Freud said, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” Most of us give an ordinate amount of time and attention to our work. Do you spend as much time cultivating the love in and of your life as you do your work? Likely we all need to refine that balance. The other day in yoga the teacher said, “I can tell who’s been doing yoga for a long time, by what they do...
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What is Better Than a Guitar? – The Art of Massage #2

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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Our hands speak volumes

How many times does bodywork give rise to spiritual or religious experiences? About this level of life, the philosopher Wittgenstein said, “Whereof one can not speak, thereupon we must be silent.” Well, in the silence of bodywork, something deeper sometimes “speaks”. Call it what you will – soul, energy, bliss, spirit, God, just the right combination of neuropeptides a...
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Structural Bodywork: Getting the Upper Hand on Posture

by Marc Frazier, LMT, NASM, MTI The Influence of the Upper Limbs In the world of Structural Bodywork – and massage in general – much attention is given to the mechanical influence the lower limbs have on the pelvis and spine, and for good reason – the impact is profound. However, this has also led to overlooking the influence the upper limbs have on the body. In part, thi...
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