Helen Keller was Right about Massage (and life)

Helen Keller was right - "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." In some ways every day is an adventure; every day a hero's journey. We don't know what will happen. We can see the obstacles and opportunities that arise as part of the incredible journeys, short and long, we take in this life. We all love the fresh sense of adventure in our lives. For advanced students, massage therapi...
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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 Continuing Education: The World Needs a WIFE

By David Lauterstein In marketing everyone just thinks "What's In it For Me?" and accordingly that all promotion needs to assume "W.I.F.M." is primary. WIFM is true in many ways. I am always struck how most health magazines are mostly sales tools for WIFM - filled with ads for herbal remedies, health foods, and cosmetics. But there's so much more to life and to health than that. Studying ...
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Self Care for Massage Therapists

by Gretchen Cole, LMT, MTI and Massage Instructor The Spiritual Warrior Retreats. When thinking about self-care and the need for our own nurturing, a quote from Lao Tzu comes to mind, "Timely retreat is the mark of the spiritual warrior." I use it often to remind myself and my massage students of the need for "timely retreat" when life gets us running a bit ragged.  In assessing self-care need...
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Self-care for Massage Therapists: You Know What To Do

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger It happened. I managed to stuff a massage client in the empty hour between working at my “real job” and a volunteer event in the evening, and I was thinking about Christmas shopping. And I did it. I caught myself slouching mid-effleurage. My very sweet, very chatty client didn’t seem to notice, but I noticed. The other day, I caught...
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