Orthopedic Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries and Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Work for the Shoulder Girdle and Paraspinals

Orthopedic Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries and Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Work for the Shoulder Girdle and Paraspinals by Brian Utting Orthopedic healthcare practitioners often do an excellent job of locating and treating the exact site of an injury or lesion. However, in some cases, they don’t take a more global, holistic view of the whole human being, and...
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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 receiv...
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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...
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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. Fi...
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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, Te...
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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...
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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 ...
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ALL I REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN MASSAGE SCHOOL

The Astonishing Benefits of High Level Massage Education “EVERY ONE SHOULD KNOW THIS!” I have been teaching massage therapy since 1982, teaching all around the U.S. and in England. In every single class I hear a voice in my head loudly saying, “Everyone should learn massage therapy.” And they should. Because the lessons we learn through massage training, when it’s done...
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LOVE AND WORK – HANDS AND FEET

Freud said, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” Most of us give an ordinate amount of time and attention to our work. Do you spend as much time cultivating the love in and of your life as you do your work? Likely we all need to refine that balance. The other day in yoga the teacher said, “I can tell who’s been doing yoga for a long time, by what they do...
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THE POETICS OF TOUCH by David Lauterstein (after Gaston Bachelard)

DISCLAIMER: The following piece will likely be most relevant to advanced bodyworkers and practitioners of other CAM therapies who enjoy a philosophical “bent”. I realize it is somewhat densely philosophical! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at DavidL@TLCschool.com. Introduction This essay, “The Poetics of Touch” arose from insights while teachi...
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