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Michigan Massage Therapist Licensing

The Board did not meet in May, but will meet again in June. Our agenda will include Ethics and Advertising.

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 | June 2010    
Expert Advice: Running

Sara Smith, Running 101 instructor at the Northville Running Fit store, has these suggestions for keeping yourself motivated as a runner:
  • Visit your local running store (hint hint!)
  • Pick up a running magazine
  • Find a running partner/group
  • Promise to treat yourself after
    (ice cream, beer, whatever your vice is)
  • Don’t run the same route everyday
  • Vary your workout — Hills, Tempo Runs, Intervals, etc.
  • Trick yourself: “I’ll just go for 10 minutes…”
  • Make a commitment — sign up for a race
  • Approach it as a positive experience — it’s not something you HAVE to do, it’s for YOU, so enjoy it!!!
  • Short term relief — allow yourself water or walk breaks
    when the going gets tough
  • HAVE FUN!!!

Running Fit is your local running store, located at 17783-C Haggerty Rd (north side of Golfsmith building). There's much more running-related information at their website:

A final tip, from your bodywork expert (me): Running is an excellent way to get fit and stay in shape. But the impact of running can take its toll on muscles and joints, and tightness that develops from training can reduce strength and speed (have your legs ever felt like lead?). A 30-minute massage session at the first sign of an injury can help prevent a serious disruption in your training. During "running season" regular massage (say, every 4-6 weeks) will keep you tuned up and ready to race — whether that race is around the block or 26.2 miles.

Orthopedic Massage

Over the next few months, I will be taking a certification course in orthopedic massage through the Orthopedic Massage Education & Research Institute. Orthopedic massage is focused on treatment of pain and injuries of the soft tissues that help to move our bodies, i.e. muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments, including within joints. Orthopedic massage is a comprehensive system (rather than simply a set of techniques) that includes assessment, matching the physiology of the injury with the physiological effects of treatment, adapting treatment to the specific client situation, and rehabilitation protocols.

Through this training, I will be better able to choose the most effective treatment for your particular pain or condition. I will gain a greater understanding of pain and injury conditions and appropriate massage treatment techniques. With this additional training, I will be able to provide a greater range of services to you and those you refer to me.

Vacation Season

In July, I will be away for a week and a long weekend fairly close together: July 7-12 and July 16-18. To be more available around those dates, I will have studio hours on two Tuesdays: July 6 & July 13 and extended my hours to 9-9 on July 5, 6, 13 & 14. I will also be open on July 3rd (Saturday). Please keep these dates in mind when considering your massage needs.

Please also consider your own vacation plans when scheduling your sessions this summer. If you'll be doing something active — biking, swimming, hiking — on your vacation, think about whether a session before and/or after your trip will ease your transition from work to play (and back again).


The Power of Positive Thinking

When Tonic first opened, I was riding a wave of excitement about starting a new business and looking forward to working with all my wonderful clients at my new place. In the first two months, I was busier than I had anticipated, existing clients were referring friends and relatives to me, and my energy was high.

After those initial months of "newness", my routine settled down and I caught myself feeling in a bit of a rut. I had begun to take my new business for granted and become disappointed that I wasn't doing even better — my thoughts were turning negative.

It took me a little while, but eventually I realized what I was doing and set out to create a more positive frame of mind for myself. Not long after I had this re-evaluation and set myself on a more appropriate course of thinking, I began getting busier at work than I had before and found a new energy and appreciation for my work.

All this is to demonstrate how our attitude can affect what happens to us — or at least the way we perceive it. Whether you subscribe to the idea that we create our own reality or you believe that much of what happens is outside of our control, we do have the choice of how to view events. I find that when I put a positive spin on a situation or choose not to let the actions of others irritate me, I am calmer inside and happier overall. It takes a little practice, but in time positive thinking can become a habit that can make a real beneficial change in our lives.