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New Table for Teena!

Here we go! This is a new year and a time to get moving on helping more people feel better!
Here is my latest addition to my Hillcrest and LBJ location inside of the Finish Line Therapy Center.
This video shows how we can open the front with the table to ease tightness in the chest and abdominal region. For the back, we can help to create space between the vertebrae – just a little stretch can ease the tension a lot!
—-Note those with fused disks or certain other conditions may not be suited to this type of stretching.

Prevent Joint Replacement Surgery?

“Joint Replacement Surgery on the Rise” –

This is a headline in the Dallas Morning News Health and Fitness Section and its scary.  Osteoarthritis is said to be the most common reason for joint replacement.

A Feb 2012 study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery cited a “disproportionate increase in total knee replacements among younger patients.” The study also concludes that the aging population and rising rates of obesity – two reasons often cited to explain the trend – can’t account for the rise.

Dr. Joseph Borelli a Dallas Area orthopedic surgeon indicates his desire for people to be more proactive in seeking treatment when they first have pain or other difficulties in their joints.  Says he “If they can prolong the life of their joint, they’re better off.”

Robert W. Bucholz, a professor of orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern says that a combination of overuse, overloading and genetics leads to the degenerative condition where the cartilage protecting the bones breaks down.

SO what might account for rising trend and what may be a first step in being proactive?

Dr.Carolyn Dean, M.D. and Naturopath, says this of Osteoporosis, in her book,  The Magnesium Miracle

Magnesium’s role in bone health is multifaceted.

∙  Adequate levels of magnesium are essential or the absorption and metabolism of calcium.

∙ Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.

∙  Magnesium suppresses another hormone called parathyroid, preventing it from breaking down bone.

∙  Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.

∙  Magnesium is required to activate an enzyme that is necessary to form new bone.

∙  Magnesium regulates active calcium transport.

From pages 149-150 The Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean.

NOW- combine that information with the fact that magnesium is REQUIRED for the muscle cells to relax (calcium is needed for contracting the muscle in performing work) and you can see that by having adequate magnesium in the body:

  • you can help the muscles relax so that they are not overly pulling on the attachments -which then can squeeze and wear out the pads between the joints.


  • You can help the body to the right thing with the calcium that is floating around in the blood stream – which is put it back into the bones.

Is it that simple?  Perhaps… More research needs to be done.  Unfortunately, Magnesium is so inexpensive no one will be funding extensive research.  So it is up to us to be proactive.

Assuredly, using topical magnesium, soaking in magnesium baths, taking moderate amounts of useable magnesium orally and learning to PROPERLY use your muscles is a far sight easier to accomplish than the “internal amputation” of a joint replacement!

Ask your massage therapist if they do a Magnesium Massage!  Your muscles, heart, and more will thank you for it.

photo of hammertoesOur feet are amazing instruments of mobility.  We take them for granted – yet they continue to serve us as best they are able.

Hammertoes and Bunions are a common problem with over 10% of people over 60 having one issue or both!

In a balanced body- when there is extension of one muscle or set of muscles, there is a corresponding flexion of the counterpart muscles.  When this balanced give-and-take fails to occur, pathology is likely to develop.  This is true whether we are talking about the feet or hands, the hips, knees, or shoulders, and even the spine and abdominal muscles.

In Hammertoes, there is a sort of tug of war going on between the muscles that LIFT the toes (extensors) and the muscles that CURL the toes (flexors).   This causes a shortening of the toes by alternate buckling up and bending down at several of the toe joints.  The big toe may be similarly impacted but it tends to move sideways, causing the inside corner of the toe bone to jut toward the body’s midline, or away from the rest of the foot- we call this a Bunion.

Common causes include:

  • Shoes too tight or small (90% of women wear shoes that are too small)
  • Imbalanced muscle strength/tone/flexibility in the foot or lower leg
  • Injury
  • Genetic issues or neuro-muscular issues or disease such as diabetes.

Commonly surgery is recommended to either cut the ligaments, joint capsules, tendons or removing parts of the bones in the effort to either lengthen or shorten the muscles causing the shift in the toes that characterize hammertoes and bunions.   While these surgeries may ultimately yield a positive result, there is a lengthy recuperative period and complications do occur.  The most common complication is pain from reduced mobility – especially if there has been a fusion or wiring of the toe bones, and scar tissue.

