Dear Clients,

Wishing you warmth and light as these fall days grow cooler and darker.

Some clients have inquired about the results of the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K’s fundraiser. I participated on behalf of the Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC) to raise funds for the ongoing restoration of their stunning Warner Castle gardens. This year, I was able to contribute $650, thanks to the individuals who sponsored me. Together, our team raised $4,400. Check out the fundraiser page here. Thank you to all who contributed.

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. As your thoughts turn to friends and family, consider the gift of relaxation and health.

Therapeutic massage gift certificates are available for 60- or 90-minute sessions. Please give me a call and we can make arrangements.

I hope to see you on my table soon for some well-deserved relaxation and renewal. You can anticipate enjoying a session enhanced by my current trainings in transformational acupoints and trigger point therapy.

Wishing you an abundantly joyful holiday season full of love, warmth, family, and friends.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT



Dear Clients,

Hello to all! I hope that you have been enjoying this sunny heat wave! I trust that all of you outdoor enthusiasts are having a delightful summer.

I was reading through an article in the American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) journal that featured ABC’s Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts. In Robert’s words, massage therapy can improve the quality of life for cancer patients, “…by reducing pain, nausea and fatigue.” Roberts speaks from experience— a “cancer thriver,” who has overcome both breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome, a precursor to leukemia. Throughout her treatment, which included a bone marrow transplant, she received regular massage. Because massage therapy was so helpful in her healing journey, the former college athlete and ESPN commentator was selected as the key note speaker for the upcoming AMTA National Convention.

When I went through massage school, massage therapy was considered contraindicated for cancer patients, so when I read Roberts’ story, I was interested in familiarizing myself with the latest research. The notion that massage can spread cancer cells throughout the body via the lymphatic system turns out to be unfounded. The circulation of lymph occurs naturally when we move, and whether through a massage or an exercise session, it does not cause cancer to spread. Rather, according to scientists, cancer develops and spreads because of genetic mutations to a cell’s DNA.

While massage is not used to treat cancer directly, it has been shown to help to reduce the side effects of conventional treatment, decrease anxiety and depression, improve feelings of well-being, and increase immune system function. It is also helpful in lowering pain and nausea.

Hope you found this information helpful. I would love to see you soon, for some well-deserved relaxation and recovery from your summer activities.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

I am happy to report that the Hope Hall giving campaign went very well last month. Together, we raised $400 for the school! Thank you to all who contributed by coming through for a massage during the month of March, and a special shout out to those of you who made extra donations. Hope Hall, as you might recall, is a private school designed for students with special learning needs who have been frustrated in traditional classrooms. Donations help to keep the school’s tuition affordable. If you would like to contribute further, please visit the school’s giving page.

I hope that you are enjoying the longer days, now that the darkness of winter is behind us (well…almost!). If you find yourself hurting from your spring garden clean-up, (or shoveling!) or the increased activity that the sunnier days inspire, you know who to call!

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world. —Harriet Tubman

Dear Clients,

Happy sunshine! I hope that you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather over the weekend!

I am excited to tell you about the organization I have selected for the March charitable giving campaign. Hope Hall is a school that serves students who, in the words of the director, “thought that they didn’t matter and school was not a place for them.” The school’s small class sizes, pacing of material, and delivery of instruction are designed to help students with special learning needs— students who are “educationally stranded” in a traditional school setting— to thrive during their time spent in the classroom and to develop as lifelong learners.

The philosophy of the school is particularly appealing to me because it aligns with my belief that our challenges and differences can be our greatest gifts, if embraced. I am a hands-on learner, which makes massage therapy a natural fit for me. Massage school was a great experience, as I was delighted to find, for the first time, an environment in which my strengths as a learner were celebrated.

During the month of March, I will set aside a portion of my revenue in order to make a donation to Hope Hall. If you would like to contribute further, you can either visit their giving page, or you can contribute the next time you come in for a massage session, and I will add it to the donation I make.

In closing, I wanted to share an inspiring workout video by Zach Anner. When I happened upon his video series, I was struck by his tenacious spirit in spite of the challenges he lives with. We all have our own speed and style, and as he says, “It is better to be walking in the right direction, than running in the wrong direction.” His video is a good reminder to not take ourselves so seriously. Enjoy.

I hope to see you on my table soon, for some well-deserved relaxation and renewal.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

Happy autumn! I hope you are well and that you are enjoying the warmth and changing colors of these fall days.

You might recall that a few weeks ago, I completed the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K, walking on behalf of the Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC). The event raised money for the many services they provide including the ongoing restoration of their stunning Warner Castle gardens. I am happy to announce that together we raised $805! This contribution represents a portion of my massage revenue this past month, along with additional generous gifts and sponsorships from individual clients. Thank you for your generosity!

If you are are interested in learning more about RCGC, here is a link to their website. Their webpage includes a link to the fundraising page as well, as they are accepting donations until November 3rd, 2015. Although they have surpassed their goal of $5,000, any additional donations would be welcomed.

As the holiday season approaches, and your thoughts turn to friends and family, consider the gift of relaxation and health.

Gift certificates are available for 60- or 90-minute sessions. Just give me a call and we can make arrangements.

I hope to see you on my table soon for some well-deserved relaxation and renewal.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Photo by B. Washington

If you or someone you know suffers from sciatica, sacroiliac, or low back pain, the information in this newsletter will be of particular interest. Last month, in a workshop I took with Garry Adkins, “Effective Treatments for Sciatica,” we looked at the various reasons why people develop sciatic and low back pain and how it can be treated with stretches and manual therapy.

