LEARNINGS BEFORE BIRTH – FROM TOUCH AND SMELL

Our sense of touch develops around 8 weeks in the embryo.  The next sense to develop is the sense of smell – at 28 weeks – though the cells for smell begin developing as early as the 9th week - thus, aromatherapy throughout our life can have great power.  The sense of sound begins around 24 weeks.  Sights are the last sensings we get, since babies keep their eyes closed to protect and grow the ret...
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LEARNING ANATOMY – CURSE? THEN A BIGGER BLESSING!

Anatomy is a sacred genesis. We ought not consider the organs of the body as the lifeless forms of a mechanical mass, but as the living, active instruments of the soul.” - Pehr Henrik Ling When people first start massage school they are thrilled to give and receive massages, but sometimes students are not so overjoyed about learning anatomy and physiology. The effort it takes to learn this new ...
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THE STORY AND PRACTICE OF CHAIR MASSAGE IN AUSTIN

Crossing Paths with Chair Massage Lauterstein-Conway has been offering chair massage classes for decades, but before the mid-1980's, there was no chair massage. Originally chair massage utilized a very specific routine devised by David Palmer, the co-designer of the first massage chair and the kata, or system of individual training exercises, that he taught. Palmer’s method was based on acu...
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Two Reasons to Deepen Your Deep Massage Practice

Why It Is Important to Continue Your Deep Massage Education - and How... Whether you've taken Deep Massage with us before or are more familiar with other deep modalities like Deep Tissue massage, to go deeper, pun intended, into your Deep Massage practice, we encourage you to revisit the deep modalities to truly embody the work. Here are two reasons why: If You're New to Deep Massage (But...
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Is Deep Tissue Massage Bad for You?

Deep Tissue massage is often what people request these days. Many massage centers say deep tissue is different than “deep Swedish,” which is an overall massage done with deeper pressure. But what exactly is deep tissue massage really? And is it bad for you? What is Deep Tissue? First, there’s no detailed definition for deep tissue massage - except we can say it uses more pressure than “regula...
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KNOWLEDGE IS THERAPEUTIC!

Do You Feel Like You're Chasing Your Client's Problems? When I first began working as a therapist, I really enjoyed doing my sessions. Soon however, I found people asking me about their injuries and pains and I felt I didn’t know enough to assess exactly what the problems were and what was causing them. I did know therapists – particularly Rolfers and clinical massage therapists – who had much mo...
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THE MIRACLE OF YOUR SKIN

Dermoneuromodulation massage continuing education
DNM is a structured, interactive approach to manual therapy that considers the nervous system of the patient - from skin cell to sense of self. We keep learning more and more about the impact of touch. There are some new ways of understanding touch that are coming from something called “Dermoneuomodulating” – quite the tongue twister! (DNM for short). DNM arises from a deeper appreciation of t...
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BETTER THAN JUST GOOD

TLC & the Advanced Massage Program Years ago I went to a local Italian restaurant which didn’t look very classy. So when the waiter came over, I pointed to an entrée and asked skeptically, “Is this good?” The waiter looked down at me and confidently said, “Sir, that is more than GOOD.” That, in so many words, is the inspiration for our school and the Advanced Massage Program. John Conway a...
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THE CASE FOR TOUCH – GUEST BLOG BY AMANDA KING

My sense, as a bodyworker, that healing possibilities through touch are infinite. Professional touch, while geared to provide a consistency of experience to the client, also allows for that person’s individual response to a multitude of factors, including pain sensitivity, pressure, etc. In approaching a new client, for example, I ask her if she is used to touch, therapeutic or otherwise. If not, ...
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SOFTNESS IN TISSUE AND LIFE

Remember the Body is Inherently Soft The other day I did a session with a person who said she wanted to soften the way she reacted to life challenges. When things got challenging, she felt herself too inclined to harden, retreat or defend. This manifested physically in very frustrating levels of tension in the neck, shoulders and arms. She asked, and we agreed, that the goal of the session wou...
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