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Massage therapy benefits both body and mind


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It seems that this is the time of year when the emphasis is on losing weight, eating healthy foods, starting some type of exercise program and trying to figure out a way to deal with the aches and pains of life without having to pop a dozen or more pills. There's a pill for almost every pain out there, whether it's for a stiff joint or a depressed mind. Without a doubt, there are some situations where medication is needed, but massage therapy is an alternative treatment for pain that many people are finding much more satisfying.

Tappi Hughes is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist who has been practicing for two years. "I became interested in massage therapy when I was living in Arizona and later in Austria," she commented. "It seemed as though people would use alternative therapies for pain and injuries instead of making trips to the doctor for medicine." When Tappi moved back to Iowa (she is originally from Postville), she was drawn more and more toward massage therapy. After working a bit, she decided to go back to school and pursue a career in massage by attending Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy in Cresco. She has also taken several other classes dealing with different modalities for massage since graduation and say she can't wait to take even more of these classes.

Right now Tappi offers her clients four main types of massage: Swedish, which is great for relaxing the muscles; deep tissue, a massage that concentrates on working out all of those "knots" and relieves inflammation and tight muscles; Thai, a massage that is fantastic for relaxing and stretching out the entire body from head to toes; and hot stones, another wonderful relaxing massage. She has a wide range of clients who come to her for a variety of reasons. "Most come to have tight muscles worked on a bit, but some also come because massage is a great way to eliminate pain that is associated with arthritis, lower back, headaches, carpel tunnel, and sciatic pain," Tappi explained. Another benefit of massage, Tappi went on to mention, was that of reducing stress. "Massage can free your mind from stress and is a great way to connect your mind and body."

Tappi says she loves going to work every day because she knows she is offering a service to people that benefits them in a positive way. "It makes me feel good to know that I'm helping others, whether it's just for them to relax or actually decrease pain they've been dealing with, .....
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New screening shows highs and lows in state third graders' oral health

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Oral health data collected in Minnesota for the first time show that the mouths of state third graders meet and exceed some national norms but fall short on others.

"The data show mixed findings," Dr. Edward Ehlinger, commissioner of the Mi ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with pre-existing conditions continue to gain coverage through Affordable Care Act

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health pl ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran-Harmony Clinic welcomes Randi Berg to their staff

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Randi Berg, MD, has joined the staff at the Gundersen Lutheran - Harmony Clinic as a family medicine physician. Having lived in Decorah for the first 11 years of her life, returning to attend Luther College, and spending the past 10 years as a physi ..... 
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Volunteer needed for Semcac

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Semcac Board of Directors is looking for one person to represent the interests of the consumer from Fillmore County.

The board includes three groups from the community: one-third represent the public sector; one-third represent the consu ..... 
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Get ready for the Relay for Life kick-off!

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Relay for Life would like to invite you to two very important events coming up! Help us kick off this year's Relay for Life!

Sunday, February 20th-Kick off Breakfast 

•When? 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Harmony blood drive collects 51 units

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 14th succeeded in collecting 51 units of blood. There were 65 donors that presented with seven first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones:

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 14

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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Ban the bug clinic scheduled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In an effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza, Fillmore County Public Health will be holding flu clinics as part of the statewide Ban the Bug Campaign (December 5-11, 2010). Ban the Bug Influenza Vaccination Clinics will ..... 
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