Cupping Massage

I’m very happy to now be offering Cupping Massage as a part of my approach to myofascial release and deep tissue massage sessions! This technique is the ancient practice of applying glass cups to the skin. The inside of the cup is heated quickly and then applied to the skin creating a vacuum. As a result, the tissues lying underneath the cup are drawn up by the suction.

The goal is to help relieve tension and adhesions in the fascia and muscular tissue by the inverse process usually provided by massage. Instead of manually pushing the tissue down and stretching it, we pull the tissue up via the cup and stretch it. This gives us a unique approach to treating long standing tension, scar tissue and other issues that limit full function.

Cups can be left stationary and also glide on the skin. My technique is to combine the placement and movement of the cups to help assist in deep muscular release that myofascial release and other neuromuscular techniques provide within the same session.

Cupping does leave behind visible marks as a result of drawing blood and lymph fluid to the surface. These marks will vary depending on how taught the tissue underneath it is and how long the cup is left in place. These “cupping kisses” can last anywhere from 48 hours to 10 days.

Please contact me for more information about how cupping can help you regain range of motion and relieve tension!

Tofu isn’t Turkey (as my son told me this week)

With the upcoming Thanksgiving Day celebration comes the anticipation of heaping plates and the un-looping of belts.   We gather together to show thanks for our bountiful lives no matter what the measure… until the next day when we can’t fit into our favorite pants because we’re still digesting our bounty-FULL  dinners.  We’re all a victim to the old standard “eyes bigger than stomachs” routine, and gladly so.

With this in mind, I thought it may be fun and a nice change of pace to offer some healthy breakfast alternatives for the morning of drooling-wait (in all manner of Thankfulness, of course!) and maybe even that morning after… unless I’m not the only one who loves to eat a piece of left over (and well hidden) apple pie for breakfast the next day.  😀

I love this recipe, found at The O’Mama Report website, as it incorporates part of Thanksgiving dinner later….

Squash Pancakes with Fig Syrup

12 ounces butternut or hubbard squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
1/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
1/4 cup apple juice
2 large egg whites
1 to 2 teaspoons fig or maple syrup, plus more for serving
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1. Juice the squash (page 00), reserving the pulp.  You should have 1/4 cup pulp and 1/2 cup juice. Put the squash pulp in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with the flour. Using your fingertips, gently squeeze the pulp and cake flour together until they are just blended. Add the apple juice and 1/4 cup of the squash juice, and stir gently until blended.
2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the 1 to 2 teaspoons syrup and beat until stiff glossy peaks form. Stir one-third of the egg whites into the squash batter. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold the lightened batter into the egg whites. Be careful not to blend the mixture completely. The more gently you treat the egg whites, the higher the pancakes will rise.  You should have about 2 1/3 cups of batter.
3. Heat a large non stick sauté pan, skillet, or griddle over medium heat. Rub the oil over the surface of the hot pan with a paper towel. Ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and cook for about 4 minutes, or until just set. Using an oiled thin-bladed metal spatula, very gently turn the pancake over and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until done. The pancakes will be very soft and light.
4. As it sits, the batter will separate. Stir or fold it gently before cooking the rest of the pancakes. Serve the pancakes overlapped on heated plates and drizzled with syrup.


Want to keep it easy and fresh?  These are a few of the recipes found here at The Best of Raw Food website…

– Raw Food Breakfast –

Banana Pancakes

Serves 1

raw diet recipesIngredients

1 banana
2 tablespoons coconut meal or dried coconut


Mash the banana with a fork in a bowl until very smooth. Add the coconut meal and some cinnamon to taste. Mix well.

Flatten the banana/coconut dough and make small pancakes of them

Leaf out in direct sunlight for about 1 hour, flip over and leaf for another hour. You may also use the dehydrator or oven. But then it will take longer to dry them.

They don’t have to be dry, just on the outsides. They’re so good anyway that they’re usually gone before I want to serve them.


If you make them the night before, you can take them to go for breakfast in the morning.

Hemp & Berry Smoothie

Serves 2

raw diet recipesIngredients

1 banana
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 bag of frozen berries
1 cup pure water


Put all ingredients in a high speed blender. Add enough water so that all ingredients are covered. Blend well.

You may want to add a little more water if it’s too thick. You may blend longer if you find it too cold.


The hemp seeds provide good fats and super protein. Hemp seeds are the only seeds that have no enzyme inhibitor and therefore don’t have to be soaked in water before eating.

If the berries are sour, you may add a few drops of (liquid) stevia to sweeten.

Apple Avocado Mouse

Serves 2

raw diet recipesIngredients

1 avocado
2 apples
1/4 cup purified water


Peal the apples and take out the core. Take the avocado meat out of the avocado. Put the two ingredients in a bowl. Mix well with a hand mixer.


This is another very simple raw food recipe.


Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!  For we all have truly wonderful blessings to be thankful for!



This is the beginning of my ability to reach you and my clients on a more accessible and convenient level.  I’m excited about being able to share with you wonderful information related not only to Massage Therapy but subjects pertaining to your general health as well.  Please bear with me as I learn the ropes here.   I’m looking forward to this new venture!!

~Shawn Marie