To Understand Massage

We know that touch can be meaningful, just like music.  Yet can we say we “understand” touch, “understand” a massage?  It is similar to understanding music. Music and touch don’t have meanings like words do.  Perhaps both are rooted in the meaning of “gestures”, not in the definitions given in a dictionary.  Music is created by gestures made upon instruments and resulting “gestures” in sound – sim...
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Meet the Instructor: Brenda Bianchi BS, LMT, MTI

“I am excited to begin this journey with each of my new students.  The importance of touch will be critical as we recover from this time of social distancing.  I applaud the students for adapting to the current situation and for preparing to help the world to recover one massage at a time!” Soon after Brenda received her Massage Therapy License in 2011, she joined the TLC Team as a Teacher's ...
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Hydrotherapy – You Are Mostly Water!

When we think of massage we visualize moving our hands over the skin.  But is it really just skin and muscles that we are working on? At TLC our unique approach to hydrotherapy recognizes something that we sometimes overlook.  60% of the human body is water!  64% of the skin is water!! (Interestingly about 71% of the earth is covered by water!)  In any case then, when you’re doing massage, and es...
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Reflections on Hybrid Learning at TLC

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Online learning for massage therapy has unique challenges as well as, at this time, distinct advantages. What is learning, really? Learning is something done by the nervous system, particularly the brain. The brain sorts out information, memorizes it, and eventually gets creative with it. Learning also involves emotions. Ideally, we truly care about the things we are learning. We are also engag...
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Zero Balancing and Your Bones’ Role in Deep Health

By David Lauterstein The nature of bone is miraculous. First, it is alive and responsive. That is contrary to most people’s imaginations because we usually see only the bones of dead animals, or static pictures in books, or empty skulls used as Halloween imagery etc. Most people have, as a result, a visualization of bones as static, unliving things. However, in reality the bones inside of us...
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How to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Back Massage

Muscle Specific Deep Tissue Techniques Can be Integrated into Any Session By Brian Utting The phrase ‘deep tissue work’ is used in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what it means anymore. To some practitioners, ‘deep tissue’ simply means deep pressure. To others, it has more fascial, myofascial, or structural connotations. Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue work (MSDT) still works with the fasc...
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How CranioSacral Therapy Activates the Listening Cure

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WHAT CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND MIKE TYSON ILLUMINATED FOR ME By David Lauterstein Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson This somewhat shocking quote from Mr. Tyson is nonetheless important to all of us, as individuals and as therapists.  Each person has a time they recall, sometimes just a moment, in which someone said something or we experienced something that al...
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Spinal Curvatures: Recentering, Rebalancing

Treating Scoliosis With Massage Therapy By Jake Lauterstein The vertebrae: a fascinating piece of our anatomical puzzle. When the back is pain free we can feel the “spring in our step”; the elegance of movement. But when our spine tips too far in one direction be it to the side, to the front, or the back, a whole host of alarms may be set off in the body. Pain, discomfort, lack of breath, even...
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Fancy Word and Even More Fascinating Work! “The skin, in common with the nervous system, arises from the outermost layer of the embryo, the ectoderm. The ectoderm also gives rise to the hair, teeth and sense organs of smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. The central nervous system, develops as the inturned portion of the general surface of the embryonic body. The nervous system is, then, a bu...
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Four Things to Develop In Your Massage Therapy Practice

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MASSAGE THERAPY IS A PRACTICE - NOT JUST A PROFESSION By David Lauterstein To do massage therapy genuinely, requires the cultivation of virtue. And to accomplish that requires some discipline and practice. Like yoga, fine arts, and meditation, massage works as a practice. These deeper practices have many things in common. Perhaps most important is that the practice not only works in the world, ...
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