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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THIRTEEN RULES OF MASSAGE

by David Lauterstein 1. Slow down when you need to. Speed up when you don’t need to slow down. Massage that’s always slow is ultimately boring massage. 2. Palpate – how can you love if you don’t know what’s there? 3. Know anatomy – not just in general. Have memorized the origins, insertions and actions for at least the 90 most important muscles. 4. Care; really care; let ...
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Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method – Why Isn’t It Called Deep Tissue?

I studied with Daniel Blake, former Rolfer, in his offshoot of Rolfing, “Structural Bodywork” in 1982 and ‘83. Then I took cranio-sacral trainings with him and with early students of Dr. John Upledger. After my first such training, I realized that you can affect someone deeply with almost no pressure. So I abandoned the term “Deep Tissue”, and decided not to coin some fancy nam...
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The Heart’s Evolution

by David Lauterstein The recent elections’ results continue to be a clarion call. Perhaps the most important message is that the world has reached a new limit of how far we can proceed with only the education of the mind. Because as long as mental prowess is the main focus of our education, the heart is left behind. Abandoned, the undereducated heart remains comparatively ba...
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