Non-Surgical interventions generally include wearing shoes with a wider toe box, eliminating high heels and flip flops (which cause us to contract our toe muscles in attempt to control the shoe to keep it on the feet,) exercise or physical therapy, stretching the toe muscles etc. to create lengthening in the shortened areas or wearing spacers or braces.   Another suggestion is to sleep with no covers pulling on the feet (having the covers pull the feet into a toes-pointed position is similar to wearing high heels all night.)   Some also recommend walking barefoot for some period each day.

THIS is where massage comes in!  Massage may be corrective, allowing the uncurling of the toes; in other instances is it palliative, reducing pain or allowing a delay in or preventing the need for surgery.   Massage techniques for these issues take patience and skill; also the client must be prepared to participate by performing requested foot movements, and feedback regarding sensitivity levels etc.  THIS is therapeutic massage therapy!  This is where massage can shine for you!

In addition to massage and stretching activities, it is highly recommended that the person experiencing hammertoes and bunions begin a routine of soaking in either Epsom salts or Magnesium Chloride salts, and using topically applied magnesium supplementation at the site where it is needed.   Magnesium (Mg) does a myriad of wonderful things inside our bodies (learn more from Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health  by Dr Mark Sircus   or The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean.  In muscles, Mg is REQUIRED for the muscle to relax!

In our Calcium fortified world, we tend to have an abundance of Calcium floating around in our tissues (Calcium is needed to contract the muscles) and not enough Magnesium to counterbalance it.  We can- and should- ingest SOME Magnesium but the bowel quickly reaches a tolerance level that results in speeding up elimination (aka diarrhea.)  By topical application, the digestion is circumvented, allowing our skin to absorb the magnesium our cells so dearly need.

You can order Topical Magnesium products here.  OR ask your massage therapist if they perform a “Magnesium Massage”.    If you are in Dallas, you can book a magnesium massage with me at The Finish Line Therapy Center 12700 Hillcrest Road suite 245.

Note-  Nothing in this article is intended to be used as a diagnosis, protocol or prescription.  Ask your Dr. before beginning any program of exercise or nutrition.  Learn as much as you can about the issues that impact you.

On July 15th, Rick Robinette will present his much requested class on Massage for Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorders.Tissues of the Temporomandibular Joint
Class begins promptly at 1:30  and lasts till 4:30.
Learn to work in this much ignored and greatly needed area!   Help alleviate your clients’ stress in the jaw, head, and neck area with techniques both outside and inside the mouth.
This is 3 hours of Continuing Education for Texas Licensed Massage Therapists.
You will learn to:
  • Relieve pain in the jaw, face, and ear regions
  • Ease headaches caused by TMJ disorders
  • Decrease masticatory muscle spasms and tension
  • Reduce whiplash-related jaw problems
  • Increase limited jaw joint ROM
  • Improve temporomandibular joint function

Location of the class-  Near the Galleria— 4817 Thunder Road, Dallas, TX

BRING-  Your Handouts (you will get them via email upon registration)  and neoprene gloves (available at drug stores)

Register online here-

4817 Thunder Road, Dallas, TX 75244, USA

Moms and baby caregivers-come learn how to relax those anxious toddlers and tiny ones!  Help yourself and the baby get better sleep.

On July 21st Infant Massage and Aromatherapy class will be held in North Dallas (Near the Galleria- details on flier.)

Baby getting Massage

2 Sessions-  one for Pre-crawling Infants and one for those mature Toddling Tikes.    Presented by Kelly Lott LMT and Teena Johnson LMT.

Massage for Little Ones-

Learn helpful infant or toddler massage techniques for colic relief, better quality sleep, stress reduction, and traumatic births.

  • Recognizing facial and body cues,
  • Do’s and don’ts,
  • “issues in the tissues” and
  • massaging the preemie and the fussy child.

Essential Massage Oils –

Learn helpful ways to utilize essential oils in the home and on yourself and child.  Mix a massage oil that you can take home and use with your new massage skills.

Session A – Starts at 10:30 with Pre-Crawl Massage, followed by Lunch and Essential Oils.

Session B – Starts at 11:30 with Lunch, followed by Essential Oils and Toddler Massage.


Bring: a pillow and your baby, or a baby doll with moveable arms and legs.

Details on the flier here:  Infant_Massage_workshop_flyerTJ

Register at   $100 for Massage, Aromatherapy, Lunch, household peace, Mom/Baby Bonding, and new friends!

Those of you who know the H.T.E. company and products know that they set the standard on home health care equipment and they created the original Chi Machine.

Many try to copy these products but there is really no comparison for quality.

