Author: Maryann Kuchera

Licensed Massage Practitioner, Seattle Athletic Club Downtown

How to find a LMP when you’re traveling outside Seattle

If you will need bodywork while outside the Seattle area, the best way to find a recommendation is to ask your current LMP. Massage practitioners study and go to conferences all over the country and they might be able to give you a name.


If your LMP has no referral, head to the America Massage Therapist Association website

In the gray area of the upper left hand corner click “find a massage therapist.”


The AMTA is the massage industry’s professional association. They require a minimum number of hours of education, continuing education, and adherence to a code of ethics to be a member. Their standards help ensure you are getting a high-quality LMP.


There is also the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: At their site on the lower left, go to “find a” then click “Therapist”. They have requirements as well.
Finally, try looking up full-service athletic clubs, like ours. They often work with professional and amateur athletes just like we do, and they may have a high-quality LMP in their club.

Has your jaw been sore?

  • Has your jaw been sore?
  • Has the dentist told you that you have TMJ?
  • Do you grind your teeth, or have whiplash from a car accident?

Well, these all suggest that muscles in your mouth and skull are tight, and it may help to have them massaged!

There are a number of muscles in your jaw that we can only get to from the inside of your mouth. It is a whole new world inside there!

The state requires a special, specific license to do this work.
To get this, massage practitioners must learn appropriate hygiene, anatomy and technique application. This work is done with sterilized, gloved hands.

We have three LMP’s here at the club that have this specific certification: Ivy Bjornson, Jessie Jo Egersett, MaryAnn Kuchera. If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to ask us about it. You can contact Jessie Jo at or at 443-1111 ext. #276 or myself, MaryAnn at


A book recommendation from, Maryann Kuchera L.M.P.

“Loving hands”
The traditional art of baby massage,
By Frederick Leboyer.
This book is great for anyone who has babies or toddlers around; be it Dad, Grandparent, Aunt, or Uncle.
There is so much research out there on how children thrive through compassionate touch, but many people don’t feel comfortable touching children due to how fragile they can appear.
This book walks you through a very nice massage that is very accessible and will make you feel confident about your touch and intent.  You will see a lot of cross over work that a modern occupational therapist would love because those moves help with right/left brain development in children.
There is a lot of wisdom in the life of a child. The bonds created by providing this work to children can forage a life long connection with deep meaning and health for generations to come.



There are many ways to stretch: static, static with pulsing, active release, reciprocal inhibition, and activated isolated stretching (AIS). There are many people who don’t like the old-school static stretching, so let’s look at that last one, which can help give you a small strength increase while you lengthen your muscles!

How does AIS work? Let’s say, for example, that you wanted to stretch your calf. You would sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you and a yoga strap, belt, or similar object. The first thing you do is try to move your toes toward your kneecap, making note of how far you can move it. Then you put the yoga strap around the ball of your foot and try again to move your toes toward your kneecap, but this time when you reach the limit of your movement you gently pull on the strap to move your foot just a little bit farther.

You should do that twelve times, and when you’ve finished you would not only have stretched your calf muscle, you would also have strengthened your anterior low leg. Two birds with one stone!

For more information, pick up the book “The Whartons’ Stretch Book” by Jim and Phil Wharton.