Stay Healthy & Germ Free 2020

The Coronavirus IS NOT at Massage & Healthy Living! Other germs and viruses like the common cold/flu aren’t here either. Please help me keep the office a clean and germ-free environment by practicing fundamental hygiene in your daily routine, and especially prior to your massage appointment.

Best practices to help you stay healthy:

  1. Shower daily and specifically before your massage appointment to remove salty, smelly, and greasy perspiration.
  2. Disinfect the items you touch regularly i.e., doorknobs, car doors, car steering wheel, etc. using a spray or wipe.
  3. Wash your hands before eating or preparing food.
  4. Wash your hands before inserting contact lenses or performing any other activity that brings you in contact with the eyes or mouth.
  5. Wash your hands for 20 seconds and scrub under your fingernails.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  7. Carry an alcohol-based hand cleaner for on-the-go use. Disinfect shared surfaces, such as keyboards, cellphones, doorknobs, and remote controls.
  8. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

If you have a fever or are otherwise contagious, are coughing, sneezing, and/or have a runny nose, it’s best to reschedule your massage for another time when you are healthy.

The flu virus can generally survive on surfaces for 24 hours, according to the National Health Service. That leaves plenty of time for germs to spread among family members. Just one sick child can pass an illness to an entire family in the right setting.

Keep yourself and your family healthy by following these tips. As always, I look forward to seeing you at your next massage! Stay Healthy!

April Deal $58 Massage

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We are dropping our 1st time visit from $68 to $58 for a limited time.  If you’ve been on the fence about visiting Dre for a massage because of money, this is your chance to book an appointment at a discounted rate!  Book now so that you get your spot before someone else does.  We are located at 981 High House Rd in Cary, North Carolina inside of the building, Breakthrough Physical Therapy.

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The Sway Sway Back

Do any of these photos look like you? Email me to find out how to correct your posture and decrease your pain while increasing your flexibility and mobility!


🔒 Overactive/tight hamstring drives the hips forward causing:
🔒elongated and weak hip flexors
🔒 end of range hip extension in standingweak gluteal muscles
🔒 anterior translation of femoral head
🔒 elongated/weak external oblique
🔒 short internal oblique, pulls lower ribs forward/down
🔒over-active muscles in the thoraco-lumbar junction
🔒 upper cross syndrome

Common injuries associated with the Sway back posture

Hip: Arthritis, impingement, labral tears, bursitis, hip flexor tendinopathy, hamstring strains

Lower back: Muscular tension, facet joint degeneration, disc bulges

Shoulder: Impingement, bursitis, tears

Neck: Headaches, muscular tension, degneration

If you suffer from any of the above issues and have tried everything to try to get it better, your Sway back posture may be the leading cause! Come visit Massage & Healthy Living in Cary, NC. 980980-354-LMBT .

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Newly Sponsored MHL Athlete “IKENSTEIN”


Born and raised in North Carolina, Isaac attended NC State University where he received a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Sports Science.

An aspiring strength & conditioning coach, his love for lifting weights and competing led him to powerlifting in January 2016. After a year, Isaac found a newfound love in strongman and competed in his first show in May, 2017 where he won the novice <200lb class.

He would go on to compete in his first open <200lb show in July, where he would take 1st, as well and qualify for Strongman Corporation Nationals in Las Vegas.

Following Nationals in November, Isaac had the opportunity to compete in Official Strongman Game’s World’s Strongest Man competition in December, where he would place 16th in the world among the <90kg competitors.

Isaac can be found on Instagram: @ikenstein, Twitter: @ikenstein_, and Facebook: Isaac Smith.

10 Things For Winter Storm “Helena” in Cary, NC

Cold Temperatures Will Continue After Helena and May Lead to Lasting Travel Woes.  What can you do about it?

Massage & Healthy Living is closed this weekend due to inclement weather conditions.  The office will be open again on Monday, January  8th.


1.  Sleep In

Sleeping in makes you feel good.  It helps with quality of life, memory, reducing inflammation and can lower blood pressure.  If you’re an athlete, a lot of our clients are, it can improve your performance on the field.  So turn off the alarm and go back to bed!

