Homage to the Feet

Massage Education for the Feet, A Foundation By David Lauterstein There are 206 bones in the body, 52 of them are in the feet! It’s amazing that these two small yet marvelously engineered structures can support our entire weight without being crushed or giving way. It’s little short of miraculous that they also constantly balance out the infinite varieties of motion going on in the body abo...
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Reflexology: Helping with Your Hands

by Marsha Walke, PhD, RN, LMT I have been teaching and giving massage and reflexology for 40 years now, I want to share some information and experiences to help you get a little acquainted with this form of helping with your hands. In 1977, I had just finished nursing school and loved giving my patients the evening back massage I had learned in school.  They went to sleep without pain meds o...
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Holding Headaches at Bay

Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches By Cathy Ulrich "Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned headaches."Well, yes," she said. "I've always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts." Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as often as 2-3 times a...
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Heal Your Soul Through “Heel and Sole”

It is amazing how people love work on their feet and therapists often love working on the feet and yet…Most therapists don’t know the anatomy of the feet! I myself didn’t! I don’t know how many years it was before I really studied the intrinsic muscles of the feet…probably ten. But finally I really explored them. And the muscles of the feet revealed themselves as fascinating – as complex as ...
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Special Needs Abdominal Massage – Maintaining a Health Bowel Movement Schedule

By Christopher Allan, LMT, MTI When I was twenty years old I worked at a group home in California taking care of four men with Cerebral Palsy.  Every morning I would do the wake up, bathing, cooking, cleaning and daily support throughout my shift. This job taught me a lot and exposed me to the care and attention that is needed to succeed with taking care of these four men.  When I look back on ...
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Reflexology Massage Therapy

By Marsha Walker, LMT There are many kinds of pressure point therapies, with Reflexology and Vitaflex being two of them. Both of them outline points on the feet and hands that correspond to areas on the body, for example, the arch of the foot corresponds to the spine. The points for both techniques are very similar, with a slight variation in the way the pressure is applied to the foot or hand ...
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Homage to the Feet: Part Two

by David Lauterstein Here are some ways you can use touch to respect these little miracles: Massage: There are 4 layers of muscle on the bottom of the feet. Considering the compression from bearing the body’s weight and the lack of movement from being continually shod, and the impact of walking and exercising so often on hard floors, the muscles layers tend to get impacted on one another. Fi...
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