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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SOFTNESS IN TISSUE AND LIFE

Remember the Body is Inherently Soft The other day I did a session with a person who said she wanted to soften the way she reacted to life challenges. When things got challenging, she felt herself too inclined to harden, retreat or defend. This manifested physically in very frustrating levels of tension in the neck, shoulders and arms. She asked, and we agreed, that the goal of the session wou...
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THE POWER OF HEALTHY TOUCH

The more time you spend on the internet – with email, googling, facebook, snapchat – the more depressed you get. Many studies have shown that. So why are we still so “wired” in? The promise, the potential, of experiencing a sense of connection is often even more exciting and captivating than the actual connection! The reason behind that is built into our body and mind. Every time you anticipate...
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MASSAGE – IS IT A REALLY WEIRD PROFESSION?

In Austin, we have a saying, “Keep Austin Weird.” I have always prided myself and our school for helping to keep Austin weird – since massage is still regarded as a little weird by some people. It still gets made fun of in movies, TV, cartoons, etc. Then I asked myself, “Well, what does being “weird” really mean?” I started by looking up the root meaning for the word. Here’s a summary of what t...
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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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ODE TO THE CLIENT WITHIN

My client walks with a grace in her step. She seems like she's walking on air. She laughs, she jokes, she doesn't seem to care. She is a bit heavy and is working out to improve; at times it does dampen her mood. It's hard not to hide beneath the shield of clothes. Her posture erect with just a couple of flaws, her shoulders, her back, and her foot All due to things that have affected her li...
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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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Believing in Touch

I have never been a very conventional religious person. Maybe those of us who practice massage therapy are, however, in touch with something deeply spiritual underlying all beliefs. From an early age I did have a respect and attraction to the sacred, often through art and music, and also from a deep hope that humans would collaborate in creating a peaceful world. I was intrigued by the exper...
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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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