Believing in Touch

I have never been a very conventional religious person. Maybe those of us who practice massage therapy are, however, in touch with something deeply spiritual underlying all beliefs. From an early age I did have a respect and attraction to the sacred, often through art and music, and also from a deep hope that humans would collaborate in creating a peaceful world. I was intrigued by the exper...
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THE LOW BACK AND THE ERECTOR SPINAE

Re-root the back! The back does so much for us – helping us stand, twist, turn, bend forward and back.  It’s no surprise the back requires a complicated interweaving and interaction of many muscles.  One of the main groups is called the erector spinae. I never understood the erector spinae until I saw a lovely illustration in Carmine Clemente’s “Regional Atlas of Human Anatomy”. This realist...
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LAUTERSTEIN-CONWAY’S TOP TEN IN 2017

This year we began nine new 500-hour professional training classes. New teachers, tutors, assistants, and alumni joined our faculty to enthusiastically teach and further our mission to fully support every student’s success. Each year taking students from beginners to, in as little as seven months, becoming full-time licensed therapists and doing something they love – this is the wonderful triu...
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SELF-EVOLUTION AND MASSAGE THERAPY

Uniquely among animals, humans can consciously initiate enormous changes in our lives. Basically we are the only species that can self-evolve, sometimes many times, within one lifetime. This incredible capacity is what our society should be organized around – each human’s ability to create a better life for her/himself and our community. We have the opportunity to evolve to be kinder to ourselv...
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3 Steps to Receive a Great Massage

3 STEPS TO RECEIVE A GREAT MASSAGE - whether you are client or a student It is amazing how many students come who attend massage school think they will learn to give massage. They often forget that they will be receiving massage as well. They go through a brief moment of surprise – “Oh, I didn’t think about how I’d receive a lot of massage too.” The good news is you receive as much as you giv...
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Exploring the ‘CARE’ aspect of Healthcare

I became a massage therapist because I couldn’t think of another job I could do that felt more meaningful.  It was super-important for me to find work I could respect, feel good about, and find fascinating. Learning massage and its related subjects adds not only to your professional life but also to you as a person. In the course of training at our massage school you work on each other a number...
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Life in the Bones, The Book I Didn’t Write and the Book I Did

by David Lauterstein Beginning about ten years ago, Aminah Raheem, the wife of my Zero Balancing mentor, Dr. Fritz Smith, asked if I would consider writing his biography. At the time I was still working full-time on my second book, The Deep Massage Book, so I thanked her and declined but promised I would give it more thought. Periodically Aminah would check in with me. Finally, in 2012, I th...
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THE MEDITATION OF CHAIR MASSAGE

THE MEDITATION OF CHAIR MASSAGE "Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, During all these waking hours, Let us establish mindfulness of good will, Called the highest state!" - Gautama Buddha Doesn’t lying down at night feel so good? Could sitting down feel as good? One place where sitting down feels as good as lying down is at the airport in Austin, Texas. That’s because ...
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AS A THERAPIST YOU NEED THIS SUPER POWER! – X-RAY VISION

The very best way to picture the muscles in the body is to see them! At our school we are privileged to have two Cadaver workshops hosted by the Texas State University Physical Therapy Department. This year the Cadaver workshops are July 9 and July 23. This is a do-not-miss experience. (You can choose one or the other, not both). I say to our students and graduates that each person is a gi...
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VITAMIN T

Life cannot thrive without touch. This is so fundamental that too often it goes without being said or even recognized. The embrace of the baby in womb, the touch of the mother, father and other adults nurturing, feeding, welcoming the child, the later touch of peers, lovers, partners, the touch of our own children – we each have a tactile autobiography. Touch through times of triumph, challenge, ...
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