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The Knot Whisperer Rides!

The Knot Whisperer Rides!

Monday, February 8, 2010


If you tend to get congested in the face cradle during a massage, let the massage therapist know. They may not be able to offer help with that but then again they may. I, for instance, have Breathe Right strips that clients can use or I can put eucalyptus oil on a towel to inhale, which can help keep your sinuses open.

If you find yourself congested at home, there are a number of things you can do about it, beyond taking pharmaceuticals. These include:

  • Nasal irrigation (which you can read more about at a number of places on the Internet, including at
  • Breath steam—boil some water, pour it into a bowl, and tent your head and the bowl with a towel; for even more benefit, two or three drops of eucalyptus oil can be added to the water
  • Put a hot, moist washcloth across your eyes to bring blood to your sinuses and relieve sinus pain
  • Press the sinus acupressure points with your finger- or thumb tips: on either side of your nose under the eyebrow ridge and the sides of the bridge of the nose—feel free to ask me to demonstrate this for you if I haven’t already

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