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Massage Therapy & Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

August 15, 2012

Massage therapy has been used for centuries to treat pain, muscle damage & stress. Choices have expanded in recent years from individual practitioners to the chair massage folks at the mall to franchises providing lots of choices to those seeking this wellness strategy.


Before you can decide which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control? Or do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition? Before booking a massage, let the therapist know what you’re looking for and ask which style the therapist uses. Many use more than one style. Or the therapist may customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have. from WebMD

My personal trainer is a certified massage therapist, which comes in handy when I have a “click” in a joint or a cramp in a muscle during my training sessions with him.

Carole, my neighbor, has a Massage Envy membership which entitles her to a free massage once a month.

Massage room

Cherie is the massage therapist I have used for the past number of years. She is a consummate professional & always manages to find the tight muscle, damaged tissue or trouble spot I’m struggling with whether I tell her where it is or not. She’s magic.

Give yourself a gift & do your body a favor – get a massage!

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake

I wrote this for Harry’s birthday, knowing he loves spice cake, however, I tested it out on the Music Director Search Committee & our new Music Director & his wife after friends/choir members/committee members, M & B presented me with a bottle of honey from a kid in their neighborhood who raises honeybees! Thanks, M & B!


  • 1/2 cup Organic Shortening
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Molasses or Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3/4 cup Hot Water
  • 2 1/3 cups All-purpose Flour (I use sprouted grain flours)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease & flour a 9×9 baking pan.
  3. With an electric mixer whip shortening until lighter in texture.
  4. Add sugar & molasses, mixing well, then add egg.
  5. Beat in soda, ginger, cinnamon & salt, then slowly pour in hot water.
  6. Mix flour in just until combined.
  7. Pour into prepared pan & bake until the edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan, around 60 minutes.

Serve warm or cold with Lemon Sauce.


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