Openings: Cuyahoga Falls Location

Hello Everyone:

My office will be CLOSED November 17th – November 27th. I will not be available for any emergency visits as I will be healing from platelet rich plasma injections in my right foot. Wishing you and your family a safe and joyful Thanksgiving!

Here are my openings for the week that I come back.

  • Tuesday, October 28: 3:45 – 4:15 PM 

If you are interested in any the above opening TEXT ME at (216) 513-8464 and I will put you on the schedule.

Dana M. Brandt-Tinker


Solar Eclipse- August 21, 2017

As most of you know, the vacation that Brian and I took in August was part one of our honeymoon that we were unable to take last year due to me being sick. I have family down in Tennessee, and instead of making them drive all the way up to Ohio for our wedding for only a few hours we decided that part one of our honeymoon we would drive down to Tennessee so we could spend more time with them.

We made the decision last year to visit during the solar eclipse. Since many of you have asked for pictures of the solar eclipse I wanted to share these pictures with you. Yes, I know the pictures don’t give you the experience of actually viewing it yourself, but I highly recommend to view the next solar eclipse that is coming through Cleveland on April 8, 2024. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget! I’m so grateful that I was well enough to experience it with my family.

Here is what I personally experienced.
1. As the moon started covering the sun the temperature started to drop quickly and drastically.
2. As it got darker the crickets, frogs, and nightlife started to sing their songs and the birds became less active.
3. When the moon was completely covering the sun I was surprised by how light it still was due to the corona surrounding the moon.
4. As it started to become lighter the crickets, frogs and nightlife started to quiet down, and the birds became more active and were extremely disoriented. 

I’ll stop making you read and get to the pictures already!

All photos were taken by my husband Brian.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Yours in health,
Dana M. Brandt-Tinker

You Too Could Be Suffering: Educate Yourself on Thyroid Issues

Hello Everyone,

I’m not sure if you have heard of the YouTube channel AwakenWithJP but I started watching his JP Sears’s videos when I was sick last year. He’s an emotional healing coach, but what I love about his YouTube channel is that he brings comedy into his videos. This was exceptionally wonderful because even with all the pain I was in I would look forward to his videos because I would be able to find a few moments of laughter.

To get to the point, he just recently put up a new video about Thyroid Issues so of course I clicked on it. I urge you to watch the video through it’s entirety. As there is a nine part video series that you can watch for free about thyroid issues.

Did you know that one out of three Americans have thyroid issues, it might help you, or it might help a friend or loved one suffering for this debilitating silent disease. Even doctors have a hard time pinpointing thyroid issues until it is too late.

Dana M. Brandt-Tinker


April is National IBS Month








By: Dana M. Brandt, LMT

* I realized that I forgot to post this for April.  Better late than never!

What Is IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the large intestine that causes pain, cramping and abdominal distress.  The walls of your large intestine are lined with concentric rings of smooth muscle that contract to help move waste through the body.  Approximately 1 in 5 Americans report symptoms of IBS, of which 35-40% are men, and 60-65% are women.  It continues to be one of the most common disorders seen by physicians.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Cramping and pain in the abdominal area that is relieved after a bowel movement
  • Periods of diarrhea or constipation
  • Change in stool frequency or consistency
  • Feeling gassy or bloated, potentially with abdominal distension
  • Observing mucus in your stool

I know how debilitating IBS can be.  I have suffered from gastrointestinal issues for several years.  The best things I have found that have really helped are changing my diet and limiting my stress. There is no generalized diet that works for everyone, so please consult your physician before following any of the recommendations below.

  • Avoid eating large meals. Eat smaller meals more frequently. Instead of using a large plate, use a smaller one.  This will trick your mind into thinking you are eating the same amount of food.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food. Digestion starts in the mouth with the help of enzymes produced by your salivary glands.  Amylase breaks down carbohydrates, while lipase breaks down fats.
  • Don’t feel inclined to eat everything on your plate. Just because you see it, doesn’t mean you have to eat it.  This is especially important when you eat out.
  • Eliminate all grains from your diet (e.g. wheat, barley, rye, rice, couscous, millet, buckwheat, oats, flaxseed and quinoa). These are known to cause gastrointestinal inflammation.
  • Eliminate all dairy from your diet (grass-fed butter or ghee is okay).
  • Eliminate or limit nightshades (e.g. eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, goji berries, and tobacco). These can trigger inflammatory responses within your body.
  • Limit the amount of phytate-rich foods that you consume (e.g. nuts, seeds, beans), as the phytic acid actually inhibits the enzymes needed to break down food. If you do eat them, make sure that they are properly cooked or sprouted/ soaked.
  • Add a cup or two of peppermint tea to your daily routine. My favorite is by Traditional Medicinals.
  • Make time for yourself during the day to concentrate on your breathing. Avoid breathing into your chest. Instead, take full, deep breaths by letting your abdomen protrude outwards while inhaling deeply. This is wonderful because it helps reduce stress we experience throughout the day. By breathing deeply, your diaphragm is also massaging your large intestine.

Massage for IBS
Massage is very beneficial for IBS sufferers. Doing daily abdominal self-massage has really helped me.  Granted, doing it yourself isn’t nearly as effective as having a trained massage therapist do it for you. But you were given two hands, so I encourage you to massage away!

My favorite way to massage my abdomen is by applying 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil in the palm of my hand, and then applying it to my abdomen in clockwise circles from the right side of my abdomen (ascending colon), across the top below my rib cage (transverse colon), and then down the left side (descending colon). Repeat this sequence multiple times.










I highly recommend using only Young Living Essential Oils when applied directly (neat) to the skin.  Essential oils that you find in health food stores only contain 5% essential oil, while the other 95% are solvents used to extract the essential oils. These solvents may cause harmful reactions.  Young Living Essential Oils are 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade, which means you could even take them internally. Remember to only put on your skin what you are willing to eat!

Yours in health,
Dana M. Brandt
Licensed Massage Therapist
Young Living Independent Distributor #1471404

*Information in this post is not to be substituted for medical advise.  I highly encourage you to talk with your physician about any issue you may be suffering from before you start to change your diet*

Taste The Freshness of Spring


I have had a salad addiction happening over the last several weeks.  Maybe it is a way of bringing the freshness of Spring back into my life.  I’m tired of always being cold and not being able to see the ground in all its beauty.  I cannot wait to be able to sink my hands and feet into the ground.  I wanted to bring some tingle back to my taste buds in hopes Spring will arrive early.   Even only if it is in my mouth.


  • Handful of organic spinach or kale rinsed and cut up
  • 1/2 organic cucumber skinned and cut up
  • 7-8 organic strawberries cut up
  • 2-3 organic carrots peeled, rinsed and shredded
  • humanely raised chicken breast shredded or cut up into cubes
  • handful of chopped up or shredded almonds


Enjoy the brightness of these refreshing oils bringing life to your taste buds.  

Dana M. Brandt
License Massage Therapist and
Independent Young Living Distributor # 1471404

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