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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BREATHE – THE ART OF MASSAGE #6

Everything must touch!  Send feelers out And love is like a vine, it is connecting us. ~ David Lauterstein   What connects one touch with another?  What role does breath play in the art of massage? In yoga, if we do the postures and movement without full breathing, it is of limited structural and energetic benefit.  If we dance and don't breath fully and naturally, we move in a stil...
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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 receive almost entirely...
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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 that balanced perspe...
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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 above quotation may ...
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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 action. Frustration on ...
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