2.  Treat yourself and EAT!

Are you one of those people who run out the door with a cup of coffee and drive to work?  Or maybe you’re scarfing down a bagel and checking your appointment calendar at a red light.  You can change all of that this weekend with a big and healthy breakfast.  Try these quick combos:

  • a bowl of high-fiber, multigrain cereal, lots of strawberries, and low-fat milk
  • a granola bar, an apple, and low-fat milk, nonfat yogurt, fresh blueberries, and a slice of whole-wheat toast with fruit spread
  • a mini whole-wheat bagel, spread lightly with cream cheese and jam, a peach; and a cup of yogurt
  • scrambled egg on a whole-wheat roll, with fresh fruit salad and a cup of low-fat milk
  • a low-fat muffin, a wedge of cantaloupe, and a cup of latte made with skim milk
  • multi-grain pancakes, bacon or sausage, agave syrup, choice of fruit topping, grits, spinach egg white omelet, rye toast, and a glass of orange juice

May we suggest afterwards to try #9 to burn off some of these calories.

3.  Get stuff done

How liberating is it to cross an item off your checklist?  Take a look at your project list today to see if there is anything you can do around the house today.  Hang a picture, do laundry, organize your desk, or do homework with your kids.

4.  Binge watch your favorite series

If you’re week is all work no play then this weekend you can take the opportunity to cuddle with a loved one under the blanket on the couch or in bed.  Stress management coach and holistic therapist Catherine A. Connors reminds how physical contact with others can help to reduce stress. “Hugging, kissing, or more physical acts of touch increases oxytocin levels, which is a ‘bonding’ hormone—this chemical reaction can help to reduce blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease, but it can also help to reduce stress and anxiety,” Connors says.

5.  Watch a funny movie

Laughter is the best medicine.  Adds joy and zest to life, eases anxiety and tension, relieves stress, improves mood and mental functioning, enhances resilience, improves self-esteem, helps overcome anger and resentment.

6. Parents:  Help make an Indoor Fort and/or other games

Here’s a link to 9 Creative Forts  Click Here

7. Make your favorite hot soup

There’s nothing like a warm, hearty soup on a cold chilly day.  Here are some of our favs, Cauliflower Chowder, Classic Chicken Noodle, Creamy Chicken and Mushroom, Spinach and White Bean Soup or our favorite Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup.

8.  Parents:  Play in the snow with your kids.

Try Freeze tag, Sculpt in the snow,  or blowing bubbles and watch them freeze on the wand (must be below freezing temperatures).

9. Exercise

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.   Check out this “at-home workout” here:

10. Hang out with friends

If you’re lucky enough to have friends within walk-able distance, either invite them over or walk over to their place.  Socializing is like free therapy for de-stressing.  You have a chance to unwind and catch up, to hear or share some interesting stories.  Some good games to play, Cranium, Family Fued, Catch Phrase, or the classic Scrabble.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Durham, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, then there is no escaping winter storm “Helena”.  So make the best of it.  Your health and wellness are counting on you, and so are your kids!!!

5 Million Meter Row


WelcNewlogowebsiteome Athletes and Donors…
Join us in rowing 5 Million Meters to raise $100,000 for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence!!!


The participant, person doing the rowing is the “Athlete”.
The “Donor”, is the person(s) giving money.
After signing up, Athlete seeks out donations from single or mulitple Donors.
Athlete should set goal of meters he/she would be able to complete throughout the month of October.
Athlete will have the entire month of October to complete their distance and can use Athletic Lab during open hours, it does NOT have to be done in one sitting.

Key distances:

  • BEGINNER LEVEL = 10,000m
  • INTERMEDIATE LEVEL = 21,097.5m = 1/2 marathon
  • COMPETITION LEVEL  = 42,195m = marathon


Meters are purchased in 100m increments (minimum). Each 100m costs $2.00 (or 0.02/ meter. It is the athlete’s objective to raise enough interest & money from donor(s). The athlete will commit to row the meters equivalent to the money raised. If an athlete gets multiple donors and raises $1,000, he/she will row 50k meters.

So are you ready?!  How much can you raise?  How much can you row?


Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.



Why People Feel Uneasy Taking Meds for the Head

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Treatment plans for mental health care differ from situation to situation.  In some cases, it calls for therapy and in other cases medication is needed.  This doesn’t mean that when you wake up feeling sad, you call the doctor and start popping pills.  However, when depression or severe emotional behavior begins to affect your daily life, work and relationships, it is time to seek help.  There is no shame in taking medicines if needed.  If you get the flu do you take meds?  Yes.  So what is the difference when it is the flu of the mind.  There is none.  Would you blame someone who lost her husband in war for seeking out medication for anxiety?  Would you judge a woman for taking antidepressants who lost her child 2 months shy of his 1st birthday to cancer?  We all want to end up at the same place, but some need…

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