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Knots are the worst.

You say Knots, I say Trigger Points Fibrotic tissue masses or trigger points, more commonly referred to as knots, are the worst. These bundles of damaged muscle tissue refer pain throughout the body. Depending on your past massage experiences, you may think that hammering away on those knots with lots of pressure and high levels of pain is the solution. Not at Studio Q 360. My approach to trigger points is different, mainly because of science. Our bodies are made up of millions of tiny nerve receptors that help us […]

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5 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Health

Courtesy of AMTA Massage Massage therapy can play an important role in your health regimen. See what the research says about massage for health and wellness. 1. Control stress The longterm effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches. 2. Get better sleep Research indicates that massage can improve sleep in those with lower back pain, fibromaylgia, insomnia, pain and other health conditions. 3.  Boost mental health and wellness Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety […]

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Caution: Essential Oils Overdose Possible

 Courtesy of Amy Kreydin, The Barefoot Dragonfly Why essential oils are not water flavoring agents About once a month or every three weeks I have a client complaining of right-sided abdominal pain, lethargy, joint pain, and indigestion. At some point they mention they’ve been adding essential oils in their drinking water because their neighbor said it would make water taste better or help them lose weight (or cure ebola). I try to restrain my initial alarm and calmly explain that essential oils and water don’t mix, literally, and that they’re really […]

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Honoring the Call to Serve

Katrina Brocka, LMT and Studio Q 360 are honored to help those who answered the call to serve. The Veteran and Military discount is available to service members, retired military, veterans, spouses, and their families. Massage is a key treatment against the effects of PTSD and stress associated with training, deployment, and the safe return home. Just show your valid military ID and save 10% all year long on all products, services, and promotions.

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My Road to becoming a Massage Therapist

When people ask me, why did I choose Massage Therapy as a career I have my elevator pitch ready: I always wanted to be a massage therapist; I like helping people feel better, I love learning about the body, and I wanted a job that presented challenges everyday. But the road that lead me to these conclusions was paved with irregular stones. It is true that I was drawn to the theories of massage therapy right out of high school but was never interested in receiving massages. I hated to […]

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Motivation is Key: Baby Steps to Success

Are you frustrated because you know in your head you could achieve your goals, but your body doesn’t seem motivated to take the first step? Motivation is an important key to accomplishing our goals, yet for some it is hard to come by. Maybe, its the type of motivation that is standing in your way. According to a modern interpretation of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Motivational Needs, there are 8 tiers that must be satisfied to accomplish our goals. When the needs of a tier are not met, the person […]

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Hot Stone Massage Appointments Available

Hot Stone Massage now available at Studio Q 360 Hot Stone is a natural therapy in which warmed rocks are used to maximize the therapeutic benefits of massage. Studio Q 360 stones are smooth, natural basalt rocks the size of my palm. The stones are stroked over muscle fiber to increase relaxation, pain relief, and circulation. Placement stones (large rocks resting on the skin) are not used at Studio Q 360. Instead, I use Working Stones (palm or thumb sized rocks moved across the skin) as tools to distribute therapeutic […]

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Are You Drinking Enough Water To Be Healthy?

Is Chronic Dehydration The Cause of Your Pain? Research shows that 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. People often think that even if they don’t actually drink water, they are getting enough by drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice or beer. The truth is only water is water. Many of these beverages encourage the body to excrete water through urination, rather than retaining it, causing dehydration. Chronic dehydration can result in symptoms that may be mistaken for other disorders such as allergies, asthma, dyspepsia, colitis, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, and […]

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Massage Therapy Beneficial in Cancer Care

Integration of massage therapy into cancer care relieves pain and improves mood in cancer patients and caregivers The American Medical Association and other outlets shows how cancer patients may benefit from massage therapy. Recent research shows massage therapy can reduce pain, stress, nausea, depression, distress, anxiety and fatigue, while improving health related quality of life for cancer patients. A recent meta-analysis of nearly 600 cancer patients found massage therapy significantly reduced pain compared to the conventional standard-of-care alone, and was particularly effective in eradicating surgery-related pain. Increased Quality of Life A […]

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Massage Therapy Techniques

There are many types of massage therapy techniques from around the globe. Each carries its own unique intentions. Licensed Massage Therapist Katrina Brocka’s foundation is Swedish massage- developed originally as “medical gymnastics” and often considered the basis for modern Sports massage. In addition, she incorporates Deep Tissue massage techniques. Contrary to popular belief, Deep Tissue bodywork is not intended to “beat up the client” or hurt. Rather, it is a series of strokes that focus attention to the muscle attachments that lie underneath superficial muscles. Katrina’s toolbox is a mix […]

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