Hello, my name is Erika Larson.

I was born in Orange County, California and spent my first 19 years there. Always an indoorsy girl who hated the beach, wearing shorts and flip flops (and really anything to do with Southern California), I happily made the move to Bend, Oregon in 2007 with my mother. In the past ten years of living in Bend, I got married, bought a house, adopted a couple pets, went to massage school and started my own business, Third Eye Massage Therapy. 

Through it all, I've held an insatiable desire for knowledge, data and details. If you meet me, I may ask you too many questions about yourself and you'll realize at the end of a conversation you really don't know anything about me! I could ask questions for hours, happily. My interest ranges from natural health and eastern medicine, to art history and design; from social justice and environmentalism to alternative education; from world events to politics. I won't be writing about all of that here, but when I began writing a blog for my massage practice, I realized how much I have to say and how much I love writing about it. 

When I begin to study a topic, it takes months or years for me to feel like I'm fully satisfied with what I've learned. I have to mull it over in my mind, see all the ins and outs, know everything. It's completely exhausting, as you can imagine. This blog is a place for me to put that research. I think you'll find at least something interesting. This is a place where sources are cited and where footnotes are long. With so much noise on the internet these days, I promise to not lead you astray with inflammatory allegations that are left without proof. To be honest though, I am biased. I do have opinions. After all my work of trying to figure out all the details, I often do not agree with mainstream thought, but I hope you like what you read, and I hope we all learn something new from the process.