NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

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Your mind naturally wanders, but, as it says in the Lord of the Rings, "Not all who wander are lost." When we do Deep Massage, we cultivate healthy "psycho-mechanics," We attend as much to the movement of awareness as to the movement of our body. So to facilitate the client's clear experience of our touch, we keep returning our awareness to the place we are working on - we p...
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Neuromuscular Therapy: The Nemerov Method

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by Howard Nemerov “Jane” reported pain in her left shoulder area. Initial assessment revealed tension along the superior medial border of her left scapula, as well as a zone of spinalis tension along her left lower thoracic spine. The Nemerov Method explains the “why” that correlates with the “what”. Persistent tension usually is a sign of compensation, where the tigh...
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Ornament, Crime and Massage – The Art of Massage #7

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Ornament and Crime? Got your attention? Well I’m not really going to write about that. However, that was the title of a famous essay written by the architect, Adolf Loos, in 1908. He was a founding member of the “Bauhaus,” a modern movement that approached design with a heightened sense of the beauty and efficiency of things designed quite simply and thoughtfully for use. ...
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Healthy Holidays – 5 Tips for the Natural Traveler

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Planning a vacation or business trip? Consider packing a small kit of natural remedies before you go. Unfamiliar surroundings, unusual foods, and jet lag can make you vulnerable to viruses, stress, and gastrointestinal (GI) upset. Colorado Naturopathic Physician Michael Sutton suggests the following items: 1. Grapefruit Seed ExtractThis extract fights and prevents viruses ...
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Eternity in the Palm of Your Hand – The Art of Massage #5

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Time is what we are made of – in addition, of course to space. Ida Rolf noted “gravity is the therapist” – meaning we derive the sense of balance from our relationship to gravity in space. To say that “time is the therapist” is equally true. Of course we already say time is the great healer – meaning superficially that, given the right amount of time, things will tend to ...
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What is Better Than a Guitar? – The Art of Massage #2

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For the first thirty years of my life, I was a musician and composer.  Among my first loves was the guitar and its music made through the wonderful composition of metal strings, wood, and open space.  I am still thrilled with the sight and sound of the guitar and all the variants that have been made over time – the lute, lyre, harp, mandolin. Imagine a beautiful guitar that ...
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Helping Veterans and Wounded Warriors

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This nation's military veterans and wounded warriors continue to fight, long after they come off the battlefields. They fight to be whole again and to reclaim their physical and psychological health. Many forms of massage and bodywork can help them do just that.Therapeutic MassageWith its ability to meld body and mind, massage is an excellent way for veterans to reintegrate. No...
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Holding Headaches at Bay

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Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches By Cathy Ulrich "Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned headaches."Well, yes," she said. "I've always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts." Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as ...
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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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