Honeymoon Travel in November


Many of you know, Ryan and I have planned our honeymoon! I will be away from November 8-18, 2010. This is the only travel that I have planned at this point, but the Holidays are approaching quickly and the possibility of more travel is likely. I will keep you posted and up to date with my Holiday travel plans as they evolve.

Honeymoon2My suggestion is to plan ahead and get your massage therapy sessions scheduled, the earlier the better and I will do everything I can to accommodate your requests.

Be well.

Hello Massage Boulder

BoulderI am blissfully honored to introduce myself as the new owner of Massage Boulder. As you now know, I will be taking over Jess’ practice and the Massage Boulder brand, as she and her husband follow their path to amazing opportunities on the East Coast.

I am looking forward to the challenges of working extremely hard to continue to make a positive impact on each of your lives and to maintain the incredibly loyal clientele that Jess has worked very hard to nurture.  It is my goal to pick up where Jess leaves off and to work with each of you to meet your individual massage therapy needs.

It means so much to me to have the opportunity to make a difference in your lives through the numerous benefits of massage therapy. I look forward to meeting each of you and learning more about you in the near future.

I encourage you to frequently check-in at massageboulder.com to view more information on my background, interests, scheduling, and any updates to the website.


Maia Ignatz

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at maia@massageboulder.com or 720-938-5910

Massage Boulder client follows passion, launches business

IMG_4342Soon to be mother of two and client of mine since the beginning, Monika Drake recently launched her photography website – Monika Drake Photography.

Monika has been been passionate about photography her entire life.  No matter the occasion, it seems that she had a camera with her at every moment. After the birth of her first child she decided that it was time to follow her passion.  IMG_6549She is a natural light photographer who specializes in children, babies, families, high school seniors, couples and maternity.

Monika is a joy and I encourage you to check out her website.  I think you’ll agree that her work speaks for itself.

Massage and simple relaxation ease anxiety

A new study shows that patients who received a series of 10 massages over a period of three months cut their anxiety symptoms almost in half.  The same study, published in the journal of Depression and Anxiety, also found that simple relaxation was equally effective.  So was wrapping the subject’s arms and legs with heating pads and warm towels.  All three treatments took place on a massage table in a room with soft lighting and quiet music.  All three groups reported similar decreases in anxiety of more than 40 percent.

Massage, yoga and alternative therapies used to relieve pain

Found this article on active.com.  I hope this helps explain, complementary vs. alternative and the growing bond between these therapies and western medicine when it comes to medical conditions like cancer. – jess

Dr. Michael Adolph

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When it comes to relieving the nausea, pain and fatigue often associated with cancer treatments, some patients look beyond conventional remedies to alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and yoga.”And that’s just fine, as long as the patients let their oncologists know what they’re doing, before proceeding,” said Dr. Michael Adolph, a palliative medicine physician at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

“It’s always in the patient’s best interest to let their physicians know what they’re doing, so as to have the best treatment possible,” Adolph said. Complementary and alternative therapies are tools that patients may choose to promote wellness, help control symptoms and take control of what’s happening to them during their cancer experience. But not all complementary therapies can be endorsed for all patients.

Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, while alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical therapies with complementary and alternative therapies that have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective.

“The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, such as vitamin and herbal supplements, along with mind-body therapies, and others, has been gaining mainstream popularity in recent years,” Adolph said.

For example, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, established by Congress in 1999 as part of the National Institutes of Health, supports clinical and basic science research projects in CAM, with more than $120 million in funding in 2006. Congress began funding the study and validation of CAM therapies in 1991.

“Studies have shown that up to 70 percent of cancer patients acknowledge practicing some form of CAM at their homes, including meditation, guided imagery, prayer, dietary changes and exercise in an effort to improve their quality of life,” Adolph said.

“Patients report substantial relief, and we support patients in their endeavors to cope and conquer in cancer survivorship,” said Adolph, who specializes in alleviating cancer patients’ pain and other symptoms during and after the entire course of cancer treatment. “We’re here to assist oncologists with any suffering the patients have incurred with the cancer process and treatment.”

“Many patients often are hesitant to discuss alternative methods they’re trying on their own,” Adolph said. Yet good communication between doctor and patient is key to incorporating CAM safely and successfully as part of treatment, he said.

Some herbal supplements can cause unwanted drug interactions, provoke bleeding during procedures or alter the efficacy of certain cancer-fighting drugs such as chemotherapy, Adolph said.