MASSAGING YOUR BRAIN

Pain science is telling us that pain is an output of the brain, not an input from the body. Similarly we can note that relaxation and pleasure are outputs of the brain, though we may "feel" them in the effected organs, muscles, and other tissues. Ironically then it turns out that soft tissue manipulation, which most states use as the definition for massage therapy, is not essentially what we ar...
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RELAXATION DAY – AUGUST 15!

“Relax” – from the Latin, “to open again” “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.” – Shunryu Suzuki-roshi It’s interesting that when therapists talk about kinds of massage – sometimes “relaxation massage” is a mode that is spoken of condescendingly. “Oh, he only does relaxation massage.” But when we look around our w...
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Lose Frustration Now – Ask Me How!

or I’m Frustrated. You want to know why? Hell if I know! When it comes to emotions, we might say the only thing that’s frustrating is frustration! Therefore, when it comes to the emotional impact of massage, we might say our first concern is often the relief of frustration. Anger itself doesn’t feel bad at all. It floods our muscles with blood, readying us for action. Frustration on ...
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What Happens When Your Massage Client Disappears?

I have received student sessions for years - it's a requirement at our school (I know - tough life for us teachers!) I commonly have the experience that, in the best sessions, one forgets the therapist is there.  The touch feels so trustworthy and clear that the focus is not on the therapist's touch, but rather on the experience in one's own body (or mind or heart). Years ago I mentioned thi...
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How to stave off holiday stress!

The holiday season is stressful. There is no way to escape all of the various commitments that come with family, shopping, work, and parties. But we can take time to escape from the chaos and ensure our own health and sanity! Here are five ways to help make this holiday season a little more manageable. Make time for yourself! We can get so busy at this time of the year that we forget to make tim...
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