Is Deep Tissue Massage Bad for You?

Deep Tissue massage is often what people request these days. Many massage centers say deep tissue is different than “deep Swedish,” which is an overall massage done with deeper pressure. But what exactly is deep tissue massage really? And is it bad for you? What is Deep Tissue? First, there’s no detailed definition for deep tissue massage - except we can say it uses more pressure than “regula...
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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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CORE MYOFASCIAL THERAPY CERTIFICATION

People used to think massage just facilitated circulation.  But there have been enormous advances in this field and in massage education.  Now some of greatest teachers are showing us that tension is released in the muscles and their connective tissues, by intelligent, science- informed touch and quality of contact – not by quantity of pressure or through circulatory work. Beginning with the gr...
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BODY MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES

“BMT” – Body Mobilization Techniques – were collected and refined by Robert King, the founder of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy, in the early 1980’s. For many years, Bob came down to The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and taught one great workshop after another. The founders of our school, John and David, were both early students of Bob’s. One of our earliest instructors, Marc Frazier to...
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THE LOW BACK AND THE ERECTOR SPINAE

Re-root the back! The back does so much for us – helping us stand, twist, turn, bend forward and back.  It’s no surprise the back requires a complicated interweaving and interaction of many muscles.  One of the main groups is called the erector spinae. I never understood the erector spinae until I saw a lovely illustration in Carmine Clemente’s “Regional Atlas of Human Anatomy”. This realist...
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THE MEDITATION OF CHAIR MASSAGE

THE MEDITATION OF CHAIR MASSAGE "Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, During all these waking hours, Let us establish mindfulness of good will, Called the highest state!" - Gautama Buddha Doesn’t lying down at night feel so good? Could sitting down feel as good? One place where sitting down feels as good as lying down is at the airport in Austin, Texas. That’s because ...
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DON’T IGNORE THE INTERCOSTALS

by David Lauterstein “Anything with wings always comes down in the end”. ~ Simone Weil One of the most important groups of muscles often ignored by massage therapists is the intercostal muscles. These of course give rise to the deliciousness of “spare ribs”. But far more importantly they are core muscles involved more or less in every breath. The reluctance to work them seems to come from so...
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