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, Te...
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THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT – MOST USED IN THE BODY!…AND SOMETIMES…MOST ABUSED!

One of the most fascinating and important things that therapists must understand is the anatomy of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), its function, and its dysfunction. The TMJ joint is the most used joint in the body. And it has – like the knee – an articular disc within it! So, If this disc gets displaced or injured, just like a meniscus in the knee, then you’ve got dy...
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Hot Stone Massage – Meditation in Motion

By Joy Sablatura Rockwell Hot stone massage is one of the most deeply relaxing forms of massage. With hydrotherapy, one applies a hydrocollator pack to the back to relax the muscles before being able to massage on a deeper level. With hot stones, the therapist has the heat of the smooth lava rocks penetrating each muscle group, relaxing the muscle fibers as he or she...
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Neuromuscular Therapy: The Nemerov Method

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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CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

Keep your career moving forward with Austin's finest massage continuing education! The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Our school is the only massage school in Austin approved as a NCBTMB continuing education approved provi...
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The Secret of Success in Massage – Exceptional Service!

I hear stories of therapists out there. Some are doing great.  Some are just making it. Some are frustrated. The times they are a’ changin’.  The advent of the Massage Envy’s, etc. has provided many more job opportunities, but at a lower paying rate.  Some employers are requiring too many massages without a break, or put pressure on the therapists to sell products.  The worl...
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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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Masters of Massage

Years ago I taught a workshop in South Dakota and there were two old-time massage therapists there – Floyd Hauk and Verne Jeffries. Both had that early American pioneer can-do attitude. Floyd talked about doing massage in the early days - working on Indians, on minor league baseball players, on farmers, housewives, and the full array of South Dakotans. I first encountered th...
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ARE YOU BONE-TIRED? – reflections on Zero Balancing

When we say we’re “bone tired”, what does that really mean? It means tired to our core, not just sleepy.  It refers to a feeling of depletion – that we’ve drawn upon our vital stores of energy, which are now in need of replenishment. In Chinese medicine and philosophy, the energy that flows through the bones is called “ancestral chi”.  It is not the energy we make through...
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Massage and Meditation: Sacred Science and Art

Bodywork is in some respects a sacred art form, like mandala painting. Sacred art forms are themselves pathways for self-growth, ultimately vehicles for enlightenment. In the Western world, sacred art was the predominant art style until and through the Renaissance. Dance throughout the world has been the Path of movement. I recall reading about an African man who was anticip...
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