthcare professionals.

Acupuncture school is lengthy and demanding. Over three to four years, students must complete 1200 hours of classroom instruction and 500 hours of supervised clinic practice, then pass a national exam and a background check before applying for a state license to practice. This rigorous process protects the public health and ensures that only highly trained and experienced acupuncturists are practicing legally.

The Real Meaning of Arch Support

by Dr. Ray McClanahan, D.P.M.

Originally published on


In order to understand the treatment of rendering an arch support, one must understand the architectural principle of an arch, and liken that principle to the multitude of arches that naturally occur in the human foot. When you study the structure of the foot and the shapes of the bones of the foot, you quickly realize that most of the weightbearing bones of the foot, are indeed arches themselves by being shaped to have support ends at either end of the bone and an open space or boney arch in between the support ends of the bones. 


Athletes Choose Acupuncture to Treat Injuries and Boost Performance

by Diana Khoury

Athletes of many stripes are turning to acupuncture for an effective method of injury treatment and prevention. Professional football players from the ranks of the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and more have embraced acupuncture to manage pain, speed injury recovery, and achieve peak physical performance in their sport. A review of research studies on the use of acupuncture in sports confirms its efficacy at increasing muscle strength and power in athletes.1

Effectively Manage Diabetes with Massage and Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury

In the U.S., approximately 25.8 million people are diabetic, and this number continues to rise.1 Most of us know someone with diabetes who copes with managing the disease’s symptoms and side effects on a daily basis.

Good Posture is a Positive Indicator of Health

by Diana Khoury

A common phrase heard throughout childhood is, “Sit up straight!” This postural reminder makes regular appearances in the classroom, at the dinner table and is a ubiquitous presence through middle and high school. The continual postural encouragement is dispensed to encourage healthy growth and function of the body, as well as a projection of self-confidence from the individual.

Massage Supports Mothers through Pregnancy and Beyond

by Diana Khoury

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through changes in physical form, structure, and internal function. While preparing for this important life change, pregnant women need physical and emotional support and are seeking it more often in the form of bodywork.

Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain Relief

by Diana Khoury


A large percentage of the population will experience some form of lower back (lumbar) pain during their adult life. In fact, lumbar pain is one of the top 5 reasons people seek medical care in the United States today. “Total incremental direct health care costs attributable to lower back pain in the U.S. were estimated at $26.3 billion in 1998. In addition, indirect costs related to days lost from work are substantial, with approximately 2% of the U.S. work force compensated for back injuries each year.”1

Financial costs aside, dealing with acute or chronic lumbar pain can be physically and mentally challenging, and disruptive to an active lifestyle. 


Fascia May Be the Missing Piece for Your Lingering Injury

by Julia Lucas
Originally published June 10, 2011 in Running Times

Meditation Improves Health and Helps Prevent Disease

by Diana Khoury

Meditation has been gradually moving into the mainstream, as a result of its association with yoga and its growing acceptance by celebrities and corporate leaders. The practice of meditation involves quieting the mind and focusing on the breath for the purposes of contemplation and reflection. The resulting state of deep relaxation has been shown to temper the body’s pain and stress responses, and scientific studies confirm its potential to improve health and prevent and manage disease.1

Workplace Massage Reduces Stress and Improves Bottom Line

by Diana Khoury

Our work habits are producing an increase in work-related injuries and stress. Computer use, poor ergonomics and extended sitting contribute to painful neck, shoulder and back tension, as well as repetitive stress conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This leads to a loss of productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher healthcare costs for many businesses. OSHA reports, “Musculoskeletal injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have become the nation's leading workplace health cost. [Repetitive stress injury] represents 62 percent of all North American...claims and results in nearly $15-20 billion in lost work time and Workers Compensation claims each year.”1


USA Today Proclaims Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage is not just for pampering anymore. Research continues to prove massage’s efficacy at addressing a variety of health-realted conditions.  USA Today's USA Weekend Health Smart column recently featured an article proclaiming the medical benefits of massage. In fact, a survey indicates that more people today seek out massage for medical purposes than for relaxation.


Based on scientific evidence, massage therapy has been shown to:

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

by Diana Khoury


Plantar fasciitis (pronounced “plantar fash-ee-itis”) is an inflammation of the plantar fascia - the long, flat ligament that runs along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia extends from the five toes, down through the arch and attaches to the heel. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel and/or arches and tightness of the calves. Plantar fasciitis causes pain while walking or exercising and can significantly impact one’s daily functioning if left untreated.

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When it comes to massage, Seattle leads the way among U.S. cities in terms of the popularity of therapeutic massage and the level of knowledge among Seattle residents about the health benefits of massage. Seattle massage schools are also regarded as among the best in the country, graduating massage therapists that are able to skillfully combine both the relaxation and the treatment aspects of massage.

Dreamclinic is proud to be a Seattle-based massage practice:
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to attract to our team some of the top graduates from local massage schools.
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to offer a valuable emerging wellness service in a city where it is understood and appreciated.
- Lastly, practicing massage in Seattle allows us to promote the highest standards for the massage profession and to continue to contribute to the general education of the population about massage.

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