Babies and kittens really know how to breathe, do you?

Kittens know how to belly breathe

Babies and kittens both know how to keep their bellies soft when they breathe. Watch one sometime; you’ll see their small tummies balloon out with every intake of breath.

Chances are, you breathe like babies and kittens when you’re asleep. And like most adults, you chest-breathe during your waking hours.


There are only four absolutes

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle and safe massage therapy technique. This protocol effectively reduces pain and soreness in tissues and joints and mechanically reduces swelling and bruising of tissues after surgery. It’s also effective in preparing you for surgery because it activates the lymphatic system before the trauma…


Lymphatic massage is surprisingly gentle

When I first got interested in lymphatic drainage, I was surprised at how well it worked. Like, instantly! After one session, my friend’s edema in her swollen legs was visibly reduced and the pressure and pain were alleviated. She felt so much relief that tears came to her eyes.

When…


If you’re doing it right, you expand your awareness

I have this theory about copywriting. We copywriters are one side of a triangle.

First, there’s the product, service, or idea. Then there’s the customer, consumer, client, or user. The former is trying to reach the latter just as the latter is searching for the former. …


It’s good to do no harm, but it’s better to make a positive impact

Growing up Christian, I understood the golden rule as one that cautioned against inflicting harm on others. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you meant “don’t hurt anyone.”

More precisely, I was raised Catholic, the religion of the half-full glass. The golden rule was a piece…


Your frustration comes from trying too hard

I am generally a positive person, but I admit it; I was dreading an appointment with a certain client, and I let it ruin my morning. Not only my morning; this looming meeting tarnished my previous evening, and my lunch hour, too.

If you’re human, you have a certain someone…


After a bad year, it’s the ordinary signs that show you’re ready to make a new vision board

In exactly fourteen days it’ll be one year since Katie died. I’ve been anxiously dreading and looking forward to this date a year after 02/02/2020, that famous numerical palindrome forever etched on my mind. Still (still!) …


Your body’s natural cleaning machine is also the most chill body system

I’ll never forget the first time I received MLD, otherwise known as Manual Lymph Drainage, Lymphatic Massage, or Lymphatic Drainage.

It almost felt like a dream state, where I was half awake and half asleep. …


Here’s why you still can’t hug Grandma

Whenever I’m confused about some complex science topic, I like to write about it because then I understand it better. I hope to break this topic down a bit because some of the information and medical jargon is difficult to wade through. I trust the medical folks here will correct…


Ten possible reasons why someone with thousands of followers on Medium follows no one else

I once followed a copywriter on Twitter because I liked his articles (obviously) and he tweeted out links whenever he published them. I noticed that he had a ridiculously large following compared to the number of people he followed. One day, I shared one of his articles in my tweet…

Jen McGahan

Curious mom, writer, & lymphatic massage therapist. I teach a persuasive writing course, too. Start here: https://www.jenmcgahan.com/power-words

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