Mindbody Acupressure with Gayl Hubatch

By Gayl Hubatch, OMD, LAc, LMT After studying and getting dis-enchanted with psychology in college, I turned to Eastern philosophy. In my early 20’s I became fascinated with Taoism and met an acupuncturist while living in Oregon. He also introduced me to Asian medicine. The philosophy of yin/yang seemed to answer the questions I had about the interconnectedness of life. My Bodywork practice ...
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THE STORY AND PRACTICE OF CHAIR MASSAGE IN AUSTIN

Crossing Paths with Chair Massage Lauterstein-Conway has been offering chair massage classes for decades, but before the mid-1980's, there was no chair massage. Originally chair massage utilized a very specific routine devised by David Palmer, the co-designer of the first massage chair and the kata, or system of individual training exercises, that he taught. Palmer’s method was based on acu...
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Reflexology Massage Therapy

By Marsha Walker, LMT There are many kinds of pressure point therapies, with Reflexology and Vitaflex being two of them. Both of them outline points on the feet and hands that correspond to areas on the body, for example, the arch of the foot corresponds to the spine. The points for both techniques are very similar, with a slight variation in the way the pressure is applied to the foot or hand ...
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What Exactly is Clinical Massage?

By David Lauterstein We hear the terms “medical massage,” “clinical massage” and “orthopedic massage therapy” used in our field these days. But what is Clinical Massage really? Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient's physical function. Clinical massage therapy can improve the functioning of joints a...
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Re-Making Faces with Massage Therapy!

The face is the most expressive part of the person. That’s partly due to our anatomy.  The face is the only place in the body where muscles and their tendons do not attach to bones! Unlike other voluntary muscles whose insertions and origins are on bone, the facial muscles insert into themselves!  This means the “insertions” and “origins” of the facial muscles are other facial muscles, their co...
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Three reasons Chair Massage opens the Gateway to Massage

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger If you're new to massage, chair massage is the perfect gateway to your new career. There are many reasons chair massage is a great "entry point" for those new to massage therapy. Convenience is probably the most obvious reason - chair massage can be done any time or place. Here are three more reasons that chair massage can help you...
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Cranio-Sacral Massage Therapy – Legitimate Therapy or Quackery?

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Cranio-sacral therapy (CST) was initiated by osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, in the early 1900's and further developed by Dr. John Upledger and others beginning in the 1970s. Essentially, the cranio-sacral therapist senses the pulse of the cerebro-spinal fluid and looks for any subtle restrictions of its flow or rhythmic pulse and...
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Chair Massage is more than a “door opener”

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Just because chair massage is what massage therapist Lisa Santoro calls “a door opener,” does not mean it doesn’t require more technical training and practical experience than traditional massage therapy education offers. In an interview published by Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Santoro and fellow chair massage therapist actually ...
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Love your Lymph! Why it is important to massage therapists

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Lymph is a clear fluid that flows its way through the body toward the heart. If the words "toward the heart" didn't sound significant enough to you, here are three more reasons why you should care about your clients' lymph - and your own.   The Massage Therapists' Medium | The lymph system includes all the structures d...
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Doing Hospice Massage – Business or Volunteer Service?

by Pietro John Caporusso, LMT Actually, what I wrote first was “Business or Pleasure? “ Isn't that how the phrase usually goes?  But I realized that sounded pretty dark for an activity that is both sobering and personally satisfying for me.  Unlike most CE workshops that teach massage techniques or business practices, the focus of my 3 hour CE workshop in August will be on volunteering. Yes...
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