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Originally founded in 1986, Custom Craftworks supports the vital work of professional manual therapists and educators in the massage therapy and holistic health fields by designing, building and sourcing the best-quality massage tables, chairs, equipment and accessories available. In 2009, the company was acquired by Pivotal Health Solutions based in Watertown, South Dakota.
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Ashiatsu Massage: Using Innovation to Prevent Injury & Burn Out

posted by Custom Craftworks on April 08, 2021

After graduating from massage school in 2003, Brenda Blakesley, LMT experienced the massage therapy field in a wellness center and gym format. Soon after, the spa format became an opportunity. In Las Vegas, at Spa Bellagio, Brenda’s true passion for Ashiatsu was born. Working ten-hour days and feeling every minute of it in her shoulders and arms, barefoot massage quickly became her go-to modality. According to Blakesley, “When the Bellagio in Las Vegas built their second tower in the early 2000’s, Ashiatsu was added to the Spa Bellagio menu, and I immediately signed up for the training. Shortly before the building began, the movie “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle” had come out and featured Lucy Lui performing Ashiatsu at the beginning of the movie. I knew I had to do it.” 

Introducing Rev.247: Workspace Reinvented

posted by Custom Craftworks on March 24, 2021

The word revision means to see again or to look at from a fresh, critical perspective. Revision or REV. is an ongoing process of rethinking, reconsidering, review and refinement of purpose that results in change and improvement.

What Are the Benefits of Chair Massage in the Workplace?

posted by Custom Craftworks on December 16, 2020

Chair massage is a win-win situation for employers and employees alike. Many of the benefits of chair massage are very similar to the effects of a full body massage at a spa, but conveniently scheduled at your workplace. Onsite chair massage works at the workplace because it eliminates the need to travel and makes massage therapy accessible to those who might not otherwise consider it.

Change Your Movement by Changing Your Mind with the Feldenkrais Method®

posted by Custom Craftworks on December 01, 2020

The information in this blog was gathered from the website: www.feldenkrais.comThe following are service marks, trademarks, collective, or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America in the US: Feldenkrais Guild®, Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Functional Integration®, FI®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®, GCFTCM, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM, GCFPCM, Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement TeacherCM, CFATMTCM, Feldenkrais JournalTM, Friends of FeldenkraisSM, and FGNA Feldenkrais Method Logo. 


The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is a powerful and revolutionary approach to improving your life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Feldenkrais Method® has helped millions of people worldwide.

How to Go From Sample to Staple with Chair Massage

posted by Custom Craftworks on November 13, 2020

Curated from the article, "From Chair to Table: How to Convert Your Chair Massage Clients" by David Palmer published on June 1, 2015 in Massage Magazine. Read the entire article here. Visit Palmer's website and blog, touchpro.com for more information on professional chair massage.

Chair massage can be just the introduction new massage clients are looking for. It can provide clients a sample of your work and provides an ideal opportunity to convert them into regular clients. Here are a few tips on how you can take advantage of massage opportunities during a chair massage...

Massage Table Package & Kit Comparison: Practice Essentials, Business Basics & Classic Series

posted by Custom Craftworks on September 30, 2020

Are you ready to launch your massage practice? Establish your business by investing in one of our convenient and affordable portable table kits or packages. Each includes one of our most popular portable massage tables, plus all the accessories you need to start your practice.

Gain a competitive edge with sports massage

posted by Custom Craftworks on September 03, 2020

 

Massage Can Ease Sciatic Pain

posted by Custom Craftworks on August 18, 2020

Curated from the article Massage Therapy for Sciatic Nerve Pain written by Dr. Anthony Odney, D.C. and published in Massage Today on March 3, 2020. 

Sciatic pain occurs when there is pain along the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica generally affects only one side of the body and can range in severity from mild to severe. This painful condition can result in sudden and sharp pain, soreness, numbness and/or tingling, and some people may struggle with walking or standing due to the pain.

You've Gotta Have a Plan: Infection Control for Massage Therapists

posted by Custom Craftworks on July 23, 2020

Adapted from an Infection Control Practices webinar hosted by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and presented by Tim Carver, American Safety & Training, LLC (June 2020) 

The importance of infection prevention and control has never been more critical when it comes to protecting you, your staff and your clients. How will the massage and spa industries evolve and reform to re-open for business, and how can therapists provide the best services for clients while maintaining a safe environment?

Wash, Moisturize, Sanitize, Repeat

posted by Custom Craftworks on April 14, 2020

This article was curated from "Combatting Coronavirus: Dry cracked hands make first line of defense harder" by Jane Murcia and Sara Hogan, MD published on March 17, 2020.  Read the original article here. 

Is your skin dry skin from coronavirus hand washing? As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO) have advised, regular handwashing is the most effective way to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).