Need Relief from Pain? Try the Tomo Touch

It’s funny how your body and your mind can have two different ideas. In my head, camping is fun. In reality, I can’t comfortably sleep on the ground. In my head, it’s not a big deal to sit down on the floor to play a game with the kids. In reality, it takes me longer to get up and down off the floor than it used to. In my head, I get up and move around throughout  when I’m working at my desk. In reality, those two or three walks down the hall don’t do nearly as much good as I hope they do.

Last week, when  BgK and I were invited to learn about myofascial trigger point therapy, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s been obvious lately my body is aging, and perhaps rebelling against me.  Being unfamiliar with this kind of massage therapy, I was curious and excited to see what it was all about. We met at Tomo of  the Tomo Touch in Broad Ripple, for our primer on trigger point therapy and to try it out ourselves.

It’s funny- before our appointment I wouldn’t have said that my range of motion was limited or that I was in acute pain. But as I spoke with Tomo and she had me do some simple range of motion exercises, I realized that I am more knotted up than I think I am.

These posters show the trigger points for common ailments as Tomo discusses how muscles can contract and relax.
These posters show the trigger points for common ailments as Tomo discusses how muscles can contract and relax.

Tomo spent time talking about how myofascial trigger point therapy works. In the simplest terms, your body is completely connected. So a tense muscle in your hip might be caused by tension some where along your spine. Headaches can be caused by tension in the neck and back. You get the idea.

After the range of motion exercises, she pin-pointed the exact issues my chiropractor has been treating. She spent most of my session working on my hips and lower back, as well as my neck. She also spotted an old ankle injury, and worked on those muscles too. She worked by applying pressure to the areas that had tension, always asking how I was tolerating the pain. For the most part, it was a good hurt- the kind of pressure that makes you feel better when it’s over.

MaM was a bit concerned, but the pressure wasn't painful, honest!
MaM was a bit concerned, but the pressure wasn’t painful, honest!


When our session was over, she had me repeat the range of motion. It was obvious that there was improvement. As we finished up. Tomo gave me some exercises to do at home, to keep my new found agility. Tomo’s goal is to get patients moving, and to get patients to the point where they no longer need her services. Often, issues are solved after several sessions. She accepts FSA and HSA debit cards, as well was cash and credit cards.

Interested in trying a session yourself? The Tomo Touch is located at 6100 N Keystone Ave Suite 235, Indianapolis, IN 46220. She can be reached at (317) 306-5122 or at

Disclosure: thank you, Tomo, for inviting us to learn about your practice, and for helping us be the best we can be! 

Shopping the Tea Collection

When we upacked the POD, one of the many things that shocked me was the sheer amount of baby clothes we shoved in there. I know that I’ve passed on most of the kids’ things as they’ve worn them, but apparently this wasn’t the case for the first year of MaM’s life. We came across FIVE totes of infant girl things. FIVE. Five totes full of things for one little girl who was in 24month clothing on her first birthday. So those five totes?

Were all worn within the first twelve months of her walking this earth.

But let’s face it- baby clothes are FUN. They are cute, they are soft, and with a baby, you don’t ever have to worry about whether or not the baby will think the shirt/romper/bloomers makes her butt look big or thighs chubby or faced washed out. Babies just wear what you give them and smile. 

So when the Tea Collection, purveyor of Designer Children’s Clothing, asked me if I wanted to shop their new fall collection, I emailed back YES! YES! YES! You see, our extended family is being blessed with baby girls this year. By the end of 2011, we will have three brand-new, beautiful nieces. And guess what? All of these baby girls will need new clothes! All of them! (they are all getting a bag of MaM’s greatest hits as well, btw)

Looking around Tea Collection’s site, their Amate Aves Raglan Dress and leggings to go with it. She’s enamored with the bird on the skirt.

We also picked a romper for a little niece about to be born in Milwaukee– don’t you think the Pava Real Romper will keep her warm on those cold winter days next to Lake Michigan??

MaM eagerly awaited the arrival of her picks, and she tried her outfit on right away. It fit perfectly, the sizing chart was right on the money. The romper is soft and darling, and I can’t wait to gift it to my soon-to-arrive niece. The biggest hit though, was the coloring book that came with the order. This fall’s collection is from Mexico, so the coloring book features traditional Mexican art.

Dislcosure: In exchange for this blog post, Tea Collection provided me with a gift certificate for some online shopping. The opinions expressed above are uniquely my own.

Truth of Touch: BgKahuna on Yanni

That title sounds a little dirty, doesn’t it? I didn’t mean for it to be. It’s just that when the One 2 One Network asked if I wanted to review Yanni’s new album, Truth of Touch, I said yes, for BgKahuna’s sake.

Don’t get me wrong, I like me some Yanni on occasion. But BgKahuna? He really likes some Yanni. The first time he told me this, I though he was kidding. He doesn’t appear to be the New Age Music type. But sure enough, when our CD collections merged, Yanni: :Live at the Acropolis and Snowfall were some of his contributions.

Touch of Truth is Yanni’s first original album in 8 years. BgK was glad there were only two vocal tracks on this release, although he openly admits he celebrates his entire catalog of work. “His music is timeless, of course everyone celebrates his most popular album, ‘Live at the Acropolis’, but true fans will enjoy this one just as much, if not more.”

BgK was disappointed that Indianapolis wasn’t on Yanni’s 2011 tour schedule. Maybe next time, BgK, maybe next time.

Disclosure: The One 2 One Network sent me a download of Truth of Touch in exchange for my honest review.