Have you ever said to someone, “I could use a hug”? How does a shoulder rub feel when you’re tired and stressed? Does your mood change when you curl up on the sofa with your pet? Touch seems like a magical thing, but it’s much more than that. Multiple studies have shown that touch can … Read More
Strength Training is Key to Health and Fitness at Any Age
Strength training is for everyone — not just body builders, professional weight lifters or football players. It is one type of exercise that benefits your heart, improves your balance, strengthens your bones, and helps you lose weight, plus it makes you look and feel better. Doesn’t that make you want to get started? Strength training … Read More
What Do You Want for Christmas?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or….it should be. Yet, for many of us, the holiday season is wrought with stress and distress, choking the joy out of it. Stress comes for many reasons – high expectations, busyness, high expenses, spending time with everyone, and…spending time with no one. I do think that … Read More
10 Good Reasons to Use a Personal Trainer
Have you ever set a New Year’s resolution that you failed to keep? More specifically, have you ever made up your mind to get in shape, stuck to your goals for the first couple of weeks and then lost interest and quit, frustrated and discouraged? How many times have you been through this scenario? What … Read More
Emerge from the Holidays Feeling Strong, Lean and Relaxed
We’ve all done it: We’ve overindulged, over-committed, and underslept through the holidays. We’ve been exhausted and testy and have snapped at loved ones, adding stress on top of stress. We’ve gone into the New Year with fierce resolutions for taking better care of ourselves, but first we’ve had to detox and recover physically and emotionally … Read More
Health – What’s Attitude Got to Do with It?
When you look around at people, there are basically two types – the joyous, pleasant-looking, happy people, and the…..not so happy, grumpy, frumpy, frowning people. When you look intently at the two, the faces of the happier people are younger looking; they seem taller, walk lighter, and definitely have more friends! The grumpy people look … Read More
Massage Promotes Healing after Mastectomy
If you have had the unfortunate experience of having breast cancer, my heart goes out to you for the pain, suffering, and stress you have endured. You are to be congratulated and celebrated for the battle you fought and have overcome! If you are living with residual effects from surgery, pain, swelling, or limited range … Read More
Massage for Breast Health
Did you know regular massage can help keep your breast tissue healthy, thereby reducing the risk of developing breast cancer? Not only massage therapy administered by a licensed and certified therapist, but also massages YOU can give yourself. Breast cancer affects men as well as women. To understand what things increase or decrease your odds … Read More
Achieving a Fuller Life
At Vibrant Life Therapies, massage clients receive something unique. Owner and massage therapist Donna Ondek is trained not only in many types of massage therapies; she is also certified as a personal trainer and nutrition counselor. Her knowledge and experience enable her to deliver relief from pain and stress while teaching her clients how to … Read More
Pain: Why It may not be coming from where you think!
The pain you are experiencing may NOT be coming from the specific area where it hurts! WHAT???? Yep – that’s right – pain travels along nerve pathways and has a predictable pattern. This is known in physical medicine as referred pain. The pain is a symptom of a problem – I think we all can … Read More