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Starting with this edition, Tonic Times will arrive at your inbox every three months. Enjoy this Fall 2010 edition and look for the next edition in early December!

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Review Requests Turned On

My online scheduler will again be asking you to submit a review after certain appointments. You will likely be sent a review request after the first session you have with me starting in September.  Then you won't be asked again for another six months. Please feel free to send your comments or to ignore the request.

If you'd like to see what others have said, visit my website or click on the "reviews" tab the next time you make your appointment online. If you'd like to submit your own comments, please use the link at the What they're saying page of my website.

Michigan Massage Therapist Licensing

At its August meeting, the Board continued its consideration of Advertising and Conduct rules and revisited again the topic of Distance Learning.

You can always check the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy website for more information.


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Mary Ericson
Owner & Massage    Therapist
16801 Newburgh Road
Suite 112
Livonia, MI 48154


Your Connection to News at Tonic | Fall 2010    
Biofreeze is Here!

Biofreeze is a pain-reducing topical application that temporarily reduces pain in muscles and joints. I use it occasionally to enhance the pain-reducing benefits of massage. Several of you have asked where you can purchase it, so I now have it available at my studio. A 4 oz spray bottle or 3 oz roll-on bottle is just $12.

Biofreeze's active ingredient is menthol, which has a cooling effect on the skin. By stimulating nerve receptors in the skin, this cooling acts to block pain signals, thus reducing your perception of pain.  With reduced perception of pain, the body can move more freely and comfortably.

Since Biofreeze does not remove the cause of the pain, just your body's perception of pain, you should not rely on Biofreeze to resolve your pain. However, properly used, Biofreeze can provide temporary relief until you are able to address the cause of your pain.

If you would like to give Biofreeze a try, we can use it during your next session. I also have sample packets available so you can test it out between massage sessions.

Expert Advice: Cycling

We are happily in the midst of cycling season!  Here are some bicycle maintenance pointers from Mike O'Donnell, manager of D&D Bicycles & Hockey in Northville and bicycle expert since 1979.

"Where do you plan to ride?" — How many times do I ask this question of my customers? What I am really looking for is HOW you will ride. Fast or slow, in groups or alone, short, long, pavement, dirt, fair, foul, day, night? There are as many ways and reasons to ride a bicycle as there are riders.

The fun is in the journey when you ride, and keeping it fun means spending a little prep time with the bike. Most of it’s easy – keep your bike clean, lightly oiled and aired up. Some of it requires experience and proper tools (or a good bike shop). The following schedule is based on moderate usage in this area. The more you ride, the more you’ll want to repeat these steps.

Tune-ups – A tune up checks all the bike's systems and parts to be sure they’re ready. Do this before any major ride for which you have put forth time, effort and money to prepare. Otherwise, most bikes would benefit from at least two tune-ups per season (and more with heavier use).

Tires – Inflate and check tread wear for every big ride. On high-pressure road tires, EVERY DAY YOU RIDE. High pressure dissipates quickly, and low pressure will lead to flats.

Chain – Needs to be oiled whenever it gets wet or every two weeks; cleaned and oiled at least twice/season (early/late). Check wear at each tune up.

Brakes (against the rim) - Check pad alignment, wear and surface conditions once/month. Rough off glaze from pads and clean rim with window cleaner or similar product as needed. Look at rim alignment ("true") and wear before each ride.

Brakes (disc near middle of wheel) - Clean disc with rubbing alcohol on paper towel at least every other week of riding (you can ‘floss out’ the pads then, too), more often in heavy off-road use. Pull and check brake pads once/month.

Cables & Housings – Clean and lubricate exposed cables and wipe down housing when you lube the chain. Pull and lube the housings twice/season (more if riding in wetter/dirtier conditions).

Nuts & Bolts – Once/month check that they’re snug. If you’ve been on an indoor trainer, pull out bolts at handlebar and seatpost clusters, clean, re-lube and re-install to torque before you go back outside.

Wheels & Spokes – Clean rims regularly to help with braking. Check spoke tension monthly – more often on new or very old wheels. Check bearing adjustments monthly by pushing rim sideways back and forth. If you ride through the winter, put a drop of heavier chain oil on each spoke nipple to slow down corrosion between nipple and rim and to allow you to true the wheel.

A final tip from your bodywork expert (me)
— As you can see, properly maintaining a sophisticated piece of equipment like a bicycle requires a regular check of many parts and systems.  Similarly, your body — the most sophisticated piece of equipment — requires regular maintenance and repair. Let me assist you in keeping all systems running smoothly!


Back to Work

With Labor Day's passing, the summer vacation season has officially ended. And I'm already seeing a shift in attitude among my clients (and myself) — a return to routine that is comforting in a way. Planning and going on vacations is fun and a nice break from the ordinary. But getting back into the normal grind of work (and school) is somehow easier, even if it lacks excitement.

As we head into fall, I'm hoping to see some of you who have fallen out of your bodywork routine over the summer. If your schedules are now returning to their normal levels of busy-ness, consider recommitting to any stress-relieving and healing practices you have been ignoring. Finding that balance may be easier when you're back to the routine.

Have a wonderful Fall!