Sciatic issues can have a variety of causes, but I was surprised to learn that only 5% of sciatic pain involves disc herniation. The primary cause is scar tissue that has formed on certain ligaments of the pelvis. Fortunately,  this scar tissue can be treated effectively with myofascial release therapy. The major cause of low back pain also involves scar tissue of pelvic ligaments. Therefore, treating the back muscles alone may ease pain, but it will not address the root cause of the problem. This workshop enhanced my ability to both access the cause of your pain and to treat it effectively.

Here are some ways that you can address or prevent low back, sacroiliac joint or sciatic pain before it develops:

~Avoid prolonged sitting.

~Be mindful of your posture.

~Strengthen your core.

~Stretch.

Click here for a video that shows some simple stretches you can do to relieve chronic sciatic pain.

This year, I plan to again participate in the George Eastman Photo Finish 5K, by walking to raise money for the Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC).  If you would like to help sponsor my 5K walk just click on this link or if you are interested, you may make a donation when you come through for a massage session. The deadline is October 3. I also plan to contribute a portion of September’s massage revenue to RCGC, so you can help by just getting on my table. Together we can help to restore the gardens to the full glory of days gone by.

You might recall that last year’s 5K run successfully raised $4,000 to launch the garden restoration project. This year brought quite a few changes as the sunny and shade gardens were given attention and many new plants were added. The restoration project will continue for a few more years. This is a cause that is close to my heart as I have been volunteering at the Warner Castle garden for a number of years. Thank you for your generosity.

Hope to see you on my table soon, for some well-deserved relaxation and renewal.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT




Those of you who are my regular clients already know not to expect a traditional Swedish massage, but when a first-time massage client comes through they might be surprised by the different stretching techiques that they recieve on the table. I have extensive training in Thai Yoga massage and have recently taken a workshop on an integrated stretching approach called I-Stretch. During my myofascial release massage sessions, I make use of different assisted stretches, integrating a bit of Thai massage right on the table. Those of you who have experienced my work know that the stretches feel good and that when you get up from the table, you experience an ease in the body that was absent before. But, how does assisted stretching work?


When I was reading through my latest issue of Massage Magazine, I came across an interesting article called, “Fascial Stretch Therapy.” In it, author Chris Frederick creates a new model for discussing flexibility, which he discusses as adaptability rather than as range of motion. He defines flexibilty as:

…a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state of readinesss to adapt to new, different or changing requirements that challenge us and then to successfully recover, refreshed and ready to adapt again.



The focus of the assisted stretching that I do is to locate and slowly release barriers in the tissue. The work, like myofascial release work in general, is slow-paced and gentle and works to allow the body to reclaim its abilty to move with ease. This myofascial stretching approach releases scar tissue, relieves joint stiffness by increasing the space in the joint capsule, increasing blood flow to the tissues, helps relieve muscle tightness, and remarkedly improves posture, according to Frederick. In addition to these structural benefits, this work can also improve a client’s balance and coordination, improve their sleep, decrease pain, and calm the nervous system.


As with all my work, the emphasis is to stretch and release the myofascia, rather than just the muscles. The myofacia is a three-dimensional web of fascia or connective tissue that spans the entire body, from skin to core, including organs and cells. Any restriction within this myofascial web can affect other areas of the body in the same manner that pulling on a single piece of yarn might distort an entire sweater. The assisted stretching is a perfect companion to the hands-on myofascial release work, leading to a harmonious session with lasting benefits.


To your health and adaptability,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

The weather outside is frightful. A massage would be so delightful! Treat yourself or your loved one to a heart-warming gift of massage! Therapeutic massage gift certificates are sure to please and are available for 60-minute or 90-minute sessions. Just give me a call and we can make arrangements for delivery or pick-up.



My massage table is warm and cozy! Hope to see you soon.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

Seasons Greetings! I hope you all were able to dig out from our snowstorm last week and are enjoying the warmer weather this week has brought!

I wanted to extend my gratitude for your support throughout this past year. The Warner Castle fundraiser was a great success; your generous contributions were much appreciated. Thank you also for the many business testimonials that people have written on my behalf.

For those of you who may not have heard the news, my best four-legged buddy and beloved mascot of the massage room passed on October 2nd. As you well know, Kibera had the honor of welcoming my clients and adding a warm, peaceful presence to the treatment room. I am touched by all your kind words of support and patience during this process. In due time, you will have another friendly face to greet you when you arrive.

The holidays are just around the corner, and what could be better than the gift of relaxation and health?

Gift certificates, are available for 60- or 90-minute sessions and it’s easy to buy them; it sure beats battling the crowds at the mall. Just give me a call and we can make arrangements.

As always, I am grateful for your support and for your allowing me to be a partner in your journey to health and well-being. Wishing you warmth and may the spirit of the holiday season carry you through 2015. 

To your health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

Happy autumn! I hope that this newsletter finds you well and that you are enjoying the warm fall weather we have had lately.

As you may recall, I periodically conduct giving campaigns for a variety of organizations. A few weeks ago, I completed the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K, walking on behalf of the Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC) in order to help them raise money for the improvement of their stunning Warner Castle gardens, their horticulture and floral design classes and certificate programs, their horticultural library, and their annual Spring Symposium and Summer Garden Tour. I have a personal connection with the RCGC, as I have been volunteering at the Castle gardens for two years now.  I am happy to announce that together we raised $550 toward their $4,000 goal this year. This contribution represents a portion of my massage revenue for the month of September along with additional generous gifts that individual clients made throughout the month. 

The RCGC’s fundraising page is live and they are accepting donations until October 27th, if you would still like to help out. At the time of this writing, they were $185 short of their $4,000 goal. You can visit the page here.

It makes me very happy, as a small business owner, to be able to contribute to various organizations that are in need and I certainly couldn’t do it without you. Hope to see you on my table soon, for some well-deserved relaxation and renewal.  

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT


The Civic Garden Team!

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