THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA AND BACK PAIN

Some years ago, I went with my daughter, Katja, to receive her first facial. The esthetician, from Colombia, explained how it would proceed. She said, “Your face does not end at your neck! It goes down to your chests!” Well, something similar can be said about your back. Your back doesn’t end at the waist! It goes down to your tail! However, the majority of massages I rec...
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ENDING THE ENERGY DEBATE

This is an article I've spent a long time writing - for the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and just published by Massage Today. May it do a WORLD of GOOD. Please share with other therapists! Very happy to get these responses already! Thank you most sincerely! "A very well spoken and balanced perspective on this challenging topic (and we could use a lot more of ...
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Beyond the Immune System: Making History with Massage

A Talk Presented by David Lauterstein at the first National Conference for Teachers of Massage and Bodywork   To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it “the way it really was”.  It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger.                                             -- Walter Benjamin – Illuminations   The ...
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Lose Frustration Now – Ask Me How!

or I’m Frustrated. You want to know why? Hell if I know! When it comes to emotions, we might say the only thing that’s frustrating is frustration! Therefore, when it comes to the emotional impact of massage, we might say our first concern is often the relief of frustration. Anger itself doesn’t feel bad at all. It floods our muscles with blood, readying us for act...
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GO WHERE THEY’RE NOT / GO WHERE THEY ARE

“Thought is the welling up of unknown life into consciousness.” D. H. Lawrence One of the first and most powerful ways we evoke the mind, is we touch the person and they then naturally bring their awareness to what and where we’re touching. Immediately they are : aware of HAVING a body aware what they feel like there – relaxed, tense So every touch gives the min...
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MINDWORK MORE THAN BODYWORK?

Much research is disproving or not yet supporting our assumptions about how we affect the body through massage. Circulation – we may not affect venous return much, even though it’s been a hallmark assumption of Swedish massage Fascia – it’s been shown that fascia doesn’t change nearly as much or as lastingly as we’ve thought Muscles – their overall length doesn’t change...
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PUTTING MORE ART IN YOUR MASSAGE

Tips for Therapists Get Feedback – unlike paints and notes, our medium is intelligent and can tell us if our work is inspiring them! Brilliantly eliciting and responding to feedback can almost guarantee that you can optimize the experience in every single session. Every session is a collaborative artwork. Listen – with your hands. What is the body is telling you? What acc...
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Ending the Energy Debate – Moving Forward with High Quality Education and Therapy

There have been many recent on-line discussions in our field about “energy” and the role it may or may not play in our work and education. Many people have noted regretfully that some of the discussions have given rise to divisiveness somewhat uncharacteristic in our field. Partly this may be a function of “social” media. When it comes to sorting out emotions, it is not a very ...
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The study of massage

Various T.V. shows have depicted massage as something kind of weird or funny. And that’s fine. But I see that as people making fun of things they don’t understand or are embarrassed about. Massage and the study of massage is actually one of the most profound professions and realms of study that there is. So this article is a kind of corrective, that helps you see what is tru...
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WHAT’D I SAY?

I asked some questions the other day in this blog and on Facebook and got over 250 comments!  Today it occurred to me to see how I would answer these questions. 1. Is massage/bodywork a science? 2. Is it a form of non-verbal psychotherapy? 3. Is it a fine art? 4. A form of holistic healthcare? 5. A medical practice? 6. A wellness modality? 7. A liberal art?...
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