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I’d like to share something with you all that I never really talk about. I don’t like to get too personal because personal and professional boundaries are important. Yet, I’m choosing to share this part of my life with you all because I often hear other healing arts...read more
Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” for a reason. The people are as warm as the weather. The food is affordable and delicious. There are many beautiful Buddhist temples! Even if you are not Buddhist, the architecture alone is awe-inspiring! In my previous blog,...read more
Starting Over Few people know the real reason I went to Thailand when I did. I have been wanting to travel there since I first learned Thai massage 12 years ago. Yet, between starting a family and figuring out my path as a wellness professional, the timing was never...read more
This is a brief clip from my Thai Massage Level One class in Philadelphia, PA. It shows how to perform a hip flexor stretch. For more information on classes and sessions, visit www.nirvanalandcontinuinged.com Please Share! Check out my upcoming...read more
By Vanessa HazzardOriginally featured in Massage Today July 2018 EditionThai massage is the most well-known branch of traditional Thai medicine. What we currently practice asThai massage has been highly influenced by Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, along...read more
Re-post from PhillyAreaYoga Massage Therapy is one of the most accessible forms of self-care. Our first instinct when we feel an ache or pain, is to touch, hold, and/or guard the area. Abdominal pain is common amongst children, adolescents, and adults alike for a...read more
Hello Healers! Welcome to the second installment Skill Building for Thai Bodyworkers Series, featuring four common foot conditions. In this blog we will discuss: Anatomy of the lower leg and foot Common conditions you may encounter with clients Thai massage foot...read more
Originally Published in My Area Yoga Thai Massage has been known for its dynamic stretches, since becoming popular in the United States in the 1990s. It looks more like yoga than what we in the west consider to be massage therapy. In fact, it is often called, “lazy...read more
SKILL BUILDING FOR THAI BODY WORKERS Basic Anatomical Terms With Vanessa Hazzard facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram LinkedIn RSS Hello Healers! Welcome to the first installment of my monthly series. The Skill Building for Thai Bodyworkers Series was designed to...read more
Check out my upcoming classes to learn with me in person! Join Vanessa in Thailand! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Thai culture. Breathe in the sights and sounds while relaxing on gorgeous beaches. Eat healthy meals while meeting new friends! Learn More Get...read more
Join Vanessa in Thailand! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Thai culture. Breathe in the sights and sounds while relaxing on gorgeous beaches. Eat healthy meals while meeting new friends! Learn More Meet Vanessa Hazzard Since 2005, I have been helping folks to reduce...read more
A couple weeks ago, my mom had a partial gastrectomy. This surgery removed the lower part of her stomach. It is becoming a more widely used weight loss intervention. While the surgery went well, there was obviously a lot of discomfort. My mom had a hard time getting...read more
My son, Phoenix, and I were coming up the stairs after grocery shopping. When we get inside our apartment, he says, “Ah, I hurt my back mommy! I need a massage immediately!” Now, my son is a bit dramatic…and by a bit, I mean extremely. You would think the sky was...read more
HEY NERDS! I need help naming my skeleton! Click on the link and vote for the name you like best. I'll choose the winning name on June 28. Peace & Happy Stuff, Vanessaread more
May is Mental Health Month According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year. Most likely, we all have had at least one massage...read more
Hey Nerds! I'm putting out a challenge to you all! Take my anatomy quiz and see how you measure up! Anyone scoring 90 and above will get a shout out on social media, as well as on The Massage Therapy Podcast! Click Here to Take the Quiz! Good Luck!read more
Ep. 3: Are You Listed? Erotic Massage Parlor Website Lists Spas that Allegedly Perform Illegal Services
In this short episode, I discuss a website that lists spas or massage parlors that allegedly perform erotic massage and sexual acts. The website is membership based and has a culture that supports it's members in obtaining sexual services from providers. The...read more
In episode 2, I discuss 9 reasons why you should be including side-lying massage into your treatment sessions. Download the full episode transcript for free here: 9 Reasons to Learn Side-Lying Massage Listen to The Massage Therapy Podcast on the go! Click the button...read more
In this episode, I give you websites that help you to stand out from the pack! The tips I offer you will help you to attract the right clients for your business. Here are 4 cheap online branding tools for new massage entrepreneurs: Download the full episode transcript...read more
Juices for Life is a Chain of Juice Bars in Low Income New York Neighborhoodsread more
Ever since massage school I have been really drawn to arnica. It is probably because there are tons of products that massage therapists use that contain arnica, and with good reason! Arnica’s anti-inflammatory properties are an immediate draw...read more
French Green Clay is a fixture at many high end spas and resorts...and with good reason! This wonderful clay has awesome natural astringent properties. Decomposed plant material gives the clay its beautiful green color. It is full of minerals...read more
"If compassion doesn't include ourselves, it is incomplete."-Jack Kornfield It is not uncommon for healers to forget to heal themselves. When our energy is depleted, it is near impossible for us to give quality care to our clients. Eventually...read more
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So I was perusing Facebook (as I normally do when I am procrastinating) and I came across an interesting article on the spinal curves of indigenous peoples vs. those of westerners. Acupuncturist Esther Gokhale, suffered from back pain and spent...read more
Learn to make arnica oil in a few easy steps! For more on pain relieving botanicals, check out out free course: 4 Pain Relieving Herbs Every Massage Therapist Should Know About Click here for instant access!read more
What does every human that ever lived and ever will live have in common? A body. Our bodies are the vehicle of our experience… and not just physically. Our emotional, mental, spiritual/religious experiences have an affect on our biology (but I’ll leave that for...read more
Curious about Thai Massage? Check out the video below!read more
Meet Vanessa Hazzard
Since 2005, I have been helping folks to reduce chronic and acute pain, decrease stress, improve athletic performance, restore range of motion, and simply relax while hiding from the kids and in-laws. In short, I help you be resilient to whatever life throws at you!
Sessions take place at Learn Reiki Philadelphia.
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Did you learn a ton from my blog? Great! I’d love to work with you in person. You can learn Thai Yoga Massage from me at any of the events below. I am located in Old CityPhiladelphia, which is easy to get to and has a world class public transportation system if you need to travel.