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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Ornament, Crime and Massage – The Art of Massage #7

Ornament and Crime? Got your attention? Well I’m not really going to write about that. However, that was the title of a famous essay written by the architect, Adolf Loos, in 1908. He was a founding member of the “Bauhaus,” a modern movement that approached design with a heightened sense of the beauty and efficiency of things designed quite simply and thoughtfully for use. ...
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BREATHE – THE ART OF MASSAGE #6

Everything must touch!  Send feelers out And love is like a vine, it is connecting us. ~ David Lauterstein   What connects one touch with another?  What role does breath play in the art of massage? In yoga, if we do the postures and movement without full breathing, it is of limited structural and energetic benefit.  If we dance and don't breath fully and naturall...
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Eternity in the Palm of Your Hand – The Art of Massage #5

Time is what we are made of – in addition, of course to space. Ida Rolf noted “gravity is the therapist” – meaning we derive the sense of balance from our relationship to gravity in space. To say that “time is the therapist” is equally true. Of course we already say time is the great healer – meaning superficially that, given the right amount of time, things will tend to ...
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Accuracy – The Art of Massage #4

Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars                                                                                             — William Blake   One of the legs we stand on is the knowledge the biological sciences give us.  If we can’t find a love and fascination for anatomy, we probably have no business being massage therapists. All...
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Trauma and the Body – A Vignette

by Gregory Gaiser My first experience as a health care professional working with trauma happened in the early 1990s with a woman I'll call Roberta. Roberta was in psychotherapy at a local women's center which specialized in treatment for childhood sexual abuse and rape survivors.  Roberta's story was particularly tragic as she had been born into and raised in a cult where...
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Letting Go of Random in Mind and Body

When we meditate, we may concentrate on an experience such as feeling breath at the tips of our nostrils, or the silent repetition of a mantra, or visualizing a symbol, etc. That then becomes a “home” for our awareness. Our mind will naturally wander; it’s restless. But we have a home to return to. The point of home is not that we never leave it, but that, in having a home, we ...
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“Without a clear end you can’t have a clear beginning.”

  “Without a clear end you can’t have a clear beginning.” – Dr. Fritz Smith   by David Lauterstein The transition in seasons and the transition through the holidays and into the new year is a critical time. It is in many ways the most important time to end habits that no longer serve us. By letting go of the residue of the past that no longer serves us – w...
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The Only Mind You Can Read is Your Own!

I wake up early in the morning and one of reasons I do is I like the general calmness and silence of that time. A few years ago I started listening more deeply to the “voice” in my head. For many years before that, I felt that it was often talking too loudly and too much and that good massage really helped turn down the volume of thought. Then I really listened and had to ad...
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I am Proud of the Women (and Men) Who Constitute the Bulk of Practitioners of Massage Therapy!

In 1910 the Carnegie Foundation funded the “Flexnor Report” to enforce in the U.S. longer training and the curriculum common in European medical schools. It called upon American medical schools to enact higher admission and graduation standards, and to adhere strictly to the protocols of what mainstream science proposed in teaching and research. A repercussion of the Flexner...
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