What is Dermaplaning and Why You Will LOVE It


Dermaplaning is currently trending as one of the hottest skin care treatments. However, unlike other skin care fads, we think this one is here for to stay and for great reason. Dermaplaning is simple, and incredibly effective; providing long lasting and profound, immediate results without any downtime. Added on to any facial or used as stand alone treatment, dermaplaning is a fabulous treatment any time of year. Here are FIVE reasons you'll want to add dermaplaning to your skin care repertoire now:

1. Shed Winter Build-Up:

Dermaplaning is an incredible exfoliation that can remove up to 3 weeks of dead skin cells. This deep exfoliation triggers new cell regeneration - ultimately leading to a healthier glow. With harsh winter weather and the dry, heated indoor air, skin gets dried out faster - which makes winter an ideal (do we dare say 'necessary') time to dermaplane.

2. No Downtime:

Unlike other skin care treatments, the results of dermaplaning are immediate and do not require any downtime. The only side effect is smoother skin and a glowing complexion!

3. Removes Vellus Hair (aka, Peach Fuzz)

Another incredible side effect of dermaplaning is the removal of that peach fuzz that, yes, gets worse with age. (Thank you, hormones!) Without this peach fuzz, make-up and other skin care products are more easily absorbed into the skin.

4. Smooth Uneven Skin and Reduce Pores

Dermaplaning gently resurfaces the skin - resulting in even skin tone and reduced pores. With repeated treatments (every 4 weeks), fine lines disappear and skin is visibly smoother.

5. Better Absorption of Product and Flawless Makeup

With the deep exfoliation and removal of the vellus hair, active ingredients in skin care products are more readily absorbed and make-up is applied flawlessly. Ever feel like you could just keep applying moisturizer, but it's not penetrating - book a dermaplaning session now.

For a limited time - add Dermaplaning to any Facial for only $30.  (Normally $40)*

You do not want to miss this outrageous offer - your winter skin will thank you!

*(offer expires 2/28/18)






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So many ways to give (and save) this Holiday Season at Therapeutic Bodywork! Our Gift Cards, Holiday Packages and Wellness Shop are all available online - OR come by the office Monday-Saturday between 8am-5pm and we'll put together a beautiful Holiday package.

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Kitchari Recipe



The Kitchari Kit has all the basic ingredients you'll need to get started.



Wash rice and mung dal and soak overnight. Drain soak water.

In a medium saucepan warm the ghee. Add the Kitchari Spice Mix and sauté for one to two minutes. Add rice and mung dal and sauté for another couple of minutes. Then add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Once the kitchari has come to a boil reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until it is tender (approx. 30–45 minutes).

If you are adding vegetables to your kitchari, add the longer cooking vegetables, such as carrots and beets, halfway through the cooking. Add the vegetables that cook faster, such as leafy greens, near the end.

Add more water if needed. Typically, kitchari is the consistency of a vegetable stew as opposed to a broth. A thinner consistency is preferable if your digestion is weak. You will notice that kitchari will thicken when it cools and you may need more water than you originally thought.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and add salt to taste (optional).

Makes 4 serving

Note: The following spices may be used in place of Kitchari Spice Mix


  • Fresh cilantro (great for pitta—ok for vata and kapha)
  • Coconut (great for pitta, good for vata, but not so good for kapha)
  • Lime (ok for everybody)


Deep Breaths - On and Off the Massage Table


Breathing is a vital and relatively simple function in our bodies. Yet most of us impede this beautiful feature, which originates in our core. We hold our breath.

Here is an anatomy factoid that relates to breathing: our scalenes are small muscles that attach to the first two ribs and the cervical vertebrae. As a massage therapist who specializes in neck and upper body issues, I often work these little muscle fibers that contract and release with every breath we take. They can get a little rigid when we hold our breath. Massage can help soften them or relieve a spasm. If we are shallow breathers the scalene muscles (and others!) work extra hard. Holding-our-breath or shallow breathing go hand-in-hand with stress and anxiety. Stiff neck and compromised posture can develop easily from these patterns.

My self-care tip is to do some deep breathing during everyday moments. My professional invitation is to ask you to breathe deeply during bodywork sessions. It is one of the keys to receiving more deeply. Be curious about inhale and exhale; notice what can happen!

Notice and enjoy when you are doing deep breathing. The following signs will help you feel confident that it IS happening.
Our bellies move as the diaphragm gets into the action.
The breath is heard passing through our nose and mouth.

Add a new habit to benefit from breath. The following are a few ideas from my experiences:


-Make the exhale (out-breathe) twice as long as the inhale (in-breath). I enjoy this focus during some simple yoga stretches.

-Sing during stressful tasks. I sing get-ready instructions to my 5 year old in the morning while we hurry to catch the bus.

-Use the sound "om" to breathe and give your mind a focus and feel vibration energy. I do it in the car at stop lights and during my commute to and from Cotuit.

Deep breathing allows a release in the muscles, in the mind, and in the heart. As a Massage Therapist, I witness the subtle and obvious impact of breathing. I create a hold or pause during a massage session. I wait because I am listening to the shifts in the body. There is a sense of ease around my hands that follows a deep breath. I also witness obvious deep breathing with clients. You may relate to one of these examples. As it may remind you that bodywork has a special place in your life.
Some people snore... which a massage therapist often views as a compliment.
Some people have an emotional reaction with a few tears or a deep sob... we can breath very deeply during a good cry.
Some people yawn...and then I yawn too.
Some people take a deep breath when my techniques are challenging. This is a nonverbal way for me and a client to communicate about pressure limits.

Enjoy all that you take in. Enjoy your deep breaths.



Theresa Fallon graduated from the Santa Fe School of Massage in 2007. It was here that she learned the finer details of anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology. And, she fully embraced a healing arts education. She has woven her skills, gifts, and foundational biological science knowledge into a beautiful type of massage.

She uses Swedish massage in combination with anatomically specific strokes and often includes effective neuromuscular techniques that resolve muscle spasms or muscle tightness.