Infra Red heat penetrates deeply into the tissues, encouraging muscles to relax and improving fluid flows which bring that vital to life element– Oxygen — into the tissues to promote healing.

With adjustable temperatures from room temp to 131 F and a timer up to an hour, the pad is safe and convenient.

It is normally priced at $199.95 plus tax and shipping and is often NOT available except in combination with another HTE product.

Right now-  you can get it for $150 plus tax and shipping (If you are in the DFW area and can pick it up from me- I have to order 2 at a time to get this price.)

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle fiber, fiber groups, muscle, and each muscle group.

The fascia forms a net or network that enfolds capillaries and nerve cells that help neural communication, nutrient distribution, and cleansing of tissues.
When the fascia net is “stuck” it can cause aches and pains and immobility.

Various massage techniques can help you to “UN- stick” those tissues.

Here is a nice video that helps to show what fascia is.

Texas Approved CEU Provider

Taking a break from Teaching of the CARE program-

Teena is moving through the process established by the State of Texas to garner the registrations and approvals needed in order to provide the Raindrop Training that we love while at the same time meeting ALL the stipulations of the law.

At this point, she has approval to teach NON- technique classes and the Hands-on will be coming shortly.

Thanks for being patient.



This includes the

  • Chemistry of Essential oils- a look at the molecules and the power of essential oils as well as learning about the workings of the elements shown on the Periodic Chart.  This class (or class series) will look at the concepts of toxicities, substitutions among elements, and understanding the cellular receptor sites to give the student a greater appreciation of the chemical reactions that provide our functioning bodies.
  • Historic Perspective of oils-  this will be a supercharged version of the Bible Oils with deeper historic content as well as a geographic and economic view of the oils and civilization.
  • I am in a collaborative effort with a friend whose background in neurology and passion for music will combine with my background and passion to yield a class on the neurological impact of music in massage.   The student will learn the aspects of music that actually aid relaxation and emotional balance and how such music can help you maximize the benefits of your massage leading to increased client satisfaction.
  • More will come!

Available till May 30, 2011

The Infra Red Heat of this heating pad is a very harmonic and gentle type of heat. This is much different from a typical heating pad which heats only the surface levels of the skin.

Temperature setting rages from room temperature to 131 degrees Fahrenheit.

Timer may be set from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Research shows that the gentle and harmonic heat waves of FAR INfraRed send heat deeper and encourages expansion of cappillaries to encourage greater circulatory flow and greater oxygen availability.

These are normally priced at $200 (WHEN they are available) and they are normally bundled for purchase with other great products.  More information and printable contact page here.

I personally  like to have 2- so that I can lay my client’s full body on them… OR I can use one on the front and one on the back simultaneously (especially for congestion in lungs.)

Whether you are a normal person who wants faster recovery from workouts or over workign muscles, or a body therapist who would like a healthy way to warm your table, these heating pads make a great deal of sense.

They are only available till the end of MAY2011

so let me know ASAP that you would like to order one.  I will call you back as soon as I can to take your order. (ONLINE Ordering is not available- shipping is available to anywhere.)

If you are interested in more information about AFR Infra Red, let me know that too… The FAR InfraRed Domes and SOQI Bed are fabulous!

CARE Training in Dallas

Just posted:  2 opportunities for you to take the CARE classes!

Chemistry – On JANUARY 22,

the 6 hours of essential oil chemistry class designed by Dr. David Stewart, this session taught by Teena Johnson. This is 6 hours of continuing education accepted by NCBTMB and IACET for a variety of health professionals including massage, nurses, occupational therapists, and more. Check with your professional organization. Whether you are a health professional or not- this class will open your eyes, heart and sinuses to the smells and subtleties of essential oils. You will learn the importance of how the plants are grown, distilled and more. Passing oils during the class will help you appreciate your sense of smell as you will discover how sensitive your sense of smell really is. More Information click here: Chemistry Class Details

Register for the 6 hours of Chemistry here First 4 who register get a free Chemistry of Essential Oils Text book!

25 Hour CARE Intensive in February-  4 through 6th

This is the full 25 hour CARE program taught in a 3 day session.

We will cover-

  • Chemistry of Essential Oils  6 hours-  2 sessions.
  • Healing Oils of the Bible 2 hours
  • VitaFlex Techniques from Tibet 4 hours
  • Raindrop Technique-  8 hours total in sessions 1 and 2
  • Emotional Release with Essential Oils 5  hours

Specifics of class schedule here:  February 4th Intensive

Register using the mail in form on the past page of the pdf files above or online  here: