Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Special Valentine’s Day Offer

A great gift for your Valentine. 90- minute relaxation massage that includes Hot Stones and a deeply relaxing Paraffin Wax Hand Treatment.



Starting with a gentle exfoliation with salts and oil, your hands will immediatly start to feel better. The deep penetrating heat of the unscented paraffin wax is allowed to settle in during your massage. Your hands are now ready for relaxing massage and gentle stretching. Feel the tension from your body dissapate into the past, leaving you your hands soft and supple. Perfect for the winter cold and dryness. Perfect if you are troubled with arthrits or use your hands extensively.

The special Valentine’s Gift Card price is $115.00 Use the link above. Choose the Valentine card, select the price of $115.00, and send the certificate to your special Valentine.

Once you have your gift card, you may set up your appointment here, or call for more options.

The Often Overlooked Benefit Of Regular Massage

A large percentage of my clients come in because they are in pain.  Many of these cases are complicated involving significant muscle imbalances, long standing postural issues, gait and movement issues, repetitive work activities, referring nerve pains, as well as chronic health challenges such as fibromyalgia and CFS. Many of these people have run the gambit with doctors, specialist, therapies, drugs, and often many various test and evaluations. They have been told a lot of complicated medical theories. They are looking for answers, and more importantly, they want to feel better.

As a massage therapist I spend a lot of time studying and learning new ways to help. Massage training over the past 18 years I’ve been doing this has increasingly become more and more complex, delving deeper and deeper into how and why pain presents in the body, how our perceptions of pain are involved, the intricacies of biomechanical relationships in the body, neural patterning, golgi tendon organs, muscle proprioceptors, the mind body connection, and on and on.

Yes, massage therapy, with it all it offers, is a excellent healing modality that often works where conventional medicine does not. However, beyond the technical and advanced techniques of manual therapy, and beyond the immense benefit of safe, compassionate, caring, touch, there is a basic, powerful benefit from massage, that is often overlooked and under appreciated. It is the benefit of circulation, moving metabolic waste materials from the tissues and moving fluids, blood, oxygen, nutrients, into the tissues. This alone can support sigificant improvement in ones health and wellbeing.

Lets look briefly at just one aspect that can have a significant impact on how you feel and the quality of health overall, that is lactic acid.

lac•tic ac•id

a colorless syrupy organic acid produced in the muscle tissues during strenuous exercise.

a three-carbon organic acid produced by anaerobic respiration. L-Lactic acid in muscle and blood is a product of glucose and glycogen metabolism;

How does this translate to in how I feel or my overall health?

In terms of what I am writing about here, A temporary buildup of lactic acid can be caused by vigorous or prolonged exercise if your body doesn’t have enough available oxygen to break down glucose in the blood. This can cause a burning feeling in the muscle groups you’re using. It can also cause nausea, weakness, exhaustion/fatigue, muscle cramps, pain.

By definition “vigorous or prolonged exercise’ can mean different things for different people. Whats more important is “if your body doesn’t have enough available oxygen to break down glucose in the blood”. Lactic acid buildup occurs when there’s not enough oxygen in the muscles to break down glucose and glycogen. This is called anaerobic metabolism, where the cells start using the glycogen for creating energy more than using oxygen. Not only is this less effecient and create lower levels of energy output, it changes the cell environment more acid pH. It is this environment that is responsible for the symptoms you feel listed above.




e-Gift Cards at Tree of Life Center

NEW! E-Gift Cards from the Tree of Life Center for Wellbeing


A simple way to give a e-gift card for Massage and Reiki.

Purchase one or more sessions


Put any amount, $10 and up, on a card of your choice, for your favorite someone to use as they wish


Use this simple link:

This will take you to our E-Gift Card page (see below) Here you can scroll across to the card you wish to purchase, enter the amount you wish to pay, and put in the person and email address for them. How easy is that?

Massage $85.00 one hr, $115.00 for 90 min. (TLC members deduct $10 for each session. Use the custom field) (more about membership here:

Reiki with Sylvia $50.00 for 60 minutes.

Wishing you the very best in this Holiday Season!

Dana & Sylvia Tavares

Pre Massage COVID check in update

First I want to thank everyone that’s been coming in for massage for your understanding and dedication to remaining safe during this COVID pandemic. We are very fortunate here in Maine to be one of the safest states in the Nation thanks to you and many people like yourself for maintaining CDC recommended safety precautions. Now as we transition into the fall and winter seasons we are faced with the additional risk from being indoors and closed environments. Our perseverance is required now more than ever.


Massage therapy is an essential healthcare service. However, by its very nature, it is one of the most challenging services during these times. A number of massage therapist I know have chosen early retirement or to simply put their practices on hold until the COVID virus is under control. I have resisted closing my practice because I know how important it is to have access to this therapy. Instead, I opted for creating the safest environment possible while retaining the important elements of the practice. I appreciate your cooperation with the pre-massage COVID check in and safety measures. I know it is difficult to maintain such a elevated awareness at all times, but we must continue to do so.


So I humbly ask, when filling in the pre-massage COVID check in online, please don’t just check off the boxes. Please be mindful and use this as a opportunity to give consideration to the questions being asked, for your benefit, and for those following.


By working together, we can maintain a healthy environment for all. If you HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS SUCH AS RUNNY NOSE, COUGH, ELEVATED TEMPERATURE-EVEN IF YOU THINK IT’S JUST ALLERGIES, or if you suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID–19, you should stay home and re-schedule, even if last minute.

Sars COVID 19 is unlike any disease we’ve seen before. The potential symptoms are often overlooked and mistaken for the cold, flu, allergies, or something that may have upset the GI tract, in the early stages. And even more difficult is that a person is contagious several days before any symptoms appear and possibly a extended time after the symptoms are gone. It is not possible to accurately access who is more at risk as even some young healthy individuals with no pre-existing conditions have developed long term complications. At the same time, we can’t just hunker down and hide until this is gone.


What are symptoms? When we are getting sick the symptoms we experience are not the virus, bacteria, allergen, etc., the symptoms are our bodys defenses kicking in to deal with a threat, or in the case of allergies, a perceived threat. Runny nose, fever, loose stools, coughing, fatigue, are all our body trying to deal with it. It is histamines and other immune complexes rushing thru our system and creating the symptoms we are experiencing. So why is it that I am pointing this out? Because with initial onset of symptoms we don’t know what or why. It could be just a allergy response, or it could be a cold, flu, or something else. Usually, as any allergy suffer with attest, there is a recognizable pattern that is all too familiar that clues us in. However it often takes a day or two for this to become clear. In the meanwhile it is reasonable to be cautious and err on the side of safety, especially in this new COVID environment.


I never had allergies or sensitivities until I got much older. It was hard for me previous to this to relate to the allergy sufferer. But as life has a way of humbling us as we age, now I totally get it. So I can sincerely sympathize with my clients who have allergies, who need massage, and are asked to wait until all symptoms have cleared. COVID is shown to present in so many unique ways and the consequences of mistaking symptoms as something benign are so great, that I have to hold firm on this, for everyones benefit. I too have to comply with this. It is difficult for me to clear several days of appointments for people who need help because I myself may have an allergy flair up happening. But this is what I have to do until I can be certain this is not COVID. You would think they would make  COVID testing easier and more accessible for healthcare workers but I have to go thru the same hoops as the general public. So for me it means waiting several days for symptoms to clear or become indisputable to be allergy, or get a COVID test which still takes several days from getting a prescription to getting a determination.


So please do not take the COVID Pre Massage Check in lightly. Use it to examine your current health and lifestyle pattern to help determine any potential risk and if massage is appropriate for you at this time.


I am grateful our locality remains as free of COVID as it has. I am grateful there are no massage offices that I know of that have experienced a problem with COVID. But lets not let our defenses down so we can stay well and keep massage therapy a viable option.


Be Well,




Setting Course For Optimal Health


Dana Tavares LMT, CPT

Tree Of Life Center For Wellbeing

Certified Advanced Metabolic Typing ®Advisor web web email

(207) 563-2737 cell & appointments



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Low Level Laser for Musculoskeletal Pain and More

Low Level Laser for Musculoskeletal Pain and More

90% or more of my clients come to me for help with acute and/or chronic pain. Though I have a broad range of skills within the framework of massage therapy, I have, from early on in my practice, been committed to learn as many adjunct therapies and techniques to enhance the healing process as possible. I have found in practice there is not simply one way that works for everyone or in every situation. The body is complex and the healing process is complex. One modality may achieive a certain level of healing and another modality or technique will take it to the next level of healing, with the goal being complete resolution of the condition and underlying issues keeping it active.

So it is within this context I am thrilled to have another tool to enhance the healing process, the Low Level Light Laser.

For over forty years, low level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) and LED (light emitting diode) therapy (also known as photobiomodulation) has been shown to reduce inflammation and edema, induce analgesia, and promote heling in a range of musculoskeletal pathologies. (1)

Inflammation certainly has a role in healing, but when not properly resolved in a appropriate amount of time, inflammation can be a double edged sword causing pain (thus creating a self-perpetuating cycle of pain-inflammation-pain) and eventually creates a build up of scar tissue (that in itself causes restriction-pain-inflammation cycle). Left untreated the resulting biomechanical compensations for the pain (limping, altered posture, using other muscle groups not specifically intended for the task) lead to further pain and restrictions. The use of pain killers over an extended time adds another layer of self-perpetuating issues.

So what is LLT and how can it be of help?

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) sometimes known as Low Level Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation is a low intensity light therapy. The effect is photochemical not thermal. The light triggers biochemical changes within cells and can be compared to the process of photosynthesis in plants, where the photons are absorbed by cellular photoreceptors and triggers chemical changes.

LLLT is the application of light (usually a low powered laser or LED typically power range of (10mW-5oomW). Light with a wavelength in the red to near infrared region of the spectrum (660nm-905nm), is generally employed because these wavelengths have the ability to penetrate skin, and soft/hard tissues (see graph in referenced article) and are proven in clinical trials to have a good effect on pain, inflammation and tissue repair. The power density (irradiance) is usually between 5W/cm² and is applied to an injury or to a painful site for 30-60 seconds a few times a week for several weeks. The result is a reduction of inflammation, pain relief and accelerated tissue regeneration. (1) (Note: I highly recommend reading the full article referenced for the list of conditions and treatment of pain with references)

To simplify (for the sake of this post) some of the conditions LLLT has been shown helpful in resolving:

The Allergy AntidotesTM lasers contain light emitting semiconductor chips, driven by a low voltage power supply with a wavelength of 635nm or higher. These lasers are used in low level laser therapy (LLLT) to accelerate tissue repair, including wound healing, and for the alleviation of skin conditions such as acne, scarring, and wrinkles.

The essential feature of healing lasers is the refined, single wavelength of the light beams. The wavelengths are measured in nanometers (nm). Shorter wavelengths have lower nanometers, such as those in x-ray equipment, which have nanometers in the single and double digits.  Alternately, the higher the nanometers, the longer the wavelength. In lasers with a wavelength above 600nm, like the SL50 Home Laser, SoftLaser Plus, and e-Tox laser, the light will not damage DNA and is extremely safe for therapeutic uses – Low-Light Laser therapy is also used successfully on animals (dogs, cats, and horses), both at home and in veterinary treatments.

Furthermore, healing lasers at 635nm are the exact vibration of a healthy living cell. In acupuncture, lasers with a beam at 635nm are the equivalent to using a needle, and they have been used in acupuncture for years. Using a laser beam at that frequency heals the cells of the body and easily stimulates acupuncture points (Meridian Points).

Remarkably, LLLT can also reduce both acute and chronic pain.  Although many of the reports of pain relief following exposure to LLLT are anecdotal, there have been a number of reports based on trials aimed at assessing LLLT as an analgesic modality.(Excerpted from, Low Level Laser Therapy, Mary Dyson PhD, FCSP;Softlaser Guide: p.23, 2011) (2)





Other interesting info and resources:

(1) The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for Musculoskeletal Pain: Howard B Cotler, Roberta T Chow, and James Carroll.

(2) Sandi Radomski, Allergy Antidotes:

Photobiomodulation Lecture 2015 (Low Level Light Therapy)

Mechanism of action; chart;

Pub Med; US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health; 6478 articles with a simple search:



To give a truly relaxing massage is an art

To give a truly relaxing massage is an art. To address chronic pain & acute injuries to give a truly effective therapeutic massage is an art. To interweave both (when the conditions warrant) requires skill and experience. From my experience with over 10,000 hands on hours as a licensed massage therapist, I have found that by reducing stress, creating a safe healing environment, respecting and adapting to the clients unique needs and response to therapy, as well as interweaving both relaxing massage & therapeutic massage, is the optimal way to support the innate healing process.

When a person is in pain (emotionally or physically) it affects, not only their body, but their mind and emotions too. The human body is nothing short of a miracle in its ability to heal. All healing comes from within. No doctor, no massage therapist, no medicine or herb, does the healing. Though all these do assist the body in its ability to self heal, it is the innate healing energy that does the healing.

Every day I strive to improve my art and skills. Every client is different and each client may have different needs and goals for each session. The body responds differently at different times depending on what other parameters are involved at that time. To be effective I need to be adaptable, to listen to what I'm being told by the client, and what their body is telling me as I work.

In today’s technical-medical world the patient as a whole (body, mind, & spirit) is often overlooked, however the body doesn’t operate that way. Find how natural therapy may help you feel better and change the course towards optimal health.

Depending on your individual needs we have a broad line of therapy and support available including Reiki, Massage Therapy, Homeopathic education, and Metabolic Typing® , to help you regain and maintain your health, naturally.