Conditions Treated:


 Migraines/ tension headaches

 Chronic neck/back pain

 Numbness/tingling in hands 

 Injury Rehab-(Auto & Worker's Comp) 

 Carpal Tunnel

 Foot pain

 Joint pain

 Frozen Shoulder


 Fibromyalgia /MS/ CFS 




 Pre-/ post-surgery

 Pre-/post- natal

 Plantar Fasciitis


Spinal Stenosis


 Anxiety / Depression / PTSD



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Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: Hours Flexible

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St. Paul, MN 55102


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​​v​​​​​​​​​​​​     Understanding Pain

The human body is a moving structure and most all muscular pain is rooted in the body’s struggle to hold itself up.  When structural or movement imbalances exist or develop, muscles tighten to prevent collapse,  creating  blood flow blockages,  causing tissue and joint distress, which if become too severe, sets off the "alarm" of pain. 






 Some cases of pain  can be "triggered" by the nervous system's  "heightened alertness"   caused by things such as stress (manifests in shallow breathing), hormonal changes, air pressure changes,  chemical food additives, toxic air, allergic responses, inflammatory  reactions,  sleep deprivation, dehydration, intense personalities, (also manifests in shallow breathing).   etc.,  but these nervous system influences will usually only play a role in pain  if the body is already contending  with structural and/or movement imbalances that are creating too great of blood and oxygen deprivations.  In other words, most muscular pain is a type of  "straw that broke the camel's back" scenario, where imbalances build up overtime, until the body reaches its distress limit or "maximum imbalance threshold".  Aside from an auto immune condition, or reaction from prolonged exposure to severe toxicity, nervous  imbalances rarely cause muscular pain on their own.  In most cases,  nervous system affects or "triggers"  will only play a role in pain as the "last straw",  after the body's stability and blood  dispersements  are already compromised, then causing the instinctive body to sound the alarm of   "distress-overload" with pain.  So even though  one may be highly stressed, or be experiencing a hormonal change, or is sleep deprived, or is experiencing any other nervous influence,  if the  body is structurally sound,  with no areas of significant blood deprivation,  pain is not likely to occur.  Because pain will often ignite during stress, or is more probable with intense personalities, these factors are  often mistakenly  attributed to being  its sole cause,  which has led  to those afflicted being  made to feel ashamed, that their pain is "all in their head", which is  never the case.  

 Because blood and oxygen are the most vital elements for life,  where if  enough loss or  deprivation occurs, death will ensue in  minutes,  it makes sense that their  specific deficits will have the greatest influence on the human body's  "warning mechanisms".   Blood flow and oxygen deprivation are always at the core of every muscular pain syndrome..


( You could say that blood flow  is to the muscular system, what oil is to a car's  engine.  If not adequately infused, the "parts" deteriorate.)



Just as with all muscular pain, headaches can be, and often are triggered by nervous system affects.  But headaches do not happen without  excessive blood deprivation within the head.  Headaches are caused simply by the neck's  struggle to hold up the head.  When it is struggling too hard, muscles tighten and blood flow is blocked.   Upper back muscles that are tight, twisted or weak always play a role in headaches, both by blocking blood flow channels and not providing the strength the neck relies on to hold the head up.  Muscles through out the body must be assessed to determine the cause of the upper back tension, twist or weakness.  For example, it is not unusual for either severely tightened, or severely weakened calves to be the root cause of a headache.  All muscles are linked and dependent on the strength and ease of the muscles beneath for their support..​​(Migraine headaches are actually just tension headaches, where chronic, unrelenting, and severe tension is causing areas of  tissue in the back and neck, and then head,  to be   blood deprived  24/7, for months or even years., which is why the symptoms are more severe )


Massage is a  healing modality, that is unequaled in its ability to heal physical pain and lower mental distress by deeply infusing blood  through out the muscles,  calming the nervous system,  and removing  fear by helping the patient to understand the cause of their body’s symptoms, so that they can  take a very essential,  active role in healing.  Identifying the imbalances that are causing pain and treating the "causes", and not just the "symptoms", with the only real medicine  that can heal blood and oxygenis the key to ending pain... ....permanently.