3-D Massage – Disease, Disposition & Destiny

In my last blog piece, I outlined three realms of massage/bodywork – wellness, orthopedic, and holistic.  We can also look at three purposes for massage and bodywork.  These relate to the “3 D’s” - Disease, Disposition and Destiny. DISEASE People come to us with dis-ease.  It may be a physical disease – an injury or physiological issue - which massage may help.  Certainly we have come a long...
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Massage Therapy: Growing New Arms

The other day I working on a woman who has chronic complaints in her extremities. As I worked, I had a deeper insight into the origins of her pain, tension and discomfort. A Case Study: The Servers Some people are raised to do for others. Their own independent self-expression and the meeting of their own needs, even as very young children, are de-emphasized. They learn rather to obey and serve ...
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Anatomy Review: Pregnancy Massage and the Migration of Fascia

Did you know it is basically a law of structure that under compression fascia will "migrate" laterally? Think of pressing down on a beach ball. The more you press, the further out each of its color segments would get. This is exactly what happens to the pregnant woman under the compression of the extra weight carried during pregnancy. The muscles and fascia under compression particularly in the...
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Massage CE: Massaging Seniors

By Peggy Rouh, LMT, MTI, PhD Seniors are the most appreciative massage client group you will ever encounter. Everyone loves a massage. Just as with babies, touch for seniors is integral to their well being. Also as we age, the opportunity for caring touch diminishes. Research shows that nurses in hospitals touch seniors less often than other patients. Many are widowed and living alone – l...
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Pregnancy Massage & the Side-lying Position

Do you have a new massage client who is pregnant? If so, it's important to be comfortable with working on them in the side-lying position - especially if they are considered "high risk." Kate Jordan, nationally-recognized presenter of Bodywork for the Childbearing Year says, "When working with a high-risk pregnant client, it becomes even more important to observe basic precautions and contraind...
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Massage CE: Pregnancy Massage with Kathy Benayoun

According to Kate Jordan, nationally-recognized pregnancy massage educator, "Pregnancy massage and massage for labor and postpartum recuperation is the newest option for women who want an optimum pregnancy outcome. As more [massage] therapists are trained to provide pregnancy-specific massage therapy, many women are being exposed to its potential and enjoying its benefits." Video: Kathy B...
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