Massage for the Soul – Zero Balancing

If you wanted to massage your soul, how would you do it? We all want to feel healthy - not just in our bodies.  We want to enjoy clear thinking, emotional vibrancy, spiritual inspiration - things more commonly more associated with soul than with body. Recently someone called Zero Balancing a "massage for the soul."  Why is that? The deepest part of us, even below our s...
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Helen Keller was Right about Massage (and life)

Helen Keller was right - "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." In some ways every day is an adventure; every day a hero's journey. We don't know what will happen. We can see the obstacles and opportunities that arise as part of the incredible journeys, short and long, we take in this life. We all love the fresh sense of adventure in our lives. For advanced stude...
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The Most Important Muscle? – Deep Massage and the Rectus Abdominis

Forward flexion of the torso – sitting or moving in hunched over position – is the most common postural distortion.  Forward flexion may give rise to serious structural and energetic problems Leaning forward makes our back and neck work harder to keep us upright. It gives us less room for breathing – compromising nourishment to every single cell in the body.  It crowds vital...
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What exactly is Clinical Massage?

We hear the terms “medical massage”, “clinical massage”, and “orthopedic massage therapy” used in our field these days. What really is Clinical Massage? Some people think that it is massage that primarily addresses physical complaints of the muscles and connective tissues. Others think it is also important to address the nervous system. Still others look at the contributions...
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“Wisdom of the Body” – Stanley Kunitz on poetry (and massage)

These words are excerpted from the essay "The Wisdom of the Body" from Stanley Kunitz' book Next-to-Last Things.  I've found them inspiring my massage therapy again and again over the years. For ages before (human writing), "immense quantities of human experience," in Alfred North Whitehead's phrase,"had been accumulating in men's bodies."  The body, in its genetic code, hol...
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Massage Therapy Hall of Fame (and Self Horn-Tooting….awkward :)

Today I'm being inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.  Thank you to Mike Hinkle, the World Massage Festival, and the world of massage therapy and bodywork for this recognition.  So many people spend their whole lives teaching and/or working with clients with virtually no appreciation outside of their immediate circle.  So thank you very much! I'm immediately celebrat...
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Peace is a Need, So is Work! Massage Combines Peace and Work.

Seth Godin writes a fantastic blog.  Every day he comes up with brilliant tips on life and work.  Here's his from today - "When is it due? Here's the schedule. Follow it. There's your in box. Empty it. When something is imminent, speed up. When you're off the deadline machine, take a breath and poke around a bit, explore, relax. Nonsense. The goal isn't to do ...
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The Evolution of Slowness – Massage Helps Thoughtfulness

Deliberation is born of joy. -- Rumi Andrew Taylor Still, Osteopath's founder, said the body contains all the healing substances it needs.  And indeed humans have within their nervous systems equally the antidote to the social epidemic of excess stress. The autonomic system embodies the advantage of a speedy, whole body response to changing circumstance.  However, we have...
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What are Energy and Structure? Clarity will Help our Massages!

As you may notice, over the last few weeks in this blog I've been focusing mostly on structure/energy, art/science and their integration in bodywork.  Bit-by-bit I want to assemble a position paper that helps brings clarity to these things and helps our field take a closer look at integrative healthcare.  Thanks for listening and your feedback. Here's the next installment: ...
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Energy in Bodywork & Massage Therapy

The broadest use of the term energy in bodywork has been applied to bodywork that consciously aims at more than just soft tissues.  The scientific method is empirical.  It looks at and works with what is there.  In the case of a human, what is there is a body, and certainly mind and emotions as well.  As Dr. John Sarno said, "A medicine that ignores emotions is simply bad scien...
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